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Children of Time Audiobook

Children of Time

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Publisher's Summary

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Who will inherit this new Earth?

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

©2016 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2017 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human." (Patrick Ness)

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 11/05/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 11/05/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!"

    This is genuine high-quality science fiction, in terms of pacing it's probably closer to Heinlein than Scalzi or Star Wars but it's innovative, well thought-out and fairly challenging. It's definitely at the thinking reader's end of sci-fi.

    It has to be a clever book that gets you rooting for spiders and sympathising with them. This book covers issues of morality, decency, survival and has probably one of the most unique treatments of the age-old battle of the sexes I have ever read.

    The treatment of time and lifespan is equally clever. There are almost three distinct timelines here. The relatively short-lived spiders together with the humans being able to engage in various uses of suspended animation could have resulted in a real mess with dozens and dozens of varied characters. I thought this was particularly well-covered with the implementation of a logical mechanism to provide consistency of character among the arachnids and longevity with key humans.

    Mel Hudson does a fine job of the narration, no easy task this one making this in all a very high quality entry to the genre and I would echo Carl's thought's that we need more of this author on Audible. It seems Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carl 06/05/2017
    carl 06/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved this book right must read for all scifi fas"

    I really enjoyed the description of the evolving alien spider race, I loved how different this was to other scifi books and the way the author tries to describe and bring to life in a believable way..

    Id highly recommended this book to any scifi fans.

    Again I'm frustrated this author has no more books avaliable on audible!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jar84 22/05/2017
    jar84 22/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read."

    Good charactes with depth and feeling.
    Excellent plot with nice twists and turns.
    Left me with a sense of hope!
    Grownup sci-fi at its best.

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    Marley 20/05/2017
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    "Absolutely brilliant 👍"

    loved it. Porcha, Bianca & Fabian were amazing. Makes you want to have your own.

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    Alan R 12/05/2017
    Alan R 12/05/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent!"

    I can honestly say that I have seldom enjoyed a modern sci-fi yarn so much.

    Excellent plot, well-written, fabulously narrated, times like this I wish there was a sixth star to award.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Christian
    10/05/17
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    "Brilliant, innovative science fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Children of Time to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator has a way of making the spiders real, of of bringing them to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the spider named Fabian. He sacrifices himself to save his fellow space explorer by triggering her "mate and eat [him]" instinct.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the spider city during the plague.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's too long. Also, this book deserves thoughtful consideration as you listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the most original science fiction I have read in many years. A whole new perspective on first contact. I'm no fan of spiders, but I found myself sympathizing with them. The author brings to life, and makes real a species that is so different from humans there is almost no basis for communication.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn
    11/05/17
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    "Yep that was pretty Good"

    Finally an mature sci fi. No flag waving boots on the ground. Just very smart.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jarno
    Helsinki, Finland
    16/05/17
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    "A unique take on the alien"

    This was a very nice surprise. I read a lot of science fiction, and it's rare to come across a take on an alien society that is unique, and as well fleshed out as the author has achieved here.

    The story concept is great, and the execution does not disappoint.

    The start of the book didn't leave me expecting much - I found the main character in that early part pretty... cliche. Very glad to say that quickly got better though, much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dogmouth
    LA
    10/05/17
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    "Excellent Book"
    Any additional comments?

    Great sci-fi. Reminded me of Vinge - A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wesley
    RICHMOND, TX, USA
    12/05/17
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    "outstanding!"

    This is an amazing story! I enjoyed every second of it (despite my fear of spiders).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • ryebread
    24/05/17
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    "Deus ex virus"

    Interesting ideas and some twists but limited characters and ultimately unsatisfying. Loved the reading voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason Grosch
    23/05/17
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    "Science fiction at its best!"
    What made the experience of listening to Children of Time the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was fantastic. Her intonation matched what I expected at all times.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Children of Time?

    When the mutineers saw the ants and spiders on Kerns world.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I found the spiders giving me the heebie-jeebies sometimes and would take a break.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very much worth a credit.

    There are many parts of this book that I love. The introduction is great: It leads you in one reasonable direction and then takes you by surprise. There are a lot of interesting concepts explored. The writing is good. The narrator is great. The science that is used and the controversies that arise from such technologies all seem plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Svend Erik Tang
    23/05/17
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    "Finally a sci-fi novel without xenophobic machos"

    I've been trough the library for a good sci-fi without loads of 1 dimensional marines blowing up alien 1 dimensional ditto and this is it. .

    A believably host of characters in truly well thought and build up story...

    suspense without blazing guns...

    A good read..

    Thanks

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • joan
    Atlanta, ga,United States
    22/05/17
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    "A Fantastic Story and Brilliant Performance​"

    This was an extraordinary journey through space, time, and human perspective. The long arc over millennia is smoothly executed, parsed and patched from in a way that is highly legible. The world-building and premises are imaginative and creative but believable, and enjoyable. The illustrations of the ships, terrains,and characters are clear enough to picture, and a great escape from the reader's everyday life here on Earth in 2017, but the focus is on each character's method of dealing with the current conflict or decision or the unknown.

    The phrasing is a bit intellectual throughout the book, and I'm not sure I would have received the book as well with a different narrator, or in book form instead of audio format. I really really enjoyed the narrator's style, pace, inflection and accent!

    Thank you to the author for creating this story!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott M.
    20/05/17
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    "Thousands of years condensed into an amazing story"

    Amazing, thoughtful, and we'll presented. Surprising storyline without spoon-fed twists. Looking for any other works by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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