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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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    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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Johan 30/05/2017
    Johan 30/05/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "The most thought forcing and exciting book I read in years"

    This book combines an incredible "full out fantastic" take on forces of history, anthropology, sci-fi, biology and AI/Alien encounters and combines it into a blend of powerful magic. Read it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 31/05/2017
    Alison 31/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent stand alone novel."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its originality, quality of writing and performance. After reading so many books that don't actually finish but ask you to read another book or 2 ( books like Fear the Sky) it is refreshing to find a book that actually has a defined ending. Recommended not just for science fiction fans - an old fashioned "good read".

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Vickster 14/06/2017
    Vickster 14/06/2017
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    "A beautiful take on evolution and hope"

    Loved this. Was a deeply satisfying story of humanity and something else... Wonderfully thought out intricacies of the evolution to sentience from an entirely different point of view and cleverly written to encompass great swathes of time with continuity. Who knew you could feel such empathy for spiders. And empathy is the fundamental message for us all if we are to not only survive, but also thrive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 13/06/2017
    David 13/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Strangely compelling. "

    There's some slightly irritating characters, and at first the story seems to meander about, but it's quite a compelling listen, and the pieces fall together at the end. Presents interesting ideas about the concepts of empathy and shared commonality. A good all rounder.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andreas Molgaard 12/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "outstanding storytelling"

    I haven't yet finished but am deeply impressed with the narratives, the books vision, attention to detail and excellent dramatisation I've read A LOT of good sci fi but this one is among the best ones.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Green 31/05/2017
    Adam Green 31/05/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    I really enjoyed this book. Didn't know what to expect when I boight it, but glad I did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damo 31/05/2017
    Damo 31/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    I enjoyed the originality of this book. It is told in such a way that I found myself rooting for both sides, and I felt the development of an 'alien' intelligence that is derived from something not alien at all was particularly interesting. The means by which the author deals with untold generations of spiders cohesively is also very clever.

    My thanks to Adrian Tchaikovsky, and to Mel Hudson for bringing me on such an exciting, unpredictable journey. I highly recommend this book and will be looking out for more work from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Gilmonkey 13/06/2017
    Gilmonkey 13/06/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "A good switch off and let it happen story..."

    I liked listening to this while running, an interesting concept without ever getting to attached the characters meant I enjoyed it in the moment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Laura A Despres
    07/06/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Really well thought out very different and unique. The start may come off as slow but its worth it once things get going.

    6 of 6 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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ernesto S. Calvo
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    11/06/17
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    "Best book I have read in a long time!"

    A brilliant story, extremely well written. An instant classic that reads as the grandchild of National Geographic and Ray Bradbury. So profound yet so entertaining!! Amazing!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irene
    Thornleigh, Australia
    10/06/17
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    "Extraordinary, mind-twisting ideas"
    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely riveting, unexpected. Best book I've listened to since The Name of the Wind (different genre completely but I have very eclectic tastes) Ending did not quite resonate, Octavia Butler would have done better with the concept, but it is what it is. Still, what a concept!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Auckland, New Zealand
    17/06/17
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    "A very pleasant surprise"

    What a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of this author and have become very hesitant to download books by authors new to me. In a time where the traditional barriers to publishing have crumbled, I tend to start with listening to the narrator in the sample on the premise that a talentless self publisher probably cannot afford a professional.

    This is a well written and expertly narrated book. The premise interesting and the science believable. The characters are engaging and the storyline moves along at a nice pace.

    Sorry for not giving away any of the storyline. Let's just say it's a story of humanity, survival, and some really intelligent mistakes. I enjoyed it and hope ypu will too.

    4 of 5 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).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    24/06/17
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    "All we need is enough time"

    Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time presents an interesting take on intelligence development among insect species (mainly spiders) due to unintended human intervention. After an experiment designed to observe evolution at an accelerated pace in primates goes awry and Earth implodes itself, a colony ship is all that remains of humanity. While the terraformed world is lush and inviting, a psychotic human / AI chimera refuses to allow the last remnants of the human race to settle and forces them to wander, all the while slowly devolving, while the rapidly developing insect world is progressing through the stages of creating a sustainable civilization. With nowhere else to turn, humanity must make a play for the planet to survive.

    The sci-fi elements are mainly centered around evolutionary biology and the development of intelligence and civilization. Intriguingly, spiders come to dominate with females being the dominant gender evolving as a mirror image of humanity. Rather than a random or artificial rationale for this development, the author identifies size (females being larger as a consequence of reproductive necessity) and the lack of need for child rearing duties as the basis for this development which provides a sharp juxtaposition and contrast relative to humanity. The devolution of humanity on the colony was less well handled and the final denouement was tending towards the preachy, but overall the tale is a fresh take on the evolution of intelligent life in a somewhat alien species without simply "aping" human developmental lines.

    The narration was excellent overall with a solid range of voices of both genders. In addition, the insectoid vocals were handled nicely without resorting to nasal or flat affect renditions and rapid transitions between the human / AI chimera were skillfully relayed. This is a thought provoking tale that starkly portrays evolution as an unfeeling taskmaster without the concept of right or wrong, but rather only consequences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rick Abruzzo
    SF, CA USA
    23/06/17
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    "Couldn't buy-in"
    What would have made Children of Time better?

    The suspension of disbelief asked of the reader for the spider storyline stretches to incredulity and so much hand-waving of their 'technology' exacerbates the problems. I kept asking myself how much of this I was expected to swallow and it kept piling up. By the conclusion I was no longer invested in the outcome because I had given up on everything.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brock Miron
    16/06/17
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    "Absolutely spellbinding!"

    Had zero expectations, heard it was a good read. Blew me away. Incredible writing, engaging story, world building is amazing. 6 out of 5

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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