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Summary

In a perilous future where disposable duplicate bodies fulfill every legal and illicit whim of their decadent masters, life is cheap. No one knows that better than Albert Morris, a brash investigator with a knack for trouble, who has sent his own duplicates into deadly peril more times than he cares to remember. But when Morris takes on a ring of bootleggers making illegal copies of a famous actress, he stumbles upon a secret so explosive it has incited open warfare on the streets of Dittotown.

Dr. Yosil Maharal, a brilliant researcher in artificial intelligence, has suddenly vanished, just as he is on the verge of a revolutionary scientific breakthrough. Maharal's daughter, Ritu, believes he has been kidnapped - or worse. Aeneas Polom, a reclusive trillionaire who appears in public only through his high-priced platinum duplicates, offers Morris unlimited resources to locate Maharal before his awesome discovery falls into the wrong hands.To uncover the truth, Morris must enter a shadowy nightmare world of ghosts and golems where nothing -and no one - is what they seem, memory itself is suspect, and the line between life and death may no longer exist.

Kiln People is a 2003 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

©2002 David Brin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Very very good

Loved this book. Good story, clever plot, good characters, great sci-fi, lots of twists. The narrator was brilliant - took a bit of getting used to but really liked his style. Probably the best book I have ever listened to. quite stunning. won loads of awards for scifi as well.

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Brin lost the art of storytelling

Usually I loved David Brins books as they were easy to read. This one is full of far too many ideas without the enjoyment of a story.

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Gave up

Started over twice but couldn't get engaged with the story even though it is an interesting idea. Called it quits after 6 hours. Narrator did a decent job though.