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Summary

Seven billion years from now, long after the Sun has died and human life itself has become extinct, alien beings reincarnate humanity from our fossilized DNA drifting as debris in the void of deep space. We are reborn to serve as bait in a battle to the death between the Rimstalker, humankind's reanimator, and the zotl, horrific creatures who feed vampire-like on the suffering of intelligent lifeforms.

Set in the artificial planetary system of Chalco-Doror, which is no more and no less than a vast cosmic machine, The Last Legends of Earth is a love story, a gripping saga of struggle against alien control, and an examination of the machinery of creation and destruction. Above all, it is world-building of the highest and grandest order, on a scale rarely seen in science fiction since the great works of Olaf Stapledon.

©1989, 2009 A. A. Attanasio (P)2012 A. A. Attanasio

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I'm not too sure about this

The story is ok and in places it interested me but I got a bit confused with the worlds and names but that could just be me. I found the references to pain a bit disturbing and possibly a bit S&M so it put me off a bit.



There were some interesting comparisons between who were the good guys and bad guys so it kept me listening and I liked the characters which helps!

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A classic sci-fi.

A favourite of mine well presented, although some of the character voicing was a bit hit and miss. The story has a complex structure with side stories to the main plot which is quite immersive, so the 25+ hours of listening time went quick.

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  • RG
  • 19-09-13

Take It Slowly

It's almost hard to review this book. I read it a few years ago and have just finished the audio version now. The story is truly epic, yet very difficult to follow at times. The characters jump all over the place, and time in the quest to kill off this pain educing vampiric Zotly. I suggest you take it slowly and let the story sink in, it isn't an easy read ( or listen) but it's worth it.

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  • Michael Heuss
  • 18-11-14

Great Story, Awful, awful narrator

If you could sum up The Last Legends of Earth in three words, what would they be?

Classic, awesome story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Legends of Earth?

What makes this story great is the way the writer is able to bring such creatures to life - and the span of history the story arcs through.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The sound quality is poor, the volume changes erratically. The narrator doesn't have any story telling skill at all. I will be sure to avoid audiobooks narrated by David Gilmore in the future.

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

Yes

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Narration is awful, dreadful. Almost as if the budget for the audiobook was so low they went and asked Tim from Accounting to read it.

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  • Søren
  • 24-09-14

Very poor sound-quality

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Gilmore?

Anyone who knows how to use recording software

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.. the pre-listen sounded so good and then the story is so bad, it was impossible to keep track of what was happening, because most of it was simply uninteresting :/

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Worst is the poor quality of the recording, at some points you can hardly hear whats being said and the next moment, its like he's screaming in your ear - Really annoying :(

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  • Jake Hamiltom
  • 19-04-18

Old favorite

I love this book, have for years. It's a very complex story of time.

The Audio performance was lacking, however. The reader was inconsistent and had issues with emotional phrases, like he would read a phase loud and excited, but then the book would say the character whispered the word.

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  • Phil
  • 07-03-17

Sucks

Story is so convoluted. Everything has stupid sounding names. Between the author's overly flowery language an his not fulling explaining who is who and what is what, it's difficult to keep up with what's going on. The narrator stinks too. Maybe the worst sci fi novel I've ever read/heard.

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  • Steven Wright
  • 21-03-13

A Truly Visionary Tale

What three words best describe David Gilmore’s performance?

Bad dinner theater. The narration of this book very nearly ruined this book for me.

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

Yes

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I read this book a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the story. The way in which Attanasio manages to tell a tale that spans 7000 years through the experience of the main characters is really unique. The worlds that he creates or rather that he has the Rimstalker create are an astounding concept that really stick with me and I am sure that I will return several more times.

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  • Sabrina Y.
  • 18-11-21

Stimulating .. astrophysics and biology req.

Atanasio creates worlds and realities like no other .. Lengthy be patient.. invest.
Listened to Radix first then In Other Worlds.. I recommend this sequence.
One complaint: the voice effects for certain dialogue was very hard to understand.. could have down without .. just not necessary.

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  • Diane
  • 13-05-19

Confused

Struggle to finish had a hard time keeping the purpose of the story together To the characters separated could be due to the fact I listened to it intermittently over a long period of time

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-18

Snooze fest

I felt like I was in algebra class again.
I never connected with any of the characters and the voice actor was a sleepy monotone.

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  • Hannah Leah Creel
  • 13-12-17

great story, okay audio

audio got a little rough at a few points. otherwise a great performance by the voice actor

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  • Randall
  • 28-03-17

Awful.

Stupid, incomprehensible, uninspiring, overly pretentious. Even worse is David Gilmore'amateurish narration. Glad it was on sale cheap.