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The Uplift War

The Uplift Saga, Book 3
Narrated by: George Wilson
Series: Uplift Saga, Book 3
Length: 27 hrs and 52 mins
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Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1988

David Brin's New York Times best-selling novels thrill listeners with their stirring adventures and intriguing speculation about humanity's future. Set in a universe where no species has reached sentience without the "uplifting" help of a patron race, the books delve into the greatest mystery of all: Who uplifted humankind?  

Earth has been allowed to colonize the planet Garth only because its previous occupants went berserk and wiped out virtually all life there. But now humans, chimps, and their alien allies on Garth are being held hostage in a conflict that could affect the fate of the entire Five Galaxies. As a ragtag group of freedom fighters wage a desperate guerilla war, their only hope for victory lies in unravelling the elusive truth behind the legend of a hidden native species that could prove a powerful ally.

The Uplift War provides entertainment in the grandest tradition of science fiction, with exotic aliens, visionary action, and universe-encompassing mysteries.

©1987 David Brin (P)2001 Recorded Books

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"The Uplift books are as compulsive reading as anything ever published in the genre." ( The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction)

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One of Brin's Most Engaging Reads

The Uplift war is an enthralling tale of the Earth's three starfairing races' fight against the politics and prejudices of the Galaxy's older races told through the experience of individuals from many angles. The characters are realistic and typical of Brin, lead you into wanting to listen to the whole story from start to end in one go. Quite enthralling.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-11-08

BIG ENTHUSIASTIC WOW

What an awesome trilogy. By the third installment the whole thing is on fire, great writting - marred only by occassional clunky narrative device, outstanding narration and what a story. Inspiring, spellbinding speculative fiction. This lifts Brin into the realm of the great masters: Clarke, Silversberg, Heinlien, Asimov.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 12-04-19

Uplifted chimps against evil aliens

The Uplift War is the final installment of the Uplift Saga trilogy by David Brin. While book 1 dealt with humanity's early contact with the myriad aliens populating the five galaxies along with the mystery of how humanity was uplifted without a patron race as well as their own uplift projects and book 2 dealt mainly with uplifted dolphins, book 3 is focused on uplifted chimps on a formerly abandoned planet that becomes the leverage for an alien race to negotiate for location of the presumed progenitor fleet found in book 2. Following an invasion, the chimps, along with a few humans and a couple of alien allies manage a guerrilla action and eventually overcome the invaders.

Brin continues the theme of a universe, extending back millions of years where every sentient race has been uplifted from pre-sentience by someone else, all the way back to the progenitors who are long gone. The universe is governed by oppressive protocols that makes the European Union look like the wild wild west. Humans again are bending the rules and beginning to uplift gorillas (without permission). The invading race is an odd set of three leaders from the the three branches of their government where competition and success determine eventual procreation rights. There is much emphasis on cultural variation across races as well as significant cultural gaps that lead to much confusion. There's also a bit of dissonance as humanity operates on our time scale, while the rest of the universe behaves as if getting around to something in a couple of centuries is hurried.

The same narrator from previous volumes performs an exceptional job with a good range of characters as well respectable alien accents. Pacing is a bit on the slow side.

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  • Douglas
  • 07-10-18

One of Brin's best.

Great book. I read this book in back in the 1980's and had to add it to my Audible collection. The audio book really brought the characters to life.

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  • Colin
  • 02-11-13

Another different story, but same main story

This one is nice, it has a good story with the same main story going on in the background or foreground whatever its good.

Crazy stuff is going on now that the ship of uplifted Dolphins "Streaker" has stumbled upon something they shouldn't have, a whole planet has come under siege from many races trying to get to the info that they have - they don't even know what it is, they want to turn it over to the "galactic library" but cant figure out who because they get the idea that whoever they give it to isn't going to put it into the public library, they are going to keep it for them self.

There are some cool things here with the planet Garth and the species on it, I wish it was a little longer.

I liked this story a little better than the others but it wasn't perfect, it goes without saying that you don't really need much of a review here if you liked the first 2 you probably will like this one and the others after it.

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  • David
  • 07-05-08

The Uplift War

Excellent book, in my humble opinion at least as good or better than Startide rising his Hugo award winning Novel.
I just wish there were more in the same Universe available here...............................DJ

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  • Kirk
  • 08-12-08

Very good book. Definitely worth listening to...

A very original sci-fi concept (uplift), very good story and good narration.

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  • Gretchen Von Eberstein
  • 07-08-08

Inteligent

Intelligent & thought provoking - I like his world; A future with altruism and good breeding ;^)

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  • andrew ross
  • 11-02-17

Nowhere near startide rising

So incredibly boring. I love brin but my god this was awful. The characters running around from place to place with no purpose, the fetishizing of big dumb war machines, the terribly dialogue... Just no good all around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-19

The Uplift War great ending for the Saga

I was first introduced to David Brin's excellent Uplift Saga's when I was still a teenager (early 80s) and I was impressed with the story and felt like this could happen here and now. Now over 30 years later the books are still relevant today, even more so. The idea of genetics manipulation for uplifting other earth species to sapience and equality to humans is a logical path we can take to stop thinking of aliens and life on other planets and generate the life here on earth that together we would be able to colonize the stars. No longer alone in space and in the universe. Read this series and listen to George Wilson's masterful narration. He has great range and brings the words to life.

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  • Jerod Hammerstein
  • 08-03-19

great narration

The narrator did a wonderful job. He brought to life a favorite book of mine.