Rainbows End

  • by Vernor Vinge
  • Narrated by Eric Conger
  • 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vernor Vinge doesn't write novels very quickly, but when he writes one, it's well worth the wait. His last two novels have won the coveted Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the year. Rainbows End is set in the same near future as his novella "Fast Times at Fairmont High", which won the Hugo Award in 2002 for Best Novella.Set a few decades from now, Rainbows End is an epic adventure that encapsulates in a single extended family the challenges of the technological advances of the first quarter of the 21st century. The information revolution of the past 30 years blossoms into a web of conspiracies that could destroy Western civilization. At the center of the action is Robert Gu, a former Alzheimer's victim who has regained his mental and physical health through radical new therapies, and his family. His son and daughter-in-law are both in the military, but not a military we would recognize, while his middle-school-age granddaughter is involved in perhaps the most dangerous game of all, with people and forces more powerful than she or her parents can imagine. Filled with excitement and Vinge's trademark potpourri of fascinating ideas, Rainbows End is another triumphantly entertaining novel by one of the true masters of the field.

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What the Critics Say

"This top-drawer hard SF - fast-paced, packed with action, intellectually challenging and, above all, capable of invoking SF's grail: a genuine sense of wonder." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

good concept, lost its way a bit

I liked the cranky anti hero aspect, and a return from degenerative mental decline was a good start, but thought vernor got a bit carried away with the all pervasive media, and 'belief circles' just got a bit vapid. Characters always felt a bit safe. Good vision though.
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- treadings

I'm not a sci-fi person but

this book was a lot of fun. I loved all the futuristic technology which seems entirely plausible if still a bit far off. I thought the plot was a bit ridiculous in the end. But the journey there was enjoyable.
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- Emily

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-12-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio