Between the Strokes of Night

  • by Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by Melissa Edris
  • 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The author of Sight of Proteus and The Selkie brings a unique brand of sci-fi to this riveting story. To long-established worlds of starfaring humans come the Immortals - beings with strange ties to ancient Earth, who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in a day - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals.

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very interesting but poor narrator

i kept thinking of Matrix mixed with Inception and Aldis' Nonstop with a little 2001... I liked the story and the science gets a little mind bending trying to keep track of the "reality" situation at times but I liked the ideas behind it and the keeping humanity alive genre of space exploration. there's even a little Hunger Games bit that pops up. I'm not a fan of the narrator though. she mispronounced words and read very uninspired. a more dynamic narrator would have sped the novel up a tad and made it more enjoyable. I would try another of Sheffield. though i do have to say that the writing style itself is not very exciting. in general I think that many scifi authors have great ideas, but lack the writing style that would push their novels into the next level of literature. when you run across one where the style and ideas exist on high levels those works stand out and deservedly become classics with the added depth, i'm thinking of F451 and Childhood's End and 1984 and others that you can return to repeatedly and keep interpreting.
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- Darryl

Excellent and creative story. Decent narration.

If you could sum up Between the Strokes of Night in three words, what would they be?

FIrst a disclaimer: I am a fan of hard science fiction and of Charles Sheffield in particular. Although there are works of his that I have liked more than Between the Strokes of Night, it is an excellent stand-alone story. Sheffield creates an entirely internally consistent universe and I appreciate that he does not feeling an obligation to engage in long expository to explain every last element. The characters are rich. Melissa Edris's narration does not do the novel the justice it deserves but neither does it completely detract from it. It annoyed me that she did not know how to pronounce some fairly mainstream words which were not neologisms of Sheffield's. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and am delighted that Audible has added several of Sheffield titles that they had not offered before.


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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios