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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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3 out of 5 stars
By David Samson on 04-04-15


He created a fascinating world, but the actual story isn't engaging enough. I finished it, but was never engaged, never had any trouble putting it down.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-25-13

Interesting Premise, Disappointing Execution

What would have made Kiln People better?

Could have been quite a bit shorter without losing much of interest. The first quarter of the book sets up some interesting possibilities, but it starts losing steam and re-re-retreading the same ground. By the end, the only way to change things up is to go completely off the rails.

How could the performance have been better?

The reading really through me off at first, though I eventually got used to it. Very little flow between sentences, which occasionally took me out of the story. There was very little vocal range beyond "gruff man", and occasionally "whiny man". To be fair, much of the running monologue would have been tough to pull off convincingly for 20+ hours.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Kiln People?

Much of the metaphysically-focused climax should have been cut, and replaced with something that played more to the author's strengths and detective story tradition.

Any additional comments?

I had high hopes going into this book, and for three quarters through, I was able to say that, while it wasn't great, it wasn't bad either. Unfortunately, the last parts were particularly weak, and ended up souring what seemed to be at least somewhat interesting thought experiments from the beginning.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin on 12-08-12

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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