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Publisher's Summary

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.
In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Trip Williams on 08-09-14

Crank It Up Again!

My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.

MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!

I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!

Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!

Narration was VERY good!

I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-07-15


Show me, Don't tell me.
It is a little amusing, not long ago I read the last book in The Saga of The Seven Suns and at that time, I wondered, what if Anderson would work a little on character development? Maybe that is what he was trying to do in this book, I don't know. With real characters and no silly Elementals this might be good? Like John C of Dakota, I could only make it a little over two hours. This is the seventeenth book of Anderson's that I have read, so I knew what to expect. I did not need to waste 20 more hours of my life. Usually Anderson does not have time to develop characters, as he is in a rush to add more elements to the story. So, when he writes a book in which nothing happens for two hours, it is almost criminal. I feel he stole from me. Anderson talks too much, explains too much, does not show. Of those books only three could I recommend to others, that is a high percentage of failures.

I am not sure what keeps me buying these failures, but I will show more restraint in the future.

Good bye Mr. Anderson

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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous Coward on 07-21-15

Well read, less hard science and a bit of fantasy

Would you listen to The Dark Between the Stars again? Why?

Maybe, I do find Kevin J Anderson a bit repetitive. When reading his books you can often speed read a whole page because it includes no new information, just a rehash of back-story from earlier in the book of from a previous book in the series. By book 7 of the Seven Suns Saga I had got quite adept

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Shorten it down - not the audiobook so much, the original story. Everyone must be getting paid by the word...

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He's consistently good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I'm rooting for Exxos

Any additional comments?

Where are the Wentals?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Benjamin Watson on 07-31-17

enjoyable but predictable

I enjoyed listening to this immensely, however several plot progressions are a bit predictable (not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you are looking for).

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 02-13-18

A complex plot that moves rather slowly at times.

If you could sum up The Dark Between the Stars in three words, what would they be?

classic space opera

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Between the Stars?

The discovery of the robots on a moon.

What aspect of Mark Boyett’s performance might you have changed?

His female voices could have been better. He had a good range for males.

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

No. It had a lot to be taken in.

Any additional comments?

I liked it well enough to get the next book in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 03-19-15

A Great, Engaging Story

I enjoyed the saga of seven suns greatly and the the saga of shadows has begun in much the same fashion. gripping story and a broad range of interesting characters. The reading was good giving just enough subtle differences to each character as to make them feel unique. highly recommend.

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