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Rifters Trilogy Series, Book 1
Written by: Peter Watts
Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins

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A huge international corporation has developed a facility along the Juan de Fuca Ridge at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to exploit geothermal power. They send a bio-engineered crew - people who have been altered to withstand the pressure and breathe the seawater - down to live and work in this weird, fertile undersea darkness.  

Unfortunately, the only people suitable for longterm employment in these experimental power stations are crazy, some of them in unpleasant ways. How many of them can survive, or will be allowed to survive, while worldwide disaster approaches from below?

©1999 Peter Watts (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Ocean State Prime
  • 2019-06-08

social misfits at crush depth

I'd like to give this book a good review, but the fact is that I did not enjoy this listen. Way too much of the book is dreadful interplay between unlikable characters. There is almost imperceptible development of the plot during this first two-thirds of the book, leaving me at every minute wondering when the plot was going to engage. It does so near the end, but too late for me to consider following this series further; I suspect the next book will follow a similar pattern.

The narration added nothing to this book and perhaps took away from it.

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  • M. Morgan
  • 2019-06-18

amazing book, glad it's available now

while the narrator doesn't capture what I expect of Clarke specifically, I'm so happy to have this book available as an audio book I'm more than happy to have expectations challenged. great scifi,amazing book. This one would be hard for any narrator who hasn't read and absorbed the whole thing from the start.

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