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The Stone Sky

Written by: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (190 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends...for the last time.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

The remarkable conclusion to the postapocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multiaward-nominated The Fifth Season.

©2017 N. K. Jemisin (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Narrator Robin Miles keeps up the suspense throughout this dramatic conclusion to the Broken Earth Trilogy... Miles perfectly embodies the voices of the many characters... Listen and be transported to a meticulously built world that serves as a dire warning about the dangers of prejudice and power." (AudioFile)

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A real grind to get through

Great narrator, but the story just gets far to complex with characters that are hard to follow. Jumps all over the place without a solid storyline.

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AMAZING

this book is truly wonderful and good and I cannot recomend it higher! please give this series a listen.

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Definitely a Hugo Award well earned

Its simply a fantastic piece of writing. d
Definitely worth a read for anyone seeking a divverent style of fantasy novel.

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Jemisin fan convert!

this was a truly great trilogy with both epic magic and heart wrenching emotional journies. Narrator was quite good as well. there were half a dozen or so glitches in the recording where there were repeats which is sloppy editing by the publisher.

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  • jp
  • 2018-11-23

Excellent

Excellent story, wisely crafted and superbly performed. I'm sorry it's over, it's like leaving friends behind

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Amazing!!

The story was amazing and captivating and the narrating was superbly done!! Definitely recommend this series!

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Final part of the trilogy: tying up loose ends

Wrapping up the Broken Earth trilogy. Essun finally catches up with her daughter once again, only to find Nassun has clearly increased in skill to at least a ten ring level also. We learn more about the stone eaters and their origins at last, as well as where Alabaster went and what he was doing before Essun found him again. And, of course, we finally learn what happened to the moon in the first place, and what will happen next.

Overall this book felt like a huge tying-up-loose-ends from the past two books; although the various stories did proceed a bit more it felt as if there was less movement in the present and more back-and-forth in time catching us up with what happened in the past. It's still a fascinating and detailed world with good characters, but still a bit of a slow read as you keep track of multiple story threads and timelines until they finally fit together. #Audible1

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loved thos series

loved these books so much they just kept getting better as they went along #Audible1

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Eh, the author seemed tired at the end

I read the first two books in this series and mostly enjoyed them. The author's apparent obsession with the appearance and breeding and cultural identity of every single darn character got really trying after a while. I want to know what hard choices people make, not things they can't choose. If I want that stuff I'll read the horrific day to day news coming out of the new yellow journalism.
Here in the third book I felt like Jemisin was kinda phoning in the story and stretching it out to fill pages. To be fair the fantastical ideas and descriptions were nice and entertaining, but it didn't carry the story for me. There was some really nice pay off with repeated motifs in the story and strong world building, but that's not enough for me.
In the end I can't recommend this and I won't be returning to this series or any other of N. K. Jemisin's books.

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PERFECT ENDING

TIES UP THE FIRST TWO BOOKS NICELY. WOULDN'T RECOMMEND GETTING READINGS BOOKS TO LISTEN WITH.

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  • Jesslyn H
  • 2017-09-05

This review is for the entire series

(Review added to all books in series)
This was so good, I'll probably re-read the entire series again by the end of this year. This was truly a 5-course meal of a trilogy. Jemisin never hesitated staring an ugly truth right in the eye and it really paid off. Nothing came easy and there wasn't a hint of a Mary Sue moment.

It was refreshing to be offered a series where the main character was over 40, had kids and had already lived a full range of experiences. This is the second series that I've read by Jemisin and as much as I loved the 1st one (The Inheritance Trilogy), this was even better. I hope it doesn't sound pompous, but you can see more maturity in both the writing and the story-line.

The audio-book narrator, Robin Miles, is headed to the top of my narrator list. She can add everything from an African to a Gaelic? to a Slavic accent without sounding fake. It really brings the characters to life in a nice way.

I'm sure I'll still be re-reading this series decades from now. It's easy to see why Jemisin won the Hugo back to back on this one.

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  • Nickolai Paromov
  • 2017-10-18

Powerful and satisfying conclusion

Excellent narrator really captures the emotional undercurrent of each scene. Like the previous two books, major plot points can be seen approaching from some distance off but the upside to this is that the plot is resolved in a very satisfying and neat conclusion. The whole narrative just comes off as very cohesive and focused.

Personally I find some of the premises underpinning the main themes to be questionable but it does not prove difficult to suspend my disbelief and imagine that thy might hold true in a world that is fundamentally different from our own.

A very enjoyable experience overall bolstered by good pacing and a narrative focus on critical characters and events. Some of the tension was significantly undercut by the predictability of certain events but the writing style, choice of point of view, and the performance of the narrator combine to consistently and powerfully capture the complex emotional forces ravaging the critical characters.

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  • Audra Lorton
  • 2019-07-29

Dragged Out

N. K. Jeminsin has a great way of unfolding a story and creating twists and turns. However, you have to endure so many mundane details and chapters to get to what people are doing and why. Additionally, I listened to this book on 2.45x speed just to get through the mundane details and the long, slow, awkward pauses of the narrator.

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  • Richard Bennett
  • 2018-01-22

Fizzled out

I wanted to like it more but I felt like the ending fizzled out. Not sure what I wanted though

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  • Veronica L Miskowski
  • 2017-10-31

Ends weakly

Generally a good trilogy, though the story seems to run out if gas in book 3. I was confused most of the way through this meandering wrap up. I was left unsatisfied.

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  • Nick
  • 2018-10-06

this book was a slog

I really enjoyed the first book. the second two were just incredibly slow. I wanted to finish because of how much I enjoyed the first, but I would not recommend them.

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-05-03

Slow and uneventful

I am a fan of this series and love the world of earth magic created by the author. This book, however has a sluggish pace that never truly becomes captivating the way the first two did.

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  • Lynda
  • 2019-04-05

This got way too cerebral and bogged down

Just wanted to finish series. Way too abstruse with boring/repetitive descriptions of origin/ magic processes.

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  • hhhhh
  • 2019-02-15

Boring

Got bored, didn't finish. I like the first 2 books. word word word word @

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  • 2019-02-08

I couldn’t finish this

The narrator is excellent, and I kept hanging in there waiting for something to happen, or for something to matter! There is some slow action but it really doesn’t seem to mean anything. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters.

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