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  • Children of Time, Book 3
  • Written by: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Children of Memory

Written by: Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Publisher's Summary

The unmissable follow-up space opera to the highly acclaimed Children of Time and Children of Ruin.

When Earth failed, it sent out arkships to establish new outposts. So the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carried its precious human cargo to a potential new paradise. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive on Imir, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

Then strangers appear, on a world where everyone knows their neighbour. They possess unparalleled knowledge and thrilling new technology – for they have come from the stars, to help humanity’s lost colonies. But not all is as it seems on Imir.

As the visitors lose track of time and memories, they discover the colonists fear unknown enemies and Imir’s own murky history. Neighbour turns against neighbour, as society fractures in the face of this terrifying foe. Perhaps some other intelligence is at work, toying with colonists and space-faring scientists alike? But not all questions are so easily answered – and the price may be the colony itself.

Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.

©2022 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2022 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

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Brilliant additional to a fantastic series

Hard Sci Fi mixed in with mystery and intrigue.
Tchaikovsky was always brilliant in making us question what life out there in the universe should look and behave like. This books takes it to the next level, really made me sit and ponder the world around us.

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  • 22-01-23

Not as good as the previous two books

As a series, I love these books and Children of Memory was an interesting wrap-up. But as a standalone novel, this really doesn’t live up to his previous two works - Time and Ruin.

This book starts out strong, but the ending is very weak. And even for Tchaikovsky’s standards, this was just plain weird. In that, it did not make much sense. I felt like the author was trying too hard to create a spectacular and memorable send-off to this series. But he failed.

Is this book readable, though? Yes. And if you’ve been following this series, you will enjoy the fresh take on some of the older characters.

Overall, its worth a one-time read/listen. The narrator, as always, was spectacular.

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Got me thinking

Premise is similar to Children of Time but a very different story line. It sets in a suspense novel for the most part. Later it evolves into philosophical debate on what is sentience. Good listen overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-22

Departure from logic

Previous books were focused more on the evolution and adaptation of different species, with possible space travels, with a few faults.

This one?
Spoilers ahead

It's about the Miranda. And a AI system that runs simulations it creates about being it finds.
And here is the problem. OK let's assume this AI can do this...no, wait I can't imagine it.
The theory/idea broke apart when the story mentions how Liv's uncle beats her. The original crew crashed. How would this AI understand humans enough to simulate that (h)umans would beat their kids? Let alone what their structure would look like or that the entire colony would fail anyway? Wouldn't it start correcting the circumstances instead of repeating the arrive, build, live, die scenario over and over again? What sort of sadist...

It's these parts of the story where your listening experience is interrupted with rational thought and you lose the immersion.
It's an OK book, but it feels like it was written out of necessity.

Oh and could one of the (h)umans please empty a can of RAID into Kern? She is starting to get insufferable.

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  • Adam B.
  • 11-12-22

Why is book?

Considering the other two titles in this series were masterful tales about possible evolutions and new societies that came to be without human interference. Amazing world's created with social structures, conflict and just really great world building.

This book feels like a complete departure from the above.

I'm trying to figure out how to say why I don't like the book without spoilers but that seems impossible so:

**SPOILERS**

It was all a dream essentially, everything that happened didn't matter. You spend 12 hours in confusion just to be told it was a simulation which to me makes me wonder, why have this book at all. It doesn't really advance anything, no new species, no new society, nothing new in the world, just 12 hours of book flushed down the toilet for no reason. I really enjoyed the first two in the series but this, the entire time I was struggling to keep going and now at the end I wish I had just stopped.

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  • Bartek
  • 02-02-23

After 2 great books, a disappointing sequel

First two books in the cycle were focused on ecology and evolution, both natural and stimulated by humankind. They were excellent, probably among the best sci-fi of the last decade. I pre-ordered Children of Memory as soon as I learned it is going to be issued.

Then, a big letdown. It could be described as a fictionalized essay on sentience - what is sentience, where to find sentience, can sentience be created artificially, whether it may be transferred etc. A bit of a departure from the previous two books. Worst of all, after such a sequel I started wondering if there is any potential for a continuation of the series?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-23

not nearly as good as previous books

Struggle to finish it and follow it. Lacks the amazing scientific detail and imagination of the previous books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-23

Beat book of the year 2022 for me

Bueutiful story with relatable characters and an unexpected flow. An adventure you won't forget

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  • Lars_Erik Grambo
  • 21-01-23

what is sentience, really?

like the previus book in the series, nothing makes sense at all untill the last few chapters.
But unlike the previus two books, this one also digs into the question of who and what are sentient, and what that means.

Philosophy students may recommended to read this book as a case study.

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  • Bryan
  • 19-01-23

Disjointed and disappointing

I loved Children of Time.
I liked Children of Ruin.
I wanted to love this too but the story is just a confused mess. There’s a narrative reason why this should be so, but a) that doesn’t help it be any more readable, and b) that reason is so overused in science fiction by now that it is an insult to the originality of the previous books.

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  • Danni Hansen
  • 11-01-23

Great story & Great performance

Excellent continuation of the Series! It does not flow quite as naturally as the others, but it is still well worth your time and money.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-23

Deeply disappointed by third book

I loved the first book as much as I loved my first Sci Fi book, Dune. I thought this author would never disappoint. Even if he did, I loved the first 2 books so much, I would still give him credit. But he ended up doing the one thing I cannot tolerate in storytelling "art" ( which when you do this, clearly becomes less art and just a poorly unfinished, rushed, commercial product that you just have to get out the door ).

What disappointed me so much, and what I can't tolerate? STOP READING TO AVOID SPOILERS.

Basically the one thing that actually triggers me at this point, because it's been done by so many writers who disrespected our attention span, is what I call: "Pamela dreamed a whole season"

In the soap opera Dallas many years ago, they lost an actor for a season, and when he came back, they basically made an entire season be the dream of his wife, so they could fit him back in the story.
In the series Lost, the same type of commercial impact upon the story, where after several seasons of building intrigue, they hit you with "oh they were all dying and waiting to go to heaven, it wasn't real"
The Dark guys did it too this year with their new series. This whole fictional element of "here's an unbelivable story, with intriguing elements that will grasp your curiosity and keep you interested, until the point they explain to you that it was so intriguing because it didn't happen, it was just some sort of a dream.

This story building method seems to be driven by finances and corporate constraints rather than driven by one's inspiration for artistic expression.

I am much more sad and disappointed that a series that I loved so much ended so badly, than I am for wasting my time with this book. There was great potential, and great momentum to build upon from the first 2 books that I don't feel was leveraged at all in this last book.

Mel's performance is amazing as always btw.

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  • Jakulon
  • 04-01-23

Brilliant

Absolutely loved it! I could write tons about it but perhaps I shouldn’t not to give up spoilers.

Beginning tries to introduce you to the universe and predominately succeeds. There were however two occasions when it was repetitive.
It does not give you much information at the start and it felt a little slow paced. Like walking in the dark room touching your way forward.

But then in the middle it shines as it brings up the pace.
Story grips you and never let’s go. There are revelations and twists in the story at the end when it all fits nicely together.

Alien perspective is a hallmark of authors genius and it truly shines. As well as perspective of little girl (which I failed miserably to capture on one occasion in literary contest I took part in).
Provides ethical side of living in post scarcity society clashing with struggling colony on half terraformed planet.

Splendid word craft and imagery.
Performance of the voice actress is of the highest quality. With only one occasion showing different sound as a result of a break in recording days.

Remarkable achievement from one of the greatest sci-fi writers.
Recommend it to every sci-fi fan.

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  • Damian
  • 10-12-22

Incredibly disappointing sequel to the series

Considered giving up halfway through and then towards the end but finally decided to persevere and finish the audiobook. I have to say that the story has been incredibly underwhelming. Nothing at all happens until about the last 10% of the book. The story is bland and doesn't reflect the tone of the previous ones at all. It was a big letdown for me as I was really looking forward to another instalment in the series.

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  • Nathan Eden
  • 28-11-22

another mind bending entry from Adrian Tchaikovsky

He never fails to entertain and foster intelligent discourse about the nature of human intelligence.

A core theme remains at the heart of this series, that we only have one Earth and it needs looking after. This sad tale of ecological collapse is an allegory for what the coming generations could face if we don't. We don't have the luxury of advanced terraforming or a Kern's World or Porteids to save us from ourselves.

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  • Stephen
  • 09-01-23

Satisfactory Conclusion

The Time series has introduced some great ideas, to me, the big ones have been, “What is human”, “what is an individual”, and finally in this book, “what is intelligence”. We are creatures of our perspectives and experiences and Adrian Tchaikovsky has explored this brilliantly in his Time series

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  • Judi Blakeburn
  • 04-02-23

Wonderful continuation of this brilliant space opera

Complex idea, beautifully written and brilliantly narrated. I do hope there will be more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-23

Confusing story

Story which one could’ve hoped was somewhat more relatable to the prequel, however turns out to be very confusing throughout the whole reading

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  • GadgetMaven
  • 03-02-23

A disappointment

Whilst the other two books in this series, opened your mind, especially to new insights into the mechanics of evolution, the vast majority of this book seemed incomprehensible, and generally fanciful nonsense. It introduce some quite clever thought-provoking concepts but left me feeling that the book was disjointed.

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  • Bob Conrod
  • 02-02-23

Great, confusing at times but thoroughly enjoyable story.

More twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti. An amazing imagination that this writer has. I enjoyed this book particularly the last bit, but I sense a book number four coming on in the series. If I’m right, I am looking forward to that next installment.

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  • Elise
  • 01-02-23

As Hoped For

Masterful as always. I think I enjoyed this more than the 2nd one. At this stage, I’ll read anything he writes!
Same narrator who is very good.

Enjoy

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  • Sky
  • 30-01-23

An introspective interesting addition to the series

I liked that this displayed a different perspective to the story than the previous two books. A moving narrative if a bit winding and confusing at times. Definitely recommend! x

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  • Adam Masterton
  • 30-01-23

Honest Review

It was alright and by no means bad but it didn't grip me as much as the previous two books in the series.

Love the series though so I was always going to listen.

The story seems drawn out and at times I found myself losing interest because it wasn't clear what was going on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-22

Woah!

Like an old steam train gathering momentum, it chugged along a little slowly. Then it reached speed and it was quite an adventure! It kept me guessing until the end.

~ "What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day,…”Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?" "Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. (The Velveteen Rabbit)

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  • sara
  • 08-12-22

I was confused but it was a ride

Overall loved this book, I was confused af with the storyline however was very surprised and happy with the ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-23

An awesome triathlon for your grey matter!

This is one series I will be listening to all over again. A delightfully thorough workout for the simulation between the chattering hemispheres of my brain! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-23

Please let there be another sequel

This series has been amazing every step of the way. Each book explores what it means to be alive, conscious, and a person in such a way that leaves me completely astounded.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-01-23

Adrian Tchaikovsky, what a mind!

This writer puts together characters and plots like impossibly complex machines with a maze of interconnected wires and little cogs whirring away... Here, amazingly imagined far, far future beings alongside struggling Amish-like colonists. Quite brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-23

Enjoyable continuation

Good continuation of the expanding universe, love love love the Corvids and I’m hooked if they involved in more stories.
I’ll buy every single one of these series but this is not as good as the previous IMHO.
Well worth the money and performance of the narrator was great; characters were distinctive, good pace and emotional quality was spot on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-23

Nice addition

This is a worthy addition to the series. Pick it up and enjoy the show...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-23

I still prefer book 1

Another fairly good instalment of this series made great by amazing narration. However Book 1 will still be my favourite.

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  • Aaron Lowndes
  • 14-01-23

an unfathomable imagination

I must admit I found it hard, after listening to Children Of Time, to imagine that the same characters could be used to create another story that again upends my idea of what a space-travel story could include (without resorting to the tired trope of space warfare). But Adrian did it again with Children Of Ruin, and again I was convinced that was it. Surely after that he would be all out of ideas... but now with Children Of Memory Adrian has yet again shunted a completely new idea into being and made it accessible to all. I loved the whole series, and I am about to start them all again, they are that good.

Mel Hudson is the perfect narrator for this, she has the variation and consistency to create amazing voices that instantly identify each character, and they are all pleasant sounding. What a talent.

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  • Adrian 文康
  • 11-01-23

Never fails to be fascinating

I thoroughly enjoyed all 3 stories and the performances. All of the sentient species, the characters, they are just so real, just so good. Awesome work!