struggled to finish but was too far in. should have packed it in long ago
Watched the series and always wondered how it finished... this is a great listen, much better than the tv adaptation, couldn't stop listening...
"Not same story as TV show"
I listened to this as a big fan of the TV show (prematurely cancelled) and hoped this would continue the story as I had heard it was only half of the book.
Although you can see where the show got its ideas, I can say (this maybe the only time I ever say this!) the TV show did it better! The book was poorly paced and had long sequences where it only seemed to tell me of the science behind it. There was no real tension even during the chase sequence, it just seemed a bit slapstick.
If you like physics and debating theories this is the book for you.
If you liked the TV show, probably give this a miss.
"Great concepts, but lacking in other areas"
The concept of this book is interesting and innovative, and it is clearly founded on a good understanding of physics. The style of writing is very much that of an analytical person. You are more likely to hear about the colour of a wall or a desk than a smell or emotion. At times the writing seems to descend into a list of bullet points.
However, the audience for this book is likely to consist of quite analytically minded people, who may not be bothered by the slightly cold tone. A physics qualification will come in handy as complex concepts are explored at length in sometimes incongruous conversations.
The date on the audiobook is 2009, but his was written in 1999, and the author has failed to grasp many of the basic advancements made between those years. Indeed many predictions for 2030 are behind the reality of 2015. It has aged surprisingly badly.
The most annoying aspect of all was that book is sprinkled with predictions that are patently absurd. Sitting alongside well considered and perceptive thoughts, they shatter the illusion.
The narrator was generally fine, but seemed to produce brutish European accents, of which there were many, and also a few mispronunciations.
My ratings are a tad on the low side. Out of 10 I would have given 7, but I can't bring myself to give 4/5.
"One of the best books I have read in a long time"
If you have even a passing interest in particle physics and quantum theory you will love this book. And if you don't have any interest in either you can still enjoy a good storyline. I couldn't put this book down.
"Great book, awful narration"
I am about half way through the audio of this book and I am thoroughly enjoying the plot. Quite different from the tv series but that's ok for me.
My only complaint is the narration - I find it quite hard to believe in any of the characters as all their accents are the same, regardless of nationality - the New Zealand accent is particularly amusing! I would rather the narrator didnt try to put on different voices for each character if he is going to do it badly.
For me, this really lets the audiobook down which is disappointing as I'm quite fascinated with the subject matter.
First of all - if you are expecting a book of the TV series - forget it. This book was so much better than the TV series which was based (very very loosely) on it.
Robert J Sawyer is a real old fashioned intelligent science fiction writer, the kind that gives your brain a real work out. The information about the real places such as the Large Hadron Collider is woven into the story extremely well giving it depth and believability. The fiction elements are blended in so skillfully that you really have to stop and think about where the science stops and the fiction begins.
The book works on many levels, once the reader has been introduced to the idea of a 'flash forward' glimpse of the future then the real questions start and they come thick and fast. What impact would it have to know in advance that in 20 years you would or would not be famous? How do we know whether the future is fixed and does free will really mean anything? What about the millions of people killed by the event and how do the authorities cope? How do you prove what causd the phenomenon without killing millions more people in the process?
Add to the mix a murder mystery where the crime won't take place for twenty one years and you have a classic sci-fi tale up there with the likes of I-Robot and Foundation. I can't help but think that this would have made a fantastic movie if handled correctly rather than the seriously dumbed down TV series.
As an audio book, the production was great, the narration was excellent and I was hooked from start to finish. More like this please....
Really not worth the trouble - wooden characters with stilted dialogue, lumpen plot and a smattering of futurology: "Windows 9", hovercars and big televisions anyone?
The TV series shares little more than the title. This is probably a good thing as the book lacks all the excitement found in the dramatization.
This is a beautifully written and thought-provoking book which is well read by the narrator. It raises the fascinating questions of how life would change if you could see 20-years into the future, how much that vision would dictate what actually happened in the future and whether or not the future is pre-determined. This is a great read and much better than the TV series.
Decided to see how this compared with the television series and you can see where the TV series gets it's ideas but other then that theres not much link. As with another reviewer I felt the TV series has more drama however this is a very good book and parts 1 and 2 are well written, interesting and make you want to listen to more. However - the ending is dreadful and a major let down and rather ruins the rest of the book. The first 2 parts on their own would have had a rating of 4/5 but the final part is a 1!