This is an innovative and original story, well written and great fun from beginning to end. I think of this as an "airplane book"; one that is engaging, entertaining, and just perfect to pass the time on a long flight.
Nicely read by Jeff Woodman, but I wonder if someone with a bit more menace in his voice might have added another dimension to the experience.
All in all, you can't miss with this one. Pure entertainment.
This book started with a bang and that was pretty much it. Not sure what the point of the book was. World peace since we can now read everyone's minds? Thought I should sing Kumbaya at the end. Not worth the money.
As stated in the author's preface, this book was conceived as a different kind of novel for Robert Sawyer. Instead of the thoughtful, character-driven, hard science fiction that are the hallmarks of his work, we get a serviceable thriller with a touch of science, all driven by a unique concept. It's not bad by any stretch of the imagination, I just got the feeling that Sawyer was constantly holding himself back in order to keep the plot moving forward and the reader unencumbered by anything approaching deep thought. If all you want is a unique thriller, than look no further. But if, like me, you were looking for another classic Sawyer deep dive into sociology and/or science, keep on walking!
I heard Triggers after first hearing Flashforward. Both books have very interesting premises, very good narration and captivating worlds one can believe in and want to be a part of. Unfortunately both books take a great premise and in the last 10% just make a huge left turn and, in my opinion, end disappointingly. Still worth listening to, though - just manage your expectations.
I am a clinical psychologist and writer living in Colorado's Vail Valley. I taught myself to read when I was 3 and I have been a voracious reader ever since. I love science fiction, literature, and non-fiction about psychology, business, history, politics, science and biography. I adore audiobooks and my kindle.
This thought provoking novel represents the very best that speculative fiction has to offer. The characters seem like real people (I'd love to get to know many of them better if they weren't fictional), the writing is crisp and lovely and the horrifying political events depicted seem all too probable. Unlike most dystopian books, this work proposed an inspiring solution to life's trickiest dilemmas. Read on to find out more, you won't be sorry. I also have to put in a kind word for the amazing narration. It was a real pleasure to listen to and I'm suffering book withdrawal now that I've finished.
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I normally love Sawyer’s books; they always rate 5 / 5 for me. I’m always captivated by his imagination and the stories have me enthralled every time.
This one however, although just as intriguing plot-wise, didn’t feel like the page turner it promised to be and therefore I would rate it 4.5 / 5
Still, high praise - I can’t wait for more!
Veri imaginative plot A different angle. most enjoyable even if a little difficult to imagine. i will be looking forward to other works by this authof
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Let me start by saying I am a Robert Sawyer fan and I always purchase his books as soon as they are published on reputation alone. However, “Triggers” is my least favorite so far, it lacked the “what if” scenarios that I normally look forward to when reading Sawyer’s works. As a Christian, I felt as if this novel was a little “too preachy” with the authors atheist beliefs. It lacked theological debate and I didn’t enjoy it at all.