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.
I have a hard time understanding how Robert J. Sawyer manages to come up with such great ideas for his novels, and then turns out an entirely mediocre book from them. Sawyer consistently adds diversity to his characters just for the sake of diversity, and it takes away from the story. Not to mention trying to insert little tidbits of his own life when they are entirely unnecessary (The dungeons and dragons scene anyone?).
A few of the voices for characters are actively annoying, in particular female characters. They all have a constant whining feel to them, and it gets old fast.
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.
I really felt that the story's start was very jumbled. Maybe that was the point, maybe it wasn't. But anyone who listens to the end will probably feel as I did: it was rushed, rushed, rushed. I could almost see in my head a pushy publisher telling the author to finish it or to finish it in 20 pages that should have taken more than 100. Spoiler Alert: to go from only the initial people, to anyone they touched, to 'coming with the sun' in only a few pages just felt rushed.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I've read virtually everything Robert Sawyer has ever written. They usually range from excellent (Counting God) to pretty damned good (Hominid series). This is just average by normal standards. By Robert J Sawyer standard, I think it's below average. The narration is very good, the story is moderately interesting, and deals with mostly memory. Some aspects of the story are cool, but just not enough to carry the whole thing.