This was a good story and a good read. I would have liked to give it four stars.
But the author doesn't trust the reader to get the point. He hits the reader over the head with it, over and over again. It's like the Holocaust (boink!). It's like making the Jews wear a yellow star (boink!). It's like the WWII Japanese internment camps (boink!). It's like racism (boink!). It's like homophobia (boink!). And then I read an article he wrote and he also says it's about autism.
By doing this, he disrespects the reader and adds a falseness to the story. He's not black. He's not gay. He's not Japanese. He's not autistic. (I don't know if he's Jewish, but even if he is, he grew up in America and never had to wear a yellow star!)
It's always risky to tell a story not your own. But, hey, that's what fiction is. But then just tell the story and trust the reader to make her or his own connections and comparisons.
The narrator was okay, but not my favorite. He only had one alternate voice other than Cooper's and it was rather annoying.
Once I started listening, I couldn't stop - totally pulled me into the story. I can see this book being made into a movie! The narrator spoke a little too fast at times, but otherwise was fine. Totally enjoyed listening to this one!
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Good guys, bad guys, brilliants, normals, isolation, inclusion. I am left wondering what to take away from this one. It's almost a dystopian story. It is believable, evidently localized to the US, and, I guess, is the forerunner to a big social upheaval.
Luke Daniels, as always, does a fine job narrating.
Yes. Would love a sequel!
Eric Upstein twist! The boy in the cave. . .
He sounds like Keaneau Reeves. I could visualize him acting in this movie.
Yes!! The vivid imagery after the explosion! The writer does a meticulous job giving our imagination what it needs to have been in the middle of a devastating explosion! I listened to that part twice!
Superbly written!! Will listen to this again!
I really got into the characters of this story. I would like to see a sequel for this. It could really be enlarged upon.
Slow starting but started to enjoy it after a while. Didn't like the main character much - why would he think his child should escape testing when no one else's does? Once I got past the pretty stereotypical characters, I enjoyed it more.
The performance was good. I don't think I would have finished it without the narrator
I would get it out on DVD not pay to see it in a movie theatre
Social media and the internet aren't mentioned so probably don't exist but I couldn't see how the official versions of events weren't counter-acted anywhere. Surely any brilliant strategiest would use media outlets (even international ones) to release different versions of events and perhaps those media would interview witnesses whose stories conflict with official versions? Pretty big weakness in the story I reckon.
Marcus Sakey did an excellent job weaving this story based in an alternate version of now.. I truly enjoyed it all the way through. And, I'm ready for more.
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Do you ever find a book that entrances you from the get go and you have no idea what made you choose it? That's what Brilliance was for me. From the opening scene to the final I couldn't be dragged away from my ear-buds, I had to know what was going to happen next. Like I expected this was not your ordinary super hero story. It did have to do with what I will call mutants and how society dealt with these mutants. How some were excepted and love while other were hated and controlled. But the underlying theme of how humans are so afraid of that which they don't understand. With the typical segregation and discrimination that accompanies what we are afraid of. Full of complex, interesting and relatable characters and plots twists and turns, some of which I saw coming other that I did not. If you want a fast paced, action packed, thought provoking sci-fi detective story you will not want to miss Brilliance.
Brilliance is based on the premise that inexplicably, around 1980, 1% of newborns had above average talents. These gifts were evident from the mid-80s, and as the kids grew up and their above average intelligence became more apparent and began to have a larger effect on the world, tensions began to arise between Normals and the Gifted.
Cooper works for the department of Equitable Services, which is tasked in finding those who are gifted and using their talents to gain heavily from a deck already stacked in their favor. Cooper himself is gifted with the ability to read body language and uses that to tell when people are lying or to predict their actions.
The story takes place around press t day, so the oldest gifted are around 32 years old and many of them see the government as persecuting them and treating them as less than normal in order to quell their talents. Already there is mandatory testing for all children by 8 years of age and the gifted are separated from their family until 18 where they are manipulated to be against each other. The reasoning for this is that if the gifted do not trust each other, then they won't band together to make normal humanity their slaves.
Currently Cooper is on the hunt for a gifted named John Smith who is an activist for the gifted's civil rights. In John Smiths efforts to make political stances he has been labeled as a domestic terrorist.
After Cooper was unable to stop a bomb going off that killed over 1000 people, he volunteers to go deep undercover to try to get to John Smith himself and kill him. He is aware that there is a mole in the government so only his boss knows he is undercover, and as a result the bombing is blamed on Cooper and he is labeled a rogue agent so he can gain John Smith's attention and try to get his trust.
The story unfolds from there, and is really great to listen to. It is not too demanding on your attention, either. I normally listen to audiobooks when I'm playing a game on my iphone or exercising, so I need a book that is not hard to follow.
This books was fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful, and at times, funny. The performer did a great job in giving all the characters their own voice. I am continuously pleasantly surprised at the quality of the readers on many audible books.
I am finding more and more that while I am not much of a fan of action movies, I do like to read/listen to action/suspense books. This is because the author is forced to make all the actions believable in a way that doesn't distract you from the story the way a special effect in a movie can take you out of the moment.
The plot itself is new and interesting, so it is not a story that I feel like I've heard before. The themes are touching on civil rights and how those in power try to keep themselves in power, but there was one thing that I kept thinking that lingered in the back of my mind: don't we already have an elite 1% with advantages disproportionate with the rest of society?
I kept comparing The Gifted vs Normals struggle in the story with the top 1% income earners vs the occupy Wall Street/99%-ers that played out over the last couple of years. While in real life these 1%-ers don't have brilliant minds like in the story, they have access to power, privilege, and other advantages that put them well ahead of everyone else to be successful, rich, and powerful. I am not going to weigh in on the issue, but I feel like it would be an interesting English paper topic to discuss, and it was something that kept coming through my mind when listening.
Overall I recommend this if you like action or thriller books. Though its more action than thriller or suspense.
My eyes are going bad, and without audible, my mind would certainly go next...
Utterly unoriginal in every way. Just really bad. The dialogue was pitiful, the attempts at humor were just embarrassing, and some (too many) of the voices the narrator used for the characters was almost unbearable - might cause seizures in some listeners. Just really bad. Curse the daily deal! I keep getting suckered in!