In the tradition of Michael Crichton and Margaret Atwood comes this apocalyptic thriller that pits cutting-edge science against God and asks, who will win?
A strange phenomenon is sweeping the globe. People are having visions, seeing angels, experiencing events that defy reality. Bizarre accounts pour in from distant places: a French teenager claims to have witnessed Joan of Arc being burned at the stake; a man in New York dies of malnutrition in a luxurious Central Park apartment; a fundamentalist Christian sect kidnaps and murders a geneticist.
Then there is the graffiti We Are Becoming that has popped up in every major city around the world, in every language. And everywhere people are starting to talk about John Astor, the mysterious author of the book that seems to be at the center of it all.
After a rash of suicides around the world by individuals experiencing time-traveling hallucinations, psychiatrist John Macbeth and a team of FBI agents and scientists assemble to find out what's going on before it's too late. Is this a spiritual phenomenon - or something more sinister?
©2014 Christopher Galt (P)2014 Pegasus
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
You should never buy a new car model in its first year and you should not get an audiobook after reading only 1 review! However, I purchased this book firmly convinced I would love it. It sounded intriguing and had a wonderfully positive review.
And here's the thing. It has a very skilled narrator who did everything perfectly. And, I am sure, it is very well written, very intelligently thought out and researched, technologically oriented, and it is the type of science fiction I usually like. So, what went wrong?
Well, I am still trying to figure it out, so bear with me. As far as the characters, there were none I could identify with nor any I found interesting or especially likeable. Throughout the great majority of the book, extremely odd things were happening such as mass hallucinations. Lots of symptoms were presented with only vague hints of what might be the cause. I wasn't holding my breath in anticipation, nor was I invested enough to care very much. You could say that for me, this was not a nail-biter, and that might be an understatement!
Yet, I hung in there and kept listening whenever I could, as I was sure that when the great reveal came, it would be worth all the waiting. I figured the cause of the turmoil and possible destruction of the world would be mind-bending. It just wasn't mind bending and it came way too late, maybe the last chapter! I listened to that chapter over a couple of times to grasp what happened and realized this book just didn't do it for me.
So, this is how I come to be rating the book as middling, a book that has an excellent--no superb--narration, a book that shows off the author's writing skills and seems to be well thought out.
Anyone, friend, family or foe! This is truly one of the best audio books I have ever heard. It's content, it's performance,and it's thoughtfulness are universal and moving.
Yes, I was not sure how it would resolve until the very end..if it actually resolves at all for that matter.
No favourites, as it needs to be looked at as entire body of work.
The name says it all, although it would likely be very controversial.
Ray Porter is stunning in this, and brings this brilliant book to life. I can't recommend it high enough. Get it, listen, and enjoy!
What is real?
Probably the main character, John Macbeth. Without spoiling anything, it's kinda hard to explain the just how much he's forced to come to grips with and even at the end never comprehends everything fully.
Probably the one where John listens to Gabriel on top of the church roof.
What if Descartes was wrong?
Ray Porter is probably one of the best three narrators offered on Audible. Blackstone is incredibly lucky to have him and I frequently find myself buying books simply by virtue of the fact that he's narrating them. The man is a genius.
I would just for the fact that this novel was a fun exploration of ideas related to the simulation hypothesis of our reality.
The story was less interesting than the philosophical exposition. The characters were somewhat flat, without personality. The novel is essentially an excuse to explore the simulation hypothesis of cosmology through the form of a thin narrative. The vast majority of the content in this novel falls under one of two categories: 1.) Cataloguing hallucination experiences; 2.) Expository dialog about quantum physics and philosophy.
Not really. If these ideas were new to you, this book might blow your mind. However, as a student of this kind of thing, I found that I saw the ending coming half way through.
I would like to see these authors dive deeper into these waters but to focus more on showing their story through character, plot, and developments rather than couching it so intensely in exposition.
Spend all day at work listening to audiobooks. Love thrillers, mystery, but mostly lengthy science fiction.
Narrator was just as good as the many others I've listened to. Story was definitely different but flowed very cohesively with many characters that did not become interchangeable.Main character was more flat, but for reasons explained in the book.
The concepts, even though almost everything in this book is based off real scientific discoveries and theories, the way it was strung together into a great story really had me entertained.
I definitely suggest looking at any theories or concepts that you hear in the book and do not understand. Not everything is explained fully, and is left to the reader if they want to get everything out of it. I already knew much about quantum physics and AI based of my hobby of researching scientific concepts. But not many people are the same. If you do not understand the concepts I do not think the book would be remotely interesting but only confusing.
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