It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.
Among them was a great dreamer, an immigrant who'd pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and most admired men in the world. That man was Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserved better. So he set out to create the impossible: a utopia free from government, from censorship, and from moral restrictions on science, where what you gave was what you got. He created Rapture - the shining city below the sea. But this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be... and how it all ended.
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Yes, for those who played the game it is essentially the prequel.
Unfortunately, the ending. I don't do spoilers.
solid and consistent.
No, it is vast, deep and sometimes cumbersome. The characters and happenings are so vast that there may be times you want to shut it off to try to absorb it.
I have waited for this book for years, since the first game came out. This is not a direct translation of the game. It is entirely the prequel. It describes the origins of Rapture and all of the major players.
It left me feeling empty. I can't see to play the game and I was hoping it was the direct game translation and would bring some of that excitement, it wasn't and really didn't. That is not to say it wasn't good. For those who played the game it will add depth and explanation. For those that won't play it, it is a foray into strange political intrigue.
The main character Andrew Ryan is obsessed with building a "utopian" world underwater to escape the dangers of living on the land post WWII. Once this is done, hIs failed leadership decisions turn the world into chaos and destruction worse than anything happening on land. A power struggle ensues and between Ryan and his two antagonists, Dr. Lamb and Fontaine, they provide an all-encompassing view of three types of societal living without regulation. Capitalism, Communism, and Anarchy are explored and it turns into an underwater hell that threatens to kill them all slowly.
In many ways this could be taken more like critical literature than just an entertaining novel about a video game story. Don't be fooled by the game or the title this subject matter is deep, no pun intended. If you are into political theory, sociology, psychology or just want to know how Bioshcok began, this is a very interesting read and you MUST read it to fully understand it.
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
The book fills in much of the backstory that was just hinted at in the games, and serves to tie together the plot from both Bioshock games. No real surprises, but it did make me want to go back and replay the first game, and finally finish the second. If you were a fan of the Bioshock games, then you'll want to buy this book. If you were not, its still a good read, though not very subtle or particularly well-written. That's not really a knock against the author - the story had enough twists on its own, but he's working within a very rigid framework, more so than other works set in rich IPs.
Steampunk/sci-fi/IT nerd with a penchant for humor and atheism. History texts get equal time with webcomics.
An exciting prequel to the Bioshock games, really filled in some of back stories I never knew I needed, but am super excited to now retain.
The voice work doesn't feel phony or forced, cleanly providing emotion and separate characters and accents in a way that makes you feel like there were multiple talents working on it.
Yes. I drove around, and around, and sat in my driveway, and extended my listens out as much as possible.
I bought this book on a lark. I have heard of the game, but never played it. I quickly however enjoyed the story. The whole time that I was listening to it, I was envisioning this as a movie. It is a bit twisted and gory at times, but I still liked it.
I liked the narrator a lot. I have not listened to him before, and I have about 160 books. The only issue I had with him is his accents. One of the main characters, Bill, was supposed to have a cockney accent. Bill however sounded more like a Vermonter than a Brit. He also could not do a Brooklyn accent very well either. But I loved his voice and cadence. He kept me interested.
still waiting for audible to sell me Metro 2033
It was kinda of dull at points. and if you havn't played the game you are kinda left out.
At points you kinda forgot it's in Rapture it could be any big city. He needed to go into more of building the world of Rapture
good reader I will be picking up more of his work
Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" is one of my favorite books of all time. The philosophy and story are at once complex and exhilarating, and have managed to inspire not only fans but generations of 'believers'. As an accompaniment to that book, I cannot recommend Bioshock: Rapture highly enough.Bioshock: Rapture has similar characters and themes to Rand's classic, albeit the author attempts to illustrate the dark side of how it would be possible for Rand's utopia, if it actually existed, to not work as she so eloquently depicts. And he provides many believable storylines and character developments to illustrate this.The story AS WELL AS the philosophy are very, very good. I will add that the first half was the best part, in my opinion, as the second half seemed to lose momentum and focus. But it was still a great ride.And I'll add that this book did not make me resign all of my affection for Rand's writings, rather, it provided a smart balance to the worldview. Yes, the book is based on a video game, and yes, it has some eccentric sci-fi elements as well, but what the author did with the material is just a few hairs short of what Rand did with books like Atlas Shrugged, and I consider that a surprising and wonderful achievement.The narrator was pretty good, he adopted a "film noir" tone that works for the material and the time period in which the material takes place.
great to have a satisfying origin story that's more than just fan service. I didn't see anything that broke the cannon arc yet it delved into lots of little details. the book is capable of standing alone and being a good read.
I'm just a guy... I like to listen to good books.
It was incredibly boring... I had a hard time getting into it. I was enamored with the game and the information that this book provides about the pre-story is actually something I welcome; but it is presented in such a boring way. And the Jeffrey Kafer was unable to grasp me at all.
I don't think I will... this was a horrible introduction to his work. Everything seemed rushed and it was hard to really identify with many of the characters. Everything seemed just so... uninteresting.
I have no clue, the first few Mass Effect books have a great narrator. But I'm not sure their name.
Disappointment... I was hoping this would be a good series to continue. Now I feel it was a waste of my money.
I feel regret for myself and anyone who purchases this book.
I don't really read books all that much but I do play video games and Bioshock is one of my favorite video games of all time. I found this book after playing BioShock Infinite I read this book all the way through and was absolutely mesmerised at the story, the way they set up all of the characters from the first two games was really well done, they really made you feel what the characters were feeling and what they were thinking back then. The way they described the city as it was being built and once the war between Andrew Ryan and Frank Fontaine started was more than I could have hoped for. They may never come out with a Bioshock movie but this felt like a movie through and through to me, now that I'm finished with the book I plan on going and playing the first two games again to experience them in a new light. Worth Every Minute.
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