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Bioshock: Rapture: Bioshock, Book 1 | [John Shirley]

Bioshock: Rapture: Bioshock, Book 1

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.
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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.

©2011 Take-Two Interactive Software, Incorporated (P)2012 Tantor

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    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 02-20-13
    A. Ferguson Albuquerque, NM 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly Recommend for Rand Fans Like Myself"
    Would you listen to Bioshock: Rapture again? Why?

    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.


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    Jeffery Summerville, SC, United States 09-10-12
    Jeffery Summerville, SC, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the game enjoyed the book."
    Would you recommend Bioshock: Rapture to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who loved the Bioshock game but not necessarily to anybody. I think that is the main reason why I enjoyed the book was because it gave the game more of a background and I absolutly love the games.


    Do you think Bioshock: Rapture needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would like to see more but that is also because the game and the world of Rapture really captures my imagination and interests me quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all the book is pretty decent and enjoyed listening to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 04-14-14
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2008
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    "If you play the game you may love the story."
    Would you try another book from John Shirley and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    maybe.


    Could you see Bioshock: Rapture being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hate being led through my reviews. The problem with this book is that I couldn't finish it which means there was some reason it failed to hold my attention. I think there was a little too much information spoken instead of seen. And a bit too much repetition.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peter 1106 smallwood rd jamestown,tn,38556 11-23-13
    peter 1106 smallwood rd jamestown,tn,38556 11-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "read the halo series instead"

    a lot of people are afraid to read books based on games.they are concerned that the story world will lack complexity and that the characters will lack depth because of being based on a game.This would make the book boring and dead (dull) instead of interesting and alive.with modern computer games,this does not need to necessarily be so.Some of them have had a lot of thought planning and detail put into them.The first game based book I read was Halo:the fall of reach.That was a fantastic experience!I have so far listened to most of the books in the series,although only the eric Nylund books rate fantastic.

    My point is that this is not one of those books.The narration was one of the better ones I have heard.However,it is unlikely I will give this author another chance until he learns how to write and tell a story. The first 2/3 of the book is incredibly boring.With a topic like a modern city under the sea and a plot too....how can an author manage that? The last 1/3 of the book does move along OK,but the author still manages to kill any enjoyment the listener may get from listening.Except for shallow characters,the main thing I can think of is the horrible attempt at dialogue for the characters.

    skip this one

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-20-13
    martin Willowbrook, IL, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Works a a game, fails as a book"
    Would you try another book from John Shirley and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

    Video game stories are often a bit choppy and perhaps even dull but the action, playability and animation often make up for that. Well, books must rest entirely on the story and so when you back port a game into a book you need to flesh it out, and make it plausable. This book plodded in in heavy handed and choppy fashion right up until the end which went out with a puff and not a bang. Left thinking, "what was the point?"


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 07-09-13
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 07-09-13 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Terrible or Worse"

    This book is a combination of 1950's detective novel and Atlas Shrugged. I listened to 2 hours of the audio and still nothing had happened. Writing is stiff and does not really go anywhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13
    Michael Burlington, Kentucky, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Feel bad for this one."

    The world of Bioshock is one that really grips me like few others have been able to do. Its one of those few video game series that tries to handle political ideology and succeeds. It starts off with the chaotic "dog eat dog" ambitions of Frank Fontane in the original Bioshock, and in the second game flips the coin to see the soft totalitarian leanings of Lamb. Permeating all of it though is the principles of the powerful Andrew Ryan.

    A book about Andrew Ryan would have to be very good in order to be decent, as Ryan is a complex character. However Shirley is not able to do it. There are times when he cant seem to conceal his lack of understanding of Ryan or do justice to the kind of man who could become Ryan.

    The narrator isn't great either. Ryan comes across as an almost android. He can't do a british accent, and does an even worse Brooklyn one.

    Maybe I just expected too much from a video game novel adaptation. Though I think my big problem was that this was a story that shouldnt have been told: the founding of Rapture.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Krishna St. Paul, MN, United States 05-28-13
    Krishna St. Paul, MN, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the game, barely made it through the book"
    What would have made Bioshock: Rapture better?

    I would have liked to hear more information about what made the game so awesome! - the machines, descriptions of the world. Also, fewer characters, and more drama.


    What was most disappointing about John Shirley’s story?

    It was really boring. Not scary and beautiful, like the game.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, disappointment that it wasn't more interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Phila, PA, United States 05-20-13
    Dan Phila, PA, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "I feel stupid for trying it."
    What would have made Bioshock: Rapture better?

    I enjoyed playing the game, all of them actually & will probable be buying the new one soon. But the book was very disappointing. It basically told the same exact story as the Game does, adding filler between the key points of the game. It does give more insight into the characters but honestly I think because I play the game I can't like the book.?! If that makes sense?! If I never played then Maybe I would have enjoyed this much more because the actual concept is a good one, jut not for me!


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Wise Silver Spring, MD 01-11-14
    Joshua Wise Silver Spring, MD 01-11-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Mediocre writing & performance, fairly good story"
    What did you like best about Bioshock: Rapture? What did you like least?

    The story, winding together elements from Bioshock and Bioshock 2, does a fairly good job of drawing the reader/listener into the world of the game series. However, the writing is rather uneven, and the performer seems to have not referenced the voice performances of the characters he is portraying (for example, Sophia Lamb has an English accent in the game). For those that he does appear to reference, the limitations of his ability to do accents is apparent and distracting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The transformation of Fontaine into Atlas, and the explanation of Sophia Lamb's role in the demise of the city are both interesting. Perhaps least interesting is Ryan himself, spouting platitudes while Rapture disintegrates around him.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A few mispronounced words were distracting. However, the largest detraction was his apparent unfamiliarity with the source material in the games.


    Did Bioshock: Rapture inspire you to do anything?

    It certainly made me want to go back and replay the games.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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