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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I have always been a huge fan of the series since the first game came out a decade ago. And with the Bioshock collection coming out i figured I'd listen to the book to jolt my memory. But once I started I was amazed at how good this book was. Now whenever I listen to the audio diaries in the game I am so much more aware of what these characters went through and lost in their endeavor to built Andrew Ryan's capitalist utopia...if you are a fan of the series then this audio book is absolutely for you...spoiler alert- the ending will give you the feels....
This was a great book, my only complaint was that the narrator's female speaking voice was kind of annoying. However, the British, Irish, and Russian voices were well done.
I've loved Bioshock for so many years now. To finally get a full understanding of how Rapture came to be is so satisfying. There are so many characters I never really knew until this book. As a true Bioshock fan, I give this book a five star approval rating. A must read for any Bioshock fan, and anyone looking for a deep, powerful story.
This is amazing look into how Rapture ends up in turmoil, setting up the beginning of the Bioshock games. I loved hearing the personal details of those who made Rapture what it was and couldn't wait to play the games again soon after listening so as to revisit all those places mentioned in the narrative with a new understanding of how it came to be that way.
I really like the story in this book. If you are a fan of the games this really should be in your queue. There is so much great world building in the series and it's nice to be able to see more of these characters and their city.
However, the performance is borderline unlistenable at times. In a story with so many distinct characters, many of whom possess very distinct accents, it baffles me that they would cast a narrator who did such a poor job performing almost every "character voice" in the book.
So if your as big of a fan as me of the bio shock games then you will love this book. Even if you have never played the games this book is awesome in its own.
I have always loved the power of story telling. When I was younger I was all about movies and now I'm in to books.
It's such a Erie and amazing place that spend some time.
I can't yet I'm still waiting for the second book.
Yes but that's called a spoiler alert.
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