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.
Rich Russian émigré in 1946 fears creeping socialism and atomic war, so he builds a city on the sea bottom off Iceland. Remarkable in the beginning for making Ayn Rand's screeds seem relatively well written. Mercifully, this author is not so long-winded, nor as monomaniacal, and is much more creative. Subversive doubts, greed, cynicism, and good old-fashioned criminality enter the picture. DNA and genes in 1950 is about 30 years ahead of history, the plasmids conferring superpowers (fire balls from fingers, telekinesis) is of course ridiculous. Weird mix of retro politics and super-powers fascination.
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.
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.
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
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Despite great perfomance, I consider this book to be below my standarts.
I understand that Sci-fi mustn't always have logic to it, but this book goes overboard.
The only reason I rated Overall with 3 stars is that I still have favourable impressions about videogame.
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.
Kafer narrates this books as if he's recording a piece for Nightline. Every word has a phony breathy affectation that is obviously beyond his natural range. Perhaps Mr. Kafer has been watching too much Twilight Zone episodes as he sounds like a pale imitation of Rod Serling. More importantly, he has taken the central character of Andrew Ryan and turned him into a boring and uninteresting dullard with the exuberance of a signpost instead of the stern and impactful 1930's newsreel voice that we have all come to know from the games. His accents are god awful as Bill McDonough sounds like the spawn of a beleaguered cockney Brit that mated with a hillbilly Irishman. Then to make matters worse, he takes the tortured character of Sander Cohen and turns him into a 21st century joy boy instead of the early 20th century dark eccentric that he was intended to be. His sexuality was never discussed and it should remain ambiguous, but Mr. Kafer's voice work has left no doubt that Sander is floating a solid foot off the ground, quite contrary to the character's intended presence.
Did this narrator consult any of the source material before recording this? There are literally hours of voice recordings available online for free that he could have used as reference for this project. It's this type of lazy work that gives me pause before buying audiobooks from new narrators. I would give the narration 0 stars if that were possible.
Being a big fan of the BioShock franchise, I was eager to listen to this book - which tells the tale of the iconic "city under the sea" in which BioShock takes place. If my friend was interested in learning more about Bioshock and the world of Rapture, I'd have no hesitation in recommending it.
All of the characters in this book are familiar to players of BioShock, but it focuses on a more little-known character who actually played a big part in the construction of the city - Bill McDonagh. This allows the other interesting characters, obviously the iconic Andrew Ryan and his nemesis Frank Fontaine, to get painted from a new perspective. I liked the portrayal of Andrew Ryan especially - a deeply fascinating character.
Learning about the construction of Rapture and reading about the city at its height was the highlight of the book for me - although it painted a vivid portait of its collapse.
The book's rather tragic ending left me feeling a little hollow inside; but that's kind of the theme of the entire franchise. One man's dream destroyed by his own foibles, and how many people who believed in that dream can be brought down with it.
Overall, this is a fantastic recording of a great book. The narrator does a servicable job - he really brings certain characters to life. As a Brit, I'll admit his dire British, Scottish and Irish accents pulled me out of the fantasy a little - but overall a worthy job.
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