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Blindsight Audiobook

Blindsight

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Publisher's Summary

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold.

After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

©2006 Peter Watts; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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    Christine Schlattner 10-29-14
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    "Snore"

    Most reviewers find it "compelling", "amazing", "brilliant". So I wasn't too put off by Michael (WI). I wish I had listened to him! He pretty much says it for me.
    My caring about what was happening slowly dribbled away until, after a couple of hours, I just couldn't be bothered listening to any more.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MrChavez1234 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Space aliens, Vampires, and the nature of thought."

    The voice acting was superb.

    Great blend of fantastical elements blended with some hard SciFi.

    I have listed to it 2x already and will do so again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 06-23-16
    Margit D. Morawietz Albuquerque, NM United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First weird contact"

    I like weird !!! But this might be too weird in the unexplained areas. A big idea/question in this story is the difference between sentience and intelligence, also predators, also time, how we deceive ourselves.This just also had a lot of missing transitions in the story line, which made it for me depressingly and prohibitively hard to figure stuff out. I guess that is why some reviewers said that they listened to it twice. Yes, there is tension to find out who survives to the end, or when and how they'll get to really communicate deeply and interestingly with the alien(s)(?) It did well in conveying a sense of futility and lonely mess that really not makes me want to buy another book in this universe for now. There is already too much depressing, bewildering, unexplained ugliness and violence in my world . Since the book did not reward me with many insights( I might be too uneducated in the areas of biology and other areas some people really find brilliant & interesting in this tale, according to their reviews), nor interesting or beautiful descriptions of any kind, I am not very motivated to read more of this author's universe right now . I would like to find out more about what the hinted on future holds; but it is really left open ended. If you're going to get this; I think the odds are 60:40 wether you'd like it (40 % on that you might like it)

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    Amy 05-11-16
    Amy 05-11-16
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    "Vampires in space"

    Sometimes I think one could write the perfect 2015 sci-fi novel by having a bunch of asexual and gender-fluid characters debate the evolution of the human mind endlessly while deus-ex-machina events move the plot along somewhere else.

    Ta-da! Blindsight is that, but now with more vampires!

    I had to really grit my teeth to get past the first few chapters, then it got easier. I guess the value of having super-intelligent aliens and super-intelligent AI's in your story is that at the end, instead of having a bunch of plot holes and inconsistencies, you can say "the super-intelligences did it!" about everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Bonner SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 01-26-16
    Aaron Bonner SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US 01-26-16

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    "I Concur"
    Any additional comments?

    There are previous reviews written by: James 04-04-09 and Old Hippy 11-17-08. Please read their submissions. I have been reading and listening to SciFi since I was perhaps 8 or 9 years old. Sincerely without bragging, I feel I do know SciFi. (I'm 61 now). This is not for a novice science fiction reader. In my opinion it helps greatly to have the history of many reads and perhaps many years of SciFi to cope. I'm going to look into more of his writings. In other words,,,,"Yeah, it was a good story" ;-)

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    R 01-11-16
    R 01-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect Science Fiction."

    One of my all time favorites. Highly recommended for people that have already read the book as well. You should have no trouble following if you haven't read it but the performance of the narrator is so good and the details are so rich that it just gets better with repeat listenings.

    Please record the Rifters Series next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15
    Reviews by L Odessa, TX United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2014

    Snotty, elitist lawyer who reads too much and is kind too little.

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    "Jaegwon Kim and Dan Dennett enter a bar..."
    If you could sum up Blindsight in three words, what would they be?

    Philosophical musings, space.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blindsight?

    None of them stand out, actually.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Differentiate the characters better, inflect more emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I can handle weighty matters of philosophy. I can handle long stretches of dense dialogue. It just all grates a little thin when the plot between them is only exciting in may two or three scenes. Good writing, flawed execution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Very, very imaginative work"

    I struggled to finish this one for months. It was very dense, and conjured some very realistic, possible future technologies. But its density has mostly to do with intelligence, consciousness, and its role among the stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrei Pankov Royal Oak, MI, USA 12-03-15
    Andrei Pankov Royal Oak, MI, USA 12-03-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Boring"

    I'm surprised how bored I was listening to the book. Normally I'm a huge fan of books about encounters with alien species.

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    Peter Walters 10-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Purely fantastic."

    Loved it. If you are a sci fi fan, this is a must. Great use of philosophy, action, intrigue, second guessing, and plot development. Would certainly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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