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Blindsight | [Peter Watts]

Blindsight

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.
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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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    Alissa West Coast 03-07-13
    Alissa West Coast 03-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrible audio"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure if it was the tonation of the narration, the production quality, the content, or all three combined, but the audio had a quality that begged the listener to tune out. Try as I might, I couldn't keep my focus on the book. I gave up after listening for a couple of hours and realizing I still had no idea what was going on.

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    Lebowitz Bohemia, MA, United States 01-01-13
    Lebowitz Bohemia, MA, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "just wow!"

    I've listened to about 150 audio books. Of those, I've only re-listened to six or so. I'm now on my fourth listen for this one. Of all of the books I've re-listened to, this is the only one that I keep getting more out of with each listen. I almost passed on it because of the vampire thing. However, Watts makes it work. As others have said, this book is high concept and requires full attention. That being said, it is not dry and stuffy or heavy handed. I think about concepts in this book more than any other I've read in years. According to Wikipedia, Watts is working on two additional books set in the same universe. I really hope there are audible versions and T. Ryder Smith narrates.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jason United States 11-27-12
    jason United States 11-27-12
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    "Fantastic exploration of human consciousness"
    Would you listen to Blindsight again? Why?

    I definitely would. It is a quick listen, and it is full of fantastic, quotable insights into the perspective of modern science on consciousness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the manner in which it addressed the question of what it means to be human. From the illusion of free will, to the nature of consciousness, to the nuts and bolts of biology, neurology, and psychology, Peter Watts was thorough and artful.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smith seemed at first to be a bland narrator, until I met other characters and realized that bland is precisely what Siri sounds like. His rendition of Sarasti was downright chilling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My strongest reaction was intellectual, deeply enjoying the dense, hard science fiction as well as the cognitive science themes. However, I also had an emotional reaction during a particular death scene that surprised me (as much as it surprised Siri, I'm guessing).


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    Marco Corinth, TX, United States 10-22-12
    Marco Corinth, TX, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Too Different for My Taste"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blindsight to be better than the print version?

    No. I have not read the print edition.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something less strange. It felt a little too close to the Clarke stories about Rama with vampires and gene modified being included.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was drone-like and made it hard to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Crocker Boulder, Colorado United States 09-10-12
    Andrew Crocker Boulder, Colorado United States 09-10-12
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    "Pretty good reading of a great story."

    Blindsight is a really fantastic first-contact story. Peter Watts wrote something deep, insightful and often terrifying. He deconstructs the notion of consciousness a hundred different ways before challenging its utility outright, and does all of this inside a well written and structured hard-scifi story.

    T. Ryder Smith does a pretty good job with the performance. He certainly captures the emotional core, and the savant/asperger feeling of the main character. My main complaint is that often times it is difficult to tell who is talking, and this is made more difficult by the writing and characters - one of whom has multiple personality syndrome.

    All that said, I heartily recommend Blindsight, but I suggest the printed version over the audio one.

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    Radek Koncewicz 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Best First-Contact Novels Ever Written"
    What did you love best about Blindsight?

    The truly unique take on consciousness and aliens. Yes, those two are closely related, but not in the way you might imagine.


    What about T. Ryder Smith’s performance did you like?

    An uncanny ability to switch between the high-functioning autistic who serves as the protagonist, and the predatory Sarasti.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let blurbs about vampires discourage you from checking out the book. It's easily one of the best hard SF neuroscience novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Treasure Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-05-09
    Treasure Baton Rouge, LA, United States 02-05-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it. Amazing story and perfect narration. Wish there was more.

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    robert baton Rouge, LA, United States 05-18-13
    robert baton Rouge, LA, United States 05-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "a slow starter"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who is more of sci-fi reader who doesn't mind having vampires thrown into the mix


    What could Peter Watts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    too much jargon that left me wondering "what is that; what does that term mean. I would have liked a little more plot setting after the initial scene.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Frankly, I got this book because the synopsis and the sample sounded good, but mostly because I really like T.Ryder Smith as a narrator. Unfortunately, he couldn't save this one for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blindsight?

    I don't think it would fair for me to say, since I bailed on it after about two hours


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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