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Existence Audiobook

Existence

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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling, award-winning futurist David Brin returns to globe-spanning, high concept SF with Existence.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact". Thrown into the maelstrom of worldwide shared experience, the Artifact is a game-changer - a message in a bottle, an alien capsule that wants to communicate. The world reacts as humans always do: with fear and hope and selfishness and love and violence. And insatiable curiosity.

©2012 David Brin (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Siegfried Glaser 09-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "To long-winded and jumping around a bit too much"
    What would have made Existence better?

    The book brought up some interesting ideas. Sadly, at least in my opinion, the story brought up the same points about those ideas again and again without really adding anything new or interesting. Had the book been cut down to let's say half its actual length I might have liked it a lot more.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Brin again?

    Yes. I really enjoyed his ideas and from what I read online this isn't nearly his best book


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    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 08-27-15
    tamingchaos Coralville, IA USA 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "thoughtful but the ending failed"
    What did you like best about Existence? What did you like least?

    talk about a real interesting take on alien contact!


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this book...until the end. I've found this with Brin's other work though as well. He just doesn't seem to know how he wants to end his stories. maybe this is something he actually wants to do...drives me crazy.

    I loved the premise and the characters. The ideas put forth really make you think even past when you turn off the audio book. You start to wonder if maybe..just maybe this might actually be what is going on. Or that it could happen.

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    Zed 02-19-15
    Zed 02-19-15

    Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.

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    "Ok overall with good chunks"

    A bit of a fragmented story. Story arcs start but never resolve. Characters are the focus for a long period and then not mentioned again. I'm a Brin fan, but this really wasn't his best work. Worth a read/listen but likely won't blow you away.

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    Amie Larson 02-11-15
    Amie Larson 02-11-15
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    "Great characters and thought-provoking"

    Very well read, the stories and characters are deep and fun. They come together nicely with a great underlying thoughtfulness about how the future could unfold. Thought provoking.

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    Jesper 10-29-14
    Jesper 10-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Gave up."
    Any additional comments?

    This is the first audio book I have given up on, but I feel I'm only being teased, where is the story hiding?
    It feels like a (maybe solid) short story that was just padded and padded and padded some more to get it long enough to publish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    Listening is not the same as reading, but it is still fun

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    "Oh God it is hard to listen to."

    I really wanted to like this book. I have not had a decent book to listen to for a month so I took it hoping it was good.

    The story is as slow as molasses in winter. The narrator makes an real effort to convey emotions but there is just nothing here. I am going to try again but I don't know if I can bear it.

    I am tempted to say avoid this book

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    Robert 12-18-14
    Robert 12-18-14
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    "Tediously interersting"
    What did you like best about Existence? What did you like least?

    It presented some interesting ideas; it was a slow listen.


    Would you recommend Existence to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not unless they've been bad...Christmas season and all that.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Several narrators read


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe, it had some interesting concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    Took much longer to get through than planned...I now know how members of Lyle Lovett's song "Church" felt while waiting for the sermon to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta Pastor Prescott, AZ USA 12-02-14
    Roberta Pastor Prescott, AZ USA 12-02-14

    I am single, retired and enjoy gardening. I don't have the discipline to sit and read a book. Audio books are such a blessing to me.

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    "Author's mind kept me going to the end."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. This was a grueling read. My mind couldn't keep up with who was who and what was happening. I know the author has a brilliant mind and this book was his way of relating what this world would be like in the future.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Existence?

    One of the characters had only her mind left after an accident. She was given an artificial body and her mind was somehow made part of this new body.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did Existence inspire you to do anything?

    It made me think about the notion that our world exists solely through the perception of the observer. The book tries to get your mind around this belief about what reality really is.


    Any additional comments?

    I heard a David Brin interview. He has a genius mind. I wanted to hear more about his ideas, that's why I bought the book. But, it turned out to be a long, grueling read. My mind just isn't equipped to process his information.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 09-21-14
    Bill 09-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Most disapointed in the unfulfilled potential."
    What did you like best about Existence? What did you like least?

    The story seemed new and that made for an interesting beginning. Soon the story starts to jump ahead past in time, without much warning of what is happening. What is even more frustrating is that the author seems to be jumping past parts of the story that would be great to hear with what amounts to "Ten years later". This is a device that can be helpful to move past tedious parts of a story, but in this case you miss out on plot I never feel gets made up for. Sometimes it also seems like an act of Deus Ex Machicina to help the writer out of a corner they have painted himself into.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Two of the three narrators turned in solid performances. I am not generally a fan of multi-narrator books. In this case several characters are assigned to each narrator, and parts of the story from their perspective are by that narrator. It is distracting when characters from different narrators meet, and their personality is changed by that narrators take on the character.


    Do you think Existence needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it would have been better if David Brin had taken two books to tell this story. There is enough story here if it were not glossed over with jumps forward in time. But the way he has chosen to write this has rendered it unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is would not be a a total waste of time, but there are many more books I could suggest before you take the time to listen to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 09-03-14
    Kathi 09-03-14 Member Since 2010
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    "So thought provoking it was almost over my head..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Less technical jargon for me but it certainly kept the flavor of the book front and center. Also - still not clear what the tie in was with autistics.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Brin before, how does this one compare?

    First one (and probably last)


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Tor (if spelled correctly)


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

    Yes. Charlize Theron as Tor.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a bookclub choice, or I wouldn't have read it. I loved that I did....and made it all the way through. Very interesting ideas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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