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Flashforward | [Robert J. Sawyer]

Flashforward

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than twenty years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.
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Publisher's Summary

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than 20 years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.

©1999 Robert J. Sawyer; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 06-02-12
    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 06-02-12

    Janetnaz

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    "THOUGHT PROVOKING POSSIBILITIES"
    Where does Flashforward rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle. The performance was good and the story very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scientific possibilities


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His distinctive voice and the ability to bring the characters to life


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

    Not much on the extreme just thinking about the possibilities of something like this happening


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Esther Robina, Australia 05-29-11
    Esther Robina, Australia 05-29-11
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    "Extremely enjoyable"

    I really loved this book. It’s extremely interesting about a weird experience. Everyone in the world looses consciousness for a short period of time and sees their own future. I am now watching the TV series of the same name and its quite good.

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    Charles 05-04-11
    Charles 05-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Fabulous book, disappointing ending."

    Sawyer writes wonderful books, and this is one of them. Unfortunately, he has a habit of writing completely over-the-top endings, and this is one of them.

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    R. Harrisonburg, VA, United States 03-30-11
    R. Harrisonburg, VA, United States 03-30-11
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    "Well not what I expected"

    OK, I heard of, and watched the TV show of like-name first. Maybe that damaged my perspective; however, the book was...simply put, boring.

    Way too much philosophizing and not much else. I felt like I was in a boring college lecture many times throughout. Also, the characters, who are some of the smartest scientific minds around were idiots in many of their theories.

    I did finish it just "because", but will not recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10
    Douglas Tampa, FL, USA 01-27-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A Flash of Genious"

    By now, many are familiar with Flash Forward, thanks in part to the television version. This book, being the catalyst for that event, has obvious similarities however, has many distinct differences that would not quite fit a tv series. The main one, without giving much away is that the flashforward gives its viewers a glimpse much further into the future. This allows for much more dramatic differences in the present and the visualized future. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Robert Sawyers ability to explain technology without boring his audience (as I also explained in The Terminal Experiment Review). It was a great listen that at times makes you think about your own life and how it could be changed were you allowed to view what you may become. Also, to what means would you go, to ensure that the vision is not reality and that you still in some way can control your own destiny. Great story, good narrator...check it out for yourself!!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    pat.waldo@thomsonlearning.com Brisbane, ca United States 11-25-09
    pat.waldo@thomsonlearning.com Brisbane, ca United States 11-25-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Wished it had never ended."

    This is one of those books that you want to never end. Keeps your attention to the very end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Krieger 10-21-10
    K. Krieger 10-21-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book until just before the end"

    Until Chapter 31 I thought that this was a 4 or possibly even a 5 star book - but then it went all to pieces with a stupid and extremely disappointing ending.

    I loved the science and the storyline. The narrator is excellent (even though the pronunciation of the French and German names and short sentences is poor). But even the best narrator cannot make up for the stupid conclusion of a book. Now I wish that I had stopped with the end of chapter 30 and relied on my own imagination for the final chapters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Cleveland, Ohio 11-02-09
    John Cleveland, Ohio 11-02-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Interesting plot line but..."

    Flashforward is based upon an interesting plot line however the constant references to the Nobel Prize, especially at the end of the novel, worn on me since the Nobel has lost most of its credibility in the world.

    It's obvious that the author is Canadian because of the many gratuitous references.

    I also found the author's writing style a bit trite.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle McCarley Reseda, CA, United States 01-16-11
    Kyle McCarley Reseda, CA, United States 01-16-11

    Voice over actor with four audiobooks currently available on Audible. Strongly recommend picking up The Greenstone Grail. Enjoy!

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    "Good science = good sci-fi"

    If you're a late comer to this party like me, you're probably listening to this book because of the TV show. You should know in advance that this is not even remotely close to the same party. The science gets a little bit dizzying in a couple spots, but good science leads to good science fiction. Great narration and an engaging story with a lot of fascinating theories about the dimension of time that's very well worth reading for any sci-fi enthusiast.

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    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 07-10-10
    Cameron Monterey, CA, United States 07-10-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Book, Great for Audio"

    Like many others, I was attracted to the book because of the TV series but it is a better plot (much tighter) than the TV series. The plot keeps you into through the end even through different time periods.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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