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Flashforward Audiobook

Flashforward

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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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    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 11-25-14
    Daniel O. Buchholz Arlington, VA USA 11-25-14 Member Since 2004

    Computer Geek

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    "Different from the T show"

    This is a discrete story from what I was first exposed to, the TV show. A little less conspiracy-ish and more just generic random happinstance, this is still an interesting exploration of the Flash Forward event, which offers a lot of different ways to see the impact of everyone suddenly having a glipse of their future selves actions.

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    Dubi New York, NY 11-07-14
    Dubi New York, NY 11-07-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Forward Thinking"

    I was drawn to this book because I was a fan of the TV show of the same name and premise (apparently the only fan in existence of the short-lived series, at least according to the show's creator, Marc Guggenheim, whom I met on the set of a later show). The book has little in common with the series other than that basic premise, but it has its own rewards nevertheless, not least of which is that Flash Forward the novel is more highly regarded as SF literature than the show is among TV sci-fi.

    The basic premise, and I don't think I'm giving anything away here, is that all of humanity blacks out at the same moment, each person having a short vision of a moment or two in the future. The remainder of the book is about understanding the visions, reacting to them, debating them philosophically, scientifically, and spiritually. This works best in the context of individual story lines, the best of them a murder mystery where a man tries to solve his own murder. The concept of "show don't tell" is well exemplified here...

    ... exemplified as well when the author tells instead of shows, the story bogging down when the debate literally becomes a debate, the characters discussing and arguing the scientific or spiritual causes of the flash forward as well as its ramifications, especially in the second and third sections. Sawyer is known in his overall work for examining the point at which science intersects religion, and that is certainly a major theme in Flash Forward, especially the concept of free will vs. destiny, examined in both scientific and spiritual terms.

    Thought provoking and worthwhile, even if it could have been better told.

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    TW 11-03-14
    TW 11-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Porbably not. I thought the characters were too simplistic and did things that you don't believe they would actually do.


    Any additional comments?

    As mentioned previously i thought the characters needed more believable personalities and the end of the book was a stretch. It is a great idea for a story and the book keeps your interest even though half the time you are saying "c'mon!"

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    Mark clearwater, MN, United States 10-21-14
    Mark clearwater, MN, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "listened to a NPR fundraiser over this book :("

    When given the choice to listen to the last 5 hours of this book that I paid for or a national public radio fund raiser.... I picked the fundraiser.

    I appreciated some of the basic science lessons, but the back story of how this affected the relationships of the basic man and woman was a little boring. Ok, a bunch boring. I wanted to hear about this catastrophe from the level of the President, CDC, Homeland security etc...

    It was a bit like a zombie apocalypse story where all they focus on in the story is how this is going to change the relationship of a husband a wife. There was a bigger story here to tell, but we never zoomed out far enough to see it.

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    Matthew Baltimore, MD, United States 01-27-14
    Matthew Baltimore, MD, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A great short story, a slow 9 hours"
    Any additional comments?

    Flashforward feels like a great short story that has been forced into a full length book. The characters are well written and fairly well fleshed out but the story drags. The plot feels more like a tool for the illustration of various dimensional and quantum theories, and several are spelled out throughout the book. The narration is good over all, although there is little character voice work. Nothing about this story is particularly bad, but at the same time there's not much great either.

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    ozgribbo Australia 01-06-14
    ozgribbo Australia 01-06-14
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    "Time travel with a twist"

    Read the book a while ago and forgot about it. Saw the audiobook and bought it. Wasn't disappointed. The spoken version made more sense. Never been very keen on time travel stories (with the exception of Heinlein's "Door into summer".), but this is well written and the assumptions consistent.

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    Bryn 10-31-13
    Bryn 10-31-13
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    "Overrated."
    What disappointed you about Flashforward?

    I don't understand why it is so highly rated. It's predictable, thin... poor, just poor.
    I found the style reminiscent of Dan Brown, if you like him and Sci-Fi, this may be the book for you...


    Has Flashforward turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What aspect of Mark Deakins’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was OK. Not stand out, but not good enough to detract from the terrible writing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I actually caught myself expressing my frustration out loud more than once.


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    Penny Glenmore Park, Australia 09-14-13
    Penny Glenmore Park, Australia 09-14-13
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    "Geek Speak a-plenty but an ending that is wanting"
    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Mark Deakins?

    Not particularly. I liked the idea but the scientific theory did not get me engaged. I love my Sci-fi and a good "time travel" idea but this did leave me disappointed.


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The scientific explanations should be dialled back. Some is helpful, but I felt there was too much in this novel and it became frustrating. With an audio book you listen to every word. You don't skip past in case there is some important information key to the storyline so you slog through.


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

    The narrator did a great job with some amazingly complicated terms, names and foreign languages.


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

    It was a TV show and that is why I purchased the book. I didn't get a chance to see it all and wondered how it all worked out. The production people really did only extract some key concepts from the novel and took it elsewhere. I think I preferred what I saw of the show.


    Any additional comments?

    I got to the and went, "Really, that's it?" It had some good moments, interesting concepts, and left you thinking about many things, but I did feel let down by the ending.

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    Ann-Marie Dayboro, Australia 07-24-13
    Ann-Marie Dayboro, Australia 07-24-13
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    "Quite enjoyed this story line."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Flashforward to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Yes. I liked the science element.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    The main character


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Good story. I think their was an emotional element missing.

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    Christofer 07-04-13
    Christofer 07-04-13
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    "Rather dull"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    Cut the over-thinking by the characters, especially as a cheap trick to lengthen a countdown.


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