A quantum physicist shocks the world with a startling experiment, igniting a struggle between science and theology, free will and fate, and antagonizing forces not known to exist.
Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.
With three months to produce new research, Eric replicates the paradoxical double-slit experiment to see for himself the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. A simple but unprecedented inference blooms into a staggering discovery about human consciousness and the structure of the universe.
His findings are celebrated and condemned in equal measure, but no one can predict where the truth will lead. And as Eric seeks to understand the unfolding revelations, he must evade shadowy pursuers who believe he knows entirely too much already.
©2015 Ted Kosmatka (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Enjoyed the beginning but about 1/3 into the story I started losing interest. The story hinges around the theoretical multi-universe, do we have a soul, do we really exist, etc. From there it is just about the protagonist learning about how the world really isn't what he thinks and him running from the bad guys. Lost interest and never got it back!
The writing in The Flickermen is superb--some of the best I have ever read. The writer uses dramatic images fleshed out in tight text to cast characters and a plot that is exciting, interesting and engrossing. At the risk of sounding cliche, this book was a page turner that I had trouble setting down.
The story was fresh and compelling. In a lot of audio books, I find myself wishing to get by certain points. . .the authors either draw things out too long or are too choppy for comfort. Not so with this story; the character development is efficient and the scenes rich and varied; little in this book is over done.
My first impression of the narrator was that his voice sounded too old for the main character. After a bit, though, I came to love his performance. Keith Szarabajka made the main character into an old wise soul while Ted Kosmatka keep him from being a super hero or a know-it-all.
As I eye up future books to listen to, I disappointed that Keith Szarabajka does not perform other books by the author.
This book is now one of my all time favorite audio books and that is saying something. I highly recommend this to others. It is a real shame that more people have not experienced this book to date.
I was very intrigued at the start of this book and it held my attention and interest until just over halfway. The science was a bit difficult for me to follow, but not unreasonably so, and I very much liked the forays into philosophy (and religion). As the story progressed it become a more standard tale and one that, for me, lost its uniqueness.
I would if that friend was into quantum physics, string theory and pan universe creatures.
Edit, edit and edit some more. It does get off into the deep end discussions about the nature of the universe, to such a degree that it does become something of a chore to get through at times.
Oh, and edit.
Difficult to say without somewhat a spoiler effect, so suffice to say that the various incarnations of one of the " bad" guys was compelling.
It is book that is both action filled and thoughtful , if not abit too "out there". It did not promote that level of emotion, but certainly it gives the listener pause to listen, concentrate and think.
Kieth S. does a remarkable job of bringing this wordy, at times complicated but highly entertaining book to life. Ted S. is consistent in this regard, bringing high concept stories to the table, filling them with characters and action that sparkle. I was highly entertained, at times confused, but certainly glad for the experience. Worth the credit.
Yes. This book has the most lucid explanation of quantum physics I've ever come across in popular fiction. The story itself is vivid and compelling, and the writing and characterizations are sublimely subtle. And I've rarely listened to a story so uniquely supported by the narrator.
As I and many others have repeatedly pointed out, this question asks each reviewer for major spoilers. For that good reason, I refuse to answer it. Ever.
The very best narrators, like this one, never read one character better than another.Their narration is a unifying flow that carries the listener from beginning to end.
This is a very slight variation of the SAME spoiler question as the first one
I write reviews to support writers and narrators, and for my fellow customers who are interested in reading reviews. But this new format is discouraging to many who like to write thorough and thoughtful reviews- without ruining the story for others.
I've never read Ted Kosmatka or heard the narrator before. So taking a chance on this book has been just about as rewarding as it gets. I've listened to many enjoyable books this year, but so far this is the best yet. Naturally, other people will inevitably have a wide variety of experiences with the same book. This was mine.
The double-slit, wave collapse thing is tough going for me. I kept listening anyway, despite some frustration at making sense out of all the elements of this story. One silly part though -among the many worker bee folk who cannot collapse the wave there are no scientists. Aren't they special? As a non-scientist, I am offended. In fact I am so offended I am going to listen to this darn book again, just for its mind bending qualities. The writing is good. The narrator does sound a bit mature for the part, but he's good at what he does.
I was expecting a sci fi story about quantum physics and it is possible that it may have gotten there. But the beginning was so full of the main character's self pity, angst, drinking and suicidal tendencies that it lost me early on. I find that if I don't like the characters in a book, than the story isn't interesting to me.
The main character could have been more likeable and interesting.
Keith is great and I've listened to many of his narrations. This one is every bit as good, but the material is not great.
I didn't get far in to the story, however I wouldn't have started the book off by having the main character sitting on a beach, drunk and holding a gun to his head.
I read all of the other reviews of this book and they were all so positive. I guess we all have different tastes. If you are like me, and don't care for maudlin types of main characters, then you probably won't like this either.
I had to relisten to sections to get some pseudo science technology parts (don't know what's supported by hard science). Won't comment on what the scifi leads to as it might be a Spoiler.
Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary.
I doubt this is the first book that takes the mind bending properties of quantum physics and marries them with a "what if" fictional exploration but I highly recommend this one as a compelling addition to the genre. The payoff is well worth investing time and attention to follow along as the author's complex plot points and concepts unfold.
The novel does start out slow-when we are first introduced to Eric he is in despair and on the verge of suicide. Hang in there though until you are introduced to his discovery and the quantum concepts surrounding it. I took off one star from the overall rating, both for the slow start and also for some scenes not directly related to the plot that go too long (one example is what happens when Eric climbs into a industrial pipe to escape one of the bad guys).
Bonus points for the narrator. His voice reminds me of Zachary Quinto. It is deep and smooth and very easy on the ear.
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