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M. McMullan

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  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,506
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,492

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

About that Ending

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Over the years I have seen many people complain about Stephenson's endings and never really got the problem, but this novel really seemed to end like a Season One cliffhanger on a tv show more than a stand-alone novel (or even the first novel in a series, which I don't know if this is meant to be). If the story had ended just a few scenes earlier I would have felt it was abrupt but answered my major questions... instead it seemed to go from messy conclusion to plot-point-rich opening to the really important stuff.

I would have given the story a 4, maybe a 3, but the disappointment at the end (relatively mild as it might be) tipped me over.

Still, the performances were great (recognized a number of familiar voices) and it overall delivered on a fun concept.

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