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  • Echopraxia

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: Adam J Rough
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

It's the eve of the 22nd century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans. And it's all under surveillance by an alien presence. Daniel Bruks is a field biologist in a world where biology has turned computational.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Taylor Lewis on 12-21-15

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

Having read what a few of the other reviewers had to say about Echopraxia, I begin to wonder if we've listened to the same book. Let me begin by saying that I listened to Echopraxia before I ever heard of Blindsight, and I don't feel I've suffered from getting them out of order. They are both fine books.

Adam J. Rough isn't the best narrator I've listened to, but he's far from the worst. In any case, he seems to have been selected beautifully for this role.

I don't believe that this book intends to make a value judgement about religion or science or their respective roles. These are important themes in the book, and they are thoroughly explored. But this book isn't preaching to anyone, and its not trying to convince you of anything.

With the proper caveats in place, let me just say:

This book is what science fiction was meant to be.

This book inspired in me a feeling of awe that I had believed lost in the passage from childhood.

The quality of ideas explored in this novel is the standard to which I will hold all future readings.

And them's the facts.

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