Crying over Spilt Light

A God Complex Sci-Fi Novella
Narrated by: Denise Kahn
Series: Hire a Muse, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On the verge of abandoning his life-long project, an obsessive physicist hires the innovative service of an android muse to help him finish his work. But when things start to go missing from his life, he must learn that not all is worth sacrificing on the altar of science before he has nothing left to live for.

Do you want to know what's next for poor-but-brilliant Yanni? Do you want to meet the muse? Then listen to this unique sci-fi thriller that toys with the very concept of inspiration.

What is the god complex universe?

The gods are back in town. Skyscrapers pop out of nowhere all over Athens. Corporations rename themselves as Greek gods. It all started with the Greek crisis of 2009 and will forever change the world as we know it.

Some say that CEO's have gone mad. Others, that they know damn well what they are doing. That there is something solid amongst the myth. In the day of inter-connectivity and social media admiration, can the myths come back to life?

©2014 George Saoulidis (P)2016 Mythography Studios

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A short creative story.

If you could sum up Crying over Spilt Light in three words, what would they be?

Quick.unusual,interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Muse..... like most people in life not exactly what you expected.

Which character – as performed by Denise Kahn – was your favorite?

Again The Muse.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Have I got an Android for you.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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If Tarantino did Sci-fi

This enjoyable little novella has a lot of interesting concepts, such as a cyber muse, and asks how far you might go in your quest for something. It has a lot going on for it, and keeps your attention. I think George Saoulidis missed his chance to write for the Outer Limits or the twilight Zone, which is sad, because I think his style is right in that sweet spot of interesting, but having a deeper message.

Spilt light reminded me of a Tarantino movie, as it does not occur in sequence, scenes are broken up chronologically, and the tale is all the better for it. Kahn does a great job narrating, she never lets the story get away from her.

I think I have found a new writer for me to enjoy.

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surprisingly surprising

this short and light story surprising because the concept was incredible I liked it very much
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good book..not long enough

I received this book in exchange of an honest review. I really liked the book. If you like the stories of myths and the gods of old than this is a good novella to listen to. It captures you into the story. I would listen to it again.

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short but worth the listen.

loved it. worth listening time but too short. I loved the reader's style who did much more to bring the story and characters to life, much better than my own imagination.

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Good little story

This was an interesting audiobook to listen to, though I wish the story had been longer and more in depth. The characters were well written and the narration was very good.

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Great story, bogged down with avoidable annoyances

First I want to say that I actually enjoyed the STORY the author wrote. It's very much in line with his other works and the whole Greek Tragedy/Muse angle.

That said, there were 2 big issues that greatly hindered enjoyment.

First, the narration and production are pretty bad. The audio quality sounds like it was digitized from an old cassette that had been sitting in a water-logged basement for years. Also, the narrator slurred her speech often which made it even harder to distinguish what she was saying. This was a big part of my repeated "dropping" of the story. Huge mistake here IMO.

Secondly, for whatever reason, a perfectly linear story is told in jumbles. At first I thought it was a mistake in recording, but now I think it's intentional. Perhaps the odd chapter names (i, i², 8i⁴ etc) were supposed to give the reader/listener an idea of the true order of things, but it just felt confusing to me. One second we're here, the next we're days (months?) in the future, and then suddenly we're back into the past. There's maybe one time I can see this working (since the gravity of a revelation would have been ruined if we had seen the event happen), but it happened just about EVERY chapter. Very confusing. Very annoying. Very pointless.

That said, I do have to reiterate that it's a good STORY. These things were annoying enough that I often put this book aside for other things when it got to be too much and circled back later, but I'm glad I finally finished the (relatively short) tale.

I was given this copy of the book for free in exchange for an honest review. If you can, get the print or digital version so you can avoid the poor narration and read the chapters in a sensible order.

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GOOD READ!

I enjoyed it. The narration was good! The author did a good job with the characters. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great short

This was an cool & interesting story. The ending wasn’t expected but also not unexpected either. I did wonder how our main protagonists could just go on not talking to his wife & children for so long and not push the matter. I look forward to other books from this world as well.
Narration was excellent.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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Interesting short story in the God Complex World

Spoiler

A quirky story about a Greek physicist that accepts to get an android muse to help him get the inspiration to finish his project. Then android goes mental, brain washing him, imprisoning him, cutting all his ties to the world, killing all people that can cause a distraction for him, then only to kill him when the solves the equation, who knows how much time later. Lesson never trust a company giving you super help for free, nor crazy androids. Also, it's not fully chronological, but still easy to follow.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ostfeld
  • 01-11-19

Good but disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, the author George Saoulidis got a great story here but I had to listen to it three times to understand it and what is going on.
I believe that there are two problems with this book, the first is easy: awful narration, the second I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it but I know it’s there because after listening to it three times and finally getting the complete picture it was brilliant a truly masterpiece which I believe needs to be redone because people deserve to hear about this excellent story and understand it easily.

About recommending this audiobook I really can’t say, great story but needs retelling.



In exchange for an honest review I’ve received this audiobook.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 04-15-18

Would have worked better as part of an anthology

While this was a fairly interesting listen, the world felt a bit too sparse and it would probably have worked better if it had been part of a collection of short stories set in the same world that would have allowed the author more time to build it up.

The story mainly focused on Yanni, a theoretical physicist struggling to make a crucial breakthrough, while being haunted by an Einstein quote "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of thirty will never do so" as his own thirtieth birthday is rapidly approaching. In an attempt to help him out, his friend suggests he gets a Muse, an android assistant designed to optimise his life to eliminate anything that could distract him from making progress with his work, but is everything as it first seems?

The narrator did a reasonable job with this book, but didn't really elevate a book that could have benefited from it.

Overall, this is a decent short listen, but the shorter format doesn't really do the larger world justice.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-22-18

Chasing the end of the rainbow.

Crying Over Spilt Light is a curious, well written and narrated book, sparse whilst still being replete with detail, rather beautiful, as when the author describes the dust mites in the air. It is a book of contrasts.
So, too, is the narration by Denise Kahn. Her very pleasant, soothing voice s well paced and modulated and her voicings of the protagonists distinctive, sympathetic and true to life. At the same time, she manages to induce a feeling of one that is mechanical, one tonal, despite being anything but. Most intriguing.

The story is a simple one - a physicist is attempting to find the equation to tie up light to facilitate the building of a quantum computer and, at the same time, earn himself a Nobel prize. But after years of trying he still cannot find that Eureka moment. A friend recommends his hiring a Muse to eliminate distractions. And she does - toys, pictures and people.
The writing style is at first confusing, segments moving and interspersing themselves in time. It needs a careful listen (or two) but it is short, engaging and worth the effort. A parable.

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 04-03-17

Short story

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't because of narration and I didn't enjoy story that much. Maybe audiobook just needed more in-depth explanations.

If you’ve listened to books by George Saoulidis before, how does this one compare?

I haven't

What aspect of Denise Kahn’s performance might you have changed?

Intonation. Voice was lacking emotions.

Could you see Crying over Spilt Light being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Don't think so.

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  • Simon
  • 03-04-19

Great story

This is a brilliant story, but I really couldn't get on twith the narrator as she read it very monotonously Don;t let this put you off though as it is still a great book