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Sleeping Giants Audiobook

Sleeping Giants

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Publisher's Summary

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth - and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved - its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery - and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

©2016 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"This stellar debut novel...masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction...." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-04-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 05-04-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    VAST NETWORKS OF INFORMATION NO ONE IS AWARE OF
    I am giving this five stars, mostly for it's entertainment value. It is not the best I have listened to lately, but it kept my attention. It is a little hard to describe, as the mood of the book changed. It started out with a cool concept and seemed to take itself pretty serious. By the end it seemed a bit frivolous or maybe a satire on the subject, edging on Rocky and Bullwinkle I am not a fan of whole books done through interviews and the action being something remembered instead of live, but I still liked this and the core story. I also thought that there was great character development. I also liked the full cast and they certainly made the listening better than reading.

    42 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Charlie 11-08-16
    Charlie 11-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    I'm a bit surprised at the extremely negative reviews. It seems there is a trend on this site that something is either a masterpiece or utterly terrible. I know I have been guilty of this myself in the past, but I really think we need to readjust our caliber system here folks.

    To me, a three star book is average. It's entertaining, moves along, and isn't a waste of time. That describes this book perfectly.

    It's a fun concept, delivered in an engaging way. Sure, there are some inconsistencies, but oh well. Yes, the unnamed man gets a bit tiresome towards the end. Yes, there are lots of "what!?" plot devices. But it's not meant to be Pulitzer material, or even Hugo award. It's entertainment and it's quite a bit better than a lot of the movies I've seen recently.

    The cast was fantastic. The story clipped along and drew me in. I listened on a cross country drive (along with about four other books), but it made the hours melt away.

    If you're looking for something engaging and entertaining with a "gee, isn't that cool" factor, this might be the book for you. If you're going to incessantly compare it to everything else you've ever read and complain about basic plot inconsistencies, I guess listen to the other reviewers. I for one am happy to have spent a credit on this listen.

    72 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 05-01-16
    Chris 05-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Such a shallow story"

    The premise is awesome, so awesome that I pre ordered the book and waited eagerly for it to be available.

    It's super short and the story seems so rushed, sub plots that should have been expanded were left behind to accelerate a much larger plot that was pretty weak. I was expecting a start to a great new science fiction universe or at least a thrilling science fiction narrative similar to contact or the Martian. What I got was a rejected script for an episode of stargate sg1.

    The characters were fine, they could have been great, the story jumped around a lot and I barley got to know them, which is a shame.

    Worst of all the ending was so unfulfilling, and the attempt at a cliffhanger ending was foiled by the lack of character development. I just did not know enough about them to care about what was happening.

    Super disappointed by this book, more so by the fact that it could have been one of the all time great scifi books.

    On a better note, the cast reading the book was great, I usually don't like ensemble casts, this book might get me to look further into them.

    36 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    John Davidson Hobart, Tasmania Australia 05-26-16
    John Davidson Hobart, Tasmania Australia 05-26-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting concept, but falls at the first hurdle"

    The concept is certainly interesting, but the story fails to engage.
    The most interesting character is the nameless man controlling things, but this doesn't quite work as he is too "nameless", and his position within the overall story is not well defined. Given that, I do like the way his dialogue is written; eschewing language contractions gave his speech a strange, formal air that appeals to me.
    The other characters tend to be sketched too lightly to really engage with, with the result that they sometimes come off as whiney more that anything else.
    I guess they may develop in subsequent books (the cliffhanger is a bit heavy-handed for my liking), and, if so, then the author needs to work on this.
    Finally, an important plot point about two thirds of the way through the book was so ridiculous as to annoy me for the remainder.
    As others have said, this both feels too long for the story presented, and not long enough as the characters need more development.

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    tracy 04-13-17
    tracy 04-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting but not fabulous"

    The style of the book is awesome. It's written as a variety of interviews and transcribed records and requires you to piece the story together from a multitude of different viewpoints. It reminded me a lot of the Illuminae Files, which I loved. That being said, the constant use of an unnamed essentially all powerful CIA character is a really annoying plot device that seriously grated on my nerves. Basically, it's a good book. It's entertaining and the voices are really well done. But it could have been a great book if the author had taken it in other directions. I liked it, but I didn't love it.

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    DEKEY 04-29-16
    DEKEY 04-29-16
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    "The entire book felt like the beginning of a book."

    It was engaging but not edge of your seat by any means. Leaves you hanging.

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    ckteagan 08-11-16
    ckteagan 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "odd, even offer ending."

    story odd, but narrator excellent. just when I decided who he really was. a twist in the storyline changed that. happened twice. interesting for the right audience.

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    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 05-31-16
    Emily - Audible NJ, United States 05-31-16 Member Since 2010

    As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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    "The multicast made it for me"

    "Sometimes the perfect multicast can really make a book, as is the case with Neuvel's debut. The voices here forged in me a fierce sense of loyalty for the characters I came to care about, and utter hatred for one that was truly evil (who I don't think I would have hated nearly enough if it was the voice in my own head narrating) - and you will loathe her - she is the absolute worst. The unnamed central narrator evolved from someone who was initially off-putting to someone I was desperate to hear speak; he became a reassuring fatherly presence. Overall, the production quality elevated this one from a simple story (which I really shouldn't call "simple" since Sleeping Giants is a geo-political mystery/thriller epistolary novel with alien technology) to an immersive experience that made it feel, above all else, very personal. I was in the trenches with these guys. I can't wait for the next in the series."

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    Crystal M. 05-02-16
    Crystal M. 05-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting concept, too long"

    I like the concept but the production was unreal. I can't imagine anyone talking like the male lead. Dialogue got repetitive

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    Chris 10-11-16
    Chris 10-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved - its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. But some can never stop searching for answers. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery - and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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