Regular price: $28.00

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, April 2017 - Sylvain Neuvel's mind-blowing debut ended on a crazy cliff-hanger that hinted at some kind of warp in the space-time continuum (because I totally know what that means, btw). So I've been dying to jump into book two to start unraveling this, but instead we open on a completely separate mystery: A second giant 20-story-tall robot (for lack of a better term) has materialized seemingly from thin air in the center of London. We're a full 10 years from where we last left off, and no one can yet explain that huge issue from the end of the first book. So basically I feel like a frustrated and fictionally crazed dog chasing its tail, but I don't mind, because I'm back among friends - since the whole gang of the original brilliant multicast is back - and once again Sylvain Neuvel is baffling me in the best way possible. —Emily, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

In the gripping sequel to Sleeping Giants, which was hailed by Pierce Brown as "a luminous conspiracy yarn...reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z", Sylvain Neuvel's innovative series about human-alien contact takes another giant step forward.

As a child Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand buried deep within the earth. As an adult she's dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers - and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer now than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Now humankind faces a nightmare invasion scenario made real, as more colossal machines touch down across the globe. But Rose and her team at the Earth Defense Corps refuse to surrender. They can turn the tide if they can unlock the last secrets of an advanced alien technology. The greatest weapon humanity wields is knowledge in a do-or-die battle to inherit the Earth, and maybe even the stars.

©2017 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2017 Random House Audio

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,065
  • 4 Stars
    489
  • 3 Stars
    138
  • 2 Stars
    26
  • 1 Stars
    9

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1,203
  • 4 Stars
    303
  • 3 Stars
    82
  • 2 Stars
    35
  • 1 Stars
    8

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    948
  • 4 Stars
    481
  • 3 Stars
    161
  • 2 Stars
    25
  • 1 Stars
    11
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

All Too Short

Any additional comments?

I still cannot figure out why so many people hated the first book, I mean, i really liked it and I'm unnecessarily picky. Now this book is even better, even though it's a bit of a different flavor.

To recap, the first book was about the mystery of the "sleeping giant" and moved at a sedate pace filled with tension and the unknown. Waking Gods however has a sense of urgency as the repercussions of the mystery of the first book comes to a head. Here, the mystery that drives the plot is something more insidious, but nothing obvious. The unknown is really the most dangerous enemy of all.

It so often feels like I've seen it all, so I don't tend to give very many five star reviews these days. This book did a pretty great job surprising me and making me just completely lose track of time. Seriously, how did I finish this book so fast!? The style of telling the story through a series of records and files is just impeccably done and works naturally, as in no gimmicky feeling or anything.

So yeah, I recommend this book and this series. If you want a bit of a mystery thriller about a what if and the unknown, then pick this up.

Now then, I really really want the next book right now.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

THE KNOWN IS FINE, THE UNKNOWN INFINITE

Talking, talking, talking
I liked book one and was slammed by a couple of voters out of the gate. This book I don't understand what people liked about it. I found it very boring and their was way too much discussion.

Full cast is great

76 of 93 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

One character can ruin it all.

Not to spoil it for everyone but I will say that one main character was replaced by another character and that character is TERRIBLE! Unfortunately I'm guessing that character will be around for the next book. The voice actor was horrendous for "eva". They seriously should go back and re do all of her parts. I wouldn't waste the time listening to this. Just go buy the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Entertaining Science Fiction Thrill Ride

Any additional comments?

Waking Gods bolsters and expands upon the Sleeping Giants storyline by adding high levels of adrenaline and excitement in this highly anticipated follow-up. Ten years have passed since the end of Sleeping Giants when Rose and team completed the reconstruction of the metal giant they named Themis after the ancient Greek Titan-goddess. They were beginning to slowly piece together information surrounding the mystery of her origins and are only briefly grasping her full technological capabilities when another metal giant appears in the center of London. It stands immobile for weeks, but without provocation, it attacks one-day leaving thousands dead, but some miraculously survived. More giants appear around the globe and Rose and team are given the impossible task of determining how to stop these attacks and to find out the reason behind them before Earth’s population is exterminated.

No sophomore slump to be had here. Listening to Waking Gods felt akin to being on a high-speed roller coaster: you’re buckled in, the ride is moving, and the time to change your mind has long since passed. But damn, is it a crazy good time.

Waking Gods continues with the same interview style of storytelling, with a few new characters/voices to acquaint ourselves with. The plot was incredibly fast paced and read much like an action movie would just minus the visuals. Incredibly similar to The War of the Worlds in regards to the severity and devastation of the attacks but much less straightforward in terms of the reasoning behind the attacks themselves (and far more fascinatingly scientific View Spoiler ».) Neuvel imbues his alien invasion with a history and purpose essentially giving the human race a chance at survival. He also manages to add a level of humor (there’s something unequivocally humorous about two individuals trying to manhandle a giant robot, albeit clunkily, into battle) that somehow manages to meld harmoniously with such a somber narrative. There are twists and turns aplenty, one particular scene made me loudly gasp and another where my face started leaking, and the ending will leave you thunderstruck. Neuvel’s endings, while definitely worthy of the term ‘cliffhanger’, never feel cheap but rather an apt ending that will lead to a brilliant beginning of the next, and possibly last, installment.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Painful

First book was alright, and I was really hoping the second would be an improvement. Good god, was I wrong. This was pure torture. The voice acting is over the top awful. Lots of screaming and terrible accents.

The plot is utterly inane and stupid. For a book about giant robots, we spend very little actual time with the robots. Borrowing a little too much from "The War of the Worlds" the final battle isn't the giant robot smackdown you've been waiting for - but some bacterial-laden anticlimax.

Also, the interview/found footage narrative conceit was barely passable in the first book - in this one its total nonsense, doesn't hold up at all. It's really convenient that someone happens to be recording all this unnecessary dramatic exposition.

Characters come and go for no reason. Two minor antagonists show up for a chapter or two, do nothing, then leave. Completely pointless.

And the voice acting, good grief is it awful. Eva is supposed to be a little porto rican girl, but instead sounds like a 45 year old woman doing a really bad Mexican accent.

The "alien" advisors sounds like a sleazy used car salesman.

The "South African" general flits in between a bizarre English, Australian, Scottish, and Russian accent.

And screaming. Did I mention that there's a lot of yelling? There's a whole chapter where a character is tortured...and the real torture is having to listen to the painfully bad "acting".

Do yourself a favor. Don't waste a credit. More than a credit, I want those 9 hours of my life back.

Utterly vapid, empty, and beyond boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

Slow and a bit boring

An interesting follow up to book one but just not as catchy. It was super slow getting the plot started and kind of boring even in the climatic parts. Loves the idea of the story but the execution could have been better. The voice actors performance was amazing but I did find Ava's voice extremely annoying. 3 out of 5 overall

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

Nice but drawn-out

Well, it’s a great story but the ‘Eva’ voice was really annoying. I didn’t even know she was supposed to be a child until 1/3 through the book. Everything else is great!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Awesome except for one key flaw

As others have noted, Eva is horrible. I loved the first book, and loved this entire book except for both the character of Eva and the actor that voiced her. I did not like the addition of Eva to the story. She did not seem believable for a 10 year old, and her interactions with the other characters were strained. The actor did not help this either, she was awful.

Aside from the horribleness of the aforementioned Eva, I do look forward to the next book in the series, and plan on getting it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

story great.. one miscast character

while as a whole it is great.. my god the actor for Eva Reyes (10yr old girl) just really missed the mark for me.. her scenes made me cringe and even skip sometimes.. just unbearable. unfortunately nearly ruined the whole thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

great cast aside from Eva. holy crap she is bad.

everything was amazing. aside from Eva. loud whiny Latin voice killed me. I wish they would have given her a more calm terrified. instead of whiny baby terrified.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful