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Outland

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
5 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

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seriously good science fiction

Dennis E. Taylor has rung the Bell again with Outland his new near future science fiction novel. Science fiction at its best Marries big ideas and major events in a way that is both accessible and mind-blowing. Plus, there needs to be careful research, likable characters, and enough suspense to keep the story moving. Outland has all of this and more. You will find yourself rooting for 6 college students at the center of the story while they try to stay a step ahead of major disaster. This is wonderful science fiction and worthy of a 5-star rating.

Outland is an Audible Original and is at present available only from Audible.

Dennis E. Taylor is the best-selling audible author of The Bobiverse series and the Singularity Trap.

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Fun story

Im a big dan of Taylors stories, and this one was as fun as all the others. Eagerly awaiting his next work.

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So good I've already started re-listening to it!

I received a pre-release copy of this book from Audible for review consideration and am voluntarily posting my review. Receipt of this free copy does not influence my review.
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I like the combination of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter almost as much as I like Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter. Y’all that is saying something! I mean, it’s true that Ray Porter possesses a nearly magical ability to bring stories to life instantly inside my head, but even he can’t make a silk purse out of a sow ear. (See Dead Moon for an example.) However, when he is given a story like Outland that is already all sorts of perfect all on it’s own? That is when the listening experience goes from enjoyable to Yes-I-know-it’s-2-am-and-no-i-can’t-turn-it-off-thank-you.

When I was asked if I wanted to review a copy of Outland, I didn’t even read the synopsis. I went straight to “Yes, please.” as soon as I saw the author and narrator names. It is a decision I do not regret. Taylor’s story is one that kicks off nicely and keeps going at a perfect pace.

From pop culture to multiverse theory, there’s a little bit of something for the nerd that exists inside us science fiction readers. I am fascinated by the idea of Yellowstone erupting and how that would play out for the United States in general. Taylor took me beyond that though as he explored how it would effect the world at large as the balance of power shifted and the long-lasting effect it would have on the human race.

One of the things he said outright depressed me for a moment. Now, this quote isn’t going to be exact because I was listening to an audiobook, but it was in the midst of a discussion about how far humanity would be set back and they were talking about resources. It was something like:

“We’ve used all the easily available resources (metals, oil, etc.). We’ve mined all the medium-difficulty resources. We’ve gotten the hard stuff too. Now we’re highly advanced technology to get to the hardest to reach stuff. Humanity will be in an early-Industrial age with none of the resources they need to rebuild.”

I paused the book, leaned back, and went “Well…shit. I never thought of that.” It took me a moment to press the button and ‘read’ on.

I loved the main characters of Outland. It is a mix of mostly nerds with some kick-ass women involved. There was scenes that had me giggling in pure enjoyment, and mentally cheering when some retribution was delivered in no-holds-barred fashion. None of them are perfect. There’s a hint of romance but it is never central to the story at all. They all deliver absolutely groan-worthy lines at one moment or another. They all know they’re not doing good enough and at some point their luck is going to run out.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Taylor’s writing is how he manages to keep it so well-balanced. Even when serious happenings are going down, there’s always a wisecrack or wry observation to lighten the mood. Taylor writes sci-fi for those who have happily owned their geekdom, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This one needs to go on your must read/listen pile, folks!

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Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

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  • Mike
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 05-19-19

I thought for sure I would hate this book,

especially with the oh so familiar voices of "The Bob..." but the dang thing grew on me. Soon I was cheering the idiots on. Author did another great job, can't wait for more in the series. The narration ends up spot on, even with so many voices of "The Bob..." coming through.

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can't wait for the next one.

this one really got me hooked on the concept and possible situations. I am already waiting for the next one.

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Awesome!

Wonderful and fresh in spite of revisited theme. I couldn't leave it alone. And great ending!

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Great listen

Another awesome performance by Ray Porter to accompany another great novel by Dennis E. Taylor.

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Cool

Well written and read, thanks gentlemen. Please execute the rest ASAP and find bender happy and healthy as well. Cheers

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-19

I find that I like everything by this Author

Loved it. Finished it too fast, and not because it's a small book. Try Bobiverse as well.