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Outland

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,813 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.

Editorial Review

We're (not) canceling the Apocalypse!

When I was a child, my dad dispassionately told me that a shield volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park could erupt in our lifetime, spreading ash that would destroy life in the Midwest as we know it—and that this very shield volcano already caused geysers to spew boiling water hundreds of feet into the air! I was immediately enthralled. So much so, in fact, that we visited Yellowstone National Park the following year. Alas, upon arrival, I was heartbroken (and very confused) to learn that Old Faithful was "under construction." I mean... what?? How could the face of an apocalyptic force be subject to the same repair verbiage as a broken escalator? In my mind, the apocalypse had been canceled. Thankfully, Dennis E. Taylor is here to heal the geyser-sized hole in my inner child’s heart, for this same shield volcano serves as the cataclysmic basis for Outland’s riveting story. Throw in some inter-dimensional portals, hard sci-fi elements, and a new world—then add in Ray Porter’s effortless charisma as narrator—and you’ve got the perfect sci-fi listen for anyone who's ever had their childlike wonderment ruined by everyday pragmatism. —Sean T., Audible Editor

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I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect?

This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc.

The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

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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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Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort.

Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

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meh its ok

If like me you've gone through every other book audible has to offer that you want to read then this isn't the worst way to go. It's kind of amazing to me that the author didn't have anyone to look over his work and tell him maybe don't have the characters obsess over coffee like a badd pun constantly or not add the words "he glared at her, or she glared at him" every other paragraph but the story over all was amusing enough

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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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Feels very "Young Adult"

The book started off promising, but once the clataclysm happened and the characters migrated to the new dimension every problem they faced was solved by transporting back to earth and looting x resource or recruiting y person, often within a few pages of the problem occuring. This plot simplicity made it feel like a YA novel. I found myself far more interested with what was happening to the people on the dying earth.

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Survival light

story was ok, but I had issues with some of the technical information. I enjoyed his other books. I really like postapocalyptic genres, and I felt like the survival aspects were very underdeveloped. some of the pop references got in the way of logic -- buffalo burgers, without buns.... ok, what would they grind the meat with? why when steaks or roasts would be way easier? the portal seems to use a nebulous amount of electricity, which kind of irked me as well. water? shelter?
That all said, I expect to give it another listen. Since I listen while commuting, it's possible I just zoned through some of the description I feel was lacking. I enjoyed the setting and theme, and felt myself sucked in, only to be smacked by some discordant bit of logic.

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Good premise

The premise of this book was good, but the execution is sloppy and lazy. It started off ok, got a little better, then got really bad. I‘m not sure how I stumbled onto this one, but I don‘t want to listen to the rest of the series. Don‘t understand something? Just ask an undergraduate student who’s had 6 or 9 hours of overview courses - they will know more than any expert in the field, and not just about their own major!

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Interesting premise. Annoying characters

Good narration and interesting premise. The characters are stupid and unlikable. Only download if free.

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Weakest of all DET books so far

A decent sci find adventure at a high level, but I don't believe the characters. These "2019 college students" all make references to Boomer and Gen X pop culture with accompanying dated slang. A few characters seem to share a few too many characteristics with Bob ("omg need coffee lol").

I'm a fan of the other books, but I hope Mr. Taylor spends a bit more time around "kids these days" before the next entry in this series.

Also, I love Ray Porter, but it just didn't work for me to hear him read this one.

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  • Adam
  • 05-22-19

Bright young things

How far you go along with and enjoy 'Outland' will depend on your ability to swallow the central premise; that a handful of young US University students crack the secret of hopping between dimensions and are able to build a collection of interdimensional portals as and when needed.
Given the breadth of talent it takes to launch a shuttle into space, or build a particle accelerator, to put it mildly, this is a bit of a stretch. One engineering graduate (Bill, the wisecracking one with a penchant for movie references) is able to build the portals. One mathematical whizz cracks the maths. And an alpha male jock called Richard pulls it all together. Matt is pulled in because he is also good at science and has a trust fund. His girlfriend gets suspicious and joins him. And her bff, Monica, incredibly 'hot' and with a penchant for guns, and access to same (second amendment) later, handily, joins them.
They discover alternative Earth's, a grim future where humanity has been wiped out be greenhouse gases, and a world where humans haven't evolved, full of prehistoric mammals and hungry apex predators they christen 'Outland.'
Meanwhile, in the background, the Yellowstone Park super-volcano rumbles ominously. People read the danger signs but others do the mayor in Jaws thing and deny there is any danger. Said super-volcano erupts (the blurb tells you this, so this isn't a spoiler) and the kids evacuate, along with other students, to Outland. They also have to deal with some irate local thugs, an insurrection amongst the students, and the National Guard (who are ok really). The baddies telegraph their badness by calling the women 'bitch.' A lot.
So this isn't Issac Asimov. It is purely pulp science fiction, and it is no worse for that. It is a lot of fun. The writing is brisk, the volcano stuff is done well, with tension building slowly, and the young leads are on the whole quite likeable.
Kudos to Ray Porter, the narrator of the audiobook, who swings from character to character with effortless voice acting ease, and never flags or tires.

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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.

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  • Mr. Paul J. Reid
  • 06-01-19

Missed the target

I liked the concept and listened all teh way to the end but the book lacked substance. The two major themes - inter-dimensional travel and end of the world event - are not explored and developed sufficiently to do either justice.
The characters lack depth, and much of the narrative and dialogue is weak and predicatble. The best I can compare it with is a movie which promises much but lacks the depth or excitement and goes straight to DVD.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 06-15-19

On the edge at every end of chapter

When is someone going to make a movie out of this amazing book?!? I loved it so much I devoared it much quicker than expected. Dennis E. Taylor I can't wait to read your other books. As for Ray Porter I can't express how much I am grateful that you narrate books. YOU. ARE. SO. GOOD! Thank you! ❤️ On to the next book!

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  • Steve
  • 08-09-19

Chewing gum for the ears

After the excellent Bobiverse and enjoyable Singularity I was looking forward to this book.
Sadly, it was a disappointment. The book doesn't live up to or really follow the preface and is a generic 'Magic Door' to another universe book. Extremely simple story with obvious plot 'twists' resulting in a shallow two-dimensional listen that ignores any of the scientific challenges to such a gateway in divergent universe.
Well narrated which made it listenable but overall it's more a book to pass that time that to stir the imagination hence chewing gum for the ears.
I doubt I'll buy any more in this series though will consider other Dennis Taylor books in the future.

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  • Henrik
  • 08-02-19

Lovely story

Had a really good time listening to Outland. Funny and exciting. Interesting concept and a varied galler of people.

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  • Colin Parke
  • 07-30-19

Absolutely brilliant!!!

Another fantastic book by Dennis E. Taylor who is now my favourite author. Ray porter delivery is impeccable again with an impressive range that really brings the story to life. I cannot wait for the next book

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  • Paul Coomber
  • 07-17-19

Dennis e Taylor saves humanity again

cant wait for book two. love the style of this book. geek scifi at its finest.

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  • andrew
  • 05-23-19

Hooked

Great story, great narration. Very ‘Bobiversy’, Am looking forward to see where this goes. Hurry up and release the rest please:)

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  • Craig Thompson
  • 05-23-19

Once again fantastic

Dennis E. Taylor has once again got me hucked and Ray Ported can make me feel like I am there.

From the premise of Yellow Stone to the way out, I was throughly Intrigued and entertained.

it's Bob all over again at least this time I know there's more to come.

Can only say this makes me want to listen to all of their other work over again. I could not recommend it enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-19

Addictive.

I wasnt sure I could get into a science fiction novel, but after two chapters I couldn't put it down.

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  • Patris
  • 05-23-19

Outstanding

Another brilliant novel by Dennis E. Taylor. The story is unique and engaging. The characters are likable, smart and funny. I loved every second of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-19

Loved It

Hated that I knew it was getting close to the end and the next book hasn’t been released yet! The only negative from me is that the characters are a little flat ... that extra emotional dimension is missing. Erin and Matt are meant to be somewhat in love ... you wouldn’t know from the way they are written. I don’t need it to be a sap fest or a love story, no romance is even required but unless a more emotional connection can be made to the characters .. interest will start to wane. Still, I’ll definitely get the next book and check out other works by the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-19

Great story

I really enjoyed this story well worth listening to highly recommend it to any one regardless of what genre you are into

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  • Nigel McDonald
  • 08-18-19

finnished in two nights it was that good

I am very picky about the quality of my scifi and is on my must buy list as I just coulnt put it down. This narator is one of the best in the business to top it off

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-19

great story!

really enjoyed , character voices a bit challenging by narrator but overall a good listen.!

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  • Michael Harrison
  • 08-11-19

Worth a shot

Had me coming back to it when I could, was a good story although some of the characters made me fee like I was watching a B grade sci-fi film, feels like it's aimed at an under 20's audience. That being said would still buy the next in the series

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  • Wende Ryan
  • 07-28-19

Started a little cliche

This book started a bit along the same lines as his others, but stuck with it. This series should surprise us as it grows.

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  • Michael
  • 07-26-19

Another great book.

Fantastic concept and excellent read/listen. Looking forward to Outland Jurassic and then maybe an Outland that had achieved advanced technology then current earth.

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  • Gary
  • 07-22-19

a little slow at the beginning

it took a while to get going but the story developed quite well in the last half. will be interested in seeing where it leads