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Recursion

A Novel
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom, Abby Craden
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (409 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory - his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date. 

“An action-packed, brilliantly unique ride that had me up late and shirking responsibilities until I had devoured the last page...a fantastic read.” (Andy Weir, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian

Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome - a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. 

Neuroscientist Helena Smith already understands the power of memory. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious moments of our pasts. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease - a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it. 

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them? 

Praise for Recursion

“Blake Crouch has invented his own brand of page-turner - fearlessly genre-bending, consistently surprising, and determined to explode the boundaries of what a thriller can be.” (Karin Slaughter, number-one internationally best-selling author of Pieces of Her

“Brilliant. Crouch’s innovative novels never fail to grip!” (Sarah Pekkanen, number-one New York Times best-selling co-author of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl

“A masterful mind-bender of a novel. Crouch brilliantly infuses his story with dire repercussions and unexpected moral upheaval, and leaves you wondering what you would do if you had the chance to turn back the clock.” (Mark Sullivan, number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of the Private series and author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky)

©2019 Blake Crouch (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Crouch isn’t just a world-class thriller writer, he’s a Philip K. Dick for the modern age. Recursion takes mind-twisting premises and embeds them in a deeply emotional story about time and loss and grief and most of all, the glory of the human heart.” (Gregg Hurwitz, number-one internationally best-selling author of the Orphan X series)

"Cutting-edge science drives this intelligent, mind-bending thriller...Crouch effortlessly integrates sophisticated philosophical concepts into a complex and engrossing plot. Michael Crichton’s fans won’t want to miss this one." (Publishers Weekly

“Fans eagerly embraced [Crouch’s] 2016 Dark Matter, a pulse-pounding thriller…Here, he again combines fast paced action with cutting edge scientific theory, this time taking a deep dive into memory, identity, and their intersections within the human mind. Reminiscent of the best and most fantastic works by Philip K. Dick, this is set to be a bestseller. Crouch is a rising star to watch closely.” (Library Journal)

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Are we there yet?

Fantastic! Couldn’t put it down. Best book I’ve read this year. In a similar vein to Crouch’s Dark Matter. One of the better depictions of time travel and it consequences I’ve read. Can’t wait to see how Crouch tops this. Both narrators were perfect!

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Mixed Feelings

I liked Dark Matter and other Blake Crouch novels so I came into this expecting another interesting read. Unfortunately, there was definitely something missing, though I'm not exactly sure what it was. I think a lot of it had to do with the narration. It wasn't bad, per se, just monotonous and really boring. Both narrators read with little inflection, and the female's performance outright annoyed me. Maybe it was just me, but it was if everything she said came across as either shaky or sultry, or a combination of both... and her attempt to deepen her voice for male parts was irritating.

As far as the story goes, although I wanted to know what was going on overall, I didn't like any of the characters. Helena, for an accomplished academic, was whiny and childish, Marcus Slade was a total douche who I wanted to punch and Barry, who is supposed to be good at solving puzzles can't even seem to find his own ass.

I found myself zoning out quite a bit. It was too much explanation and not enough natural dialogue. And to be honest, half of it didn't make any sense. It's like fake science was created solely for the benefit of moving the story forward. You have to be able to do way more than suspend your disbelief. So if you're looking for a light read that you don't have to think too much about, this probably isn't the book for you. If you're looking for unlikeable characters with an unrealistic and confusing, albeit intriguing, storyline, then give it a shot.


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This is the book you're looking for!

When I saw a new book by Blake Crouch was coming I pre-ordered without even reading the description. I knew it would be great. My first Crouch book was Pines and I loved everything about the series. I then read Run and Snowbound. When Dark Matter came out it was different and great and made you want more.

Recursion reminds me of Dark Matter but is so much better and Dark Matter was amazing. Every time I paused I was left looking forward to the next time I could listen. By the time I had reached the final hour I was beginning to think about listening to the book again, which I have never done.

There was one moment in the last 15 minutes that I thought the end of the book was going to be a disappointment but less than a minute later I understood and loved the ending.

This is a book you will not regret purchasing.

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Crouch does it again!

Once again you successfully weave a tale that stretches our belief of time and consciousness! I just finished this gem and am waiting for my brain to catch up to some of these remarkable concepts. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely! Will I be reading this book again? Not if, but when and the answer is soon!

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  • Ted
  • yelm, WA, United States
  • 06-17-19

A real Short review of a great book

I'll keep it brief. A wonderful tale. A fantastic time travel mechanism. A tale that made my heart race and my eyes well up. Couldn't stop listening. Worthy of your time and credit. Both narrators were great! thank you for reading this. Hope you enjoy this book!

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Very entertaining

Well written, fast paced, lots of tension - could not stop listening to it - once I started, I had to finish it. He plays with the idea of time and travel and memory and the repercussions of being able to change something in your past in a very thought provoking anf entertaining way. I loved it.

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Good book.

Thank you Mr. Crouch for a profound and satisfying listen. Pardon the profanity but that was a total mindf**k of a story. Satisfying with the attention to scientific detail while gratifying my speculative open mind to the infinite possibilities. Again, thank you. Ad infifitum.

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One of Mr Crouch's best

One of Mr Crouch's best , Exciting, thought provoking, the verble expression done so artfully.

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  • William
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-16-19

Hot mess.

The story was a hot mess so damn tangled and stoned on at times. Ending was ok and the author untwined the mess he had created earlier but overall, would call the book “ok”; would have trouble recommending it to someone else. Multiple readers was distracting and did not add any depth to the story.

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Honestly the best I've read in years

It's not just the recency of reading it either that's making me believe that statement. Dark Matter was amazing but struggled just a tad in the 3rd act. Pines was amazing too ofcourse but Recursion is, well, flawless. It's one of those rare stories that as soon as you finish you find yourself wishing you could go back in time and enjoy it for the first time again!

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