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Blindsight Audiobook

Blindsight

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Publisher's Summary

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold.

After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

©2006 Peter Watts; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 02-07-13
    SGTiplady Palmer, AK, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The perfomance was fine; the story was perplexing"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Other than his slightly-off pronunciation of a few words, I thought the narrator did a good job of portraying the moods and attitudes of the central character who had suffered a brain/mind altering surgerical procedure as a young child (to correct epilepsy). The surgery left him with a limited ablility to relate to or even to empathize with others. While these ablilities (as it is shown in the story) are not missing altogether, this limited ablility to "walk in another's shoes" makes him cold and unfeeling at times, but also bewildered at his lack of understanding of and connection to others. The whole story is seemingly set up to enhance that fact. Transitions and movement in the story from scene to scene was often hard to follow. In several instances I had difficulty making the leap with the author in the "action". I like a complicated and intricate plot, but this was something else that I find, even now, hard to put my finger on often asking myself: What just happened?


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Chrisps 10-29-14
    Chrisps 10-29-14
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    "Snore"

    Most reviewers find it "compelling", "amazing", "brilliant". So I wasn't too put off by Michael (WI). I wish I had listened to him! He pretty much says it for me.
    My caring about what was happening slowly dribbled away until, after a couple of hours, I just couldn't be bothered listening to any more.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 03-30-09
    Michael Hartland, WI, United States 03-30-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Painfully slow"

    The story is very disjointed and painfully slow. I have read books where jumping back and forth from the characters memories to the present has created a tether, this creates a noose that makes the listener want to place their head in it.

    There are holes in the "science" so large that you may need the Hubble to get a grasp of their boundaries. While there are elements that grab the imagination, the very tedious character development is painful to say the least. There was so much useless information that the author could have easily cut half of the book and it would be far more bearable. There are parts that are just glossed over that could be interesting, while others are examined in such minute detail that I almost turned the book off a number of times.

    To be fair, this reminded me of Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. There is just no redemption. If you are looking for something slow and artsy, this may just do it for you. If you found yourself liking the main character in Stephen R Donadlson's Thomas Covenant series, then you may indeed like this. If you wanted to slap Thomas Covenant because he was so self pitying, then this is not the listen for you.

    I have been happy with all of my purchases except this one. I really wish I could get my money back for this book.

    14 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 05-05-17
    Cameron 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "vampire space captain WTF"

    could not follow narration the writing was so poor. the characters were boring and the aliens were unimaginative

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    Kirsten Fjeld Zillmer 05-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Philosophical Treatise packed in great story"

    An excellent story that goes deeply into the science, philosophy and evolution of consciousness. Listen once for the story, then a second time for deeper absorption of the concepts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 04-19-17
    Adam 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Confusing"

    The story lacks explanation. Character development and scene descriptions are so very confusing, it felt like the first half of the book was missing. The book is well written though, so I did get some enjoyment out of it. At least the parts that had context.

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    cheddar 04-10-17
    cheddar 04-10-17
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    "Intentionally heavy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story was interesting, the technical creations were detailed and the biology tidbits were methodical.


    Which character – as performed by T. Ryder Smith – was your favorite?

    Favorite character was Yuko, but was it really Yuko?!?


    Was Blindsight worth the listening time?

    Not sure if this was worth it. I liked the story, plot moved along ok, but such a dark take on everything. The book almost depressed me.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many times I felt as though the author was making things more complicated than they needed to be. You know when you meet somebody who questions the motives of everybody, or has a really strong opinion about something that just doesn't matter than much? (like, will only eat one brand of cheese because the cows that produced the milk all come from a line of cattle bread from royalty stock 200 years ago). I have a feeling that the author is one of these people. Every single human character in the book had a horrible childhood or other such trauma, and were all damaged. Even though the main plotline was about experiencing alien life for the first time, there was no excitement or optimism, it was all dread and despair. Basically, unless it was intentional, I think the author need some therapy and a hug.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Vettom 04-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tries to do too much"

    This book has no focus and just goes down rabbit holes of random aspects of a potential future society. The reader is not great at having separate voices for each character and often falls back to his normal voice mid sentence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary 03-18-17
    Zachary 03-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging and thought provoking"

    Superb. Sci fi for real scientists. A lot to think about. One of the few times I do not resent the inclusion of vampires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Anderson 01-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "humanity sucks and consciousness is joke"

    Interesting perspective but needlessly fatalistic and extremely heavy handed in its opinion of human consciousness. Doesn't follow its own rules in regards to emotional expression. Apparently anger is the only trustworthy emotion. The reading was good but unfortunately the content diminished its ability to shine through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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