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Flashback Audiobook

Flashback

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Publisher's Summary

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation that is turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, Flashback proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Hachette

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    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-14-11
    Nathan Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 07-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "An interesting story... spoiled"

    Flashback is an interesting novel, combining elements of science fiction with a sort of "post-apocalyptic America." The characters are interesting, and the plot is unpredictable. There's enough techie stuff to keep sci-fi nerds entertained.

    Unfortunately, the author loads up his story with long political lectures in which he expounds on what I presume are his personal political biases. If these lectures were balanced or well-informed, perhaps they would be excusable. But as it is, they have all the insight and balance of a Rush Limbaugh rant. The author expounds on political subjects on which he is apparently ignorant, in the end achieving a sort of parody of Sarah Palin, where everything is black and white, good or evil.

    The book is worth a listen, but more than once while listening I wished the author had chosen to empty his political garbage elsewhere.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Julia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-09-11
    Julia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 07-09-11
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    "I can't finish it. It's that bad."

    I'm afraid to quote, paraphrase, or summarize this book, for fear of the author's views being taken as my own. If you hate all democrats, Japanese, Muslims, and Mexicans, you might like this book. If I could get past the racism and politics, I'd be reading a book about unlikeable jerks. I've endured over 5 hours of it, and I can't take it anymore. I'm deleting this one from my library.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Brian United States 07-19-11
    Brian United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Stop being so sensitive"

    This is not a political book, it is speculative fiction, it has a sense of humor to it. It is a crazy scenario of the future and Mr. Simmons is doing his best to give an idea of what would happen if in a bad economy a new drug arose which people could relive their past. I do not believe that Mr. Simmons is a republican, he is fearless in his portrayal of the future when everyone basically gives up. I really enjoyed this book and I loved how he ended it. The narration was terrific.

    13 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin 05-21-17
    Gavin 05-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic story"

    What an amazing story. The entire book from cover to cover was exciting and kept me coming back. The one issue I had was the narrator for Val sounded like he was reading a children's book to sick kids in a hospital. His lines consist of curses, rapes, murder etc, but he sounds like he's reading Mr. Men books. It really took me out of Val's story because of how annoying his voice was.

    Thankfully Val's story is the least read of the 3, and the other two narrators were fantastic, so it wasn't too bad.

    Excellent listen, fantastic story. Another great Dan Simmons book

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    reathel 02-11-17
    reathel 02-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Grumpy old man"
    What would have made Flashback better?

    If I could flashback to before I started listening to this...


    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    A diatribe of conservative fears projected into the near future. Most disappointing book I've ever listened too. Sad, hard to imagine Dan Simmons the author of of so many well written books vomited such a politically reactionary vision that left me nauseated. Dan Simmons once penned this line, "choose again" in a much beloved book and I suggest listeners do the same before downloading this novel.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Mostly well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Lopez 10-20-16
    R. J. Lopez 10-20-16
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    "An excellent story with a frightening future!"
    What did you love best about Flashback?

    From my political perspective, the story was spot on with a credible future based upon the politics going on right now with the Obama and liberal agenda. Very frightening yet very possible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashback?

    The description of the People's Republic of Boulder


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Nick and Soto!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely yes!


    Any additional comments?

    A really entertaining story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirk 06-14-16
    Kirk 06-14-16
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    "Too political"

    This book is too political. The author appears to be using fiction to promote his political beliefs.

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    Steve 06-12-16
    Steve 06-12-16
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    "Great Sci Fi"
    What did you love best about Flashback?

    Good descriptions and plot that draws reader in


    Any additional comments?

    Thought provoking comments on politics...delivered almost as powerfully as "1984"

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    Chris Griffin 01-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Skip this one ... Unless you love political rants."

    I loved Simmons' Hyperion, but the political detritus in this novel is to much. The narration was well done.

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    Walrus Rex Grand Junction, CO United States 07-14-15
    Walrus Rex Grand Junction, CO United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2008

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    "Dystopian Noir"
    Would you listen to Flashback again? Why?

    I would listen again because the form is a murder mystery and now that I know the solution I would like to reread to find the clues.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flashback?

    The solution to the mystery is very dramatic.


    Any additional comments?

    It is the tone of this book that makes it so good. It is very politically incorrect and presents a believable dystopian future. In fact, this book, originally published in 2011, accurately predicts things that have since happened (although he failed to foresee the dramatic rise of ISIS). Indeed, one prediction came true today, 7/14/15.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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