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Publisher's Summary

A scientific experiment begins, and as the button is pressed, the unexpected occurs: everyone in the world goes to sleep for a few moments while everyone's consciousness is catapulted more than 20 years into the future. At the end of those moments, when the world reawakens, all human life is transformed by foreknowledge.
©1999 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This first-rate, philosophical journey, a terrific example of idea-driven SF, should have wide appeal." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Martin
  • BrightonUnited Kingdom
  • 05-28-10

Dull

I was looking forward to this book because I had found the TV series increasingly irritating. However, it was at least entertaining in its way, unlike Sawyer's novel which is terribly dreary with uninteresting two-dimensional characters and an excess of tedious dissertations on quantum physics. I really wanted to get this book behind me so that I could move on to something more enjoyable. Shades of Philip K Dick -- great idea, amateurishly written. The best bit is definitely the chase, which is quite gripping because you really don't know what's going to happen. On the other hand, you don't really care.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great premise, but disappointing follow through

I downloaded FLASHFORWARD because of ABC's new TV series of the same name. One of the best premises ever, lots of intriguing clues/possibilities, but the end left me cold. Too . . . silly. I became bored listening to the last chapters.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Too much science too little story

Well written and interesting ‘Flash Forward’ is heavy on science but light on substance. After seeing the TV series I was really excited to read this book. I wanted to hear more about people’s visions and their views of the future but reader is limited to a very small number of visions and some additional visions which relate to those of the main characters. The mystery surrounding Theo and his murder is interesting but not enough to overcome the constant flow of science to make this a truly great story.

Mr Deakins does a great job with the narration getting all of the accents and foreign pronunciations spot on.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Save your credits...not like the TV Show

While I thought this would be 'similar' to the TV Show, be forewarned that this story is very different. While usually the book is better than the show (take any Stephen King or Dean Koontz book as an example), the TV folk took an idea (by Robert Sawyer) and made it much, much better. Not to give any spoils here - this book is a flash forward 20 years (not 3) into the future and 85% is about Theo trying to solve his murder. Ok, see what's wrong here...3 years is somewhat imminent whereas 20 years who really cares. No FBI, no bad guys, no nothing but Lloyd, his fiance and Theo. Too bad there is not more here as I really enjoyed the TV Show with its many different plot lines - not much here other than a good idea (the flash forward) that someone else took and made much better. Save your credits for something else...

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Awesome hard science

This book combines excellent character development, a fantastic premise, an interesting story and excellent hard modern science for an amazing read. I downloaded it just three days ago and have already listened to it twice. I also loved that there are a few open ideas/questions as the end for the reader to ponder, instead presenting an answer to every last question/unknown presented in the story. I also found the narrator to be easy to listen to, with an unaffected voice that also distinguished well among different characters. I've been waiting to hear some good SciFi about the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and this certainly fulfills my expectations with a work that is fun and exciting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Boring

What disappointed you about Flashforward?

Too slow, boring & tries to teach science instead of telling a story.

What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

No clue.

What character would you cut from Flashforward?

All of them.

Any additional comments?

Waste of time forcing myself to finish it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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fantastic!

Loved the book! i listened almost straight through it!will be buying more of Sawyers books.
Great reading, interresting voice.
Amazing caracter development.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very Disapointed

Started off well, then became dragged down with too much detail. Wish I had chosen differently.

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Disappointing

I got this because I loved the show with Joseph Fienes and wanted to know how it ended. This is nothing like the TV show. It definitely feels like it was written for a scientist by a scientist.

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Interesting concept and solid execution

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Very diverting. Enough hard science to keep things interesting and at least partly grounded; balanced out by a good deal of character exploration. Premise of what would happen if all humans got a glimpse of their own future, 20 years hence, is nicely fleshed out with brief vignettes/headlines to sketch out world wide impact (Pepsi wins the cola wars; Microsoft collapses due to computer bug; newspapers stop printing horoscopes because they are misinformation). Good and quick read.

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  • Jane1264
  • 01-21-10

Flashforward

Decided to see how this compared with the television series and you can see where the TV series gets it's ideas but other then that theres not much link. As with another reviewer I felt the TV series has more drama however this is a very good book and parts 1 and 2 are well written, interesting and make you want to listen to more. However - the ending is dreadful and a major let down and rather ruins the rest of the book. The first 2 parts on their own would have had a rating of 4/5 but the final part is a 1!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful