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Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves - or in the stars?

If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? 

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

Critic Reviews

“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post

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Taylor and Porter team up for another hit

I hadn't heard if either Dennis E. Taylor it Ray Porter before I listened to the Bobiverse series, but I'm happy someone brought it to my attention. I finished The Singularity Trap even faster than I did any book from the other series, and that's really saying something.

Taylor gives realistic depth to all characters, and spins an intellectual but fun tale. Porter is simply an amazing voice actor, sometimes making it sound like you're listening to an actual conversation between 2 people. I will read anything this team puts out in the future!

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-11-18

Outstanding

I enjoyed Taylor’s Bobverse Series so grabbed this book when I saw it. The book has the same tone to it as Bobverse with a similar type of humor. I could read this book just as a fun sci-fi story, or I could ponder the philosophical/moral issues Taylor presents. There are several moral and philosophical questions the author presents: one of them being the “prisoner dilemma”. The ending of the book is interesting. Looking for a good sci-fi story for the summer? Try this one.

The book is about eleven and a half hours. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. He is a perfect narrator for Taylor’s style of writing. Porter also narrated the Bobverse Series.

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Excellent!

The Bobiverse trilogy quickly became a favorite for me. I was excited to see another book from Dennis Taylor come up as recommended. I burned through this in a day. Excellent book. The audio effects were top notch! When characters talked over the radio or phone there was a light change to the dialogue. It worked well and I hope other audiobooks take note of how well it works.

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12 hour book within 24 hours

I couldn't sleep last night. It wasn't insomnia. It was THIS DARN BOOK! I couldn't turn it off. I swear I set my sleep timer for 15 minutes at least 10 times. I've had my Bluetooth headphone in my ear since I woke up this morning. I don't know how Mr. Taylor does it, but thank you for being a fast writer! The Bob series and then this book. I might be in love. I think I will be going to look up his previous books now. Lord help my sleep patterns.

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Not As Compelling as the Bobiverse

First off, I loved the Bobiverse and I think Dennis E. Taylor is a great addition to the world of sci-fi. That acknowledged, and it pains me to say this, The Singularity Trap is a miss. The narration is top-notch, but the story isn't arresting. I didn't make much of a connection with the protagonist. I also felt the dialogue wasn't riveting either. Too many times the author tells us the characters laughed at something I personally didn't laugh at. Also, referencing Star Trek was okay in the Bobiverse, but I cringed when it came up again in this book (even in passing). However, my central issue is the plot itself. I have read many books about the singularity and I don't feel the author portrayed the subject convincingly. The singularity is a huge idea, one that basically says no human being alive at this moment can fully comprehend what a post-human world would be like. It would be a universe of staggering complexity and wonders. Such grandeur wasn't really conveyed or even really hinted at. We have some gee-whiz moments, but not enough of them. This is a criticism that can be aimed at many authors. Read The Age of Spiritual Machines, Life 3.0, and Superintelligence, all non-fiction books. I wish more authors would borrow ideas from those tomes.

51 of 63 people found this review helpful

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Five Stars Squared!

The team of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter have again delivered audiobook good!

The Singularity Trap , penned by Taylor and voiced by Porter is a new hard sci-fi Audible exclusive release. The story incorperates first contact, nanotechnology, military conspiracies, interstellar conflict and more all wrapped in the warm quilt of Taylor-Porter fun and frivolity.

I've been patiently waiting for this release and have not been disappointed.

I wish I could give this five stars squared!

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  • LINCOLN
  • LOS ANGELES, CA United States
  • 06-06-18

Want more like the Bobiverse....YES!

You know when you finish a good series and long for more....well, this will satisfy Bobiverse fans and create many new one of its own. The story is well written with suspense, excellent character development and enough hard science to make it great entertaining Sci Fi. I love Ray Porter and Taylor and Porter are a dream team match. Enjoy!

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good book

I like this author and his ability to bring complex ideas into focus. ie. game theory alot of people don't know what it is or misunderstand what it is. his other books the bobiverse are totally amazing and I feel that while this book is good it isn't as good as his other books. still I enjoyed it.

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Good comibination

I have listened to Taylor/Porter combo before. Bobiverse Series was a great listen and this one is too. I am looking forward to more from these two!

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Good story, great writing.

I need good dialogue to get lost in the story, and this one delivers. It’s not often that I comment out loud when listening to an audiobook, but I felt compelled to with this one, given some of the twists. Narrator was fantastic.

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  • Simon
  • 06-07-18

Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

Dennis E Taylor has done it again it seems as this is another high quality production from him very ably voiced by Ray Porter. The storyline has a lot of the hallmarks of classic sci-fi. In fact I'd say it's perhaps "harder" sci-fi than his popular Bobiverse series. A development of his style rather than a flat continuation.

It is still however imbued with Taylor's subtle humour at times and his patient and careful characterisation. It is also once again a fairly ordinary guy trying to deal with a situation beyond comprehension and while there are many tropes traditional to the genre there is plenty of invention too.

Ray Porter does a great job with the narration with many characters voiced in distinctive ways. There are also some nice touches on the audio with radio voices when appropriate which give it additional depth.

If you liked the Bobiverse series this is closer to what I would term hard sci-fi but there's still lots to love here and I think most people would get a similar level of enjoyment out of this one too. I think Taylor has another hit on his hands and he's clearly an author that is going to be fun to follow in the future.

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  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
  • 06-24-18

It was... alright?

Started off as a promising classic SciFi story, however I found that the plot tended to waver and then by the end I lost interest. I was expecting more about the creators, I was left wanting more and the way the story ended I don't think those wants will ever be remedied.

The performance was awesome however.

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  • Anony-mouse
  • 06-13-18

Average Follow Up to Bobiverse series

This might have benefited from a new narrator. Ray Porter narrated the Bobiverse series superbly and unfortunately there was similar vocal characterisation. The story sort of petered out, with similar themes from Taylor's previous series which weren't expanded upon enough. Sadly I'm afraid I can only give this book 3 stars as it doesn't get beyond average, which is a pity.

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  • The Dark Newt
  • 06-10-18

Love this...

Dennis E Taylor has delivered again. As has Ray Porter. And Audible.

The Bobiverse series may or may not have run its course, but evidently Dennis had plenty of life left in his old notes to come up with this great story. This comment is not meant to be negative in the slightest - this story is not a broth made of stale leftovers, but it has almost certainly arisen from ideas that didn't make it into the Bobiverse.

Ray Porter does an excellent job of narration, as before, and it doesn't at all come across as odd that Bob and Ivan sound alike. It's like having dinner with your old friend's pleasingly urbane younger brother.

The humour is still there, if maybe a little dryer (no Simpsons references that I recognised, for one). The characters are as rounded, and the protagonists as agreeable, as one would expect from Taylor. Perhaps, as another reviewer noted, the sci-fi is a little 'harder' than in the Bobiverse, but we're talking nanobots and LaGrange points vs Von Neumann probes and .. err LaGrange points. There's honestly not much in it IMO. And the arch-antagonists (the Others) in the Bobiverse used nanites, anyway.

I think Audible made a great decision in recognising the combined talents of Taylor as an author and Porter as a performer, and I hope this won't be the last we see from this dream team.

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  • Mike
  • 06-22-18

expected more

This is an enjoyable story but seems a little lazy in its storyline. A poor man's Bobiverse!

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  • RoguePlank
  • 07-19-18

An excellent and enthralling story

I really didn't know where the storyline was going to go in this one, you can definitely pick out common elements of the Bobiverse series which made me grin. Loved the audio effects used in this to enhance the performance. Many laugh out loud moments. Couldn't stop listening sometimes. I'll definitely be looking for more stories by this author, he really gets into the detail of exploring concepts beyond Earth. Loved it.

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  • Mike C.
  • 07-17-18

Not disappointed

I thought I’d give this a go having enjoyed Bobiverse from same author and narrator. Really enjoyed and would heartily recommend. Not a criticism at all but I would suggest taking a small break between the two story lines, as although Ray Porter is brilliant with his voices, there is obviously a limit to the number anyone can come up with, so a little confusing at times to hear the same voice characterisation for a very different person in a different story line.

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  • David H.
  • 07-14-18

good, not spectacular.

pacing is slow for most then rushes to the finish line. some excellent characters, although stereotyped but i think that was required for some of the message. the admiral was a prime example, and very well performed as always by Ray Porter. the problem was, and without spoiling, the driving motivations behind the computers second of two options, which the story pivoted around, was specious and did not fit the universe. perhaps i missed something, but the solution was so obvious and in keeping with its earlier defined parameters, i couldnt see why there was a yarn spun, with all the technical theory, in order to reach only solution to a simple problem. especially when the alternative didnt lie in keeping with previous behaviour, and didnt achieve the primary goal. otherwise a good listen, and i would recommend it.

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  • S. J. Veal
  • 07-12-18

A bit of a strain on the ears, but a decent if slightly twisted version of recycled story..

So got this as generally enjoyed the “bob” book series by Dennis, I say “generally” as liked the first bob book, it was a good original idea and decently executed, but the series went down hill as they progressed in my view, and the narrator (the same as this book) I think struggled a bit with what was asked of him (Homer Simpson! Really?) anyway, back this book.

Same again as the previous series, good idea, decently written if a little bit amateur, not that I am an expert book writer, but I have read (and been read to via audiobook) some really incredible books by some amazingly talented writers and narrators. With this in mind it does set the bar very high for me on what I expect these days and ultimately shows the flaws with lesser books and narrators talents. This Book is relatively short at 10 odd hours, so seems to speed through pretty quickly from start to finish and as such isn’t hugely detailed as minimal time is used to elaborate on scenes or characters (of which there are not many), can’t say I was super hooked on what happens throughout and towards the end turned into a “I have invested 8 hours in this so I may as well push through to the end” most likely you never really form any relationship with any of the characters, who dies? Who lives? Who cares? But the book itself is probably ok to read, what started to grate pretty early was the narrator, most voices are fine and defined, however the Indian accented woman who I think was suppose to be Irish just made me want to be sick whenever she popped up, I very nearly just gave up with it, but something must have been going right as I did want to know what happened at the end. I will be sending it back though as I couldn’t face going through this ever again.
Buy the “The Dreaming Void” trilogy written by Peter F Hamilton and narrated by John Lee, this sets the bar on sci fi at a while new level, I must have re listened to this series half a dozen times over the years and at over 75 hours for all three books it was alway time well spent and enjoyable each time, unlike this book experience.

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  • Ms
  • 07-12-18

Brilliant!

Loved the Bobiverse books, and was not disappointed by this new story by the same author. I was hooked from the start. A really great performance, easy and interesting to listen to, with some nice added touches for effect. Some funny, some dramatic and some really well plotted moments all wrapped up in an original story that flowed from start to finish. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-18

Great book, great narration awesome story!

I am a big sci-fi fan and I thoroughly Enjoyed this book. Great narration and end result. Let's hope for more. Great job Dennis E. Taylor. Praise on Bobbiverse aswel!

Awaiting more great works!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-16-18

Thoroughly enjoyable

Dennis does it again. I loved the bobiverse books and this is even better. Great narration from Mr Porter

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  • Chris
  • 07-15-18

Great story.

Held my attention, sadly it seemed to end too soon. Guess I'm too used to Peter F sagas.

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  • Tim
  • 07-04-18

Fantastic!

Loved how the story was delivered. Best book so far. I highly recommend it. Thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-18

A Masterpiece

I absolutely loved it the narration, the story telling and the very concept is definitely worth listening to it

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  • Gabe
  • 06-23-18

Great story, great narrator!

I really enjoyed this book and wait for the author’s next novel.
Ten out of ten

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  • Tracey Anderson
  • 06-16-18

So great! Can't wait until the next novel!

So great! Can't wait until the next novel! I love the themes and the accessibility of the science.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-14-18

Fantastic

Dennis E Taylor is fantastic as always. Similar to but different to his previous titles.