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Signal

By: Tony Peak
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They were sent to investigate the first extraterrestrial signal. What they found was beyond anything they could have imagined - or feared.

On a voyage to a mysterious moon in the Alpha Centauri system, the UEA Centaurus meets with disaster. Only the quick thinking of the flight engineer, Rachel Terman, saves some of the crew. Crash-landing on the moon, trillions of kilometers from Earth, they struggle to carry out their mission and try to survive.

But nothing has prepared them for what they will face. False readings on sensors. Bizarre nightmares. Crew members vanishing.

Then, Rachel discovers a blue, glassy lake. 

And everything changes. If the signal abides - will humankind fall?

Signal is the latest gripping science-fiction thriller from rising star Tony Peak.

©2018 Tony Peak (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Loved the voices, especially the Norwegian

Cool story! Too many characters for me to be able to follow with ease, but the main narrator did an amazing job with all their voices and nationalities, so that helped. The Norwegian scientist was my favorite.... absolutely LOVED her voice and accent... want to listen to her talk all day long

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 02-15-19

A Book I Won’t Soon Forget

4.25 out of 5 stars

First things first – there will be a few spoiler elements in this review. I can’t not talk about some of the main features (that you don’t see in the first part of the book). This review would be weird and completely unreadable if I don’t talk about it. Just know that the things that I talk about all but one are in the description (and the other is in/on the cover). So, I’m trying really hard, but it’s not easy.

Before I get into the spoilerish part of my review. Know that the main character, Rachel is gay. She’s a gay Martian who I thought Peak did a phenomenal job writing. She was strong, determined, but also full of self-doubt. She understood that those around here looked at her because she was different. The irony was that the world that Peak created in Signal didn’t seem to mind the fact that she was gay more than they minded that she was born on Mars. One can only hope that we as a society will move past being scared/angry at someone because of who they love. Now, I am an ally and I believe that love is love – so the main character being gay really resonated with me. She was different from any other main character I’ve ever read.

She was thrown into an absolute dumpster fire from the very beginning of this and fought through self-doubt, others doubts, and insane things going on around here to try and keep the mission and even more the people together.

I tried to figure out how to write about and describe why I liked her so much, but I think it was because the choice that Peak made to focus on her difference being where she was born over who she loved. It resonated with me because of all the friends I have who don’t get that luxury. On top of that, she was a great choice for the main character.

Now that I spent two large paragraphs on explaining Rachel – I realize quickly that this review is going to get long, fast. So, know that I enjoyed the book, there is just a lot of things I want to type out because Signal was a book that had so many layers and things that touch on a lot of subjects.

So, into the spoilerish part of the review. There appeared to be three main antagonists at play in this book all coming from one main area. There was the azure ocean-like substance that appeared, the vivid nightmares, and the vines (the only thing not specifically mentioned in his synopsis). Each one of these had their own place and each one was a fascinating glimpse into each character as they dealt with seeing/hearing/feeling each thing. The nightmares were easily the most interesting part because it gave you a glimpse into the character without needing full back stories for each.

There was a part that really bugged me about this book since it’s mentioned numerous times that each character underwent a strict psychological review. Each character had a major flaw that you would think would have come out in a simple review of them. Being second (or at least thrust into first) in command, Rachel’s self-doubt and overall imposter syndrome probably would have discounted her. Kovak (I believe that was his name) and his “mission over everyone and everything else” is probably some mental health issue that would have been caught too. Each person had something like this that was obvious, but I think that there could be two explanations for it. One being that the moon brought it out of them – the nightmares, seeing things, etc, would really bring out the worst in someone. Two is that the company knew this and either wiped major issues from their files or something so that they were able to achieve their goals in the end (trying not to over-spoil anything).

The book was a marathon to the end and the ending felt a little rushed – Peak spent so much time getting us to understand what was going on and there was a major climax at the end where things kind of neatly tie themselves up. I liked the ending, I just felt like the pacing of it differed from the rest of the book. Thankfully, the characters and issues that they faced throughout made this a blast to read. A few times I thought “okay, this is how it ends” and there were more than 2 hours left.

I’m sure that Peak had an overarching theme of this book and I have a guess at what I think it is, but I don’t want to ruin the experience for others either. It’s like listening to lyrics of your favorite song – you get what you get out of it. And it probably differs from what I got out of it.

(I’m sorry, I know this is a long review). The audio quality of this was awesome. I was pleased to hear Amanda Rose Smith produced it. It sounded like some of the audio dramas and other books I’ve listened to where she produced them (especially the “cut-scene” parts of it where they were in the ship and acting vs narrating). There was only one character that was grating on my ears and I think it was done on purpose. There was one person who was meant to be annoying and they definitely pulled that off. I thought that Allyson Johnson did a fantastic job narrating the story and I’m glad that Audible Studios also went with the audio drama feel for the cut-scene parts featuring a few other voice actors.

Overall, a fantastic book that I obviously had lots to say about. Signal by Tony Peak is definitely a book I won’t forget for a long time.

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  • Mark Nolan
  • Clarksville, TN United States
  • 01-02-19

I want 9 hrs and 32 mins back

I should have requested my money back. I stuck it out until the end just to see if it got any better. It doesn't. By the end I was just wishing that all the characters would die on the alien planet. The story is weak. Characters don't act or think in any rational or logical way. The writer seems to have a series of phrases that were jotted down and randomly stuck in the story just to use them. There is no way I can describe how much I disliked the story, but I posted this review which is the first time I have ever took the time to write one. Many elements of the story were just there to promote some social agenda.

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A fun and intriguing listen

Kudos to Audible, Tony Peak and Allison Johnson in particular for a really entertaining audible experience. I have been an audible fan since the beginning and I have never enjoyed a book so much frankly. Signals is a cleverly written sci-fi gothic tale with many surprises, sexy situations and interesting characters. Yes there is a "lesbian" component (which turns off some readers) but it is only one of many cool elements to this production, and frankly, though I am not gay, I found it refreshing, unique and fun. The whole novel and the creative multi-narrator production by audible is great. I totally disagree with reviewers finding fault with Allison Johnson: they are full of what Philip K. Dick might call "kipple." She does a brilliant job handling a vast array of international accents and well, to be frank, her voice for the Swedish linguist Larson is sexy as hell. There are number of intriguing motifs handled very well in such a short package, including Colonialism, feminism, prejudice of many types, survival on a long range space mission, and the ending is complex and rewarding. I look forward to reading more from Peak and his strong women protagonists; moreover, I hope that this novel will be published in written forum so that myself and other professors may be able to teach it in our classes--I guarantee that students will love this as it is very hip, well-written, action-packed, horrifying and intriguing on many levels. Thanks for a great trip across the galaxy!.

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Teenagers in space?

It was a good story idea, but the characters seemed immature for their parts. The main characters kept making me think of teenagers and high school students. More hormones than brains and more emotions than sense.
The whole tragic backstory idea usually makes you feel closer and more invested in the character, but instead it made me think of her as whiny. "I'm in outer space on a special mission and the other astronauts don't like me. I just want to be loved." (That's not a quote from the book).
I think the author was going for a feeling of overcoming suppression and persecution, but it didn't take me there.
I read sci fi which usually has a little romance thrown in, but this was like a romance novel with a little sci fi thrown in.
I found myself anxious to finish it so I could go on to another book.
The narrator did a good job with the women's voices, but had this impending doom tone the whole book, even before it was impending doom. Even at the end. She was a little monotone. She seemed to struggle with the men's voices and that was a distracting.
I hate to give bad reviews when I know what it means to the author and narrator, but I use the reviews to select books, so I feel obligated and I cannot recommend this one.

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It's finally over

I really wanted to like this book. The publishers summary made it sound like a story I would really like. After listening for about 2 hours I realized I hated every character in the book. The more I listened the more I disliked the book and the characters, but the publisher had promised me a great ending and I wanted to know what happened. Kind of like The X-files, I hate the people and the story, but I want to see the monster at the end. Turns out is wasn't worth it, kind of like The X-files. I usually love Audible Originals, but I really couldn't wait for this one to be over. Knowing the end isn't any better than the rest I wish I had stopped listening at hour 2. The only redeeming thing about this book was the narrators who did a passable job. Though much of their performance was overly dramatic, I'm sure that was more a problem with direction than performance.

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really bad

This is the first book I ever returned. Lousy book about a man hating lesbian cyborg.
the reader was lousy too.

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Fear, love and human development brought together

As a sci-fi fan this tale about exploration of space has all the drama and expectations you want in a saga worthy of your time. The characters are brought to life begging you to hear more.

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Lesbian Romance disguised as Science Fiction

Writing style is adequate. Story has been done ad nauseum. The Gay marriages and lesbian sex didn’t add anything to the story and was pointless. If you support the leftist social agenda of gay marriage and gender delusion, this stew of liberal propaganda will be right up your alley. I barely made it through this mediocre piece of crap. I’ll never get those hours of my life back. Maybe I can still get my money back.

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left wing wet dream !

i swear linda sarsour had a hand in the out line of this story !
no real story, just a world of gays and lesbeings being apressed in a sci fi story !
this was repeated over and over and over and over .............
im getting my money back ,that how much i hated this !
this is the only time i ask for a refund !

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  • Peter
  • 12-21-18

Oh dear...

I had hoped this would have been better. Dire narration/acting and full of cliched lines. Over melodramatic performance, I was just waiting for someone to shout “The pressure’s too high, she's gonna blow!" How much better it might have been had the story started back on Earth/Mars when the signal was apparently first received, create a bit of mystery and have time to better introduce the characters, rather than having them all thrust at the listener without knowing anything about them. It was all too confusing, a real mish-mash.