Solitude

Dimension Space, Book One
Narrated by: R.C. Bray, Julia Whelan
Series: Dimension Space, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Winner Listeners Choice Award - Best Science Fiction

The Martian meets Gravity when Army Pilot Vaughn Singleton, Earth’s last man, rushes to Area 51 in search of a spaceplane after he discovers the last woman is stranded on the International Space Station and barely alive - thus beginning a race against time. The event that wiped life from the planet started at the supercollider. It created a rift in space-time. The astronaut stranded aboard the space station, Commander Angela Brown, is a theoretical physicist who used to work at the collider. She may be able to reverse the event, restoring the timeline and returning all life to the planet...if only she could get there. If you like action-packed audiobooks that leave you sitting in your car long after reaching your destination, you'll love the electrifying action in this trilogy of award-winning thrillers.

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person capable of reversing humanity's disappearance - survive until he does?

Find out now. Get Solitude today and start a series you won’t want to stop!

"Like The Martian on (and above) Earth. An epic survival story with very human characters, clever problem-solving and a gripping mystery. The end left me with no idea where Dean was going with the story, I couldn’t wait for the next book.” (Craig Alanson, NYT best-selling author of Expeditionary Force)

"R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan are individually stellar. Having them co-voice Dean M. Cole's superb Dimension Space Series is a stroke of genius. Rich with elements of every genre, Solitude is an outstanding listen.” (Nicholas Sansbury Smith, USA Today best-selling author of Hell Divers)

©2017 Dean M. Cole (P)2017 Dean M. Cole

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Eh...

Until this book, I haven't heard anything by R.C. Bray that I didn't absolutely love. And while Julia Whelan is also a talented narrator, there was really no need for both of them in the way it was put together. Either could have done it alone and the final product would probably have been better for it.

The characters themselves weren't particularly likeable. They weren't necessarily 'unlikeable' , but I found nothing in either of them to engage my interest or make me care about them or what they were going through.

The general plot device presented throughout the entire book was, "This'll be easy. Oh no! Something horrible just went wrong!" ..and while it has been used to great effect by other authors, for some reason it just felt tired and poorly implemented in this story.

Then there's "coincidence." Most stories rely on coincidence to some extent and it's usually easy enough to gloss over. If I actually cared about either character I may have been able to ignore all of the stars that had to align for the story to even be able to take place...but when the characters' good luck (when they actually have some) is every bit convenient and necessary for the story to continue as their bad luck... It's hard to be invested in what the CHARACTERS are doing because it so rarely matters.

There's no intertwined reading between the two narrators. R.C. reads the chapters mostly focusing on the man, Julia reads the chapters about the woman, and while that conceptually makes sense, it kind of breaks down every time both characters actually get to interact. Each narrator reads for both characters and each reads them differently so there's no continuity in how personalities are presented. Some of that could be artistically explained away as each character perceiving the other differently (though I didn't much care for it), and I understand how much work it would be to actually record and edit together all of the respective lines. Overall though, I felt that the way it was done took away from the total experience and made the collaboration feel kind of pointless.

By the time I reached the end, I'd pretty much become so disengaged that I was more just glad that it was over.

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What's up with all the positive reviews?

What was most disappointing about Dean M. Cole’s story?

There was little to no character development and the action scenes were overdone. I kept waiting for something original and interesting to happen and continued to wait the entire book. I kept felt like I was reading some poor mash up of plot-lines taken from the movies Castaway and Gravity, combined with The Martian.

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I don’t know why there are so many positive reviews. I read a lot of sci-fi and this was complete garbage. The plot was unoriginal and formulaic. The vocabulary of the author seemed limited with an overreliance of clichés and repetitive descriptors (e.g., pregnant pause, first pump). Every other word seems to be “in spite” – why not use “despite” periodically to change things up? Don’t waste your time on this.

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Forget to turn up the volume...

I rarely write reviews but this is that lame. The poor readers trying to create drama out of the rocket scientist jet pilot heroes forgetting to plug things in, suck in their gut or turn up the volume on a radio is just pathetic. Unreal. I am quitting but I want my life back.

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best I've read since The Martian

I'm a huge fan of sci-fi that isn't always about Aliens or at least takes a bit for them to show up. I loved the humanity of the characters. they had ups and downs and in betweens. the pacing of the story was wonderful and had me hugging my seat and breathing in relief at the proper moments. the way everything happened you almost hope that humanity isn't gone as there are no bodies to be seen. I can't wait to see where Dean m. Cole goes next with this story.

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I don't get the hype

Got this book after reading so many positive reviews, which I now don't understand at all. There is good potential with the premise, but the actual story is repetitive and predictable. As another reviewer has pointed out, it is a cycle of poorly thought-out plans, coupled with "what could go wrong?" attitudes that inevitably lead to narrowly-escaped catastrophe. Like I said, repetitive and predictable.
The dialogue was... problematic at best. Much of it was clunky and forced. It didn't help that the two performers were doing the voices for both characters when reading their parts. It led to some confusing changes in tone and delivery.
Overall, this one was a real let-down for me. While I am kind of curious as to what happens next, I don't think I can be bothered to muddle through this author's writing style again to find out.

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What. A. Story.

I honestly didn't even see the comparison to The Martian and I Am Legend (I try to not read the synopsis of a book that I'm pretty sure I'm going to love) -- but that is a great combination of exactly what this story was.  I hate copying exactly what is written in the description on Amazon, but when it's right, it's right.

Dean M. Cole can write! Every time I thought "okay, this is it, he's got it!" or "she's got it!" he continued to throw everything at the two main characters.  It got to the point where I was pretty sure that both of them were going to give up numerous times.

A story about what could potentially be the last two people in the world and one of them is stuck on the International Space Station is already a story that I would read in a heartbeat.  Then you throw in that R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan are going to dual narrate it? Okay, now I'm salivating. Oh, and it's funny and heartbreaking at the same time like The Martian? Jesus, okay, I bought the book, let's go!

We're almost at the half-way point of the year and I believe that I may have found my audiobook of the year already.  Ironically it follows a similar type story as last years -- but this one has even fewer people in it.

There was a part of the book where I was a little worried around R.C. Bray narrating it -- not because of him or his narration at all (he's seriously one of the best in the world and is the sole reason you're reading this blog today).  It was because there was a character named Mark.  And I couldn't get "Whatney" out of my head every time he would say his name.  I was seriously concerned, but my concern didn't last as long as I'd expected.  There was even a line that made me pause the audiobook:  "...duck tape... Oh right, you're Mark Whatney and this is The Martian".

I honestly don't even have to go into Bray and Whelan's narration of this because it was spot on and perfect.  One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to.  Definitely up there with The Martian as Bray's best performance.

Overall, Solitude is easily one of the best books I've read in 2017 and will be in my memory for years to come.  I will gladly be recommending this to all of my friends and family -- especially those who loved The Martian (or enjoyed I Am Legend).  Dean M. Cole has shot himself up to the top of my 'to-read' list and I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in this series.

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Incredibly Verbose

You can literally fast for through 70% of this book and not miss a thing. If this was a novella then it would be good. Unfortunately he took a novella and tried to make it a full length book. Also having a female deridder made me rate the performance from 5 stars down to 3 stars. The male narrator is incredibly awesome not so much of a female narrator.

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just buy the book...

Don't bother reading the cover flap just give Amazon and Audible your money. you must buy both.
Dean Cole has woven a story with emotion anguish, love, laughter, and suspense. R.C. Bray and Julia Whelan brings this story to life like no others. They just owned this story.
I haven't been this emotionally involved in a story since Andy Weirs" The Martian" or Ryk Browns "Frontiers Saga"

Oh and Dean... write faster dammit, write faster.

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Wow!

It's been a long time since I've read a book with a cliffhanger! This is a fun story. I'll definitely keep listening.

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I Really Wanted to Like This One

The concept for this story is great. No zombies, no rampaging biker gangs, just mysterious emptiness and two characters trying to survive. It should be a fun read that leaves you wanting more. But it's just... exhausting.

First, Mr. Cole is badly in need of a good editor. He reuses phrases far too much. One repetition that is particularly annoying in audio format is his tendency to replace "his" and "her" with "the man's" and "the woman's" every other sentence. This doesn't seem like a big deal at first, but by the end of the book, it's infuriating. It is also confusing in places.

The author tried to combine the movie "Passengers" and the book "The Martian" and... failed to execute. After the ninth should-have-been-deadly mishap, I almost turned the audiobook off. It's quickly obvious that if something can go wrong in this book, it will, and that makes the tense moments tedious, not tense. You know the characters will survive in some improbable way.

The less we say about the really bad romantic interactions, the better.

While I have numerous problems with the book, I have none with the narration. R.C. Bray's and Julia Whelan's narration is great, and I will absolutely enjoy other books narrated by them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-19

A continuous series of unfortunate events

RC Bray great as usual. Storyline a continuous sequence of disasters which eventually became predictable and irritating.

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  • MarkR
  • 05-13-19

So badly written I couldn't listen to it

Either Dean M. Cole doesn't have a copy editor or the one he does have needs to be fired. Here's a free tip: pick a way to refer to a character and stick to it. In a scene with two characters, I shouldn't be bombarded with "Vaughn", "Singleton", "the Army Captain", and "Mark", "Watney", "the Astronaut" and whatever other designations Cole can't decide between. Even when Vaughn is alone in a scene, the multitude of ways of referring to him persist. It's distracting and unnecessary and I honestly don't know how it made it into print, let alone audio. Maybe it isn't as distracting in print; I'll never know because I will never again listen to or read anything by this author.

R. C. Bray and Julia Whelan are as good as ever.

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  • C. D. Turner
  • 04-11-20

Dire

As with all fiction, if the characters are convincing and engaging enough, they can make up for some ropey plots, but unfortunately they are not. However I stuck with it to the end, which of course is a cliff hanger, to propel you into the next book, but in this case , all it has done has done has brought on a feeling of relief that the book is over.

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  • Phil A.
  • 04-30-17

Frustratingly formulaic...

An intriguing idea of a plot spoiled by an amateurish approach. Somebody must once have told the author that drama is the winning formula for holding audience attention. And boy did he play that card. Any and every opportunity to create a dramatic moment is stuffed into this tale - no matter how unbelievable or superfluous to the plot. The result is a slow moving story written, it seems, with the aim of dragging things out for that sequel after money-making sequel. The only saving grace is the great narration, particularly R C Bray. Overall - this is one to miss.

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  • Brent
  • 04-11-17

Going to be left hanging.

An awesome book narrated by the very best.
Shame Audible haven't made it clear this is book 1 of a series that's yet to be completed. It'll be a long wait to conclude this gripping story.

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  • Richard
  • 04-10-20

Really enjoyed it!

Great story I thought having two narrators easy to except them swapping and reading for both of the people.
Will get the next book.

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  • Simon
  • 04-04-17

Don't Leave Solitude Alone!

In Solitude Dean Cole delivers a fast-paced episode of apocalyptic fiction. Two characters left completely alone and isolated must cross the planet and even space itself to save each other. It's a genuine roller-coaster ride and the action just keeps coming as our rather accident-prone pair crash and bump their way across the planet and the space near it. At times I wasn't sure I'd give odds on either of them managing to navigate their way across an empty room while at others they achieved amazing things. Although at times there is plenty of scientific and technical detail in here expect your credulity to get a severe workout as things progress. There are definitely parallels with books like The Martian but I doubt anyone will want to make a case for this being built on solid scientific ground. The author does however do very well in terms of explaining why these two, and only these two survive.

The narration, well RC Bray is of course a maestro and gives his usual masterful performance. Here though he shares the stage with Julia Whelan. It works brilliantly at first emphasising the separation between the characters and their very different situations. Maybe it's less effective later on but not wanting to do spoilers I won't say why. I'll settle for saying that both narrators do fine jobs with their parts.

Although the book does complete the advertised part of the story there is clearly more to come and you won't get all the answers you might want about why things happened. There are lots of thrills and spills though and the tension continues right up until the ending which sets up the next book's opening intrigue.

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  • Michael Holmes
  • 06-18-18

Repetitive and thoroughly predictable

After the first few chapters you realise just what a crock of shite this book is... Get in a plane.. It crashes, get in a car, guess what is crashes, get in a space plane.... You've got it, it crashes..! This is total drivel devoid of all worth. How they got RC Bray to narrate is beyond me and why he'd want to be associated with this train wreck of a project is even more perplexing.

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  • Tony Peacock
  • 04-28-20

Excellent

loved it great story excellent character's leads on to next book cant wait to download

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  • Drakspook
  • 04-07-20

Amazing

Brilliant story, brilliant author and two....yes Two amazing narrators.

I’m as happy as four mice in a hairdo.

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  • Matt
  • 05-21-17

Put down the Funyuns and buy this book!

Stop reading this review right now.

You're still reading??? Why?!? This is time that you could be putting into listening to this awesome piece of apocalyptic sci fi!

Ok if you are still persisting with reading this review I may as well give you more info. This story ramps up the action from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the very end. I love the accessibility of the science elements that are introduced, making most of the premise of the main 'quest' quite believable. It is also really refreshing to have a genuine post-apocalyptic setting that DOESN'T involve undead or some form of viral problem. A nice, fresh idea for humanity's sudden demise.

Finally, if the smoking hot combo of RC Bray and Julie Wheelan aren't possibly the best narrating duo in the biz (as evidenced by the brilliant performances in this recording!) then I'll eat a mouse.

Still reading? Stop. Buy. You're welcome.

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  • Matt Lisson
  • 06-30-19

Not The Martian

Not even close to being as good as the Martian. I wouldn't mention it if the publisher hadn't sold out on that pretext, or the author hadn't made the comparison himself in the early chapters. The Martian is about characters doing everything right, but still struggling against the odds.

In Solitude the main character is an insufferable moron who creates all the tension in the book by being incompetent. The plot barely had time to mention the scifi parts because so much time is spent on this completely unbelievable adventure. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes as each forced and easily avoidable action scene interrupted any forward momentum the plot might have had.

The narration switches by chapter instead of by character so each character ends up being voiced by both narrators, which is jarring. But otherwise good performances, despite not having much character to work with.

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  • Gary Beilby
  • 07-23-19

A lot of wailin' and brayin'

Endless unsurvivable disasters that somehow they keep surviving just got a bit too much. I nearly stopped reading when he built his own spaceship. I mean really! Not sure whether I'll read the next one. Probably will.

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  • ben seymore
  • 03-16-18

story interesting, production could've been better

why did they not use the male and female narrator to do each other's voices during their respective parts? found that to be grating and really took away from the audiobook. other than that it wasn't bad

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  • Craig
  • 08-07-17

Missed Opportunity

I normally don't like female narrators. It's not a sexist thing it's just I prefer listening to a deeper male voice over a long period of time. Julia does a great job with this performance and I have no issue with listening to her at all. (only put this in for anyone of similar taste)

My gripe is with the decision to alter chapters between the two based on who was the lead character at the time. That's fine, seems logical, BUT, why oh why did they make the choice to have the male and female narrators perform both male and female voices during those chapters. It was a horrible choice and a missed opportunity.

You have them both already recording, why not get them to do the lines and splice them into each others chapters. Yes it would've been more editing but FFS.

Okay rant over. Buy this book it will be a fun series.

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  • bryan
  • 03-20-20

not good

would not recommend plot boreing long winded i bare
y could bother to finish . easte of money buying it

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  • Adam
  • 02-08-20

a bit cringe worthy at times but fun

some of the situations that happened to the characters were a bit laughably cringe worthy, however overall it was a fun read.

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  • Claudia
  • 06-25-19

a page turner!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, well developed characters, an interesting story plot, I enjoyed the style of narration and look forward to the next book.

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  • Willem
  • 01-15-18

gripping and clever!

great story! loved it! absolutely captivating. cant wait for the next book! well done guys!

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  • Richard
  • 09-06-17

Interesting premise

This book kept me listening, but only just. I believe the second book will be much more exciting. It's a really interesting premise.