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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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Winner 2018 ABR Listeners Choice Award for best science-fiction audiobook!

A mysterious wave of light wipes humanity from the planet, leaving only one person in its wake. After months of desperate isolation, Earth’s last man discovers he’s not alone. The last woman is stranded alone aboard the International Space Station. If you like action-packed novels, you'll love the electrifying action in this apocalyptic thriller. 

Can humanity's last two unite? 

Separated by the gulf of space, the last man and woman of the human race struggle against astronomical odds to survive and unite. 

Army aviator Vaughn Singleton is a highly intelligent, lazy man. After a last-ditch effort to reignite his failing military career ends horribly, Vaughn becomes the only human left on Earth. 

Stranded alone on the International Space Station, Commander Angela Brown watches an odd wave of light sweep across the planet. Over the next weeks and then months, Angela struggles to contact someone on the surface as she fights to survive aboard a deteriorating space station. 

Then, from orbit above Central Europe, Angela glimpses the dark underpinnings of humanity's demise. It appears something went horribly wrong with a physics experiment at the supercollider in Geneva, Switzerland. As a theoretical physicist, Angela might be able to unravel and maybe even reverse the events that led to the apocalypse...if she could only get there. 

After months alone, Vaughn discovers there is another. Racing against time, he must cross a land ravaged by the consequences of humankind's sudden departure. 

Can Vaughn find a path to space and back? Can Angela - the only person with clues to the mystery behind humanity's disappearance - survive until he does? 

©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.

Any additional comments?

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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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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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-16-17

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.

I was given a free copy of this which has not affected my review at all.

If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it! If you'd like to see more like this you can check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

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Desperately need to waste eight hours?

Then look no further -- buy this book. Last person left on Earth trying to save last person floating aboard the International Space Station. Sounds like the plot for some good fun, right? Alas,The Martian this ain't. The writing is unbearable. Over and over again the author appears to have picked some "big" adjectives or "big" phrases randomly from a dictionary to create what he probably thinks sounds like great prose -- but would get you expelled from any English college course. Even in what should be the most exciting moments he is chronically unable to create any true suspense. The dialogs? Don't get me started. Not even the last man.woman on Earth would utter such inane language. I admit, I listened through the whole book mostly curious as why this is Book 1 of a series called Dimension Space as the plot offered no hint as to how he would stretch the meager premise of the book into a series. You have to wait for the last five minutes when he begins to pull a cliffhanger out of thin air. It's then clear that this whole book is pretty much standalone and the whole "how do I save someone stranded on the ISS" action (which by the way requires some sci-fi technology) is nothing but pagefillers and the only element carried forward is "something bad has happened at CERN and maybe aliens are involved". Save yourself the money/credit and buy a good book instead.

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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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What can 'Brown' do for you?! : - )

I wish this book was longer! The characters had some good banter, which is something I enjoy in a book. The story was interesting and different enough from some loosely similar books that it felt fresh enough.

The narration by both narrators was superb. The male voice, R.C. Bray, is the best and does science fiction especially well. The female voice, Julie Whelan, is also one of my favorites. They were a great team.

I am anxiously waiting the next installment in this series. ~JTC~

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Great book and performance!

Great apocalyptic story! Very original idea! I loved it! Action packed right from the start. The last man alive on Earth has to find a way to reach the international space station to save Earth's last woman. Unfortunately Vaughn doesn't realize Commander Brown is in the ISS until 2 months after the rest of humanity has vanished. Each of them on the verge of losing hope and their sanity.

I was almost disappointed toward the end. I'm wondering the whole time about what happened to all the people and animals. I thought this would go unanswered. It did, but the issue was addressed and I guess the answers are in book 2 when Vaughn and Angela head to CERN, where it all started, to get some answers.

Great performance by R. C. Bray and Julia Whelan. Bray is one of my favorite narrators. Whelan is new to me, but I definitely enjoyed her performance! Looking forward to book 2!

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Page turner, or do I say time burner?

Good adventure story, I will listen to the next one for sure. Its lite and fun, while also seeming to have some pretty convincing psuedo science. But I'm no scientist, so maybe it's legit. I also want to note that the performance jump back and forth between two actors, which I love. One is male and one is female.

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Stupidest smart people I have met.

What disappointed you about Solitude?

That the main characters were both stupid and unlucky in every chapter.

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

That I wasted 11 hours before finally giving up. The Astronauts (supposed to be the smartest people on earth) make decisions that even us stupid people would not make. Also, Murphy's law is in full force in every paragraph. Having SOME complications is normal but in every chapter? I found the whole book frustrating and insulting to my intelligence.

Which scene was your favorite?

NONE!!!!!!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Solitude?

Most

Any additional comments?

Do not buy!! borrow from someone if you are interested.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • stewart
  • 06-21-17

looking forward to the next in the series .

loved it . quality book very well read . felt like I was the characters involved . great stuff

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  • Philip
  • 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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  • Mr Patel
  • 05-10-17

Great story interested to listen to next book

Both readers were great and I liked the dialogue switching between the two although I thought they might talk together rather then mimicking each others voices. looking forward to the next book.

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  • psy_yates
  • 08-02-19

Surprising

Had bought it then had heard a negative review so just left it unread, finally tried it and loved it, I love that Vaughn isnt perfect and makes mistakes, made him more relatable, great book and im not letting the sequel gather dust

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  • David
  • 08-02-19

Bray,yay. Whelan,not feelin.

Story is great,characters are interesting and appealing. Sadly I found myself only really enjoying it when Bray was narrating tho. Absolutely nothing against the lady,but I just didn't like listening to her,especially when she was doing Vaughn's voice.

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  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
  • 06-20-19

Love a bit of SciFi me

Feel like this book could have been stretched out a little further with regards to what they do after the everything goes to hell. Maybe rushed in places, but overall I liked it, already can't wait to listen to book 2.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-17

Buy something else

Decent performance, but disappointing writing. It feels like a b grade romantic fiction author tried scifi for the first time. And there is plagiarism level copying of characters and ideas from other SF works.

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