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Sunfall

Narrated by: Rupert Farley
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Sunfall, by Jim Al-Khalili.

From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies. 

2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space is failing.... 

Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter. 

As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails.... 

And so bring about humanity's end. 

©2019 Jim Al-Khalili (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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  • I. A. Wright
  • 04-21-19

Good yarn

I’m no Earth or Sun scientist, so I don’t know whether the science in this novel holds up. But the story is well written and gripping.

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  • IanWRobinson
  • 06-04-19

great book for a first time fiction author

Great story. scientifically authenticated by the author himself. if there was to be any criticism, very occasionally the science got in the way of the story. it felt crammed in, as if it was the focus of the book. That aside, it's a really good read.

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  • Matt D.
  • 06-03-19

The Prof pulled it off!

Bit scary as all sounded quite feasible to me, but a good easy read. Enjoyed the references to previous sci-fi desaster stories, also it had enough science to keep it interesting and a few twists to keep it exciting. Enjoyed it very much.

Thanks ProfessorJim, looking foward to the next one if you have time between writing it and actually saving the world ;0)

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  • G. A. Thart
  • 05-09-19

Science and Thriller

Good and entertaining book. Is surprisingly engaging. With a slight scientific background makes it an enjoyable experience

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  • paul
  • 05-03-19

great story great performance

it's really refreshing to read a story where you can rely on the science being believable

some of the language is a little twee, was it never get in the way of a great story and a performance where you can almost hear Jim himself reading the novel

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  • Murray
  • 05-02-19

Great story especially except the disasters

Really good story, fast moving, gripping but the scene setting disasters are a bit 90s Hollywood.

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  • Andrew
  • 05-01-19

Really enjoyed this

Ok so some of the plot might be a bit familiar. It did keep me interested until the end.

If you like Daniel Suarez, you may well like this.

Hope he writes more fiction

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  • Craig
  • 04-28-19

Story is far fetched but a great listen.

Great for your spring or summer holiday...or long winter days. It's just to far fetched to really be imagined. Narration was excellent and that's what holds it together. Enjoy .😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-19

A good scientist is rarely a good novelist<br />

I have the highest respect for Professor Al-Khalili as a scientific communicator to non specialists. However when I say that his book on Quantum Physics was an easier read than his debut novel, you will understand why I returned the book after struggling to get through 25 % of it.
I expect my novels to be page turners with some suspense and characters in whom I have some interest. Unfortunately the book fails totally to meet the criteria.
If has been written as non fiction exploring possible scientific and technical developments over the next 30 years-fine. I would have approached it as a book to educate rather than entertain.
The narrator , for whatever reason, has adopted an imitation of the authors own voice. It makes the delivery a slow monotone. A bad copy of The Life Scientific the author's popular radio programme.

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  • liam
  • 07-28-19

More Thriller than Sci-Fi

This is a fantastic story that kept me guessing till the last chapter. The right blend of high science, simple explanations. Twists, turns and red herrings.
Professor Al-Khalili's treatment of his characters is brutal with the kind of horror writing you can't look away from.