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"Wildly imaginative." (President Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy)

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. 

In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. 

Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy

The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest

Death's End

Other books

Ball Lightning 

Supernova Era

To Hold Up the Sky (forthcoming) 

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Amazing

I've been inhaling science fiction for almost 50 years. This book had several major ideas I hadn't seen before, including an interesting take on the Fermi paradox.

This is hard science fiction. There is a fair bit of delayed gratification where he seems to have wandered off into the weeds and you wonder what his editor was smoking, but then he comes back, taps it gently, the egg opens, and you realize that you were set up. Beautiful.

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A New Favorite

Where does Dark Forest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The title of my review says it. If you enjoyed The Three Body Problem, you'll enjoy this too. There are good reasons why many science fiction fans around the world find Cixin Liu so noteworthy.

What did you like best about this story?

He writes highly distinctive and original space opera, on a grand scale and in an entirely modern way. And he does it while investing his fully-imagined characters with specific and very interesting complexities.
The society-building, world-building and alien-building here are equally outstanding. And if you like interesting science with your science fiction- it is offered in abundance.
Too many books these days are thinly-disguised clones of some other writer's original success. I'm so bored with copies of copies.
But that makes it exhilarating to encounter a new modern master of this genre, who tells his own tale on his own creative terms.

Which scene was your favorite?

If a book is interesting enough in a sustained way, as this one is, there will be no such thing as a single favorite scene. This is not a question asked of a great whole. Also, this question solicits spoilers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Far from it. This is a highly complex story which requires and deserves time and attention- not fast food.

Any additional comments?

Some may also like that there are a few common contemporary features absent in this trilogy so far.
The author doesn't feel a pressing literary need to add explicit sex, endless cursing, or gratuitous space battles to the clever unfolding of good ideas.
I haven't finished this book yet, and even if I had, I wouldn't describe more of the story itself here. Of all things book-review related, I dislike spoilers the most.
One can discover enough about the general story outline just from the publisher's description. I read reviews for some sense of what reviewers think makes a particular book worth buying.
So I am just here to try to say why I am enjoying this trilogy so thoroughly, and to lend support to a first-rate writer who is new to me.

The narrator this time is not Luke Daniels. When I saw that change I almost didn't buy the audiobook. I'm fed up with poor narrators, and will happily read a book rather than suffer.
The short audio sample only told me that P.J. Ochlan wasn't bad. I couldn't really tell how I would find his narration after a while. But I took a chance, and found I liked him just fine.
There is plenty to appreciate in the non-intrusive reading he gives here. He didn't stumble over words (even the Chinese), kept to a good flowing cadence, and has a very pleasant voice.
He reads intelligently, with full comprehension of what he is reading- and that alone has a high value. So I have no complaints. I will deduct one star simply because he happens not to be Luke Daniels.
In listening, you might at first find the sounds of the Chinese names and places a bit difficult to remember. You could write them down, but I learned them the easy way.
Just by paying attention and letting the story flow through me, it wasn't long before my mind remembered most of the characters and places by itself.


To sum it up: there is an exceptionally thoughtful and original story here, wrapped up and well presented in equally fine writing.







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Come for the ideas, not the characters

A very long book that suffered a bit from poor character development (particularly as regards female characters), a lackluster translation and a robotic performance by the audiobook reader, P.J. Ochlan.

Still, if you can overlook those (considerable) obstacles, there are lots of interesting ideas in this novel. While there is plenty of hard science, what takes center stage here is social science and even philosophy. One of the drivers of the plot is that the aliens do not understand the concept of deceit because of the way language and thought work for them. Even though Mieville covered this concept brilliantly in “Embassytown” it is so intriguing I can see why Liu used it here. Other ideas explored include what does it mean to live a good life and to what lengths will a civilization go to survive.

There are also beautiful images that I suspect would read like poems if rendered in the original Chinese. The description of a brain image as tiny star-like particles in the Milky Way and even the description of the battle with the Trisolaran scout ship are two examples that I bookmarked.

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interesting book ... Terrible narrator.

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Forest the most enjoyable?

Its a good story and an interesting spin off the first in the series.

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terrible reader

the reader used stereotypical voices for different genders and races. his reading ess very forced and never sounded like real people talk.

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Translate it again! Ken is much better

I read the Chinese version before this one. Joel Martinsen is not doing a good job at all. Parts related with ball lighten are deleted.
Go back and publish it again! This is a book deserve better!
Besides, Chang Weisi is ponounced totally wrong, and it is not hard to pronounce at all! I mean what's your problem? Just let a Chinese guy or Google translator say it to you and you would not make this error. How hard can it be?

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Narrator terrible returning and buying kindle copy

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Love this series! Needs to be re-recorded with narrator from book one. This narrator made almost no attempt to modulate his voice between different characters making it so I couldn't tell who was supposed to be saying what during dialogue exchanges. I hope they return to the first narrator for the next installment. Some of the voices were a bit cheesy, but they fit the characters and made it much easier to follow.

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Excellent Second Book - Worth Struggling Through

As with many reviews of this audio book, I agree that the narration takes vastly from the experience. It was a hard book to get into (but well worth the work), and it was quite frustrating to have to struggle with what characters were speaking. I’d say re-record with Scott Brick and a cast of other characters played by other people.

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I loved it

I couldn't stop listening. I loved the first book and this did not disappoint at all. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

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Maybe it's me...

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This is great science fiction in the mold of The Foundation Trilogy. Yes, it's that good. Characters are distinctive and well developed, the story is compelling, science (fiction) based and not fantastical, the translation is absolutely amazing (not that I speak Mandarin, but the English idioms are natural). Maybe it's me, but I did not like the narrator in Three Body. His characterizations were exaggerated, cartoonish and detracted from the seriousness of the storyline. Ochlan is measured, serious, well-paced and brings enough distinctiveness to the characters to make listening easy and enjoyable.

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  • Leon
  • 05-03-16

There's a new Robert Heinlein!

There's a new Robert Heinlein!
And I pronounce his name Sir-Chin Leo.
What a riveting story, amazing plot development and thrilling climax!
I cannot wait to read more. The wit of Aasimov, the craftsman like story development of Heinlein and the dark foreboding plot lines of Uris.
An author to watch out for!

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  • Nicolas Riddalls
  • 09-27-16

Disappointing.

I could get into this book. I listened for 3 or 4 hours and found it plodding. The narrator was unexciting, the Chinese names took a while to get used to which didn't help matters.

The story itself had lots of potential, just poorly executed.

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  • eebahoo
  • 03-11-16

Annoying reader

Great book - horrible reader. This is a bloody novel, not a news report!! Why use this guy... Because he was cheap?

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  • DJDJDJDJD
  • 01-31-16

great speaking sci finthriller

great Sci-Fi thriller what is a long interesting story if you like anything where is a story to tell this is one for you

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  • 09-28-16

Fantastically written

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, really satisfied my science geeky side! I did at times get a tiny bit lost- you really do have to pay attention! The writing was exceptional but I did find at times quite long winded. Overall, a great book though!

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  • johnnie
  • 07-17-16

Superb

A fascinating philosophical and sociological view of the future. A riveting story that must be read in sequence with book 1. The reader is good but I found his voicing of women difficult to listen to. Book 1 has a choice of narrator, the English rather than the American reader is my preference.

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  • Abner
  • 03-28-16

absolutelly briliant

loved the book. great story, absolutelly a blast. cant wait for deaths end. absolutelly briliant