The Untethered

Narrated by: Fred Filbrich
Length: 21 hrs and 49 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A contemporary epic thriller.

A juvenile delinquent chases his dream to build the greatest aircraft in history - and the world tries to stop him. A rising political star runs from her childhood dream - and the world encourages her on. A self-loathing geneticist hides below the streets of Las Vegas - and rebels against the whole world. An artist tries to make his father proud - at the cost of everything he loves.

When all four lives collide, each must make a choice - and the world will never be the same.

©2017 S.W. Southwick (P)2017 S.W. Southwick

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An incredible saga

What did you love best about The Untethered?

The were multiple story lines and merged together as the plot unfolded.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Roble never gave up on his dream and along the way he gathered other like minded people who used his strength to attain their dreams.

What does Fred Filbrich bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The audiobook allowed the reader to experience flight in a unique and riveting way as the book unfolded.

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

I book may be 21 hours long, but it didn't feel like that I was drawn into the story along with the characters.

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Excellent writing! Is a much needed modern spin.

For a significant part of [the beginning of] this book, though I was enjoying it, I was a little bit turned off by what seemed like an imitation of Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead. The philosophy, mood, characters and even some specific character relationships seemed almost identical. Eventually though, as I got to know the characters and story more, I didn’t feel that way. Yes, it is very similar to Rand’s novels. And of course it represents, in a way, an appreciative nod to her works. But it doesn’t change the fact that it’s excellently written. The characters become near and dear, and I experienced emotion, frustration, elation, and pride, while reading. I even recognized some character traits and choices that weren’t admirable that I could see in myself, and it made me commit more deeply to move past those.

Each individual character story and development keeps the reader engaged. The research was well done, so even though I know nothing about jets, tennis, military, etc., it was instantly believable and impressive to me, yet digestible.

The pacing is good. There are a lot of details, but there are plenty of places where too many details could have been included, but they weren’t. The book “cut” well, the way a film cuts from scene to scene to channel the plot forward.

Even though some might call it “slow” at the beginning, it doesn’t feel that way. You get to know the characters better and better, and since years are passing, their relationships, passions, and personal evolutions, seem more believable. Then, there are a solid several hours of action at the end! Definitely keeps you hooked.

Probably the best thing to me was the much-needed modern take on objectivism. The book involves multiple races and cultures and sexual preferences. There was an equal emphasis on men as there was on women. One of my favorite moments was when a female refused equal pay with a male, because she hadn’t earned it, or provided the same value as the man had in that particular situation. If she had, she would have deserved equal pay. The book equalizes everything. Rather than trying to “make up” for anything in the past by overcompensating, the protagonists are steady and firm about living as they philosophically view as correct, and as will allow them to reach the greatest success and excellence. Just as I’m writing this I am thinking of SpaceX and Elon Musk’s passion, and his desire for an open market in rockets, in order to cultivate excellence.

In general, the novel questions many societal norms and makes you ask yourself why we consider something to be acceptable, and why so many people conform to endless laws and customs when they might not serve individuals at all (which means they will not serve society as a whole, either). Some of Rand’s novels come off as selfish—I don’t always agree with that assessment, and I think an author often has to be extreme to make a point. But, if anything, I think this novel was even less selfish than Rand’s and pointed out the fact that there are all kinds of ways to serve others; most of them are not gov’t sanctioned! An emphasis on the importance of self-fulfillment is of course a huge theme. I also think that it is more positive and less cynical than Rand's novels.

The last several hours kept me completely hooked! It was super fulfilling because I’d learned so much about each of the characters up to the point, that I was deeply invested in them. Plus, the very end left me with chills, which is always a good sign ;)

I’m glad I bought this book, and I bought a copy for my brother before I was even a third the way through it. Wish I could read it for the first time again. Highly recommend!

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Really makes you think.

About a 3.5-4 star. While a lot of the subject matter was things that I don't know much about (building jets, etc) there were a lot of interesting ideas presented in the story. What would happen if, instead of being forced to pay into taxes and other government mandated fees, we all got to choose whether or not we wanted to contribute, and how much? Would we all work together for a better world, now that we have more control and more freedom? I'm not sure that as a society we are unselfish enough to make it work, but I can see some huge benefits from living like this. What if we all actually did what we loved, followed our dreams? Some great points were made about how laws benefit the corrupt, and punish those who are trying to make things better. Over and over in the story, Roble was punished for making improvements on the jets that weren't by the handbook. Why are we punished because we didn't do it "by the book", when what we did was better? A big deal was made about letting kids choose the kind of person they want to be, rather than forcing them to fit a mold. I'm a huge supporter of that myself, and it is one reason I've chosen to homeschool. The characters were all very interesting, and most of them believable. They didn't fit in because they thought outside the box. That made them great. Some of the writing was a little bit off to me, but overall it was an enjoyable story that really made me think. Great debut novel by the author.

*I was given a free audible copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Best book read this year

I wish I could have read this story 40 years ago. I think it would have changed my life.

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Good first try

The plot was all over the place. The author is trying too hard to sound like Ayan Rand and is not providing a strong story plot. Over all this book showed talent, but the author needs a good experienced mentor

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This book was amazing!#

The first part of this book contained heavy character development and this can make people lose interest but if you enjoy the utopian cross-breed between Ayn Rand and a technological thriller this is one of the best. The characters are vivid as are their victories and agonies.

The plot is one that is difficult to ascertain because jist when you think you might have it down it zings off in another scintillating direction. The follow through of individual character plots is wonderful and all the concepts, complex characters and sub-stories somehow merge together like a patchwork quilt into something exquisite to be cherished.

Bravo, S.W. Southwick! I cannot wait for the next one!

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"Mankind"

Someone should do a count of how many times that word was used... It became distracting.

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I really enjoyed The Untethered !

I really enjoyed this book. It had really great character development. It was not a cast of thousands that you need a glossary to track. Just deeply developed, fully realized characters. I also enjoyed that it was original. I had no idea the direction it would take or where these characters would lead. I listened to the audio version and the 21 hours went by incredibly fast! Great job on the narration as well.

I like a book that has the protagonists that are smart, able and interesting. Well done.

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Gripping Plotline

Where does The Untethered rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's the first audiobook I've listened to in completion so I'd have to rate it as the very best!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Roble - the way his story unfolds is thrilling, and his narrative is told in a way that makes it so easy for the reader to relate

What about Fred Filbrich’s performance did you like?

He had enthusiasm in all of the right places without ever sounding overly dramatic. I listened to this audiobook during my runs and I have to say - I was anything but bored! In fact, the edge-of-your-seat narration truly kept me going!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way the author described the aspect of flight - it was truly otherworldly!

Any additional comments?

It's rare to find a story line which can be appreciated by so many different types of readers. As a lover of thrillers, this novel appealed to me, but I could see my husband enjoying it just as much, with his military experience and appreciation for aviation. I truly think there's something in here for everyone to enjoy.

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INTRIGUING!

This book....where to start. CAPTIVATING! I normally am a romance reader, but am so glad I took a chance on this book. The plot is deep, the characters are developed as the book develops. There are times I was amazed, scared, sad, happy and devastated. My favorite character, Noble is a good representation of what it is to never give up on your dreams, but also what resiliance can do.
A MUST READ!!

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  • Dylan A.
  • 04-27-17

Would recomment to action/thriller fans

This is the first audio book I have been able to listen to for hours at a time! I am able to put my earphones in, sit back and literally picture the characters and everything that is happening.

Within the first few chapters I was glued. I couldnt stop listening as i just had to know what happened next!

I would 110% recommend this to anyone looking for a action/thriller type fiction audio book.

Also a brilliant choice of narrater.

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  • Ben Robart
  • 05-27-17

An incredible read, I absolutely loved it!

What did you like most about The Untethered?

I really loved the author's style of writing - It was original and engaging, and the plot was also a breath of fresh air.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Personally, I really liked the character of Roble - I found him to be relatable and could empathise with him and his wishes throughout the entire book.

Which character – as performed by Fred Filbrich – was your favourite?

I really liked the character of Roble as mentioned above!

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

It definitely was - If I could stay up for 22 hours at a time with nothing to do I'm sure I would have done! It was a captivating book to listen to so if that was an option I'd have taken it.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish, it's unlike anything I've listened to/read before and I'd completely recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh read!

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  • Jwilly
  • 05-19-17

Great Scott

What made the experience of listening to The Untethered the most enjoyable?

The way the author was able to use each characters’ natural perceptions, interactions, and memories of events to add to our understanding of their character and the changing points of view in the book. All in all the book came out better with the different stories than each individual story would have. I also loved the way the narrator was able to describe the aspect of flight.

What other book might you compare The Untethered to, and why?

I would compare it with Zahn's Alien conquerors

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Each story was captivating by itself with tales of adventure, lust, passion, and the struggles of human nature. There is a little bit of everything and I cannot select a favorite.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

We should bring back Great Scott!!