Three Body

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 19,908 ratings

Ball Lightning Publisher's Summary

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

A new standalone military science fiction adventure from the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of the Three-Body Trilogy. 

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station.   

The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.  

Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu, is a fast-paced audiobook about what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.  

This program is read by Feodor Chin, voice of Zenyatta in Overwatch.   

©2005, 2018 Liu Cixin; Translation copyright by China Educational Publications Import & Export Corp., Ltd. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio
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  • Book 0

    • Ball Lightning

    • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
    • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 430
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 394

    When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of a new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Silly title, great book

    • By tosbanzai on 08-25-18

    Regular price: $35.69

    • Ball Lightning

    • By: Cixin Liu
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. The more he learns, the more he comes to realise that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen's quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing this elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Continues to be one of my favourite authors!

    • By Anonymous User on 11-01-18

    Regular price: $27.27

  • Book 1

    • The Three-Body Problem

    • By: Cixin Liu
    • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
    • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,728
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,883
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,891

    Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • They create a computer using a 30 million man Army

    • By Josh P on 12-07-14

    Regular price: $25.50

    • The Three-Body Problem

    • By: Cixin Liu
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 331
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 304

    Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Ok, but can get boring

    • By Sonia on 01-02-18

    Regular price: $22.27

  • Book 2

    • The Dark Forest

    • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,132
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,692
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,687

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-25-15

    Regular price: $42.52

    • The Dark Forest

    • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
    • By: Cixin Liu
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193

    The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A gem

    • By Æ Mann on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $33.46

  • Book 3

    • Death's End

    • By: Cixin Liu, Ken Liu - translator
    • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
    • Length: 28 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,072
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,719

    Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fermi paradox meets first contact.

    • By John S. Robinson on 10-01-16

    Regular price: $37.79

    • Death's End

    • By: Cixin Liu
    • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
    • Length: 29 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge, and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent.

    Regular price: $32.71