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Sleeping Giants Audiobook

Sleeping Giants: Themis Files 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

"Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, this is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars." (Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising)

Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Read by William Hope, Christopher Ragland, Andy Secombe, Charlie Anson, Eric Meyers, Laurel Lefkow and Liza Ross.

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger....

We always look forward. We never look back.

That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal which predates all human civilisation on the continent.

But this thing...it's different. It challenges us. It rewrites history.

An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from - and how many more parts may be out there - could change life as we know it.

It dares us to question what we know about ourselves.

But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete....

About everything.

©2016 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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    Roy Elmer 03/01/2017
    Roy Elmer 03/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "This is simply freaking fantastic."

    I was put off this one for a while by some average reviews on Goodreads, but oh my God, it was excellent from start to finish. Buy this!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 02/01/2017
    Kristin 02/01/2017

    I read so I don't kill people!

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    "Fascinating concept and beautifully performed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sleeping Giants to be better than the print version?

    I've not red the book, but the multiple narrators, each telling their own story in a series of interviews really draws you in. I loved the whole thing from start to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it keeps you guessing as to where the parts are and what will happen to them, even after assembly.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Not having to play multiple characters allowed each narrator to have a full range of feelings and emotions to better reflect their characters journey. This added a great deal to the developing story as events changed the people's opionons and more


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

    I actually listened to the first bit twice, as I decided my husband would like it, so I waited for him to catch up and then we pretty much listened at every possible opportunity till we finished it. Much as we may have liked to just sit and listen, the dogs had other ideas 😉


    Any additional comments?

    This hits the sweet spot between my love of fantasy and paranormal, and my husbands love of hard sci fi, so I am happy to recommend this to all SF&F lovers, no matter which type you are

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MR Havant, United Kingdom 20/09/2016
    MR Havant, United Kingdom 20/09/2016 Member Since 2012

    I teach computing at a college an hour from home. I get through a lot of audiobooks! I consider the audiobook an art form in its own right.

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    "Lumbering"
    Would you try another book written by Sylvain Neuvel or narrated by the narrators?

    No, at least not in this series. It was a very interesting experiment, I am glad they did it, and I hope other teams try similar things. But the story just isn't good enough in my opinion.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: Very much the narration. It feels like a production in a way that World War Z didn't quite (to cite a book this one is often compared with).
    Least interesting: The central idea. It's not giving too much away to say it features the discovery of a giant alien robot that kicks botty. It starts off interesting, but it doesn't really go anywhere with the idea. Then the story turns into a political thriller and eventually ends.
    There are some plot twists that reignite interest, including one that made me think, "No, you just can't do that to someone!" The science is credible, and the implications are generally well explored.
    But at the end of the day it's just an X-Filesish story about a big robot. And add me to the list of people who didn't like the ending - it was the opposite of surprising.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As the story is told mainly in the form of interviews, I cannot imagine reading it as a straight book, although I believe it exists in that form.
    Despite its success in this area, I have given 4 stars rather than five because the Nameless Bloke kept doing that tiresome thing a certain kind of cliched character does in thrillers - pretending to search for a euphemism. "That would be... unfortunate." Okay, so maybe it's the story's fault rather than the reader, but with the sort of power he wields he could surely arrange to have the dialogue... refined.


    Do you think Sleeping Giants needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well the "1" at the end of the title suggests it's the first book of a series, and it ends on an unresolved note. However, as I was tempted to give up on it, I am happy to have finished it.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it odd to consider what stood out in my mind. There's a scene in which an angry character is trying to make a serious point, but he's having trouble doing this because he can't remember the correct term for an inhabitant of Iceland - is it Icelander? Icelandic? It's exactly the sort of frustrating thing that happens in real life but rarely in fiction. In an otherwise very earnest work, it struck me as very funny.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 11/06/2016
    Becky 11/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Really great book with brilliant narration"

    This book is so wonderfully written and they style is so easy to follow, the character's and well rounded and interesting some you absolutely love and some you really hate. the narration is beautifully done they each are very memorable and don't blend together so it's easy to keep track of who is speaking at any given time. all in all I really enjoyed this book I've read it a couple times before I bought it on here but listening to it gave a whole new feeling it made everything far more intense. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone it's intelligent and well written as well and narrated and is such an interesting and brilliant concept.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 26/12/2016
    Andrew 26/12/2016 Member Since 2017

    new to audiobooks but currently enjoying them!

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    "Cleverly written sci-fi"

    A different narrative style that really translates well to audiobook format. The different voice actors give the story line and characters more depth and interest.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JBL 13/05/2016
    JBL 13/05/2016 Member Since 2016

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    "One of the best audio books I've ever listened to"

    I think books that are written with a journal recording style make great audiobooks. What sets this apart is that they are audio journals, so are perfect for an audio book. Even the live action chapters are audio only. The acting is first rate and the story very engaging. Different actors playing the different parts makes this a real treat. I could have listened to this for hours and hours longer. The only audio book that comes close is The Martian. If you enjoyed that then you'll love this.

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    Iron Duke 30/11/2016
    Iron Duke 30/11/2016
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    "One of the most enjoyable listening experiences"

    This book is read by multiple voices which could make it sound like a radio play but it isn't. It's one of the most enjoyable listens I've had from any audio book ever because of the quality of the narration.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kamal 23/10/2016
    Kamal 23/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this style of book"

    Firstly, if you like / loved The Martian this will not disappoint.
    Secondly, if anyone knows anymore books told in this style please please let me know.

    It is told in a 'log entry' type of way. The story unfolds slowly but not to slowly and keeps you wanting to listen to the next entry.

    Characters, perfect.
    They are written in a way which makes you actually care for some and hate others, which in my opinion shows fantastic writing skills.

    Story, exciting.
    If you're like me and you hate not knowing then this book at times will frustrate you in an entertaining way. As some of the information you are thirsty for is just on the edge and you are forced (willingly) to listen to more to find out. I liked this style of story telling.

    Performance. Outstanding.
    Each voice is clearly defined and you can tell with clarity even if you miss the beginning who is talking and which characters you are listening to.

    I would describe this book as 'mild syfy'. As it's not all laser beams and three-breasted hookers. But enough to enjoy as well as enough real world to make it perfect.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip H Peterborough, Cambs United Kingdom 25/09/2016
    Phillip H Peterborough, Cambs United Kingdom 25/09/2016 Listener Since 2010
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    "Starts well but loses its way"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes; to a point. The initial plot was intriguing and the narrative structure (interviews with participants) well used, but the plot got a lot weaker from about half way and I could have stopped listening then.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Dull. In fact there wasn't an ending as such.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Clear, good accents.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stiebrs 13/09/2016
    Stiebrs 13/09/2016
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    "Noting good, noting bad. Perfect 'Meh'."

    Simplistic and superficial. Written to be bought by a movie studo and turned in to a mediocre straight to DVD sci-fi movie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Jas P
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    "Exceptional Sci-Fi about an Alien Artifact"
    Where does Sleeping Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would easily be in the top 10 for the characters, the actual story, and the narration.
    Although this is an exceptional tale about an Alien Artifact and its impact on those involved with it, it is also a much bigger story about the impact this artifact will have on the Human species as a whole.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Giants?

    It is difficult to say without giving away spoilers, and there are a couple of pivotal moments as well. I will let that be up to other listeners so I don't spoil it


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

    The main character who interviews each of the individual players in this book is somewhat of a unique person, and the narrator who portrayed this character did such a brilliant job of bringing to life the arrogance, confidence, the power he exudes in particular places. It was like the narrator 'was' this person. It was utterly brilliant.
    Further to this, the narrator who played Kara was equally brilliant in portraying the abrasive, and yet likable character she was meant to be. She brought to life this women who was very straight forward in her desire to be a pilot, do her job, with no fuss, and no bulls**t, and yet, there is a softer side to her. Again, the narrator who played this role was exceptional.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Does this mean its going to be made into a movie? It would be awesome if done correctly.
    This is incredibly clever, getting Audible customers to come up with possible marketing ideas for you :-)
    'Some things should never be woken'


    Any additional comments?

    This has to one of the top 5 books/audio books of the year.
    With its clever commentary style to build suspense, the clever story that leaves you wanting more (I listened to this in 2 sittings), to the ending that you will not see coming, this is a true masterpiece of Sci-Fi.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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