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Babylon Babies Audiobook

Babylon Babies

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Publisher's Summary

Toorop, a hard-boiled leatherneck veteran, has been hired to escort a young woman from Russia to Canada. But Marie is no ordinary girl. A schizophrenic and a possible carrier of a new artificial virus, Marie is bearing a mutant embryo created by an American cult, which dreams of producing a genetically modified messiah that will end all human life as we know it. Now, Toorop will risk his life to save Marie, as her brain, linking to the neuromatrix, surpasses all limits to become the universe itself.

Combining metaphysics with cyberpunk post-humanism in the spirit of Philip K. Dick., Babylon Babies rides Nietzsche's prophecy: "Man is something to be overcome."

Translated by Noura Wedell.

©1999 Editions Gallimard; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
English Translation ©2005 by Noura Wedell

What the Critics Say

"Explosive and paranoid, this futuristic fable by French sci-fi novelist Dantec explores the frightening ramifications of genetic experimentation....Riddled with acronyms and pop culture allusions, this is an intense, intellectually labyrinthine ride." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sparrow Ryde,, United Kingdom 27/09/2013
    Sparrow Ryde,, United Kingdom 27/09/2013 Listener Since 2006

    I listen to my purchased stories whilst walking my dog Molly. I'm retired so I spend a lot of time walking the coastal footpaths.

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    "Dull with swearing and blasphemy."
    Would you try another book written by Maurice G. Dantec or narrated by Joe Barrett?

    No and yes to narrator.


    What will your next listen be?

    The Prestige. I am listening to it now. It's a good yarn.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I didn't enjoy this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Babylon Babies?

    The swearing and blasphemy. It was totally unnecessary to the story. The story for most part was a dull fictional war story without action and more about the positions of the antagonists.


    Any additional comments?

    The Sci-Fi was more towards the latter part of the story but I stopped listening when the blasphemy kicked in. It is numbered as one of the dullest Sci-Fi books I have listened to.
    This writer appears to have no respect for his readers and must think we are all from foul mouthed underclasses.
    I would like Audible to put in a link to block writers we don't like so that we don't accidently purchase one of their books again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • james
    salem, OR, United States
    07/08/08
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    "don't waste your credits"

    Has some interesting ideas. The story was a bit choppy. The language and the graphic nature of the book was a bit much for me.
    I wish it had been reviewed by other audible members before I downloaded it. I didn't even bother to finish it, even after slogging through the garbage. I kept hoping that there would be some interesting twist. There isn't.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Charles
    grand rapids , MI, USA
    20/08/08
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    "I should have listened to the other review..."

    I have never bothered to write a review but felt it was necessary this time. While the concept was good either the translation or the original material was horrendously written.

    Please Please Please do not waste your time or money on this book, even if your so bored you would listen to an audio version of the Encyclopedia Britannica, trust me you would be better of with the encyclopedia.

    I really hope it was a case of "Something was lost in the translation."

    while I don't mean for this to sound bitter and hateful that is how it is turning out so I'll stop now.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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