Winner of the 2012 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis.
They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress's son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor.
When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics. Determined to win Charlotte's love, he resurrects his childhood dream, convinced that he can eradicate world poverty by pushing the limits of technology beyond imagination. But as Hiroshi circles ever closer to realizing his vision, he discovers that his utopian dream may contain the seeds of a nightmare - one that could obliterate life as we know it.
Crisscrossing the globe, from Tokyo to the hallowed halls of MIT to desolate Arctic islands and Buenos Aires and beyond - far beyond - Lord of All Things explores not only technology's dizzying potential, but also its formidable dangers.
©2011 Andreas Eschbach and Bastei Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG. English translation © 2014 by Samuel Willcocks. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Excellent science fiction book and narration
Hiroshi, because of the moral dilemmas he faces as in trying to get nano technology to work for everyone and then the implications of his success.
He brought the characters to life and kept the momentum going through the story,
The moment on the ice when the nano's reacted to the presence of the expedition.
This is a long rambling story stuffed full of science and technology hung on an unusual framework of personal relations. Sometimes the story stumbles but the narrative arc pulls the story back into step.
I liked the ending, a prescient warning about implications of new technology.
The novel had such potential. The author seems to lose interest towards the end and absolutely ruins the story. Great idea, dismal execution
The scope and vision of this book are impressive. The characterisation is excellent and the love arc for the two protagonists manages to be believably frustrating.
Actually Charlotte to about half way through after which she just seemed to be sidelined to the role of doomed romance love interest.
I thought the reading was excellent, loved it.
This wasn't without it's flaws and for me the main issues lie with the illogical, easily avoided and ultimately pointless ending, which only seemed worse the more I thought about it.
More importantly was the obvious set-up where Charlotte's psychometric talents, which were obviously intended to be used as a vehicle for some pre-historic exposition, were largely forgotten about after a certain point in favour of a simpler knowledge dump though the main protagonist.
Despite these criticisms I feel it is definitely worth your time, especially if you are interested in high concept sci-fi or nanotechnology.
"Story starts off small and gets huge"
Every once in a while, a story comes along and sweeps me away, this was one of them. This is a huge expansive story that started out with a dream of a boy that ends up challenging everything we see around us and who we are as humans in the universe. It's a slow building story that keeps cranking up over decades and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next and what does happen you don't expect. The author doesn't take the easy way out, the guy guy doesn't always win. It's a mixture of philosophy, hard SciFi, a love story and it stretches the brain. Check it out, it might leave you changed like all great books should.
Very hard to put down, and many sleepless nights listening. The presentation was excellent, and the initial reason that I purchased this book was because I had heard him read another series. I highly recommend this book.
"SWEPT AWAY -- and wanted to STAY! 💥👍💥"
One of my Top Five.
I wish there were two more books and this was a trilogy! There is certainly room to keep this story going -- right out into the galaxy.
Love love loved it!
This is one of those books you never want to end. Hauntingly beautiful. laughed and cried. simply astounding word smithing. i want more.
"a love story at heart"
I loved the story... mainly because of the science and the geek factor. But it also had a love story through out. The story is truly one of how we love hate ... and the flaws we all have. A story of who we were who we are and what we might become... I loved it!!
The story line was intriguing, so I picked this up at some point. I expected your standard sci-fi thriller. Guy discovers amazing technology to make the world a better place. Governments and capitalists come after him and try to steal it away to rule the world.
Well yes, and no. The story had me at the start with Hiroshi looking out the window at Charlotte in Tokyo. And kept me intrigued to the end on the pampas in Argentina. There were twists and turns, and they were often unexpected. The characters were real, had feeling and emotion, and actually did things that their stories would lead them to do.
I loved it. I loved the story, I really cared about the main characters, and was sorry for it to end. More please.
I've already picked up something else by Andreas Eschbach and hope to be entranced once again.
"WOW, THAT WAS SOME STORY"
BEING BORED IS SOMETHING WE LEARN IN SCHOOL
Was that 21 hours or 21 minutes. I am the Impatient one, but I listened to every word. This. excellently written story drew me in.
HE WAS SUCH A ROMANTIC
This book took several turns, so many it is hard to place it in one genre. There is almost no Science Fiction in the entire first half of the book and only a tiny bit of fantasy. I normally need a lot of bang, excitement or wonderment to keep listening, but the first half had none of that. The first half is character development. I became invested in the characters. Had it stayed that way throughout I still would have been happy, but later Science does happen. When it happens, it happens in a big way and gets bigger and bigger. At first I was reminded of Blood Music by Greg Bear and than it was more like Daniel Suarez. Through out is a running romance, kind of similar to Forrest Gump. He loves her from the beginning and always. She falls for the bad boy (the opposite of him), and others. He follows his dreams, while she gets sidetracked. She gets sick, etc... The book covers a lot of time and a lot of countries.
Early on there are conversations that just seem that, conversations. Have fate that they will return in a big way.
PERHAPS THERE WERE FEWER CONSEQUENCES IN LIFE THAN PEOPLE THOUGHT.
With the exception of the maybe over done voice of the main bad boy, the narrator was so good I didn't realize he was there. His voice seemed like the voice in my head. I had to consciously think I am listening to be aware of the narrator.
"Incredible Voice Acting"
I loved the story, but I was even more impressed with the voice acting. I can't even call it narration, because it was so much more than that.
"Expected nothing less from an Eschbach novel"
I have read a lot of Eschbach's books (unfortunately some of the best one have not been translated yet) and so I was expecting a lot here. And he definitely delivered. Is it his best book? Probably not, but it is still really, really good. I don't want to give any spoilers, but as Eschbach likes to do, this book is a crossover between many genres.
Oh yes - Nick Podehl reads this extraordinarily well. His repertoire of different characters is out of this world and worked extremely well for this title.
"Totally Unique Sci-Fi Story--For Richer or Poorer!"
I got this book for a great deal. It had some very good reviews but I had no idea what it was about when I went to listen to it. After some hours into it, I decided to peruse the reviews again to find out just what I had gotten myself into. To my surprise and delight, I realized it was a sci-fi story. So, I went back to listening and waiting for the sci-fi part to arrive. And wait, I did.
It took some patience on my part. This story is not for the impatient listener, not for the suspense addict, not for the adrenaline junkie. It is for those who are content and willing to let a story develop on the author's terms and trust the author won't disappoint. That is what I did--mainly because the story was always interesting to me, even when the pieces were being put into place. I was fascinated by the two main characters, Hiroshi and Charlotte. No, they weren't touchy feely characters, not really fun and lovable. But I always felt they were real people and always was interested in where their lives took them. I didn' t feel the initial touch of magical realism detracted from the story but instead, it added interest for me and made Charlotte a bit more intersting.
After a great deal of patience (and enjoyable listening time), the sci-fi lid blew off and there I was. Now even more interested as to where it would take Hiroshi and Charlotte and the world. I would not call this a love story or a romance, though it had a touch of that. That is just not what is was about, really.
The ending of the story was really gripping. I feel like I was taken on a trip to a very foreign country, but well prepared beforehand. I would certainly seek out more books by this author. He is too unique to be missed.
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