Adam Epstein brings a conversational, offhand delivery to a neurologically-enhanced gumshoe named Nick Stavrianos in Quarantine.
Greg Egan's science-fiction novel is set in the year 2067 in a world where the solar system has been enclosed by an unbreakable barrier put in place by an unknown extraterrestrial force. Andrews is hired to find a brain-damaged woman named Laura Andrews, who has disappeared from her institution. Following her to Hong Kong, Stavriano's case leads him closer to the mysterious force that's "quarantined" the solar system.
Epstein performs Stavriano's narration in a world-weary tone, his voice modulating in his nuanced renditions of the story's many characters.
In 2034, the stars went out. An unknown agency surrounded the solar system with an impenetrable barrier, concealing the universe from humanity's gaze.
In 2067, Nick Stavrianos is hired to investigate the disappearance of a mentally disabled woman, Laura Andrews, from the institution where she was being cared for. Aided by a skull full of neural modifications, he follows her trail to the Republic of New Hong Kong, where an organization known as the Ensemble has uncovered Laura's extraordinary secret: An ability that could transform the world.
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"Fantastic Story Let Down by Narration"
In terms of narration, the worst so far.
In terms of story, up in the top 20%
The great ideas, like the priming, quantum mechanics, behavioral mods, and the quarantining of earth. The first part of the book, before it got into the quantum mechanics side of it, really reminded me of the Ghost in the Shell universe.
Yes, but only as I'm a Greg Egan fan, and no other option sadly.
I was able to "get used to it", but it was a conscious effort...
Not so much moving, but the lead character's discussing the behavior mods as a means of avoiding grief, and rationale behind it, on humans having always strived for behavioral modification, and a hardware mechanism of doing it being no less valid.
I've been a long term Greg Egan fan and was excited to see his books getting audiobook releases. However, the narrator they have chosen really is not very good, and it makes it a struggle to listen to. But if you can get past it, persevere, the story is worth it. If you still read written books though, I'd recommend just getting the written version. It is hard to pass up the convenience of audiobooks though...
"Another great book killed by narrators pacing."
Stop sabotaging your books by pacing the narrators. The third wall is broken with every pause... every over enunciated... halting... word. I've forgotten the beginning of the sentence by the time narration reaches the end.
This story had a great concept, and the author did a great job of making a difficult subject comprehensible to the lay-person. I can't help but think this could explain some of the oddities in our world like the Mandela Effect.
The level of technical detail was refreshing. Guessing what technology will be available in three to six decades is always difficult, but some sci-fi authors are surprisingly good at predicting how technology will evolve.
The main character.
The sky is the limit; literally.
"Good book, bad reader"
I gave up listening to the audio version after 10 minutes.The reader tried a poor hard boiled detective style. His patronising attempt at Chinese accent was woeful. I could not bear it. I read the paperback many years ago and will have to read this fascinating book again.
"Sci fi detective story centered on quantum theory and many worlds interpretation"
A solid detective story with quantum mechanics at the core. Unfortunately the narration was grating, but worth enduring for the story.
"Fine until thy very end"
Fine until thy very end, then predictable, childish, unimaginative and generally felt lost. Before the end, I was very much enjoying it thought.
I am not usually interested in detective-style writing, but this was done well. As a sci-fi buff, I think it easy ranks as one of the better books I've read, with a plot that keeps moving, a style that is easy to follow & enjoy, as well as "futuristic" and scientific concepts that are interesting and mind-stretching. I've read the book before, but still reread it now since it had such interesting concepts.
The only detractor was that the narrator seemed to cut and splice his spoken segments at times with noticeably different vocal tones and inflections, but it wasent bad, just a little distracting. Not a big deal really.
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