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  • The Beam: Season 1

  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

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  • I enjoyed this

  • By redfeend on 14-03-15

Ambitious beggining of a promising Trilogy.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The Beam: Season 1 the most enjoyable?

The variety of characters/settings/sub-plots and the successful balance between plot and worldbuilding kept me hooked throughout the book. There was not a single chapter that I thought was dragging too long, even the philosophy interjections (an interesting blend of non-dualistic philosophy and fururism/information theory) were short and did not disrupt the story.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

With such a diverse cast it is difficult to pick a single narrator as favourite. What I can definitely say, though, is that the narration was clearly enriched by having a big cast instead of a single narrator.