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  • Dark Universe

  • By: Daniel F. Galouye
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Richard Dawkins (Introduction)
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The survivors live underground, as far from the Original World as possible and protected from the ultimate evil, Radiation. Then terrible monsters, who bring with them a screaming silence, are seen and people start to disappear. One young man realizes he must question the nature of Darkness itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A forgotten classic.

  • By Peter on 09-07-09

Heavy-handed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-09

I enjoyed Dawkins' introduction, and he summarised the book nicely.

The book itself is very heavy-handed, plodding, obvious and boring. There is no light touch here; it's all "Light take you!", and "I wonder if I'll ever be able to figure out the mystical relationship between light, darkness and the eyes" all the way through.

It could have been an interesting short story, but the way it is written I despair at how Dawkins can recommend it so highly. Even the plot device, where humans have lost their sense of sight from dwelling underground is thin I think; how about the light that wil invariably be generated from the incessant striking of stones against metal? No, it'd pitch darkness here, in every sense possible.

As an avid reader of all kinds of fiction, including SciFi, I am more than prepared to suspend my disbelief a bit, but this is just not well written enough to bother.

Avoid. If I could resell a copy, I'd sell you mine, cheaply.

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