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Pretentious boring drivel...

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-20

This is one of those books that people will state ‘If you don’t get it, you’re not intelligent enough’. Well, I beg to differ. There’s no story, no conflict and no character arcs. It’s basically a guy having day to day conversations with random people for 15 hours. Nothing happens! 10 minutes of an assembled railway union arguing over wether or not the word ‘facilitate’ should be replaced with ‘enable and insure’ and rambling on about using a hammer, is the kind of typical narrative you’ll find throughout in the absence of story. The performers voice is the same for each character, but that’s ok, as none of the characters are memorable anyway, the annoying little girl aside. Simply the worst book I have ever read. Totally pointless.

The best of the series, including its sequel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-20

This is the best book in the Orphan X series in my opinion. Whilst they are all exquisitely written, the dynamic between Evan and Joey in this particular chapter adds layers to the protagonist that we haven’t seen thus far and unfortunately don’t see to the same extent in the book that follows. It’s an old story trope of ‘Surrogate father/daughter and ‘student becomes the teacher’ etc, but so flawlessly pulled off its hard to ignore the extra emotional punch this delivers above and beyond the others.

My least favourite of the series, but still great.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-20

This is my least favourite of the Orphan X series, but still a great entry. It takes roughly 3.5 hours for Evan to become the protagonist and prior to this, ardent readers will be subjected to the same exposition meant for newcomers to the series. I understand why, but it’s just a needless rehash for us fans. At time’s it elevates Evan to almost mystical proportions, having him disappear in a blink etc and never really gives you the sense he’s in any real danger, unlike previous entry’s. If anything, this would have been a good time to wrap up the story threads, but I’ve just pre ordered the next one that comes out in a couple of weeks, so I guess there’s much more to come. A great book, if not in the same ‘intense’ fashion of the earlier ones.

Truly one of, if not the best book I’ve ever read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-19

I’m almost too upset to write a review in any articulate fashion. A true example of a timeless thought provoking and heart wrenching story, with well rounded characters and nothing less than a perfect performance. I don’t think anyone could read this book and dislike it.

Three books where one would have sufficed.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This decent enough story was told in its first instalment, with no need for a sequel, certainly not a 3rd novella size book end. The theme of ‘What is a person capable of at their core nature’ Which ran through Desert Places, is literally abandoned in the follow up and then seemingly ‘shoe horned’ back into the tiny end instalment, almost like he wanted to just write a quick ending to finish the trilogy. I guess, as it had been years since he’d left the ending open. By the end of the 17 hours, I was so sick of hearing them plead for their life that I wished he’d just kill them and put me out of my misery. If you like break crotch, try his excellent and intellectual standalone books like Dark Matter or Recursion.

‘Wokeness’ creeps in slightly, but more thought provoking than virtue signalling.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-19

Other than the annoying and sometimes confusing use of ‘their’ and ‘they’ to avoid using Gender specifics, this is a fantastically engaging novella. ‘Their’ and ‘they’ suggests more than one person, so it’s difficult on the mind on occasions, but otherwise a highly recommended piece of work by Blake Crouch.

Finished in 22 hours...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-19

Listened to this book in 2 sittings, over 22 hours. What an incredible insight into the human condition of love, loss, regret and ‘what if.’ One of my most engrossing and engaging reads ever and incredibly intellectual, whilst being entertaining via a great performance. Can’t recommend enough.

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A no frills ending...

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-19

A disappointing conclusion to the first 2 excellent instalments. With no more revelations or twists to unravel, it becomes tedious quickly and reads like ‘Die Hard’ meets ‘Aliens’ with a total change of tone and pace. The ending is also pretty obvious from quite early on and earlier chapters about individual characters we’ve never met before, just feels like needless ‘padding’ and/or ‘filler’ and doesn’t move the story forward at all.

Intelligent, thrilling and scientifically true.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-19

My new favourite author. I’ll be downloading more of his titles now. I’ve always been interested in quantum physics and the questions of the universe, but how refreshing to have a story set in today’s landscape that still feels like science fiction with a thriller icing on top.

Average listen.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-03-19

Achingly predictable from the start, a nauseatingly passive and weak protagonist, zero twists and turns and a story that barely moves out of the house. Almost redeems itself in the last hour or so, but doesn’t quite make up for the effort spent getting there. Pretty average, but worth a listen.