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The Punch Escrow Audiobook

The Punch Escrow

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Publisher's Summary

It's the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We've genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport - a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure...Arrival...Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

©2017 Tal M. Klein (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Jordan 30/07/2017
    Jordan 30/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "New and improved"

    What a fantastic story.

    Suspense and thrills abound and fantastically performed by one of my favourite voice artists.
    Thanks Tam and Matt for making this come to life.
    Great stuff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim 30/07/2017
    Kim 30/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "outstanding!"

    enthralling story from start to finish, matthew mercers narration really brings it to life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • EAN
    26/07/17
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    "Finished it in one day"

    Picked it up for Matthew Mercer, Stayed for the amazing story and characters. Very much worth a listen, the story and plot are very compelling and Mercer's range is impeccable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dyshon Jeewanjee
    30/07/17
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    "Who are you?"

    A wonderful story tackling the existential philosophical question of What makes you you. There is so much more to a human than can be put I to a simple phrase bit this book does it in a lovingly written sci fi setting. Matthew's acting brings every character to life and makes it all feel like a stage play. Definitely going to recommend to others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Libby
    29/07/17
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    "A ride of what if."

    A marvelous performance of an fascinating book. Love the story and Matthew Mercer! The story is compelling, a wonderful growth of character through circumstance, and a thrilling discussion of what happens when we have answers to the questions we don't want to ask. Hard to put down, wonderful to listen to, a great thrill to hear.
    Give it a listen and see where you end up!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christina L. Grenhart
    05/08/17
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    "Well this is Flawless"
    What made the experience of listening to The Punch Escrow the most enjoyable?

    Matthew Mercer is a genius voice actor. He breathes life into every character with his voices. Him reading words strung together in beautiful sentences is an experience that is almost too good for this world.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Look. No one will watch movies with me anymore because I have the (admittedly terrible) habit of going "That one's gonna die. Those two are gonna get married. That shoe is going to be part of the MacGuyver solution executed by that character at the climax, thus saving the day."

    I could not do that with this book. You meet Joel. Joel has a problem. Within a few minutes of (assuming) I knew the circumstances, I said "This, surely, is what will happen."

    I can assure you: This did not happen. And This not happening happens so rarely that books where This doesn't happen become actual treasures in my life.


    Have you listened to any of Matthew Mercer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never experienced Mercer reading an audiobook, but I play too many games and watch too many cartoons, and I can assure you that this is Mercer at his best. My only regret is that there is no "high noon" joke anywhere. If you know Mercer from Critical Role, some of the voices may be vaguely familiar (my eyes kind of bugged when the not-vaguely-British version of Taryon's dad showed up).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Guys, I'm like an hour and a half into this book and it's stupid good. I literally only got it because I wanted to see how Mercer does voices in audiobooks, I forgot I had it in my audible library, and then on my run this afternoon I decided to put it on when I finished the last book. IT'S JUST. SO. GOOD. This book pulls off an effortless worldbuilding, casually structuring the world with side-comments that give you just enough and never info-dump you. The main character and his wife, so far, have a wonderful amount of depth to them. The story-within-a-story structure of the narrative that exists right now is on point.

    I'll tell you more when I'm further into it.


    Any additional comments?

    THERE ARE FOOTNOTES. So the effortless worldbuilding I mentioned above? IT GETS EXPANDED ON IN FOOTNOTES Y'ALL. What's genuinely amazing is that you don't need the footnotes. I'm not telling you this because I don't want you to get the audiobook (get the audiobook) -- this worldbuilding is so effortless that you don't need the footnotes. The footnotes offer the sort of infodumping narrative another author might have done but in a much more clever way.

    Y'all. This book. It's really good and you should read it. Or listen to it. Or both. Both is good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Rahmani
    San Francisco, ca United States
    02/08/17
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    "Blown away by this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I like science fiction books that are grounded in semi-reality. This is one of those.. It's futuristic, but not so far fetched that it's not believable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Characters are believable and likable, keeps your reading just to see what happens next.


    Which character – as performed by Matthew Mercer – was your favorite?

    Matthew's reading is awesome. I've listened to audio books that just don't fit the character, but his reading is spot-on


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was planning on listening to an hour of it when I started reading it, but ended up listening to the first 16 chapters in one setting!


    Any additional comments?

    A refreshing book by a new author that I had never heard of before. Will definately be looking out for more books by Tal Klein.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aneil
    Durham, NC USA
    01/08/17
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    "The future is fast."

    Excellent book, and worth it even if you've already read/listened to Dark Matter, which covers very similar issues and themes. The main protagonist was compelling, as are some of the antagonists. Future technology is written about in a convincing, and relevant, non-intrusive way. Whereas Dark Matter was uniformly dark, however, this had its moments of levity, although they were still too few in number. Sylvia's character, however, was drawn too shallowly, and unnecessarily so. I look forward to this author's next book! (This is for the Audible version.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Samuel Rowan
    11/08/17
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    "EPICLY AMAZING"

    Great story AMAZING narration. thrilling adventure and the narrator really brings it to life. read it. now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Medina
    10/08/17
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    "Replacing "Ready Player One"..."

    I had difficulties getting though the recommended "Snow Crash" after loving RPO. This book was fantastic. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    07/08/17
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    "pleasantly surprised"

    Matthew Mercer is one of my favorite voice actors so even though this isn't my typical genre to be reading I figured I'd give it a try. I was extremely pleasantly surprised with the way it's written and would definitely recommend this story to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Samantha Murdock
    02/08/17
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    "Amazing"

    Matt Mercer's narration only amplified the genuinely intriguing narrative of the story. Presenting both a moral conundrum for technologies that don't exist yet as well as making you a mix of concerned and morbidly curious what will happen by the time that the last page ends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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