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Summary

The first volume of the official novelization of the best-selling and award-winning video game Death Stranding, created by legendary game creator Hideo Kojima

Mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural phenomena known as the Death Stranding. Spectral creatures that devour the living have pushed humanity to the brink of extinction, causing countries to fall and survivors to scatter and live in pockets of isolation.

Sam Porter Bridges, the legendary porter with the ability to return from the world of the dead, has been entrusted with a critical mission by the President of the United Cities of America. He must journey across this ravaged landscape crawling with otherworldly threats to reconnect cities and people and rebuild America one step at a time.

©2019 Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. Created and developed by KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Deadman, stops it dead.

I don't want to sound harsh or sound disrespectful to Bronson Pinchot, but it crazy how he has made just one thing completely ruin the experience for me. I really wanted to enjoy this. I love the game and couldn't wait for the book and the audio book, so this hard to give a bad review.

Bronson Pinchot, was doing a fantastic job, but as soon as he introduced Deadman it went down hill fast. He gave Deadman a slow, low, dull, lifeless and monotonous voice. Deadman is a pivotal character in the game and so he comes in to play a lot. It becomes long and drawn out every time he is voice acting the characters, his dialogue becomes painful to listen to soon after hearing it. The audiobook runs for just over eight hours, but could genuinely run for six hours if he didn't read Deadman's dialogue so slow.

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Keep on keeping on

I was really excited when I heard there was a novelisaton of Death Stranding, even more so when it got the audible treatment. I loved the world and experiencing more of Kojima's amazing style.

As loopy and strange as the game was it has been translated well to written form. It manages to capture the feeling of isolation from Sam's perspective but breaks things up by having short sections detailed from the POV of shelter occupants which I think does a good job of fleshing them out for the reader, especially ones who have not played the game.

The narrator does a good job overall and his range of voices is good and consistent though some may sound a little out of place compared to the actors they had in the game, that's understandable.

If you are a fan of the game then this is a must. The TPB versions also look awesome and will make a fine addition to anyone's bookshelf. For readers who have not played the game there is a lot to enjoy in this story though i feel some of the experience may be lost by not being able to witness the striking visuals of the world Sam is exploring.

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great if you're a fan of the game

I was sceptical about a novelisation of a game where all you essentially do is walk around carrying stuff to from one place to another. But like the game, such descriptions are diminutive. If you've played Death Stranding (which is a masterpiece) you'll know that it is packed with lore, a lot of which is explained and alluded to often fairly quickly. So when I picked the game back up after a year in order to achieve the platinum, it was great to listen to the audiobook at the same time, not only to reacquaint myself but also to delve deeper into the backstory, which this book provides in abundance.
I'm a bit frustrated that this book is split into two parts though: Seems like a rip off. The narrator does a serviceable job but I wasn't keen on how he voices Deadman in this weird singysongy voice

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  • 29-07-21

To call it half baked would be an insult to mediocre Sci-fi

Want to build a complex Tolkienesk fantasy world but can’t be bothered to flesh out your characters, concepts, or plot? Then just tell it through a series of fever dreams and acid trips, and have it read by an actor that only has one mode: whispery child psychologist trying to calm down an upset child.

Oh and smash in your confused pro life manifesto every other chapter for good measure.


I’ll save you the trouble. None of the confusing concepts and mechanics are ever explained, at all. Only one character has any development, and it’s a side character. The plot goes no where. For six hours.

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  • Sr23
  • 26-02-21

if you like the game you will like the book

very similar to the game. plot is pretty consistent and you will get some greater insight here and there on certain characters. the vocabulary and character sections are welcome additions to setting the story. the reader does a good job, I don't have too strong an opinion on him but I feel he did fine. a great choice for fans of the game!

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  • frodo b
  • 23-02-21

Phenomenal story overshadowed by a bad narrator

great story unfortunately the narrators voice is sooooooo dull. Struggled to finish due to this. I pre orderd and was so excited. The book goes into more great detail and is very entertaing. I hope in the future they choose a narrator with more enthusiasm.

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  • Jonathan D. Testa
  • 28-06-22

Not my cup of tea

Voice actor did a wonderful job and is who kept me engaged.

The book may have a predecessor or prequel that I am unaware of; however the author asks a lot from their audience to jump to and accept.

A initial chapter or description about the state of the world and/or jobs would have made me feel more engaged with their story.

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  • Debbie Zea
  • 13-04-22

Not for me

I have listened to 6 hours of this story- I’m still not sure what has happened, what is happening or the point of the story. Even the character names are just eyebrow raising. I feel like I’m reading something from the imagination of a 12 year old…. There’s probably an audience for this odd story. It’s just too bizarre and disconnected for me.

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  • Lance Boccard
  • 06-04-22

STOP....MUMBLING!!@!

I dont have the game system to play this game but I have been beyond curious for so long about the story. I was so so excited when I saw that the novelization for the game was on audible plus. 2 hours in and I'm forced to delete the book. The story is combaluted but enjoyable after the walk starts ( as far as i could manage), it reminded me of the movie series where the ghosts travelled along the cell towers bandwidth mixed with The Postman movie. OH! MY! FREAKING!! Why does the narrate whisper or mumble EVERYTHING!? WHY! Even at full volume I could only hear *mumble* *mumble* YELL *mumble*. That was so frustrating that even after years of wanting to know this story i cannot do it. I wish those Goodspeed that try.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-03-22

Good Scifi

Definitely a slow burn scifi for sure. The world is very intriguing, and the characters are all well fleshed out with deep backstories and their own motivations. The only drawback for me was that 90% of the time the narrator is about as engaging as a white noise machine paired with a Benadryl and a full glass of wine.

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  • Kurt S. Dyer
  • 04-01-22

Awesome

I loved the game and the story. Nothing against Bronson Pinchot, but this particular book would have been better if read by the actor that portrayed the protagonist in the game: Norman Reedus.

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  • Colten Venable
  • 05-09-21

good elaboration

not for people trying to experience the game, but I great novelization of the story. if you skipped all the vids and emails In the game, this is basically what you missed.

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  • J
  • 19-08-21

Decent

Narrator is good and story is unique. Those that gripe about it being pro-life beed to GET a life. Stop seeing political agendas under every rock. This is fiction, for goodness sakes.😆