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Summary

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. 

Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge, and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent. 

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

©2010 刘慈欣 (Liu Cixin) (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Mind. Officially. Blown.

The termination (perhaps) of an extraordinary tale. I have read the books (I read the first one twice to make sure I had a handle on proceedings) and now I have listened to all the audiobooks (often repeating some chapters). In 40 years of reading sci-fi I have never encountered anything quite as extraordinary as this vision of mankind's future. Absolutely superb throughout. Recommended, but don't try and skip over anything because you will lose the thread of what happens next!

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.Masterpiece

A dark fairytale of physics and science about the cosmic sociology in the universe as a dark forest.

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worthy of your time

memorable and fantastic ending to an epic trilogy and very well narrated. sad that it ended and look forward to listening to it again in the future.

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Excellent

Loved the story and narration style. Rounds off the trilogy perfectly. Highly recommend it.

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Good. But not as strong as the first 2.

I came to Death's end very excited - I'd waited a year or more for audible to get the rights after I finished the first two in the series. While enjoyable, it didn't quite pull me in as much as the previous two. For me, at least, the story ran out of steam half way through.

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A bit of a disappointment

While I did enjoy listening to this and the idea was interesting, the ending was a bit too open ended for me.

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Wonderfully ties the preceding books together.

Great depth. In fact it couldn't have had much more depth. Pretty much all-encompassing. Wonderful.

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Incredible story, amazing performance

The story is genuinely mind-blowing, the performance by Bruno Roubicek is great. Thoroghly recommend

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Incredible

This trilogy starts a bit slowly, maybe especially on audible, but evolves into a work which, in my opinion, is the most absorbing and satisfying sci-fi I’ve found yet.

The amount of ideas I’ve just had crammed into my mind is honestly incredible.

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I was captivated by the journey

THE STORY
An epic sci-fi yarn interwoven with fascinating, intriguing and, in some cases, seminal, astrophysical, metaphysical, existential, philosophical, sociological, military and historical insights. Yet the individual lives and loves of the main cast keep you connected on a personal level too. All steadily revealed in the picture by a masterly eastern artist's brush.
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The calm, clear narration really helped, because there are a lot of concepts to process mentally. Also, the slow clear pronunciation of Chinese names is perfect for an English listener like me.

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  • 03-05-20

Too grand to bear itself

This book concludes the three body problem trilogy by trying to outdo the previous two books - which it does, but not necessarily in a good way.

While the ideas presented in this book are interesting and thought provoking, most of the ideas doesn't have much room to breathe. One after another an even grander concept than the one before is presented to the reader. It's captivating at first, but after a while it becomes tiring to listen through yet another grand new thing almost indescribable by human words.

It doesn't help that the author doesn't fully commit to the ideas. Once the world building around one idea is done the book leaves it as an anecdote and focuses on the next big idea.

Overall an enjoyable book because I liked many of the ideas, but it showcases that more doesn't necessarily mean better. Dark forest stands as my favorite in the trilogy.

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  • 11-02-21

excellent

loved it, I wish I had more to listen to. the series is well worth it...let's hope netflix doesn't butcher it

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  • 16-11-20

Mind blowing

Just finished the trilogy , absolutely amazing !!! Can’t believe this mans imagination and scientific explanations. Mind blowing!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-20

Amazing, well thought out science fiction.

When I started the series I thought book one was a tad slow.. Man has that been turned around. What a brilliant, massive expansive world he has created in this book series. Wrapping it up in a satisfying conclusion.

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  • 06-10-19

Ended with "huh"

I really enjoyed the performance and translation. Felt different, throughout the series, than have-a-usual-space-opera.
However, I was expecting much more. Ending seemed rushed and put together with what and how seemed easiest, backed with few scientific theories. The biggest question for me while reading all three books was "how is he going to pull it?". And Liu left me hanging.

Bruno's absolutely magnificent performance made this book fantastic for me as he really set the atmosphere so well!

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  • Florian H.
  • 17-07-19

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan; enjoyed every hour and nothing bad to say about it.

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  • 12-05-19

An amazing story!

Get your imagination run wild. A worthy end of the trilogy. Should really be fourth book now :-)

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  • Martijn Heemels
  • 29-04-19

Ideas over story

I had a hard time enjoying not just this book but the series as a whole. After struggling through the second book I waited several years before starting the third but I did want to know the ending after all. The scope and amount of ideas was impressive and the ideas appear to be rooted in proper science. Some truly made me consider the universe in new ways. However, good ideas don't make an enjoyable novel.

It's likely something important is lost in the translation from Chinese but I had a hard time empathizing with the characters or even understanding their actions or personal development. The characters' speech almost never felt natural to me and quite often the dialogue felt like pure exposition. An important principle in western composition is "Show, don't tell", which I feel would've made the book much more enjoyable if applied. I felt the author often did the opposite. This may be a cultural thing, and admittedly my experience with Chinese authors is very limited, but I can only write this review from my own western perspective with the translated version.

So many ideas were introduced one after the other with barely any time to consider the consequences that it sometimes felt the author just needed to get those out of the way as a foundation for the next big one. The human factor was sometimes lost. This fits the premise so who knows, it may have been intentional, but I doubt it.

Audible has two versions of this audiobook in their catalog. I returned the edition narrated by P. J. Ochlan because I didn't like the narration and knew there was another version available. The other narration, by Bruno Roubicek who also narrated the first two audiobooks, was more enjoyable though I feel Roubicek was hampered by the book. His pronunciation of Chinese and other non-English names was excellent. There were very few errors for almost 30 hours of material.

Am I glad I read this series? Yes, but not for the story. Just the ideas.