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Quantum Garden

The Quantum Evolution, Book 2
Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
Series: The Quantum Evolution, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
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The stunning, critically-acclaimed follow-up to best-selling The Quantum Magician

The Ultimate Chase

Days ago, Belisarius pulled off the most audacious con job in history. He's rich, he's back with the love of his life, and best of all, he has the Time Gates, arguably the most valuable things in existence. Nothing could spoil this...except the utter destruction of his people and the world they lived on. 

To save them, he has to make a new deal with the boss he just double-crossed, to travel back in time and work his quantum magic once again, tracking down the source of the wormholes. 

If he can avoid detection, dodge paradox, and stay ahead of the eerie, relentless Scarecrow, he might just get back to his own time alive.

©2019 Derek Kunsken (P)2019 Recorded Books

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Excellently plotted, great characters

A small cast of characters, each well rounded and believable, in a well written, well paced story that twists and turns in a rollercoaster story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Great concepts well thought through. Loved the Mongrel!

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  • Ed H.
  • 29-11-19

Excellent sequel to The Quantum Magician

This is a great follow-up to The Quantum Magician - you must read that book first. While that book is often compared to "Ocean's 11 in space", this book is not an "Ocean's 12". I was disappointed that a couple of the characters that I loved in the first book are not in this one, but they were minor characters. This book didn't have quite the diverse and fun supporting cast as did The Quantum Magician, but this is still a 5 star book. If you've read and enjoyed The Quantum Magician, you'll equally love this book. If you haven't read The Quantum Magician, read that first!

Highly recommended. Note also, a sequel will be coming out in 2021, but this book does not leave you with a cliff-hanger; it does come to a conclusion.

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  • DouglasAGriffin
  • 01-11-19

Original, interesting concepts

I'm mostly ignorant and much of the deeper quantumy, sciency bits are lost on me. Even so, the author knows how to keep it interesting. The story and performance kept me engaged and I look forward to the next installment (hopefully it will have more Puppet shenanigans!).

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  • David
  • 16-10-19

Amazing

2nd novel is as good as any in the sci fi realm, we’ll developed good and evil characters, interesting motives and plot: humans with quantum powers. A new niche in sci fi, we’ll written by Kunsken and we’ll read by TRS! Loved it and I’ve read around 150 SF titles.

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  • David
  • 27-11-19

Intriguing

I enjoyed the first book and the second book was almost better. I liked hearing his quantum intellect take over and how raw information came into understanding. I look forward to other books in this series.

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  • Ar
  • 25-11-19

Incredible follow up!

An absolutely fantastic second installment in what is hopefully a continuing series or trilogy. Both the writer and narrator are on top of their game, firing on all cylinders (especially for Stills’ scenes of course ;))

The scale is both much larger yet also smaller, more personal and emotional in the climax and it is just beautiful. A haunting and bittersweet note on the often played-out question of destiny that is logical, gut wrenching, and through and through entertaining.

Cannot recommend this series enough. May Derek Kunsken continue writing such wonderfully thought provoking hard edged sci-fi and may T. Ryder Smith keep narrating them and bring his beautiful characterization to the reading.

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  • joshua reeder
  • 21-11-19

Sci-fi on Another Level

Prepare to be blown away. These books redefine what sci-fi can be. The depth of story telling and thought are simply 10 times better than they need to be. And T. Ryder Smith??? He has redefined story telling. I would follow him to the ends of the earth. I have my favorite narrators and he is so far beyond the best it’s scary. I thought the best of sci-fi was over and these books have set a new bar.

These books are so good and so deep that they you will want to listen over and over again. This was a first for me. I immediately listened to the first book a second time to absorb so much more meaning. They are fast paced, detailed, freaky, deep, layered, mysterious, and enthralling.

Be prepared to be blown away and quickly left behind. They will push you to the brink of understanding on many levels. Not for the faint of IQ... Good luck...

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  • Jesper
  • 18-11-19

What a great sequel

I simply love the books from Derek Kunsken. The stories are well crafted and in my opinion they are a perfect mix of technical sci-fi and a colourful gallery of persons. I was worried if Derek could pull of a worthy sequel to a fantastic book (The quantum magician) but that worry was put to shame. What an excellent follow up with a new story that was adequately separate from the first book. I hope there will be a third!

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  • Bailey
  • 30-10-19

My First Book Review

I have been an Audible member since 2006 and have listened to hundreds of books. While I have been tempted, and wanted to write a review - there have been many excellent works - I feel now that I must. I loved the Quantum Magician, but was not hopeful for a decent sequel. Too often have I been disappointed or have become quickly tired with a series, thus I had no expectations. I wasn't even waiting for a sequel, and was instead considering a break from Audible, or at least from the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. I was thinking, maybe it's just me, am I getting too old to be able to suspend disbelief for 10 or 12 hours? Should I finally embrace reality and cut the grass, set up a budget, watch CNN? Then suddenly, my future self travelled back through the Axis Mundi Wormholes to point out that Mr. Kunsken had indeed written a sequel and that I should give it a go. I found the Quantum Garden to be even more engaging and hilarious than the Quantum Magician. Mr. Kunsken's detail with the science was pleasantly mind boggling for a so-not-a-science person like myself, and yet it wasn't overwhelming either. It was perfectly convincing and I believe added authenticity to the tale. The characters were beautifully sculpted, memorable and lovable. Several times throughout the novel I was either laughing out loud or weeping, once while sipping espresso in Starbucks. T.Ryder Smith's narration was brilliant. I felt as though I was transported by the experience, total immersion, not just simply listening to a story. Thank you Mr. Kunsken and to all the human and alien life forms who aided in nurturing and encouraging your wonderful mind. I am both thankful and in awe of it.

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  • Matt
  • 29-10-19

Simply Incredible Storytelling

As a fan of the grand, sweeping scope of “space opera” science fiction, I appreciate that Kunsken took as much time describing the internal conflicts within each character’s mind as he did the universe in which those characters lived. This is a style of comprehensive storytelling that he showcased in the previous book in this series, “The Quantum Magician,” and it was a pleasure to see him refine it further in “The Quantum Garden.”

Whether artificial intelligence or organic life form, baseline human or one of the branches of humanity Kunsken has introduced, the story drives home again and again that these characters are people; each struggling to control and/or survive events of unprecedented galactic (and even metaphysical) importance. The players in Kunsken’s saga are each as multi-dimensional as the realms they traverse. There are no perfect civilizations, no actions without consequence and no pure victories. Perhaps most importantly of all, there is apparently no amount of technological wizardry, jaw-dropping intelligence or power sufficient to allow anyone in Kunsken’s tale to fully escape responsibility for their words and deeds. Yet at the same time, the story curiously provides hope that in the case of humanity’s long term fate, it’s the capacity for forgiveness and even ill-advised trust that are key, not perfection. And in that sense, the story itself presents the duality of humanity as both seemingly doomed to destroy itself and destined for a more graceful existence. Kunsken never quite opens the box to collapse those waveforms into a concrete reality, leaving readers to make their own observations of the situation (if they dare).

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  • Travis
  • 24-10-19

Even better than the first one

The science is hard, the plot holes are few and the themes are deep. The narrator has so many different voices that you instantly know who's perspective each chapter is.

As fantastical as the elements are, the multitude of underlying themes that the narrative conveys are as universal as ever.

I will be listening to this over and over again.

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