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The Three-Body Problem Audiobook

The Three-Body Problem

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Publisher's Summary

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilisation on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.

Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them or to fight against the invasion.

©2006 Cixin Liu (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." (New York Times)

"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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    TB 16/01/2017
    TB 16/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Recommended"

    An unusual and wonderful book. Full of intriguing ideas. Beautiful writing. Was sad when the book ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Sims 13/12/2016
    J Sims 13/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, wooden delivery"

    Whilst the story was a refreshing break from the my usual diet of space opera series', I struggled to get to the end of this as the reader made everything feel really quite dry and at some points even seemingly started reading in. a. robot. voice. even. though. it. was. a. real. person.

    That said, I still recommend it to anyone looking for a thought provoking modern day sci fi yarn, and it's especially nice to see a story not based on the USA or Europe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roy Elmer 06/12/2016
    Roy Elmer 06/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "New Perspectives"

    I loved this, genuinely. It's an entirely new perspective on a usually quite Western dominated genre. What an excellent idea!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abi Grove 12/08/2017
    Abi Grove 12/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad!"

    Not a story suited for audiobook and unless you're familiar with the science and with Chinese names it is phenomenally confusing. I did 4 hours then gave up.

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    ColonelJames 07/07/2017
    ColonelJames 07/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "An Impressive Feat of Imagination!"
    Would you listen to The Three-Body Problem again? Why?

    I devoured this in just three or four listens. It is a very good story and is so well structured - it builds real momentum.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Three-Body Problem?

    I am not particularly into Sci-Fi and I know nothing about Physics but this made both much more appealing to me for the length of the novel.


    What three words best describe Bruno Roubicek’s voice?

    Liu is a gifted storyteller and this is such a rich work - obviously a labour of love.


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

    The narrator took a bit of getting into. I found him initially lacking in expression - not exactly a monotone, but something too rigid or disinterested - he got better as the book went on.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to hear the next installment.

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    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 02/07/2017
    D. Menashy Bushey, London United Kingdom 02/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Lived up to the hype/hope."

    This review is to cover all 3 books of the trilogy.

    The overall story is vastly epic in scale and utilises many cutting-edge physics theories. It is definitely "hard-science" fiction. There are many memorable set-pieces that appear over the course of the story and it's a very satisfying listen.

    It makes a change to hear a story from a non-Western point of view, and the Chinese protagonists are well-written and interesting. There's a bit of Chinese history at the the beginning, but only the Cultural Revolution period.

    As far as the narrators, I listened to the 2nd and 3rd books with a different narrator, PJ Ochlan; both narrrators were very good. I did struggle at bit with the Chinese names and thought perhaps their pronunciation could have been a bit more Westernised, but I coped. I do also have the printed editions so could look -up the characters and visualise their names in my head (the printed books carry a handy "List of Characters").

    I should mention here that Audible don't seem to carry volume 3, at least at the moment, so I had to resort to some shenanigans to get hold of a copy. What's that about Audible?

    Overall highly recommended!

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    XopsX 23/05/2017
    XopsX 23/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Solid science, patchy pace"

    really enjoyed this and will go on to read sequels. ending is sort of sudden but that didn't lessen my enjoyment.

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    Amazon Customer 06/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A dense, detailed but really rewarding listen"

    If you enjoy science fiction that leans heavily on the science, are interested in the laws that govern reality, or simply have a curious mind, then The Three-Body Problem is for you.

    Bruno Roubicek's enunciation is really wonderful, and his performance is so subtle - because you barely even notice he's performing. The story is gripping, even as it takes you through some scientific explanations that will probably go over most people's heads (as they did mine), and the characters are vivid and realistic.

    The first audiobook that's really had me addicted.

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    Leon Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 13/04/2016
    Leon Chippenham, Wiltshire, United Kingdom 13/04/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "loved the fresh writing style"

    a little slower to start than I expected but I warmed to the style: unashamedly for people with an IQ over 120. Can't wait for more!

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    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 30/10/2016
    Benjamin STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom 30/10/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but not fast paced enough"

    I confess that I became bored with it and tried to fast forward it on numerous occasions. There is a good and original story in there but just so slow. I read comments like this when selecting the audio book but thought I would be ok. Great narrator though.

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  • Jay Dante
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    12/12/16
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    "Strange & wonderful"

    Keeps you guessing and doesn't disappoint. It's like Ender's Game meets The Mote in God's Eye in a Murakami novel. Hard sci fi, but not pedantically so, with beautiful prose.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny
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    06/04/16
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    "Great"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book has a wealth of great ideas, and it manages to combine great scientific ideas with interesting cultural and social ideas as well. Particularly, the Chinese Cultural Revolution plays a significant role in the story, which has a great impact on one of the main characters. As a westerner (from northern Europe), the Cultural Revolution is not an even I know much about, but seeing it presented from a Chinese viewpoint (albeit with great hindsight) was very interesting.<br/><br/>The scientific ideas are also fantastic. They are complicated (for a novel), and one of them takes several chapters to introduce, but you won't even realise you're being introduced to it. It's absolutely brilliant.


    What does Bruno Roubicek bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is wonderful in my opinion. Roubicek is quite mellow and perhaps even delivers a tint of depression in the tone, but it suits the book. The book has a eerie sense of mystery and despair, and Roubicek's narration enhances this atmosphere.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll mention the only downside I noticed: One of the main characters is a bit flat and uninteresting. I'm not sure if this is intended to increase immersion (it's easier to fill and empty pair of pants, so to speak). He is interesting for what happens to him, but many of the supporting characters are more complex and interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • alpha_es
    18/08/17
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    "Barely convincing at times, but still interesting!"

    Very good, yet unconvincing at points. It rightfully gained its awards, I yearn however for a book that will understand contemporary reality (e.g. computer gaming) as well as it projects on science fiction.

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  • Ove Oksvold
    25/04/17
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    "chinese sci-fi"

    particularly liked that it was chinese. makes me want to investigate and read chinese contemporary literature. most interesting character reveals himself late in story...

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  • Thaur
    01/01/17
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    "Great story"

    Great narration. The story mixes real world physics and science fiction in a very pleasant and captivating way. Awesome book!

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  • Easy Writer
    Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe
    08/12/16
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    "Great and imaginative!"

    Hard science fiction at it's best.
    Only downside is that, as a westerner, it's hard to distinguish all the Chinese names.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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