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The Dark Forest

The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
By: Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
Series: Three Body, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection.

Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." ( New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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Cold, emotionless SF is an international problem

enjoyable despite being a bit inhuman. hopefully the last one in the series will warm up.

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Very smart and consistently unpredictable

This is what science fiction should be. I loved every chapter of it. Marvellous improvement over the previous book, which was already great. The characters are much more well-written, the plot constantly keeps you on the edge, the scale progressively gets more enormous.

The narration is top-notch. Would absolutely recommend.

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Where is the third book in this trilogy?

I really enjoyed this and the three body problem. However I can't find the third book on audible which is very frustrating. What's the issue audible? I wouldn't have bothered getting these books if I knew I couldn't listen to the whole trilogy.

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Three incredible books.


This is a trilogy that will change you, it is full of ideas and characters that will enter your life and take you places and to events that are wonderful and unexpected, do not worry about your time investment it is worth a thousand times that and you will feel it.
Best read this year.

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long winded but just about enjoyable

took a while to get used to the new narrator, but he did a better job all told. pretty heavy going for me, but had to see where the story led.

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  • 31-10-17

Where's the sequel Audible UK?

A superb story exceptionally read by Bruno Rubicek but where is Book 3? I need the finale!!

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Great sequel and interesting predictions

Great, and at times thought provoking, entertainment. Space and time are bent to a thrilling narration where the depths of human character are painted starkly against the darkness of space

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A worthy sequel

Wow - this blew the lid of my already great expectations. If you enjoyed three body, this will deliver. Part one seemed long and poorly connected initially, but in retrospect it laid the solid foundation for the main story.

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Great if you write off the token love interest

A very good follow up that felt like lots of different stories in one.

Lost points for its really odd and slightly creepy romantic aspect. It felt almost like somebody told the author they needed to throw some love interest in, and so he did, but with minimal effort, relying on cliche. It's almost a bit cringey.

Write that bit of it off though and it's great!

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Even bigger and more complex than Three Body

A marvel of modern hard sci-fi writing with riveting narration. Some parts might seem far fetched or even puzzling to Western readers, especially as the scope is much more macro than the preceding book. But I love Cixin Liu's intelligence and imagination, and Ken Liu's translation is spot on. Looking forward to the next book

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  • Æ Mann
  • 20-11-17

A gem

This is the kind of book you always hope for when you open up that first page. This was the book I never knew I needed. A classic outside of the western culture bubble where I usually find my reading material. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. This was a rarity. Exceptionally clever, thrilling, a single book exploding with enough ideas and ambition to rival even the longest fantasy series out there.

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  • vlo
  • 10-02-17

Forces you to reflect

A great piece of work that forces you to reflect about humanity, science, space and all of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-19

Intriguing

I will never look at the stars the same way again. Very detailed story indeed.

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  • Evan Lum
  • 05-11-19

Truly Fantastic!

listen to it. read it. the scope only grows with each passing chapter. An amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-19

It's not bad

A bit unrealistic within the constraints set up, a little inconsistent, but mostly enjoyable. The author seems to aim for a somewhat sociorealistic feel, which somewhat falls apart with characters that can be a bit flat. There's a bit of zeerust to the novel too, even if you obey the premise setup in the first novel, but that's somewhat to be expected.

Depending on how much sci-fi you've read, you might find this much more enjoyable than I did.

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  • Florian H.
  • 15-06-19

What am amazing story... great narrator too

Some parts of the early chapters felt long and not that interesting but overall it was simply a really amazing experience to have this entire reading. So thankful for to Liu Cixin the book and can just absolutely recommend. Narratornis also great.

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  • Andrey
  • 09-04-19

Great story and a lot of deep thoughts

I really enjoyed this second part of the trilogy, it is continuing to keep me captivated and the author's view of the universe is very thoughtful and unorthodox. The narrator's performance is quite good, too.

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  • Martin Bolbroe
  • 18-08-18

Pure Genius

I just love the way interplanetary disputes are handled by a genius mind. A long story but wait for it.

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  • Sik
  • 18-07-18

It starts slow, but has an epic ending

It's worth the time. At many points early in the book it feels really slow, but once it picks up pace is nice.

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  • Chin
  • 20-10-17

An epic which reflects the humanity

Liu Cixin has a theory on cosmic-sociology, which cover military, history, economy and technology, and may be the greatest threat to humanity.