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    The instant New York Times best seller

    The alternate-history first-contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis. Truth is a human right.

    It's fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn't spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the internet, the paparazzi, and the government - and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father's leaks are a hoax and wants nothing to do with him - until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

    Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human - and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.

    A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

    "Axiom’s End is one of the most unique science fiction novels in years. It’s a heartfelt story of alien first contact, but, luckily, unlike so many 'big idea' sci-fi books, it’s utterly unpretentious." (SYFY.com)

    ©2020 Lindsay Ellis (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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    Not bad, but nothing special

    The book started out well enough, continued somewhat better but the ending was forced and over-the-top. I will not spoil it. I'll just say it's not so much a first contact story but a Beauty and the Beast with aliens and a girl that has no reason to fall for the beast.

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    • Miss Gibson
    • 25/07/2020

    a tedious story even more tediously narrated

    this reviewed well however after an hour I found I was skipping to the end of chapters as the story progression was incredibly slow, even worse the narrator was speaking so slowly seemingly trying to build tension with elongated pauses. speeding the app read speed up to 1.4 helped but after 2 hours the story just wasn't engaging enough. I think I was expecting more sci-fi and less 'days of our lives' drama.

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    • Umar
    • 23/07/2020

    A Well Done Character Driven First-Contact Story

    This is a great debut book, not filled with the usual traps a lot of first-time authors fall into. It's not a spoiler to say it's a first-contact story. We sci-fi fans read a lot of those and so few stand out. Axiom's End stands out because it's an epic story with so much personality you find yourself caring. It's a character-driven story that brings up so many interesting questions about life, ethics, love. Lindsay Ellis has some balls imagining this story at a specific period of time we will all recognize and going "what if this happened.) At first, the time-period seems innocuous and for a few pages, you worry a story like this could become dated. But as the story plays out and you're carried along the journey with the protagonist you realize that this is one of those stories that might last the test time. We've got ourselves a fresh face in science fiction and can't wait to see what other things she has in store for us in the future.

    Fan note: If you know Linsay Eliis work, get ready to crack up at a reference you just know she sat with her manuscript and went "I HAVE to put this in here." And it worked.

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    • Eric
    • 05/08/2020

    Short Circuit w Aliens?

    I mean that in a good way. I imagine this was probably a pretty hard sell for Ellis. I imagine a publisher looking at this and asking "whos the target audience?". As a 37 year old male who loves deep sci fi of the likes of Dune, the initial impression was that this was made for a different reader than myself. A much younger one, but I was surprised at how dramatically the story gears up and becomes quite engaging by the end. I found myself pausing it frequently in the last act, waiting till the next day, the next drive to follow up on the latest events, not wanting it to end. There are many revelations and touching moments by the end which were very rewarding.

    The highlight of the novel is undoubtedly the relationship of Cora and Ampersand. It feels oddly believable and entertaining, and the story felt lacking until they met one another. In fact, the beginning was a little weak. Ive seen other reviews comment on the lack of background on Cora, but I really dont feel like thats necessary. Its not that kind of story, its about their relationship. What did Romeo do before he met Juliet? Who cares? I actually felt like the character was established by just a few pages, and further back story would have weighed it down further. But once it sheds the dead weight of introduction, the story takes off.

    I loved the aliens. They were extremely well written. I always "leaned in" when they were present. They were simultaneously vulnerable and omnipotent. Terrifying, yet scared. The concepts discussed were always intriguing. The realities of what an advanced race would do, could do, to a population like our own were clearly demonstrated.

    Overall this was an enjoyable book from a first time author. Perhaps it is intimate knowledge of her channel, or knowing how difficult it is become published that let me ignore some weaker aspects of the book. But theres no denying that by the end I was deeply hooked. This novel felt like an avalanche to me, slowly building and building in momentum and impact. I look forward to a sequel or other novels by Ellis.

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    • Lisbet Barrientos
    • 22/07/2020

    Not usually a sci fi fan but...

    That was the wildest ride I’ve been on in my most recent memory and it’s 2020

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    • DoYouEvenPrime?
    • 10/08/2020

    The narrator’s whiny voice is grating

    4 hours in and she will not relent on being a shivering, nervous victim tone!

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    • Lee W. Young
    • 08/09/2020

    Overly dramatic narrator

    I couldn't finish this one. The narration was driving me nuts. Everything was a crisis. Ms Willis needs some valium. Ugh.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 25/07/2020

    More than surface level sci-fi

    This is not a story set in a sci-fi setting, it's more like the classics where it takes your reality and explores would happen if X was introduced. The book did not only deal with both the immediate response and the long term effects but also a expanding viewpoint after the realization.
    Another point on the book not beeing surface level: it feels like the world already exsists and we are just takeing a peek into it, knowing there is much more behind the veil.
    The world feels realistic. I can see how this could have happened in reality.

    The narrator did a good job portraying emotions through the robot voice but there were instances when there was lot of robot talk where it could get tedious.
    Didn't like the begining but after that it keept me interested all the way through.

    10/10 well done, would recomend.
    Sequel plz

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    • Rj
    • 23/07/2020

    I am a big Fan of Ellis

    I love the Ender series. I love Old man’s war, and I liked this.

    I was enveloped by the story throughout. I enjoyed Ellis’ writing style and the characters overall. I was surprised at times and I was correct at others which is nice. I don’t always want my expectations subverted.

    I will definitely be waiting for additional books from Ellis and likely devour them just as quickly.

    Some of the references felt a little too hard hammered. I didn’t care for the family relationships nor for how.... intense ... things were. There was a bit of an over dramatic pacing.

    Despite this. Enjoyable. :) Ellis is worth a listen. It’ll go by quickly.
    The narrator Stephanie Willis is fabulous.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 22/07/2020

    Stellar debut for Ellis

    I would be very surprised if the Hugo Awards didn't include this for next year. The book remains strong throughout, and has an interesting lead in for futher books.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 27/07/2020

    it's fine.

    The protagonist is a little too whiny at points and repeats herself a while lot. the aliens are interesting overall and the ideas around the world building are all solid, if not spectacularly original.

    Oliver Thorn thinks he can do an American accent. He cannot.

    Overall a decent first effort. B-.

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    • Julia Marques
    • 18/11/2020

    best sci-fi in a while

    I chose this book without any expectations, and now I find myself buying a hard copy and wishing I could experience it again as if it was new.
    The book is very well written and the story and world building is amazing. I really enjoyed it, and recommend it to anyway who likes sci-fi.

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    • Hannah Möhring
    • 01/08/2020

    Would work better as a film

    Being ace, I probably disliked the tension between the alien and protagonist more than others. Apart from that, it was a solid book. But I thought that because of the action heavy plot the content would shine better with a different medium (film).

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    • Martha Ali-Akbarian
    • 25/07/2020

    Amazing! Everyone should read this book

    This book was extremely captivating, thought provoking and had been on my mind ever since I started listening to it. I literally screamed out loud in disbelief when it ended.

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    • Norger
    • 10/02/2021

    Too drawn out

    I listen to the first 40 minutes. For my taste, the story was too drawn out. To much text not coming to the point. Too much talking about feelings and why the protagonist does not want to think etc. I just do not like books that do not catch me the first half hour and do not get on with the story. I guess more patient listeners might get more out of the book. Pure technically it was well written, nice language but misses to drive the story with fewer words. I got the feeling the author tried to fill pages.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 04/09/2020

    A very good, meditative, sci-fi story

    Can be difficult to get through compared to more "popcorn" books, but a well told story about the alien and the familiar.

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    • Luis
    • 14/08/2020

    Engaging old-school sci-fi

    Fun to listen through, without any dull moments or noticeable dips in the engagement curve. The narration is fantastic, especially given the difficult task of having to simulate 'Text to Speech' for half the book without it getting annoying. Using Oliver Thorn as the voice of male online pseudo-intellectuals is both hilarious and a good performance.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 05/08/2020

    interesting, fast paced story about connection

    I loved the story in most of its aspects. The characters are believably human, flaws and all.

    What killed it a little bit for me was the reading. While the reader was obviously very engaged and used her voice to give life to the characters(especially Ampersand), there were two things I didn't like at all:
    - in the beginning of the book, all the spoken parts are really quiet and very hard to understand. This gets better as the book progresses.
    -I disliked the emphasis and the imagined punctiation the reader set. There was more than I imagine would likely be in the text. While I understand the wish to make the text seem more.. alive, I do wish the reader hadn't tried to make the text their own. It made the main character really annoying and whiny when I don't think she needed to be as per the pure text.

    All in all, I still recommend audiobook if you don't have the time or the ability to read, otherwise I'd recommend reading the book yourself.