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    "Wildly imaginative." (Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy)

    A new standalone military science fiction adventure from the New York Times best-selling and award-winning author of the Three-Body Trilogy. 

    When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station.   

    The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his lonely life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.  

    Ball Lightning, by award-winning Chinese science fiction author Cixin Liu, is a fast-paced audiobook about what happens when the beauty of scientific inquiry runs up against a push to harness new discoveries with no consideration of their possible consequences.  

    This program is read by Feodor Chin, voice of Zenyatta in Overwatch.   

    ©2005, 2018 Liu Cixin; Translation copyright by China Educational Publications Import & Export Corp., Ltd. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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    • Boaz
    • 19/10/2018

    if you loved the three body problem . a must

    even though this is a prequel for the three body problem I suggest reading it as a number four book. As a super enthusiastic fan of the three body problem series this one is an excellent 4th listen

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    • Carter Hooper
    • 22/08/2018

    Ate it Up With a Spoon...

    I don't know how Cixin Liu does it, but he writes some phenomenal, eye-opening and mind-expanding technical stuff that goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more. What an imagination, I swear this could be real. Not since Frank Herbert has a sci-fi author come up with rich, detailed characterizations, plots and ideas. We need more of his stuff translated and I mean RIGHT NOW! Hungry for more....

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    • Lana Lee Plum
    • 31/10/2018

    The infinite state of matter.

    The characters in this book come from the mind of the author of the book. It stretches your brain to believe and accept science fiction at its best. The geeks of this world and beyond will laugh and cry with the characters and the story that is told.

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    • Samantha
    • 12/09/2018

    Thought provoking, with compelling narration

    If you've heard Feodor Chin as Zenyatta in the game Overwatch, it's strangely appropriate to feel like you're being read a book about the moral quandaries of technological innovation by his character in that game (an extremely philosophical robot, for those unfamiliar). He's got a great voice, and I enjoyed his performance of this book as well.

    The story is unsettling and sometimes nightmarish, especially when exploring human motivations for scientific discovery, but there's still a hint of optimism. Recommended if you like hard science fiction or just want more from Cixin Liu!

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    • Andrea McCain
    • 21/10/2018

    Just wow.

    First, allow me to say how much I have enjoyed this author. I have now completed each book he has published and each time I am left stunned by the author's command over imagery and his ability to blend believable characters with fantastical science. To call the author imaginative is, I feel, an understatement. Liu is a visionary blessed with the ability to depict a believable alternate reality. The concepts he introduces in his books have affected the way I look at my own reality. The performance of the audio book was an excellent contribution to an incredible story. Liu's name will be placed among the greatest sci fi writers in history.

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    • Skarz
    • 01/09/2018

    Outstanding

    Extremely well written. Performance superbly done. Makes you wi ssc h there is more but eventually enough.

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    • prograft
    • 21/08/2018

    A romantic explanation to BL

    This might not be the most accurate scientific explanation to the ball lightning, but it's definitely the most romantic one. A pseudo-presequal to the Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy (starting with The Three Body Problem)

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    • tosbanzai
    • 25/08/2018

    Silly title, great book

    This is a great book from the same author as “The Three Body Problem” and it’s series. It takes place in the same “universe” before the Three Body Problem, but isn’t really related to it. There’s just some characters you may find recognizable, is all. Other than that, this is a great stand-alone that takes place before any of the events of The Three Body Problem.

    I almost didn’t even click on the link for this book. I didn’t know “ball lightning” was a thing, and I actually LOLd IRL when I read the title, and muttered something along the lines of, “what genius picked that title?”

    Then I checked the author’s name and went, “wait a second.”

    Worth it. Get it. Enjoy it. And if you haven’t read the The Three Body Problem, you should, but do it after this book.

    Btw, this book was written before The Three Body Problem, and it shows. It’s not as good obviously, but it’s still pretty good, and I still recommend it.

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    • SRS
    • 23/08/2018

    Excellent read.

    Great sci-fi story with insight into modern day China. When I was listening to it I thought it was non-fiction. The story seemed very believable.

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    • Mr. Coder
    • 13/06/2020

    This book is actually very short...

    It might seem like an average length audio book, but that's only because of the hours taken up by the words "ball lightning," which appear hundreds of not thousands of times. I'm not kidding. OK, It might be a cool term in Chinese, but "ball lightning" in English... It's just awkward to use "ball" as an adjective to describe anything. It's hard to take the story seriously when every few sentences you hear "the BALL LIGHTNING phenomenon was not taken seriously outside the community of BALL LIGHTNING enthusiasts and the first BALL LIGHTNING researcher." (not a real quote - it's just to illustrate.). It's also the dorkiest title of a serious sci-fi book I've ever encountered. Beyond that, the story is OK...ish.. How hard would it have been to come up with something like Persistent Anomalous Lightning... So you can refer to it as PAL: "Since the dawn of PAL research, only a scant few have taken the notion of PAL phenomena seriously-- most of whom would have dismissed it as pseudoscience, had they not witnessed a PAL event first-hand." (again made up, to make the point.) NOTE: there is one amazing unforeseen benefit in my life from encountering the goofy term BALL LIGHTNIG! To this day, if my wife is feeling down or upset in any way, all I have to do is sprinkle in a few references to ball lightning and she can't resist laughing herself into a better mood. "what's the matter, beautiful? Oh, no. No no no... Don't tell me it's that damn ball lightning again! Freakin' BALLLL LIGHTNING!" 👍 😎

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    • Konstantinos
    • 17/04/2019

    Not as expected

    The story was flat and uneventful. The characters were deep but uninteresting. The performance did not make paying attention easy.

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    • Dirk Zimmermann
    • 16/10/2018

    Story for science addicts

    the story is in two layers, one is the scifi part and one the layer looking om the ethical side of science and weapons. but the book keeps fascinating throughout the story, even in the more tranquile parts

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    • M. Hallerbach
    • 01/09/2019

    Ambivalent Reading

    One has to have read "the three body problem" to know the scientific depth of Cixin Liu, who has become the MASTER of Arts in terms of Science and Fiction and the depth of a story.
    Really NO ONE can beat his writing but he himself.
    This story provides different level in one thread. Personal, political (besides political: he needs a war to keep the reason for research up, he always refers to "the enemy" but in the end he reveals it by stating the name of the ships of the enemy.. I don't know.. its a bit OFF)
    Sometimes i just let the reader move on without real listening because the story rambles on.
    Sometimes I am irritated by the behavior of the protagonists (and as usual I have problems to follow the story because of the Chinese names)
    Sometimes suddenly the story grasps me and I am fully into it.
    I never lost track, but the depth of the story and my being IN the story varies much.
    Finally:
    A good read, fun to follow, but not on the level of "The Threebody Problem"
    The afterwords do make his intentions, thoughts and experiences which lead him here clear.
    I think I will read this book again and then again.

    A word on the reader:
    He does a good job, very understandable for people with no native English listening comprehension.
    Fun to listen to.

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    • Peter Kreißl
    • 14/11/2018

    well spoken and the story at beginning is confusin

    The speaker manages to give every character a unique voice. the story is a bit confusing because the author lays 3 layers of story telling. it is like peeling an onion. a friend telling a story a friend who had told. ... but it is manageable. I loved the additional explanations at the end in the afterword. where does science end and fiction start. in a good novel you won't know and here I had no clue at all.