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When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • daniel leonard
  • 18/02/2020

Completely unrealistic story. Avoid.

I've been a fan of previous works by Dennis Taylor and, while usually requiring a sizable suspension of disbelief, are often well written, fun and captivating. Prose, grand ideas and character development outweigh the plot holes. Outland, however, was just too much of a stretch for me. The premise- a genius college kid accidentally invents an inter-dimensional portal all by himself, is pretty far fetched but okay, I'll bite. The problem, right from the beginning, is how he and his cohort of fellow students handle the portal. Instead of recognizing it for what it was- the greatest scientific discovery in the history of mankind- they see it as a way to pay off their college debts and cover the expense of borrowed lab equipment. By mining for gold in the parallel universe. I'm not kidding. The invention is literally worth trillions of dollars, enough to buy the whole damn university hundreds of times over, change the course of human history, and they're worried that the accountants will be upset over some missing equipment? And the aloof professor will be mad that his genius student went off script? I mean, talk about not seeing the forest for the trees. I struggled on as they bagged pounds and pounds of gold while slinging shotguns at the local fauna. I finally gave up during the part when they discuss the impending travesty for the pristine world of Outland; a mad corporate rush to pillage the natural resources. The same natural resources, of course, that they were currently pillaging. At the end of the day, this was one of those bad Saturday afternoon sci-fi channel B movie plots that you just laugh at. I didn't even get to the subplot about the impending Yellowstone caldera eruption but it's pretty obvious how the two plots would merge. And frankly I didn't really care. Taylor's exceptional writing does well to mask the ridiculous shortcomings of the plot which is really the only saving grace. Do not waste your time with this one.

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  • Bob Bunton
  • 26/09/2019

COFFEE!!

I loved the Bobiverse books. It is one of my favorite series of all time. Bob's coffee addiction and frequent sci-fi movie/tv references were character quirks. But Bob was intended to be a quirky character, and it made sense for all of his copies to be similar. But in this book, the characters are supposed to be separate human beings, presumably with their own brains and personalities. So it makes the CONSTANT and mindless chants of "coffee" unbearable. The book reads like it was written by an alien whose only exposure to humanity was that "don't talk to me until I've had my coffee" McDonalds commercial. There are entire conversations where the only word is "coffee." I finally gave up on the book when the world ending event occurs, and the 200+ individuals have zero emotional response. No crying, no panicking, nothing. They just coldly and efficiently organize an evacuation. But then the next morning they learn there will be a 45 minute wait for coffee, and they absolutely lose it. It is just several minutes of unnamed characters ranting about coffee with occasional cutaways to characters who have coffee obsessing about how great coffee is. I had turn it off. Do not waste your credit on this. If you are really interested, find that McDonald's commercial on Youtube and play it on a 10 hour long loop. That will give you the gist of the book.

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  • RJPF
  • 26/05/2019

I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect? This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc. The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

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  • Linda Herring
  • 19/11/2019

Fun read

I have enjoyed this book a couple of times now. Excellent character building, fascinating premise. Narration is outstanding. Wish there was a sequel, so much more there to build on. Definitely worth the $ and time.

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  • Josh
  • 14/07/2019

Feels very "Young Adult"

The book started off promising, but once the clataclysm happened and the characters migrated to the new dimension every problem they faced was solved by transporting back to earth and looting x resource or recruiting y person, often within a few pages of the problem occuring. This plot simplicity made it feel like a YA novel. I found myself far more interested with what was happening to the people on the dying earth.

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  • Kenneth Wieland
  • 19/05/2019

Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

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  • Sky
  • 01/07/2019

meh its ok

If like me you've gone through every other book audible has to offer that you want to read then this isn't the worst way to go. It's kind of amazing to me that the author didn't have anyone to look over his work and tell him maybe don't have the characters obsess over coffee like a badd pun constantly or not add the words "he glared at her, or she glared at him" every other paragraph but the story over all was amusing enough

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  • TK2.0
  • 27/05/2019

Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort. Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

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  • Gary
  • 16/05/2019

More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

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  • Mark Mintz
  • 01/06/2019

Survival light

story was ok, but I had issues with some of the technical information. I enjoyed his other books. I really like postapocalyptic genres, and I felt like the survival aspects were very underdeveloped. some of the pop references got in the way of logic -- buffalo burgers, without buns.... ok, what would they grind the meat with? why when steaks or roasts would be way easier? the portal seems to use a nebulous amount of electricity, which kind of irked me as well. water? shelter? That all said, I expect to give it another listen. Since I listen while commuting, it's possible I just zoned through some of the description I feel was lacking. I enjoyed the setting and theme, and felt myself sucked in, only to be smacked by some discordant bit of logic.

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  • KW
  • 27/02/2020

Haarsträubend

Protagonisten verhalten sich so unglaublich unrealistisch naiv, dass es weh tut. Dumme Entscheidungen am laufenden Band. Manchmal wird damit meta kokettiert (wir sind nunmal noch Studenten), aber das macht es nicht besser. Emotionale Tiefe fehlt und der Autor stellt soziale Dynamiken so unbeholfen dar, dass es wirklich atemberaubend ist.

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  • Stefan M.
  • 22/05/2019

Another solid story.

Not on the level of the bobiverse, but entertaining enough. I'm curious where the author will take it in the sequels.

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  • Footloose
  • 09/10/2019

Absolute amazing book

I love this book, great speaker and really cool humor and jokes make it all feel like I'm part of it. I mean literally, it could be my brain living it. I couldn't stop listening to it. I can't wait for the next book, please hurry up Mr. Taylor :-)

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 29/09/2019

What if...?

What would you do if you found a way to open a portal to another dimension? The outbreak of a super volcano threatens the world. Effects of the disaster are downplayed until it is too late. Now the inventors try to rescue as many people as possible to the alternate world. - no obviously stupid mistakes by the protagonists - thought-through decisions - dealing with revolutionary technology - well read by Ray Porter - there might be a book two Did you like Wildside by Steven Gould? Than this is a book for you.

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  • Norger
  • 28/08/2019

My new favorite author!

Once again, a nicely paced. Easy to follow. Nice and witty dialogues. Attractive even for NotSciFifans. Tension building all the way to the end. I could not stop to read. Character building while telling a captive story.

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  • Michael
  • 28/10/2020

Fantastisch

Dennis E. Taylor kann nicht nur Bob, das steht nun fest! Ich freue mich auf die Fortsetzung.

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  • Martin
  • 08/08/2020

OKish...

Nice idea, but somehow this feels to be it. Story itself is quite linear with twist that sound like being calculated. Don't get me wrong, not a terrible book at all, but way below the possibilities.

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  • Stefan Meiners
  • 13/02/2020

Fascinating

This audio books simply sucks you in, chews on you and will spit you out devastated. I liked it👍

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  • Dita W
  • 14/11/2019

as a fan of the bobiverse-trilogy

i've tried this book even as english is not my native language and it is fairly difficult to understand the details of an foreign language. But Ray Porter does a great job reading in a manner for us to understand everything. Even if the story is completely different from the bob-books i had lots of fun reading it. Nice work, Mr Taylor!

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  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 26/09/2019

One of the best books I ever read

Honestly, no person can tell me Dennis E. Taylor isn't a talented Science Fiction Author. Scientifically researched, tense, just the right amount of romance and social interaction, believable world and characters, it's incredible what he managed to bring to paper. I can only recommend this book if you like Sci Fi. Can't wait for Book two.