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The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending?

When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

Five thousand years later, their progeny - seven distinct races now three billion strong - embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown, to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is at once extraordinary and eerily recognizable. He explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

©2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2015 Neal Stephenson

Critiques

"Genius." ( Time)
"He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin." ( The New York Times)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
"[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway." ( Newsweek)

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  • Laurie J.
  • 04/04/2016

Narrator is really poor

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator attempted to shift voices for the different characters, but is clearly not skilled enough to do it. One of the main character's sounded like frog every time he started speaking. Regional accents the narrator attempted are way way off.

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  • Wanda
  • 17/08/2015

Not his best...

I normally love the detail that the author puts into his stories, but this time it's just too much.
My ears did the aural equivalent of my eyes glazing over. It's technical - very, very technical.
I mostly listen to my books in the car and with this one I found myself blanking out large portions.
There are interesting bits, however, so it isn't a complete washout.
Oh, and some of the accents are way off! It would have been better that the narrator didn't attempt some of them.

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  • M. Bilgin
  • 14/01/2018

Classic Neil Stephenson mired by bad reading.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Legendary actors like Daniel Day Lewis work with a voice coach and do method acting, spending weeks if not months getting into a single character that comes alive on screen for 2 hours, and will have at best 1 hour of continuous speech.

What chance does a narrator have to be faithful in reading dozens of accents from a book that has 30+ hours of voice time? None.

It detracts from the story. Every single time a character we haven't heard in 10 minutes comes back into focus, the listener is jolted with a reminder of how bad that accent rendition is.

Why do this? Why bother? Let the listener's mind fill in the accent. Cadence and intonation? By all means be expressive in the delivery of dialogue. But do not attempt to do the English accent of a Indian born tech guy... or the female voice of a Chinese American... Not unless you have the chops of Mel Blanc or Day Lewis. Where it is not outright offensive, it is distracting.

In particular, Neil Stephenson's female characters are notoriously tough. It's even explicitly said that Dinah was seen as a tom-boy. So why adopt this whiny voice...

... exasperating.

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  • Munish
  • 18/10/2016

what did i just waste my time on?

got it reccomended by a friend, the book is a neverending introduction with a forced conclusion. there are some interesting aspects and ideas sprinkled here and there, but noone of them are explored in any meaningful way.

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  • Saki Bergh
  • 27/05/2018

Astounding

Anyone is allowed to have an opinion about a book they have read or listened to. When it concerns any book Neal Stephenson has written, that’s all it would be. An personal opinion. All of his books are astonishing feats of writing. A columnists, for say the New York Times, who review books, or any columnist, can also only comment or give his or her’s opinion on any of his books. Review or judge is not something they can even begin to do. It’s like the only person that can judge how good Muhammad Ali was, is someone that’s beaten him in a fight

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/12/2017

magnificent storyline, fantastic narration

the story by Stephenson was amazing, and I am truly sad the story is over. I would not have minded him describing some intermediate stages in some more detail to stretch it a bit, but probably his choice to jump 5000 years ahead in one go is for the better.

peter brooke made the characters of the story stand out, and kept suspense in his way of narrating. very well done!

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  • Michael
  • 21/10/2017

Another awesome epic journey

This was epic and detailed in a similar vein to Cryptonomicon, the last Neal Stephenson book I listened to.
Similar to that it's the type of book I just couldn't stop once started.
The level of detail and explanation is amazing, the space science, orbital mechanics and other info like the discussion of space superstructures.
The progress of time and changes over which characters are the focus was also done well.
There was a couple of times that the explanation of a persons back story happened before even having an idea of why we should care. Simply having a line about them being a TV reporter or some such would have helped a little.

Still it was enjoyable and fun. I loved it.
Thank you Neal and all those who made this.

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  • Dale Williams
  • 26/02/2017

Fascinating journey into the future

True to Stephenson's style, Seveneves chronicles a plausible journey into our future. There are many elements present that you will recognize from his previous works but these created a sense of familiarity in me rather than overuse. My overriding comment on the content is that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  • Thomas
  • 17/01/2017

great sci fi

like two books in one. If you liked Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars you Will love this one.

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  • Andrew
  • 06/09/2016

Great idea- and start - last third dragged on

Loved the idea, just dragged on a bit. Narrator not a great job with the different voices

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  • Dr. Andreas J. Häusler
  • 20/02/2018

Well-written hard SF with some iconsistencies

It's a great story, and, in contrast to others, I also liked the second part. In fact, I was even looking forward to listening to it, and it did not disappoint: It plausibly explains the concentration of the human race on breeding over the first millennia after Year 0, chiefly because of the utter absence of other/higher scientific priorities. It's not without flaws, though; the story has some illogical things going on, which I'll illustrate as follows (spoiler alert!): * Why don't they recycle dead bodies instead of jettisoning them off into space? * Why did no one confront the archies with the fact that the catastrophe was caused by JBF's spoof asteroid confusing the preambulator so that it couldn't deal with the real one? * How did the survivors at Cleft ever get back into their hacked computer system without any IT expert at hand? * Why does Moira's genetic equipment work on Cleft with little to no gravity, while it was packed away in the beginning exactly with the argument that it won't work without gravity? * Why does none of the Seven Eves suggest to genetically remove narcissism from the human genome or discuss at least the feasibility of it in the light of JBF's constant ramblings? * Why, even 5000 years later at a population of 3 billion humans, haven't those seven races mixed into an indistinguishable amalgamation as proposed by science today?

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  • Sven
  • 07/01/2017

Brillante, technische Tiefe; suboptimaler Erzähler

Für alle, deren Details und Tiefe über Story gehen. Oft verteilt Seveneves ab einem Ort der Handlung über ganze Kapitel, um auf die Details eines einzigen Sachverhaltes einzugehen. Tauche tief in die Welt aktueller Science Fiction ab!

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  • Ben
  • 23/12/2016

Weniger wäre mehr

Der dritte Teil (wie einige andere bereits geschrieben haben), macht einiges kaputt. Viele Stellen sind deutlich zu umfassend beschrieben, anderes (zumindest für mich interessanteres) geht unter. Die Stimmimitationen wirken auf mich oft lächerlich und absolut falsch betont. Ich habe mich oft dabei erwischt die Dialoge im Kopf noch mal mit angenehmeren Stimmen und angemessener Betonung nachzusprechen.
Insgesamt bietet die Grundidee ein sehr interessantes Szenario, welches hier teils gut und teils nicht so gut verarbeitet wurde.
Den dritten Teil kann man überspringen und hat damit etwas, dem ich 4 Sterne geben würde

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  • Global
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  • Torsten
  • 11/03/2016

Why not end the book after 20h?

Having read/listened to many of Stevenson's books, I was excited about this new story. Really fascinating and thrilling storytelling, great plot, interesting characters, and a fitting ending... after about two thirds of the book. But: Why add this last third, set 5000 years in the future? Instead of a dialogue driven story we get lengthy descriptions of new societies. The last third feels rather detached from the original story and might have worked as a standalone continuation. For me, the last part turned an outstanding five star book into an average three star experience.

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  • Global
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  • I. Repinz
  • 21/10/2015

Stephenson likes long Stories

I liked the first ⅔ of the book, the author takes his time to build the story. But I felt the last ⅓ as squeezed and rushed. Just like he wanted to come to an end with book, maybe the book company was already knocking at the door.

A couple of things seems to lack a satisfactory explanation. Just don't want to spoil things here.

But overall, if you like the Neal Stephenson, you will like this book.

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  • Gerlinde
  • 23/08/2015

Interessantes Erdendzeitszenario

sehr viele Details und ausgeprägte Charaktere die der Sprecher gut wiedergibt. In großen Bereichen etwas langatmig.



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