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Snapshot

Lu par : William DeMeritt
Durée : 2 h et 22 min
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If you could re-create a day, what dark secrets would you uncover?

From New York Times number-one best-selling author Brandon Sanderson comes a detective thriller in a police beat like no other.

Anthony Davis and his partner, Chaz, are the only real people in a city of 20 million, sent there by court order to find out what happened in the real world 10 days ago so that hidden evidence can be brought to light and located in the real city today.

Within the re-created Snapshot of May 1, Davis and Chaz are the ultimate authorities. Flashing their badges will get them past any obstruction and overrule any civil right of the dupes around them. But the crimes the detectives are sent to investigate seem like drudgery - until they stumble upon the grisly results of a mass killing that the precinct headquarters orders them not to investigate. That's one order they have to refuse.

The hunt is on. And though the dupes in the replica city have no future once the Snapshot is turned off, that doesn't mean that both Davis and Chaz will walk out of it alive tonight.

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"Narrator William DeMeritt delivers everything one needs in this sci-fi gumshoe novella.... Sanderson's skillful story is made all the more compelling by DeMeritt's deliberate narration." ( AudioFile)

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 18/02/2017

Creative World and Fantastic Mystery Story

I have been meaning to try a story by this author for quite some time, but hadn't gotten around to it until now. My loss! The creative worldbuilding, the description of characters and setting, the tight plot with that wow-worthy end twist made for a fantastic first-time encounter. This was a cross between sci-fi and mystery with a good old-fashioned detective noir feel.

This shorter story introduces a futuristic situation when technology now allows police to recreate a day and setting from the near-past and send officers into the simulation to find out what happened on a certain day or time to gather facts that will lead to finding evidence in the real world to present in court. Two of the 'snapshot' officers, Davis and Chaz, are sent in by court order to find evidence against a murderer, but they stumble across hints of something bigger going down.

Davis and Chaz know they are considered screw ups by the rest of the force and have been given assignments in the Snapshot sym because it's considered lesser police work. Both want to prove themselves so they set out to solve the darker case they stumbled upon.

So, I'm not going to say a lot about this one other than I was intrigued by the futuristic idea of simulating past scenes to gather evidence for crimes and the intense case the pair of Snapshot detectives stumble across. I enjoyed both characters and they were a fun team of opposites. But that ending, wow. I actually saw it coming to a certain extent, but not in its entirety. Left me sitting there gaping with surprise and I love when a story pulls a 'gotcha!' like that.

I experienced Snapshot in its audio version. This was my first encounter with William DeMeritt as narrator. He had a great deep gravelly voice that matched the tough guy detectives and the story. His Chaz accent was perfect with it's noir flavor.

All in all, quick yet engrossing sci-fi mystery that I can highly recommend.

I rec'd this book free.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 19/03/2017

Grittier than YA, but still Brandon Sander-riffic!

From H.G. Wells' Time Machine through Ray Bradbury's "butterfly effect" to Back to the Future and on into Star Trek, we have grown accustomed to worrying about the space-time continuum and the paradoxes of being in two times at once and the havoc that this can wreak. We know of accidental time travelers, collectors of lost artifacts, historians verifying events, and people trying make adjustments, for good or ill. There are so many time-traveling stories around now, it is hard to find one that is new or interesting, yet that is just what we have here. Time traveling crime investigation is also not a completely new concept, but Sanderson's how-does-it-work ideas are fresh and pleasing.

A likable cop with his bristly partner team up to find corroboration on particularly sticky cases. In this fairly short story, Sanderson develops their personalities and their back-stories, yet leaves some surprises for the end. There is cops-and-robbers excitement, startling non-rescues, and an unsettling, thought-provoking ending. It's not as light as many might prefer for a YA novel, but it is an intriguing little story for older teens and adults.

William DeMeritt's narration is delightful. The characters are realistic and sympathetic. This was an all-around pleasure to listen to.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 04/03/2017

Yet, Another Universe

I hate to sound like a broken record, but Sanderson does it again. He comes up with something entirely different from what he has been writing. Think of your favorite fantasy or sci-fi writers and now think of how many universes they write in. For most it is one. I have lost count of how many Sanderson has invented and so many are great wonders to get lost in. This world is a world within a world or a city-state within a city-state. It is a time travel book. It is easy to get into your head, the rules are not complicated. The story has some twists and turns, some are predictable, but a couple I did not see coming.

The universe itself is enough to recommend this book, but I also like the characters. These are cops or detectives who are basically outcasts. In the real world they are losers, outcasts, failures. In this world it is harder for them to screw up and cause damage. They of course don't see themselves this way and are hungry to prove themselves. One cop is OVERLY AGRESSIVE, while they other one is the opposite. Yet, even in a world that really does not exist, crime can still happen and crazies can still torture.

If your a Sanderson fan, this is a must and if you don't know him, this is a good place to start.

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  • james
  • 31/10/2018

3.99 stars

This is about as much as you can hope for in a story story. It was engaging from beginning to end, and it was original. The narration was great. Snap Shot is one of Sanderson's lesser known works, likely due to length. Still, it's worth it. I suggest it. Overall rating. 3.99 stars.

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  • Will Webster
  • 19/02/2017

Sort of Matrix mixed with Blade Runner.

It sort of reminds me of The Matrix crossed with Blade Runner. Gets creepy, too.

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  • kevin
  • 25/04/2017

Great Short Story

Great writing. Interesting concept. Morally clean. Imaginative world building. Par for the course for Sanderson.

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  • Squeak
  • 20/02/2017

Another Great Sanderson Tale!

I loved this story! It was a short-story but full up to the brim with Brandon Sanderson style mind-twisting stuff. I always have to keep an open mind when I read (or listen to) his stories. He always takes me someplace I wasn't expecting. Loved It!!

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  • DobieChuck
  • 17/02/2017

Ghosts in the Machine

An excellent short sf mystery... Nice pacing, well drawn characters, and some crafty mystery within a mystery within a mystery stufff going on... Kinda like Minority Report meets The Butterfly Effect... Performance is better than good and fits w/ the mood and voice of the narrative... Very much worth the small freight for a Sanderson tale that impresses one w/ his range...

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  • CK Stratford
  • 08/02/2019

I Hope B-Sanders Does More Detective Stories

It seems Brandon Sanderson always surprises me, even when I think I've figured it out. ;)

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  • Randall
  • 16/01/2019

A twist you might miss

Wonderful story from Brandon Sanderson. A great short that was fun to hear. The reader was excellent.

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