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The Singularity Trap

Lu par : Ray Porter
Durée : 11 h et 23 min
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Dennis E. Taylor, author of the best-selling Bobiverse trilogy, explores a whole different, darker world in this sci-fi stand-alone. Determined to give his wife and children a better life back home, Ivan Pritchard ventures to the edge of known space to join the crew of the Mad Astra as an asteroid miner. He's prepared for hard work and loneliness—but not the unthinkable. After coming into contact with a mysterious alien substance, Pritchard finds an unwelcome entity sharing his mind, and a disturbing physical transformation taking place. With his very humanity at stake, Pritchard must save mankind from a full-scale interstellar war.

Brought to life by prolific, award-winning narrator Ray Porter, The Singularity Trap is a thrilling adventure rife with drama and action on a truly cosmic scale. 

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

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“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post

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  • Amy Snider
  • 13/06/2018

Excellent.

After reading the Bobiverse books, I craved more from Taylor. The Singularity Trap exceeded my expectations. I just love Taylor’s writing style and story telling ability.

As for this production, Ray Porter did an excellent job, as he always does. Also, the addition of how voices were portrayed over a phone call, radio, etc was really neat. I hope to find more audiobooks produced like this.

If you enjoyed anything Ray Porter has narrated or Dennis E. Taylor’s Bobiverse books, you will thoroughly enjoy The Singularity Trap.

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  • Queso Rob
  • 02/05/2019

On the more realistic side

Many authors of this genre bend the laws of physics, aka magic. This is on the more believable side. No faster than light travel, no ridiculous space combat, basically none of the "magic" stuff that you commonly find in other books.

It's similar to The Day The Earth Stood Still, but takes place in the middle of the next century and the story launches after astroid miners encounter something alien. The role tech plays is less gimicky than in other stories, and much more creative.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18/05/2019

What a mind $#&@

It's books like this that make you question humanity in multiple senses. I appreciate anything that gets me thinking. The other extremely enjoyable part is how real the humans are in the story, they behave most likely how we would behave in the scenario. It's horrifying and humbling.

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  • ryan mckinney
  • 10/06/2018

Disappointed fan of Dennis E. Taylor

I love this combination of author and narrator, being a huge fan of the Bobiverse. However... the story here fell very flat. If this is another three part series it may get better... but this felt like a very rushed, weak installment from Taylor. The character building is decent (nothing special, but I like a few characters and would like to hear more about them) and that’s why I think that a series could survive this. However, poor conflict buildup and a disappointing, magic wand ending mean that as a stand-alone story, this is sadly a failure for me.

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  • Allan Nielsen
  • 13/10/2018

Slightly generic and boring story.

Firstly, Ray Porter is excellent! Just like the Bobbi verse books this deals with AI in a very superficial and run of the mill way. I had a hard time getting through it. The first third of the book is good, as soon as the big reveal comes, it's all down hill from there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29/09/2018

Disappointing

Tried my best to finish this book. As a rule I don't listen to a bad story for this long without returning it as unsatisfactory. However hoping that this book would eventually develop into something other than a cliche I tried to stick it out. Unfortunately it just never developed I'm returning it! Don't waste your credit.

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  • William
  • 01/07/2018

If it wasn't for Ray...

I would have never finished this book. Loved Dennis's Bobiverse books but this book is horrible. One dimensional characters, stereotypes galore, today's politics, razor thin plot and horrible science. Very slow deadliest catch start leads to what should finally give the reader some action they've been craving, but ultimately leads to disappointment. Not sure if this was a book Dennis wrote prior to the Bob books (i.e., his first book), but hopefully this isn't what we have to look forward to in the future.

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
  • 08/06/2018

Not As Compelling as the Bobiverse

First off, I loved the Bobiverse and I think Dennis E. Taylor is a great addition to the world of sci-fi. That acknowledged, and it pains me to say this, The Singularity Trap is a miss. The narration is top-notch, but the story isn't arresting. I didn't make much of a connection with the protagonist. I also felt the dialogue wasn't riveting either. Too many times the author tells us the characters laughed at something I personally didn't laugh at. Also, referencing Star Trek was okay in the Bobiverse, but I cringed when it came up again in this book (even in passing). However, my central issue is the plot itself. I have read many books about the singularity and I don't feel the author portrayed the subject convincingly. The singularity is a huge idea, one that basically says no human being alive at this moment can fully comprehend what a post-human world would be like. It would be a universe of staggering complexity and wonders. Such grandeur wasn't really conveyed or even really hinted at. We have some gee-whiz moments, but not enough of them. This is a criticism that can be aimed at many authors. Read The Age of Spiritual Machines, Life 3.0, and Superintelligence, all non-fiction books. I wish more authors would borrow ideas from those tomes.

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  • Deimir
  • 17/10/2018

Even Ray Porter couldn't save this

While Ray Porter continues to give an excellent performance, and the production of the audio version was top notch, the story totally falls flat. Bad characters, with very little or nonsensical growth, lots of redundant chapters, and a seemingly inconsistent understanding of orbital distances.

I will say that the humorous moments do work well, but that's just about the only bright spot I found in this frustrating story.

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  • Charles
  • 09/06/2018

good setup, disappointing progression

the attempt at characterizing the aliens wasn't enjoyable, the military characters were consistently annoying, and the shocking twists were shocking only in how mundane and unbelievable they were.

also seemed to have a lot of unnecessary and distracting political commentary. i understand some of it was forgiveable as a useful part of the setting, but other times he just trotted out a sequence of future analogues of modern groups to make fun of them and never reference them again

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  • Hirschhornsalz
  • 06/09/2018

Great. Even better than Legion.

Great story, convincing characters, interesting theme. As I was listening in Audible, the narrator was very good too.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 28/08/2018

brilliant and surprisingly accurate

so I'm not an expert on most of concepts but I dabble a lot in science. the computer side it very accurately portrait I as a programmer could identify with Ivan easily and agree with most of his decisions. he works his expertise into his conversations very fluently with makes his part of the story very coherent.
while there are some small criticism's I'll keep the review of the story short and not go into details about them its only some nitpicks.
If you are a science or computer nerd you will have a blast with the story, but even people who have no clue about the portrait concepts will enjoy this a lot!

Ray Porter does an amazing job with his tone in this, he was never off the mark and conveyed emotions perfectly. I'm still only giving 4 stars because I'm used to a more cinematic style of reading, with giving the characters more distinct voices, I missed that a bit here even though it was not necessary

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  • Dirk Zimmermann
  • 19/07/2018

Future or not

interesting science fiction plot where mankind proves again stupid enough to nearly spoil everything only helped by some individuals with moral and Ideals. Story and reader with Good thrill throughout the story

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  • Christian Sackmann
  • 24/10/2018

Für mich zum einschlafen

Sprecher verständlich und macht seinen Job gut.

Die Story selbst ist leider das Problem, hier zündet es sehr lange bis gar nicht. Das Buch möchte sich eher philosiphisch mit ein paar Themen auseinander setzten, scheitert jedoch kläglich.

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  • Wolfgang Ziegler
  • 10/12/2019

liked it very much

This is a fantastic story which might really happen in some far future . I enjoyed the whole story.

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  • Herr_Merlin
  • 03/12/2019

okayisch story. the SciFi ideas are great but..

always the Russians are the bad guys and the us are the great guys.. come it's a story about aliens.. why can't there be other system or society .. why always the current usa Narritativ?

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  • selin
  • 10/10/2019

Brilliant

an absolutely amazing story told by brilliant speaker. I enjoyed every second of this story and can only hope that there are more on the way!

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  • Great Leap Forward
  • 04/07/2019

Intelligent, well written hard sci-fi

I really liked the plot, though similar to the Bobiverse, it has it's own way of telling the story. Excellent narrated as well.

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  • H. Langbehn
  • 19/06/2019

Not too great

In my opinion, the story is weak and frankly, somewhat boring. Not comparable to the Bobverse. Speaker and effects are top notch, though.

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  • Dima
  • 17/06/2019

Disappointing to say the least

After hearing the bobiverse books i had high expectations of this audiobook. I was hoping to the end it would surprise me,but it didn't. The story reminded me of the movie "the day the world stood still" (2008) and that was the main reason i was disappointed about this. Its just a bad copy of the movie.