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The Singularity Trap

Lu par : Ray Porter
Durée : 11 h et 23 min
5 out of 5 stars (9 notations)

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Description

The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves - or in the stars?

If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? 

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

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

Critiques

“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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beth B
  • 06/09/2018

Disappointed

I really enjoyed the Bobiverse books but The Singularity Trap was a disappointment. I am really surprised that this book has received so many positive reviews given that absolutely nothing happens in the story. The whole of the book is a debate about whether or not to kill the man - now alien - being. Listening to this story (if you can even call it that) was about as enthralling as watching a congressional debate on C-Span. Sorr,y Dennis Taylor! I will give your future books a try but this one was a dud.

Side Note: I really enjoy Ray Porter's narrations however I found the switching back and forth between his regular voice and the "intercom" voice distracting. It was jarring and took me out the story.

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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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  • 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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  • Douglas Parsell
  • 09/08/2018

A celebration of the genre

I'll start off by saying that this is another great Dennis E. Taylor novel. The difference between him and other sci-fi novelists is that he seems to take a horror concept and leading it to a wholesome, uplifting riding off into the distance. Taylor does a great job of manifesting conundrums, bringing up all of the relevant questions, and figuring out how - within all of the scientific theory he is able to rather deftly wield - to bring it to a logical climax without necessarily destroying the world in the process. Where many novelists and screenwriters tend to fixate on the horror and suffering, making characters that have become strong through intense soul-raping, Taylor makes characters that think their problems through and ride the waves as they come; bending with the river without snapping. I find this to be immensely refreshing. Us nerds tend to go through a kaleidoscope of self-doubt, and I personally welcome a lot more novels celebrating working through your problems (like the Martian) towards a positive end.

Con: I do hope that he makes characters that are a little more fleshed out next time. Ivan is somewhat thin, characteristically immemorable. It seems he just chose the elements from Bob that made him observant and intelligent but left out much in terms of humor or quirkiness. It's a small flaw, and one that I don't mind since the point was taking an outsider view of a complex situation. Take a normal, decent, and reasonable guy and throw him through the rabbit hole while everyone else freaks out. I like it conceptually even while it bored me a little to listen to his inner dialogue. More humor next novel!

Ray Porter is my favorite narrator and he does just as well here as ever. Mixing Dennis and Ray together again makes me feel like it could be in the Bobiverse, or at least be an interesting exploration/spinoff from what Taylor learned from making Bob. That being said, this novel is quaint compared to his magnum opus trilogy. Somehow, though, it seems like a necessary journey for him to take; going from macro to micro. I'm hoping that he continues to create even if it is using the same formula, as long as he stays thoughtful and beautiful. Thanks to the Taylor Porter duo!

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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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  • Jerry
  • 06/06/2018

Excellent!

The Bobiverse trilogy quickly became a favorite for me. I was excited to see another book from Dennis Taylor come up as recommended. I burned through this in a day. Excellent book. The audio effects were top notch! When characters talked over the radio or phone there was a light change to the dialogue. It worked well and I hope other audiobooks take note of how well it works.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Markus M
  • 10/06/2019

Gute Unterhaltung

Nicht ganz so gut wie die Bobiverse Trilogie, aber da liegt die Latte ja weit oben.

Toller, sehr gut verständlicher Sprecher.

Tolle, spannende Geschichte, die sich damit beschäftigt, was mit uns passieren könnte, wenn eine andere Spezies die Singularität auslöst. Sicher etwas platt, aber sehr unterhaltsam.

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  • Zippietwo
  • 10/06/2019

Interessante Story

Wer sich für AI und eine mögliche Zukunft mit AI und Aliens interessiert, wird diese Geschichte zu schätzen wissen

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  • Martin
  • 13/04/2019

Great Voice! Good Story.

Fife Stars are not enough for that perfekt speaker. The story is not too innovative but solid with an unforseeable ending. Listening was pure fun.