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The Visitor

First Contact Hard Science Fiction
Lu par : Marni Penning
Durée : 12 h et 32 min

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The Visitor - hard, near-future science fiction for the listener who likes realism. 

Specialist astronaut Evelyn Slater encounters a small, badly damaged, ancient alien artifact on the first ever space junk elimination mission. 

Where was it from? Who sent it?

International governments impose a security clampdown. Evelyn leads a team of handpicked scientists who make amazing discoveries within the alien device. Secrecy becomes impossible to maintain. When the news is finally released, she becomes embroiled in international politics, worldwide xenophobic hatred, and violence.

This is the first book in the Tony Harmsworth’s First Contact series of novels. If you like realistic near-future stories which compel you to imagine yourself as the protagonist, The Visitor is the book for you. The Visitor is a science fiction for the "thinking" listener and with a wicked twist. Buy it now and be transported into orbit.

©2017 Tony Harmsworth (P)2019 Tony Harmsworth

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  • Edath A. Feston
  • 16/11/2019

The Visitor is all that!

I only have about 3 hours every morning to myself to drink my coffee and listen to a good book while I knit or crochet or do some other mostly brainless task. For me, the test of a great audiobook is whether or not I think about the story after I've stopped it for the day, if I look forward to starting it back up the next, and if I feel what the characters feel. This is a great story with fascinating characters as well as intriguing science. Very enjoyable.

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  • brendan samples
  • 26/01/2020

wow what a train wreck of a book.

this book reeks of poshness and takes pc culture to the extreme. main character screams that a reporter is racist for saying a gross alien is gross. it is also very cliche. the main character discovers the alien in space, runs the research facility when it is brought to earth. gets shot in a mass shooting where hey fiance dies. recovers, goes back to space, gets cancer, dies, and then falls on love with the Alien. the whole time the author is preaching values to the reader and shitting on all of mankind. the voice actress did an amazing job though.

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  • Jackson Theofore Lara
  • 02/12/2019

Fantastic book with sci fi that is believable

it's rare to run across a science fiction book that is not of the space opera variety. This book is based on science, and the possibility of what we would think of an alien species and what an alien species would think about us. I really enjoyed the science of space and how the crew had to adjust to ever-channging circumstances. The book felt real, as though the author tapped into who we are as a species and what we are afraid of. I would recommend this book to those who love hard science fiction and those who love the science of space. You will not be disappointed.

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  • William L.
  • 10/08/2020

huge disappointment

despite a decent narrator, I couldn't make it through chapter 22. The first part read like a junior high school adolescent girl's try at a short story. From there it was a constant diatribe of wokeness, leftwing radical environmentalism, anti-americanism, anti religion, and racism paranoia. read it or listen to it at your discretion. or don't.

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  • Denise F
  • 04/07/2020

Great read for those with an eye for outer space.

The storyline was smooth and easy to follow with no violence to speak of; which is rare and wonderful, while still being mature and entertaining. The reader does a marvelous job with making the characters believable.

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  • C. Lemon
  • 19/05/2020

Exciting story, great characters and good reader

This was the fastest I've read a book since I've had my 16month old!... which is one day. The way the story was written made you crave to know what would happen next, what's under the hood, what are they going to say next? I loved it!

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  • William Barna
  • 15/05/2020

awful!

very drawn out! also did not appreciate the push on atheism and the the demeaning of religious beliefs! do not recommend!

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  • ChrisK
  • 10/04/2020

Great plot but mediocre execution

Warning: Spoilers ahead. Up front, I want to say that the story overall is great. Performance by Marni Penning was adequate, but it takes a while to get past her nasally, british performance of all her characters beyond the main. Tony Harmsworth, the author makes a few things clear throughout the story; religions are stupid and for the uneducated, human nature sucks, alien life forms are good and he has a less than favorable attitude towards the US. This book is touted as "hard" scifi, but I would reclassify it as "soft" hard scifi - his descriptions of space flight and life aboard the ISS are good, and I'm sure somewhat accurate, but lack any real detail to be considered "hard". I liked and could relate to his protagonist, Dr. Evelyn Slater, young wide-eyed and adventurous in the beginning, but became distant when she soon became a somewhat pretentious, entitled bitch after her promotion to "Dame Evelyn". Most notable flaw was the her sudden focus on ensuring - demanding her minions were being politically correct with accepting the visage of an actual alien, after she had initially mocked its ugliness upon first seeing it. The story then devolves into nothing but the dark-side of humanity and the worst that the minority bring to the front. The story could have easily evolved past the faults of us as humans and proceeded towards developing a peace-loving, explorer race helped along by the discovery of an alien ambassador, but instead we get a perceived future humanity that is a deemed a threat to the rest of the galaxy's intelligent lifeforms. Thanks, Tony.

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  • binxwalker
  • 09/04/2020

Pathetic

Don't waste a minute of your life listening to this. It is so bad in so many ways that I can't begin to list them. Most of all, this IS NOT hard science fiction. It reads like it was written by a teenager for elementary school children, and fails at that level! The only thing worse than the writing was the narrator. How does a story like this get published?

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  • Scott C Hammond
  • 29/03/2020

Happy ending?

I think this was supposed to be a happy ending. But the ending was nightmarish. It was like a romance novel that quickly turned Stephen King.