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Outland

Auteur(s): Dennis E. Taylor
Narrateur(s): Ray Porter
Durée: 10 h et 29 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (232 évaluations)

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Description

When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Au global

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  • Au global
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Excellent!

I enjoyed this story so much I ended up listening late into the night 3 nights to finish it. The right amount of excitement and humour mixed with adventure. You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy either.

6 personnes sur 6 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Another knockout

As usual, Dennis and Ray haven’t led me astray.
Never a wasted credit when either of these fine gentlemen are involved!

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

👍👍👍

Good book, similar to terry prattchets long earth series but different enough to keep me binge listening. Not quite as good as the bobiverse series Dennis E Taylor wrote but that judging a whole series vs the first book of another series. I really enjoyed it as I have all of Dennis E Taylor’s books and can’t wait for the next.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars

outland

Worse than a terrible Netflix series. Irked that I spent a credit on it. Seriously bad.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Good story, decent sci-fi

Listened to it in a few days, enjoyable although a little childish. Worth a credit.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

well done

narrator porter is amazing. totally happy with the distinctions between various characters, no matter the gender or age. never confused about who is speaking. also the script is generally excellent and structured to be very effective as an audio book. congratulations.

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Didn't grab me...

Unfortunately it was hard to get into it. Although the actual story line had good potential, it was not as interesting as it should have been.

  • Au global
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    5 out of 5 stars

Captured me instantly!

The narrator was able to manage a variety of voices clearly. Added energy to the character voices to match the exciting energy of the story.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great listen!

I love stories about alternative worlds and this story does not disappoint. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

  • Au global
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    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable read

Love the characters, arcs, and flow. The audio read is amazing as always. 95% wonderful!

My only (minor) issue:the science of parallel universes is so far from anything I know that I feel no ability to comment, but.... it always seems excessively anthrocentric (eg. The points of divergence are significant relative to people, rather than any given other amount of matter on any other given scale from subatomic to galactic).

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  • Kenneth Wieland
  • 2019-05-19

Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

97 personnes sur 106 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • TK2.0
  • 2019-05-27

Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort.

Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

19 personnes sur 21 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gary
  • 2019-05-16

More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

85 personnes sur 97 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-01

Survival light

story was ok, but I had issues with some of the technical information. I enjoyed his other books. I really like postapocalyptic genres, and I felt like the survival aspects were very underdeveloped. some of the pop references got in the way of logic -- buffalo burgers, without buns.... ok, what would they grind the meat with? why when steaks or roasts would be way easier? the portal seems to use a nebulous amount of electricity, which kind of irked me as well. water? shelter?
That all said, I expect to give it another listen. Since I listen while commuting, it's possible I just zoned through some of the description I feel was lacking. I enjoyed the setting and theme, and felt myself sucked in, only to be smacked by some discordant bit of logic.

26 personnes sur 30 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • RJPF
  • 2019-05-26

I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect?

This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc.

The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

15 personnes sur 17 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Tracy
  • 2019-05-31

Good premise

The premise of this book was good, but the execution is sloppy and lazy. It started off ok, got a little better, then got really bad. I‘m not sure how I stumbled onto this one, but I don‘t want to listen to the rest of the series. Don‘t understand something? Just ask an undergraduate student who’s had 6 or 9 hours of overview courses - they will know more than any expert in the field, and not just about their own major!

12 personnes sur 14 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Lilyn G.
  • 2019-05-16

So good I've already started re-listening to it!

I received a pre-release copy of this book from Audible for review consideration and am voluntarily posting my review. Receipt of this free copy does not influence my review.
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I like the combination of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter almost as much as I like Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter. Y’all that is saying something! I mean, it’s true that Ray Porter possesses a nearly magical ability to bring stories to life instantly inside my head, but even he can’t make a silk purse out of a sow ear. (See Dead Moon for an example.) However, when he is given a story like Outland that is already all sorts of perfect all on it’s own? That is when the listening experience goes from enjoyable to Yes-I-know-it’s-2-am-and-no-i-can’t-turn-it-off-thank-you.

When I was asked if I wanted to review a copy of Outland, I didn’t even read the synopsis. I went straight to “Yes, please.” as soon as I saw the author and narrator names. It is a decision I do not regret. Taylor’s story is one that kicks off nicely and keeps going at a perfect pace.

From pop culture to multiverse theory, there’s a little bit of something for the nerd that exists inside us science fiction readers. I am fascinated by the idea of Yellowstone erupting and how that would play out for the United States in general. Taylor took me beyond that though as he explored how it would effect the world at large as the balance of power shifted and the long-lasting effect it would have on the human race.

One of the things he said outright depressed me for a moment. Now, this quote isn’t going to be exact because I was listening to an audiobook, but it was in the midst of a discussion about how far humanity would be set back and they were talking about resources. It was something like:

“We’ve used all the easily available resources (metals, oil, etc.). We’ve mined all the medium-difficulty resources. We’ve gotten the hard stuff too. Now we’re highly advanced technology to get to the hardest to reach stuff. Humanity will be in an early-Industrial age with none of the resources they need to rebuild.”

I paused the book, leaned back, and went “Well…shit. I never thought of that.” It took me a moment to press the button and ‘read’ on.

I loved the main characters of Outland. It is a mix of mostly nerds with some kick-ass women involved. There was scenes that had me giggling in pure enjoyment, and mentally cheering when some retribution was delivered in no-holds-barred fashion. None of them are perfect. There’s a hint of romance but it is never central to the story at all. They all deliver absolutely groan-worthy lines at one moment or another. They all know they’re not doing good enough and at some point their luck is going to run out.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Taylor’s writing is how he manages to keep it so well-balanced. Even when serious happenings are going down, there’s always a wisecrack or wry observation to lighten the mood. Taylor writes sci-fi for those who have happily owned their geekdom, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This one needs to go on your must read/listen pile, folks!

22 personnes sur 28 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • jeff
  • 2019-05-18

can't wait for the next one.

this one really got me hooked on the concept and possible situations. I am already waiting for the next one.

23 personnes sur 30 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Johnson
  • Cleveland, OH USA
  • 2019-05-24

Weakest of all DET books so far

A decent sci find adventure at a high level, but I don't believe the characters. These "2019 college students" all make references to Boomer and Gen X pop culture with accompanying dated slang. A few characters seem to share a few too many characteristics with Bob ("omg need coffee lol").

I'm a fan of the other books, but I hope Mr. Taylor spends a bit more time around "kids these days" before the next entry in this series.

Also, I love Ray Porter, but it just didn't work for me to hear him read this one.

25 personnes sur 34 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jerry Morelock
  • Knoxville, TN United States
  • 2019-06-01

Aggravating, Juvenile and Amateurish

Taylor's idiot savants' actions 'might' have been a bit more believable if they were junior high rather than college students. He maybe didn't intend to create characters who acted as stupidly as the movie characters who were a running joke, but that's what he did. This book strikes me as something that would never have been published but for 'Bob'--perhaps a rejected early attempt.

4 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente