Obtenez votre premier livre audio gratuitement

Seveneves

A Novel
Auteur(s): Neal Stephenson
Durée: 31 h et 55 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 évaluations)
Prix: CDN$ 32,41
CDN$ 14,95 par mois; les 30 premiers jours sont gratuits. Annulable en tout temps.

Description

Seveneves was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list.

Seveneves was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic - a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

Five thousand years later, their progeny - seven distinct races now three billion strong - embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown...to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

©2015 Neal Stephenson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

D'autres livres audio du même:

Ce que les membres d'Audible en pensent

Moyenne des évaluations de clients

Au global

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    50
  • 4 étoiles
    32
  • 3 étoiles
    13
  • 2 étoiles
    2
  • 1 étoile
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    56
  • 4 étoiles
    22
  • 3 étoiles
    10
  • 2 étoiles
    3
  • 1 étoile
    1

Histoire

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 étoiles
    48
  • 4 étoiles
    31
  • 3 étoiles
    8
  • 2 étoiles
    3
  • 1 étoile
    2
Trier :
  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars

Disappointing! Would have made a better novella

Let me start by saying I have read other works by this author and have enjoyed them. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for this work. If you read the book summary you know the Earth is to be destroyed & humanity lives on in space 5000 years from now. While the reader is looking forward to finding out what the future of humanity will be like, unbelievably, more than 3/4 of the book is PRE Earth destruction!

The majority of the book is filled with completely unnecessary techno babble. For example there's one scene on the station where somebody's life was in imminent danger & the author goes into a VERY long technical description of everything that led to the danger and the possibilities of its mitigation. The description was so long that I, as the listener, actually forgot whether or not the person was still in danger and thought perhaps I missed something and the problem had been solved! After fast-forwarding SEVERAL more minutes of techno babble, I found out that the person was still in imminent danger!

There is an interesting description of how the Earth is destroyed as well as some other interesting presentations on the challenges of space flight and navigating orbital debris. However, I feel like the author was trying to impress physicists with the technical instead constructing a solid narrative.

Throughout the book and particularly at the end there is alot of subtle stereotypes, misogynistic and philogynistic characterizations that are presented towards all human groups. This results in the "climax" at the end of the book becoming pointless and pridictable. I actually wished that the book had ended with the destruction of all Humanity given how predictably sad the human state was presented at the end.

On a practical listening level, there were two narrators. A female for the beginning and a male for the last few chapters. Neither did a fantastic job but that may be related to the material they had to work with. You will find yourself skipping through a lot of the technobabble which in some case goes on for chapters. If you want " a quick listen" of the book listen to a few chapters in the beginning for orientation then skip to chapter 17 where the real story begins.

If you are a physicist, or work with NASA, or want to work with NASA you will find this book interesting. if you are social scientists you will find the presentation of humanity predictable and uninspiring. if you're looking for a good story - pass on this one. It would have been a great story if it was a short story. However as a novel that is over 40 hours long, in my opinion, it is a waste of your time.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

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

So boring I nearly died

This book is painfully slow. Sure there’s lots of stuff happening but it’s all just story and not enough plot. Also the voices the narrator uses for men are pretty bad. Especially the men with foreign accents!

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

well done. good science, largely believable

there are a handful of logic flaws such as the purity of the seven trees surviving the first several hundred years of close confinement, but overall a great story, backed up by solid science and some unique ideas.

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

hard scifi, thought provoking, but too long

If enjoy reading hundreds of pages about orbital mechanics, then this book is for you. Neal Stephenson describes in painstaking detail every single technological difficulty the humanity faced to put hundreds of space stations in the orbit.

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

An amazing slog of a novel!

This book is simply amazing. It's some of the most intense reading I have ever done across any genre.

Parts 1 and 2 are sad, unnerving, tense, gripping and insanely long. By the end of part 2 you will be crying and highly unnerved.

Part 3 is ALOT lighter in tone, its almost like a completely different book at this point. However it compliments the first two parts after a number of chapters.

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

Falls flat in the third act

Parts 1 and 2 are filled with compelling characters facing interesting problems. By comparison, Part 3 feels deflated. The pacing is glacial, and it feels like there are no stakes. Just as it seems something might start to happen again, the story ends. A rare miss from an author I greatly enjoy.

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

a wonderful and original epic.

I waa hooked right from the start. the story is unusual and combines enough science with interesting characters and circumstances to keep you hooked. I enjoy this author very much and this is a great offering from him.

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

A fantastic look at the future

Stephenson at his best. A unique and intriguing storyline, vast in scope and rich in detail. #Audible1

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

Seveneves: Excellent Sci-Fi

While I am a big fan of all of Neal Stephenson's earlier works, this is my favourite to date. The tome is very different from his earlier works such as Snow Crash and Diamond Age, that focussed on cyberpunk themes and alternative social structures. Seveneves is hard sci-fi with a very heavy emphasis on trying to get the technical details right. I was blown away by just how broad an expanse of technical detail he tried to cover in this book. From orbital mechanics, to genetic manipulation, to little details like who was the last person to do a code checkin. There's even a good smattering of historical and cultural details. If you like science, and you like sci-fi, you will probably like this book.

Note: Parts one and two have a very intense, very engaging pace. Part three is less intense, and some reviewers have indicated that they didn't care for it as much. I agree that it is not as engaging as the first two parts, and the storyline is disjoint from the the first parts, but I think it is a good addition to the storyline. It rounds out the story and gives it a satiating conclusion, while seeding ideas of where current technologies discussed in the first two parts may someday lead.

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

One of the best science fiction books that I have read read

It is remarkable the research that was done for this book the amount was of information and how is presented is really impressive.

The future of humanity presented in a scientific speculation with very good results highly recommended. Planning to read more books from the author.

Trier :
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • Alexandria, VA United States
  • 2017-06-08

So Much Potential

Let me start by saying that up until Part 3, Seveneves was pegging my Top 10 books of all-time. While I first thought the premise was implausible, Stephenson starting working the technology and I gradually became entranced. He has a no holds barred writing style, and the storyline was filled with a continuous “Science the shit out of this” attitude made famous by “The Martian”. As the implausible became plausible, the main characters came to life as they struggled to make this happen. By the time Part 2 ended, I was at the edge of my seat simply amazed by what had taken place. But then it all went wrong.

The jump from Part 2 to Part 3 was simply too big. The emotional connections made to the main characters were lost. The eager anticipation as to what happens next was lost. And ultimately, the storyline was lost. Stephenson tried to tie everything back together, but the gap-filling backstory was too minimal to be satisfying, and a new level of fantastical science fiction reenergized the implausibility meter. The result was a less than compelling storyline filled with characters you cared nothing about.

The detailed application of advanced technology is what I love best about Stephenson’s books. In this regard “Seveneves” does this well at first, but then goes off the deep end. He’s a tremendous writer who is fearless at exploring new boundaries. But Part 3 should be a separate book, and its replacement needs to continue the excellent storyline developed in the first two sections. That is the story that I wanted to hear.

In summary, this book was totally worth one credit and I thought the first 2/3s was brilliant. I will definitely continue to buy and read Stephenson's books. I'm just sad for what this book could have been. And for those who criticize the narration, the only I can say is get over it. My experience is that woman have a tougher time doing men's voices. But it's mind over matter - if you don't mind, it doesn't matter. It was correct to have the first two sections narrated by a woman.

114 personnes sur 120 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Josh Mitchell
  • 2015-05-30

Odd narrator choice

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This is a tough one to rate. There are long stretches of the book that are fascinating and fast moving. And there are stretches that feel even longer that are dishwater dull. Stephenson is usually able to keep technical discussions interesting -- Cryptonomicon, for example, deals with heavily complex subjects but doesn't get boring. Seveneves does.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron ?

Not sure about who I'd have read it instead, but Ms. Kowal made some very strange choices for main characters' voices. The producer/recording engineer/whoever was sitting in the booth also wasn't paying close attention--there are more than the usual number of garbled and mispronounced words. I get it; it's a long book. But this is not anywhere close to the best of all possible recordings.

261 personnes sur 282 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Louise
  • 2018-06-29

Hard sci-fi, soft on character development.

All mechanics, no humanity. Narration absolutely awful, complete with terrible comedy accents. Would not recommend.

8 personnes sur 8 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kalia Kinser
  • Washington, DC
  • 2015-06-29

What happened to the end of the story?!?

This book was very interesting with great characters and plot. It's super long and you really get into it. However you get towards the end and all this development is still happening and bam it just ends. Maybe I missed somewhere that this was going to be a series. But if not this book ends like the author was tired of writing so he just quit. Hopefully it is a series and I'm just stupid.

50 personnes sur 55 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • J. Liu
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015-05-28

Liked the book, narration could been better

Would you consider the audio edition of Seveneves to be better than the print version?

No. There's a couple of diagrams in the book that really help with visualizing the latter parts of the book. But more importantly, I really thought the female narrator who begins the book was not a good choice. Her vocalization of the male roles is really poor. I really wish they could have used the same woman, Jennifer Wiltsie, who read Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age". She did amazing work with that book and would have done a much better job with this one. The male reader was fine.

What other book might you compare Seveneves to and why?

I think Seveneves is a lot like Stephenson's other works like Cryptonomicon and Anathem. Building worlds and describing tech without as much emphasis on plot turns and twists.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really that kind of book.

Any additional comments?

A good addition to the Neal Stephenson library. Not his best, but I enjoyed it.

65 personnes sur 72 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Charlie's Mom
  • LA, CA United States
  • 2016-02-14

If you liked THE MARTIAN.....

What made the experience of listening to Seveneves the most enjoyable?

I liked the science. It seemed researched and thorough and plausible. And fascinating. Got me interested. Some sections are less riveting, but they play into a general feeling of the book being thorough and comprehensive.

What other book might you compare Seveneves to and why?

Well, for me it is a good follow up to THE MARTIAN. Science oriented with modern day humans looking to current technology for solutions to thorny problems.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron ’s performances?

I would avoid Ms. Kowal like the plague. I have never encountered a stranger narrator choice. Her sections of omniscient narrtion are perfectly good - a bit robotic, but it works. But her "voices" are preposterous and distracting. How the author could have okayed this narrator is beyond me. Every male character sounds like he is participating in a bad community theater production of a Gilbert and Sullivan musical. She can't do a British accent without making everyone sound like Colonel Fudgewiggens. Which really destroys all men as romantic creatures. Her accent work is appalling. I really can't say enough- every voice - male and female is distracting and aritificial. She needs to receive a cease and desist order NOW. It's a shame because she reads the narrative well. She should just skip voices altogether. Nod to them, so to speak, without attempting to do them. I almost want people to listen just to be amazed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Well to the narrator, yes. I gasped and continue to gasp every time a new accent arrives.

Any additional comments?

I think I have made my point.

85 personnes sur 95 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Ryan
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 2015-12-27

Fascinating speculation, a little flawed as story

Neal Stephenson’s novels are ambitious, and Seveneves is no exception. Though this one has a few issues, which I’ll get to, it still has much to recommend it.

The setup is that a mysterious event in the very near future causes the moon to break apart into large chunks. The question of “why” is soon buried under the realization that many moon fragments are going to rain down on the Earth in about two years, scouring its entire surface clean of life.

It’s a scenario so awful that’s it hard to even begin to get one’s mind around it, and Stephenson, other than a few scenes here and there, seems to have decided that the emotional and psychological response of humanity to such an event wasn’t a worthwhile thing to focus on. Instead, his attention goes to the gears and wheels of how the world’s major countries might plausibly establish a small population in orbit, there to live out the next few thousand years. The first two thirds of the book explore this Ultimate Prepper Challenge, and center around two protagonists: Dinah, a classically blunt-spoken uber-geek who’s a master of robots, and “Doob” Dubois, a brilliant science popularizer clearly modeled after Neil Degrasse Tyson.

It’s all well-thought-out and interesting, and I learned a lot about the issues of living and operating in space. Yet, I wasn’t totally convinced by the plot, which relies on people being able to pull off heroic feats of engineering in a compressed timeframe, under profoundly demoralizing circumstances, without anything catastrophic going wrong. While accidents happen and individual characters go on suicide missions, the main danger to the space exodus is an implausible political situation that develops around the one-third mark. NS is great at explaining technical things interestingly over many pages, but he has a tendency to cram explorations of human psychology and motives into short, reductive character sketches. The political figure was a blatant straw man for the author to whack at, and several other characters were also more “types” than people.

At around the two-thirds mark, the space colonization story runs out of steam, and enters a sequence in which the few remaining humans make a crucial decision about the genetic future of their descendents. Then, suddenly, it’s five thousand years later, and we see that humanity, now established in giant space habitats, has split into seven distinct branches, each built around a different genetic line (hence the “seven Eves”).

I enjoyed this part of the book the most. The plot involves a special team of seven, representing all the races, coming together to travel to newly terraformed Earth to investigate a mystery hinted at in part one. The speculations on how an orbiting society might function, technologically, culturally, and politically, are the kind of thing NS does well. The division of humanity into “races” with distinct personality traits and mythos might be troubling in other hands, but is an interesting thought experiment here. The story and its colorful touches are fun, and closer to classic NS than the preceding portion, though the ending wrapped everything up a little too hastily for me. I wish NS’s editor had gotten him to geek out a little less in part one, and to focus a little more on being a fiction writer.

In sum, this wasn’t my favorite in his oeuvre (that would be Cryptonomicon or Anathem), but I did enjoy it. Like Reamde, it has some notable flaws. Audiobook reader, Mary Kowal, who handles part one, is pretty bad at foreign accents and overly dramatic with some characters. Will Damron, who takes part two, is much easier on the ears.

34 personnes sur 38 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-24

great idea - poor execution

The premise for this book is amazing, but the characters are flat, the scientific explanations are showy and usually unnecessary, and the metaphors are condescending to the reader. I listened to the whole thing hoping it would pay off, I don't think it did.

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • sam
  • MADISON, CT, United States
  • 2017-03-30

Fatally tedious

This book is not even worth getting long winded about. This is the first time ever I have actually not finished a book from Audible.

The author got so bogged down in unnecessary technical explanation that he forgot to make the story fun. It felt like a 20-something hour long example from a boring text book.

While I appreciate the research involved, I didn't came here for a story not a manual. Other reviewers have cited the age old "show, don't tell" maxim and that is something the author needs desperately to work on.

I don't even want to rate the narrator as I don't trust anyone except maybe Tim Gerard Reynolds to make a book this slow interesting.

5 personnes sur 5 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tawney
  • Dash Point, WA, United States
  • 2015-05-28

Classic Stephenson

male narrator was fine. almost returned it due to female narrator. trying to use a gruff voice for masculine characters just doesn't work for me (ditto with men trying to imitate lighter feminine voices). Overall, I do better reading Stephenson than listening to him, as I can't visualize worth a damn and he is so dense in terms of description, particularly technical details. Still think he's one of the more creative minds out there

52 personnes sur 60 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente