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  • Auteur(s): Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrateur(s): full cast
  • Durée: 8 h et 28 min
  • 4,5 out of 5 stars (300 évaluations)

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Sleeping Giants

Auteur(s): Sylvain Neuvel
Narrateur(s): full cast
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An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth - and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved - its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery - and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

©2016 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2016 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"This stellar debut novel...masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction...." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Ce que les auditeurs disent de Sleeping Giants

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Loved the multi cast and presentation

I really liked how the story was presented. The story unfolded in a series of case files and interviews as though somebody was recalling events of the past from some distant future. The interviewer is left unnamed which leaves a sense of mystery. And the multi cast works well for this presentation style. I'm looking forward to the next books!

The military, alien technology and conspiracy themes all remind me of Stargate for any other fans out there.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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This is hugely popular?

I purchased this book, actually the series, on the advice that it is one of the best science fiction series available. In my opinion it is quite the opposite. the quality of the voice acting and performances is top notch, though how they are able to deliver these lines without laughter is beyond me.

I won't bash the writer here, but I wish the book and the prose was less melodramatic. I wish the story was more show and not tell. I wish there were not so many contradictions in the details. I wish the characters were more different, with varied personality and not simply a different tone to the same voice (note: characters not actors). I wish that characters having conversations didn't feel like they were reading from their personal journal, or from a Wikipedia page.

If you are a fan of Science fiction, you must also be a fan of all the different things I mentioned to enjoy this series. I apologize if the author ever reads this, at least you can take comfort in the fact that I already paid for the books.

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Awesome story, incredibly performed.

when I read that this was full cast recording I was intrigued but I found the story is so well told and so viscerally felt in the voices of the characters coming to life. This was a story I couldnt stop listening to and I think I finished in a day and a half. Well worth my monthly credit!

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✨⭐✨Fantasticly Riveting✨⭐✨

This read(or listen in this case) became an instant favourite for me. the interview format is done in such a way that story the story felt fluid and unstilted. The pacing was fantastic and kept me wanting more. I loved the unnamed interviewer and really hope they make a return in the next book. Also as a Canadian really loved that this book was written by a Canadian author and had a Canadian lead! ;)

I loved unraveling the mystery of the technology and the people involved with the project. The interview style so made me feel as if I was a part of the story acting as some sort of investigator or reviewer.

I'm going to reared this again soon as I went through it so quickly the first time and want to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Voice acting was clear, we'll paced and not overly dramatic which I prefer from audio books. I also enjoyed the fact that it felt more like the voice actors were reading a screenplay and not simply reading a book, it really made the characters come to life for me.

All and all I absolutely adore this work and will recommend it to everyone!

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Did Not Disappoint!!!!!

I have always relied on reviews to determine my purchases and this book did not disappoint!! The format of the interview style storytelling took me 2 interviews to get used to and then I was in the story! Loved it! Great story! Well performed!! Finished the book in 3 days!!!

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  • Au global
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Great entertainment!

First time that I listened to an Audible book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Merci!

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  • Au global
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Okay story

Okay story. A bit of mystery, so I’m intrigued, the characters are okay, they have personality but a the dialog is a bit boring. Got tired of the mysterious and sinister man pretty quickly, like a one note piano. The international politicking seemed believable.

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Always in the passenger seat

I don't like the constant use of the narrative style of interviews and journal entries. It feels like the author doesn't trust you to experience the events as they happen. The few times the author doesn't rely on these narrative styles it's a breath of fresh air.

I don't like the story of untouchable big brother organization gets a bit bland

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Can't Wait to See Where This Goes!

I really enjoyed this and think the audiobook highlighted the story overall. The full cast made this story that much better since we got to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions from the nuanced voices of the characters. I felt like a fly on the wall reading this and I loved that!

An interesting mix of Neon Genesis Evangelion and Pacific Rim, with much less science and technology and much more politics. I really enjoyed learning about the giants robots and how they functioned. I do have questions about the "missing" case files since this is spread amongst a number of them, but there are some missing in the sequence.

I know this is a trilogy, but I still wish this had a bit more of a satisfying conclusion. It was a little too open for me. But if you enjoy SciFi and stories told through interviews/transcripts/pieces, then this is for you.

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Review by Dr Cool

I had a good time listening to this. I am going to get the next one.

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  • Cheerioh
  • 2018-07-27

Vraiment prenant

Je n'ai pas lu de livre de sf depuis longtemps. Celui-ci est un bon retour en la matière. J'ai apprécié la lecture à deux voix, un homme et une femme.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-05-04

BLUES BROTHERS

VAST NETWORKS OF INFORMATION NO ONE IS AWARE OF
I am giving this five stars, mostly for it's entertainment value. It is not the best I have listened to lately, but it kept my attention. It is a little hard to describe, as the mood of the book changed. It started out with a cool concept and seemed to take itself pretty serious. By the end it seemed a bit frivolous or maybe a satire on the subject, edging on Rocky and Bullwinkle I am not a fan of whole books done through interviews and the action being something remembered instead of live, but I still liked this and the core story. I also thought that there was great character development. I also liked the full cast and they certainly made the listening better than reading.

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  • Chris
  • 2016-05-01

Such a shallow story

The premise is awesome, so awesome that I pre ordered the book and waited eagerly for it to be available.

It's super short and the story seems so rushed, sub plots that should have been expanded were left behind to accelerate a much larger plot that was pretty weak. I was expecting a start to a great new science fiction universe or at least a thrilling science fiction narrative similar to contact or the Martian. What I got was a rejected script for an episode of stargate sg1.

The characters were fine, they could have been great, the story jumped around a lot and I barley got to know them, which is a shame.

Worst of all the ending was so unfulfilling, and the attempt at a cliffhanger ending was foiled by the lack of character development. I just did not know enough about them to care about what was happening.

Super disappointed by this book, more so by the fact that it could have been one of the all time great scifi books.

On a better note, the cast reading the book was great, I usually don't like ensemble casts, this book might get me to look further into them.

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  • Adam
  • 2017-06-29

How is this on so many lists? Don't bother.

I started this really wanting to like it. I had just finished "We are Legion (We are Bob)", which I loved, and was hoping to continue on a train of fun scifi. Not all YA novels read like a YA novel - this one really did (... it *is* YA, isn't it?).

There's very little depth to the characters, crushes and relationships pop up in conversations in which they don't belong, and the dialogue puts so many context clues around every "SAT word", they might as well put those phrases into Mr. Smith's 4th period spelling test. A huge leap forward in exposition happens when a mysterious man shows up and just explains everything. I could go on.

This seems to be a popular book and I heard its movie rights have already been sold....? At best, this might be one of those few "See the movie, skip the book" situations.

Two stars because I actually finished it after almost stopping it three times (though, to be fair, I kept waiting for it to be as good as everyone says), and the ensemble cast does a great job with the material they have. The book is fine and all, and probably great for teens, but I won't be spending a credit on the sequel.

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  • S. Yates
  • 2017-05-28

Outstanding cast performance

Any additional comments?

Overall, a fast-paced and exciting SF opener. The book started out feeling solid, but not special (large and ancient artifact found in South Dakota that defies current scientific knowledge; assemblage of a team to decipher its meaning and find other artifacts). But as the chapters slid by, all told via interviews, journal entries and reports, characters started to be more fully sketched, individuals showed menace and ruthless focus, and a larger mystery appeared. This middle section was masterful, with Neuvel revealing enough to keep the story moving, but with large enough gaps to make you wonder how far characters would go and why the artifacts exist. This showing with little telling made the book tense and particularly fascinating. Toward the end of the book this breaks down a bit, with a number of details being explicitly lay out, and in that straightforward narrative some of the magic and suspense is lost. Still entertaining and I will continue the series, but a bit more left to the imagination (and a bit less laid out by conveniently interviewed strangers with too many answers) might have better served the narrative.

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  • Samuel L Hill
  • 2017-11-05

Very Disappointing

This is my first review of an Audible offering after nearly a decade and scores of purchases. Why am I now motivated to write this? As a service to humanity... danger! Stay away!

I found the story line sophomoric and characters acting more like they're in a high school drama production than highly skilled professionals trying to understand alien artifacts. I also found the transcribed interview device unconvincing and it quickly felt like it was just a way for the author to avoid the effort required to create a narrative.

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  • Kate Unger
  • 2017-05-17

Excellent Audiobook, Unique writing style

Any additional comments?

Sleeping Giants was an amazing audiobook. The whole book is written as a case file, so it’s interviews and journal entries performed by a full cast audio (Audible version). It took about an hour for me to understand what exactly was happening in the story, but then I was hooked. Pieces of a giant metal robot have been found on Earth, and they’re suspected to be the remains of aliens on Earth thousands (or maybe millions) of years ago. The main players in the story are the lead scientist, a mathematician, and a couple of military pilots. And the un-named interviewer. It’s so interesting!

I don’t read a lot of science fiction, but this book was amazing. It was more focused on how humans would act in the face of the known existence of aliens instead of being a sci-fi alien story. I like to call this type of science fiction “near science fiction,” meaning that it could happen right now today. It’s not focused on a futuristic world or space travel. It’s similar to The Martian or Dark Matter where it takes present day society and then introduces a sci-fi element to it.

My favorite character in this book was Kara, one of the pilots. She’s spunky and disrespectful of authority. She does what she wants and she mouths off. The actress who played her was perfect. She reminded me of Julia Styles in all of her mid-90s movies (think 10 Things I Hate About You). I got a kick out of listening to her, and I was routing for her the whole way.

I read this book back in March right before the sequel was released, so it was perfect timing. I didn’t have to wait long to learn what happened next. Even still, there isn’t a huge cliffhanger at the end, so if you don’t get to the sequel right away, it’s not too terrible. Mostly, I just wanted more of the characters once I finished this book, and I was happy that I got that right away.

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  • John Davidson
  • 2016-05-26

Interesting concept, but falls at the first hurdle

The concept is certainly interesting, but the story fails to engage.
The most interesting character is the nameless man controlling things, but this doesn't quite work as he is too "nameless", and his position within the overall story is not well defined. Given that, I do like the way his dialogue is written; eschewing language contractions gave his speech a strange, formal air that appeals to me.
The other characters tend to be sketched too lightly to really engage with, with the result that they sometimes come off as whiney more that anything else.
I guess they may develop in subsequent books (the cliffhanger is a bit heavy-handed for my liking), and, if so, then the author needs to work on this.
Finally, an important plot point about two thirds of the way through the book was so ridiculous as to annoy me for the remainder.
As others have said, this both feels too long for the story presented, and not long enough as the characters need more development.

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  • Em
  • 2016-05-31

The multicast made it for me

"Sometimes the perfect multicast can really make a book, as is the case with Neuvel's debut. The voices here forged in me a fierce sense of loyalty for the characters I came to care about, and utter hatred for one that was truly evil (who I don't think I would have hated nearly enough if it was the voice in my own head narrating) - and you will loathe her - she is the absolute worst. The unnamed central narrator evolved from someone who was initially off-putting to someone I was desperate to hear speak; he became a reassuring fatherly presence. Overall, the production quality elevated this one from a simple story (which I really shouldn't call "simple" since Sleeping Giants is a geo-political mystery/thriller epistolary novel with alien technology) to an immersive experience that made it feel, above all else, very personal. I was in the trenches with these guys. I can't wait for the next in the series."

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  • DEKEY
  • 2016-04-29

The entire book felt like the beginning of a book.

It was engaging but not edge of your seat by any means. Leaves you hanging.

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  • C. Peterson
  • 2017-05-31

weak plot was ruined by goofy dialog

Started off ok, but this book is disappointing. Weak story line, and some of the conversations seem very odd. In high stress and life threatening situations, the characters seem too flippant, andthe dialog doesn't match the action.

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