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The Singularity Trap

Auteur(s): Dennis E. Taylor
Narrateur(s): Ray Porter
Durée: 11 h et 23 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (764 évaluations)

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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.

Ce que les critiques disent

“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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Ray Porter is quickly becoming a favourite.

I am looking forward to more from Dennis E. Taylor. Another greatly enjoyable sci-fi story.

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Good except radio parts

Vert good. However, listening to it in my car, radio parts could be a bit hard to listen to. Some words were hard to make out.

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Great Sci fi

Good story building, the way the chapters are constructed annoyed the hell out of me. But that's pretty minor, good take on the alien aspect of space. 100% recommended

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Taylor and Porter do it again.

Entrancing sci-fi backed by a top notch read. Do not hesitate: pick this one up. If you'ce enjoyed the Bobiverse, you'll like this one as well.

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A glorious space romp

Taylor and Porter are a winning combination. The characters are so well written, the story is intriguing, and I just couldn't stop listening.
In fact, I think I'm going to start it again right now.

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It is a Trap! Stay clear!

The sci-fi that i like is one in a hundred; this one is one of ninety nine disappointments...

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  • 101
  • 2019-03-24

Not Engaging

I'm sad to say that I don't feel as though this work lives up to the author's previous endeavors. I didn't really enjoy this book, and found myself board with the story and shutting off a lot of the time. The characters didn't stand out in any way, and I didn't find any of them particularly interesting. I'm a fan of Taylor's work, so it really pains me to say this, but I'd give this one a pass.

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  • Guy
  • 2019-02-25

Enjoyable list of events

The author writes without showing us why or how the protagonist is struggling. It makes the book a description of events rather than a narrative. I liked the Bobiverse books because it was an interesting hypothetical situation even without the story. The description of the strategy was neat. This one was less interesting. The author writes with a condescending tone at times (like bobiverse) especially toward government and bureaucracy. The voice actor amplified this withk his tone. I got through to the end of the book so it was entertaining enough.

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unmemorable characters

I liked the concept but didn't get to attached to the characters. The narrator did an excellent job of telling the story.

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mixed

starts strong with some nice twists, but fades out in the last third of the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-05-18

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
  • 2018-06-13

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
  • 2019-05-02

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
  • 2018-06-10

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
  • 2018-09-06

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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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
  • Sacramento, CA USA
  • 2018-06-08

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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  • Neo
  • 2019-01-19

Very interesting and entertaining story, so far Dennis Taylor has not disappointed in any book

The singularity trap places itself in a very different future that we may never encounter, but I think it is the dream of any science fiction fan: self replicating nanites, space stations and colonies in nearby planets, asteroid mining, the so called space force ;), it kept me listening for hours, absolutely loved it.

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  • Daniel O.
  • 2019-01-13

Great story and narration!

Enjoyable listen, superb narration by Ray Porter! I am slightly disappointed that we only get 1 book on this story as I could easily listen to more. I think this book sets up an interesting take on a near future where there are consequences for historical choices. With that said, I feel like the book wrapped up reasonably well (even though I'd like more!) and can feel satisfied with this as a standalone story.

The switching back and forth to an 'intercom' sound effect was interesting but I could have done without it, especially since the volume at some points was too quiet when going to the intercom effect. Fortunately, this did not bother me enough to negatively affect my overall impression of the book or the narration performance.

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  • Zoltan
  • 2018-12-17

Total Boredom

Seem Mr. Dennis E. Taylor was a one hit wonder.
After the first book of Bibiverse I already felt the descending with the 2nd & 3rd part but this book was a total boredom.

I'm not saying it was bad, it just wasn't good.

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  • Zebulon Wheeler
  • 2018-11-30

Exceedingly dull and uninspired.

Uninspired, lacking any original thought, perspective or statement.

Glacierously slow with an apparent need to describe every irrelevant detail. Feels as if the author had given up on the story even before he has began.

Very good narration, but it was completely unable to save a DOA story.

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