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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 (981 évaluations)

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Description

Dennis E. Taylor, author of the best-selling Bobiverse trilogy, explores a whole different, darker world in this sci-fi stand-alone. Determined to give his wife and children a better life back home, Ivan Pritchard ventures to the edge of known space to join the crew of the Mad Astra as an asteroid miner. He's prepared for hard work and loneliness—but not the unthinkable. After coming into contact with a mysterious alien substance, Pritchard finds an unwelcome entity sharing his mind, and a disturbing physical transformation taking place. With his very humanity at stake, Pritchard must save mankind from a full-scale interstellar war.

Brought to life by prolific, award-winning narrator Ray Porter, The Singularity Trap is a thrilling adventure rife with drama and action on a truly cosmic scale. 

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

Ce que les critiques en 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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  • 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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mixed

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

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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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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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Wow

This is even better than the bobiverse books which are awesome.
Definitely 100% recommended for science fiction fans.

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They need to make this into a movie..

I am new to Audible but I totally loved this book. Ray Porter does a great job in narrating. I can't wait to see what else is in the future for Dennis Taylor.

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Great story. Makes you think.

Wonderful surprise to recognize the description of the beautiful North shore of BC, Canada. As my first intro to scifi, I'm happy to say that I'll read more books in this genre and more books from this author. I'm very familiar with the narration of Ray Porter, which is how I found this book looking for more books narrated by him!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Allan Nielsen
  • 2018-10-13

Slightly generic and boring story.

Firstly, Ray Porter is excellent! Just like the Bobbi verse books this deals with AI in a very superficial and run of the mill way. I had a hard time getting through it. The first third of the book is good, as soon as the big reveal comes, it's all down hill from there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-29

Disappointing

Tried my best to finish this book. As a rule I don't listen to a bad story for this long without returning it as unsatisfactory. However hoping that this book would eventually develop into something other than a cliche I tried to stick it out. Unfortunately it just never developed I'm returning it! Don't waste your credit.

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  • William
  • 2018-07-01

If it wasn't for Ray...

I would have never finished this book. Loved Dennis's Bobiverse books but this book is horrible. One dimensional characters, stereotypes galore, today's politics, razor thin plot and horrible science. Very slow deadliest catch start leads to what should finally give the reader some action they've been craving, but ultimately leads to disappointment. Not sure if this was a book Dennis wrote prior to the Bob books (i.e., his first book), but hopefully this isn't what we have to look forward to in the future.

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
  • 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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  • Deimir
  • 2018-10-17

Even Ray Porter couldn't save this

While Ray Porter continues to give an excellent performance, and the production of the audio version was top notch, the story totally falls flat. Bad characters, with very little or nonsensical growth, lots of redundant chapters, and a seemingly inconsistent understanding of orbital distances.

I will say that the humorous moments do work well, but that's just about the only bright spot I found in this frustrating story.

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  • Charles
  • 2018-06-09

good setup, disappointing progression

the attempt at characterizing the aliens wasn't enjoyable, the military characters were consistently annoying, and the shocking twists were shocking only in how mundane and unbelievable they were.

also seemed to have a lot of unnecessary and distracting political commentary. i understand some of it was forgiveable as a useful part of the setting, but other times he just trotted out a sequence of future analogues of modern groups to make fun of them and never reference them again

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