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  • Ball Lightning

  • Written by: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of the mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of a new frontier in particle physics. Although Chen’s quest provides a purpose for his life, his reasons for chasing his elusive quarry come into conflict with soldiers and scientists who have motives of their own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but...

  • By Niki Techen on 2019-04-08

Weaker Cixin book, but stellar performance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-21

The recording for this book is fantastic, and the story is quite compelling, though much more focused in scope than the Three body series.

For fans of the other books, it's an easy recommendation, and it prompted me to re-visit the series via audible.

  • The Three-Body Problem

  • Written by: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • rambling, no character development

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-04-21

Weakest in the series, but a fantastic start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-21

The three body problem kicks off my favorite sci-fi series of all time, though the pacing does struggle in places compared to the other books.

All in all it's a hearty recommendation, though this performance is also the weakest of the 3 books in the series, with certain characters being given unfitting personalities.

Wang Miao, the protagonist, is made out to be whinney in the recording, which is quite a far cry from the character I remember when reading the book.

Shi Qiang - "Da Shi" - Sounds like an angry meat heat, which also goes against his character, and the one presented in the subsequent book.

  • Schild's Ladder

  • Written by: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The Age of Death ended countless millennia ago. No longer burdened by limited lifespans, the immortal humans who populate inhabited space now have the luxury to travel vast distances effortlessly and to tinker with the intricate mechanics of space time. But one such experiment in quantum physics has had a catastrophic and unanticipated result, creating an enormous, rapidly expanding vacuum - a region of new physics - with the frightening potential to devour countless inhabited solar systems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow ramp up, but great payoff

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-05-28

Slow ramp up, but great payoff

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-28

One of my favorite Egan books.

Narration is dry, but also on point, much better than Adam Epstein, who does Egan's other books.

The story starts strong, but then dives into slowness for a good 30% of the story. It emerges strong as ever though.

Definitely one of Egan's most thought provoking stories, brought to life by skilled narration.