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Axiom's End

A Novel
Written by: Lindsay Ellis
Series: Noumena, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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The instant New York Times best seller

The alternate-history first-contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis. Truth is a human right.

It's fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn't spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the internet, the paparazzi, and the government - and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father's leaks are a hoax and wants nothing to do with him - until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human - and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

"Axiom’s End is one of the most unique science fiction novels in years. It’s a heartfelt story of alien first contact, but, luckily, unlike so many 'big idea' sci-fi books, it’s utterly unpretentious." (SYFY.com)

©2020 Lindsay Ellis (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Some weaknesses but overall a good story

Overall, I enjoyed it, but I did struggle with some of the sometimes unlikable characters (the aunt and the mom in particular). It was painful to listen to them be so cruel and condescending to each other and I dont feel it added much to what I already understood about Cora. I also never fully grasped what these aliens looked like. Perhaps this is my own weakness in translating a verbal description to an image in addition to such a unique alien (no gray aliens here!) but it did make it harder to appreciate the story when I couldn't fully picture the main characters. I don't know if I will buy any future books but I do send a big thanks to the author for working hard to put out this first book!

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An Alien Story WITH A TWIST!

I had mixed feelings diving into Axiom's End but I was delightfully surprised to find the book to actually really good and even better a good story! Highly recommend!

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great debut!

Great narrator, let's get that out there first.

This story is great! totally worth it!

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Wonderful debut novel, great performances!

I honestly bought it mostly as a longtime fan of the author's from her work on Blip and YouTube, but dang... this kinda rocked, you guys. Very much enjoyed both narrators (my biggest complaint is that they both have lovely soothing voices, which is to say, I have no complaints) and it was so nice to hear Mr. Thorn's voice in a different context.

I did feel that the pacing near the end was off--I actually felt like the least interesting part of the book was the climax-- but even at its least interesting (for me), it was still 8/10, so I'd still very much recommend it.

Will definitely be preordering any more as soon as they're available! Big thumbs up from me!

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YouTuber blows me away

looking forward to her next literary work. phenomenally done. her way with words is amazing. describing in a visceral detail and tactile emotional way first contact and how it could go all so wrong, or right

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couldn't put it down!

if you're a fan of sci-fi/alternate history you'll absolutely love it. I can't wait to suggest it to some friends

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  • Umar
  • 2020-07-23

A Well Done Character Driven First-Contact Story

This is a great debut book, not filled with the usual traps a lot of first-time authors fall into. It's not a spoiler to say it's a first-contact story. We sci-fi fans read a lot of those and so few stand out. Axiom's End stands out because it's an epic story with so much personality you find yourself caring. It's a character-driven story that brings up so many interesting questions about life, ethics, love. Lindsay Ellis has some balls imagining this story at a specific period of time we will all recognize and going "what if this happened.) At first, the time-period seems innocuous and for a few pages, you worry a story like this could become dated. But as the story plays out and you're carried along the journey with the protagonist you realize that this is one of those stories that might last the test time. We've got ourselves a fresh face in science fiction and can't wait to see what other things she has in store for us in the future.

Fan note: If you know Linsay Eliis work, get ready to crack up at a reference you just know she sat with her manuscript and went "I HAVE to put this in here." And it worked.

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  • Lisbet Barrientos
  • 2020-07-22

Not usually a sci fi fan but...

That was the wildest ride I’ve been on in my most recent memory and it’s 2020

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  • Miss Gibson
  • 2020-07-25

a tedious story even more tediously narrated

this reviewed well however after an hour I found I was skipping to the end of chapters as the story progression was incredibly slow, even worse the narrator was speaking so slowly seemingly trying to build tension with elongated pauses. speeding the app read speed up to 1.4 helped but after 2 hours the story just wasn't engaging enough. I think I was expecting more sci-fi and less 'days of our lives' drama.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-22

Stellar debut for Ellis

I would be very surprised if the Hugo Awards didn't include this for next year. The book remains strong throughout, and has an interesting lead in for futher books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-25

More than surface level sci-fi

This is not a story set in a sci-fi setting, it's more like the classics where it takes your reality and explores would happen if X was introduced. The book did not only deal with both the immediate response and the long term effects but also a expanding viewpoint after the realization.
Another point on the book not beeing surface level: it feels like the world already exsists and we are just takeing a peek into it, knowing there is much more behind the veil.
The world feels realistic. I can see how this could have happened in reality.

The narrator did a good job portraying emotions through the robot voice but there were instances when there was lot of robot talk where it could get tedious.
Didn't like the begining but after that it keept me interested all the way through.

10/10 well done, would recomend.
Sequel plz

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  • Rj
  • 2020-07-23

I am a big Fan of Ellis

I love the Ender series. I love Old man’s war, and I liked this.

I was enveloped by the story throughout. I enjoyed Ellis’ writing style and the characters overall. I was surprised at times and I was correct at others which is nice. I don’t always want my expectations subverted.

I will definitely be waiting for additional books from Ellis and likely devour them just as quickly.

Some of the references felt a little too hard hammered. I didn’t care for the family relationships nor for how.... intense ... things were. There was a bit of an over dramatic pacing.

Despite this. Enjoyable. :) Ellis is worth a listen. It’ll go by quickly.
The narrator Stephanie Willis is fabulous.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-07-27

it's fine.

The protagonist is a little too whiny at points and repeats herself a while lot. the aliens are interesting overall and the ideas around the world building are all solid, if not spectacularly original.

Oliver Thorn thinks he can do an American accent. He cannot.

Overall a decent first effort. B-.

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  • Em Mul
  • 2020-07-21

Pretty good.

It's pretty good. I'm one of the people who have a hard time remembering which character is which but I didn't really have the problem. Cora, Demi, Mills, etc were easy to distinguish.

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  • Stephen Connolly
  • 2020-08-04

HOW DOES SHE NOT KNOW THE BATMAN THEME?

This narrator should stick to voice-over work if she is too lazy to look up the Batman theme from the 60's. Who edited this before dumping it here?

And Pulitzer is pronounced "Pull-it-sir." That's direct from the Pulitzer website... I didn't make it up. This is the kind of stuff that drives listeners like me crazy. I'm only a couple hours in, and all the characters sound super bored. This Narrator is driving me to actually read. (But of course I won't.)

Guess I'll trudge through this and hope she finds her footing.

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-08-01

Most excellent, dude.

The story is great, and Ellis is amazing in all things, so why not science-fiction novels? I hate her.

No, but seriously- fantastic book. Unfortunately the main narrator reads like Kristen Stewart acts - or just is, in general. It makes for some notably frustrating pacing, but overall can't take away from the story-telling, which remains most excellent, dude.

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