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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix original series!

“The War of the Worlds for the 21st century...packed with a sense of wonder.” (Wall Street Journal)

The New York Times best-selling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's best-selling and beloved science fiction writer.

With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking listeners got their first chance to hear China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and reading list picks by Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. It was also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, making it the first translated novel to win a major SF award.

Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death's End

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

The Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy:

The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest

Death's End

Other books:

Ball Lightning Supernova Era

To Hold Up The Sky (forthcoming) 

©2010 Cixin Liu (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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such a great story

Cixin Liu is a master story teller. I can compare him with Arthur C Clark. This Three-body problem series is much more than a Sci-Fi story. it brings awe and wonder to the reader and a sense of understanding how grand and mysterious the universe is.

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I couldn't get past the terrible Narration

Read the first 2 books, the story and ideas were great but it's real hard sci-fi and a bit of a chore to get through. I thought I would listen to this last book and it seems like the Narrator has never done fiction before. It sounded like he was reading a text book and with the material already being heavy scifi mumbo jumbo it was horrible. In my opinion without someone to bring out the actually story in their performance they might as well be reading a physics text book because that is what it felt like.

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Don't Waste Your Time

This was the 3rd book I’d read in 8 years at the time of my first listen, the previous two were the two prior books in the trilogy. Everywhere online in the past few years, I’ve read that women are often portrayed poorly in books written by men. As a man myself who is not an avid reader, I of course didn't/couldn’t understand what they were talking about...

...until I read this book.

tl;dr I couldn't even finish it after loving the first two books.

**THE REST OF THIS REVIEW IS SPOILERS**

I should say, I haven’t read the book fully. I couldn’t even finish it. I just loved the previous two books and was excited to see where humanity went after beating the trisolarans. Boy what a huge let down. Not because of the course humanity takes, but because the characters are simply bad.

I have to talk spoilers. Our main character is a woman and is elected the next “sword holder” and accepts the mantle of responsibility to hold the dead man switch to earth. She was elected because she was motherly and wanted to be a protector and when she needs to press the button, her only freaking job, she freezes and thinks of the babe she held to her bosom during her election. It was a mans job and she wasn’t a man. My eyes rolled out of my skull reading that.

So what consequences does she face for killing millions? Nothing. She’s treated as a victim and people even worship her as some kind of Madonna, a perfect woman. Fuuuuck offffff.

Every woman is described as “beautiful beyond imagination” and it gets really tired, really fast. Then the Trisolaran ambassador wears a camo outfit and dawns a katana cutting people in half without perceptually moving because she’s so fast while wearing a smile telling humans to eat each other.... it becomes so campy and silly, like bad anime.

Then somehow after the trisolarans are beaten AGAIN, everyone forgives the trisolaran ambassador and starts literally to worship her and literally kiss the ground beneath her feet, forgiving and forgetting the beyond-evil atrocities she committed only a few years earlier.

The worst part about this book is that the most interesting story about the rogue ships only gets I think 3 chapters. They single handedly defeated the trisolaran droplets, travelled into the 4th dimension, created FTL drives, colonize 4 planets, and even create a shield made out of a literal black hole..... but only the first two things I mention happen on screen. The rest is stumbled upon by the main character at the end of the book and they’re like, “Oh hey, what’s up? Look at this amazing shit we did while you weren’t looking lol”

The whole thing is just bad. It seems people are praising it because humanity loses and everyone dies but that’s the only bold step it takes. I don’t need a happy ending, and I should, on paper, like the ending of this book, but it’s so undeserved. I don’t like the main character. The plot kind of just happens around her while she sulks for 500 pages. Humanity makes stupid decisions and they all die which I was actually happy about because they deserved it.

1/5. Read the “Plot” section on Wikipedia and save yourself $25 and 24 hours.

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it's a must listen

our place in the universe is ambiguous now at the time of this writing. It may always be, as there may never be an end to what we can discover. The alternative is far more chilling. This story is a must for any sci-fi fan because it gives you a little bit of everything wrapped in coherent speculation.

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Absolutely epic

This has got to be one of the best trilogies I've ever experienced. The imagination of the author seems so realistic and honestly horrifying that it kept me captivated every minute. I used to wonder with awe about space travel now it terrifies me. 10/10

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An epic end to an epic series. Leaves you shell shocked and asking the deeper questions of life and our place in it.

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Complex storyline

Fantastic writing, but you definitely have to pay close attention to follow the storyline. Definitely my new favourite sci-fi writer!

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listen to this

completely unmatched scale to the last word. everyone should read this series. it's just great

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big vision, sparse characterization.

I found myself unable to look past the traditional gender themes permeating the book

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All the ‘big ideas’

My favourite book of the trilogy, with enough interesting concepts to balance out pacing of the first two instalments. Definitely worth a read for the hard science-fiction fan.

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  • John S. Robinson
  • 2016-10-01

Fermi paradox meets first contact.

Required reading for diplomats and anthrpologists. It unfortunately may explain more than the Fermi paradox. The book is a rare book of hard scifi that extends its remit to the social sciences with a genius akin to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Mr. Liu goes one better than Asimov in that he clearly specifies his axiom base and ruthlessly follows the implications.

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  • Adam Skubel
  • 2016-12-31

Epic ending to an epic journey

P. J. Ochlan's performance was flawless, nothing more to say here.

The story is a vast, vast journey. Many SciFi authors stumble to keep their universe constraints and science consistent in a single book. Cixin Liu does so across three distinct tellings, while simultaneously staying within the boundaries of physical plausibility.

So much so, I almost hoped for him to bend the rules just a bit, to take pity on his creation. But he did not.

I believe that the sign of a great writer is the lack of the sacred, and that is what I felt here. Up until the end, the reader is mercilessly immersed in the cold, harsh reality he has so beautifully created.

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  • Michael
  • 2016-10-07

Best sci-fi I've ever read

Just when I finally get my head wrapped around some huge grand mind blowing premise in this book Cixin Liu unfolds another one, over and over again. Brilliant.

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  • Rahmal Conda
  • 2016-10-05

A story worth waiting for

What a truly epic sci-fi saga. If you haven't read the 3-body trilogy, you're missing out. The scale is hard to grasp, let alone explain. So I won't even try. You may find yourself thinking the science is a little dense, but it's worth getting through. Because once you comprehend it you realize how poetic the universe is, when seen though Cixin Lui's dark lense. All I can say is just read it. You'll be glad you did.

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  • AEsys
  • 2017-01-23

Overwhelmingly good series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Some, to say all will enjoy this series of books is not accurate. One needs a decent understanding of physics and science to fully appreciate the full depth of the novel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Overall this series puts all three books at the top if not the top of my favorite books of all time. The number of times I mentally muttered, "holy shit..." is innumerable. It's hard for me to place words to my feelings behind these books but just take it from me and others that this series is well worth your time and money ten fold.

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First, it's worth mentioning that I don't often rate books or review them. Not that I'm that hard to please I just don't think my writing properly reflects my thoughts toward a book. So this is a special case. I love long books and even more, long books apart of a series. The only problem some longer (15+hrs) novels have is the extra details provided gets tedious. These novels never made me feel anything but totally and completely immersed in the universe portrayed. The overall performance to me only has an analogue to literally falling in love with your perfect match. My mind was that invested in the story. The fact that tiny hands was just elected, makes the reality of climbing the scientific "staircase" portrayed in the book that much more frustrating. I, like many, crave like nothing else to better understand the universe around us and this book gives a glimpse into a very realistic evolution of science.
Overall, if you appreciate and have a decent understanding of physics then the ideas and concepts in this book will leave you drooling due to CPU overload. I'm honestly still recovering after finishing the last novel and greatly anticipate starting at the beginning again in 6months or so.

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  • Patrick
  • 2016-10-17

one of the best trilogies I have ever listened to

this series had me complete riveted. I found myself staying in the car until a chapter ended and I actually looked forward to my commute so I could learn what would happen next. the characters names get a little confusing but once you get by that it is truly an amazing story

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  • Raum
  • 2016-10-08

Original and throught provoking

What did you love best about Death's End?

The series is one of the most original and engrossing sci-fi series I've ever read. The level of education and understanding was not padded down at all. It was refreshing.

This last book in the series takes it up several notches. That's all I'll say. Brilliantly composed story.

What did you like best about this story?

The complexity.

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  • Aaron
  • 2016-09-24

The best Sci Fi writer of this generation

Where does Death's End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Liu (with spendid translation services from K Liu) has produced a new masterwork of science fiction in the Three Body Trilogy. Genuinely thought provoking and epic in scope without falling for tiresome space opera tropes. A rare find.

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  • Mr IT
  • 2016-09-23

A true master piece, like the whole series

Forget about Dune. Forget about Foundation. Forget about Starship Troopers. Three-body series is the new king of sci(-fi?), space sociology and a absolute deity in future story telling. Liu Cixin offers a fully consistent explanation of Fermi paradox, dark matter a d the future of the universe. I am looking forwardto re-reading the whole series. Thank you, Mr Liu

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  • David DelloStritto
  • 2016-11-15

SPEECHLESS

I plan on reading this trilogy multiple times. What an immense genius this author is. No way to summarize the EXPERIENCE of reading this work.

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  • Richard
  • 2016-10-15

Plot is weak, but concepts are amazing.

Like the others in the series, the characters are not strong and the plot is quite random. However the scientific concepts are mind blowing.