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Civil war looms in the Bobiverse in this brand-new, epic-length adventure by Audible number one best seller Dennis E. Taylor.

More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate - whatever the cost.

But nothing is ever simple in the Bobiverse. Bob’s descendants are out to the 24th generation now, and replicative drift has produced individuals who can barely be considered Bobs anymore. Some of them oppose Bob’s plan; others have plans of their own. The out-of-control moots are the least of the Bobiverse’s problems.

Undaunted, Bob and his allies follow Bender’s trail. But what they discover out in deep space is so unexpected and so complex that it could either save the universe - or pose an existential threat the likes of which the Bobiverse has ever faced. 

Heaven’s River is the fourth installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.

©2020 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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I hope this story never ends

I love this universe, I think this could make a fantastic video game....hmmmmmm.
very cool story on this one with the quelens? anyhow I can't wait for it to continue.
I have the hard copies of the books so I can let people borrow them :)

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The weakest in the series but still has potential

The events of book 4 are certainly interesting but they don't hold a candle to what was going on before.

By the beginning of book 4 the main antagonistic problems the "Bobs" have had to deal with have been dealt with so the author needs to create a new journey, and the solution to that is to sends us on this adventure to save someone intruduced in one of the previous books and then barely mentioned after.

The problem with this book is that altough the charming universe the author has granted us is still there, it's just the stakes aren't. At times I found myself skipping whole chapters out of boredom trying to get to the tension or rush I felt previously. I'll say that by the last two hours it became very enjoyable again and I look forward to book 5 now but it was a grind to get through this book and not abandon it.

I'd say if have enjoyed the previous books stick trough it, you'll still find this a good listen but perhaps just not as good.

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epic

This book was truly amazing and easily kept up to the high standard of the Bobiverse series. I would not be surprised if I ended up listening to this book again. It was full of detail and followed the story line flawlessly. This is easily my favorite series of all time.

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goosebumps at all times

such an incredible journey through the bobiverse, gripping on every chapter.

the level of psychology and human interaction with alien species and also personal mental growth within the collective unimaginably detailed universe this book carries is beautiful from start to finish and I'm proud to say that the last portion of the book left me with goosebumps and tears at the final word.

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Started off not great, but got better

I wasn't sure I was going to finish this book when I started. It was both much the same as the other books, in a nothing new to see sort of way, and forced. After a while the book settles down into two main story lines, the Bobiverse and a planet exploration. Both story lines are engaging. While I ended up enjoying the last 3/4 of the book, I wouldn't say it was as good as the the first 3 from a story perspective.

The narrator does another excellent job with the material. Overall this book mostly stands alone, by that I mean you could pick it up without too much background. Like all the previous books it is a complete story without cliffhangers.

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Fourth book in the trilogy

The book is interesting and entertaining but it can't really compete with the previous three. It basically has only one main story line going on. Though I enjoyed listening it still felt like the fourth book in a trilogy.

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Excellent writing

Excellent writing and given its length a great value
I would say more but spoilers...

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  • Ray
  • 2020-09-27

Highly recommend this addition to the universe.

From a fan, having listened to the first three books a couple times, and now having finished book 4 in two days, I am impressed.

The plot feels like a great extension of the stories of the first three books with a twist in the plot that I began to suspect somewhere in the middle, and enjoyed as it developed in the story.

This universe has more stories to tell, I hope Dennis has some outlines rattling around for development. I don’t think we’re done with Bob or the cohort yet.

Ray Porter does a phenomenal job of giving all of the the narrative characters a unique and identifiable voice, even characters who sound similar, are unique enough, that I imagine the man has a three ring binder full of character profile sheets with twitches, attributes and other neurotic identities.

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Not bad but not great

Pros:
Excellent narration.

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Bobs feel overpowered.
Bridgette is annoying.
Over reliance on visual descriptions.

I'm only 1/3rd of the way through and will update this review if things change.

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I really had to push myself to finish this one. The story does try to address the issue of Bobs being overpowered but it wasn't enough to build any sort of tension.

Overall this chapter felt like a filler.

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Bit of a slog

This one was really hard to get through and in my opinion it doesn't really compare to the previous books in the series which had a very interesting villain and story. I didn't really care about what was going on here and kind of just felt like I had to finish because I was somewhat invested which is a real pity. There didn't really seem to be any new world altering events that were happening but rather a lot of repetition across the whole book. I'm hoping the next book actually gives a bit more insight into why "Starfleet" is doing what it's doing as potentially that could make this book worthwhile. I'd say read this if you're a fan otherwise you could probably give it a skip without really missing anything critical.

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  • C. White
  • 2020-09-24

BOB-tastic!!! 🛸

-Okay... In all fairness, I’ve gotta admit that the first three BOBiverse books easily rank among my all time favorite audible books. I have listen to the complete series at least half a dozen times. I will also admit that I downloaded Heaven’s River the moment it became available and immediately put in a marathon listening session. So, with that said... NOT disappointed. At first I was skeptical on how to meaningfully continue the series (especially when the synopsis makes it feel like nothing more than a needless “Quest for Bender” follow up). I couldn’t have been any further off the mark. Even though the first section of the story primarily revolves around Bob-prime, the audience is quickly propelled into the realization that Bob’s distant clones aren’t just petulant children, but may indeed have their own legitimate point of view. As the listener, you really do begin to question who is right... and just because you’re familiar with a character doesn’t mean it is who you would naturally align with in the “real”. The story provides some very timely commentary on the validity of a dissenting ideologically in a fractured society. I will admit, at times I did feel the actual “quest” to find/rescue Bender was a bit of needlessly protracted time filler, but Ray Porter’s superb narration skills keeps the extended storyline tolerable. Ultimately, If you loved the earlier entries into the BOBiverse, then you will have no problem picking up with the rest of the moot and enjoying the ride. If one thing has been made clear to me with this book, it is that the BOBiverse has the potential for a series of never ending stories. Long live (I mean “clone”) Bob!

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  • ror
  • 2020-09-26

filler book

I really liked the last 3 books a lot but this one is no good. positive reviews are perplexing to me, buy it if you care about continuity more than story.
12h are just B-roll, running away scenes, nothing interesting happens like the maduro or the others or spaceships related. Main story is very isolated, imagine BoB running around in robot disguise. should have lasted 3h max. Background story is more bobiverse group related but author did not want to commit decisions so they just happen, talked about and waved away, Last 15 mins are a sort of "this is the interesting part but i didnt know how to write it so im telling you now."

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  • Emmet H.
  • 2020-09-25

As Skippy would say, five stars, duhhhh!!!

If you’re like me you got up early the day this was released and are already done with it. If for some reason you listened to the first three and are on the fence about getting the long awaited fourth installment, rest assured it is well worth the credit! Fantastic book Dennis and great performance as always by Ray!

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  • brian s.
  • 2020-09-25

boring

it's about some otters running around a giant space station.thats about it.he should of thrown in some better side stories.book 3 was awesome.this book was tedious.

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  • Christopher
  • 2020-09-27

The Bobiverse takes a turn

Dennis Taylor's "Bobiverse" series is a great sci-fi listen. Packed with humor, geek references, and thought provoking storylines, I have throughly enjoyed the series. For the most part, this book does continue on with that general theme, though it did feel that Taylor was left a bit adrift as to exactly where to take the story without the "big bad" of "THE OTHERS" to confront anymore. Instead, the story tackles the implications of the diverging clone personalties of Bob- the "drift" as he calls it. As personalities continue to drift farther and farther from original Bob, philosophical differences about interacting with sentients (or "ephemerals") becomes a major sore spot, as the Bobs try to decide what exactly to do with relative eternity.
Of course, most of this story is taken up with the search for Bender, which leads to a giant megastructure and a mystery about it's creation and creators. Needless to say (slight spoiler), the vast majority of the inhabitants are very technologically limited, which bring the mystery about how they came to be in such an impressive feat of engineering. Unfortunately MOST of book 4 is bogged down with the drudgery of using the "mannies" to try and infiltrate the technologically limited society to unravel the puzzle. It's an intriguing enigma that Taylor created and you obviously want the answers to the questions, but the book gets very bogged down in the minutiae of just traveling through and interacting with this civilization. So compared to the other books it's really quite the slog. There are similarities to the subplot with the Deltans, but unlike that subplot there isn't much diverging from this theme for most of the book, Where the Deltan life (particularly Archimedes') was interesting and interspersed with other plot lines, this is more of a drudge.
However I do have hope that the storyline will continue with more books, as the overall arc of the series continues to be a very interesting one. I'd have to give this book a lower score than the other 3 as it does drag on as I mentioned, but still I have no regrets about getting this book. I just look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-28

Great Series, weakest addition to the series.

I loved all the previous books but this one lacked something and it is hard to pin point. It felt like the whole story was based on the divide between bobs but they spent so much time not exploring that. Is the longest book in the series and it feels like it shouldn't have been.

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  • Lego Man
  • 2020-09-25

Only 3 hrs in .. I will be up again until 2 AM...

Got B4 today - immediately hooked. Story is shaping up to be as complex as any other, Ray Porter is doing a GREAT job, the Bob's have really developed a disparate society. Can't wait to find out what the Mega Structure is!

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  • srqartist
  • 2020-09-28

Anthropology ?

I would like to say at the beginning I was looking forward to this particular release. About halfway into the book I became irritated by the Keystone cop approach to this story. Chapter after chapter, the lack of focus became overwhelming. The main theme of heavens river became a anthropological mess. All human attributes made the story ridiculous. It’s one thing to have Bob spacecraft ,virtual reality ,and another thing to understand why the author would abandon the more science fiction attributes of The first three books. As with most of these long extended series, the final two chapters leave so many possibilities I can’t even count them. All the new players were never flushed out and The soap opera approach to ridiculous situations took over. The author chose not to push the Bobaverse forward, but rather took us down the path of a very long and tedious anthropology book.

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  • Lyndon
  • 2020-09-25

Thanks for the reference.

I love these books, the narrator, everything. But what I really love is when the author makes a reference to one of my other all time favorite books, I can't help but love these series even more.

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  • judy
  • 2020-09-25

A good addition to the series

I am a huge huge fan of the first three Bobiverse books, so of course, I pre-ordered a copy of book four here. I listened to it beginning as soon as they released it at midnight. This book is slightly different from the first three in that most of the whole book centers around the one main storyline, instead of getting to see small stories here and there thru the eyes of different Bobs like in the first three books. Good thing the main storyline is a pretty good one, then. While I don't think this is my favorite of the 4 books, I think it is a fine entry into the series. I always have thought that you could write endlessly in this series, given that the Bobs are immortal and that the Universe is a big place! I hope this isn't the last time the Bobiverse calls out to Dennis to write some more into it. And what can be said about Ray's performance that hasn't already been said? He always does an amazing job. My favorite narrator on Audible still, after quite a few years of being a fan of audiobooks.
If you are a fan of the first three, don't hesitate to re-visit the world of the Bobs!

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