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Heaven's River

Bobiverse, Book 4
Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Bobiverse, Book 4
Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
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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 never faced.

©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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  • 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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Great story, cant wait for book 5

Great story. Ended on a dirty cliffhanger, though nothing crazy, just something to look forward to.

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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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  • 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 deserting a ideologically in a fractured society. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • anonymous1
  • 2020-09-25

Excellent book

This whole series is amazing. Very original, very engaging story and narration. Definitely one of the best books of 2020.

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  • Justin
  • 2020-09-25

Spectacular

I marathoner listened to the book today. Just finished. It holds up just as wonderfully as the original three books. Loved it.

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  • Joshua D. Hall
  • 2020-09-25

Enjoyable

I really like this book. There is one huge problem though. I finished this book in a day and it just came out! Now I have to wait for the next one :( If you have listened to the other books in the series then you will like this one. Worth the credit for sure.

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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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  • Jeff
  • 2020-09-25

My favorite so far.

I really enjoyed this installment. World building for the new species was great. The rough side of being a race of sentient computers experiencing individual disparity is finally coming to light. Not to mention the damnable ephemerals. Nice shout out to Expeditionary Force’s Skippy the Magnificent. Dennis has good taste. As usual, Ray Porter knocks it out of the park.

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  • David
  • 2020-09-25

Gold! Great story. Awesome advance in plot

This is great hard Sci Fi and the authors ability to grow the plot and expand the universe is amazing.

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