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  • Quantum Earth, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,715 ratings)

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Outland

Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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Publisher's Summary

When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Excellent!

I enjoyed this story so much I ended up listening late into the night 3 nights to finish it. The right amount of excitement and humour mixed with adventure. You don’t have to be a science geek to enjoy either.

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Another knockout

As usual, Dennis and Ray haven’t led me astray.
Never a wasted credit when either of these fine gentlemen are involved!

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  • 2020-01-23

Too much sarcastic dialogue

The story was an interesting idea. Character development was minimal and the dialogue was almost all sarcasm and one liners, which got old really fast. I don’t regret listening to it but may not go back for more in the series.

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A fun listen

Like the Bobiverse series, this is a fun story. it touches upon various issues, but like a rock being skipped on the water, the story doesn't get drawn into the details of politics, ethics and morals in a new world, and so on. The reader can ruminate on the serious issues those ripples create, but can also just enjoy the narrative.

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Great story

I stared 3 days ago and could not stop listening. So cool. Would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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borderline ridiculous

I'm a huge fan of Taylor but this... I just couldn't get past how utterly impossible this story is. I get completely frustrated when the characters of the story do the exact opposite of what any sane person would do. This is just that repeated over and over. So you create a gateway to other dimensions and your first fear is getting caught for stealing university equipment? YOU CREATED A MULTI-DIMENSION PORTAL WHILE IN SCHOOL. Yellowstone has a cataclysmic volcanic eruption? Well, good thing you had a volcanologist part of your team (also in school) who was the only person on the planet to really see this coming. And what a great time to invent a portal that will save your ass... but make sure you don't tell anyone else cause... you know... stolen equipment. And don't get me started on the idea to mine gold to pay for the operation... what could go wrong.

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Well read but unsatisfying

Excellent narratation and an interesting premise but not a single character worth remembering. Similar to the authors prior 'Bobiverse' series but where the dry, sarcastic delivery worked for that novel, where there was only really one protagonist (or variations thereof); he falls flat writing for multiple characters. This combined with a fairly contrived plot left me struggling to maintain enough interest to finish the book. If you were to strip away the sci-fi elements, there is very little foundation left.

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Not as good as Bobiverse

The book doesn't have the finesse of the Bobiverse . I would say that this is more a book for teenagers

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Not for me

I couldn’t adjust to some of the main characters voices. I never connected with any of the characters either. No one seemed too worried about their family members left behind to die. The story just lacked some key elements I look for in a good novel.

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absolutely fantastic. great narration and story

I can't say enough about this book. it had a lot of plot twists and turns, and kept you interested and on the edge of your seat the entire time

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