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Outland

Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (483 ratings)

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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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I loved the Bobiverse series...this is a mess

Never clicks - too many characters you just don't care about. Don't waste your time or money.

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Dennis E Taylor is the man!

Love all of Dennis's work. He's an excellent storyteller and backs up the concepts with science that at least to my knowledge feels true, creating a very immersive world every time. Looking forward to all of his future works!

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Slow start to a fantastic story

It was a little hard to get the 'science ' explanation needed to set up the story but once the stage was set a very enjoyable ride. Loved the twists and turns and just like in his Bobiverse books, Bill is my favorite.

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A great first look at audio books

I have tried different free audio books and was very disappointed.They were always very poorly read and not acted at all.
This book is very well read and acted and truly takes you on the journey intended by the writer.

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Compelling and exciting.

I found it slow to start, didn't know if I would stick with it. Then it revved up and I was hooked. Stayed up late to listen and was late to work. Easy, fun listening. Great performance by the narrator! Easy to pick out the different characters.

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Let down by my favorite duo

I loved almost everything Taylor and Porter have come up with to date but unlike their other works, this one was slow, drawn out and anticlimactic. I usually give my undivided attention to the narration of Ray Porter but this audiobook was regulated to background noise and I wanted to finish what I started. Hopefully the next one is better!

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Good listen with a few faults

This was definitely an entertaining Audible, it took me a while to get into it though as I've listened to other books by Dennis E. Taylor and read by Ray Porter. The dialog has too many similarities between his books and that dialog then being read by the same narrated using many of the same voices took me a while to get past. Some of the dialog and references also seemed to be a bit much. The type of humor or pop culture references that multiple character used just seemed unrealistic and took away from the story. But it was a good story non the less and I did enjoy it.

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  • Josh
  • 2019-07-14

Feels very "Young Adult"

The book started off promising, but once the clataclysm happened and the characters migrated to the new dimension every problem they faced was solved by transporting back to earth and looting x resource or recruiting y person, often within a few pages of the problem occuring. This plot simplicity made it feel like a YA novel. I found myself far more interested with what was happening to the people on the dying earth.

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  • RJPF
  • 2019-05-26

I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect?

This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc.

The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

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  • Sky
  • 2019-07-01

meh its ok

If like me you've gone through every other book audible has to offer that you want to read then this isn't the worst way to go. It's kind of amazing to me that the author didn't have anyone to look over his work and tell him maybe don't have the characters obsess over coffee like a badd pun constantly or not add the words "he glared at her, or she glared at him" every other paragraph but the story over all was amusing enough

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  • Kenneth Wieland
  • 2019-05-19

Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

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  • TK2.0
  • 2019-05-27

Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort.

Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

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  • Gary
  • 2019-05-16

More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-01

Survival light

story was ok, but I had issues with some of the technical information. I enjoyed his other books. I really like postapocalyptic genres, and I felt like the survival aspects were very underdeveloped. some of the pop references got in the way of logic -- buffalo burgers, without buns.... ok, what would they grind the meat with? why when steaks or roasts would be way easier? the portal seems to use a nebulous amount of electricity, which kind of irked me as well. water? shelter?
That all said, I expect to give it another listen. Since I listen while commuting, it's possible I just zoned through some of the description I feel was lacking. I enjoyed the setting and theme, and felt myself sucked in, only to be smacked by some discordant bit of logic.

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  • Laura
  • 2019-07-10

Interesting premise. Annoying characters

Good narration and interesting premise. The characters are stupid and unlikable. Only download if free.

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  • Tracy
  • 2019-05-31

Good premise

The premise of this book was good, but the execution is sloppy and lazy. It started off ok, got a little better, then got really bad. I‘m not sure how I stumbled onto this one, but I don‘t want to listen to the rest of the series. Don‘t understand something? Just ask an undergraduate student who’s had 6 or 9 hours of overview courses - they will know more than any expert in the field, and not just about their own major!

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  • Stephen Johnson
  • 2019-05-24

Weakest of all DET books so far

A decent sci find adventure at a high level, but I don't believe the characters. These "2019 college students" all make references to Boomer and Gen X pop culture with accompanying dated slang. A few characters seem to share a few too many characteristics with Bob ("omg need coffee lol").

I'm a fan of the other books, but I hope Mr. Taylor spends a bit more time around "kids these days" before the next entry in this series.

Also, I love Ray Porter, but it just didn't work for me to hear him read this one.

41 of 53 people found this review helpful