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Outland

Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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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.

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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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Just buy all of Dennis E. Taylor books

Listening to his stories has been a pleasure. The imagination, intelligence and ability to craft a great story is too notch. Ray Porter is the perfect narrator partner.

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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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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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  • MA
  • 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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Another great book series by Dennis E. Taylor.

Sci-fi at its best, read by Ray Porter. A winning combination. Can't wait for the next book.

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fun story, easy listen

without giving away any details it was pretty good but maybe could have used more. if you liked Jurassic park this will rekindle that SciFi love. Ray Porter could make the bar test sound entertaining.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Linda Herring
  • 2019-11-19

Fun read

I have enjoyed this book a couple of times now. Excellent character building, fascinating premise. Narration is outstanding. Wish there was a sequel, so much more there to build on. Definitely worth the $ and time.

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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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  • Mark Mintz
  • 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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  • pat kenaston
  • 2019-11-15

Want to buy the movie rights!!!

Engaging characters, fascinating sci fi/Armageddon/New World plot. Very cohesive, entertaining storyline, and Porter gives a terrific performance giving voice to multiple characters. Would love a sequel...?

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  • jeff
  • 2019-05-18

can't wait for the next one.

this one really got me hooked on the concept and possible situations. I am already waiting for the next one.

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