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Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart

Written by: Steven Erikson
Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
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Publisher's Summary

A provocative, beautiful and visionary novel of first contact by New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson.

Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an alien arrival where no aliens show up. Imagine the sudden appearance of exclusion zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the schoolyard bully to nations at war. Imagine an end to borders, an end to all crime. Imagine a world where hate has no outlet and the only harm one can do is to oneself. Imagine a world transformed, but with no guidance and no hint of what’s coming next. What would you do? How would you feel? What questions can you ask - what questions dare you ask - when the only possible answers come from the all-too-human face in your mirror?

On the day of First Contact, it won’t be about them. It will be about us.

©2018 Steven Erikson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Entry level SciFi<br />

Not for the experienced listener of SciFi, too many inconsistencies and surprisingly mispronounced words and place names. This would be an entertaining listen for those looking for a simple sometimes funny story about first contact set in 2018.

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  • B G
  • 2019-05-24

Contain Poignant Wisdom

The story was interesting, at least enough to keep me away from gaming, doing homework, surfing the web, listening to music and watching Netflix for the vast majority of my free time from when I downloaded it to when I finished it.

Of course, this will not happen to everyone - and not most even, I venture.

I suspect those who view the book as advocating specific prescriptions and/or only promoting specific ideologies will either fervently like or dislike the book, depending upon their current world views.

I believe that people who stop at such a superficial basis for their positions are missing an important point.

What the book encourages is an opportunity to imagine possibly feasible alternative societal structures of our own design and without the need for external intervention.

I also believe that most people, whatever their views, would agree that humanity will develop fairer and more efficient societal systems in the future. Does anyone truly believe we have reached the highest point of fairness and efficiency, of personal freedom, that we will ever obtain?

If sociopaths could(can?) be honest with themselves in this regard would not they too admit our systems will, more likely than not, grant each individual increases in fairness and freedom, even if we are to at some point descend down the other side of the parabola, so to speak?

If you enjoy trying to solve the eternal puzzle of how can humanity improve its organizational and procedural structures, in terms of benefits for oneself and benefits for others, - if only in your head - I expect you will enjoy this book. If that is not your forte, I suspect it likely you will not.

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  • Nicholas William Gibson
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  • 2019-08-12

completely new look at first contact

while the voice performance left me wanting more the story itself and the writing is fantastic. Erickson provides thought provoking dialogue, philosophical viewpoints, and timely humor.

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  • Mariann P. McGee
  • 2019-05-23

Nothing but preaching

I tried hard to get through this. There was no story just utopian preaching.

The lectures jumped from topic to topic with no logical progression. Just pronouncements of how the author thinks the universe should be.

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  • Girlymctx
  • 2019-04-07

☆Global Warming☆B.S. intervention by Aliens?

I really thought this might be an enjoyable read! W.T.H. Steven Erikson? Fearmongering Forced Intervention on All Earthling's? I've Already RETURNED THIS TRIPE!

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