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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix original series!

"Wildly imaginative." (President Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy)

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. 

In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. 

Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

The Remembrance of Earth's Past Trilogy

The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest

Death's End

Other books

Ball Lightning 

Supernova Era

To Hold Up the Sky (forthcoming) 

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

Editorial Review

With the alien invasion looming, humans begin rallying their forces and doing everything they can to prepare for the worst. But how do you plan when the enemy can see your intel instantaneously? The only safe place left in The Dark Forest is the fragile human mind.

The acclaimed author of The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu continues his saga of war and aliens in The Dark Forest. The civil war has ended, and the alien sympathizers have been defeated. Now, with Trisolaris collecting all human intel, Earthlings must regroup and find a new way to plan their opposition. Nowhere is safe—except deep within the human mind. Under the daring Wallfacer Project, four individuals are chosen to hold Earth’s defence secrets in their heads and its fate in their hands.

Like its Hugo Award-winning precursor, The Dark Forest is an exciting, action-packed audiobook full of science fiction wonder and adventure, rooted in political subtext and Chinese cultural commentary. Focusing on the theme of resistance, this complex and deep story also highlights aspects of censorship, the importance of information, the dangers of advancing technologies, and the very meaning of human identity.

Narrator P. J. Ochlan brings this sci-fi audiobook masterpiece to life with a clear and engaging tone. The second volume in Three-Body Problem Trilogy, The Dark Forest will quickly pull you in and leave you unable to pause as the epic tale unfolds.

What listeners say about The Dark Forest

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Great book let down by a poor performance

great story, poor narrator. these things are subjective, but it was a struggle for me to listen to his slow, monotone delivery even after doubling the speed.

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just wish the chapter titles were added ive found my self having to go back snd book mark all the parts i want to make notes of

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Great book. Bad Casting

I loved, loved, loved the first novel so much that I couldn't wait to listen to the second. So, I didn't preview the narrator. Big mistake. In my opinion the reader is too deadpan and he sucks the life out of the story which is the opposite of what I want. For me, it's like an android is reading. I just can't finish it. Perhaps this is part of the story and will make sense if you complete it? But, I just can't complete it.

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Great part of the fantastic trilogy.

Dark forest is a brilliant read. I loved the concepts put forward in the first book, and not only does this one expand on those concepts, it takes it to a whole new level. It's a very philosophical read that really makes you think about our place in the cosmos. The dark forest theory is a clever way to explain the Fermi paradox

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Great story, not so great narration

the story was excellent, but the narrator took the life out of the characters. I wish they would have used the same narrator as the first book.

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  • KO
  • 2021-02-26

***t

No chapter markers.
Terrible narration.
Unfamiliar unlikable characters that come and go frequently without indication of who is important.

All in all, this audiobook is crap. The book isn't as good as the first one, but it's alright. If you consumeit this way, though, the audiobook will ruin this series for you.

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A touching tale rooted in fact and fantasy

Like its protagonist, three body problem's second book is as captivating as it is unpredictable. I found myself staying up late nights for a week, unable to let go of the Tri-Solaran world; such was its beauty and charm. I recommend this to anyone who's interested in the physical sciences or is fascinated by the search for life's meaning (or nihilists haha). Many hours of my life went into this book. None were wasted.

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You’re gonna give me an audio book with a freaking 8 hour long chapter with no breaks? Fine. But at least remember where I am in that chapter instead of restarting every time. Honestly get your stuff together

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enbeatably creative plot

psychologically fascinating plot and with so many philosophical questions posed, yet wrapped in space opera style thriller

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An Almost Perfect Sequel

A great sci-fi read for first timers. The sci-fi aspect isn’t very outlandish given that there is a plot device that curbs technological development so nothing ever seems too foreign an idea.

The “Wall Facer Project” by far is the most interesting aspect of the book. Earth is facing an impending doom coming in 400 years and needs to work as a whole, through generations, to tackle this problem. 4 people are given unlimited power and resources and are tasked with finding ways to beat the aliens BUT must not let the aliens know what the plan is, despite their constant surveillance.

This leads the book to become a sort of mystery novel. Can you, the reader, clue in to what these people have planned? Who are the Wall Breakers? Can humanity work together or will it crumble under the pressure?

What stops this book from 5 stars? Well it’s hard to ignore the way female characters are written, it just sticks out. There is an entire chapter early on that would likely turn readers off of the book where one main character makes up a fantasy woman in his mind, flirts with her, falls in love with her, talks to her, and even goes on a road trip with her. It’s quite simply, very weird. The book treats it, however, as if it’s the most normal thing in the world. People even sympathize with him saying they have done the same thing?? If my friend told me he went in a road trip with his imaginary girlfriend and spoke to her the entire time, I’d be VERY worried.

She comes back several times in the book and every scene with her is just cringe inducing. I’d recommend either speed reading or just skipping these sections entirely.

It’s a real shame because this could have been a masterpiece if not for that one exceptionally misplaced love story.

4/5 - An essential read if you’ve read the Three Body Problem, but speed read or skip the love story.

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  • JohnD
  • 2015-11-25

Amazing

I've been inhaling science fiction for almost 50 years. This book had several major ideas I hadn't seen before, including an interesting take on the Fermi paradox.

This is hard science fiction. There is a fair bit of delayed gratification where he seems to have wandered off into the weeds and you wonder what his editor was smoking, but then he comes back, taps it gently, the egg opens, and you realize that you were set up. Beautiful.

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  • Julie W. Capell
  • 2016-10-03

Come for the ideas, not the characters

A very long book that suffered a bit from poor character development (particularly as regards female characters), a lackluster translation and a robotic performance by the audiobook reader, P.J. Ochlan.

Still, if you can overlook those (considerable) obstacles, there are lots of interesting ideas in this novel. While there is plenty of hard science, what takes center stage here is social science and even philosophy. One of the drivers of the plot is that the aliens do not understand the concept of deceit because of the way language and thought work for them. Even though Mieville covered this concept brilliantly in “Embassytown” it is so intriguing I can see why Liu used it here. Other ideas explored include what does it mean to live a good life and to what lengths will a civilization go to survive.

There are also beautiful images that I suspect would read like poems if rendered in the original Chinese. The description of a brain image as tiny star-like particles in the Milky Way and even the description of the battle with the Trisolaran scout ship are two examples that I bookmarked.

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  • averageconsumer
  • 2015-08-14

A New Favorite

Where does Dark Forest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The title of my review says it. If you enjoyed The Three Body Problem, you'll enjoy this too. There are good reasons why many science fiction fans around the world find Cixin Liu so noteworthy.

What did you like best about this story?

He writes highly distinctive and original space opera, on a grand scale and in an entirely modern way. And he does it while investing his fully-imagined characters with specific and very interesting complexities.
The society-building, world-building and alien-building here are equally outstanding. And if you like interesting science with your science fiction- it is offered in abundance.
Too many books these days are thinly-disguised clones of some other writer's original success. I'm so bored with copies of copies.
But that makes it exhilarating to encounter a new modern master of this genre, who tells his own tale on his own creative terms.

Which scene was your favorite?

If a book is interesting enough in a sustained way, as this one is, there will be no such thing as a single favorite scene. This is not a question asked of a great whole. Also, this question solicits spoilers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Far from it. This is a highly complex story which requires and deserves time and attention- not fast food.

Any additional comments?

Some may also like that there are a few common contemporary features absent in this trilogy so far.
The author doesn't feel a pressing literary need to add explicit sex, endless cursing, or gratuitous space battles to the clever unfolding of good ideas.
I haven't finished this book yet, and even if I had, I wouldn't describe more of the story itself here. Of all things book-review related, I dislike spoilers the most.
One can discover enough about the general story outline just from the publisher's description. I read reviews for some sense of what reviewers think makes a particular book worth buying.
So I am just here to try to say why I am enjoying this trilogy so thoroughly, and to lend support to a first-rate writer who is new to me.

The narrator this time is not Luke Daniels. When I saw that change I almost didn't buy the audiobook. I'm fed up with poor narrators, and will happily read a book rather than suffer.
The short audio sample only told me that P.J. Ochlan wasn't bad. I couldn't really tell how I would find his narration after a while. But I took a chance, and found I liked him just fine.
There is plenty to appreciate in the non-intrusive reading he gives here. He didn't stumble over words (even the Chinese), kept to a good flowing cadence, and has a very pleasant voice.
He reads intelligently, with full comprehension of what he is reading- and that alone has a high value. So I have no complaints. I will deduct one star simply because he happens not to be Luke Daniels.
In listening, you might at first find the sounds of the Chinese names and places a bit difficult to remember. You could write them down, but I learned them the easy way.
Just by paying attention and letting the story flow through me, it wasn't long before my mind remembered most of the characters and places by itself.


To sum it up: there is an exceptionally thoughtful and original story here, wrapped up and well presented in equally fine writing.







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  • Zhechun Zhou
  • 2019-08-21

Translate it again! Ken is much better

I read the Chinese version before this one. Joel Martinsen is not doing a good job at all. Parts related with ball lighten are deleted.
Go back and publish it again! This is a book deserve better!
Besides, Chang Weisi is ponounced totally wrong, and it is not hard to pronounce at all! I mean what's your problem? Just let a Chinese guy or Google translator say it to you and you would not make this error. How hard can it be?

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  • bryan ladrech
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interesting book ... Terrible narrator.

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Forest the most enjoyable?

Its a good story and an interesting spin off the first in the series.

What didn’t you like about P. J. Ochlan’s performance?

The Narrator sounds like a robot. Very monotone and not much "feeling" when reading. The

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  • Steve and Laura Cuzner
  • 2017-09-27

terrible reader

the reader used stereotypical voices for different genders and races. his reading ess very forced and never sounded like real people talk.

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  • Benjamin Buren
  • 2020-01-04

Excellent Second Book - Worth Struggling Through

As with many reviews of this audio book, I agree that the narration takes vastly from the experience. It was a hard book to get into (but well worth the work), and it was quite frustrating to have to struggle with what characters were speaking. I’d say re-record with Scott Brick and a cast of other characters played by other people.

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  • Stephen
  • 2016-02-16

Narrator terrible returning and buying kindle copy

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Love this series! Needs to be re-recorded with narrator from book one. This narrator made almost no attempt to modulate his voice between different characters making it so I couldn't tell who was supposed to be saying what during dialogue exchanges. I hope they return to the first narrator for the next installment. Some of the voices were a bit cheesy, but they fit the characters and made it much easier to follow.

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  • C. Cullen
  • 2018-07-17

Horrible Accents

This is a phenomenal book by a Chinese author. The series place mostly in China. Most of the main characters are Chinese. So why am I listening to a white dude butchering Asian accents? I’d much rather hear the American and European characters through the voice of a Chinese voice actor. -White Girl

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  • Barry
  • 2016-04-06

Maybe it's me...

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This is great science fiction in the mold of The Foundation Trilogy. Yes, it's that good. Characters are distinctive and well developed, the story is compelling, science (fiction) based and not fantastical, the translation is absolutely amazing (not that I speak Mandarin, but the English idioms are natural). Maybe it's me, but I did not like the narrator in Three Body. His characterizations were exaggerated, cartoonish and detracted from the seriousness of the storyline. Ochlan is measured, serious, well-paced and brings enough distinctiveness to the characters to make listening easy and enjoyable.

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