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Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves - or in the stars?

If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? 

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

What the critics say

“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post

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More Please! great work Taylor and Porter!

Maybe a sequel in the future? how do you see humanity after having big brother Ralph watching over us? do we get better? I forsee a church of Ralph.

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They need to make this into a movie..

I am new to Audible but I totally loved this book. Ray Porter does a great job in narrating. I can't wait to see what else is in the future for Dennis Taylor.

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Great story. Makes you think.

Wonderful surprise to recognize the description of the beautiful North shore of BC, Canada. As my first intro to scifi, I'm happy to say that I'll read more books in this genre and more books from this author. I'm very familiar with the narration of Ray Porter, which is how I found this book looking for more books narrated by him!

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Taylor and Porter do it again.

Entrancing sci-fi backed by a top notch read. Do not hesitate: pick this one up. If you'ce enjoyed the Bobiverse, you'll like this one as well.

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A glorious space romp

Taylor and Porter are a winning combination. The characters are so well written, the story is intriguing, and I just couldn't stop listening.
In fact, I think I'm going to start it again right now.

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Great Sci fi

Good story building, the way the chapters are constructed annoyed the hell out of me. But that's pretty minor, good take on the alien aspect of space. 100% recommended

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Ray Porter is quickly becoming a favourite.

I am looking forward to more from Dennis E. Taylor. Another greatly enjoyable sci-fi story.

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Wow

This is even better than the bobiverse books which are awesome.
Definitely 100% recommended for science fiction fans.

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Good except radio parts

Vert good. However, listening to it in my car, radio parts could be a bit hard to listen to. Some words were hard to make out.

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An easy listen

I was encouraged to write this review for the #Audible1 contest but regardless of this, the book deserves the positive review.

It's difficult not to go into this book thinking about Dennis E. Taylor's excellent Bobiverse trilogy; a very large pair of shoes to fill. While I ultimately didn't enjoy this book to the same level as those in the Bobiverse series it still has a lot going for it. In much the same way as that trilogy, I often found myself keeping the headphones on for "just another 5 minutes" after my daily commute.

Solid characters and a believable semi-near future atmosphere set the stage for a clever bit of science fiction that will keep you wanting more.

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  • Amy Snider
  • 2018-06-13

Excellent.

After reading the Bobiverse books, I craved more from Taylor. The Singularity Trap exceeded my expectations. I just love Taylor’s writing style and story telling ability.

As for this production, Ray Porter did an excellent job, as he always does. Also, the addition of how voices were portrayed over a phone call, radio, etc was really neat. I hope to find more audiobooks produced like this.

If you enjoyed anything Ray Porter has narrated or Dennis E. Taylor’s Bobiverse books, you will thoroughly enjoy The Singularity Trap.

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  • ryan mckinney
  • 2018-06-10

Disappointed fan of Dennis E. Taylor

I love this combination of author and narrator, being a huge fan of the Bobiverse. However... the story here fell very flat. If this is another three part series it may get better... but this felt like a very rushed, weak installment from Taylor. The character building is decent (nothing special, but I like a few characters and would like to hear more about them) and that’s why I think that a series could survive this. However, poor conflict buildup and a disappointing, magic wand ending mean that as a stand-alone story, this is sadly a failure for me.

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  • Beth B
  • 2018-09-06

Disappointed

I really enjoyed the Bobiverse books but The Singularity Trap was a disappointment. I am really surprised that this book has received so many positive reviews given that absolutely nothing happens in the story. The whole of the book is a debate about whether or not to kill the man - now alien - being. Listening to this story (if you can even call it that) was about as enthralling as watching a congressional debate on C-Span. Sorr,y Dennis Taylor! I will give your future books a try but this one was a dud.

Side Note: I really enjoy Ray Porter's narrations however I found the switching back and forth between his regular voice and the "intercom" voice distracting. It was jarring and took me out the story.

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
  • Sacramento, CA USA
  • 2018-06-08

Not As Compelling as the Bobiverse

First off, I loved the Bobiverse and I think Dennis E. Taylor is a great addition to the world of sci-fi. That acknowledged, and it pains me to say this, The Singularity Trap is a miss. The narration is top-notch, but the story isn't arresting. I didn't make much of a connection with the protagonist. I also felt the dialogue wasn't riveting either. Too many times the author tells us the characters laughed at something I personally didn't laugh at. Also, referencing Star Trek was okay in the Bobiverse, but I cringed when it came up again in this book (even in passing). However, my central issue is the plot itself. I have read many books about the singularity and I don't feel the author portrayed the subject convincingly. The singularity is a huge idea, one that basically says no human being alive at this moment can fully comprehend what a post-human world would be like. It would be a universe of staggering complexity and wonders. Such grandeur wasn't really conveyed or even really hinted at. We have some gee-whiz moments, but not enough of them. This is a criticism that can be aimed at many authors. Read The Age of Spiritual Machines, Life 3.0, and Superintelligence, all non-fiction books. I wish more authors would borrow ideas from those tomes.

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  • Jerry
  • 2018-06-06

Excellent!

The Bobiverse trilogy quickly became a favorite for me. I was excited to see another book from Dennis Taylor come up as recommended. I burned through this in a day. Excellent book. The audio effects were top notch! When characters talked over the radio or phone there was a light change to the dialogue. It worked well and I hope other audiobooks take note of how well it works.

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  • Tavis
  • 2018-06-06

12 hour book within 24 hours

I couldn't sleep last night. It wasn't insomnia. It was THIS DARN BOOK! I couldn't turn it off. I swear I set my sleep timer for 15 minutes at least 10 times. I've had my Bluetooth headphone in my ear since I woke up this morning. I don't know how Mr. Taylor does it, but thank you for being a fast writer! The Bob series and then this book. I might be in love. I think I will be going to look up his previous books now. Lord help my sleep patterns.

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  • Charles
  • 2018-06-09

good setup, disappointing progression

the attempt at characterizing the aliens wasn't enjoyable, the military characters were consistently annoying, and the shocking twists were shocking only in how mundane and unbelievable they were.

also seemed to have a lot of unnecessary and distracting political commentary. i understand some of it was forgiveable as a useful part of the setting, but other times he just trotted out a sequence of future analogues of modern groups to make fun of them and never reference them again

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  • Maxm31533
  • 2018-07-18

Not the Bobiverse series.

absolutely loved the Bobiverse series. I have listened to it many times over. Based on that I have tried multiple times to develop an interest in this, it never happened.

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  • Mike Pluta
  • Overland Park, KS
  • 2018-06-05

Five Stars Squared!

The team of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter have again delivered audiobook good!

The Singularity Trap , penned by Taylor and voiced by Porter is a new hard sci-fi Audible exclusive release. The story incorperates first contact, nanotechnology, military conspiracies, interstellar conflict and more all wrapped in the warm quilt of Taylor-Porter fun and frivolity.

I've been patiently waiting for this release and have not been disappointed.

I wish I could give this five stars squared!

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  • William
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 2018-07-01

If it wasn't for Ray...

I would have never finished this book. Loved Dennis's Bobiverse books but this book is horrible. One dimensional characters, stereotypes galore, today's politics, razor thin plot and horrible science. Very slow deadliest catch start leads to what should finally give the reader some action they've been craving, but ultimately leads to disappointment. Not sure if this was a book Dennis wrote prior to the Bob books (i.e., his first book), but hopefully this isn't what we have to look forward to in the future.

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