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Axiom's End

A Novel
Autor: Lindsay Ellis
Serie: Noumena, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 16 Std. und 2 Min.
4.5 out of 5 stars (36 Bewertungen)

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The instant New York Times best seller

The alternate-history first-contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis. Truth is a human right.

It's fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn't spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the internet, the paparazzi, and the government - and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father's leaks are a hoax and wants nothing to do with him - until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.

Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human - and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

"Axiom’s End is one of the most unique science fiction novels in years. It’s a heartfelt story of alien first contact, but, luckily, unlike so many 'big idea' sci-fi books, it’s utterly unpretentious." (SYFY.com)

©2020 Lindsay Ellis (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A very good, meditative, sci-fi story

Can be difficult to get through compared to more "popcorn" books, but a well told story about the alien and the familiar.

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Engaging old-school sci-fi

Fun to listen through, without any dull moments or noticeable dips in the engagement curve. The narration is fantastic, especially given the difficult task of having to simulate 'Text to Speech' for half the book without it getting annoying. Using Oliver Thorn as the voice of male online pseudo-intellectuals is both hilarious and a good performance.

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interesting, fast paced story about connection

I loved the story in most of its aspects. The characters are believably human, flaws and all.

What killed it a little bit for me was the reading. While the reader was obviously very engaged and used her voice to give life to the characters(especially Ampersand), there were two things I didn't like at all:
- in the beginning of the book, all the spoken parts are really quiet and very hard to understand. This gets better as the book progresses.
-I disliked the emphasis and the imagined punctiation the reader set. There was more than I imagine would likely be in the text. While I understand the wish to make the text seem more.. alive, I do wish the reader hadn't tried to make the text their own. It made the main character really annoying and whiny when I don't think she needed to be as per the pure text.

All in all, I still recommend audiobook if you don't have the time or the ability to read, otherwise I'd recommend reading the book yourself.

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Would work better as a film

Being ace, I probably disliked the tension between the alien and protagonist more than others. Apart from that, it was a solid book. But I thought that because of the action heavy plot the content would shine better with a different medium (film).

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Amazing! Everyone should read this book

This book was extremely captivating, thought provoking and had been on my mind ever since I started listening to it. I literally screamed out loud in disbelief when it ended.