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The Collapsing Empire

The Interdependency, Book 1
Autor: John Scalzi
Sprecher: Wil Wheaton
Serie: The Interdependency, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 24 Min.
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2018 Locus Award, Best Science Fiction Novel

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. 

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire. 

The Flow is eternal - but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals - a scientist, a starship captain, and the empress of the Interdependency - are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse. 

©2017 John Scalzi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure." (Booklist)

"Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel so in tune with the flow of politics that it would feel relevant at almost any time." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action…Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)

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interesting story line

Containing the usual twists and surprises, the story is captivating, and physically adequate. I especially enjoyed Wil Wheaton.

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Good stuff!

Really good novel and fantastic reading by Wil Wheaton. I enjoyed the characters a lot and the story got me hooked right away. Wheaton gave it life!

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  • Mar
  • 16.05.2020

Nice story, great narrator

This book is a long introduction into a sci fi story with some fresh ideas. the audio book is highly entertaining, mostly due to the fun way of the narrator. can recommend.

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Endet mit Cliffhanger

. . was ja an sich nicht so schlimm wäre, doch es ist eine angebrochene Geschichte, die überraschend mitten drin endet - kein Buch, sondern ein Stück Serie, das einfach abrupt endet.
Abgesehen davon gut geschrieben und sehr gut gelesen von Will Wheaton.

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Why aren't you reading this book RIGHT NOW?

Whoa! I never had THAT much fun since I was two years old and trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole! A clever plot and fast and witty dialogues that sometimes make you blush, sometimes make you burst out in laughter, but always leave you with the feeling that you just experienced something marvellous. It has a way of making you like even the evil charactars, just the same way an almost eight seasons long TV show, that never must be named again, did. But contrary to that one, this book is totally worth it. And Will Wheaton as narrator perfectly nails it. A match made in heaven. Caution: may contain sarcasm.

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John scalzi is undeniable a very witty author.

And Wil Wheaton is a fantastic speaker. Their individual geniuses are intertwinding to form a spectacular listening experience. 5/5 would recommend.

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Great story with Wheaton as a surprisingly good narrator

Even though the audio book seems to be quite short in comparison to other popular space operas, there‘s quite some content to digest.

The pace of the progression of the story is continuous and fast giving you enough space for your imagination without getting lost in too many detailed descriptions.

The world described in the book is believable and I didn’t experience irritating logical errors, which is a rare feat among sci-fi and fantasy authors.

People, who are easily offended by a lot of swearing, probably shouldn’t buy the book though, because especially one of the characters uses the f-word in almost any sentence.

Sooo. If you like The Commonwealth universe by Peter Hamilton, you probably will be quite happy with the Interdependency narrative. If you don’t, because of too much detail and slow progress, you‘ll still probably like it.

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Kept me listening continuously

The book kept me listening almost continuously. Not just for John Scalzi's fans! Will Wheaton's voice acting is also very good, but there'd be more room for actually enacting the different voices (as, for instance, done by Ray Porter).

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John Scalzi? Wil Wheaton? Audiobook at its best!

John Scalzi & Wil Wheaton are a dream team for me... when it's about audiobooks.

This story has a very nice sci fi touch, without getting to technical and I like that it breaks with the traditional sci fi right at the beginning.
The characters are non-standard, and I was very curious how all these people will fit into the story and how they will develop.

I read somewhere that this story has a "game of thrones"-feel and I can't deny it, although I think every book, that has houses, guilds, political intrigues and war fit into "GoT"-esque.
In the end it didn't remind me of GoT or "Dune" and I definitly want to know more about this specific universe and its unique problems.

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  • Ivo
  • 20.07.2018

keine spannung

keine spannung. leider von vorne bis hinten vorhersehbar. Eher politik lastig und quasi null scifi