Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. Read by William Hope, Christopher Ragland, Andy Secombe, Charlie Anson, Eric Meyers, Laurel Lefkow and Liza Ross.
Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger....
We always look forward. We never look back.
That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered. An enormous, ornate hand made of an exceptionally rare metal which predates all human civilisation on the continent.
But this thing...it's different. It challenges us. It rewrites history.
An object whose origins and purpose are perhaps the greatest mystery humanity has ever faced. Solving the secret of where it came from - and how many more parts may be out there - could change life as we know it.
It dares us to question what we know about ourselves.
But what if we were meant to find it? And what happens when this vast, global puzzle is complete....
©2016 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited
I loved this. The ongoing reports of a scientific project constructing a giant, humanoid robot apparently left on earth by aliens. The narrative is structured into reports and interviews surrounding the project, performed magnificently by the cast. Covering a whole spectrum from aliens as mythic inspirations, complex human drama of a tight knit crew and international relations, this is definitely one of my most satisfying reads.
"Exceptional Sci-Fi about an Alien Artifact"
It would easily be in the top 10 for the characters, the actual story, and the narration.
Although this is an exceptional tale about an Alien Artifact and its impact on those involved with it, it is also a much bigger story about the impact this artifact will have on the Human species as a whole.
It is difficult to say without giving away spoilers, and there are a couple of pivotal moments as well. I will let that be up to other listeners so I don't spoil it
The main character who interviews each of the individual players in this book is somewhat of a unique person, and the narrator who portrayed this character did such a brilliant job of bringing to life the arrogance, confidence, the power he exudes in particular places. It was like the narrator 'was' this person. It was utterly brilliant.
Further to this, the narrator who played Kara was equally brilliant in portraying the abrasive, and yet likable character she was meant to be. She brought to life this women who was very straight forward in her desire to be a pilot, do her job, with no fuss, and no bulls**t, and yet, there is a softer side to her. Again, the narrator who played this role was exceptional.
Does this mean its going to be made into a movie? It would be awesome if done correctly.
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'Some things should never be woken'
This has to one of the top 5 books/audio books of the year.
With its clever commentary style to build suspense, the clever story that leaves you wanting more (I listened to this in 2 sittings), to the ending that you will not see coming, this is a true masterpiece of Sci-Fi.
"Puppet master in control"
This is the best produced audiobook; by adding all the extra actors the story comes alive and is extremely easy to distinguish all the characters, this adds that feeling of listening to real conversations or debriefings, it really feel more like an audio play than a reading of the story and it works perfectly. I would say it improves the book.
An entertaining and fast paced old fashion fantasy science fiction mix that holds your attention with ease, but has a few bumpy plot developments.
The story is told in the form of redacted files introducing us to all the characters including the man with no name, the device works well as it gives a limited perspective of what is happening and allows for surprises that do not require great setups, just debriefings of events as witnessed by the characters. as it is the first part all was not revealed but it created enough suspense that I will return to find out the rest of the answers.
This is more fable than hard science fiction with lots of contemporary what ifs and moral dilemmas that are not too heavy or explored very deeply. A very contemporary geopolitical world with the exception of Syria that is not at war or has not been at war in this book. The twist is in the discoveries and the reactions to them.
A good begining with lots of potential for the second part, some interesting Characters and a good plot over all.
"Excellent story, excellent performances!"
I bought this off the back of the recent Alien Out of the Shadows (another excellent audiobook).
This however was something else, told in a very World War Z way of recounting files after the event. The story is intriguing and some characters whom I thought would inevitably be the bad guys... Actually I'll stop. Because I wouldn't want to spoil it.
I really think this has legs to be a great epic saga. I really hope the author follows this up soon and follows the characters, including the character who features in the epilogue, into whatever happens next!
Sorry this review is all over the place. I've literally just finished it and just thought it was brilliant!
The voice actors did extremely well, easily recognisable and distinct. I also hope they recruit the same folks for any sequels.
5/5. Great work all round!
"Really great book with brilliant narration"
This book is so wonderfully written and they style is so easy to follow, the character's and well rounded and interesting some you absolutely love and some you really hate. the narration is beautifully done they each are very memorable and don't blend together so it's easy to keep track of who is speaking at any given time. all in all I really enjoyed this book I've read it a couple times before I bought it on here but listening to it gave a whole new feeling it made everything far more intense. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone it's intelligent and well written as well and narrated and is such an interesting and brilliant concept.
"Intriguing new sci fi"
I wasn't expecting this to be I. The form of interviews but it worked really well. The characters were well defined and performed well by the readers. I don't know if the 'Interviewer' (we never know his name) was supposed to sound like James Spader as 'Red' Reddington from the to programme Blacklist but that was all I could envisage when hearing it. It gave an extra dimension to someone who was basically an extremely manipulative 'micro-manager' of the whole story. I suppose the nearest it could be compared to is The Stone Man by Luke Smitherd and it compares favourably. A very good listen
This is different from any SF I have read or heard before. Especially as the technique of giving us information by interviews et cetera. Overall story was great, and the use of different voices brilliant. Loved it.
very interesting and intriguing! I hope a sequel of some kind is on the works!
I am still quite stunned, a familiar type of story, cleverly turned around and superbly plotted.
The audio version is a delight and a triumph.
"One of the best audio books I've ever listened to"
I think books that are written with a journal recording style make great audiobooks. What sets this apart is that they are audio journals, so are perfect for an audio book. Even the live action chapters are audio only. The acting is first rate and the story very engaging. Different actors playing the different parts makes this a real treat. I could have listened to this for hours and hours longer. The only audio book that comes close is The Martian. If you enjoyed that then you'll love this.
"I wish all Audio books were of this quality"
The quality of production. Different voices and pacing were perfect. The story is interesting and characters well rounded. I really enjoyed this listen.
actors were brilliant, story kept me interested throughout!Ending was OK,but expected more,I guess there is more to come!! I loved it!
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