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Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2021

Absolutely loved this little story. Reminiscent of a Neil Gaiman story. Somehow a big story and a little one at the same time. This will be one I listen to (and buy the physical version of) a lot in the coming years. Loved it

A book of two parts

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-2021

Very interesting book, but found the second half a little difficult to get through. First half was the story of zero and how it was accepted/shunned (largely due to religious reasons). This was super interesting. The second half gets into the nitty gritty of how zero can be used. It’s mathematics more than story and not something that translates well in audio book.
Worth the purchase, but will need the PDF / visuals for most of the second half of the book to appreciate it to its fullest.

Fun new reboot

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-2021

The first hour or so of this was excruciating. The voice acting was over the top and the story was ‘meh’, but it got pretty fun by about half way in and you could tell it was all build up for a much longer story. Eventually the narration gets good and the voice acting of some of the characters is pretty great. Have read better Star Wars stories, but has the potential of setting up a new era of the universe which is exciting. The new setting is going to allow deeper exploration of the Jedi and republic story than the known Skywalker galaxy would allow for which is gonna be fun. A few average characters in this one, but maybe they’re saving them for later tales. Fantastic villain though. Nice to have a Star Wars villain break away from the empire. Looking forward to seeing where their arc goes. Overall, this was a bit better than okay. Takes a bit to get into, but if you stick with it, it does get pretty fun.

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Cool concept, annoyingly executed

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2021

I hated this. Had so much potential but the story was told in a far too floral way. Would love to see this executed by a great sci fi writer rather than a college poet. I stuck with it until the end in the hope the author would tap into the potential of the concept, but instead it just kept on creeping up its own ass with pretentious prose. I feel annoyed for having finished this and even more annoyed for a squandered concept.

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-2020

Man, Arthur C Clarke has a mind beyond most storytellers. I think this is my fav sci fi book. So clever and vivid. Big ideas that are both really human but, beyond human equally.
Wonderful storytelling.

A Sci-Fi Agatha Christie story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-2020

Took me a little bit to get into but paid off. It felt early in like there was big back story I was meant to know but didn’t, but it all came together. The performance was one of the best audiobook performances I’ve heard. Great characters.

Hell of a writer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-2020

The story of an every man. The writing is superb and the narration is perfectly suited. I loved that there was no big ground breaking moments, just the story of a guy living his life, but it was engrossing. Definitely made me contemplative of life. I’m sure it’s not for everyone, but this was great.

A story everyone should know

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-2020

A bit conflicted as to how to review this. It’s an incredibly personal and heartbreaking story and something everyone should know about. I enjoyed it in a solemn kind of way.
On the other hand, if you’ve read Mans Search for Meaning from Viktor Frankel then this is v2.0 of that.
All that said, it’s a hell of a story that is important to capture.
Even if you have read Frankel, this is one more reminder of a terrible event and the drive to find happiness and love in life. Important stuff.

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A lot of fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-2020

Got into Blake Crouch a couple of weeks ago via Dark Matter. He’s found a great little niche of sci fi that keeps you guessing the whole way. Great characters. Entertaining the whole way. Really enjoyed this one.

Insightful, relevant and darkly funny

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-2020

If you’re a fan of Ronson’s writing then you’ll love this. If you’ve ever witnessed, participated or been on the receiving end of social media embarrassment, this is particularly insightful. Just overall great observational reporting. Helps to ground you and remember the person the other side of a 240 character tweet.

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