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Death's End

By: Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
Series: Three Body, Book 3
Length: 29 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. 

Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge, and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent. 

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

©2010 刘慈欣 (Liu Cixin) (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Great ending to a great series

Death's End is a worthy ending to a truely amazing series. It isn't as thought provoking as the other books in the series, but overall is a great story. When I first began reading the 'three body problem' series, I was not expecting such a drastic shift in setting..... Cixin Liu's imagination is truely astonishing.

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a truly remarkable series

this trilogy takes physics into territory physicists can barely imagine, wraps it in an engrossing grand story and carries the reader through millennia of constantly surprising twists and turns. expect the unexpected.

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A master piece!

A master piece! A great final to the trilogy. Would highly recommend giving them a read!

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  • Swedish Bear
  • 12-05-2019

An amazing story!

Get your imagination run wild. A worthy end of the trilogy. Should really be fourth book now :-)

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  • Martijn Heemels
  • 29-04-2019

Ideas over story

I had a hard time enjoying not just this book but the series as a whole. After struggling through the second book I waited several years before starting the third but I did want to know the ending after all. The scope and amount of ideas was impressive and the ideas appear to be rooted in proper science. Some truly made me consider the universe in new ways. However, good ideas don't make an enjoyable novel.

It's likely something important is lost in the translation from Chinese but I had a hard time empathizing with the characters or even understanding their actions or personal development. The characters' speech almost never felt natural to me and quite often the dialogue felt like pure exposition. An important principle in western composition is "Show, don't tell", which I feel would've made the book much more enjoyable if applied. I felt the author often did the opposite. This may be a cultural thing, and admittedly my experience with Chinese authors is very limited, but I can only write this review from my own western perspective with the translated version.

So many ideas were introduced one after the other with barely any time to consider the consequences that it sometimes felt the author just needed to get those out of the way as a foundation for the next big one. The human factor was sometimes lost. This fits the premise so who knows, it may have been intentional, but I doubt it.

Audible has two versions of this audiobook in their catalog. I returned the edition narrated by P. J. Ochlan because I didn't like the narration and knew there was another version available. The other narration, by Bruno Roubicek who also narrated the first two audiobooks, was more enjoyable though I feel Roubicek was hampered by the book. His pronunciation of Chinese and other non-English names was excellent. There were very few errors for almost 30 hours of material.

Am I glad I read this series? Yes, but not for the story. Just the ideas.

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  • Simon
  • 02-03-2019

Good. But not as strong as the first 2.

I came to Death's end very excited - I'd waited a year or more for audible to get the rights after I finished the first two in the series. While enjoyable, it didn't quite pull me in as much as the previous two. For me, at least, the story ran out of steam half way through.

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  • Simon Stanford
  • 15-02-2019

A bit of a disappointment

While I did enjoy listening to this and the idea was interesting, the ending was a bit too open ended for me.

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  • Ewan Lockerbie
  • 31-01-2019

Wonderfully ties the preceding books together.

Great depth. In fact it couldn't have had much more depth. Pretty much all-encompassing. Wonderful.

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