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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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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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Can skip

Rambling, sexist and overall rather dull end to the trilogy. Part of a proud tradition of blaming women for the fall of Civilization (this time universal Civilization).

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a masterpiece of sci fi and brilliantly narrated

This whole trilogy is mind blowing and the last book is the best of all. the author is a genius and the narration is superb

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A gripping tale of humanity's resilience

while I didn't get through it as quickly as 3 body and dark forest, I was stoked to learn I still had more adventures within this universe to listen to. looking forward to the next

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What a great ending!

I couldn't stop listening, this is a perfect combination between space opera, physics and philosophy.

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wow

an epic tale. it's heartbreaking that all stories must end. one of the accurate tellings of humanity. though I don't agree with how he portrays some character, most character development was superbly done.

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amazing

just a really amazing imaginative story. the scale continues to grow and the ideas are big

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Fantastically

Truely an amazingly written novel that makes you think about our place in the universe.

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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 master piece!

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2020

Too grand to bear itself

This book concludes the three body problem trilogy by trying to outdo the previous two books - which it does, but not necessarily in a good way.

While the ideas presented in this book are interesting and thought provoking, most of the ideas doesn't have much room to breathe. One after another an even grander concept than the one before is presented to the reader. It's captivating at first, but after a while it becomes tiring to listen through yet another grand new thing almost indescribable by human words.

It doesn't help that the author doesn't fully commit to the ideas. Once the world building around one idea is done the book leaves it as an anecdote and focuses on the next big idea.

Overall an enjoyable book because I liked many of the ideas, but it showcases that more doesn't necessarily mean better. Dark forest stands as my favorite in the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2021

excellent

loved it, I wish I had more to listen to. the series is well worth it...let's hope netflix doesn't butcher it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-2020

Mind blowing

Just finished the trilogy , absolutely amazing !!! Can’t believe this mans imagination and scientific explanations. Mind blowing!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-2020

Amazing, well thought out science fiction.

When I started the series I thought book one was a tad slow.. Man has that been turned around. What a brilliant, massive expansive world he has created in this book series. Wrapping it up in a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Puhek
  • 06-10-2019

Ended with "huh"

I really enjoyed the performance and translation. Felt different, throughout the series, than have-a-usual-space-opera.
However, I was expecting much more. Ending seemed rushed and put together with what and how seemed easiest, backed with few scientific theories. The biggest question for me while reading all three books was "how is he going to pull it?". And Liu left me hanging.

Bruno's absolutely magnificent performance made this book fantastic for me as he really set the atmosphere so well!

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  • Florian H.
  • 17-07-2019

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan; enjoyed every hour and nothing bad to say about it.

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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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  • htspider
  • 13-07-2020

Mind. Officially. Blown.

The termination (perhaps) of an extraordinary tale. I have read the books (I read the first one twice to make sure I had a handle on proceedings) and now I have listened to all the audiobooks (often repeating some chapters). In 40 years of reading sci-fi I have never encountered anything quite as extraordinary as this vision of mankind's future. Absolutely superb throughout. Recommended, but don't try and skip over anything because you will lose the thread of what happens next!

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  • Chavdar Parushev
  • 21-06-2019

.Masterpiece

A dark fairytale of physics and science about the cosmic sociology in the universe as a dark forest.

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  • Jon
  • 11-01-2021

worthy of your time

memorable and fantastic ending to an epic trilogy and very well narrated. sad that it ended and look forward to listening to it again in the future.

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  • Kevin
  • 31-12-2020

Excellent

Loved the story and narration style. Rounds off the trilogy perfectly. Highly recommend it.

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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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  • Mr Sharrocks
  • 12-05-2021

Mind blowing end of the books

Twists, turns, crazy storyline. Could not predict anything until read. Kept me in suspense. Not always the best narrator but still a great read and ending to series.

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  • Zsolt Pal
  • 19-04-2021

Excellent, excellent story!!

The whole series is so original, so different to any western sci-fi I'm just amazed. Highly recommended; the story, the reader, the ideas, the insight into Chinese thinking and culture.

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  • Bob
  • 17-04-2021

Very average

Bruno Roubicek is a talented voice artist but on this occasion I found that the intonation was a bit off. Possibly it was the dialogue which sounded faintly BBC nineteen sixties with an uncertain inflexion at the end of sentences.

The story did not get me going. It felt flat. Possibly due to translation the narrative was almost like a summary of a story.

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