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Outland

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, it's up to six college students and their experimental physics project to prevent the end of civilization.

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away.  

Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them. 

Nothing has prepared the refugees for what they find - a world of few resources and unprecedented dangers. Somehow, they must learn to survive, because Outland may not just be a safe haven - it could be their new home.

©2019 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Worth a shot

Had me coming back to it when I could, was a good story although some of the characters made me fee like I was watching a B grade sci-fi film, feels like it's aimed at an under 20's audience. That being said would still buy the next in the series

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Addictive.

I wasnt sure I could get into a science fiction novel, but after two chapters I couldn't put it down.

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Outstanding

Another brilliant novel by Dennis E. Taylor. The story is unique and engaging. The characters are likable, smart and funny. I loved every second of it.

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Dreadful - dont waste any of your life with it

The characters who create this alternate world are more unbelievable than the creation itself. Weak story with stereotype, shallow characters. Not helped by the audio delivery which emphasises the stererotypes. Worst audio book of the many I have heard and potentially the worst book I have come across.

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A great sci-fi take on Armageddon

Dennis E Taylor has smashed it again. I loved the Bobiverse series and when I started listening to Outland I was thrown for a loop as it was so different. But after a short time I realised Dennis had taken his gift for excellent pacing and structure and applied it to a whole new idea that is no less ambitious in scope than the Bobiverse.

The sci-fi concepts feel real, and the focus is more on well-paced action and inter-personal character development than most science fiction writing, where too often it feels like a revel in tech for tech's sake.

My only gripe is that I think Dennis shouldn't put out one book in a series without releasing the next two immediately. ;)

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  • 25-10-2019

Really enjoyed this one

Narration was good. I enjoyed the story - lots of different events happening that were plausible under the circumstances. Humour and sarcasm was also great. Thumbs up

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A fun book with a marvelous narrator

Ray Porter is an amazing narator and I found this book as I worked my way through most everything Ray has done but it was a great find. An interesting twist on tbe disaster genre with fun characters and engaging dialogue. Bring on book 2!

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Such a unique concept

I've recently become a big fan of Dennis E. Taylor's work. He has very unique ideas for the basis of his books and this is no different. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.

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Loved It

Hated that I knew it was getting close to the end and the next book hasn’t been released yet! The only negative from me is that the characters are a little flat ... that extra emotional dimension is missing. Erin and Matt are meant to be somewhat in love ... you wouldn’t know from the way they are written. I don’t need it to be a sap fest or a love story, no romance is even required but unless a more emotional connection can be made to the characters .. interest will start to wane. Still, I’ll definitely get the next book and check out other works by the author.

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Great story

I really enjoyed this story well worth listening to highly recommend it to any one regardless of what genre you are into

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  • RJPF
  • 26-05-2019

I made myself finish. Glad I did.

I love love love DETs other 4 titles and was too excited for this one to come out. I knew that this was his first (self published) book that Audible "bought" for their Originals library. I was tempted to quit listening after about an hour. Ray Porter is fantastic as usual but DET has come a long way since these early days. I really do not understand all the 5 star reviews. Are we so afraid to be critical - not nasty - but point out that not every output from an author is perfect?

This is a practice novel with very limited character development and coincidences that pushed me way past my belief that the operative word in the term "science fiction" is fiction - that you suspend belief or accept unproven ideas for the sake of the story. Undergraduates who seem to have knowledge well beyond even four years of college, a group of undergraduates (or maybe grad students) who discover this portal while working with an apparently uninterested and unimaginative professor, etc.

The one thing I got from this story is that DET has honed his craft . It's too bad that he didn't rewrite this update to make the story somewhat believable.

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  • Josh
  • 14-07-2019

Feels very "Young Adult"

The book started off promising, but once the clataclysm happened and the characters migrated to the new dimension every problem they faced was solved by transporting back to earth and looting x resource or recruiting y person, often within a few pages of the problem occuring. This plot simplicity made it feel like a YA novel. I found myself far more interested with what was happening to the people on the dying earth.

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  • Kenneth Wieland
  • 19-05-2019

Just plain fun and never dull.

Take a dash of Stargate, Sliders and a hint of Terra Nova mix well and sever over ice. It’s not a new cocktail but boy is it tasty. I don’t write many reviews. But this was just a fun listen and a start of a wonderful new series. I really look forward to many more books to come. You can’t go wrong if you like lite sci-fi just for the enjoyment of getting lost for a few hours. I like heavy sci-fi with deep character development and believable science as much as the next guy. But darn it sometimes I just want some fun.

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  • TK2.0
  • 27-05-2019

Bit of a drop off. OK, silly almost YA feel

I loved Bob. clever deep thought on endless possibilities. this felt almost YA. Felt like two separate stories quickly written together. Some students very casually create inter dimension travel and casually just have fun with it while by coincidence the world ends the same week. every challenge just solves itself. and survival is just let's hang out and use these handy building kits we threw up. Felt super light on content and everything just falls into place. I think it's the opposite of world building, just world's with no real effort.

Narrator great as always, book fun enough but felt like super light 8th grade adventure stories.

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  • Gary
  • 16-05-2019

More! Take my money!

Fabulous story, very original premise as fast as the apocalyptic books I've read. I couldn't stop listening. I literally spent the whole day listening. Well done. ...more please.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-06-2019

Survival light

story was ok, but I had issues with some of the technical information. I enjoyed his other books. I really like postapocalyptic genres, and I felt like the survival aspects were very underdeveloped. some of the pop references got in the way of logic -- buffalo burgers, without buns.... ok, what would they grind the meat with? why when steaks or roasts would be way easier? the portal seems to use a nebulous amount of electricity, which kind of irked me as well. water? shelter?
That all said, I expect to give it another listen. Since I listen while commuting, it's possible I just zoned through some of the description I feel was lacking. I enjoyed the setting and theme, and felt myself sucked in, only to be smacked by some discordant bit of logic.

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  • Sky
  • 01-07-2019

meh its ok

If like me you've gone through every other book audible has to offer that you want to read then this isn't the worst way to go. It's kind of amazing to me that the author didn't have anyone to look over his work and tell him maybe don't have the characters obsess over coffee like a badd pun constantly or not add the words "he glared at her, or she glared at him" every other paragraph but the story over all was amusing enough

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  • jeff
  • 18-05-2019

can't wait for the next one.

this one really got me hooked on the concept and possible situations. I am already waiting for the next one.

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  • Linda Herring
  • 19-11-2019

Fun read

I have enjoyed this book a couple of times now. Excellent character building, fascinating premise. Narration is outstanding. Wish there was a sequel, so much more there to build on. Definitely worth the $ and time.

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  • pat kenaston
  • 15-11-2019

Want to buy the movie rights!!!

Engaging characters, fascinating sci fi/Armageddon/New World plot. Very cohesive, entertaining storyline, and Porter gives a terrific performance giving voice to multiple characters. Would love a sequel...?

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  • Adam
  • 22-05-2019

Bright young things

How far you go along with and enjoy 'Outland' will depend on your ability to swallow the central premise; that a handful of young US University students crack the secret of hopping between dimensions and are able to build a collection of interdimensional portals as and when needed.
Given the breadth of talent it takes to launch a shuttle into space, or build a particle accelerator, to put it mildly, this is a bit of a stretch. One engineering graduate (Bill, the wisecracking one with a penchant for movie references) is able to build the portals. One mathematical whizz cracks the maths. And an alpha male jock called Richard pulls it all together. Matt is pulled in because he is also good at science and has a trust fund. His girlfriend gets suspicious and joins him. And her bff, Monica, incredibly 'hot' and with a penchant for guns, and access to same (second amendment) later, handily, joins them.
They discover alternative Earth's, a grim future where humanity has been wiped out be greenhouse gases, and a world where humans haven't evolved, full of prehistoric mammals and hungry apex predators they christen 'Outland.'
Meanwhile, in the background, the Yellowstone Park super-volcano rumbles ominously. People read the danger signs but others do the mayor in Jaws thing and deny there is any danger. Said super-volcano erupts (the blurb tells you this, so this isn't a spoiler) and the kids evacuate, along with other students, to Outland. They also have to deal with some irate local thugs, an insurrection amongst the students, and the National Guard (who are ok really). The baddies telegraph their badness by calling the women 'bitch.' A lot.
So this isn't Issac Asimov. It is purely pulp science fiction, and it is no worse for that. It is a lot of fun. The writing is brisk, the volcano stuff is done well, with tension building slowly, and the young leads are on the whole quite likeable.
Kudos to Ray Porter, the narrator of the audiobook, who swings from character to character with effortless voice acting ease, and never flags or tires.

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  • Mr. Paul J. Reid
  • 01-06-2019

Missed the target

I liked the concept and listened all teh way to the end but the book lacked substance. The two major themes - inter-dimensional travel and end of the world event - are not explored and developed sufficiently to do either justice.
The characters lack depth, and much of the narrative and dialogue is weak and predicatble. The best I can compare it with is a movie which promises much but lacks the depth or excitement and goes straight to DVD.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2019

I find that I like everything by this Author

Loved it. Finished it too fast, and not because it's a small book. Try Bobiverse as well.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 15-06-2019

On the edge at every end of chapter

When is someone going to make a movie out of this amazing book?!? I loved it so much I devoared it much quicker than expected. Dennis E. Taylor I can't wait to read your other books. As for Ray Porter I can't express how much I am grateful that you narrate books. YOU. ARE. SO. GOOD! Thank you! ❤️ On to the next book!

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  • Paul Coomber
  • 17-07-2019

Dennis e Taylor saves humanity again

cant wait for book two. love the style of this book. geek scifi at its finest.

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  • Craig Thompson
  • 23-05-2019

Once again fantastic

Dennis E. Taylor has once again got me hucked and Ray Ported can make me feel like I am there.

From the premise of Yellow Stone to the way out, I was throughly Intrigued and entertained.

it's Bob all over again at least this time I know there's more to come.

Can only say this makes me want to listen to all of their other work over again. I could not recommend it enough.

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  • andrew
  • 23-05-2019

Hooked

Great story, great narration. Very ‘Bobiversy’, Am looking forward to see where this goes. Hurry up and release the rest please:)

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  • Paul Hamer
  • 04-10-2019

Interesting premise, well executed

I found the concept very similar to The Long Earth series by Sir Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It takes its time getting to the action, but there is a steady build up of tension. You can guess (as the listener/reader) what is coming, but the protagonists do not. The narrator provides a good dynamic for each character hence I found it well executed too as he keeps the narrative tension going.
I assume that there will be a second book in the series. I will be buying it.

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  • B.Nesbit
  • 01-10-2019

Not what I expected

Not really sure what I did expect but it's matter less I guess.
Thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Gavin RdV
  • 24-09-2019

Pretty good

Look it’s not peter F Hamilton or going to win an award but the story carries it along pretty well. It’s an enjoyable listen which is what I needed

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