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  • Quantum Earth, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (773 ratings)

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Outland

By: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
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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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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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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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mediocore

like the Bobiverse books, the story is to self aware and trying too hard with the nerd pop culture. basic storyline is fine but fairly standard

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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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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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Cheap stereotypes

The story premise is actually quite good and the pace is decent. But the tired gender stereotypes and cheap dad jokes are incredibly tiresome and bog down what could otherwise have been a decent audiobook.

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Great Story

Great story couldn’t put the book down. Well researched and thought out. As always great narrative by Ray Porter.

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polarizing

once again Dennis delivers a trademark feast of geek shiek with colour and intensity. A journey into the human condition shaped by the mirical of the natural world. loved it.

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A very enjoyable dystopian novel. Even when read by a John Wayne impersonator.
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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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