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Outland

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (130 ratings)

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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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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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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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Enjoyable Read.

Great story and an easy listen. Bit of a setup for a continued story, will be interesting to see where it goes next.

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Great spin on the end of the World.

Well thought out and easy to follow. Narrator is very easy to listen to making the story easy to follow. Can’t wait for the next instalment.

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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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Excellent and absorbing

Excellent. Well worth the time and quite absorbing. Must have a sequel now please! 😎

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One of my favorites!

Loved this book a lot. At times it had me scared but also extremely excited!

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Interesting story, disappointing progression.

I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the story as it was very slow to start and had a lot of scientific jargon.

However, after listening for a time I found the story very interesting.

The use of real world setting and some real world scientific principles was very interesting. A great way to get a reader immersed.
Whilst I did have some issues with character development the author did stick to the minds of college students and what they would be focused on. I find some authors in this genre do not think clearly about what their characters perspectives would be. In this case I applaud the author.

There was a lack in character development, consistency in using scientific narrative and some issues that could have been solved with a little research.
It did feel like the author got lazy as he wrote the story. The beginning had a lot of research and thought put into it. Then as I progressed further it felt cliched and lazy. It could have been the over use of movie puns and lack of character development.
It’s really important to keep the reader immersed, and due to these issues I found the immersion frequently broken.

This is not to say the author has not put research into the book. It just feels like they have researched and been picky about what they want to include in the story.
Which ordinarily would have been fine. But as major parts of the story are so well researched and detailed it is easy to see the plot holes as a result.

After some personal research I found out the book was written in 2015 and the author has had other titles published outside of this series.
I would be interested in a second book in the series. Partially to see the growth of the author, and partly because the story itself was truly a wonderful concept.
I hope they have improved their work as I see huge potential with a little effort.

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Out of this world!

Dennis E. Taylor delivers again with his entertaining blend of amusing, believable and fast-paced sci-fi with a dose of high stakes action. I eagerly await the next novel in this series!

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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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  • 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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  • Michael
  • 20-06-2019

Entertaining, Language warning

The story was interesting. It puts you into a position to think "What would you do in this situation." Although I would do much different, it was interesting to explore this line of thinking.

You should know that there are are a lot of F*** and B**** words in the middle and end of the book.

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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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  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-05-2019

seriously good science fiction

Dennis E. Taylor has rung the Bell again with Outland his new near future science fiction novel. Science fiction at its best Marries big ideas and major events in a way that is both accessible and mind-blowing. Plus, there needs to be careful research, likable characters, and enough suspense to keep the story moving. Outland has all of this and more. You will find yourself rooting for 6 college students at the center of the story while they try to stay a step ahead of major disaster. This is wonderful science fiction and worthy of a 5-star rating.

Outland is an Audible Original and is at present available only from Audible.

Dennis E. Taylor is the best-selling audible author of The Bobiverse series and the Singularity Trap.

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  • Stephen Johnson
  • 24-05-2019

Weakest of all DET books so far

A decent sci find adventure at a high level, but I don't believe the characters. These "2019 college students" all make references to Boomer and Gen X pop culture with accompanying dated slang. A few characters seem to share a few too many characteristics with Bob ("omg need coffee lol").

I'm a fan of the other books, but I hope Mr. Taylor spends a bit more time around "kids these days" before the next entry in this series.

Also, I love Ray Porter, but it just didn't work for me to hear him read this one.

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  • Lilyn G.
  • 16-05-2019

So good I've already started re-listening to it!

I received a pre-release copy of this book from Audible for review consideration and am voluntarily posting my review. Receipt of this free copy does not influence my review.
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I like the combination of Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Porter almost as much as I like Jonathan Maberry and Ray Porter. Y’all that is saying something! I mean, it’s true that Ray Porter possesses a nearly magical ability to bring stories to life instantly inside my head, but even he can’t make a silk purse out of a sow ear. (See Dead Moon for an example.) However, when he is given a story like Outland that is already all sorts of perfect all on it’s own? That is when the listening experience goes from enjoyable to Yes-I-know-it’s-2-am-and-no-i-can’t-turn-it-off-thank-you.

When I was asked if I wanted to review a copy of Outland, I didn’t even read the synopsis. I went straight to “Yes, please.” as soon as I saw the author and narrator names. It is a decision I do not regret. Taylor’s story is one that kicks off nicely and keeps going at a perfect pace.

From pop culture to multiverse theory, there’s a little bit of something for the nerd that exists inside us science fiction readers. I am fascinated by the idea of Yellowstone erupting and how that would play out for the United States in general. Taylor took me beyond that though as he explored how it would effect the world at large as the balance of power shifted and the long-lasting effect it would have on the human race.

One of the things he said outright depressed me for a moment. Now, this quote isn’t going to be exact because I was listening to an audiobook, but it was in the midst of a discussion about how far humanity would be set back and they were talking about resources. It was something like:

“We’ve used all the easily available resources (metals, oil, etc.). We’ve mined all the medium-difficulty resources. We’ve gotten the hard stuff too. Now we’re highly advanced technology to get to the hardest to reach stuff. Humanity will be in an early-Industrial age with none of the resources they need to rebuild.”

I paused the book, leaned back, and went “Well…shit. I never thought of that.” It took me a moment to press the button and ‘read’ on.

I loved the main characters of Outland. It is a mix of mostly nerds with some kick-ass women involved. There was scenes that had me giggling in pure enjoyment, and mentally cheering when some retribution was delivered in no-holds-barred fashion. None of them are perfect. There’s a hint of romance but it is never central to the story at all. They all deliver absolutely groan-worthy lines at one moment or another. They all know they’re not doing good enough and at some point their luck is going to run out.

Perhaps my favorite thing about Taylor’s writing is how he manages to keep it so well-balanced. Even when serious happenings are going down, there’s always a wisecrack or wry observation to lighten the mood. Taylor writes sci-fi for those who have happily owned their geekdom, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This one needs to go on your must read/listen pile, folks!

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  • Jennifer C.
  • 17-05-2019

NOT a 5 Star Book

I really enjoyed all of Taylor's other books, including this one, but it is not worth the 5 stars that everyone is giving it. It is very predictable (Thanks for the spoiler on the cover of the book!) and there is a lack of ongoing description of the characters. Sure they were briefly described at one time at the very beginning when you are still getting your bearings, but a little into the book when you are feeling comfortable with things there are no adjectives used to describe the 6 students. This disappointment makes it difficult to picture them in your head. Besides those 2 things, it is a very exciting and fast-paced story. Lastly, Porter is a great narrator, however, his female voices vary very little and makes it very frustrating and confusing at times.

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  • AlishaKJ
  • 21-05-2019

A poor second to the Bobiverse series

I loved Taylor ‘s Bobiverse series, in part because Bob himself was so engaging. These characters feel far shallower. They have their identifying traits and taglines, and little more. The catastrophic loss of friends, family and way of life barely touches them, or anyone else, apparently.

Many of the same themes appear in this book: rescuing humanity from apocalypse, engineering to-do lists that go on forever, and the dangers and frustrations of dealing with stubborn or evil people. The tech is the true protagonist, as before. I think techies will enjoy it; as a novel it falls short.

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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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  • 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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  • Matt
  • 24-05-2019

The Long Earth by Sir Terry Pratchett

Really deserves some of the credit here, unless I've missed an older source that they are both based on.

It's a fun story, well written and well performed. But the similarities with The Long Earth don’t end with the Yellowstone Eruption and sideways stepping to alternate earths. It bugged me a bit too much the further I ventured in.

Will read more, would love to see an acknowledgement towards Sir Terry for inspiration.

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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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  • 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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  • Marc
  • 17-06-2019

Simply great concept and awesome narrating!

I enjoyed thr book thoroughly and finshed it in 3 days. One bite and you are hooked!

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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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  • 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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  • Cfc Caumartin
  • 25-06-2019

Disappointed

I am a Bobiverse fan, so came to Outland with high expectations that were not fully realised. Bobiverse is mostly set in the far flung future and in space and this helped with issues of credibility. The earth/present setting of Outland by contrast means that I do not buy it, neither am I super fond of the main protagonists. I loved that wit and engineering were Bob's weapons of choice. In Outland, gun totting plays a key role. My favourite bit? The obsession with good coffee, love this. So in all, this is not brilliant, not very original, nor is it super bad, but I am not likely to get the remainder of this serie.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 24-06-2019

another good one from this author

this was not quite what i expected having listened to bobiverse, but still the same good quality.
if you discount that these are college students and there is no way they would have this level of knowledge and be capable of making these sorts of decisions,. it is still nonetheless, a very believable and captivating story.

can't wait for the next one!