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Rejoice

Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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From the best-selling author of the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen comes a story of mankind's first contact and a warning about our future.

An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. Its mission is to save the Earth's ecosystem - and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must make a choice. Should it save mankind or wipe it out? Are we worth it? The AI is all-powerful and might as well be a god. So it sets up some conditions. Violence is now impossible. Large-scale destruction of natural resources is impossible. Food and water will be provided for those who really, truly need them. You can't even bully someone on the Internet anymore.

The old way of doing things is gone. But a certain thin-skinned US president, among others, is still wedded to late-stage capitalism. Can we adapt? Can we prove ourselves worthy? And are we prepared to give up free will for a world without violence? And above it all, on a hidden spaceship, one woman watches. A science fiction writer, she was abducted from the middle of the street in broad daylight. She is the only person the AI will talk to. And she must make a decision.

©2018 Steven Erikson (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Rejoice: Speculative Fiction at its best.

A stunning and complex story of First Contact, beautifully written, realised, and read. Superlatively done.

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Part science fiction , part manifesto. A story wrapped in a treatise of mankind, or the other way round. A vision of our now, our past, our possible future. At times a lecture, yet always compelling. Fresh, brave. The writing is excellent but the gauntlet laid down will be too much for many.

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  • Thomas Ohrbom
  • 13-11-2018

Not at good as his fantasy books

The basic premise is interesting enough, and passages were both engaging and exciting. But often the story was the victim of long winded philosophical discussions that added little to the story itself. Some of the persons of interest were just that, interesting, others were little more than cliches. It does pick up the pace in the last third.

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  • krishna a
  • 29-10-2018

A little bit preachy but it's my kind of preachy

A little bit preachy but it's my kind of preachy so I loved it.the narrator was great too.hope he writes another novel in the series,the ending was a bit abrupt.

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  • Anthony Hayden
  • 14-11-2018

Had potential but left disappointed.

Story had potential, but the many accents from the narrator proved REALLY distracting. Also, I know the US President is written as being a bit dim witted, but seriously the accents and shouting really got under my skin. Most male characters in this were dumbed down and made sound like degenerates or rednecks. This was mostly the narrators take on their characters I would say, but I may be proven wrong. In any case I was disappointed to say the least, especially as Audible recommended this book.

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  • Kamawan
  • 14-11-2018

Really badly narrated

I've blamed bad narration in more than one review, but this was terrible. The lady was good at narrating female characters, but she tried (and failed) to portray every single male character as either incredibly gruff, or unbearably squeaky, neither of which she could pull off. The result was honestly like listening to a podcast of the Muppets show - even the AI presence, a pinwheel of the plot, was slapstick comedy, which did not fit at all well into the story. Think of a mother reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears to an excited two-year-old. I thought I'd get used to it, but it distracted me from the storyline until the very end. Is this how women mistakenly view men? The narrating of male characters was strongly reminiscent of the writing of male characters in The Virgin Suicides - like someone who has never had a conversation with a male in which they've actually paid any attention, and has no idea what a male is, 'but has, like, totally heard of them in magazines' and believes she has it nailed. It was so bad it was almost sexist (and if read by a male with this drastic slant on the opposite sex, probably would be).

Maybe she was given direction by someone who thought this was a custard-pie comedy.

Story was just okay, great foundation with a strong female lead, but long periods of no actual story, and instead people discussing the socio-philosophical consequences of an alien presence on dinner-table conversations thereafter, which got aaaaagonisingly dull at times.

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  • Scholastica
  • 13-11-2018

Start of a great trilogy???<br />

Much anticipated, which usually garners disaster. Not this time! Up to the usual high standards.