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Publisher's Summary

What's going on?
Turn on the television.
What channel?
Any channel.

An unknown vessel, not of this world, materialises in London. A colossal figure towering over the city, it makes no move. Is this a peaceful first contact or the prelude to an invasion? Every child has nightmares. But the only thing scarier than little Eva Reyes' dreams - apocalyptic visions of death and destruction - is the habit they have of coming true....

Scientist Dr Rose Franklin has no memory of the last few years. The strangers she works with say she died and was brought back to life. The question is not just how...but why?

Kara Resnik and Vincent Couture fell in love during war and have found peace since. They are the thin line of defence against what is coming. But they do not know they have been living a lie. And a man who claims to have the answers has his own agenda. There are things he cannot say - and others he won't.

All pieces of an epic puzzle. One we have been trying to solve since the dawn of time....

Full cast of narrators includes Roy McMillan, Sarah Wells, Karina Fernandez and Madeleine Rose.

©2017 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2017 Penguin Audiobooks

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Thrilling read

Loved this book. Great plot with some excellent twists. Looking forward to the third book when it's released in May 2018.

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A great sequel

This is an awesome follow up to Sleeping Giants! It is just as well written and the narration is just as good as the fist one. I really enjoyed this and I can’t wait for April 5!

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  • Ken
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 14-06-2018

Addictive

What a great way to narrate a book. A brilliant cast telling an awesome story. None of the He Said / She Said lines because you know the voice of each character and they are talking in the first person.

Using the file records to tell the story is also a great way to use the cast.

I am loving this series.

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A great book, but some aspects almost ruined it

The story is great and drives along the saga well, but firstly there’s a really annoying plot hole we’re (spoilers: skip to the next paragraph to avoid them), all satellites around earth go down, yet everyone can still use drones with video and audio feed, and even mentions using Google Maps, without satellites ?

Secondly the audio volume is all over the place, mostly due to the performances but be prepared to have whispers jump into screams often

Thirdly, the narrator and character for Eva Reyes almost made me delete this book half way through. Never before has there been a more consistently obnoxious performance and character writing than that kid. I found myself cheering on the idea of the aliens killing her off as quickly as possible.

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Story 6/10 Audio 3/10

I never thought I would dislike a performance on Audible as much as this series. At first having multiple narrators performing different characters was a welcome change but for whatever reason listening to this book and the first was a practice in juggling volume levels, constantly. In most scenes the narrators will mutter a sentence or two and suddenly over pronounce/yell the next sentence and since I raised the volume on my phone or in my car I am now cringing and not enjoying myself. This continued for the entire book, no matter what was happening in the story, which I enjoyed. A shame.

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A worthy second installment

After the first I had high hopes, and it lived up to all of my expectations.

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pretty good, not as good as the first one

The most common side effects of the best audio books Ive ever seen the university of Waterloo

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  • Misspelt
  • 08-04-2017

A must read/listen!

Absolutely brilliant.
It's not often an author manages to keep the tension, the humour and the plot going in second books but this one is equal, if not better than the first! Oh, and what a different twist we are given to the norm, really didn't see that one coming! Excellent narration, giant fighting robots, humour, way out there but believable Sci-fi, you're missing a gem if you don't give this a go.

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  • Mark Page
  • 11-04-2017

Fantastic

I loved it all. Looking forward to Visiting the God's. A brilliant book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Ten out of ten for the story, narration, voices, plot and suspense. Definitely in my top 5 of my collection of 1214 audio books. Bravo.

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  • Alexander Sutherland
  • 23-04-2017

Not as good as the first book

What made the experience of listening to Waking Gods the most enjoyable?

Overall I did enjoy this book - even though this is perhaps because I enjoyed the first so much.
This book did start off a little like Smithard's "The Stone Man" but not as interesting. I think the originality of the first book was lost and not replaced with much, and all they could think off was bringing in more robots.

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  • Nina Couser
  • 18-04-2017

First class in every way!

Exciting, innovative script, fantastic narration, dymanic tension - every aspect of this book was just as good as the previous book, which I thought impossible. I heartily recommend both these books. And I hope there's a sequel - I need more! Great read if you love sci-fi and mystery. I usually only read thrillers and I'm so glad I took a chance on this. 5 big stars

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  • Alan Bowman
  • 15-04-2017

A very enjoyable listen

This was a really enjoyable second instalment of the Themis files. Overall I liked the plot. It does get a little hammy at times, but this is forgivable, given that it's a story about giant alien robots. The ensemble cast brings the story to life well. There are a few instances where I think the performances are a little off (the geneticist with the stutter is annoying and made me think my iPhone had broken, and the person playing the 10 year old was clear a fully grown adult). However, these are minor gripes and don't massively detract from the overall story. I really like how each chapter is a file/recording/interview. Waking Gods is an interesting, enjoyable piece of sci fi escapism and is well worth a listen.

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  • Fiona
  • 08-06-2017

Wow squared!

I loved book 1. I loved book 2 just as much.

this is just a terrific story: it's told as a series of first-person interviews with our main protagonists, and a lot of questions are left hanging. Not so many as to be unsatisfying, but enough that you keep on thinking about the book long after it's finished.

It picks up after book 1 and continues the story, and the lives of the characters. We find out a little more about Themis, more about the people involved, and once again get to ask ourselves whether or not we're alone.

Like book 1, this took my imagination to places it wouldn't have reached on it's own, and I LOVE that. I loved the performance, and I still want more!

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  • ALP
  • 03-05-2017

Compelling sequel, though a bit heavy handed

I loved the first book and by all accounts this was a great sequel, I finished it across 3 days which is a complement coming from me! Some have said it suffered from "difficult second book syndrome" but for the most part I had no problem with the story, it was enjoyable and kept me guessing through to its conclusion.

The only issue for me was the occasional cheesy or over dramatic dialogue and decisions of some characters (Kara & Vincent, I'm looking at you) which took me out of the story to either cringe a little or scratch my head at their choices. In some cases it was forgivable, in others it didn't "fit" for me... but hey, it kept it unpredictable.

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  • Mr M A Wilson
  • 17-04-2017

Fantastic story.

Great narration.
The story followed on really well from the previous book. I can't wait for the next one!

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  • Andrew
  • 11-04-2017

Great listen...

I left a decent review for the first book, though looking back I think I was a little harsh. This is a great series and this second book doesn't disappoint. Great story. Listened to all 9hours in a day! Bring on no. 3!

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  • lushcub
  • 16-12-2017

Fabulous adaptation

All voice actors in this are excellent - gripping story with action, comedy and pathos.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful