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The Dark Forest

The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
By: Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
Series: Three Body, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (186 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection.

Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

©2008 Cixin Liu (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A milestone in Chinese science fiction." ( New York Times)
"The best kind of science fiction." (Kim Stanley Robinson)

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great plot, consistently good

consistently good plot intelligent and creative. culturally interesting. recommend the series book one and two. Book three restricted in audible Australia due to copyright laws.

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A great second book

A fantastic extension to the Three Body Problem. An brilliantly constructed story. Can wait to start for final in the series.

The narrator is even growing on me.

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fascinating story, but some cliched story fails

loved many aspects of this, but flying cars in an underground City wasn't one of them. neither was the sending the entire earth fleet to one tiny probe.

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  • cerw
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  • 15-01-2018

Love this book

If you could sum up The Dark Forest in three words, what would they be?

Amazing sci-fi world that will surprise you every page

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luo Ji - because he had the most different vision.

Have you listened to any of Bruno Roubicek’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Love his voice.

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Sweeping near-future Sci- Fi

Epic in scope and richly developed characters add to a swashbucklingly believable sci-fi plot that had me binging to finish.

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  • Kai
  • Australia
  • 21-01-2017

Even better than the first book

This book is the pinnacle of hard sci-fi. The ideas are revolutionary, the creation is unique, and Bruno Roubicek is a fantastic narrator, well suited to the novel.

Read it if you liked The Three Body Problem. I look forward to listening to the third book.

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Great story!

Excellent sci fi storyline ... great attention to detail.

I look forward to the 3rd book when it's released in audible.

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One of the best books I have ever listened to!

Thank you Cixin Liu for this master piece! I enjoyed the book at so many levels: science, philosophy, creativity and humanity!

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Chilling and Mind Bending

Explores some far reaching science fiction concepts with hair raising implications. Terrific sequel that will leave you excited for the next book.

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what can I say? it's fantastic

I found it brilliant. i hope others experience this series also. this book connects with so many different concepts that transcends cultures

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  • Æ Mann
  • 20-11-2017

A gem

This is the kind of book you always hope for when you open up that first page. This was the book I never knew I needed. A classic outside of the western culture bubble where I usually find my reading material. I was so glad that I had the opportunity to read this. This was a rarity. Exceptionally clever, thrilling, a single book exploding with enough ideas and ambition to rival even the longest fantasy series out there.

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  • vlo
  • 10-02-2017

Forces you to reflect

A great piece of work that forces you to reflect about humanity, science, space and all of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-2019

Intriguing

I will never look at the stars the same way again. Very detailed story indeed.

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  • Evan Lum
  • 05-11-2019

Truly Fantastic!

listen to it. read it. the scope only grows with each passing chapter. An amazing book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2019

It's not bad

A bit unrealistic within the constraints set up, a little inconsistent, but mostly enjoyable. The author seems to aim for a somewhat sociorealistic feel, which somewhat falls apart with characters that can be a bit flat. There's a bit of zeerust to the novel too, even if you obey the premise setup in the first novel, but that's somewhat to be expected.

Depending on how much sci-fi you've read, you might find this much more enjoyable than I did.

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  • Florian H.
  • 15-06-2019

What am amazing story... great narrator too

Some parts of the early chapters felt long and not that interesting but overall it was simply a really amazing experience to have this entire reading. So thankful for to Liu Cixin the book and can just absolutely recommend. Narratornis also great.

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  • Andrey
  • 09-04-2019

Great story and a lot of deep thoughts

I really enjoyed this second part of the trilogy, it is continuing to keep me captivated and the author's view of the universe is very thoughtful and unorthodox. The narrator's performance is quite good, too.

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  • Martin Bolbroe
  • 18-08-2018

Pure Genius

I just love the way interplanetary disputes are handled by a genius mind. A long story but wait for it.

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  • Sik
  • 18-07-2018

It starts slow, but has an epic ending

It's worth the time. At many points early in the book it feels really slow, but once it picks up pace is nice.

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  • Chin
  • 20-10-2017

An epic which reflects the humanity

Liu Cixin has a theory on cosmic-sociology, which cover military, history, economy and technology, and may be the greatest threat to humanity.

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  • Daniel Suss
  • 01-05-2018

Cold, emotionless SF is an international problem

enjoyable despite being a bit inhuman. hopefully the last one in the series will warm up.

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  • Wras
  • 09-08-2019

Three incredible books.


This is a trilogy that will change you, it is full of ideas and characters that will enter your life and take you places and to events that are wonderful and unexpected, do not worry about your time investment it is worth a thousand times that and you will feel it.
Best read this year.

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  • Mirzhan Irkegulov
  • 30-08-2017

Very smart and consistently unpredictable

This is what science fiction should be. I loved every chapter of it. Marvellous improvement over the previous book, which was already great. The characters are much more well-written, the plot constantly keeps you on the edge, the scale progressively gets more enormous.

The narration is top-notch. Would absolutely recommend.

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  • MR A CARLIN
  • 08-01-2018

Where is the third book in this trilogy?

I really enjoyed this and the three body problem. However I can't find the third book on audible which is very frustrating. What's the issue audible? I wouldn't have bothered getting these books if I knew I couldn't listen to the whole trilogy.

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  • James
  • 29-04-2017

long winded but just about enjoyable

took a while to get used to the new narrator, but he did a better job all told. pretty heavy going for me, but had to see where the story led.

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  • D
  • 31-10-2017

Where's the sequel Audible UK?

A superb story exceptionally read by Bruno Rubicek but where is Book 3? I need the finale!!

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  • Ms. N. J. Andrews
  • 11-09-2019

Great if you write off the token love interest

A very good follow up that felt like lots of different stories in one.

Lost points for its really odd and slightly creepy romantic aspect. It felt almost like somebody told the author they needed to throw some love interest in, and so he did, but with minimal effort, relying on cliche. It's almost a bit cringey.

Write that bit of it off though and it's great!

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  • Dog Latin
  • 09-09-2019

Even bigger and more complex than Three Body

A marvel of modern hard sci-fi writing with riveting narration. Some parts might seem far fetched or even puzzling to Western readers, especially as the scope is much more macro than the preceding book. But I love Cixin Liu's intelligence and imagination, and Ken Liu's translation is spot on. Looking forward to the next book

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  • Slothamphetamine
  • 11-08-2019

Best booked ever read / listened too

After listening to the entire Trilogy. This book stands out as my favourite

The end of this book at a very specific moment will stick with me forever. Never thought a book could leave me in such awe

Three body problem is a 8/10
Dark forest is a 10/10
Deaths end is a 9/10

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  • osgerdrummer
  • 09-08-2019

Enjoyed reading it but can’t listen to this audible version

I really enjoyed the trilogy thinking it to be one of the best science fiction series I have ever read. However, I find this audible version unlistenable; incredibly wooden and well, tedious. Maybe the translation doesn’t do well as an audio book.