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The Singularity Trap

Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (622 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Dennis E. Taylor, author of the best-selling Bobiverse trilogy, explores a whole different, darker world in this sci-fi stand-alone. Determined to give his wife and children a better life back home, Ivan Pritchard ventures to the edge of known space to join the crew of the Mad Astra as an asteroid miner. He's prepared for hard work and loneliness—but not the unthinkable. After coming into contact with a mysterious alien substance, Pritchard finds an unwelcome entity sharing his mind, and a disturbing physical transformation taking place. With his very humanity at stake, Pritchard must save mankind from a full-scale interstellar war.

Brought to life by prolific, award-winning narrator Ray Porter, The Singularity Trap is a thrilling adventure rife with drama and action on a truly cosmic scale. 

©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.

Critic Reviews

“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post

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Great book, great narration awesome story!

I am a big sci-fi fan and I thoroughly Enjoyed this book. Great narration and end result. Let's hope for more. Great job Dennis E. Taylor. Praise on Bobbiverse aswel!

Awaiting more great works!

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I kept waiting for it to get better

I was waiting for the usual wit of Dennis but none came. this story had little potential and it felt like 2 or 3 other books I've listened to lately regurgitated without the good parts. No fun, little drama, unrealistic politics and a dull end. This is one series I will not be getting involved in.

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Awesome

Riveting sci-fi, had me gripped from the start.
Great book, great author! Well done team.

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Cardboard cutouts in space

I enjoyed the Bob series, which launched Taylor’s SF writing career. It was a great idea and the humour seemed to work well.
This is closer to earth and for some reason that brings out the author’s libertarianism, his small minded view of the world. He pictures a solar system where the Cold War continues and America is still winning. The world is run by men, mainly Americans.
The science is good with only a few “gimmes” to help things along. But the dialog, ouch.
Still i kept going through to the end so it must have interested me to some extent, but it’s narrow cultural scope made me wince.

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Outstanding!

I grew up on Asimov and Heinlein. The tradition continues.
Ray amazing. Huge thanks Dennis.

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Very interesting story, good production.

I enjoyed it. Well produced, good narrator. Not a high action story but very interesting.

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could not stop listening!

not as fun as the Bobverse, but for a short self contained book it's amazing how well fleshed out everything felt. I'm use to 40+ hour story's were the last 4 hours is were everything happens, but this manged to keep a really good pace the whole way thru

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Entertaining, Brilliant and a very Human thoughtful book

One of the most entertaining humorous and thoughtful book I have listened to in a very long time. It lays bare all the qualities and shortcomings of the human race. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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A great book

Well hello I don’t usually write reviews but just to make it short’ I found the narrative and story hitting way above many other storeys that I’ve heard and maybe a good tear at the end, give it a go you will enjoy 👌😊

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  • 16-09-2019

SciFi at its best!

Extremely engaging, well written, well performed. The voices are believable and empathetic. The main character - Ivan - is an everyman that the listener wants to hear more of.

Loved every second of it - felt like I was genuinely in the action as it happend. Ending was bittersweet, left me hoping there was a next chapter.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-2019

What a mind $#&@

It's books like this that make you question humanity in multiple senses. I appreciate anything that gets me thinking. The other extremely enjoyable part is how real the humans are in the story, they behave most likely how we would behave in the scenario. It's horrifying and humbling.

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  • Queso Rob
  • 02-05-2019

On the more realistic side

Many authors of this genre bend the laws of physics, aka magic. This is on the more believable side. No faster than light travel, no ridiculous space combat, basically none of the "magic" stuff that you commonly find in other books.

It's similar to The Day The Earth Stood Still, but takes place in the middle of the next century and the story launches after astroid miners encounter something alien. The role tech plays is less gimicky than in other stories, and much more creative.

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  • Amy Snider
  • 13-06-2018

Excellent.

After reading the Bobiverse books, I craved more from Taylor. The Singularity Trap exceeded my expectations. I just love Taylor’s writing style and story telling ability.

As for this production, Ray Porter did an excellent job, as he always does. Also, the addition of how voices were portrayed over a phone call, radio, etc was really neat. I hope to find more audiobooks produced like this.

If you enjoyed anything Ray Porter has narrated or Dennis E. Taylor’s Bobiverse books, you will thoroughly enjoy The Singularity Trap.

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  • ryan mckinney
  • 10-06-2018

Disappointed fan of Dennis E. Taylor

I love this combination of author and narrator, being a huge fan of the Bobiverse. However... the story here fell very flat. If this is another three part series it may get better... but this felt like a very rushed, weak installment from Taylor. The character building is decent (nothing special, but I like a few characters and would like to hear more about them) and that’s why I think that a series could survive this. However, poor conflict buildup and a disappointing, magic wand ending mean that as a stand-alone story, this is sadly a failure for me.

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  • William
  • 01-07-2018

If it wasn't for Ray...

I would have never finished this book. Loved Dennis's Bobiverse books but this book is horrible. One dimensional characters, stereotypes galore, today's politics, razor thin plot and horrible science. Very slow deadliest catch start leads to what should finally give the reader some action they've been craving, but ultimately leads to disappointment. Not sure if this was a book Dennis wrote prior to the Bob books (i.e., his first book), but hopefully this isn't what we have to look forward to in the future.

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  • BB
  • 06-09-2018

Disappointed

I really enjoyed the Bobiverse books but The Singularity Trap was a disappointment. I am really surprised that this book has received so many positive reviews given that absolutely nothing happens in the story. The whole of the book is a debate about whether or not to kill the man - now alien - being. Listening to this story (if you can even call it that) was about as enthralling as watching a congressional debate on C-Span. Sorr,y Dennis Taylor! I will give your future books a try but this one was a dud.

Side Note: I really enjoy Ray Porter's narrations however I found the switching back and forth between his regular voice and the "intercom" voice distracting. It was jarring and took me out the story.

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  • Zebulon Wheeler
  • 30-11-2018

Exceedingly dull and uninspired.

Uninspired, lacking any original thought, perspective or statement.

Glacierously slow with an apparent need to describe every irrelevant detail. Feels as if the author had given up on the story even before he has began.

Very good narration, but it was completely unable to save a DOA story.

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  • Charles
  • 09-06-2018

good setup, disappointing progression

the attempt at characterizing the aliens wasn't enjoyable, the military characters were consistently annoying, and the shocking twists were shocking only in how mundane and unbelievable they were.

also seemed to have a lot of unnecessary and distracting political commentary. i understand some of it was forgiveable as a useful part of the setting, but other times he just trotted out a sequence of future analogues of modern groups to make fun of them and never reference them again

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  • Abdur Abdul-Malik
  • 08-06-2018

Not As Compelling as the Bobiverse

First off, I loved the Bobiverse and I think Dennis E. Taylor is a great addition to the world of sci-fi. That acknowledged, and it pains me to say this, The Singularity Trap is a miss. The narration is top-notch, but the story isn't arresting. I didn't make much of a connection with the protagonist. I also felt the dialogue wasn't riveting either. Too many times the author tells us the characters laughed at something I personally didn't laugh at. Also, referencing Star Trek was okay in the Bobiverse, but I cringed when it came up again in this book (even in passing). However, my central issue is the plot itself. I have read many books about the singularity and I don't feel the author portrayed the subject convincingly. The singularity is a huge idea, one that basically says no human being alive at this moment can fully comprehend what a post-human world would be like. It would be a universe of staggering complexity and wonders. Such grandeur wasn't really conveyed or even really hinted at. We have some gee-whiz moments, but not enough of them. This is a criticism that can be aimed at many authors. Read The Age of Spiritual Machines, Life 3.0, and Superintelligence, all non-fiction books. I wish more authors would borrow ideas from those tomes.

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  • Jerry
  • 06-06-2018

Excellent!

The Bobiverse trilogy quickly became a favorite for me. I was excited to see another book from Dennis Taylor come up as recommended. I burned through this in a day. Excellent book. The audio effects were top notch! When characters talked over the radio or phone there was a light change to the dialogue. It worked well and I hope other audiobooks take note of how well it works.

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  • Simon
  • 07-06-2018

Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

Dennis E Taylor has done it again it seems as this is another high quality production from him very ably voiced by Ray Porter. The storyline has a lot of the hallmarks of classic sci-fi. In fact I'd say it's perhaps "harder" sci-fi than his popular Bobiverse series. A development of his style rather than a flat continuation.

It is still however imbued with Taylor's subtle humour at times and his patient and careful characterisation. It is also once again a fairly ordinary guy trying to deal with a situation beyond comprehension and while there are many tropes traditional to the genre there is plenty of invention too.

Ray Porter does a great job with the narration with many characters voiced in distinctive ways. There are also some nice touches on the audio with radio voices when appropriate which give it additional depth.

If you liked the Bobiverse series this is closer to what I would term hard sci-fi but there's still lots to love here and I think most people would get a similar level of enjoyment out of this one too. I think Taylor has another hit on his hands and he's clearly an author that is going to be fun to follow in the future.

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  • Rain
  • 07-07-2018

Simply Outstanding

Without a doubt the best science fiction book I have ever read, and I have read a lot over the last 40 years. The plot is outstandingly brilliant and you are fully transported into the story line from page 1. The narration is so good it is beyond belief. This narrator is absolutely outstanding each character’s voice unique. I am in awe. I chose this book because of its high ratings. I now completely understand and concur with those ratings. I think I am going to have to listen to it again! And I am also going to look up every other book this narrator may have performed.

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  • Wakeman
  • 08-02-2019

Spoiled by one-dimensional characters

Beware of spoilers.

This story has several classical sci-fi tropes going back to the 1950s, not to mention some of the characterisation being reminiscent of E.E. 'Doc' Smith.. It starts with our plucky out-of-luck underdog venturing into space on a run-down asteroid mining vessel. Having gone through a fairly torturous sequence of events, he 'makes contact' with an alien artefact. From then on, there are a number of 'deus-ex-machina' events,which end with the Earth being saved from destruction.

Sadly, most of the main characters are as thinly drawn as our hero becomes for his initial shape-shifting escape from captivity. The Earthly political and military backgrounds are drawn in cliches. Don't get me wrong, there are some aspects which are well-written and entertaining. It's a shame that the framework is so shaky.

The performance is good and holds your attention.

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  • Langers
  • 07-11-2018

Highly recommend

This is an old story I guess but retold in a truly fascinating way. Without giving too much away the story has A good mix of good versus evil, versus the unknown. I can’t explain too much about the story as it will give away what is a very clever plot. I highly recommend this as an audio book as literally I couldn’t stop listening the pace and narration are superb

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  • Anony-mouse
  • 13-06-2018

Average Follow Up to Bobiverse series

This might have benefited from a new narrator. Ray Porter narrated the Bobiverse series superbly and unfortunately there was similar vocal characterisation. The story sort of petered out, with similar themes from Taylor's previous series which weren't expanded upon enough. Sadly I'm afraid I can only give this book 3 stars as it doesn't get beyond average, which is a pity.

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  • Dario Grandis
  • 21-11-2018

Thoroughly entertaining if not 100% original

Thoroughly entertaining if not 100% original, a simple but well flushed out story with good character development and sound science to back it up

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  • Ammar
  • 07-11-2018

Decent

Very slow in the beginning - I nearly gave up but stuck with it.

Story picked up towards the end. Found the concept was interesting and overall I was happy with the story.

Narration was good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2018

Totally original

Great, original story. So many twists and turns. I kept thinking that it would go one way but it head off in another direction. I really enjoyed this story. Great narration, I was never in any doubt as to who was talking, which was amazing considering how many characters there were.

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  • The Dark Newt
  • 10-06-2018

Love this...

Dennis E Taylor has delivered again. As has Ray Porter. And Audible.

The Bobiverse series may or may not have run its course, but evidently Dennis had plenty of life left in his old notes to come up with this great story. This comment is not meant to be negative in the slightest - this story is not a broth made of stale leftovers, but it has almost certainly arisen from ideas that didn't make it into the Bobiverse.

Ray Porter does an excellent job of narration, as before, and it doesn't at all come across as odd that Bob and Ivan sound alike. It's like having dinner with your old friend's pleasingly urbane younger brother.

The humour is still there, if maybe a little dryer (no Simpsons references that I recognised, for one). The characters are as rounded, and the protagonists as agreeable, as one would expect from Taylor. Perhaps, as another reviewer noted, the sci-fi is a little 'harder' than in the Bobiverse, but we're talking nanobots and LaGrange points vs Von Neumann probes and .. err LaGrange points. There's honestly not much in it IMO. And the arch-antagonists (the Others) in the Bobiverse used nanites, anyway.

I think Audible made a great decision in recognising the combined talents of Taylor as an author and Porter as a performer, and I hope this won't be the last we see from this dream team.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 23-05-2019

a really good almost believable story!

I love the technical and scientific detail and the accuracy of it. characters were very believable as was the plot - could really believe something like this would be played out! can't wait for the next book by taylor

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