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The Three-Body Problem

By: Cixin Liu, Ken Liu
Narrated by: Daniel York Loh
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Listen to the award-winning, critically acclaimed, multi-million-copy-selling science-fiction phenomenon – adapted into a Netflix Original Series from the creators of Game of Thrones.

1967: Ye Wenjie witnesses Red Guards beat her father to death during China's Cultural Revolution. This singular event will shape not only the rest of her life but also the future of mankind.

Four decades later, Beijing police ask nanotech engineer Wang Miao to infiltrate a secretive cabal of scientists after a spate of inexplicable suicides. Wang's investigation will lead him to a mysterious online game and immerse him in a virtual world ruled by the intractable and unpredictable interaction of its three suns.

This is the Three-Body Problem and it is the key to everything: the key to the scientists' deaths, the key to a conspiracy that spans light-years and the key to the extinction-level threat humanity now faces.

'Your next favourite sci-fi novel' Wired

'Immense' Barack Obama

'Unique' George R.R. Martin

'SF in the grand style' Guardian

'Mind-altering and immersive' Daily Mail

Winner of the Hugo and Galaxy Awards for Best Novel

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©2023 Cixin Liu and Ken Liu (P)2023 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Wonderful imagination

I haven’t listened to a science fiction book for some time. This was a wonderful story with lots of twists and internal connections between people and events. His imagination is extraordinary: whole new worlds have been created out of the chaos of ‘three worlds’. I had to keep listening to know what might happen next. His characters had depth and the relationships between characters were interesting. The narrator was perfect for such a complex and technical text - forceful but slow enough to convey much meaning. Well done. Looking forward to the next volume.

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A surreal dreamlike dive into a parallel universe

The plot had me guessing from beginning to end, and the ominous narration superbly complimented the story. I was first introduced to this book as a novel about "playing a video game to save the world" and I am so glad that this crude summary truly paled in comparison to the totality of the story itself.

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Great science fiction

This book reinvigorated my interest not just in science fiction, but in reading fiction in general. there's lots to think about in this story

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Brilliant

This book is unique as it is written from a different cultural point of view. Intelligent and entertaining. Couldn’t stop listening.

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Fascinating

I don't read much sci fi but this was fascinating. I really enjoyed the Chinese perspective.

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Explanations and theme were interesting. I felt like an echo of the source language which was cool.

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great translation

it was a little long-winded and unfortunately i had already seen the Netflix film and they differed

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deep and thoughtful

engrossing story that got me from the start - wait now for the re rest of the trilogy.

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Amazing story, alright performance.

the story is awesome, its an interesting exploration of the philosophy of alien ideas. the narration lacks a bit of energy, but it is still very serviceable.

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The start of the best sci-fi series I have ever

This is not ONE of the best in my opinion, it is THE best hard sci-fi book series I have EVER read.

People who found it a slog are obviously reading this book in the standard western book format and are expecting to be told how to think. The beauty of this series is that it leaves moral opinions in the hands of the reader and encourages changing views and looking at a problem from a much grander scale than an immediate threat.

PS: This is the weaker book but a necessary one to get into the others

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