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4 out of 5 stars
By Michael Oberhardt on 12-09-13

Fantastic Story Let Down by Narration

Where does Quarantine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of narration, the worst so far.

In terms of story, up in the top 20%

What did you like best about this story?

The great ideas, like the priming, quantum mechanics, behavioral mods, and the quarantining of earth. The first part of the book, before it got into the quantum mechanics side of it, really reminded me of the Ghost in the Shell universe.

Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Epstein’s performances?

Yes, but only as I'm a Greg Egan fan, and no other option sadly.

I was able to "get used to it", but it was a conscious effort...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not so much moving, but the lead character's discussing the behavior mods as a means of avoiding grief, and rationale behind it, on humans having always strived for behavioral modification, and a hardware mechanism of doing it being no less valid.

Any additional comments?

I've been a long term Greg Egan fan and was excited to see his books getting audiobook releases. However, the narrator they have chosen really is not very good, and it makes it a struggle to listen to. But if you can get past it, persevere, the story is worth it. If you still read written books though, I'd recommend just getting the written version. It is hard to pass up the convenience of audiobooks though...

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 02-28-15

Another great book killed by narrators pacing.

Stop sabotaging your books by pacing the narrators. The third wall is broken with every pause... every over enunciated... halting... word. I've forgotten the beginning of the sentence by the time narration reaches the end.

It's unlistenable.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-02-15

Good book, bad reader

I gave up listening to the audio version after 10 minutes.The reader tried a poor hard boiled detective style. His patronising attempt at Chinese accent was woeful. I could not bear it. I read the paperback many years ago and will have to read this fascinating book again.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Supreme Chancellor on 10-01-15

Awesome read!

What did you love best about Quarantine?

This story had a great concept, and the author did a great job of making a difficult subject comprehensible to the lay-person. I can't help but think this could explain some of the oddities in our world like the Mandela Effect.

What did you like best about this story?

The level of technical detail was refreshing. Guessing what technology will be available in three to six decades is always difficult, but some sci-fi authors are surprisingly good at predicting how technology will evolve.

Which character – as performed by Adam Epstein – was your favorite?

The main character.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The sky is the limit; literally.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jacob on 05-01-18

Interesting premise let down by sloppy execution

Disappointed. The entire premise of the "bubble" was turned out to be a bait and switch after a promising opening. What the novel was presented as being about turned into hard sci-fi with a focus on quantum mechanics.

Now I like hard sci-fi so that wouldn't necessarily be a problem but the author seem to struggle with the presentation. A big part of the book consists of bland characters just having monologues/dialogues. These lengthy sessions seem to have little more purpose than to provide the listener with enough of an understanding of the mechanics that will make the ending plausible.

Shame really.

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3 out of 5 stars
By m. nonymous on 06-17-17

Egan not at his best

Quantum mechanics is not so pliable as simulated humanity - this ends up frustrating given Egan's level of detail and extrapolation.

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