Breakthrough : Breakthrough

  • by Michael C. Grumley
  • Narrated by Meghan Wolf
  • Series: Breakthrough
  • 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A technology that will change what it means to be human...A discovery that questions the very laws of physics......and a catastrophe that cannot be stopped.
Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history.
With the help of a powerful computer system, Alison Shaw and her team are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet's second smartest species. But the team discovers much more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor. One that was never supposed to be found.
Alison was sure she would never trust the military again. However, when an unknown group immediately becomes interested in her work, Alison realizes John Clay may be the only person she can trust. Together they must piece together a dangerous puzzle, and the most frightening piece, is the trembling in Antarctica.
To make matters worse, someone from the inside is trying to stop them. Now time is running out...and our understanding of the world is about to change forever.


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Well-meaning Author Doesn't Do His Homework

(SPOILER ALERT! I cannot do an adequate review of this book with out spoilers.)

This was a very quick listen that initially sounded like it would be a fascinating story. However, it had a multitude of flaws you should know about before deciding to go for it. From all the glowing reviews, it appears that many people weren't bothered by the problems which were deal-breakers for me. I have found that if I really love a book, I will give it a lot of leeway as far as the believability factor. This tale, however, had too many blatant problems for me to swallow the story or enjoy it fully.

There is a great deal of poor or weak "science". A prime example is the contention that all carbon-based life will eventually evolve into human look-alikes. Add to that the plan to neutralize the effects of one mammoth tsunami with another one! Further, add to that a talking dolphin who delivers a nuclear device strapped to his back and survives the explosion. There are lots more of these "problems"; for me, just too many to ignore. As the book wore on, it seemed to me the story got largely out of the author's control and yet, he tried to tie up loose ends in a rushed ending without logical explanations. That is, when he even bothered to tie them up.

The narration was also problematic and disconcerting for me throughout the book. For some reason, a female narrator was chosen despite there being more male than female characters. While Meghan Wolf has a truly lovely voice and it was obvious she really tried to do a good job, it just did not work for me at all. Her male voices were deplorable. Then, there were times when she was screaming at the top of her lungs, and I alternately laughed, cringed, or pulled my earbuds away. I really feel this story could have benefited from an experienced male narrator (of sci-fi), and Meghan Wolf's narration talents could be put to better use.

I do not enjoy giving a bad review to an up and coming author of science fiction. We need more great contemporary sci-fi writers. Hopefully, Mr. Grumley will spend more time researching his next book, talk to the scientists, and catch those loose ends before he goes to press!
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- Kathy "Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy."

Good contemporary sci-fi if you can ignore...

..the fact that laws of physics no longer apply. There are lots action and suspense. Audible classifies this book as a suspense thriller while it is actually a contemporary sci-fi thriller that is likely best suited to teens rather than adults. I listened to LEAP, the second book in the series, first. It is the better book. The book is despite its flaws very entertaining. The author is a very talented writer.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2014
  • Publisher: Michael C. Grumley