Fade Out

  • by Patrick Tilley
  • Narrated by Evan Greenberg
  • 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alien Day. The date was Friday, the third of August. For some people the day was just beginning, for others it was the ending in a perfectly normal way. Then right across the world every ground and airborne radar screen went haywire.… This time it had really happened. An alien spacecraft was in orbit around planet Earth. Nine weeks later, civilisation is on the edge of a breakdown more devastating than any nuclear war....
Trained as a graphic designer and having written several film scripts, Patrick Tilley became a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in Gwynedd Wales.

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Life is too long for books this boring

What would have made Fade Out better?

The story is highly dated and many of the political rants theories the author expresses have been proven false. Perhaps if there was less ranting and more plot/story/character development...


Any additional comments?

Some scifi ages badly. Most political thrillers age badly. This is a bad combination of both

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- Unreal Name

Interesting and Realistic

Reviewers who call this book boring fail to see the point or enjoy the fact that this book is about the human response to an alien invasion, not the aliens. It is not an action thriller. It is a discussion of what would go on in human minds and bureaucracies. I found it very interesting.

However, I am the sort of person who does not need fast action or plot driven stories. The deliberations of the American government and of the scientific researchers as they tried to understand this thing and the consequences were fascinating. I marveled through the whole book how the author could discipline himself to take a low-key, non-sensational approach to such a momentous topic. It's really the only first encounter book I've ever read that I didn't think was stupid. That's right, First One. And I read a lot.

I also note that Evan Greenberg's reading was also fabulous. He captured the deadpan caution of the bureaucrats perfectly and did not fall into the annoying habit of some readers of trying to 'act'. I read books so that my interpretation can take precedence. He did me the kindness of leaving himself out of it.
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- TQ White II

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios