• by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett
  • 22 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.
Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation that is turning away from the future to live in the past.
A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, Flashback proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.


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I want my freaking credit back.

You know I read all of the other reviewers' warnings about the political stuff in this book before I decided to buy it. I thought maybe the reviewers were just being overly sensitive. The premise of the book sounded really interesting, and I've enjoyed other books by Simmons in the past. (Although I thought DROOD was a total snore.)

Seriously, I could not get through a third of this book. The political nonsense in here is ridiculously heavy handed, xenophobic, borderline racist and just largely unnecessary to the story. Its so similar to the problems with Tom Clancy's latest book, you have to wonder if Simmons and Clancy are hanging out together in tea party chatrooms or something.

I would argue that even the most ardent Republican reading this book would stop and say WTF??? Did I really just read five pages complaining about Obama's rally in Denver and what did that have to do with this cop trying to solve a murder??? Then again, who knows. Maybe there is an audience of people who will listen to this book and nod to themselves that they knew all along the native American and Mexicans infiltrating our universities would lead to the collapse of the US and people would one day be openly celebrating 9/11 as a holiday in Los Angeles.

Yeah seriously. That stuff is in this book.

Last Dan Simmons book I will ever waste my money on.
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- bionichands "procrastinator"

Disappointing political diatribe

I have listened to and really enjoyed many of Dan Simmons' other books. He is a good writer and I love sci-fi. However, this one turned out to be a political diatribe. I can't stand stupid left-wing or right-wing propaganda. Anyway, I listened to it, the readers were a little amateur. The premise of the book started out as an interesting detective story set in a United States that is totally bankrupt, radical muslim terrorists and street gangs have taken over America, and the world. The world has all gone to hell. Then the story devolves into a cheesy cautionary tale of how healthcare reform, drugs, and cut-back's on military spending and nuclear weapons, caused it all. Its funny, Texas takes on this mythical status and is a mecca which won't allow "losers" or "worthless" people into the state. And gosh darn, the protagonist is paying cash for his grandfather-in-law's operation. I felt used, like when Ralphy in "A Christmas Story" figures out his decoder ring's message is just "a crummy commercial."
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio