Tau Zero

  • by Poul Anderson
  • Narrated by Neil Hellegers
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This science fiction novel describes the epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine, which will take a 40-strong crew to a planet some 30 light years distant.
From practically the very first minute, Tau Zero sets scientific realities in dramatic tension with the very real emotional and psychological states of the travelers, exploring the effect of time contraction due to traveling at near-light speed on the human psyche. This tension is a dynamic that Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel, as 50 crewmembers settle in for the long journey together. While they are a highly trained team of scientists and researchers and therefore professionals, they are also a community of individuals, each of them trying to create for him or herself a life in a whole new space - or, literally, in space.
It isn't long, however, before the voyage takes a turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted nebula that makes it impossible to decelerate the ship. Their only hope is to do the opposite and speed up. But acceleration towards and within the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more rapidly, sending the crew deeper into space and further into an unknown future.

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Enjoyed book but not narrator

The narrator speaks in an odd tone, jumpy, and too fast to catch story details. While I somewhat became used to it, I found myself concentrating on understanding the narrators words instead of the underlying story.
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- J Nathanson

Brilliantly envisioned

Brilliant story. Probably my new favorite story of all time. I was sceptical about the narrator in the beginning, but as the story drew I think he did an amazing job. I cannot recommend enough.
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- Philip Sørensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.