The Practice Effect

  • by David Brin
  • Narrated by Andy Caploe
  • 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Physicist Dennis Nuel was the first human to probe the strange realms called anomaly worlds - alternate universes where the laws of science were unpredictably changed. But the world Dennis discovered seemed almost like our own - with one perplexing difference. To his astonishment, he was hailed as a wizard and found himself fighting beside a beautiful woman with strange powers against a mysterious warlord as he struggles to solve the riddle of this baffling world.

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What the Critics Say

"Lively, outlandish, and entertaining." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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My favorite Brin novel. Glad it's now in audio.

Would you listen to The Practice Effect again? Why?

Absolutely! 20 years ago I discovered an amazing new world in the Uplift novels and like an unsupervised child with a bag of halloween candy, I devoured them. Over the next couple of years I read all of Brin's novels and The Practice Effect is my favorite with Startide Rising coming in a close second. I am very happy that this book finally came out in audio and pleased that the narration was good and did not distract from what I consider an amazing story.


What did you like best about this story?

The practice effect!


What about Andy Caploe’s performance did you like?

The narration did not distract from the story.


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

I enjoyed Dennis's Wright Brothers moment.


Any additional comments?

I am disappointed that the only Brin novel that ever made it to film was the Postman. The Postman movie/screenplay was an unmitigated disaster and I would have loved to have seen The Uplift War or Startide Rising made into a GOOD film.

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- James "Live naked, eat anything, feel no shame and kill monsters."

This book was doomed to fail

The author started with an interesting premise, but one which could have no logical solution in the end. Brin wrapped up the book in a hurry and gave us the answers that we were looking for, but it was clear that even he thought they were so lame that they weren't worth exploring.

I've read two Brin novels now, and both of them had the same problem: Brin has clever ideas, but mediocre follow-through.

This book was kind of fun, but it also felt a bit unpolished and immature. It would have made for a fantastic episode of Star Trek or the Twilight Zone, where you can forgive some loose ends for the sake of enjoying the thought experiment. It just didn't have enough meat to justify an entire novel.
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- Amazon Customer "I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios