• The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-05-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (11,124 ratings)

Regular price: $34.22

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Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling author of the Bobiverse trilogy returns with a space thriller that poses a provocative question: Does our true destiny lie in ourselves - or in the stars?
If it were up to one man and one man alone to protect the entire human race - would you want it to be a down-on-his luck asteroid miner? 
When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.
©2018 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC. Cover illustration by Stephan Martiniere.
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Critic Reviews

“Dennis Taylor serves up a top-notch outer-space adventure…. Ray Porter’s narration is simply brilliant…. In addition to suspense, action, futuristic detail, and moments of comedy, the book brings a light, investigative touch to the question of what exactly human identity is.” (The Washington Post
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2 out of 5 stars
By Abdur Abdul-Malik on 06-08-18

Not As Compelling as the Bobiverse

First off, I loved the Bobiverse and I think Dennis E. Taylor is a great addition to the world of sci-fi. That acknowledged, and it pains me to say this, The Singularity Trap is a miss. The narration is top-notch, but the story isn't arresting. I didn't make much of a connection with the protagonist. I also felt the dialogue wasn't riveting either. Too many times the author tells us the characters laughed at something I personally didn't laugh at. Also, referencing Star Trek was okay in the Bobiverse, but I cringed when it came up again in this book (even in passing). However, my central issue is the plot itself. I have read many books about the singularity and I don't feel the author portrayed the subject convincingly. The singularity is a huge idea, one that basically says no human being alive at this moment can fully comprehend what a post-human world would be like. It would be a universe of staggering complexity and wonders. Such grandeur wasn't really conveyed or even really hinted at. We have some gee-whiz moments, but not enough of them. This is a criticism that can be aimed at many authors. Read The Age of Spiritual Machines, Life 3.0, and Superintelligence, all non-fiction books. I wish more authors would borrow ideas from those tomes.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-16-18

Good comibination

I have listened to Taylor/Porter combo before. Bobiverse Series was a great listen and this one is too. I am looking forward to more from these two!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 06-07-18

Classic Sci-fi with a Modern Style

Dennis E Taylor has done it again it seems as this is another high quality production from him very ably voiced by Ray Porter. The storyline has a lot of the hallmarks of classic sci-fi. In fact I'd say it's perhaps "harder" sci-fi than his popular Bobiverse series. A development of his style rather than a flat continuation.

It is still however imbued with Taylor's subtle humour at times and his patient and careful characterisation. It is also once again a fairly ordinary guy trying to deal with a situation beyond comprehension and while there are many tropes traditional to the genre there is plenty of invention too.

Ray Porter does a great job with the narration with many characters voiced in distinctive ways. There are also some nice touches on the audio with radio voices when appropriate which give it additional depth.

If you liked the Bobiverse series this is closer to what I would term hard sci-fi but there's still lots to love here and I think most people would get a similar level of enjoyment out of this one too. I think Taylor has another hit on his hands and he's clearly an author that is going to be fun to follow in the future.

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29 of 29 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre on 06-24-18

It was... alright?

Started off as a promising classic SciFi story, however I found that the plot tended to waver and then by the end I lost interest. I was expecting more about the creators, I was left wanting more and the way the story ended I don't think those wants will ever be remedied.

The performance was awesome however.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-08-18

Great book, great narration awesome story!

I am a big sci-fi fan and I thoroughly Enjoyed this book. Great narration and end result. Let's hope for more. Great job Dennis E. Taylor. Praise on Bobbiverse aswel!

Awaiting more great works!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Peter J. Wilcock on 08-14-18

Another good book from the creator of BOB!

If you haven't read the Bobiverse books yet, read this first. That way when you finish this, you'll have something else to read next! If you've already read Bobiverse books, this is still a good read. Just don't get disappointed when you find out there aren't more in this series! Worth the read ;)

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