• The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-06-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (702 ratings)

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

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

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 Thomas M. on 12-06-18

Taylor and Porter team up for another hit

I hadn't heard if either Dennis E. Taylor it Ray Porter before I listened to the Bobiverse series, but I'm happy someone brought it to my attention. I finished The Singularity Trap even faster than I did any book from the other series, and that's really saying something.

Taylor gives realistic depth to all characters, and spins an intellectual but fun tale. Porter is simply an amazing voice actor, sometimes making it sound like you're listening to an actual conversation between 2 people. I will read anything this team puts out in the future!

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22 of 26 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 11-07-18

Outstanding

I enjoyed Taylor’s Bobverse Series so grabbed this book when I saw it. The book has the same tone to it as Bobverse with a similar type of humor. I could read this book just as a fun sci-fi story, or I could ponder the philosophical/moral issues Taylor presents. There are several moral and philosophical questions the author presents: one of them being the “prisoner dilemma”. The ending of the book is interesting. Looking for a good sci-fi story for the summer? Try this one.

The book is about eleven and a half hours. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. He is a perfect narrator for Taylor’s style of writing. Porter also narrated the Bobverse Series.

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