The Forever Gate Compendium Edition
- Narrated by: Susanna Burney
- Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 30-01-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Road to Audio
The world as we know it is about to end.
Hoodwink Cooper has been sentenced to death. His crime? Attempting to blast a hole in the Forever Gate, the colossal wall that surrounds the city and protects the denizens from the uninhabitable Outside.
As the gols, the humanlike automata who rule the city, prepare to carry out his sentence, a rogue faction plots even greater turmoil. Hoodwink's daughter is embroiled with this cabal, and if Hoodwink gives up the ghost without first extricating her from their clutches, she will most likely join him in the afterlife. What Hoodwink and the cabal members don't realize is that they are all pawns in a greater game whose stakes are the very survival of humanity as a species.
Will Hoodwink escape in time to save his daughter? More importantly, will he break free of the invisible forces that guide him? Or will he succumb to the domination of his unseen masters and cause the breaking of the world, losing not just his daughter, but everything?
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By AudioBook Reviewer on 22-12-15
will appeal to hard scifi fans and fantasy lovers
The world is plunged into perpetual winter, years of it, so long that no one can remember leaves on the trees. Everyone has the power to control lightning, but rather than destroy each other, at 15 years old everyone is fitted with a collar to stop these powers. Hoodwink, sentenced to death for bombing the forever gate escapes, then must find out how this strange world came to be. But more important, find out how he came to be here, how everyone came to be here – on the other side of the forever gate.
Part fantasy, part hard science fiction, this expansive tale brings us worlds within worlds, illusion within illusion. Nothing is as it seems, except Hoodwink’s love for his daughter. He will do anything to save and protect her, including crossing death itself on the other side of the forever gate. It is full of action, strange creatures, mind bending plot twists and lots of cool weapons to keep any action hungry listener going.
It is difficult to describe the characters or plot without spoiling the story. It is an entertaining tale that seemingly throws everything in, including the kitchen sink. It sort of rambles at times, with endless battles between humans and creatures. Just when you think the good guys will win, the tide turns. And when insurmountable odds make you think the bad guys will destroy everything, the good guys pull off a magic escape. And back and forth it goes. The evil villain is so evil and powerful, he’s almost comical; the good guys so weak and over-matched, you have no idea how they will succeed.
The story is performed by Susana Burney, who does a wonderful job. Her hypnotic voice fits the story perfectly, keeping us in the surreal mood that defines it. Her character voices are excellent and you immediately know who is who.
The Forever Gate will appeal to hard scifi fans and fantasy lovers alike. Once you discover the many plot twists about three quarters of the way in, it devolves into pure action, but that’s OK. It is always an entertaining ride that you will want to stay on to the end.
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By Mac Briggs Johnston on 07-10-17
Fantastic Voice Acting Enhances an Epic Story
Some say this is kind of an niche epic: it’s a combination of mainstream genres to create a story that ups the freshness quotient. I’m talking Sci Fi mixed with Fantasy, with a good dose of virtual reality tossed in. I’m addicted to this audiobook. The Forever Gate Compendium Audiobook is delectably voice acted by Susanna Burney, and she’s able to handle voicing everything from the loudmouth male protagonist, Hoodwink, to the archrival supercomputer, One. Of course Hooke’s writing bears its own weight, but Burney’s voice lends an additional aspect to the story that further enhances everything and adds to the suspense.
Don’t miss this one, especially if you are a fan of Isaac Hooke’s “Bug Hunt” or “You are Prey” audiobooks from the Argonauts series, or his ATLAS audiobook Trilogy.