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Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. 

Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge, and, with human science advancing and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations can coexist peacefully as equals, without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But peace has made humanity complacent. 

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the start of the Trisolar Crisis, and her presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

©2010 刘慈欣 (Liu Cixin) (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Mind. Officially. Blown.

The termination (perhaps) of an extraordinary tale. I have read the books (I read the first one twice to make sure I had a handle on proceedings) and now I have listened to all the audiobooks (often repeating some chapters). In 40 years of reading sci-fi I have never encountered anything quite as extraordinary as this vision of mankind's future. Absolutely superb throughout. Recommended, but don't try and skip over anything because you will lose the thread of what happens next!

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A dark fairytale of physics and science about the cosmic sociology in the universe as a dark forest.

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A story with no protagonist?

I have a couple of problems with this novel and audiobook. Firstly, the deadpan delivery gives very little energy to this story and it really does need some energy. The story itself is a very clever bit of physics theory wrapped up in a narrative with very little plot, the characters involved seem to be on a conveyer belt of fate with little or no personal agency, what can they do? Nothing except sleep for decades, centuries, millenia. It is a cold, dark universe with no hope except that once it runs its course, it might restart. For this reason I don't like this book, it's not dystopia because dystopia is usually due to human will and choice, warning us what might happen if... This is more a flight of fantasy where all humanity can do is observe while the emotionlessly cruel universe crushes all beneath the wheels of time. I don't think I need this during a pandemic.

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an overwhelming concussion

The third book throws out all narrative structer in favour of more and more pseudoscience. Gone are the small self contained stories of the first book or the shifts from world view to slice of life. We follow the main characters who never seem to learn and they themselves are witnesses to events they have no control of. Lots of lost opportunities to explore the lore of the universe, but instead the ending is rushed one pseudoscience idea over the other trying to solve an ending to a story. The first part of the book which includes a 3 part story in the form of a riddle, and the detectice work that follows is the best part of the novel, it kinda goes down from there...

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A long wait for the eventual end

Oh my gosh
I don’t want to put people off it had many good points and great characters
A fatalistic thread runs through the whole of this so if you like a story where the whole of humanity is repeatedly doomed this is for you
The characters were all fatalistic and pretty much going along with the fate of the story line waiting but never taking action unless that action is to thwart somebody else saving humanity
So why did I read all 29 hours of it?
Fucked if I know, I just wen along with it hoping my wife would close the book for me in the end I decided to leave this message for those who come next……..

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Very average

Bruno Roubicek is a talented voice artist but on this occasion I found that the intonation was a bit off. Possibly it was the dialogue which sounded faintly BBC nineteen sixties with an uncertain inflexion at the end of sentences.

The story did not get me going. It felt flat. Possibly due to translation the narrative was almost like a summary of a story. The dialogue was like a newspaper report. No real character.

The story had endless pages of explanation and exposition. Overall I found this pretty awful.

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weirdly Ableist

Cixin Liu goes on these odd tangents during this otherwise very decent hard Sci-Fi sequel to lambast those with Autism, the Disabled, and gender roles.
The tangents are always very forced and ads nothing to the story. The author obviously has some issues which spoil a decent book.

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Trilogy. Epic in length but wordy and dry.

From its awards and word of mouth, a very significant book and trilogy. But from my point of view the author seems determined to demonstrate his knowledge of physics and clearly wanted to write a vast story covering a huge arc finally finishing at the end of time but a can't help feeling it would have benefited from ruthless editing to condense it to perhaps a 3rd of its length. perhaps the author will grow and develop his style and prose with time.

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worthy of your time

memorable and fantastic ending to an epic trilogy and very well narrated. sad that it ended and look forward to listening to it again in the future.

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Excellent

Loved the story and narration style. Rounds off the trilogy perfectly. Highly recommend it.

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  • 03-05-20

Too grand to bear itself

This book concludes the three body problem trilogy by trying to outdo the previous two books - which it does, but not necessarily in a good way.

While the ideas presented in this book are interesting and thought provoking, most of the ideas doesn't have much room to breathe. One after another an even grander concept than the one before is presented to the reader. It's captivating at first, but after a while it becomes tiring to listen through yet another grand new thing almost indescribable by human words.

It doesn't help that the author doesn't fully commit to the ideas. Once the world building around one idea is done the book leaves it as an anecdote and focuses on the next big idea.

Overall an enjoyable book because I liked many of the ideas, but it showcases that more doesn't necessarily mean better. Dark forest stands as my favorite in the trilogy.

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  • 18-05-22

Truly mind blowing

Rarely do you find a book that takes it's time and subtly exports your mind and imagination away from the here and now into the infinite.
The entire series is a masterpiece but this book ties it all up very nicely.

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  • 11-02-21

excellent

loved it, I wish I had more to listen to. the series is well worth it...let's hope netflix doesn't butcher it

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  • Philip prior
  • 16-11-20

Mind blowing

Just finished the trilogy , absolutely amazing !!! Can’t believe this mans imagination and scientific explanations. Mind blowing!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-20

Amazing, well thought out science fiction.

When I started the series I thought book one was a tad slow.. Man has that been turned around. What a brilliant, massive expansive world he has created in this book series. Wrapping it up in a satisfying conclusion.

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  • 06-10-19

Ended with "huh"

I really enjoyed the performance and translation. Felt different, throughout the series, than have-a-usual-space-opera.
However, I was expecting much more. Ending seemed rushed and put together with what and how seemed easiest, backed with few scientific theories. The biggest question for me while reading all three books was "how is he going to pull it?". And Liu left me hanging.

Bruno's absolutely magnificent performance made this book fantastic for me as he really set the atmosphere so well!

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  • Florian H.
  • 17-07-19

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan

Simply amazing. Addictive even for non fiction fan; enjoyed every hour and nothing bad to say about it.

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  • Swedish Bear
  • 12-05-19

An amazing story!

Get your imagination run wild. A worthy end of the trilogy. Should really be fourth book now :-)

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  • Martijn Heemels
  • 29-04-19

Ideas over story

I had a hard time enjoying not just this book but the series as a whole. After struggling through the second book I waited several years before starting the third but I did want to know the ending after all. The scope and amount of ideas was impressive and the ideas appear to be rooted in proper science. Some truly made me consider the universe in new ways. However, good ideas don't make an enjoyable novel.

It's likely something important is lost in the translation from Chinese but I had a hard time empathizing with the characters or even understanding their actions or personal development. The characters' speech almost never felt natural to me and quite often the dialogue felt like pure exposition. An important principle in western composition is "Show, don't tell", which I feel would've made the book much more enjoyable if applied. I felt the author often did the opposite. This may be a cultural thing, and admittedly my experience with Chinese authors is very limited, but I can only write this review from my own western perspective with the translated version.

So many ideas were introduced one after the other with barely any time to consider the consequences that it sometimes felt the author just needed to get those out of the way as a foundation for the next big one. The human factor was sometimes lost. This fits the premise so who knows, it may have been intentional, but I doubt it.

Audible has two versions of this audiobook in their catalog. I returned the edition narrated by P. J. Ochlan because I didn't like the narration and knew there was another version available. The other narration, by Bruno Roubicek who also narrated the first two audiobooks, was more enjoyable though I feel Roubicek was hampered by the book. His pronunciation of Chinese and other non-English names was excellent. There were very few errors for almost 30 hours of material.

Am I glad I read this series? Yes, but not for the story. Just the ideas.

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