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Death's End

Written by: Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
Series: Three Body
Length: 29 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 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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  • Puhek
  • 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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  • Chavdar Parushev
  • 21-06-19

.Masterpiece

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

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  • Simon
  • 02-03-19

Good. But not as strong as the first 2.

I came to Death's end very excited - I'd waited a year or more for audible to get the rights after I finished the first two in the series. While enjoyable, it didn't quite pull me in as much as the previous two. For me, at least, the story ran out of steam half way through.

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  • Simon Stanford
  • 15-02-19

A bit of a disappointment

While I did enjoy listening to this and the idea was interesting, the ending was a bit too open ended for me.

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  • Ewan Lockerbie
  • 31-01-19

Wonderfully ties the preceding books together.

Great depth. In fact it couldn't have had much more depth. Pretty much all-encompassing. Wonderful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-05-20

Monumental work, enjoyed all of it.

Truly epic sci-fi with ground breaking ideas I have not come across other sci-fi before.

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  • Tarek
  • 06-01-20

Drifted into the absurd

Really liked the first two books and the first two thirds of this were good. The ending was absurd. I couldn't wait for it to end. The protagonist was not likable. Read it if you want to know how it ends, but maybe will walk away with a lesser view of the overall story like I did

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  • Darie
  • 05-01-20

an overwhelming concussion<br />

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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  • Dale
  • 10-09-19

First two were great

Goes off the rails about halfway through. it's a shame as I really enjoyed the first two.

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  • Wras
  • 09-08-19

three incredible books

This is a trilogy that will change you, it is full of ideas and characters that will enter your life and take you places and to events that are wonderful and unexpected, do not worry about your time investment it is worth a thousand times that and you will feel it.
Best read this year.

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  • Kaiomurz
  • 05-07-19

breathtakingly imaginative and insightful

perfect culmination of a fantastic trilogy. the whole opus is staggering in its breadth and ambition. Cixin Liu's imagination is breathtaking and his insight into humanity, acute. Bruno Roubichek's performance throughout the trilogy was exceptional.

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  • Darryl Sim
  • 06-04-19

a truly remarkable series

this trilogy takes physics into territory physicists can barely imagine, wraps it in an engrossing grand story and carries the reader through millennia of constantly surprising twists and turns. expect the unexpected.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-08-19

a masterpiece of sci fi and brilliantly narrated

This whole trilogy is mind blowing and the last book is the best of all. the author is a genius and the narration is superb

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-19

A gripping tale of humanity's resilience

while I didn't get through it as quickly as 3 body and dark forest, I was stoked to learn I still had more adventures within this universe to listen to. looking forward to the next

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  • Dario
  • 19-08-19

What a great ending!

I couldn't stop listening, this is a perfect combination between space opera, physics and philosophy.

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  • dheyo
  • 07-08-19

wow

an epic tale. it's heartbreaking that all stories must end. one of the accurate tellings of humanity. though I don't agree with how he portrays some character, most character development was superbly done.

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  • muscles85
  • 06-06-19

amazing

just a really amazing imaginative story. the scale continues to grow and the ideas are big

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-05-19

Fantastically

Truely an amazingly written novel that makes you think about our place in the universe.

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  • Kyte Gurner
  • 08-04-19

Great ending to a great series

Death's End is a worthy ending to a truely amazing series. It isn't as thought provoking as the other books in the series, but overall is a great story. When I first began reading the 'three body problem' series, I was not expecting such a drastic shift in setting..... Cixin Liu's imagination is truely astonishing.

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  • Nathan
  • 03-02-19

A master piece!

A master piece! A great final to the trilogy. Would highly recommend giving them a read!