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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking exploration of memory and what it means to be human, Recursion is the follow-up novel to the smash-hit thriller Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. 

What if someone could rewrite your entire life?

'My son has been erased.' 

Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different than the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious, new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift - the ability not just to preserve memories but to remake them...at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

©2019 Blake Crouch (P)2019 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic Reviews

"Recursion takes mind-twisting premises and embeds them in a deeply emotional story about time and loss and grief and most of all, the glory of the human heart." (Gregg Hurwitz, international best-selling author of Orphan X)

"A fantastic read." (Andy Weir, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Martian)

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Engaging story.

I read this book immediately after completing three body problem series of Liu Cixin. I realise now that most of science fiction will not be able to match the scope and depth of that series and some comparison in inevitable. Still, this is a really engaging and interesting premise. Blake Crouch is great at introducing deeply drawn charactors in his books like he did in dark matter. Worth a read.

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Heart wrenching, mind bending, excellent SciFi

Like the author's previous bestseller Dark Matter Recurssion is basically a love story but with far greater stakes than "Dark Matter". If you can let go of the premise of the technology that is central to this story on grounds of suspension of disbelief, this is one heart wrenching story of love, loss, attachment and emotions. Enjoyed quite a lot.

As with the previous audiobook, the production was excellent, no complaints.

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Great concept limited by voice actors & love story

The concept is great. But rather than extract all the mindbending goodness of that, it gets lost in a sci fi love story.

What made this a slightly irritating listen were a few tics of the voice actors:
The male reader had a lovely rich voice, but also that strong midwestern habit of dropping his 'G' everywhere, sounding like "They were waiteen and watcheen for the ringeen of the phone" etc that kept me stumbling. (That's not an actual quote from the book)

The female reader was perhaps attempting vocal fry, but not achieving it. Every descriptive sentence ended in a lower tone - which made it sound to me like she was always on the verge of tears. Almost unlistenable, once I noticed it.

I've just realised why I like British voice actors - even with regional variations, they tend to sound neutral.

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Perfect Closures

I love the story for being a perfect balance of fiction and science the only line between the both of plausibility which is perfectly put together by the author. I wish to have a sequel of Dark Matters though.

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To many life times

loved it? it was totally crazy and absolutely mind blowing. if you feel confused in the middle then you're reading it right.. the end is worth it.

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mind boggling

another wonderful book by Blake crouch. takes you across timelines into a loop of memories..... grasping n kept me on the end of my seat throughout!

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mind-blowing

absolutely loved the story. worth the time and must read everyone. Narration was just okay.

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Mind Blowing

Mind Blowing
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Do read

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Highly enjoyable

This book reminded me of so many things. And instead of coming off as a cheap ripoff of them all, it turned into its own unique thing. Massive props to the author for really running with the central idea and exploring it as much as possible while still telling a compelling story. I also really enjoyed both the narrators, they managed to bring this story to life.

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Awesome awesome awesome

Loved the plot, great narration, a gripping story. Demonstrates a great deal of human emotion like an avalanche. First half is way better than second.

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  • Ally
  • 03-01-20

Everything I'd hoped for

Since we listened to Dark Matter, my husband and I have been huge Blake Crouch fans. This book was everything we had hoped for. An amazing gripping story with the perfect amount of Scifi, romance and mystery. Absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it.

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  • Manoj Mahalingam
  • 03-09-20

Poor SciFi and long read

Usually SciFi authors are vague about the initial premise and that is acceptable as it's about the imagination given the premise that really pulls us into SciFi.

The author has taken the vagueness to the extreme and the main inventor herself has no clue whats happening and in the middle of the book the author tried to give some mumbo jumbo around wormholes. And the imagination around how the story proceeds given the premise is also poorly done.

And for a book that deals with time, it took too much time to end. The last third was just a huge stretch that could have been easily effectively compressed. The ending was a easy way out for the author, and author taking it easy becomes a theme across the book.

Overall, if you have read and enjoyed SciFi books, don't expect this book to impress you. If you weren't impressed with Dark Matter, you wouldn't be with this one as well.

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  • Ashley
  • 23-12-21

Beautiful

Blake Crouch is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I can't wait to start tge next one!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 30-04-21

"Memory is all he's made of."

First time I've read a Blake Crouch, and I can only say - brilliant.
Loved the book, terrified by the concept and totally applauding of narrators Non Undstrom
m and Abby Craven for their excellent performances. Their contrasting voices in a!alternating chapters both helped keep the story as clear as could be expected from tangled and overlapping concept sequences, but also brought a fine warmth into the characters portrayed.

Loved the book, made even better by the reading. Highly recommended

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  • BDREY
  • 02-04-21

Excellent

Really enjoyable. Read this one after dark matter which for me was the better of the two but this one was also great.

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  • Simon
  • 18-06-19

Crouch Hones His Craft!

Blake Crouch once again returns to similar themes to Dark Matter, he seems to be indulging in recursion himself but this time he really has probably nailed it. There have been lots of books involving multiple, alternate realities but to my mind, this one has a freshness of approach that works particularly well. It's written from dual points of view. Firstly, Barry, a New York cop who becomes intrigued by a strange syndrome which seems to inject false memories of alternate lives into people's minds. The book's opening chapters include a powerful scene of him trying to talk down a female sufferer from throwing herself off a building and his subsequent adventures lead him deeper into the mystery. Secondly, we follow Helena, a brilliant neuroscientist driven by her mum's encroaching dementia to find a way to preserve memories.

What follows is a gradually accelerating story that spirals and twists and yes which lives up to the book's title. To my mind, it's a particularly fine example of this kind of story with many tense moments as it builds into quite epic territory before finishing with a powerful and poignant ending. Unlike many books which deliver a great build up but often a disappointing ending, I feel this one delivers hugely. While in no way would I describe this as a romantic tale it does have an epic love story as its heart that spans lifetimes and which adds that poignancy.

The narration is really decent too, with Jon Lindstrom narrating from Barry's perspective and Abby Craden taking Helena's, naturally. The only weakness I felt was in Craden's narration early on where I found some of her intonations slightly unnatural and a lack of rhythm. I stopped noticing this well before the end though so I don't think it is any major weakness.

But the star here is the story and I think that in a very crowded genre Crouch has produced something that goes some way above the norm with a good build-up, exciting, pretty much epic core and that poignant, clever ending.

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  • Nick
  • 21-07-19

Wow....

Wow, the story was great and so was the performance! Honestly, i think it had a lot in common with "Dark matter" but it felt a lot more mature. Its a must for time travel fans..

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  • Flutterbi
  • 17-06-19

Mind blowing

Bit slow to start but this one is worth it. The storyline is tangled and hard to get your head around but in a good way. I could see this being made into a film. I don't want to spoil the story, so I will just say if you liked Dark Matter or Wayward Pines then this one is slightly better, the narration was good, not the best but good enough not to put me off. I will have to listen to it once more to make sure I understand fully, but I like it when I book reels me in so much I want to listen again. Listened to it all within 24 hours, very unusual for me usually takes me days but I could not stop listening especially during the last 5 chapters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-06-20

Stop alienating your readers on Twitter Blake

Let's get this straight, I will not buy anything from anyone who gives political lectures that suggest you must agree with their ideology else you are a 'insert relevant slur' regardless of where they lean politically. In these fractured times we need to have open, honest, discussion rather than pandering and finger pointing.


p.s. Narrations for both Berry and Helena were sterling. The book itself is a solid sci-fi thriller but characterisation could have been stronger and sci-fi elements explored further. Prose was at times monotonous and lacked descriptive flair. Great concept however and steady pacing.

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  • Shane Nelson
  • 01-07-19

A real head spinner

I really enjoyed this and is told very well, although at the beginning it’s a lot like diary entry’s between different characters which started to get hard to follow. The story it’s self tho was very good but not as good as dark matter (which was insane) it is a real head spinner and although there was a destination to the story you couldn’t guess which way it was going to go, always kept me wanting more.

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  • Bob
  • 04-01-20

An excellent performance and engrossing story

The two narrator's Jon Lindstrom and Abbey Craden do a great job. Clear speech, distinctive characters and good pace. I totally believed their roles.

Blake Crouch has written a very absorbing story. A new slant on time travel and memory. It has everything. Romance, fight scenes, science, secret agents, nuclear weapons, pathos, tragedy and above all suspense.

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  • m froude
  • 21-12-19

Another great story by Blake Crouch

If you liked Dark Matter then you’ll like this. It’s a different type of story to DM but also includes interesting theories (I won’t go into detail to avoid spoilers).
I thought that Dark Matter was my favourite book by Crouch but this might top it.👍🏻

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  • thomas miller
  • 30-07-19

Good story, gets a little confusing.

I liked this story, at times it was very fast paced and I couldn't stop but with the complex nature of the story and listening on work commutes it was sometimes hard to pick up where you left off.

Narration was excellent!

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  • Muffin
  • 24-10-19

Suburb

Probably the best listen I've heard for a long while.
The 2 narratives, Jon & Abby, combine well to produce a well absorbing story.

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  • M. Mcdonald
  • 03-10-19

loved it

great story well told, fully recommend this book. having 2 narrators enhanced the listening experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-19

Insanely good!!

One of the best books I've ever listened to or read.
I just can't stop thinking about it all the twists and turns. Brilliant.

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  • Goblin giant
  • 25-06-22

Excellent!

Really liked this one. Excellent storyline with heaps of twists and turns. Narrating was also great.

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  • Michellington
  • 21-05-22

Yeah, Pretty Good

Not bad. Not quite as gripping as I'd hoped. Would be a brilliant TV series. Seriously though, it is a top shelf concept and utterly worthwhile spend and listen. It just lacked a little ..... energy .... sparkle .... je ne sais quoi .... ! I felt a little flat by the end. could have been just me. If you're on the fence take the plunge.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-05-22

An interesting and unique take on time travel

I finished this book in record time and now kind of regret that I can't enjoy it for longer! I really enjoyed it and will keep an eye out for more books by this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-21

A must read!

This was a phenomenal listen. The narration was excellent and the story was utterly incredible. If you’re wondering whether you should listen just do it. You won’t regret it!

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  • Tim
  • 31-07-21

Brilliant temporal story

Loved this, finished it and straight back in for second listen.
Performances were well done, I liked the hand off between the two voice actors.
I loved that it just kept going, I loved when it would start a new “book” and I would check remaining time and still have hours left, I really couldn’t stop listening to this novel

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  • Amanda
  • 30-06-21

sooooo good

Entertaining as hell, could not stop listening. If you liked the movie Edge of Tomorrow you will love this.

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  • Adam
  • 29-12-20

Very interesting concept

Interesting ideas and explores the concept of time and our perceptions of it with some thought provoking twists.

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  • Julian Rich
  • 23-12-20

What a story!

I liked that they two sets of narrators. Both were excellent and made the story more immersive. The plot was very engrossing. I couldn’t wait for the next listen. If you love sci-fi you’ll like this one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-20

This book continues to deliver

Second time listening to this book and somehow I’m more enthralled? Fantastic writing, crouches’ storytelling is unparalleled and the development of the characters, combined with the chaotic ending leaves you on the edge of your seat.