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Sea of Tranquility

Written by: Emily St. John Mandel
Narrated by: Arthur Morey,Dylan Moore,John Lee,Kirsten Potter
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Publisher's Summary

The instant Sunday Times bestseller, Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel investigates the idea of parallel worlds and possibilities, and plays with the very line along which time should run.

Lives separated by time and space have collided, and an exiled Englishman, a writer trapped far from home, and a girl destined to die too young, have each glimpsed a world that is not their own. Travelling through the centuries, between colonies on the moon and an ever-changing Earth, together their lives will solve a mystery that will make you question everything you thought you knew to be true.

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven.

A Best Book of 2022—Oprah Daily, Barack Obama, Glamour, LA Times

©2022 Emily St. John Mandel (P)2022 Penguin Randomhouse LLC

Critic Reviews

"So wise, so graceful, so rich. I loved Sea of Tranquility." (Naomi Alderman, author of The Power)
 

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Best SiFi Book of last year!

At first, i felt the stories were random and the book was a collection of short stories.
But then they were stitched together..A tale encompassing 4 centuries!

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Superbly boring

Touted as the best sci-fi of the year on goodreads i got this with high expectations. It was meh at best. A whole lotta boring build up for an almost insignificant pay off in the end. Really wondering just because the story mentioned pandemic, this was selected as the best. The pandemic doesn't even play any important role in driving the story and could have been replaced by any thing else. hugely disappointed and will not be paying heed to the Goodreads top lists in the future.

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  • Blind Boy
  • 30-04-22

A life lived in a simulation is still a life

Eventhough I miss Emily's early themes with no time travel or other sci-fi elements,I must admit this one is magnificent. Emily is always the same: isolated ambbients, people incapable of contacting each other, spiritual abandonment, a multi-layered, sinuous plot written in a flowless living new English. In addition it is always full of wit and humanity. I adored every revelatory paragraph of it. For me she is no doubt the most significant Canadian author of our times.
Even if you encounter characters of 'The Glass Hotel', this is definitely not a sequel. If you're new to the Emily universe or this would be your second after "Station 11" I recomend you to try "The Glass Hotel". And if you want a glimse of the early Emily, purchase the genial 'The Singer's Gun' for a start.
Voices were so expressive, loved them!

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  • Rúach
  • 29-01-23

worth hanging in

At times this book was complex but I was hooked enough to go back and relisten more deeply. It was worth the perseverance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-23

Megatastic

Been feeling jaded with Audiobooks lately however I listened to this in 2 sittings loved its quirky nature and intertwined characters and settings a tour De force

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  • Mrs. Philippa Marler
  • 13-01-23

Brilliant

Love love love love. Shame it’s so short but what could be added? Nothing. Almost the perfect story.

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  • David
  • 19-12-22

Brilliant book

Nicely read and very compelling story. Very much enjoyed it including the telling of it. The first narrator is slightly slower and stranger tempo than I would like but in fact related to the time the story set and got used to it.

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  • Calum W.
  • 12-12-22

Worth a listen

The story is good if a little predictable. The performances of the readers is very good. And it left me wishing I had gotten to know each of the characters a little more.

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  • Dearauntie
  • 16-11-22

top notch, carved deep.

First, terrific performances. But the book? Incredible while crazily credible. I suspect it's going to be running through my head for weeks. Read it but I'd go back to (unrelated and standalone) Station Eleven and read everything from there. Thanks ESJM.

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  • Boledylocks
  • 27-10-22

I didn't want to finish

Another astoundingly good read. Where should I go now though. Books this good are difficult to find.

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  • Dan C Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-22

Satisfying

A beautifully constructed and elegant novel that held my attention throughout.

Audible requires me to write 4 more words.

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  • David Rathe
  • 15-08-22

Too much irrelevant detai

There was too little time spent on the substance of the plot, which I did enjoy, and too much irrelevant description and detail elsewhere.

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  • DebB
  • 09-05-22

So Good!!

I absolutely loved this book...everything about it was wonderful. Very rarely do I want to re-listen to a book, but as soon as I finished this one I started it again. And I enjoyed it even more the second time... It really is fabulous, and is definitely on my 'Favourite Book' list.

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  • Justin
  • 01-12-22

Life is perception.

"Sea of Tranquility" by Emily St John Mandel (@emilystjohnmandel) is a book about Time Travel, and Simulation Hypothesis made famous by Nick Bostrom. This is my first novel by the modern author, and toward the end, I felt like it was worthwhile. In my reading experience, she reminds me of a more sane version of Philip K Dick without the pulp feel, more level-headed and calm in its sprinkling of items throughout the novel for it to all come together.

It's hard to review the book without revealing the author's bag of tricks. If you like a short sci-fi (I hate the term "speculative fiction"), that covers modes of time across centuries, this is a fun read.

When humanity meets the cold heartedness of a potential false reality, you are left with a novel that leaves you questioning your habits, and whether a slight bump into a new frequency, would find you somewhere else, entirely.

"Sometimes you don't know you're going to throw a grenade until you've already pulled the pin."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

loved this read

The way the author played with time and space kept me captivated through out. I loved Kirsten Potter as a narrator. could listen to that voice all day

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-01-23

Enjoyable listen

A good companion for a long drive, after a slowish start. Great narration and easy to follow at 1.15 x speed. It wasn't quite as compelling as I'd expected..... some books are just better read than listened to and this may be one of them. Imaginative and entertaining nevertheless.

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  • Geoffrey Fouracre
  • 12-01-23

Very disappointing

The book has been critically acclaimed but frankly I found it lacked coherence and contained several plot holes. The protagonist interviews his later self and doesn’t realise it? Really? It takes a long while to get going and it’s really only interesting in the last few chapters. Having a range of different narrators distracts rather than enhances and some of them were unsuited to the part they narrated.
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  • Carolin
  • 04-01-23

Intriguing time travel

I found this quite imaginative and satisfying, although it’s unclear why the Time Travel Institute travels, and it seems they cause the anomalies they’re investigating without realising it.

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  • KLF
  • 29-12-22

Intriguing setup

Started out with an intriguing setup - was really looking forward to seeing what happened when the stories merged but was pretty disappointed to discover a fairy unoriginal convergence. Still, an easy holiday novel but not an escape from pandemic vibes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-22

not my thing

it's clever but drags on, wasn't to my liking but has good reviews so give it a go. I found some of the narrators annoying which didn't help.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-22

Brilliant science fiction.

Original and engaging. Listened to the whole thing in a single sitting. One of my favourite books of 2022.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-22

gripping

such an unusual story. I loved the plot and the characters as well as the various narrators. a perfect book to listen to in our "post covid" world.