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Echopraxia

Echopraxia - Peter Watts ABR's full Echopraxia audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Sometimes you walk into a room in the middle of party. Everyone is laughing at just hearing a funny joke. You smile, trying to play along to fit in, but you have no idea what you just missed. That is the feeling you have through most of this book. There must have been some detailed explanation of this carefully constructed world, just not while you were in the room.

Echopraxia is well written, imaginative, with an ingenious plot; it just takes a lot of effort to get there. Eventually (about two thirds of the way in) you will understand why resurrected vampires, zombies and post-humans are flying around the solar system in a crumbling spaceship. You just have to pay heavily with your patience. It is written in the first person, from the view point of one of the last non-altered humans. He is not much of a protagonist, kind of whiny, makes lots of mistakes, says the wrong things, gets in the way, you know, like the rest of us.

The narration is by Adam Rough who does a generally good job. Some of the characters are a little strange sounding, speaking too fast at times. Proficient, good enough for this challenging story.

If you like your science fiction challenging and full of unlikely characters, you might enjoy this one. Just be patient and stick with it. There are some good philosophical thoughts about post-humanity and technology. When is enough, too much?

Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.