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A History of What Comes Next

By: Sylvain Neuvel
Narrated by: Andrew Byron,Dugald Bruce Lockhart,Imogen Wilde,Jilly Bond,Kevin Shen,Laila Pyne,Richard Trinder,Sylvain Neuvel,Thomas Judd
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Publisher's Summary

This program includes additional material read by Sylvain Neuvel, and a bonus conversation with narrators Jilly Bond and Imogen Wilde.

Showing that truth is stranger than fiction, Sylvain Neuvel weaves a sci-fi thriller reminiscent of Blake Crouch and Andy Weir, blending a fast moving, darkly satirical look at 1940s rocketry with an exploration of the amorality of progress and the nature of violence in A History of What Comes Next.

Always run, never fight.
Preserve the knowledge.
Survive at all costs.
Take them to the stars.

Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her turn comes at the dawn of the age of rocketry. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.

But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.

A darkly satirical first contact thriller, as seen through the eyes of the women who make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them.... 

This program is read by: Jilly Bond, Imogen Wilde, Richard Trinder, Laila Pyne, Andrew Byron, Thomas Judd, Dugald Bruce Lockhart, and Kevin Shen, with additional material read by the author.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor.com

©2021 Sylvain Neuvel (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Read (Listen to) the Notes at the end first

To be honest, I didn’t really care for this book as the story was a bit confusing to me. Then I listened to Nuevel’s notes at the end and the story made a lot more sense. Do yourself a favor and start there and then read it. Will doing so ruin the ending? Maybe, but I don’t think so. Rather, having an understand where Nuevel gets his inspiration will make his story much more interesting.

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Narration, story, and characters all A+

This is a book that should definitely be listened to with the marvelous voice actors assembled for The History of What Comes Next. The story is based on facts, with the addition of the two main characters (and their nemesis bad guys). The author did extensive research and shares it at the end of the audiobook in a delightful half-hour post-book reading. Don't miss it!

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Great book!!!

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel was the 5th novel by the author I've read now, and I find I really enjoy his writing style and subject matter.

Without giving away too much of the story, we follow a mother and daughter with a very unique set of skills and knowledge, and a singular life goal to move humanity closer to human space travel by any means necessary. And there is another being that is tracking them to stop them, and kill them at any cost.

This particular novel has to be destined to be another trilogy, or at least it better be, because so much is left undone, and so many questions left to be answered. And the next book should make for an awesome story with this novel setting the stage. I recommend this book, or any of the authors novels, especially The Themis Files trilogy. A 4 out of 5 star read, and I'm looking forward to his 2nd in the series.

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stale at best

this book was very stale and pretty cut and paste-like. but good job on the research. it's a lot like more than human from the sleeping giants trilogy.

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fantastic

awesome story, wonderful narration, especially the mother daughter team. another hit from a great author.

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Surprising story

I liked the story, I really wanted to know more by the end. I wish there was a second book. The interview at the end was great.

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Well researched and intriguing

A lovely mix of history, action, mystery, and good old fashion sci-fi. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Must Read!

This is a wonderful book! The narrators are perfection. I couldn’t stop and hated when it ended.

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Adventure, suspense, mystery, sci fi

I really enjoyed this book. The performances of the narrators were good and compelling, and really gave life to the characters without it feeling like I was listening to radio theatre. i found the story to be compelling as well. Some aspects of it felt a bit "fanfiction"-y considering the main characters being inserted in key moments in modern human history/being the first to realize a scientific discovery, etc, but i didn't mind it at all. I love alternate history stories, and this was an interesting take on the idea of people working in the shadows to move society in a certain direction. i would recommend this book, definitely.

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So good

This was like a satisfying appetizer and I’m looking forward to the next portion. I read some other reviews that say they found it hard to follow at times, but it’s really not bad if you’re immersed. I can see how a listener can get lost if they get distracted. I really enjoy Sylvain’s writing style, and the narration here was good. I’m so glad this is a series; I wasn’t ready for the story to end.