• Bewilderness, Part One: Threshold

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Shayna Small
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (2,641 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Gateway Project is going to save the world.

Maybe. 

Dr. Abby Corman has a bold idea: open a stable doorway between our world and an uninhabited parallel Earth. A new world we can use to mine resources to end poverty, grow enough food to end all hunger, and allow for population growth to end overcrowding. What could be a more noble aspiration for a brilliant young scientist? 

But the path to hell is paved with good intentions....

The Gateway is in a secure lab in a huge office building in New York. Ultra-modern, impenetrable by industrial spies or foreign agents, totally secure. Once it goes into lockdown for the Gateway test firing, it becomes the world’s largest and most unbreakable vault. Locked doors, though, can do more than keep bad things out. They can keep bad things in

Bewilderness: Threshold is the first part of a sprawling science fiction epic packed with weird science, corporate greed, betrayal, and horror. An Audible Original by New York Times best seller Jonathan Maberry, author of Patient Zero and V-Wars.

©2020 Jonathan Maberry Productions, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-selling suspense novelist and comic book writer. He has won six Bram Stoker Awards, as well as Scribe and Inkpot awards. His works include Glimpse, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil's Advocate, the Joe Ledger thrillers, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, and many others. He is the editor of anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, and Nights of the Living Dead, co-edited with zombie genre creator George A. Romero. His comics include Captain America, Black Panther, Bad Blood, Punisher, Marvel Zombies Return, and more. His first novel, Ghost Road Blues, was named one of the 25 Best Horror Novels of the New Millennium and his Rot & Ruin novels were included in Booklist's Ten Best Horror Novels for Young Adults. Beyond writing and editing, he is a member of the very popular and mildly weird Three Guys With Beards podcast.

About the Performer

Named Booklist’s 2020 Voice of Choice, Shayna Small is also an actress, musician, and producer based in New York, where she received her BFA in Drama from The Juilliard School. With over 100 titles under her belt, her audiobook work has garnered 5 Earphone awards and an Audie nomination. Her acclaimed audiobook work includes The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, How Long ’Til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin, The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez, and Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

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Simple

No Spoilers.
Full disclosure I am only half way through and likely will not finish. The novel may work well for young people, but will not hold the average adults attention. It is just too simple the characters are one dimensional with their motivations spoon fed to the reader. There is very little thought given to how business, security, engineering, or science function in the real world. This is the archetypical story of (wo)man reaching to far and opening a portal to another world, and there being unforeseen consequences. It has been done well before, and will be again, but it was not here.

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Such potential, all wasted

Man this was rough to get through. I'm so tired of scifi authors insisting their protagonist be incompetent cowards. And why he needed to make the female doctor an emotional cry baby just reinforces stereotypes. Add bad narration and this was a failure. But hey, got that Prime marketing in the story.

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👍 Story 👎 Narrator

Good story, and I’m looking forward to Part 2... but the narrator’s voice parked on my very last nerve. Overly dramatic in parts and her male voices were grating.

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Narrator made my head hurt.

Perhaps this is a YA book.

In full disclosure I never finished this book, but I read enough of the reviews to know how it went. It took me to 35 minutes to decide maybe I hate the characters more than the narrator. So much emphasis is put in the pronouncing the crappy language that you feel like you are in a soap opera.



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E=WTF² A compelling action sci-fi thriller

Narratir is great, very expressive voices. I don't understand why people said she isn't good, because she is very skilled. The story: Classic Sci-fi formula, with no filler;
minimal but effective character development. The major flaw is the cliff hanger ending, without the sequel being available yet. arghhhh! I recommend this, especially, if you like Michael Critchton. With a beautiful genius leading woman, heroic ex-military man who is devoted to her, flying creatures from a Jurassic World, big explosions, EMPs, dimensional rifts, lots of collateral damage(corpses everywhere) a Sudden end-of-all-worlds threat, new technology or at least, it should work this time technology, (a portal to another world, to mine, drill, log and exploit, since we've just about destroyed this one). Of course, there are the greedy, self-serving Individuals, who, of course, are incompetent, and as usual, in charge... a little too like the real world, but oh well, we still have a potent mix for an end of the world story.. at least it appears that way; appears to be certain doom, when we are informed that the first part is over.... Instead of hanging from a cliff, though, our would-be-hero is hanging from the ledge of the 58th floor. If the ending throws you off,(no pun intended), & its not enticing enough, you may want to know, the story includes a sultry seductress, actually, a reckless, hard hearted Asian scientist, but she is super hot, and drunk, in a skimpy blouse & tight skirt. She was pondering selling her jewelry as she downed a bottle of Gin. just before she's offered a position on top... to lead, a test run of a multi-billion dollar, top secret dimension opening technology, in downtown NY, even though, the last time she tried it, she caused the Fukashima disaster. What could go wrong?

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Thrill ride

For those of us who may have been thinking oh yeah another Stargate story, think again. Compelling robust, and diverse characters, great action, laugh out loud humor and tender romance. All in an omniverse tale full of twists and turns. Only thing wrong with it is that I have to wait for the second part. Arrrggghhh.

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Today’s the Day

According to my computerized calendar, today is December 3rd, which means this book should be available any minute.

Maberry’s PATIENT ZERO was excellent, and this sample sounds great. So...

I’ll just wait here patiently. Waiting. Hoping.

PS. Am I the only one who can’t see book covers anymore in the Audible App?

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Extremely unbalanced...

Author spends more time justifying the feasibility of his science fiction than he does in building a believable story and characters.

First, we have a massive 28,000 square foot gateway machine, and pretty much one woman who programmed it, designed it, built it, and is the only person who can “finesse” the massif smashing (authors word), that machine into working properly. The author seems to be oblivious to the incredible scale of such an endeavor and the dozens of teams and thousands of specialists required to undertake such an endeavor.

Second, we have the most predictable characters imaginable, aside from the token “Rosie Perez” scientist who is a brilliant scientist, but can’t manage to speak anything other than ghetto Spanglish.

You have your loyal minority sidekick, the tenuous protagonist, the greedy antagonist, the impatient senator and the sexy but evil assistant pushing the antagonist into making evil decisions.

Enjoy it for what it is. A cliched melodrama masquerading as science fiction. A throwback to the old days of radio. Secret decoder ring included.

Side note: the narrator is fine when she’s using her normal voice. When she tries to mimick the voices of her characters, they come across as cartoony and overdone. Extremely distracting. She’s attempting to perform, not narrate.

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  • 12-03-20

Great

Very entertaining, I can not wait for park 2 this is very well written. Great character development five stars all the way.

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Cool story

This book reminds me a Fold, and 14. I like reading books that open your eyes on what could be. I don't when you leave the reader waiting on the next installment.

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  • Andreas Strøm
  • 07-29-21

Brilliant!

A classic science-gone-wrong story that builds and builds towards certain catastrophe. The characters are fleshed out nicely and the science is explained very well. Exactly what I expect from the never disappointing Maberry. Ends on a real cliffhanger, so you have no choice but to get part two. My only complaint is that the narrator at times sounds like Bart Simpson...

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  • Tim
  • 09-23-21

Good fun

A bit of British Pagan folk music fun… I enjoyed it. Probably not worth a credit but for free it’s a winner

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  • Lee
  • 08-27-21

A run of the mill Sci-fi with poor narration.

I've listened to the entire trilogy now. If you like your run of the mill sci-fi stereotypes, cliches and story, then this is for you. Except, the narration is quite poor.

A not too particularly well written story, but bearable made worse by the narrator. I've listened to so many audiobooks lately that are completely ruined by poor narration. Ironic really, as the narration will make or break an audiobook, more so than the story!

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  • Anthony Callaghan
  • 08-12-21

Not Great

This sounds like it was written as an Amazon advertising campaign. The story seems to drone on without any direction.

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  • E. Grandison-mills
  • 11-07-21

great

I really enjoyed it kept me entertained. Short and exciting can't wait for part 2. I thought the narrator was good personally and did it justice, however a few reviews mentioned her sounding like nickelodeon characters and now I can't unhear it lol.

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  • Gavin Cooksley
  • 10-28-21

Enthralling! Brown Stuff hits the spinney thing!

Wonderful pacing dragging you straight into world's of infinite possibilities.
Really good! Now part two!

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  • Jon
  • 10-05-21

B movie plot, painful narration

Most of it feels like filler, as it only seems to pick up in the last chapter or two. The worst of it is the narrator giving long, slow, drawn out narration. I ended up playing it at 1.5x which makes it close to bearable.

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  • Tony
  • 03-10-22

Lost me in book two

First book was interesting although very predictable. Characters didn’t capture my attention but the storyline was interesting enough to lure me into book two. Characters are very stereotypical. Totally lost me in book two though. It was hard to keep track of what was happening. Why would monsters pour through the gateway? Were trees coming through as well? Maybe it would have become more clear later on but I lost interest so will never know.

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  • luvfromjuniper
  • 02-23-22

Entertaining story

Enjoyed the actual story, would really like to hear what happened next.
Some character depictions and actions were confusing and jarring. Not that they did unexpected things so much as I felt they were a bit clumsily described or inconsistent.
The narrator is not one I particularly enjoyed. More their weird intonation in places and then a number of mispronounced words that threw me out of the story.
They had a nice enough voice, I just didn't like listening to them. I think they also had one of those voices that made parts of the story sound dramatic even where it wasn't.
I've heard plenty of worse narrators that I couldn't stand, so they weren't at that level!