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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix original series!

“The War of the Worlds for the 21st century...packed with a sense of wonder.” (Wall Street Journal)

The New York Times best-selling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China's best-selling and beloved science fiction writer.

With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking listeners got their first chance to hear China's most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was released to great acclaim including coverage in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and reading list picks by Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg. It was also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards, making it the first translated novel to win a major SF award.

Now this epic trilogy concludes with Death's End

Half a century after the Doomsday Battle, the uneasy balance of Dark Forest Deterrence keeps the Trisolaran invaders at bay. Earth enjoys unprecedented prosperity due to the infusion of Trisolaran knowledge. With human science advancing daily and the Trisolarans adopting Earth culture, it seems that the two civilizations will soon be able to co-exist peacefully as equals without the terrible threat of mutually assured annihilation. But the peace has also made humanity complacent.

Cheng Xin, an aerospace engineer from the early 21st century, awakens from hibernation in this new age. She brings with her knowledge of a long-forgotten program dating from the beginning of the Trisolar Crisis, and her very presence may upset the delicate balance between two worlds. Will humanity reach for the stars or die in its cradle?

The Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy:

The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest

Death's End

Other books:

Ball Lightning Supernova Era

To Hold Up The Sky (forthcoming) 

©2010 Cixin Liu (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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Fermi paradox meets first contact.

Required reading for diplomats and anthrpologists. It unfortunately may explain more than the Fermi paradox. The book is a rare book of hard scifi that extends its remit to the social sciences with a genius akin to Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Mr. Liu goes one better than Asimov in that he clearly specifies his axiom base and ruthlessly follows the implications.

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Epic ending to an epic journey

P. J. Ochlan's performance was flawless, nothing more to say here.

The story is a vast, vast journey. Many SciFi authors stumble to keep their universe constraints and science consistent in a single book. Cixin Liu does so across three distinct tellings, while simultaneously staying within the boundaries of physical plausibility.

So much so, I almost hoped for him to bend the rules just a bit, to take pity on his creation. But he did not.

I believe that the sign of a great writer is the lack of the sacred, and that is what I felt here. Up until the end, the reader is mercilessly immersed in the cold, harsh reality he has so beautifully created.

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Best sci-fi I've ever read

Just when I finally get my head wrapped around some huge grand mind blowing premise in this book Cixin Liu unfolds another one, over and over again. Brilliant.

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A story worth waiting for

What a truly epic sci-fi saga. If you haven't read the 3-body trilogy, you're missing out. The scale is hard to grasp, let alone explain. So I won't even try. You may find yourself thinking the science is a little dense, but it's worth getting through. Because once you comprehend it you realize how poetic the universe is, when seen though Cixin Lui's dark lense. All I can say is just read it. You'll be glad you did.

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Overwhelmingly good series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Some, to say all will enjoy this series of books is not accurate. One needs a decent understanding of physics and science to fully appreciate the full depth of the novel.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Overall this series puts all three books at the top if not the top of my favorite books of all time. The number of times I mentally muttered, "holy shit..." is innumerable. It's hard for me to place words to my feelings behind these books but just take it from me and others that this series is well worth your time and money ten fold.

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First, it's worth mentioning that I don't often rate books or review them. Not that I'm that hard to please I just don't think my writing properly reflects my thoughts toward a book. So this is a special case. I love long books and even more, long books apart of a series. The only problem some longer (15+hrs) novels have is the extra details provided gets tedious. These novels never made me feel anything but totally and completely immersed in the universe portrayed. The overall performance to me only has an analogue to literally falling in love with your perfect match. My mind was that invested in the story. The fact that tiny hands was just elected, makes the reality of climbing the scientific "staircase" portrayed in the book that much more frustrating. I, like many, crave like nothing else to better understand the universe around us and this book gives a glimpse into a very realistic evolution of science.
Overall, if you appreciate and have a decent understanding of physics then the ideas and concepts in this book will leave you drooling due to CPU overload. I'm honestly still recovering after finishing the last novel and greatly anticipate starting at the beginning again in 6months or so.

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one of the best trilogies I have ever listened to

this series had me complete riveted. I found myself staying in the car until a chapter ended and I actually looked forward to my commute so I could learn what would happen next. the characters names get a little confusing but once you get by that it is truly an amazing story

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Original and throught provoking

What did you love best about Death's End?

The series is one of the most original and engrossing sci-fi series I've ever read. The level of education and understanding was not padded down at all. It was refreshing.

This last book in the series takes it up several notches. That's all I'll say. Brilliantly composed story.

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The complexity.

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The best Sci Fi writer of this generation

Where does Death's End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Liu (with spendid translation services from K Liu) has produced a new masterwork of science fiction in the Three Body Trilogy. Genuinely thought provoking and epic in scope without falling for tiresome space opera tropes. A rare find.

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A true master piece, like the whole series

Forget about Dune. Forget about Foundation. Forget about Starship Troopers. Three-body series is the new king of sci(-fi?), space sociology and a absolute deity in future story telling. Liu Cixin offers a fully consistent explanation of Fermi paradox, dark matter a d the future of the universe. I am looking forwardto re-reading the whole series. Thank you, Mr Liu

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Timelessly amazing scifi

More than death, this book is about time. If you like science fiction that ponders the answers to the biggest philosophical/metaphysical problems of the universe, this is the book for you. I’ve never read a scifi book that does a better job of examining the implications of cutting edge physics and extrapolating them to their ultimate conclusion. It’s audacious and brilliant and one of the best examples of what the scifi genre is capable of that I have ever encountered (this is the 598th scifi book that I have reviewed). The last half of this book is devastatingly beautiful and sad. It’s also impossible to discuss without spoiling the plot so I’ll limit my public review to the first half.

Death’s End is the third book in a trilogy and is not a stand-alone novel. It builds on the first two in the series and is by far the best of the three books. One thing I really liked was that the author uses time to jump forward hundreds of years and with each leap, creates a whole new human culture and civilization to explore. There are a couple places in the first half of the book that were too much of an info dump, too much telling without a solid character to take us through, but that gets remedied in the second half.

Another brilliant part of the book is when one of the characters tells three fables. The character is being held hostage by enemies of humanity, and so the only way he can get a message back to Earth is by hiding it inside these fables. This idea of outwitting censorship in this way is not new, but in the U.S. we are not very familiar with it. I do not know much about Chinese literature, but I am guessing that in China there is a long history of authors overcoming state censorship in this way. It is certainly something that was practiced in Spain under the Franco dictatorship.

I do have objections—strong objections—to the way “feminine” qualities like love and mercy are portrayed in the book but difficult to discuss without spoilers.

One thing I will recommend, hopefully without giving away too much, is that one read Flatland by Edwin Abbot prior to reading Death’s End. It really helped me understand what was going on (and is a classic of scifi that everyone should read just because. And yes, it was written in 1884. And read the book, do not bother with the various movies that have been done of Flatland.)

[I listened to this as an audio book performed by P.J. Ochlan who did an amazing job.]

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