• The Fall of Babel

  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (512 ratings)

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The incredible final book in the phenomenon fantasy series described as “future classics" follows one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world and the mysteries he uncovers along the way (Los Angeles Times).

As Marat's siege engine bores through the Tower, erupting inside ringdoms and leaving chaos in its wake, Senlin can do nothing but observe the mayhem from inside the belly of the beast. Caught in a charade, Senlin desperately tries to sabotage the rampaging Hod King, even as Marat's objective grows increasingly clear. The leader of the zealots is bound for the Sphinx's lair and the unimaginable power it contains. 

In the city under glass at the Tower's summit, Adam discovers a utopia where everyone inexplicably knows the details of his past. As Adam unravels the mystery of his fame, he soon discovers the crowning ringdom conceals a much darker secret.

Aboard the State of Art, Edith and her crew adjust to the reality that Voleta has awoken from death changed. She seems to share more in common with the Red Hand now than her former self. While Edith wars for the soul of the young woman, a greater crisis looms: They will have to face Marat on unequal footing and with Senlin caught in the crossfire. 

And when the Bridge of Babel is finally opened, and the Brick Layer's true ambition revealed, neither they nor the Tower will ever be the same again.

©2021 Josiah Bancroft (P)2021 Orbit

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A Disappointing End to the Series

Bancroft has departed from his engaging world building and characters in favor of trite parable. the novel felt rushed, as though he'd run out of steam and dashed out something that made sure to include the ending he'd plotted, but didn't get there organically, almost like season 8 of A Game of Thrones. He's said he lost 100 pages of the book at one point. Maybe that's where all the magic of the series went.

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Didn't rise to the level of the other books

The book goes on and on, almost to the meandering point. The ending was the biggest let down.

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Dissatisfying end to a fantastic tale

You’ll find very little closure and even less satisfaction here. Terrific narration as always, but the end felt rushed and ill considered.

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Very disappointing

I’m sure it’s extremely difficult to finish a book and even harder a series but this left me completely unsatisfied

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Went off the rails

This series started amazingly. In fact, the first three books are so original, fun, and well written I was eager for the final installment. The problem for me was the series begins as a young, detached, naïve teacher sets out on a quest to find his lost wife in a weird and interesting world. We follow Senlin on this journey and meet some very compelling and even frightening characters along the way. We also learn that the Tower is a generally awful place with few redeeming qualities or characters.

In this final book, the plot seems to change from Senlin finding his wife to the side characters trying to save the Tower. I just did not care very much what happened to the Tower and as much as I liked some of the side characters, they were and are side characters. The reunion of the protagonist and his wife is underwhelming and does not pay off for all the time invested.

This author is talented. He can turn a phrase like few modern writers. He has a wildly fun imagination. I was just disappointed in the conclusion BUT I do thank the author for concluding. Something I no longer believe some other authors will do with their series.

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Very Disappointed

I fell in love with the world-building Josiah Bancroft established in the preceding books. I read book 3 as soon as it was available and waited patiently for this installment. Given the option to wait another year or settle for what was delivered, I would have chosen to wait. This book feels both rushed and dragged out in all the wrong places and there is little to no resolution for the end of the series.

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Not What I Expected

With such a huge book, I was expecting a more cleanly tied-up ending. With so many different "main" characters, it felt like half of them were left out in the resolution. The ending that we did get seemed a bit lackluster and sad. Overall, I would say that it was fine; Lots of fanciful details leading up to the conclusion, then barely any at the end.

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BEEN WAITING FOREVER

This series is the absolute best and I’m stoked to read it right now! Woo

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great book but an unsatisfying end

I was under the impression that this would be a 4 book series. the last part of this book changes that drastically. I'm not sure how or if the story will continue but with that expectation, the ending is not satisfying, it's good, but not satisfying.

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A new classic satirical work à la GulliversTravels

To me the many ringdoms and intricacies of the tower what came to mind was Gulliver's Travels. (not that this story in any way resembles those travels or that story)

As Senlin travels through and encounters the many intricacies of the tower I found the allegorical/satirical comparisons to the real world thought provoking and insightful.

In my mind this series would make for a great book for teenagers seeking an interesting series for those creative book reports if those are still a thing, it covers heavy subjects without being heavy handed the language is clean without being childish or overly prudish. And adults seeking an escape that on it's surface is a whimsical tale that contains some nuggets of societal introspection worth thinking about.

I have my gripes with the ending and one of the characters but all and all the author crafted an ending that made me think so if that was the goal than mission accomplished whether or not I am happy with the choice that character made.

All in all I highly recommend this series which I would call a steam punk era science fiction fantasy allegorical satire.

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