Narrator: R. C. Bray
Published by Breakneck Media on 26 October 2017
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Genres: Science Fiction
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Searching for a new home....
The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope.
After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.
It is not the last.
When he wakes from death, William discovers that all but one crew member - Capria Dixon - is either dead at Tom's hands, or has escaped to the surface of Kepler 452b. This dire situation is made worse when Tom attacks again - and is killed. Driven mad by a rare reaction to extended cryo-sleep, Tom hacked the Galahad's navigation system and locked the ship on a faster-than-light journey through the universe, destination: nowhere. Ever.
Mysteriously immortal, William is taken on a journey with no end, where he encounters solitary desperation, strange and violent lifeforms, a forbidden love, and the nature of reality itself.
...he discovers the infinite.
Jeremy Robinson, the master of fast-paced and highly original stories seamlessly blending elements of horror, science fiction, and thrillers, tackles his most ambitious subject matter to date: reality itself. An amalgam of the works of J.J. Abrams and Ridley Scott, Infinite is a bold science fiction novel exploring the vastness of space and a man's desire to exist, find love, and alter the course of his life.
©2017 Jeremy Robinson (P)2017 Jeremy Robinson
“Infinite” is a well-crafted, complex, romantic, science fiction story that is so much more than what it seems at first glance. It is written by Jeremy Robinson, who at the time of this review has nearly fifty books available on Audible. The audiobook edition is exceptionally well narrated by none other than R. C. Bray. Mr. Bray is ranked as one of the best narrators and he has a few quite popular titles under his belt; including “The Martian” by Andy Wier. I mention this because the book, for me, felt, like a bit like “The Martian”, along with parts from the movie “Inception” and sprinkle in a few ideas from the movie “The 13th Floor”. If you enjoy science fiction books that have a fair amount of action, mystery, artificial intelligence, along with time and space dilemmas, I recommend you pick up this book and give it a listen.
I will admit that the book was a bit confusing at the start. You are dropped into a rather complicated and confusing scene with no real background allowing you to digest it. A few chapters into the book, it opens up like a budding flower and you are able to see all the beauty of the story holds within. There were a few additional bumps along the way where I thought I had missed something, but the author was able to get me back on track rather quickly. Often this seemed like a writing technique the author implemented on purpose giving the listener a more unsettled feeling. As stated earlier, the book had a feel of “The Martian” on a spaceship instead of taking place on Mars. That simplifies the story and background, but knowing this you will have a better idea of what you are in for when you listen. Like with that story, there were plenty of times the main character narrowly escapes death, has to perform undesirable tasks, and often just wants to survive this long and lonely trip in one piece.
What I liked was the author’s ability to blend many different genres without focusing too much on one. Don’t get me wrong, this is a piece of science fiction, however, is also includes aspects of mystery, intrigue, romance, and endurance. At times the book feels weighty and even a bit gloomy based on its backstory details, but the author is able to throw in pieces of humor so the story does not feel too overwhelming. There was a fair amount of physics and space/time travel discussion I the book, but one does not need to be a rocket scientist to understand it; but if you are, you may enjoy it even more. The author provides you with all the necessary concepts along the way so anyone understand it. Things like the difference in time for someone on earth compared to time observed by a person in a ship traveling faster than the speed of light (FTL). I felt the research as solid, believable and informative. I enjoyed how the story unfolded and provided hints or clues on why such a tragedy occurred during the opening scene.
The narration of the book by R. C. Bray was what I would have expected from a veteran in his trade. The book was professionally voiced across the many different characters and I do not remember any audio artifacts while listening; swallowing, page turns, etc. The audio volume was consistent throughout the book. I have never been disappointed by any narration done by Mr. Bray.
For parents and young readers, this book does at times have a fair amount of vulgar language. There are also some quite graphic and violent scenes which may not be appropriate for younger readers. The book has some storyline focused on romance; but nothing I can recall that was overly explicit or sexual. There are a few scenes containing anti-religious pokes, but again, I do not feel the author was using this to get across some hidden agenda.
To summarize, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a rather complex science fiction story involving artificial intelligence and time/space. However, being in space is only one small part of the overarching message that I think others will enjoy. There is quite a bit that will appeal to lovers of SciFi, but I would recommend it also to those who aren’t into science fiction but enjoy being challenged by a well-written story. If you feel lost at the start, that is not a bad thing. Stick with the book and buckle up as you will enjoy the flight.