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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio; MP3 Una edition (25 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452658307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452658308
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,652,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a companion to the magnificent world the Bioshock series has built up so far, it's essential." --Square Go

"I was absolutely enraptured by Rapture." --The Sixth Axis

"It's worth taking another trip beneath the surface to see just what happened to the art-deco Atlantis." --Xboxer360

"It offers an enthralling, if sombre, first-hand look at the rise and fall of an undersea utopia. It adeptly deals with the philosophical issues of state control, and the nature of what man is prepared to sacrifice in order to fulfill his dreams, and is a worthy read for any Bioshock fan. --Playstation Future --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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John Shirley is a critically acclaimed cyberpunk, sci-fi and horror writer. He wrote the first screenplay for The Crow. He has also written many tie-ins including Constantine and Doom. HIs short story collection Black Butterflies was named one of the Publisher's Weekly best books of 1998. Ken Levine is a founding member of and creative director at 2K Boston, formerly known as Irrational Games. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Bossman on 10 Sept. 2011
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I'm less than 200 pages in, but it's a totally engrossing world that John 'don't call me' Shirley has created. He has created a completely new story within the Bioshock world as a prequel, and is filled with great attention to detail, convincing characters, insight into Raptures history and how it was created, more insight into Frank Fontaine who would go on to be a major player in the original game, and so much more. An involving book, and PROOF that not all videogame books are terribly written. I need to read the whole book for a complete opinion, but honestly this book deserves to be read, even if you haven't played Bioshock before, because the Sci-Fi premise is fascinating.

OK so I finished the book recently, and I'll say that it manages to keep the superb atmosphere throughout the whole novel. Towards the end things are probably sped up a bit too much with a lot of story crammed into the last 50 pages, but other than that, I can't fault this book. On the 2nd readthrough you know the characters and can form a better picture of the early chapters in your mind, and that's what I'm doing now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Clarke on 10 Dec. 2013
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I am usually quite skeptical of book tie-ins to computer games, but not everything has to be great literature to be enjoyable. I found Bioshock: Rapture to be a decent companion piece to the first two Bioshock games (personally I have always considered Bioshock 2 to be an under rated gem). If you have any interest in how Rapture was first conceived and built by Andrew Ryan and his associates, give this a go. It is competently written and while I think the author went a bit overboard in weaving in quotes from the game audio logs into the narrative, this does at least create a sense of consistency with the games. Not great, but by no means terrible either, so a solid three stars from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Killie on 24 Dec. 2013
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As a fan of the Bioshock franchise I personally really enjoyed reading "Bioshock: Rapture" by John Shirley. It is probably ranks as one of the best video game based novel I have read and expertly links the events of both Bioshock & Bioshock 2 in an enjoyable and entertaining manner which helps to flesh out the world and backstory.

The novel itself starts at the end of World War II with the world now fearing the threat of annihilation after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Andrew Ryan, an incredibly wealthy industrialist believes nuclear war is inevitable and dreams of creating a place to escape the apocalypse. He also believes that such a place should be free of government, religion and censorship and so he decides to build Rapture, a city under the sea. The novel therefore takes the reader through the creation of the city right up until its collapse into civil war.

As the story commences there is a feeling of hope and ambition but as it progresses it begins to feel quite dark and violent as the reader get to see the ethically bankrupt actions occurring within the city. I quite liked this attempt by Shirley to take a mature look at the dangers of various ideologies and unrestrained science. These are things that were touched on in the game itself but the slower pace of the written novel and greater detail actually drives home the point.

I really appreciated the extra level of depth that this novel has given to the world of Rapture. It provides the reader with a different perspective for some of the events and bridges many of the gaps in narrative from the games. In addition I loved how Shirley has managed to flesh out many of the characters who may have previously just been a boss to fight or a name thrown in as part of the game's narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChrisSmith on 4 Oct. 2014
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I am a huge fan of the Bioshock games and when I heard about this book, I just had to get it

Rapture is the perfect companion for the first two Bioshock games and is a must for any fan. Via a number of characters, all of whom appear in the games somewhere, it takes the reader from the creation of Rapture to the discovery of ADAM and ends with the civil war erupting. Although this book could easily be read and enjoyed without having played the games, it does contain a number of explanations and nods to events, charcters and occurances that are hinted at in the games, which only a gamer will appreciate.

I found that, when I played despite the darkness of the themes addressed in the game, I still fell in love with the setting and city of Rapture and this book has just fuelled that fondness.

I chose Rapture, and so should you
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By E. Barber on 6 Feb. 2013
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Bioshock Rapture is a well written book and engaging enough but for me what spoils it are the little errors that make you wince a bit upon reading them.

This review will contain spoilers for both Bioshock games, be warned!

The biggest error is Suchong.

Anyone who's played both games will know that Suchong was killed not just by a Big Daddy but by Subject Delta, the Alpha series protagonist of the second game, it would not therefore be possible for Suchong to still be alive after Ryan has recorded the audio diary pertaining to the escape of Sofia Lamb and the death of an Alpha Series ...

The smaller errors pertain more to Bioshock 2, Sofia Lamb's 'voice' doesn't sound quite right and the less I ramble about how poorly captured Augustus Sinclair is the better; needless to say I was disappointed in the way that the loveable Southern Gent was handled.

It would have been nice to explore Johnny Topside a little more too, he was mentioned sparingly but pretty much pushed in to the background despite Stan Poole mentioning in Bioshock 2 that Ryan thought Topside was a spook and that he was paranoid about his intentions. It would have been nice just to have a chapter focusing on him, or at least show Ryan's growing paranoia in dealing with him.

Ultimately, Rapture was a great read but left me a little disappointed in the end, there was so much more that could have been done with the characters.

Worth a read certainly but just beware of the plot errors because if you're like me it will just bug you!
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