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Containment Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 9 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058DE0FK
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Like a lot of other reviewers I thought there was far too much "technobabble" in this novel. The author often shoves long explanations of fantastical advances in science into the story which ultimately add nothing to the plot. I think you would have to be a fervent fan of sci-fi to rave about this book. It doesn't really get interesting until about two-thirds into the story. The ending is not too bad, if a little predictable, so I gave this book three stars. If you liked the BBC drama "Outcasts" you should like this.
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I started reading this book on my notebook and switched to my Kindle when it arrived and so this has the distinction of being my first Kindle 3G read. There were occasions, however, when I nearly gave up on it, but my curiosity over where the plot was going kept me going.

It is not a sophisticated read, a little clumsy and in need of a good editing. I also felt that, perhaps it is for younger readers, although that might be doing a disservice to younger readers (I'm too old to comment). Certainly the protagonist seems to act and get treated like a teenager and that seems to be the narrative viewpoint. My biggest problem with the book is that the author has a tendency to dwell on overly detailed explanations that add little to the story and interrupt the pace. It is almost as if all of the research the author has done for the book **has** to find its way onto the page. Because of this I occasionally found myself skim reading parts. I don't want to give the plot away, because there are good twists and ideas in here, sufficient to keep me reading, but there is one scene where the main character is in a life or death situation and rather than develop that and build some tension, I thought it wandered off into some distracting explanation or another.

I think you have to read to the end to understand what the author was doing with some of the earlier chapters, particularly the future-history lessons, which initially seemed a little over the top - and overly juvenile in their explanations (although you will understand at the end). I'm not sure but, these might have been less distracting, if some of the other 'over-explanations' and 'analysis', were cut back.

In summary, I found it a little frustrating, but do not regret taking the time to finish it, even if I did have to skim read some of the (in my opinion) unnecessary techno-detail.
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The premise of this book is nothing new, but it's to the author's skill in setting the scene in quite a convincing way that I didn't see the twist in the plot coming. Unfortunately, he lets himself down by including rather lengthy explanations of the supposedly out of this world tech, which slows everything down. By the end, I was just skimming the pages as he'd really lost my interest.
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When I downloaded this novel I wasn't expecting much, just something to keep me amused during my daily commute. What I got was a yarn that engaged me from the beginning simply because the author's style was so easy to get on with. This is no ground breaking story and the plot devises and eventual twist have been done many times before, but it works. Mainly because of the main character's musings on scientific method and the environment in which he is in. Having read a lot of SF I am well used to a story that goes back and fore between what is happening now and what happened in the past but somehow this doesn't work in Containment. I had to ask myself if now is really now or are the events I'm reading were in the recent past. There are also a couple of places where something is said to be true when, given the timeline, could not be. Maybe if I re-read it I would resolve these queries but this is not a book where you would do that. However, this is a really good, solid SF read and I would recommend it.
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Finding this book on the amazon store in the Science Fiction Section, I looked at the price and decided that the expenditure was well worth the risk of it failing to deliver.

Having spent an avid couple of hours devouring this title I felt that the price could have been several pounds higher and still been justified.

What I found was what amounts to quite a fresh idea executed well and as others have pointed out some very detailed explanations which as a more technical minded reader I found very engaging.

Having finished the book I am now in the process of populating my Kindle with the rest of his novels currently available and I retain high hopes for them.

In my mind for the price paid it is well worth it and rest assured it is something I will find myself returning to read several times.
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This is a most peculiar book to review. Fortunately I'd read some other reviews which said stick at it and it'll be worth it in the end, and in many ways it was and I'm glad of the advice, because a number of times in the first half I nearly gave up.

That had nothing to do with the writing- Cantrell is a fine writer and the book is well edited, but it is just too frontloaded with technical information rather than story. For a novel, it is just way too technical; the science is definitely sound and the author deserves five stars for his research and technological know-how- the tech explained here and the whole scenario is entirely believable- it's just that there are pages and pages of technical description that is frankly brain numbing in a work of fiction- the art of a good 'hard' sci-fi book should be that the technology is believable and acceptable without lengthy descriptions disrupting the story telling...Alistair Reynolds is a good example of a writer that pulls this trick off.

However for much of this book, it's difficult to discern whether the author is wanting to write a series of articles for New Scientist, or a novel. In that way perhaps he would have been better providing all the techy info in an appendix or maybe a second, technical back up booklet, I don't know, it's just what at its core is a great story, is just muffled by a lot a stuff I- and I suspect many people- will just skim through.

Having said that- and the fact that the characters are inevitably very cardboard with all of this authorly attention to the technology- at exactly the halfway point the story suddenly takes off and you have an absorbing page turner that for a while you can't put down. Quite extraordinary.
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