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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,045 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Preston Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Wyman Ford Series Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781427202758
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In Douglas Preston’s Blasphemy, the world’s biggest supercollider, locked in an Arizona mountain, was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. The Torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It is the brainchild of Nobel Laureate William North Hazelius. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

Twelve scientists under the leadership of a famed Nobel Laureate are sent to the remote mountain to turn it on…And what they discover must be hidden from the world at all costs. Wyman Ford, ex-monk and CIA operative, is tapped to wrest from the team their secret, a secret that will either destroy the world—or save it. The countdown begins…

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/20/2014

    " I love Douglas Preston, and as usual he kept me intrigued until the end, but for once I found his conclusion to be less satisfying than most of his other novels. Just too much death and destruction was left unnoticed, as was the even more intriguing question of building a supercomputer on lands held by some of the poorest people in our nation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Auralia | 2/11/2014

    " This book is a bit slow at first but about halfway through it really picks up. There is a team of scientists that have built a machine, Isabella, to recreate the big bang. That is the book in a nutshell, true to form Preston packs a big punch in this one. I loved it once it got going, it made me stop and think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Brown | 1/16/2014

    " I was really enjoying the book, then about 2/3 through I didn't like the way it turned, then at 3/4 it turned right back on me. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Kittrell | 1/15/2014

    " I am adding this book to my list at this time, even though I read it several years ago and had forgotten how good it was until I reviewed the 'Fever Dream' by Preston and Child. This book is about a particle accelerator in the American desert that is trying to recreate the Big Bang Theory in miniature and an extremist religous group that tries to stop the scientific experiments conducted therein. At the time this book was published two or three years ago, the CERN European Particle Accelerator in Switzerland was about to come online and there was extreme worry that if this accelerator got out of hand, the world could possible explode, implode. Yes, the media was having a field day with all the extreeme possiblities of disaster with it. This book was an outgrowth of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " A little predictable in some areas but still a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Bohacz | 1/3/2014

    " Good fun with not so subtle commentary on religious extremism. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you engaged. The second half of the book kept me up until 4:00am in the morning; I had to know how the mystery would turn out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jose | 12/30/2013

    " It was entertaining... especially to see how the author shows the possibility of starting a new religion... and how "easy" it could be... mainly you just need a small group of initial followers and some sort of martyr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamera | 12/28/2013

    " entertaining summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 12/20/2013

    " Blashemy is an old fashioned page turner of a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/8/2013

    " Excellent topic for discussion in my book club. Not a super favorite book I've read, but I will read more of Douglas Preston, I have been told there are better written books out there by this author so I will give him another try. Book discussion was excellent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/4/2013

    " A fast paced thriller, can god and science co-exist? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clint | 11/26/2013

    " It was an ok read. Not as good as the series he co-authors with Lincoln Child. I thought some of the ideas were way out there and not believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marc | 11/2/2013

    " I'm a sucker for supercolliders especially in a thriller format. We'll see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/28/2013

    " 2nd bk w/Wayman Ford, phil and meaning of rel. purposes, fast, not too bad "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 8/23/2013

    " Started out fine, but got a bit tiring toward the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 6/9/2013

    " Not my favorite book by Preston (and Child), but it kept my interest especially as I enjoyed the subject matter itself. A fun book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cory Newman | 11/9/2012

    " What a supreme mindf***!! I absolutely loved this book! You just can't go wrong with Doug Preston! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mainrun | 8/8/2012

    " One of this authros weakest books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 7/8/2012

    " Couldn't tolerate the reader for this audiobook. It seemed like he was trying to imbue all the characters with this same relaxed coolness, which was pretty lame and they all sounded the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liesl | 4/20/2012

    " A bit of a slow start, but okay. Looking forward to the discussions at book club! Gonna be a good one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 4/18/2012

    " Unrealistic in so many ways, and yet still fun if you can suspend disbelief and pretend you're watching Star Trek or the A-Team or something. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan Robert | 4/15/2012

    " Love Douglas Preston's books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rod | 3/27/2012

    " Very smart book. would make a great movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhonda oligney | 1/13/2012

    " A page turner in murder mystery novels "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/9/2011

    " I enjoy Preston's writing and I like the character of Wyman Ford (Former FBI agent, Monk now High-end specialty P.I.) and I liked some of the theological questions posited, but sadly, I figured out "Who done it" and pretty much why - by chapter 30. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randy | 5/8/2011

    " On my list of favorite books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio Book. Wyman Ford's first case as a private eye after his escapades with Tom Broadbent in Tyranosaur Canyon is find out what has gone wrong at the Super Collider Isabella. He gets in with the scientist because one of them is an old lover from colle "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 5/1/2011

    " Somehow when the Child/Preston duo split up, their work loses some magic. This one had some potential, and was a decent page-turner, but the premise ended up being a little ridiculous, IMO. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 4/20/2011

    " Some interesting ideas presented in this book. Very long though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/17/2011

    " Writing style makes for a quick but entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 4/12/2011

    " I thought this was a great book. I think people have to have something to believe in no matter how crazy it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 3/20/2011

    " A very interesting take on how a modern day religion might develop to replace the traditional Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and other faiths of the world. Could science really be considered a new religion? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/14/2011

    " Very unusual perspeective on what would god say.. Highly entertaining would recommend for anyone with a open mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 1/22/2011

    " Typical Douglas Preston fiction. Brilliantly paced. Reasonably fleshed out characters. A great "what if" plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill1971 | 12/31/2010

    " I love the interplay of the characters and "God". A very very fast read. Very well thought out by Preston and got me thinking on a few topics of religion and science. "

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About the Author
Author Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston, a regular contributor to the New Yorker, worked for the American Museum of Natural History. He is an expert horseman who has ridden thousands of miles across the West. He and author Lincoln Child have cowritten numerous bestselling thrillers.

About the Narrator

Scott Sowers is an actor and audiobook narrator. AudioFile magazine named him the 2008 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense.