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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,619 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert J. Sawyer Narrator: George Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer writes imaginative SF novels that have earned him an enthusiastic following. Set in the near future, Rollback is a novel to be savored by science fiction and mainstream readers alike (Globe and Mail).

Thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Sarah Halifax earned worldwide fame by deciphering a radio transmission from an unknown intelligence reaching out from deep space. Now 87, Sarah receives news that, at long last, a new signal has been received, and her services are desperately needed once again.

But Sarah needs to stay alive long enough to decode the message. With the aid of corporate backers, she and her husband undertake an incredibly costly medical process called a Rollback, in which decades may be added to their lives - but only if it's successful. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Rockwell | 2/20/2014

    " The older you get, the more intriguing this book will become to you--I think. Would you really want to be young again if you had the chance? What if the important people in your life could not join you? You find out how one man answers these questions and learns to live with the marvelous as well as the tragic results. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/12/2014

    " A human-interest story with a sound and somewhat cynical projection of our near-future reality. Definitely suited for those born in the '60's, I found the book slightly dated just a few years after publication but charming nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cecilia Gonzalez | 2/7/2014

    " Although I liked the whole book in general, I was a bit disappointed with Don's choice by the end of the story. He depicts the stereotype of men that can't live alone. It almost seem a weak man, who's life had a meaning because of his strong wife Sarah. But that is just my thought. This was the second book of Sawyer that I read and look forward to read others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/30/2014

    " Sawyer is a very thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. His brand of SF, even more so that RC Wilson, forgoes major exciting action sequences in favour of simple, straight-forward storyand character development. His characters are sometimes pretty naive, but nonetheless believable for all that. This book was an interesting look at how alien civilizations could communicate and interact with each other even with the long distances between stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lawrence | 1/30/2014

    " I'm putting this book down because it sucks. It is told from the near future and reads like a summary of late 90's early 2000's pop culture, "oh, yeah, back in the day, seinfeld was this hilarious show." Boring. Another book that would appear to be about first contact, but isn't. How did this win whatever award it won (hugo? nebula?) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/26/2014

    " Unique concept. Well written and thought-provoking. Sawyer is as good as any SF writer, ever! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glenis | 1/13/2014

    " There were some interesting aspects to this story that I wish the author would have followed instead of the focus that he chose. Especially because I wasn't entirely convinced by some of the motives of the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malkie | 1/8/2014

    " So good. Yes, a lot of techincal science stuff. But it is an amazing plot and makes you think about what counts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Hudson | 1/6/2014

    " Sawyer continues to provide entertaining and thought provoking science fiction brimming with humanity and hope. He is a Canadian treasure and a very nice guy too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Albert | 1/5/2014

    " Sawyer's vision of the future seems closer every day, and this story of the real consequences of anti-aging technology really made me think about all sorts of possible consequences. Like his other works, Rollback is engaging, accessible, and very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Km249 | 12/25/2013

    " Overall, I liked this book. The premise was very interesting. There were a couple of things that didn't sit right with me though... I can't really put my finger on it... I kinda wish this book would have developed some of the ideas a little more in-depth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lab | 12/11/2013

    " It went on and on and on and on and went nowhere. They beat the "young husband, old wife" like a dead horse. I didn't finish the book and I will persevere through almost any book to get to the end. Not recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 10/5/2013

    " I started out pretty lukewarm toward this book, but then its substance turned out to be something wholly other than what I expected. It isn't groundbreaking, but it deals with some poignant themes that get at what Science Fiction is all about -- a reflection on humanity in unfamiliar circumstances. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CarolAnn | 9/10/2013

    " It took forever to get through this book. I even skipped through some of the middle chapters. I would not recommend this to anyone but I didn't hate it as some of the books I couldn't bear to finish. Thank goodness I'm through with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/27/2013

    " A thoroughly entertaining novel of the near future. I look forward to re-reading this in 2048. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/6/2012

    " I liked this book a lot. I'm a little surprised to see how many negative reviews are up here. I actually agree with a lot of the criticisms, but they just didn't detract from the book very much for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 2/28/2012

    " I usually don't read sci-fi but this was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 9/2/2011

    " Very well written novel focussed on human interaction with a bit of sci-fi. 9 of 10 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alaina | 3/26/2011

    " One of Sawyer's books that's just *on*. When he focuses on *people*, and how they cope with his scifi scenario du jour, he's at his absolute best. He had me crying by the end of this one. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 1/1/2011

    " Loved the discussion between Don and Sarah in Chapter 25 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 7/26/2010

    " Sawyer continues to provide entertaining and thought provoking science fiction brimming with humanity and hope. He is a Canadian treasure and a very nice guy too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marne | 6/30/2010

    " Couldn't finish the book. It had a few interesting moments but for the most part it was too preachy. Too much talk, not enough actually going on. "

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