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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,010 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Charles Wilson Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spin Series Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781427212092
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Vortex tells the story of Turk Findley, the protagonist introduced in Axis, who is transported ten thousand years into the future by the mysterious entities called “the Hypotheticals.” In this future humanity exists on a chain of planets connected by Hypothetical gateways; but Earth itself is a dying world, effectively quarantined.

Turk and his young friend Isaac Dvali are taken up by a community of fanatics who use them to enable a passage to the dying Earth, where they believe a prophecy of human/Hypothetical contact will be fulfilled. The prophecy is only partly true, however, and Turk must unravel the truth about the nature and purpose of the Hypotheticals before they carry him on a journey through warped time to the end of the universe itself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/15/2014

    " OK - well, I'm happy that I read the trilogy, but, to be honest the first book could have been three or four chapters longer and included everything that was really interesting from books two and three. The final chapter of Vortex was pretty cool - I love the ideas in there. It's really too bad that the entire book (or perhaps this entire book and Axis as well) didn't focus on this and expand on the ideas (and explore the Ring of Worlds also). I never felt that I had all that much invested in the characters in the latter two books. Still, nanobots - am I right? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirek | 2/8/2014

    " I actually think it is better than Axis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Thompson | 1/18/2014

    " A third book in the SPIN series. As with SPIN and AXIS, an interesting mix of the personal story and cosmic story. I am thinking that Maggee might enjoy SPIN; I will suggest it as a possible read-aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abe | 1/3/2014

    " A mind-expanding read, particularly good at the end where Wilson puts eons of passing time into fresh perspective. Overall it was a satisfying conclusion to the series, but truth be told, the first book in the series (Spin) was the clear winner and the second and third struggled to keep up. I'm a big fan of Robert Charles Wilson and hope he doesn't fall into the science fiction series trap. Too many great stories get diluted by sequels. "

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

    " Good close to a fun trilogy. "

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

    " This was a phenominal ending to this trilogy. I sincerely hope it is really the end, for if Wilson was tempted (or talked into by a publisher) to write a fourth, fifth or sixth, it might destroy this perfect ending. Because the first of the three was so exceptionally good, this one falls a little short, but just a little. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisandro | 11/28/2013

    " The endining is really superb, but it drags a little till uh oi get there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/20/2013

    " Very interesting story, sequel to Spin and Axis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 8/25/2013

    " The third book in a series. Not as good as the first, but way better than the second book. All in all, kept me entertained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Mcgregor | 7/24/2013

    " Good ending to the series that started with Spin, answered quite a few of the background questions in the story but Spin is still my favourite of the trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ian Carmen | 1/25/2013

    " a good book,good ideas, but a poor ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Warren Lieberman | 12/5/2012

    " Great finish to a intricate triolgy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Edlund | 9/30/2012

    " A very complex sequel to his Spin series. Great future history with ecological implications. Did not quite understand the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 9/7/2012

    " Better than Axis, not as good as Spin. Might be worth reading just for the last couple chapters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben Lainhart | 8/18/2012

    " A satisfying ending to the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jude Grebeldinger | 7/13/2012

    " Such a gift for an expanded imagination that we can share in his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 4/13/2012

    " A good ending to the series, but totally weird. Thought-provoking though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 3/7/2012

    " Was not thrilled with the second book of the series, so I was a bit apprehensive about this, the final installment. I shouldn't have been. Excellent story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arden303 | 2/16/2012

    " I really liked the ending. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Charles Wilson

Robert Charles Wilson is an Aurora and Philip K. Dick Award winner, a Nebula Award finalist, and the author of twelve published novels; his novel Blind Lake was a New York Times Notable Book. He currently resides in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.