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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 Bric Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Spin Series Release Date:
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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