Fractal Noise: A Fractalverse Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2023
9 hours 57 minutes
This program features sound design and special effects to enhance your enjoyment of Fractal Noise. Listen out for the sounds of the anomaly at the center of Talos VII and original music evoking the barren landscape.

'Narrator Jennifer Hale's outstanding performance brings this story of alien invasion to life....every unique voice enhances the listening experience.' AudioFile, on Earphones Award winner, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

'Jennifer Hale's narration of this sci-fi novel is exemplary work. Her variety of voices and characterizations, as well as her grasp of the intense drama, is stunning. And just when you think she can't get better, she sings in character, and it transforms her entire performance into art. The combination of Paolini's gripping drama and Hale's voice acting should not be missed.'- AudioFile on Fractal Noise

'Narrator Hale’s performance backed by immersive sound effects, elevate this science fiction audiobook about a small team of scientists on the precipice of a major discovery.'- Booklist

A new blockbuster science fiction adventure from world-wide phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestseller Christopher Paolini, set in the world of New York Times and USA Today bestseller To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

July 25, 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers the Anomaly.

On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII:a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide.

Its curve not of nature, but design.

Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole and why.

But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space.

For some the mission is the dream of the lifetime, for others a risk not worth taking, and for one it is a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe.

Each step they take toward the mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last.

And the ghosts of their past follow.

The Fractalverse Series
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars
Fractal Noise

The audiobook is read by Jennifer Hale, a prolific and highly acclaimed Canadian American voice actress and singer, who has performed an impressive array of characters for video games, audiobooks, and animated television shows. Hale is renowned for her portrayal of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series and as Rivet in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA. She made her audiobook debut with Christopher Paolini’s To Sleep in a Sea of Stars.

A Macmillan Audio production from Tor Books.
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Erin B.

Probably the most immersive audiobook I've ever listened to, the production and performance was insane, to say nothing of the actual story, which may have made me a little insane as well. If you like any of Paolini's other writings you will like this one, it hits different, but so good.

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Dorothy H.

I already loved the Fractalverse, so this inside look at the first contact with new life out in the universe was right up my alley. I think the writing was lyrical and engaging, especially as we learned more about Alex and his emotional state as the crew gets closer and closer to the precipice of the unknown. My favorite quote from the book: "...we all exist in the same universe. Convergent evolution suggests there'll be some similarity. . . . I don't have a lot in common with a spider, but I could probably agree with a spider on which one is more attractive, or which of the other spiders is largest and most brightly colored. Assuming we see the same part of the spectrum. There are a lot of places for shared ground, no matter how different we are." However, I need to give credit to his description of the "inexorable march of entropy" as well because that hit so close to home. If I have one small critique, it's that parts of the story seemed to drag on while others raced by, and while I can appreciate that it may have been by design based on the overall story, I can't help but want moreeeeeee. I gave Fractal Noise 4 out of 5 stars. :)

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pretty good, different from paolinis usual adventure novels, but not bad. the characters are frustrating, especially Alex. he does nothing to stop the others and in fact makes things much much worse and I do wish this was more then just the discovery of the hole but that's not what the book is about so I can't be too upset.

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John D.

The story goes no where. You spend the whole time waiting to see what the hole is for, and big disappointment

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