Dead Lines

Dead Lines

Downloadable Audiobook - 2004
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In the near future, wireless bandwidth for data transmission is at a premium, with demand outstripping supply. Then a brand-new channel is discovered that allows almost infinite volumes of data to be transmitted instantaneously. But strange things are happening to the users of this bandwidth, and the most likely explanation is scariest of all: This new channel may well be the pathway the dead use to get from this life to the next. If true, and the world continues to clog it with spam, mp3s, and phone calls, what will happen to the most important journey humanity's souls will ever make?
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2004
ISBN: 9780792741329
0792741323
Call Number: EAUDIOBOOK OVERDRIVE
Additional Contributors: Culp, Jason

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thomd
Jul 23, 2015

The blurb on the author's site is a sparse "A high tech ghost story..."

The main character is pushed around by the plot, by the other characters, and eventually by ghosts as well. A lot of the story is learning how he is going to react next.

While science-fiction-ish, the mechanism behind these new phones is not explained terribly well. "Deeper than atoms" or something like that. So it's not great sci-fi, and I didn't find it particularly great horror either.

I listened to the book as read by Jason Culp. He did a pretty good job with the main character and the narrative, but some of the supporting cast - especially the women - were not the best.

I'll stick with Greg Bear for science fiction, but will likely give his future horror titles a pass.

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Hyrne
May 29, 2013

Book started slow, but worked it's way up as the plot started to speed up, but then I felt the ending came too quick, I wanted more detail.

Book isn't for everyone; it does include ghosts and wraiths, but I didn't expect the main character to be struggling with what to do with his life after a career in the soft core porn industry. Through me for a loop when it came up, but in short order it went by the wayside and had very little, if any, to do with the plot.

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Hyrne
May 29, 2013

"Hrmph. You guys [ghosts] really like hanging out at the foot of the bed."

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