The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin (Chongqing Press, 2008), trans. Ken Liu; audiobook read by Bruno Roubicek (W. F. Howes, 2015)
A slow-moving epic packed with cultural concepts and hard science. Liu Cixin is not an author to leave anything out, and while the ponderous build-up of detail lends import, ultimately The Three-Body Problem reveals itself to be a scenario, not a story.