Really interesting concept. A little out there, but still easy to listen to and hold my attention.
If you have extra credits, it is worth the listen. The technology (which is the centerpiece of the story) is on such weak foundations that to me much of the story lacked credibility and kept me from engaging. The characters were well written and the overall premise interesting, but there are so many GREAT books out there leave this one for a long summer vacation when you leave your critical thinking hat at home.
In all fairness, I didn't give this book much of a chance. Just did't like the writing style or the story.
I have listened to quite a few from Robert Sawyer and found them all very interesting. This story is a good choice as well. It is not as captivating as some of his other titles (such as Flashforward) but it steadily gets the job done. I like the fact that Sawyer always discusses some relative technology and has a solid gift of presenting his sci-fi take on this technology without bombarding the listener with unnecessary information. This sci-fi light approach makes his books easy to listen to, even for the non-scientific person who is looking only to be entertained while driving. I would also mention that it did take me a little while to get comfortable with the narrator Paul Hecht. Having listened to many other narrators who seemed more contemporary and animated, his very deep and professorial tone took a few chapters to adjust to. Overall, solid buy if you like technology and don't overthink its applications!!!!
Audio Books only
Fast pace worth buying, January 23, 2010
By Barbara Lane "Audio Books only" (Sydney Australia)
Dr. Peter Hobson, scientist discovers that there is a current in the brain that escapes at the moment of death he chooses to interpret it as the soul. Of course, this discovery opens all kinds of discussion from the most scientific to the most extreme religious groups.
When he and an old Muslim schoolmate and friend decide to create simulations of his brain to test their theories on the soul. They put it on the computer and find that cannot be eliminated despite all their high tech knowledge. With three simulations loose on the Internet they do Peter's deep thoughts, things become frightening and desperate.
Add to all this Peter's dilemma over his wife's infidelity and you have a futuristic mystery with drama, stress and ethics problems thrown in. This is a thoroughly entertaining story. A fast pace story, it is also thought-provoking and intelligent.
It's a great story. Run and buy it!!!!!
It's hard to believe a story of only software programming, when on TV you can enjoy stories of the posi-tronic brain inside DATA on Star Trek-TNG, or holligrams of special rooms allowing whatever your imagination can think of, so you could create stories a person can go into and be a part of that particular story created. All the laws of Issac Asimov are in place so nothing can go wrong? But, in the end something happen and it still does!
So where in time are the pioneers of AI in software RD (Research and Development) to make the future happen as in Star Trek or other SciFi similar to a perfect so called future? It's ironic even in the future these well made products can still (by accident?) can kill you!
To me, this is the story of the pioneers. The people who meant well, but did not think of the little things in life that are dismissed. In the end the mistakes created only caused greater destruction. In the end, it's those mistakes that cause learning to occur. But, this time the price of the mistakes learned - were too high?
As in any SciFi plot it's the mistakes we the reader wish to hear or read about and even though death did occurred it was not enough to create a judge and jury. Nobody goes to prison and the book seems to end too soon? Since I'm not a vilent kind of person, I'm extremely satisfied that the book ended this way so I could let my mind fill in the gaps.
It's a pretty good book for me. So enjoy your healthy lives and "KAPULACH"! It's always a good day to DIE!
I've owned this book for a while and finally decided to go ahead and 'get it over with' - it did seem to start a bit awkwardly, but whether the writer warmed up or I got used to the pace of the writing - it soon became impossible to put the ebook down and walk away! Excellent, excellent. Not my usual fare, but I highly recommend it. If you want a synopsis, read the other reviews . . .