The description of the way Caitlin see's the world while she is blind and then getting her vision back.
Caitlin more because no other character really took my fancy other than Webmind.
No I have not but all the narrator's did a great job.
I don't listen to any book in one sitting as I lose concentration especially on one this long.
I really was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, I liked the description given about the story but did think it did not get portrayed in the book's story as well as it may have been. Some of the technical details although explained very well seemed to drag on a bit much at times and I found that I got distracted easily by this and I enjoy tech descriptions.
Aside from the unique storyline?? The multiple performers really bring the story to life. Each voice is interesting, paced for the person they are portraying, and seem to enjoy what they are reading b
Miss Kaitlyn Dexter is a lovable teenager. I love the way the upbeat way she lives, compared to the way many moan and groan. She isn't the whinny teenager, but is a good role model for today's teens.
Awesome performance. I don't think that I would have interrupted the characters as well as the performers have. This is something that I don't often find in audible books.
When Kaitlyn sees lightening really stood out to me. Hobo was also intriguing. When they talk about him being sterilized and when he first saw Virgil. Each piece of this storyline is well thought out and brings a new and fun perspective.
If you are looking for something other than the usual, this is a fun listen. I highly recommend.
The story was just so long and drawn out! It had a lot of potential, however, a lot of it was useless information and unnecessary chapters when I just wanted to learn about the main character, Caitlin, her family dynamics, her friends at school, her blindness.
However, the author focused too much time on artificial intelligence, technical information about how the web works, and the gorilla painting in China. The author developed different plots, then left them hanging, and you never read about them again.
I felt that the ending was a set up so that you would go and buy the next book in the series to see what the conclusion was going to be.
The narration by the different narrators was great, however, disappointing story.
I don't get all the rave reviews. Yes, it's a cool idea.... but the story itself is so very, very DULL. There is no real conflict or tension in it. You just sit and twiddle your thumbs as a series of highly improbable coincidences occur to reach the inevitable conclusion. I'll not be bothering with any sequels.
I was interested in this book for several reasons. First, because Caitlin, the main character is blind and a math genius/computer geek. Second, because the concept of a friendly AI is one which is not often seen in science fiction.
You can see that Sawyer tries to make Caitlin act like a regular teenage girl. This means that the book is filled with annoying talk (exclaiming "Awesome!" and using phrases such as "like, forever" in sentences. She's a geek --- she's not supposed to be normal! When she is offered the chance to undergo a procedure to get her sight back, she immediately jumps at the chance --- not that it's a bad thing, but the author then proceeds to explain that she's been trying and trying to regain sight and none of the procedures have worked. It's as if everyone should want sight, and those who don't have it are so inconvenienced. This is certainly not how I view it... but, that's just my opinion.
Now, on the artificial intelligence called Web Mind. As it's name suggests, Web Mind emerged spontaneously from the infrastructure of the World Wide Web. We see the progression throughout the book as the intelligence becomes conscious, learns to think, and learns to communicate with the outside world, culminating in Web Mind finally speaking to Caitlin. I found the ideas of consciousness and the human mind in this book fascinating.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
Robert Sawyers science fiction books are always wonderful to read. The books are well researched. informative, and diverse. He approaches subjects I do not find in other science fiction. www.Wake is true to his style. I was engrossed from the beginning to the end. One issue I had with the book,it left some things hanging at the end, and I wanted to hear "the rest of the story". If I had not known that Wake was the first part of a trilogy I would have given it 4 star. I could not find the explanation on the Kindle version so I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise it would have been 5.
Sawyer's book "Calculating God" is one of my favorite science fiction of all time. Wake and this series may come in a close second. The story is engrossing, the characters and description of events are amazing. I could "see" every thing in detail. My favorite character is "the web" or "Phantom" and the way Sawyer brought "Phantom" to life. When "Phantom" was first introduced I was not sure where it was going, but it became very clear quickly. There was one point where the ooooxxxx etc. was a little long to listen to. I have a short attention span at times. Reading that part on Kindle I would skim and when listening I would up the speed. I am looking forward to reading more from "Web Mind" aka "Phantom" in books 2 and 3.
I applaud Audible for having multiple narrators preform the narration. This gave each characters it's own personality and made the listening more enjoyable.
On to Watch and Wonder.
I liked the narrators and the voices seemed to be suitable for the characters. The book did get a bit wordy without substance several times...like it was trying to teach the reader instead of inform the reader but overall great story
I have a better understanding of search engines as a secondary benefit of reading a fiction.
The author has a few story lines and leaves you at the end of "Book One" not having a clue how they interrelate. I am beginning to detest publishers demands of trilogies instead of a good long novel.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of my all-time favorite authors. In this trilogy, he delivers yet another fantastic story. He weaves in technical and scientific detail without being pretentious or condescending. His characters are expertly developed over the trilogy, and one can't help caring about them. It's a great series and I would recommend planning on listening to/ reading the entire trilogy. The first two books leave off feeling incomplete... because they are. But the third book does resolve nicely.
I got the first book on sale from Audible and immediately thought it was a teen title. Started listening and it is most definitely not. I immediately downloaded the last two books and listened to them in rapid fire succession. Most enjoyable: expectations exceeded by a really fun read!
Certain parts reminded me of "2010: A Space Odyssey", other parts reminded me of "The Light of Other Days". While not exactly a comparison, these are the two books that came to mind most often while I was listening. I like emerging AI stories and this one did not disappoint.
Early on, when Caitlin was chosen as a candidate to received an experimental surgery. I felt excited for her and her family. It was akin to gaining a superpower!
Laughed and cried. There are moments of lighthearted teen angst stuff and then moments of serious teen angst stuff.
These books can and should be read one after another - this review and rating will apply to all three - really enjoyed my time in this book, it ended all too soon!
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I’ve haven’t yet picked up a book that I didn’t love – it’s such a pleasure to get immersed into something interesting and his tales are engrossing every time. They make me think and I always learn something new.
My only complaint is that the story is split into 3 volumes; it annoys me because why not have them all in one book? Is this a ploy to make more money or sell more titles? It costs me more to buy 3 books!
Trilogies are theme for Sawyer, I read the Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy earlier this year, and it was terrific. The WWW Trilogy so far is very good too…. a sure sign the format will continue!
Onwards to book 2!