To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
I enjoyed this book. It is obvious that this is book one, as the entire book is setting up the premise for the rest of the series. The author presents his premise with credulity. In fact all of his assertions may be real as I have no idea whether what he postulates is real or not . He makes such a good case that he has my vote. Our heroine is a young blind girl, she has been blind from birth. This fact is important to the story as she has no preconceived notions as to what life looks like so she can see anything. The surrounding characters are also treated as three dimensional people which adds to the story. The readers do a good job with the voices and this is a very easy book to listen to.
I have now listened to the entire WWW series. It is a very thought provoking story. I have long enjoyed Sawyer's yarns because they challenge my preconceptions. The only knock I have against the story is the blatant audible.com product placements throughout the story. Seemed a little tacky, but an author has to get paid.
What a waste. The writing was so literal, I thought perhaps the target audience was grade school. The narration was incredibly irritating with the teenage heroine sounding as if she'd been inhaling helium. Inflections and pauses made it sound as if a child were reading it. The Chinese narrator was so slow as to be soporific. Nearly fell asleep at the wheel. I can't finish this. My most disappointing purchase on Audible.
I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.
When I first began listening, I was concerned that a book written from the viewpoint of an almost-sixteen year old girl would be boring, but long before the ending I was fascinated not just with her intelligence and perceptiveness, but her humanness as well. How easily she might have been too "over the top" to be believable, yet each word, each sentence, each action all seemed to be totally under the writer's control while keeping the story natural enough to be believable and full of suspense and surprises. I loved the way the author wove intricacies and connections from multiple sources that dovetailed into a wholeness and a more mature understanding of consciousness. I think it would require an educated reader to appreciate it, but the story was so well told that I think even casual readers might enjoy it. The narrators did excellent jobs of reading, as well.
Well I'm pretty much an all-round listener, although I've recently been very keen on Science Fiction (preferably the Dystopian once).
All of the www series is definitely worth a try! Set in a fairly near future, the story is based on a blind girl's gain of sight and her contact with a strange consciousness. Really intriguing plot, very well written (interesting shifting narratives), and it's comforting to read a science fiction work with a positive, almost idealistic attitude towards future world conditions! Furthermore, based on my own experiences of being blind, I must say that the author did a pretty good job at researching on both practical and emotional aspect of blindness.
Enjoyed the book, which got me thinking but sometimes I would zone out with philosophical musings. I will probably read the next two books sometime, as the book ended with wanting to know what happened to other characters in the book and how everything will be related. I liked having the different readers.
Steve, if you are reading this, you wouldn't think there was much product placement if you compared it to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. NOW that was REALLY ANNOYING!
Have a different author rewrite the story.
Nothing That I can think of.
It's very difficult to appreciate the readers when the material is so lousy.
The worst book that I have encountered in many years.
Say something about yourself!
No--might read hard copy--parts of it--but not the audio--the voice of the young blind woman was so grating that I almost gave up on the book several times. I work in the field of disabilities so the many themes surrounding the blind interested me--and had the author focused on this, rather than others such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, the social construction of disability, the implications of alternate life forms and the importance of believing in God, I might have been more satisfied.
A bit like Oliver Sacks' books, although Sawyer's tendency toward the peripatetic separates the two
sometimes--read earlier comment about one (important) female voice--grating!
perhaps the way that he described the girl's reaction to sight--although I had to wonder at times whether her brain could possibly respond this quickly given her congenital blindness.
This book was picked on a whim and turned out being a great random listen! If you are into anything sci-fi and have a interest in technology, definitely give this title a try. With the way technology is evolving these days, this story brings up an possible premise in the near future. This book has gotten me to decide to read the rest of the trilogy!
This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.