Not really, I never finished listening. The story and science are certainly intriguing but I couldn't stomach the teenage genius with the maturity level of a 5th grader, nor the political hammer, anymore.
This is the second in a proposed trilogy (last book WWW.Wonder) and Sawyer believes it to be better than the first book. Here Caitlin and Webmind grow together as Webmind gains more cognitive awareness and Caitlin gains more visual awareness. I must said that Sawyer's handling of Caitlin's adjustment to sight is excellent. He has done his homework on how a mind accustomed to no vision has to adjust to a world of depth and color. The threats from the various governments were a tad over the top and the incorporation of the apes was completely unnecessary to the plot, although I can see a dotted line connection. The end, however, was completely ridiculous. It was forced and contrived and very outside of Sawyer's style. It does not, however, detract from the fact that the other 98% of the book is excellent. It held my interest and kept me turning pages. The narration was good, but there were some technical flaws in editing the volume. The narrators were inconsistent in this and I had to keep adjusting my volume to make up for it.
This book was one of the worst audio books I have ever listened to. The plot was very weak and the narration, especially that of Katlin was distracting. I do not recommend this book.
Robert J. Sawyer second part of his sci-fi WWW trilogy continues the story of WebMind - a spontaneous emergence of conscious AI-like mind on the Web. The intelligence and later consciousness grown out of cellular automata created by "lost" packages of data on the net. I must say, that I was very positive year ago, when I read the first volume. Unfortunately, the second volume does not stand up to the challenge of convincing description or plot related to Artificial Intelligence. The WebMind becomes too human-like mind with too many naive dialogs and scenes. The introduction of top secret government watchdog agency, which, after the discovery of the intelligence tries to kill/stop it, is in the aura of today's sci-fi genre (oh these bad guys from Avatar...) - and is, unfortunately very superficial. The author even did not try to elaborate on the nature of the danger for the officials from the emerging AI.
The only plot that is fine, is that mysterious one about Hobo, the intelligent chimpanzee/bonobo crossbreed. In same sense, these plot - that points us to the future, third volume, was the for me like a lifebuoy during the reading.
The book ends with extremely naive invocations to peace, humanity and beauty. Come on - that was not what I expected...
Finally, let me say at least one good thing - it is real page turner or ear defender (if you happen to listen to it as I did :-)).
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Lame book with annoying narration. Predictable characters, boring story. Nothing ever happens other than two teenagers kissing.
Interesting ideas, lame presentation/story. If I wanted a teenage love romance novel I'd read Twilight. Such a shame that Audible has such few good Scifi titles. I go to the bookstore and there are whole shelves of good scifi.
This book has a lot of problems. The characters are really flat, the narration, and finally it is more about an annoying 16 year old girl then the emergent intelligence.
Think about this as a look into a 16 year old girls life with all the OMGs you could ever want with bad science and wedged somewhere in there is an AI that is learning from... Yeah the 16 year old girl and her parents...