I just finished listening to it. Now I'm running out to buy the book. It's a keeper. It's a classic (never mind it's newly printed). It's Sawyer brilliance.
After listening to this book, I wonder where is the plot? I enjoyed most of the discussions about conscience, evolution, IA, freedom, Big Brother, game theory and so on that take place in the book.
The problem is that it is the only good thing in here!! All the military stuff is really crap and unnecessary, and all that sweet sixteen stuff... Only Webmind saves the book!
I will probably purchase the third one too, but I really hope it improves!
Very entertaining story but predictable.
Yes, but with the caveat to be prepared to listen to the political and social views of author.
The performance was well done overall
No - enough said.
I was actually offended by the license taken to subject me to a recitation of social commentary!
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.