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Accelerando | [Charles Stross]

Accelerando

The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.
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The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day.

Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber’s son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity.

For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form...

©2005 Charles Stross (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Kevin Wixson Kalamazoo, MI United States 06-22-14
    Kevin Wixson Kalamazoo, MI United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Hang in There"

    It's a slog, to be blunt, as an audio book at least. You'll soon realize that what makes it difficult is the rather whiplash back and forth, both in the timeline, and between versions of the characters. As is often the case audio book producers have yet to master the art of the pause that gives the listener cues to when a scene changes. It's an especially pronounced in this reading.

    What makes it worth the struggle, however, is that this book goes further in imaging the machinations of a post-singularity solar system than any other. It even extends to thoughtful consideration of the implications of the singularity on interstellar travel and first contact.

    It's a complex story and you have to take care to keep the many small segments of the various plot lines strung together into contiguous threads, but it does make for a compelling and epic story of a sort that other authors seemingly fear to attempt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John 04-14-14
    John 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself: because everyone really wants to know?

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    "Not his best."
    Would you try another book from Charles Stross and/or George Guidall?

    Most certainly


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles Stross before, how does this one compare?

    It's not his best. It starts off with a rehash of Lobsters and then develops themes from his other books. But it lacks the humor of the Laundry series, and the grittiness of Halting State and Rule 34.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    I secretly liked Pam, she's certainly not the lead, but she drives all the action.


    Could you see Accelerando being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be, but I wouldn't waste the time to watch it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Lee 11-24-14
    David Lee 11-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Hardest of hard SF..."
    Where does Accelerando rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is as if my engineering and physics degrees, and every other SF book I've ever read were training grounds preparing me for this book. Throwaway lines about quantum 3d printing (i.e. Captain Picard's replicators), Robert Forward laser sail starships, Frank J. Tipler computational resurrection, fixed-up Matrix plot-lines, nano-tech, Dyson spheres, Fermi's Paradox...all feeling like plausible speculation of taking Moore's law to the Singularity and beyond. And the author pretty much takes for granted you, the humble reader, know about all of these things, and more. But...this author makes it feel like these threads could really happen and weaves them into a story with interesting characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The feeling of realistic (pretty much?) speculation of modern day physics and Moore's law and extrapolating the hell out of it, with every plausible hard SF plot device thrown in. I loved being able to keep up with the author and where he took it. Mind expanding, IMHO. Probably not for everyone...this novel is for hard-SF science/engineering nerds who love to nitpick science fiction movies.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was distinctive and interesting, and hung in there like a champ for some of the more obscure bits.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The Matrix for serious people...


    Any additional comments?

    there is about a 30 minute chunk at about hour 13 that is out of order.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yann Burrett 09-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting story, badly narrated"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Gideon Emery


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Stross's books. And I enjoyed Guidall's narration of American Gods. But this combination just doesn't work for me. Guidall has a problem with the accents and British slang, but that's not a deal breaker. The insurmountable issue for me is that he reads in a very fractured way, inserting long pauses randomly in sentences with amazing frequency, making the story hard to follow.

    From what I managed to gather, this is a pretty interesting story, but getting past this narration style was just too hard to make the process enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coder Guy Jacksonville, FL USA 07-13-14
    Coder Guy Jacksonville, FL USA 07-13-14 Member Since 2013

    I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.

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    "I tried, I really did..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a professional in the field of software development I can find myself loving the idea of this story. The mistake was in choosing George Guidall to narrate it as it makes the story extremely difficult to follow!


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his performance in this book is horrific. It's nearly impossible to tell which character is speaking as George seem to make little to no effort to change the voice or otherwise help the listener keep who is speaking straight. It's also extremely difficult to know when a specific scene changes, often times we're in a totally different place but I was left thinking we were back at the previous location. I mean no offense to Mr. Guidall, but his lackluster performance destroyed this story for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see a revision to this book with a different narrator. Please strongly consider having this re-read by someone who knows when to pause, knows how to tell the listener who is speaking and is able to to keep things coherent to help prevent the utter feeling of confusion while listening. The story itself has huge potential, it's unfortunate that George's performance was at best sub-par as it made the story quite difficult to follow and wound up causing me to say: "What in the...!?!?" many times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 06-22-14
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 06-22-14 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Way to many acronyms in this book"

    I read this book on my quest to finish all the Locus award winners. I am beginning to realize that the Locus award is for those books that don't make the Hugo or Nebula. This book is like listening to a someone list off all the computer terms invented over the past thirty years, and then try to make that a book. As someone in that field, I was very disappointed. While there were moments where the book could have been great, the author never took advantage of them. In the end, the author looks like he is trying to show how smart he is and how current his knowledge without ever actually getting to the story.

    There are some pretty cool concepts (uploading one's brain, artificial beings, inter-galatic civilizations. But the author never really takes advantage. In a way, this is sort of a comedy for those who know the terms. I would avoid this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    stephen gagliardi 05-26-15
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    "Couldnt finish this book"
    What disappointed you about Accelerando?

    It was written in a way that over explained every thing. The story is read 16 hours long. If you cut out about 6 hours it might be a good story, and it jumped around way to much.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Stross’s story?

    This story was read like the writer was trying way to hard. Every other paragraph was about some thing new or updating you about what some one was doing, with what seemed like no rhyme or reason.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    Maybe, Im not sure if it was him or the story. The story was really hard to follow almost as if the narrator didn't know where it was going. This leads to confusing inflections and tone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no, Im mad that i downloaded this book, i want my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Marc 04-18-15
    Marc 04-18-15
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    "Great ideas, too many different plots"

    The story jumps around too much, but it's still a very exciting story filled with a lot to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel Kent Los Angeles 04-18-15
    Gabriel Kent Los Angeles 04-18-15 Member Since 2014

    >||;)

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    "Wrong narrator. "

    Narrator voice would be great for a classic text. For this story, it seemed off. Also, his voice has a lot of bass and the volume is low, so the audio doesn't carry well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    geraldchubbuck quincy, ma, United States 04-09-15
    geraldchubbuck quincy, ma, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A good read that goes nowhere but everywere"

    This is the story of the singularity told from the perspective of a family. It gives you ideas explores the implications, and tosses all kinds of flashy window dressing at you.

    But that's all it is. There isn't a consistent tone or the barest hint of a plot arc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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