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Amped: A Novel | [Daniel H. Wilson]

Amped: A Novel

In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.
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Publisher's Summary

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster.

As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans.

On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

Once again, Daniel H. Wilson's background as a scientist serves him well in this technologically savvy thriller that delivers first-rate entertainment, as Wilson takes the "what if" question in entirely unexpected directions. Fans of Robopocalypse are sure to be delighted, and legions of new fans will want to get "amped" this summer.

©2012 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Raves for the New York Times Best seller Robopocalypse:"An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"Terrific page-turning fun." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

"Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things', he's writing about human beings, fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it." (Robert Crais, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 06-14-12
    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 06-14-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Okay story... but just below Great!"

    Story is, as I said okay. The plot rushes along with each story phase told quickly and wraps up quickly to an unsatisfying conclusion. Each story element is very dubiously connected and makes the plot jump from one development to the next in some cases. Each story scene is brief moving on to the next as previously mention, but the 'going into the levels’ and the fight scenes are drawn out as if in a visual slow motion part of the ‘movie’, which made me impatient to get on with it.
    Really – it is a good story to listen while on a long trip or commute. Narration is maybe the best part

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MM Medford, MA, United States 06-14-12
    MM Medford, MA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Like eating Junk Food & Regreting Doing So"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A well developed fleshed out plot would have helped a lot.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel H. Wilson’s story?

    It had no depth. The story was rushed and implausible. This is the second book I've read by this author and both were good but poorly executed plots.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robbie Daymond?

    Yes he was okay.


    What character would you cut from Amped?

    They were all shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't waste any more of my time commenting about such poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-23-12
    06-23-12
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    "Awesome Read"

    I found this book - both content and delivery (nararrator) excellent. What a great book and one I think I'll read again at some point in the near future. The way the nararrator reads the book - is 'right in keeping' with the main character and perfectly rendered.

    The concept of the book is also excellent, because it touches on the technology we're building and the perceptions or prejudice that may result from its use in the future.

    I'm glad I didn't listen to some of the other reviews (sorry guys) that downgraded the book.... as I found it to be absolutely excellent.

    I recommend it.

    Excellent book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Troy, MI, United States 06-14-12
    David Troy, MI, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring predictable story and long pauses"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better reader that doesn't have awkward long pauses between sentences and a better story line that isn't so predictable,


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite from the begining


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robbie Daymond’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amped?

    So, so much


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something, anything cool to happen and it just wasn't there. One would think electronically modified humans + fictional story = cool but nope. Some people can see better, some are a little smarter, and a select few have military programming but don't get all excited all they can do is fight better and not even like Matrix fighting either.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 06-28-12
    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 06-28-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid story"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading Wilson's Robopocalypse I was looking forward to a new book from him. This book is really good but doesn't have the spark that makes it a great book like Robopocalypse.

    It is an interesting book and i would recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Emerald Isle, NC, United States 06-26-12
    Nelson Emerald Isle, NC, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Amped the most enjoyable?

    Robbie Daymond did a fantastic job of reading an amazing story.


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

    He does of a great job of bringing the characters to life. His inflection, tone, and use of voice manipulation really brings out the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was really at the edge of my seat listening to this. So much so, in fact that I couldn't stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was great story that was read extremely well. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne 06-15-12
    Daphne 06-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Better than Robopocalypse!"
    If you could sum up Amped in three words, what would they be?

    It is AWESOME


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Amped?

    When the elite group of Amps goes whole hog, the way it is described is very intricate and you almost feel as if it is happening to you. The fight between Lyle and #13 (as he was called) was amazing.


    Which character – as performed by Robbie Daymond – was your favorite?

    Lyle. He switched into that character and played it like it was his real voice and character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have an extreme reaction to this book. It did however, make me think quite a bit about what direction science is heading to. Also, it depicted well the fact that despite any forward steps that man takes in health, etc. there will still be those who are ailing and those who are prejudiced against others for one reason or another.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charlie 06-12-12
    charlie 06-12-12
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    "Good for a road trip"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a great book for a long road trip (TX-CA) The story was pretty good and the pace was quick and full of information.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kinda predictable


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

    The reader was good. I would listed to another book by him.


    Did Amped inspire you to do anything?

    I will listed to other books from this author and reader.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a quick listen but I would have liked a little more detail on the tech side.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Houston, TX, United States 06-11-12
    Jose Houston, TX, United States 06-11-12
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    "A Classic!"
    What did you love best about Amped?

    A fast-paced story brings that is part thriller, science fiction, and social commentary. And very entertaining! The perfect story and the best I've listened to this year.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Amped?

    The story itself is the memorable moment.


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

    Robbie Daymond's dramatization brings out the fullness of each and every character. Just a damn good reader. He's even better than Scott Brick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Owen first encounters Lucy.


    Any additional comments?

    Cool story. Damn good story and awesome performance.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Franklin, MA, United States 06-07-12
    Jason Franklin, MA, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I enjoyed it"
    If you could sum up Amped in three words, what would they be?

    wanted more time


    What other book might you compare Amped to and why?

    ?


    Have you listened to any of Robbie Daymond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, but he is good


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

    ? i am not sure


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good one

    3 of 28 people found this review helpful
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