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Prototype D Audiobook

Prototype D

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A hundred years after the world is decimated by nuclear wars, humanity has been reduced to a surviving city of people called Mainlanders. They have food, water, and a wall that separates them from their enemies - the Outlanders.

Branded as savages, the Outlanders have grown in number and their attacks against the city have become more brutal. Increasingly, they threaten to overtake the city, bringing with them the doom and destruction that has plagued mankind for over a century. What the Mainlanders need is a weapon.

Des is the first robot created with a full range of human emotions. His reasoning skills and thought processes will make it so no human will ever have to step foot on the battlefield again. But when Des realizes his true purpose - to help destroy the Outlanders - he suspects that the real enemies might not be the people he was built to destroy, but those who created him.

©2015 Jason D. Morrow (P)2015 Jason D. Morrow

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    Felisha 01-11-16
    Felisha 01-11-16

    Professional Actress and Audiobook Narrator. Lifetime Story Teller.

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    "Fear is Power"

    Jason D. Morrow takes you into a story where the world after a nuclear war has devastated the earth and only a few million survive. But they are not without. Technology is still a key asset and the development of robots is a must for survival. With a simple, but not lacking, plot, Morrow does well to intrigue the reader but not put them off with crazy jargon and unbelievable narrative. The characters were well developed and the relationships and emotions unique.

    Narrator James Foster delivered a solid performance. His easy going narration and honest character voices were truly enjoyable.

    Overall, a great and captivating read. I would recommend this to all.

    This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie @ BookLoversLife 01-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this!!!"

    There seems to be a lot of robot books popping up lately but I'm so glad I started with this one. It. Was. Awesome!!!

    Prototype D is about a girl, Hazel, who programmes robots with intelligence and a range of human emotions. Prototype D is one such Robot. It starts with Robot D thrown into a simulation to test his abilities, but the commander of the army isn't happy that Prototype D can feel fear and he wants the programmer to eradicate fear in the robots so that they can kill the outlanders. Hazel doesn't want to do it but doesn't have a choice either, thus Prototype E is born. He is the ultimate weapon but Hazel isn't happy because she learns some astounding news about the outlanders. They aren't how they are portrayed to the mainanders. How can her and Prototype D stop the ultimate robot?

    I loved Prototype D, aka Des. He battles with his feelings but with a robot attitude. I absolutely loved seeing the story through his POV as well. We also get to see it through Prototype E POV, which is completely different than Des. Des seems more human but E is all robot.

    The plot was fast paced and entertaining. Right from the start we are drawn into book and not let go till the end, even then, you don't want it to end. I really hope we see more from these characters, robots included, soon!!

    In all, an engaging and addictive read. The world building was amazing, as was the character development. I need to check out the authors other books!

    James Foster is one of my favourite narrators. He has such an amazing range of tones and voices and he always does a flawless performance. His voice is easy to listen to and he always draws me into the story. Listening to him bring the story alive is like watching a movie in your head.

    *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Got My Book 01-27-16
    Got My Book 01-27-16
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    "Some difficulties connecting, but am a fan of Des"

    SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of a series that, according to the author, will have 4 books in total. The ebook of Book #2, Prototype Exodus, was recently released and the audio should be available in April.

    I am sad to say that this book never rose above average for me, due to the difficulties I had connecting with the majority of the characters and with the plot. However, I really liked Des and am looking forward to reading his further adventures.

    Character comments: Hazel (Des’ inventor) - Her neglect of her father and treatment of Esroy made her hard to like. / Esroy (A.I.) - I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. / Gizmo (the Pollyanna style companion robot) - he would probably drive me nuts if he were mine, but he was fun to read about.

    The beginning was great. I loved Des right away and felt like the opening chapter presented his situations clearly and sympathetically. He was the true heart of the story. I also liked his interactions with Hazel’s father. I only cared about the rest of the story in so far as it dealt with him.

    The book has some well-written and intense action sequences, for people who like those. The ending resolved the current situation, but leaves many changes to be dealt with.

    Note: this book contains no significant swearing and no sexual content, which was much appreciated.

    NARRATION: Smooth and nice sounding, no falsetto females / Listened on 1.25 speed (my usual)

    FAVORITE PART(S): The opening scene, where Des awakes and immediately begins to demonstrate his humanity, despite being a robot. / Quote: “he had never seen the sun before. He could have scanned the archives embedded in his memory, but having knowledge of the sun and actually experiencing its warmth were two different things.” WARNING: Some intense “fear of heights” scenes

    MY RATINGS:
    --Enjoyment: AVERAGE
    --Re-readability: LOW - but I am planning to read the sequel.
    --Narrator Impact: AVERAGE

    I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Reese 01-24-16
    Karen Reese 01-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "AI at it's best"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book.The author did a wonderful job at creating the character of Des.The robot is imbued with artificial intelligence and is learning about the world he inhabits.The struggles between Des's creator and her military bosses is portrayed realistically.I would highly recommend this book to any fan of the Sci-Fi genre.The narrator did an excellent job portraying the story.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Nelson 01-19-16
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    "Great concept but needs some work"

    The story was good but needed to be fleshed out. The differences of opposing people's need to be outlined earlier in the story to up the conflict. More reference to the apocalypse that created the world would have also helped frame the plot.
    Characters were good and the story was entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Hammerbach Hampton, VA 01-07-16
    Rebecca Hammerbach Hampton, VA 01-07-16 Member Since 2015

    Books are my way of escaping the commotion of my job and keep my sanity in a very noisy environment.

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    "Great look into the ethics of artificial intellige"

    I loved the story and the performance was very well done.

    When the dreams of a lifetime are messed up by the military .The creator of the most advanced A.I. robot program with all emotions intact is forced to decide between her program that she knows will make the perfect soldier and what the military wants a soldier with no fear.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book I can't wait for more from Jason D. Morrow

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine 01-02-16
    Madeleine 01-02-16
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    "Couldn't put it down..."

    Prototype D was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much, but boy was I wrong. This is a thoughtful entertaining story that struggles with the age old question of what defines life in a fast paced and exciting story. Balancing the idea of artificial intellegence, emotions and true soul, it delivers thought provoking yet light hearted adventure and characters with complex personalities and motives.

    Once I started listening, I couldn't put it down. The relationship between the characters, especially Hazel, DES and ESROY keeps you guessing as the story evolves.

    The narrator does a good job of defining the individuals perspectives and motivations.

    My only minor criticism is that I found myself wishing I had more information about the history of certain situations. In most cases the background is delivered as the story progresses and is satisfying, however I think the book could have benefitted from developing the back story a little sooner and in more detail in regard to the "outlanders". That being said, it did leave room for several new ideas to develop and I am looking forward to future books from this author to flesh out those remaining histories. I can't wait to listen to another book by Jason D. Morrow.

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."


    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-21-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 01-21-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "pretty well thought out and believable"

    Prototype D takes place in the not too distant future where the world has been decimated by nuclear war. Cutting down the population from billions to millions. This new time is much like it was before, the war appears to not have interfered with the progression of technology and the like. It did, however, leave the world divided into two groups. Mainlanders and Outlanders. Take a guess at which group are the outcasts of this new society.

    Starting off with a completely engrossing first couple chapters, introducing us to Prototype D. Who happens to be the fourth try from the Mainlanders to create artificially intelligent mechanized military warriors. “D” was programmed so well that he found himself paralyzed by fear during the training session. The programmer, Dez, was very happy about this yet the military, her employer, was not. Onward to Prototype E, who must not feel fear.

    From here the story expands into the role of the Outlanders. The reasoning for wanting to create the robots to wipe out the Outlanders was not very clear. Nor was the back story of what happened to get society to where it is. There is a lot more that happens, but I do not want to spoil anything for you.

    Where Morrow succeeded is in exploring the ethics behind artificial intelligence, and at what point does it become real intelligence, in a way that will be approachable for most. The strife that must be endured by a demonized or prejudiced people. The silent war that happens in a society where this is allowed to happen.

    Bottom line Prototype D is a pretty well thought out and believable political science fiction story that will make you think a little bit and will not bombard you with too much technical jargon.

    James Foster’s performance here was good. He told the story in a crisp and clear manner. Creating slightly different voices, as he normally does, for the different characters. But there was something missing and I cannot put my finger on it. Maybe he just wasn’t feeling the story while he was recording. This did not detract from the story, although the audiobook experience could have been better. And I only say this because I have heard the fire in Foster’s voice before.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 03-07-16
    Chris 03-07-16

    Audio book lover with sci-fi leanings

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    "A Solid Listen!"

    If you are a fan of sci-fi, you will love this story and enjoy the narration. We are introduced to a robotic soul new to the world that must be taught what it means to live with humans and more importantly how to make choices that will have an impact on both himself and the greater world as a whole. I found myself hoping this story continues in a book two as I really enjoyed this first story!

    The narration by James Foster is fantastic and 5 star! I was pleased to see several of the books waiting in my library are also narrated by James and will be looking forward to a very professional and entertaining listen!

    * I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from AudioBookBlast.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa H. United States 02-18-16
    Lisa H. United States 02-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't Wait for the Next Book in this Series"

    This is a very good AI vs and with Humans story. In the beginning I wasn't as hooked into the story as I might have wanted to be, however by the end I was ready for another chapter/book!

    I wish there had been more world building, such as expanding the story into other views and situations that might explain more of how things got to be where they are in the beginning. (hope that made sense?)

    Hopefully in the next book we will see more information regarding the other colony and their situation, as it started taking place more towards the end of this book.

    James Foster did a great job with the narration. Don't change narrators because he is the voice for this!

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tony Bough
    1/27/16
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    "Essential reading for all AI fans"
    What did you like most about Prototype D?

    I really liked the intrigue and twists and turns in the book that come about as one of our important characters, Hazel, learns more of the history behind the rise to power of the Mainlanders, and its corrupt rulers. Alongside this we see Hazel’s struggle with her misplaced loyalties and the thinking of her two robots, Esroy and Des, who become central to success in the war between Mainland and Outland. Very good.


    What other book might you compare Prototype D to, and why?

    You have to think of I robot but we have a nuclear holocaust as a starting point so it's very dystopian as well.


    What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

    James Foster’s performance was excellent. He talks in a clear manner, creating different voices for the different characters and he drew me into the story. Very good.


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

    It makes me think about AI and the ethics behind it. When does artificial become real intelligence. Is there a difference? Do we encounter this as a species with the same bias and fear that we encounter everything else that is new or different?


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • j tracey
    1/5/16
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    "Good read"
    If you could sum up Prototype D in three words, what would they be?

    They are alive


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story that was well narrated by James Foster, with a good variety of distinctive characters.
    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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