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Under the Amoral Bridge Audiobook

Under the Amoral Bridge: A Cyberpunk Novel: The Bridge Chronicles, Book 1

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Artemis Bridge is the know-to, go-to guy: the amoral fixer in 2028 Los Angeles, with the connection for any illicit desire no matter how depraved. He prides himself on remaining above it all. But when an associate dies in his arms, he is burdened with a damaging video of the current mayor he can't sell or trade. With assassins dogging his every step, he has only days before the corrupt mayor is re-elected, handing Chronosoft corporation complete control. This taut futuristic thriller is the debut novel by Gary A. Ballard, originally published serially on the Internet. It also contains a previously unpublished short story, "Feeding Autonomy."

©2009 Gary Ballard (P)2015 Gary Ballard

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    zoe 05-07-15
    zoe 05-07-15
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    "Great Audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Amoral Bridge the most enjoyable?


    Set in a future Los Angeles after the government has abandoned it's role in governing the city, a major corporation is in charge. Ballard takes us on a ride through the corruption and societal decay, as the main character fights to stay alive after unfortunate circumstances place him in the dangerous unknown assailants. You may not be able to put down the audiobook until it's finished.


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

    Joe Hempel have done a great job


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DecemberRain Utah 12-19-15
    DecemberRain Utah 12-19-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Artimis Bridge is the guy who always "knows a guy" that has whatever you need. For the right price, he will be your Bridge and connect you to him.
    Artimis loves that he can do this without ever actually crossing the line into anything illegal.
    But suddenly one day he finds himself in the middle of  just the kind of mess he thought he could avoid. The kind that gets you killed.
    This is the story of how he works to get himself out of it.
    The catagory this book falls under is called cyberpunk.  I have no idea what that means but if there is more like this , I know I'd like to read it.
    Joe Hempel does a great job as the uber charming, quick on his feet Artimis Bridge . 5 stars.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory DRYDEN, NY, United States 05-20-15
    Gregory DRYDEN, NY, United States 05-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sometimes the sum of the parts is better indeed"

    {copy provided free in exchange for honest review}

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and read a lot of books in general, and it's not unfair to say there's not a whole lot new under the sun... there are a lot of people who've lived on this world after all, and have told stories, and "Under the Amoral Bridge" is not a whole lot different. Fans of the Noir novel will find a lot of familiar ground here, as will devotees of the 90's crime film world of "Reservoir Dogs," "Snatch" and the like. But, it's a pleasant dalliance regardless.

    The main character, self-described "amoral" Artemis Bridge, in the eponymous role is a guy who "knows a guy" no matter what kind of guy you might need. When things turn back on him, he winds up reluctantly doing something that bears a resemblance to the "right thing" out of lack of options. He's quick witted, cares about people (some of them) despite himself and has a sharp tongue and fast feet.

    The plot isn't going to bring down the Nebula categories for earth shattering nuance, but it's solidly written and moves along snappily.

    Some of the supporting dialog is weak, with a bit of what I think was an attempt to set crude behavior and dialog against a more erudite language in an attempt to showcase both. I think it failed occasionally, and sufficiently to make me cock an eyebrow, but those were outliers, and for the most part Ballard gets the job done and moves on with it.

    I wish a tiny bit more time had been spent with the main character's bemusingly incongruous "body guard" because he's a charming rendition of the "intellectual tough guy" character... but as Ballard seems to be geared up to make this a series, I suspect we will see more of Aristotle in the future.

    Joe Hempel brings a natural talent to the narration, but not without his stumbling blocks as well. The text seemed occasionally to skip a step ahead of him, or one behind, and some lined were delivered without the proper conclusion, which did interrupt the flow. He had a few dialect and pronunciation issues that were mildly unfortunate. However, Hempel gets right into the main character, and is comfortable with the emotional approach he takes. His acting choices in the piece, while I couldn't necessarily agree with all them, were committed, and he stuck with them to the end.

    The awkwardness of the story flow and the narrator could have really led me to turn the book off if they meshed improperly... like badly syncing waves. Instead, however, I found the sum of the quirkiness charming. Somehow they leaned on each other and brought the piece up to a level that I just smiled and went for the ride. I hope they work together on book 2, and I'll certainly make room for it in my queue.

    "Under the Amoral Bridge" It's rocky, it's a bit awkward, and It's fun. Give it a go.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-15
    anne Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-26-15 Member Since 2016

    I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!

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    "SUPER GREAT STORY!!!"
    If you could sum up Under the Amoral Bridge in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Good Story!


    What other book might you compare Under the Amoral Bridge to and why?

    I really cant compare it...its not what I was expecting at all...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like when Bridge tells the dude off in the club...near the beginning...and basically tells him how ridiculous he is....it was awesome!!!


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

    I did laugh...and I felt bad for Bridge sometimes...he got beat up A LOT!!! lol


    Any additional comments?

    ** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

    This story was not at all what I was expecting, I really really liked it...not that I thought I wouldn't...lol But I was super surprised by it...I love Joe's narrations and totally need more of this series asap!!

    Bridge is kind of an agent/fixer kind of dude....he helps people do a lot of different and sometimes unsavory things...this is set in the near future..basically after the economy totally collapses and is slowly making a comeback...Well a really big scandal falls into Bridges hands and he thinks it will be easy to spin his way...well things do not go like he thought thy would and now he is kind of in a lot of trouble with a bunch of really shady people....The cool thing about Bridge is, he thinks about his friends first...and kind of saves the day....

    LOVED IT!!!

    Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rabid Reader 09-18-16
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    "Corruption, intrigue and hi-tech"

    This is an interesting, fast paced, cyberpunk story that kept me entertained. Set in the near future where cybernetics are an everyday reality and being linked to the net is often a physical thing. Artemis Bridge is an ex-hacker turned "provider," he is the connection that, at a price, will provide contacts for you to complete any illicit trade or deal you desire. Until the day one of his deals goes wrong and he finds himself being hunted. The author creates a world of corporate control and corruption that pulls you into a scary, hi tech future. The narrator of the audiobook did a good job of showing the humour, anxiety and emotions in the characters but his British accent does need a bit of work. This is a humorous, entertaining story with some great characters that you can not help but like. I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Mahoney 09-07-16
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    "Fantastic New Cyberpunk Series!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Amoral Bridge the most enjoyable?

    Great story set in a fun fleshed out suture world with great characters I really enjoyed spending time with and grew to care about.


    What other book might you compare Under the Amoral Bridge to and why?

    Lobsters by Charles Stross as they have similar elments of the cyberpunk theme ex female partners and unique futute settings.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

    Bridge is my favorite. The guy is just great. He knows who he is and has no problems with his morality.


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

    If you want to croos the bridge be ready to pay the toll.


    Any additional comments?

    “This audio book was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Holt Mansfield, TX 12-04-15
    C. Holt Mansfield, TX 12-04-15 Member Since 2001

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    "I needed more Cyberpunk in my diet"
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Amoral Bridge the most enjoyable?


    What other book might you compare Under the Amoral Bridge to and why?

    A dystopian future setting where corporations run cities in the vein of Stephenson's Snow Crash. A self deprecating, amoral, but likable and funny protagonist reminded me of the old Stainless Steel Rat's Jim DiGriz.


    What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

    Joe does a great job here with the snarky hero and his beefy sidekick. His character voices are consistent and female voices don't sound strained or too high pitched. (except the whiny teenager who is supposed to)
    From a technical standpoint, there is a little echo and background, but it's not so much as to be distracting. I didn't notice any production errors at all.


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

    I like this author's brand of humor and the book had me grinning more than a few times. I look forward to the next installment.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Sci-Fi, and detective novels and these books make for a nice change up that still has elements of both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bmac 10-22-15
    Bmac 10-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Near Future Cyberpunk Noir"
    What did you love best about Under the Amoral Bridge?

    I liked the ensemble it presented more than any individual part about it. The crossing over of a near-future (2028) with the technology presented and the perspective of criminals existing within a nearly dystopian corporate controlled future framed a story of crime and not-exactly punishment.


    What other book might you compare Under the Amoral Bridge to and why?

    Probably Zero History by William Gibson, which admittedly is probably not his best book but it's the only one of his I've gotten through. It's just another example of a cyberpunk crime novel, though this has a more distinctively noir approach to it in comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I appreciated the scenes in which the main character had to use his fast-talking and thinking to get out of situations. One of the trademarks of the noir subgenre is the exchanging of fast witty dialogue and this certainly doesn't disappoint on that front.


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

    He Can Get You What You Need... For a Price.


    Any additional comments?

    I received the code for this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The story itself was great in the intersection between a crime novel and cyberpunk. I've listened to a couple Joe Hempel audiobooks and he does a great job in a variety of genres though I can't say I've listened to him perform a 'happy story' yet but it might eventually be in the cards. Definitely recommend and I'm looking forward to listening to the sequel where the author and narrator join forces again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 09-29-15
    Deedra United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    "Under the Amoral Bridge"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book.It was very well plotted and a fun read.Actually I listened to the Audible version and thoroughly enjoyed Joe Hempels narration.His voices are swell!
    Artemis is the guy you go to when you need something but don't know where to find it.He'll hook you up but doesn't want to know what exactly you arrange so he can keep himself safe.He doesn't make enough to hire his bodyguard to fight for him,but he does pay him to stand by and make sure he doesn't end up dead.lol He gets beat up a lot.In this futuristic world where corporations run the country and secrets are meant to be leaked one never quite knows what is the right thing to do,but Artemis usually comes thru.Read it,it's fun!
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 06-04-15
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Artemis Bridge is a unique futuristic character!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Amoral Bridge to be better than the print version?

    Under the Amoral Bridge is a unique novella set in the future, where politics and ethics are manipulated via computer hacking, hence the "cyberpunk" notation. It's a fantastical and fast-paced novella that is enhanced by the great voicing of Joe Hempel.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gary A. Ballard before, how does this one compare?

    I've not listened to any other books of Gary Ballard, but I enjoyed the energy and unique character of this one. It was, at times though, too fast and predictable. It probably would have been better fleshed out in a longer novel.


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

    I have listened to several of Joe Hempel's books. He is an excellent narrator, especially in his ability to have differentiated voices. I also enjoy the cheerfullness in his voice.


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

    Under...Bridge..a post-apololyptic reach into the cyber netherworld.


    Any additional comments?

    This novella was given to me as a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "With One Bound He Was Free!"

    "I know a guy…" In the "corporatocracy" of near-future Los Angeles, where hacker-tools are way-out in cyberspace but the voting machines clunk along the same old way, Artemis Bridge, ex-hacker turned wheeler-dealer, gets dragged into shady city politics, proving the saying that it's not what you know but who you know that matters in life. Especially when there's guys out there hell-bent on snuffing it out.

    A racy, well-written tale that's doesn't lean too heavily on the frontal lobes – a kind of Bugs Bunny meets The Matrix. Confidently read by Joe Hempel, who brings the characters to life whilst reeling-off 2028 cyberpunk-talk as if he's spoken it from childhood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
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    "" Just waiting around for a bigger dog...""
    Any additional comments?

    Set a decade or so in a future (2028) Los Angeles, after the USA has run out of money, meet Artemis Bridge, like his name, a bridge, a fixer, who links people with needs to those who can supply them - "I know a guy...". That's all he is, the middleman. He doesn't want any part of the action, doesn't want to know what goes down. He doesn't care; he's not nicknamed Amoral for no good reason. But in his line of work he really needs protection so employs a bodyguard, Aristotle, but can't afford to pay him enough to fight. Bridge has to take his own beatings from dissatisfied clients.
    Then, against his will and better judgement, Bridge is thrust directly into the action and finds himself caught in something puzzling and dirty which soon threatens the lives not only of himself but also his hacker ex-girlfriend.

    Under the Amoral Bridge is a delightful romp of noir cyberpunk crime, with fast paced action, great characters and witty dialogue. The storyline is intriguing, often violent and, at times, laugh aloud funny. The future is only a little removed from our time. Joe Hempel's narration brings it all alive. His racy reading perfectly mirrors the pace of the book and he expertly captures individual voices, each person distinct in ongoing dialogue, although the English accent of an obnoxious club bouncer did leave a little to be desired. But he carries the story expertly to its conclusion, leaving me wanting more.

    Buy, read and enjoy. It's great fun.

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