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WWW Audiobook
WWW
Written by: 
Robert J. Sawyer
Narrated by: 
Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, Marc Vietor, Robert J. Sawyer
WWW Audiobook

WWW: Wake

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Publisher's Summary

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind.

But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something - some other - lurking in the background. And it's getting more and more intelligent with each passing day.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and read by author Robert J. Sawyer.

©2009 SFWRITER.COM Inc.; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The thematic diversity - and profundity - makes this one of Sawyer's strongest works to date." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unforgettable. Impossible to put down." (Jack McDevitt)
"Thoughtful and engaging, and a great beginning to a fascinating trilogy." (Robert Charles Wilson)

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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 06-26-12
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 06-26-12 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "definately getting ready for a series..."

    I enjoyed this book. It is obvious that this is book one, as the entire book is setting up the premise for the rest of the series. The author presents his premise with credulity. In fact all of his assertions may be real as I have no idea whether what he postulates is real or not . He makes such a good case that he has my vote. Our heroine is a young blind girl, she has been blind from birth. This fact is important to the story as she has no preconceived notions as to what life looks like so she can see anything. The surrounding characters are also treated as three dimensional people which adds to the story. The readers do a good job with the voices and this is a very easy book to listen to.

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    Gabriel Duluth, GA, United States 06-26-12
    Gabriel Duluth, GA, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thought Provoking"

    I have now listened to the entire WWW series. It is a very thought provoking story. I have long enjoyed Sawyer's yarns because they challenge my preconceptions. The only knock I have against the story is the blatant audible.com product placements throughout the story. Seemed a little tacky, but an author has to get paid.

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    James St. Louis, MO, USA 06-02-12
    James St. Louis, MO, USA 06-02-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I want my credit back"

    What a waste. The writing was so literal, I thought perhaps the target audience was grade school. The narration was incredibly irritating with the teenage heroine sounding as if she'd been inhaling helium. Inflections and pauses made it sound as if a child were reading it. The Chinese narrator was so slow as to be soporific. Nearly fell asleep at the wheel. I can't finish this. My most disappointing purchase on Audible.

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    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 04-22-12
    Sharalyn Fairfield, IA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2016

    I have an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a Master's Degree in Professional Writing from Maharishi University of Management, am author of THE RELUCTANT VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK, and am an avid reader/listener.

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    "Consciousness with a twist"
    Any additional comments?

    When I first began listening, I was concerned that a book written from the viewpoint of an almost-sixteen year old girl would be boring, but long before the ending I was fascinated not just with her intelligence and perceptiveness, but her humanness as well. How easily she might have been too "over the top" to be believable, yet each word, each sentence, each action all seemed to be totally under the writer's control while keeping the story natural enough to be believable and full of suspense and surprises. I loved the way the author wove intricacies and connections from multiple sources that dovetailed into a wholeness and a more mature understanding of consciousness. I think it would require an educated reader to appreciate it, but the story was so well told that I think even casual readers might enjoy it. The narrators did excellent jobs of reading, as well.

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    Nina Vallensbaek, Denmark 04-17-12
    Nina Vallensbaek, Denmark 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    Well I'm pretty much an all-round listener, although I've recently been very keen on Science Fiction (preferably the Dystopian once).

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    "Just plain awesome"

    All of the www series is definitely worth a try! Set in a fairly near future, the story is based on a blind girl's gain of sight and her contact with a strange consciousness. Really intriguing plot, very well written (interesting shifting narratives), and it's comforting to read a science fiction work with a positive, almost idealistic attitude towards future world conditions! Furthermore, based on my own experiences of being blind, I must say that the author did a pretty good job at researching on both practical and emotional aspect of blindness.

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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 03-03-12
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 03-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Listen, But Could Drag on at Times"

    Enjoyed the book, which got me thinking but sometimes I would zone out with philosophical musings. I will probably read the next two books sometime, as the book ended with wanting to know what happened to other characters in the book and how everything will be related. I liked having the different readers.
    Steve, if you are reading this, you wouldn't think there was much product placement if you compared it to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. NOW that was REALLY ANNOYING!

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    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 12-07-11
    Outside1 So. Calif. USA 12-07-11

    Outside1

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    "What an awful pretentious writer!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Have a different author rewrite the story.


    What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing That I can think of.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It's very difficult to appreciate the readers when the material is so lousy.


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

    No. None.


    Any additional comments?

    The worst book that I have encountered in many years.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 11-23-11
    MAUREEN MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 11-23-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Interesting, (too) many themes, perhap peripatetic"
    Would you listen to WWW again? Why?

    No--might read hard copy--parts of it--but not the audio--the voice of the young blind woman was so grating that I almost gave up on the book several times. I work in the field of disabilities so the many themes surrounding the blind interested me--and had the author focused on this, rather than others such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, the social construction of disability, the implications of alternate life forms and the importance of believing in God, I might have been more satisfied.


    What other book might you compare WWW to and why?

    A bit like Oliver Sacks' books, although Sawyer's tendency toward the peripatetic separates the two


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    sometimes--read earlier comment about one (important) female voice--grating!


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

    perhaps the way that he described the girl's reaction to sight--although I had to wonder at times whether her brain could possibly respond this quickly given her congenital blindness.


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    Buster 10-22-11
    Buster 10-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Awakend"

    This book was picked on a whim and turned out being a great random listen! If you are into anything sci-fi and have a interest in technology, definitely give this title a try. With the way technology is evolving these days, this story brings up an possible premise in the near future. This book has gotten me to decide to read the rest of the trilogy!

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    Michael 09-12-11
    Michael 09-12-11
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    "Surprise of the year trilogy!"

    This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.

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