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.
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"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)
I draw things and then build them.
Often, I find the use of multiple narrators distracting but it worked flawlessly for this beautifully crafted story. The author uses an intertwining of seemingly unrelated stories to awaken something new. Most of all, the references by the main character to Helen Keller offers the listener (reader) a window into the birth of language and of consciousness itself.
Caitlin Decter is the quintessential brainy teen spitfire.
The final scenes had me excited.
The audio book had convenient places to pause and pick back up.
Can't wait to listen to the next two books.
Say something about yourself!
This is a fun trilogy, even if your not a computer geek, you will like the twist and turns that the book takes you. I am a Christian though and was just a little put off by the authors obvious disdain of Christianity. But other than that, the books were fun to listen to and learn about some of the computer words and the way they work that I was clueless on, and that is a lot. I actually Googled a few things, even though this is a work of fiction, I wanted to see if certain things were real, and they were, so yay, I learned. lol I really liked the narrator's, they all did a really great job.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Any audiobook that can make me get goosepimples and chills in pure excitement and adoration of the main character is one that can do so for another. The beginning of the story of Caitlin Decter takes us through her life as a blind teen struggling day-to-day with activities that us with sight, do so easily. Caitlin though, is able to navigate the internet (with the help of "JAWS") with ease and expertise.
Offered with the chance to take part in an experimental surgery to regain her sight by putting a small reciver behind her eyeball that transmits her scrambled human sight transmissions and unscrambles them before transfering them to the brain to be interpreted, she is let down as the experiment appears to fail.
As Caitlin discovers her "Web"sight/World view and mysterious other, there are numerous other individual plots thoughout. The entity becoming aware of "Prime" and the teachings that insue, Hobo the video sign lingual chatting chimp and a Chineese blogger unaware of the apparent ceace in out of country web-connection play a big part in tandem to her story.
All in all a great listen and will definately leave you wanting more from the WWW Trilogy.
I commute about an hour each way to work and listen to audio books enroute. Sometimes I don't want to get out of my car because I'm at a really good place!
I just love Caitlin and Dr. Karota (sp?).
The concept is very interesting and am courious to see where it goes. The signing apes and the extermination in China was dropped, but I assume that they will reappear in the next book.
The idea of a "webmind" lurking out there is a scary thought, but then Big Brother has been watching for many years, hasn't he?
Really enjoyed having different narrators bringing the story to life.
Overall a good read and am looking forward to the 2nd book in the trilogy.
I haven't read the print edition but I can't imagine that it could be better than the audible version. My life doesn't allow me much time to read, so audible has been an amazing way to enjoy many great books that I never could have experienced.
Of course, the technical aspects made me think of Michael Crichton's books. The quantum physics and historical action in Timeline made it one of favorites and while not really comparable might be one that Wake listeners might also enjoy.
The readers did a perfect job of conveying the emotions of all the characters. There were times when I had tears in my eyes from the joy and wonder of Caitlin's first experiences with vision after a lifetime of darkness. I find Marc Vietor's voice mesmerizing and a great choice for Web Mind. I first heard him in !Q84.
The Digital Evolution of Mankind
I did get quite bogged down in the technical descriptions of how the internet works. That there are people that do comprehend this, is just amazing to me.
I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.
This is a story about two being waking up, from differing circumstances.
But... Narrators... don't whisper. I normally would have giving this narration all five stars, except... for the whispers. While dramatic, it means you have to be in the perfect listening conditions to hear the story, and that just does not happen that much.
Kudos to Audible Frontiers for taking on more popular science fiction that might have been neglected in the past by traditional audio book publishers. For me, this was my first exposure to the writing of Robert J Sawyer, who is actually a very prolific sci-fi futurist and novelist. Although the events of the story happen in the not-too-distant future, the characters and setting is very contemporary. The ability to capture the essence of scientists and young adults in this decade give the characters immediate authenticity which makes them instantly relate able.
I purchased this title as part of a sale promotion based upon its description and didn't realize that it was the first book of a trilogy. You should be forewarned, then, that the conclusion of this book is soft, at best, and the next book in the series "Watch", starts literally seconds after then "ending" of this book. This is not a criticism of the book itself, just a note that you should plan to be in it through the long haul if there is to be any catharsis after turning the final page.
The plot of the story revolves around the essence of sight vs. insight and consciousness vs. intelligence, and the fragility of the boundaries between them. In the story, blindness is a metaphor for many things. The old adage "I was blind but now I see" seems applicable to every character, whether they are literally blind, or figuratively blind due to bias, culture, disability, or, in fact, even species.
Audible is especially to be commended for their ensemble reading approach. While any of the performers could pull off reading this book convincingly on their own, the variance in voice and perspective clarifies and enhances the presentation. (Although I'm still having a hard time shaking Marc Vietor as a major character in this book to his similarly engaging performance as Tengo Kowada in 1Q84).
Now that I have awoken, I'm eager to watch how everything unfolds, and wonder how things will be in the future.
Enjoy the adventure
Reminded me of the books we had to read in High School. “THE CLASSICS”. Somewhere my old English Literature teacher is squealing “The will read, most will hate, but all will write a 5 page, single spaced paper”. Followed by an evil teacher laugh.
I will not sleep tonight.
Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.
This book was fresh and different. I do not read science fiction and if I were asked to describe the genre, I'd probably think of something involving space travel but that has all changed now. This is definitely the kind of science fiction I'd like to read more of - fiction about science with great characters written for the non-science fiction reader. Good stuff!
I enjoyed Wake thoroughly. Having reached the end of this book though, I can only hope the many unresolved, disjointed and seemingly unconnected plot lines will be handled deftly and neatly in the future two books of the series.
The readers are first rate and greatly helped to manage and control the disparate story lines happening in Wake. I look forward to completing the series and the arcs of the characters.
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