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 did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
Robert Sawyers science fiction books are always wonderful to read. The books are well researched. informative, and diverse. He approaches subjects I do not find in other science fiction. www.Wake is true to his style. I was engrossed from the beginning to the end. One issue I had with the book,it left some things hanging at the end, and I wanted to hear "the rest of the story". If I had not known that Wake was the first part of a trilogy I would have given it 4 star. I could not find the explanation on the Kindle version so I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise it would have been 5.
Sawyer's book "Calculating God" is one of my favorite science fiction of all time. Wake and this series may come in a close second. The story is engrossing, the characters and description of events are amazing. I could "see" every thing in detail. My favorite character is "the web" or "Phantom" and the way Sawyer brought "Phantom" to life. When "Phantom" was first introduced I was not sure where it was going, but it became very clear quickly. There was one point where the ooooxxxx etc. was a little long to listen to. I have a short attention span at times. Reading that part on Kindle I would skim and when listening I would up the speed. I am looking forward to reading more from "Web Mind" aka "Phantom" in books 2 and 3.
I applaud Audible for having multiple narrators preform the narration. This gave each characters it's own personality and made the listening more enjoyable.
On to Watch and Wonder.
I liked the narrators and the voices seemed to be suitable for the characters. The book did get a bit wordy without substance several times...like it was trying to teach the reader instead of inform the reader but overall great story
I have a better understanding of search engines as a secondary benefit of reading a fiction.
The author has a few story lines and leaves you at the end of "Book One" not having a clue how they interrelate. I am beginning to detest publishers demands of trilogies instead of a good long novel.
Robert J. Sawyer is one of my all-time favorite authors. In this trilogy, he delivers yet another fantastic story. He weaves in technical and scientific detail without being pretentious or condescending. His characters are expertly developed over the trilogy, and one can't help caring about them. It's a great series and I would recommend planning on listening to/ reading the entire trilogy. The first two books leave off feeling incomplete... because they are. But the third book does resolve nicely.
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I’ve haven’t yet picked up a book that I didn’t love – it’s such a pleasure to get immersed into something interesting and his tales are engrossing every time. They make me think and I always learn something new.
My only complaint is that the story is split into 3 volumes; it annoys me because why not have them all in one book? Is this a ploy to make more money or sell more titles? It costs me more to buy 3 books!
Trilogies are theme for Sawyer, I read the Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy earlier this year, and it was terrific. The WWW Trilogy so far is very good too…. a sure sign the format will continue!
Onwards to book 2!
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.
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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.
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