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WWW: Watch | [Robert J. Sawyer]

WWW: Watch

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.
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Publisher's Summary

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.

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

©2010 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Audiobook, 2011

"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)

"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)

"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)

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    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 08-14-10
    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 08-14-10
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    "Nice idea driven sf"

    Robert J Sawyer has his flaws as a writer. His books are not exactly breathtakingly thrillers and his characters are often simple. I can understand why some people is annoyed by his liberal world view and morals. Even for a progressiv Scandinavian as me, it can get a bit to politically correct. People just aren't that nice, I find myself thinking while reading his books. And in this one especially the autistic father is a bit to much a construction for me to believe in him, Sawyers research about autism shines through the description of him.

    But i really like his books. The Neanderthal trilogy and now this one are very entertaining and impossible to put down when you've started reading them. They are classic science fiction stories, driven by ideas, rather than plot and characters and as a reader you shouldn't expect more. Or less.

    I am really looking forward to the last book in the series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 04-29-10
    Brendan lilburn, GA, United States 04-29-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Unmissable!"

    I started reading the first book in this trilogy, WWW.wake yesterday lunchtime.

    I have just finished this book, WWW.Watch today, 1932 hours EST.

    That tells you all you need to know what I think of this work.

    It is brilliant, clever, affecting, funny, hopeful and glorious with optimism.

    I can't wait, I just can't wait for the third book, WWW.Wonder.

    Jessica Almasy is wonderful in this, as young Caitlin Decter, we are going to hear a whole lot more of her. The others played their parts excellent well, but Almasy is peerless.

    Audible, thank you. I shall listen to this over and over again.




    brendan (Atlanta)

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Denver, CO, USA 04-13-10
    Anthony Denver, CO, USA 04-13-10
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    "Amazing"

    The first book in this series was pretty good, this book however, is simply put, amazing. I have not been so moved by fiction in a very long time. As for the audio production, it is top notch, a great cast of readers somewhat dramatize the story and give it additional life. This story is one to share with everyone, I urge anyone reading this to give it a try. I have downloaded a good deal of audiobooks, and this is the only one I ever bothered to write a review of.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Brandow 04-16-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Sawyer's Best Book"

    Watch is Sawyer's best book to date. It was engaging and exhilarating throughout. The author's opening comments talk about how middle books are usually the worst, but I agree with him that this will end up the highlight in the trilogy. The entire narrator cast reunites for the sequel with perfect voices. One of the actors was a little low in volume for some reason, so I had to keep adjusting the volume for his sequences. The only detractor of an otherwise awesome audio book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Versailles, OH, USA 06-21-10
    Scott Versailles, OH, USA 06-21-10
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    "Looking forward to part 3"

    Although this audiobook is well suited for a teenage audience, I still found it to be thoroughly entertaining. There is nothing groundbreaking in this book. It is not a literary masterpiece by any means. However, I thought the author did a great job of keeping the storyline interesting, and the narrators portrayed the characters well.

    In fact, I just finished listening to this audiobook for the 2nd time, and I seldom give any audiobook a 2nd listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Galaitsis 04-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    "This is what science fiction is meant to be."

    This book was chock full of references to interesting and real math phenomena, game theories, speculative essays, institutes and historical trivia. And that's all just icing on the cake! The story was compelling and kept my interest all the way through. Characters behaved like real people, too, without the contrived idiocy that many novels employ to drive the plot forward.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Austin, TX, United States 04-03-12
    Bob Austin, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Trilogy keeps getting better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very engrossing. Lots of interesting threads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wondering what would happen next.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Caitlin


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

    Unfortunately, I was most moved to cringe every time the narrator mispronounced


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting examination of consciousness in many contexts and at many levels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob 04-03-12
    Bob 04-03-12
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    "Trilogy keeps getting better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very engrossing. Lots of interesting threads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wondering what would happen next.


    Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

    Caitlin


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

    Unfortunately, I was most moved to cringe every time the narrator mispronounced


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting examination of consciousness in many contexts and at many levels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 03-27-11
    Marilyn 03-27-11

    I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.

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    "Super continuation of the story begun in "Wake""

    This is not a book that stands on its own. It is part of a trilogy and you really should read WWW:Wake before you read this one. That being said, this is very good. The concept Mr. Sawyer advanced in the first part of the series is flushed out and made even better in this one. I think I enjoyed this second piece more than the first one. The characters were more real and fully actualized than they were in the first piece, This is very fine concept-based science fiction. In other words, this is not a space opera or a thriller set on another planet. It's the real deal, genre-wise. It made me think. That's why I read ... especially sci fi! Read part 1 then definitely read this. Haven't gotten to the 3rd installment yet, but looking forward to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 03-23-12
    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Freaking AWESOME - As www's Kaitlin would say!"

    I don't even know how to express my own personal "WONDER" in relation to my experience listening to these books. All three of them are fantastic. I want a WebMind! I want him for me and for "us". This author is a genius. The way his mind works is unimaginable to me. His messages, his politics, his humanity, his creativity, his complexity and his talent are beyond compare. The story is wonderful. I absolutely love the narrators on this book. Kaitlin’s narrator is sooooooooo talented! Kaitlin herself is a fascinating character. I just love the way he wrote her. I'd love for my teenagers to be like her. She is just so REAL. I have read Mr. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax (NP) series and Calculating God (CG). They are great stories also. I knew I'd like NP, and after I finished those three books, I was pretty sure I'd like CG but I wasn't sure at all I'd like the WWW series. I'm just not technically inclined and the topic as described was a little bit intimidating. BOY WAS I WRONG. It's just such a great story. I hope the Chinese government reads it.
    Now, my hardest decision is which one of Robert Sawyer's books to download next. :-)
    PS - I think it is so smart for him to include references to Audible in WWW. What a great plug for a great service!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    2/11/11
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    "Great reading and good story!"

    The reading is great with familiar voices for the different characters. The story picks up from the first book, WWW wake, and continues the storylines.
    If you liked the first book you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/28/14
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    "A smarmy utopian singularity series."

    As a modern day fairy story it is okay, perhaps. The series unfortunately unwinds to a silly end. The performance is good but the story has too many contentious elements and opinionated discussions. A friend of mine would consider it regressive rather than progressive, and I tend to agree with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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