With the Post-Human Omnibus clocking in at just under 25 hours for 4 books you know that each book isn't very long or deep so don't expect a ton of ch..Show More »aracter development. However, David Simpson does cram a dizzying array of science fiction topics into a small space including nano-technology, human augmentation, virtual reality, sentient artificial intelligence, assimilation, terraforming, and alternate universes, just to name a few. The story itself is a wild ride that goes from one mankind threatening scenario to another in rapid succession with hardly a breath in between.
Sub-Human starts with a political climate pitting two sides against each other over the controversy of strong AI. One side believes that if a true artificial intelligence is created it will quickly realize that humans need to go and mankind will face extinction. This faction will stop at nothing to prevent the other side from actually creating such an AI including a nuclear war. Basically, they are willing to destroy human civilization to prevent an AI from doing so.
Post-Human tackles the endless desire to better oneself through technology and the ramifications of doing so. Nano-technology allows Post-Humans to become almost immortal but it comes at a great cost. Post-Humans become dependent on technology for survival and we've all seen enough sci-fi movies to know how that works out.
Trans-Human finds mankind facing a threat from beyond the solar system as old enemies become allies in order to survive this new external threat.
And finally, Human Plus is a weird one and any attempt to explain it would be a potential spoiler so all I will say is that it was my least favorite book of the series.
Overall I found the series enjoyable but there are times where the fiction dominated the science a bit too much and some laughable explanations were given for why things work the way they do. I found that I was able to look beyond those times and I just went along for the ride. If you are looking for something deep and profound then you should look elsewhere, but if you just want to gorge yourself at a sci-fi buffet then you have come to the right place.
Ray Chase does a decent job at the voices of the various characters and while his performance wasn't perfect I had no issue with him like some of the other reviewers did.
Once again, I take a shot in the dark, and this time, it's a win.
And for a fact, it's NOT because of Audible's description of the work. Tha..Show More »t description covers the first five minutes of the audiobook.
Think other dimensions, time dilation, neural AI mind entropy, rogue robots, nuclear fallout, new world order, suspended animation, and MUCH more.
Simpson delivers a well-written, smartly-paced and rich story, replete with rich character development, excitement, and tech-savvy future-tense believability. It beautifully sets the pace for the other novels in the series.
And, by the way, it just happens to be a great listen.
Lately, there's been a definite lack of truly noteworthy scifi/fantasy audiobooks offered here at Audible. I don't blame Audible for the lack of excellent work. There are great novels out there that are just beginning to be recorded to audiobook format, and it takes time.
So, this was a pleasant surprise, and I'm extremely glad I stumbled into it - So much so, that I'm securing the remaining novels in the series.
So, crack open that wallet, pull out that dusty credit, dear Audible listener, and put this enjoyable listen in your library.
Sometimes I write long review for books I like. It's not intentional - They deserve additional real estate on the page. In this case, I'll keep it V..Show More »ERY small - Christmas shopping, parties and miscellaneous festivities ensue. I'm on my way to a company Christmas party in the heart of the French Quarter! So, blame it on Christmas! Here goes:
It's different from the first, yet a good listen. Interesting changes and continuity. Good character development, but not as much as in the first book. Believably cool technology. Good plot lines, changes, and at least one surprise. Wow! I'm getting the next audiobook in the series. Well worth the Audible credit.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone. The story line is easy to grasp and Ray Chase keeps the narration exciting. The Post-Human series takes ..Show More »a look at what man and machine can become.
Thought I had Simpson figured out. You've been there, too.
You listen or read a series of novels, and you get a basic idea of an inevitable ..Show More »path, of sorts. You expect, you analyze, you feel that you're ahead a few key steps, and then you...
Get surprised, and in the case of Simpson's latest, Human Plus, I was surprised, and in a good way. A Matrix-ey sorta way.
Start with a happy modern world very much like out own, and put the chief architect of its technological future dead center of an astounding conspiracy. A world-wide conspiracy. A world that has very few, if any REAL citizens in it, despite the millions that walk its streets, ride its waves, or drive its highways. And this brilliant man discovers that this isn't the ultimate reveal, not at all. There's a story much darker and deeper, more hideous and surprising than he could ever imagine - A supreme architect, infinitely greater than himself, has crafted this modern paradise, and in doing so, targeted him for a nightmarish purpose far sinister than he can imagine. In this voyage of discovery, a group of rebel outsiders contact him, reveal the truth, and his true role in this larger story.
Sound a little bit familiar? Sure it does. Neo, you must chose the blue pill or the red pill. Which is it?
Neither - This ISN'T the Matrix. There are subtle and VERY glaring differences here, and if you make assumptions at this point, Simpson will surprise you, as he did me. The one real similarity is that there is a much larger world just beneath the rabbit hole, and it just gets better from this point on, and down a path much UNLIKE the Matrix.
If you've come along for the author's ride in his previous novels in this series, strap in. This is a very cool and unexpected departure, and one I enjoyed, as I hope you will.
Use your Audible credit, AKA the the red pill. Stay in wonderland. It's quite a ride.