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  • Plugged

  • How Hyperconnectivity and the Beam Changed the Way We Think
  • By: Sterling Gibson, Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Blaine Moore
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Throughout the 21st Century, our world (at least for those of us inside the NAU) has become increasingly connected. So much so that we really are now thinking as a single fluid organism, changing not just how we live our daily lives, but who we are as a species. In Sterling Gibson's newest thoughtful exploration, one of the NAU's most renowned thinkers explores and illuminates how hyperconnectivity and The Beam have changed us forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great SF take on Malcolm Gladwell-style journalism

  • By Erik Marshall on 07-14-14

Fascinating and Intriguing Book

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Reviewed: 06-19-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I was intrigued by how the problematic issues of population control, health care, and politics and technology on a global scale were addressed in the book.How much should we allow technology to control our lives, our health, and our social interactions with one another? This is the question this book attempts to answer and does so intelligently.

What other book might you compare Plugged to and why?

1984 by George Orwell in its way it gives a fictional historical vision of the world.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Blaine Moore?

No. I felt the narrator Blaine Moore became a huge distraction. I found it difficult to concentrate on this fascinating story because he spoke a bit too fast throughout the book and almost stumbled through the sentences especially noticeable in the introductory chapter). He didn’t really do a good job reading dialogue well either.

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

It’s a scary thought to have technology control our lives to the extent described in this book, especially when our human bodies would be controlled by it. We all know what it’s like when the Internet goes down on our computer. What happens when the Internet that’s controlling you goes out? That's something I hope I never find out.

Any additional comments?

I have been a hardcore fan of Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt for years and they always offer a fresh twist to their storytelling that will leave you wanting more after each and every book.This is a book I highly recommend reading, especially if you are a science fiction fan. Thank you Johnny and Sean for writing this book.