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Ryan Woodham

Bozeman, MT
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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,698
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,345

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

A rare find! Hits all the right points, just right

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-16

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

Witty without being comedic. Smart without being hard to listen to. Accurate portrayal of physics but not overly detailed. Fun but isn't pandering. The author wrote a good story and didn't leave any logic holes or missteps. It's a rare find.

Great narration too. The main character's AI persona is cloned and each clone isn't a perfect copy of the original. The narrator had the challenging job of portraying the same basic character with different personalities. The voice acting was great!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Well, Bob. He's just more complete than the others... but that's part of the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely. I actually looked for chores around the house so I could keep listening.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Discovery of the Saiph

  • Saiph, Book 1
  • By: P. P. Corcoran
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 357

The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listening...

  • By Dennis on 08-01-15

Poor Dialog, just bad at times. Couldn't finish it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Might be better suited for high-schoolers. Or those without a lot of sci-fi/space background.

Has Discovery of the Saiph turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it's reminded me to be more careful in my selection process.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was "fine", possibly a little flat in his reading but it's hard to tell because the dialog just isn't very good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Discovery of the Saiph?

I wouldn't have allowed it to be published without a rework on the dialog. I don't feel like he has a sense of what people really would say or think in these situations.

Any additional comments?

If you're age 30+, enjoy Heinlein, Bova, Card, or Bradbury, then you're wasting your time with this book.

I don't normally write reviews and I'm tempted to be scathing with this one but I feel bad about going too negative here. I probably read a lot of books like this when I was younger and didn't notice/care how bad it was. Give this author some more time in the trenches and he may really shine someday.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful