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  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,348

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

I have listened to this trilogy many many times

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I realized shortly after my 1st listen that this was one of those type of books that ring every bell check every Box a nod to every little thing just right.

I will probly not read another story for many years that affects me so, I've also read his newest book the singularity trap and it to is a good read and I highly recommend.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,939

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

had to listen to the entire trilogy back to back.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

cannot rave enough about this story and triligy. going to be one to enjoy again and again.

when hard sci-fi is done well it's a beautiful thing

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,357
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,851

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

best world-building I've read in years.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

I cannot praise this book enough. the story so well written and this Trilogy will be one of my all-time favorites. I cannot wait for third book and plan to read it immediately.

The strongest feature of this book is the characters. They're just people and the author brings that out in an amazing an addictive way. the world is messy noisy complicated very much like our own and the parallels are subtle and deep.

  • The Big Picture

  • On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping this on REPEAT for months to come

  • By Chris Akers on 06-10-16

Excellent read. Going to listen again

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

this is an excellent explanation of how and why we know what we know. it is presented politely and exhaustively as popular arguments are explained thoroughly.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,358

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great story

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

An amazing listen, compelling and demands an uninterrupted experience. Will provides an unwavering performance worthy of note.

  • The Dystopia Chronicles

  • Atopia Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Cast out from Atopia, Robert undertakes a globe-trotting quest to find his friend Willy’s lost body, which just may hold the key to understanding the dangers facing his home…and Jimmy's role in the disasters that are spreading across the world. As Robert pieces together the puzzle, he realizes that mankind’s ravenous consumption of natural resources is no longer the most immediate threat to this world. As full-scale global war erupts and an ancient apocalyptic threat resurfaces, Robert must risk losing the ones he loves to save the planet from destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a listen, despite flaws

  • By Michael P. Long on 12-14-14

Meta.. Very meta

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

Reviewed: 01-01-15

Going to listen to these two books several more times to make sure u get it all

  • How to Create a Mind

  • The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
  • By: Ray Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

Ray Kurzweil, the bold futurist and author of the New York Times best seller The Singularity Is Near, is arguably today’s most influential technological visionary. A pioneering inventor and theorist, he has explored for decades how artificial intelligence can enrich and expand human capabilities. Now, in his much-anticipated How to Create a Mind, he takes this exploration to the next step: reverse-engineering the brain to understand precisely how it works, then applying that knowledge to create vastly intelligent machines.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Read the Wikipedia article, don't bother with the book

  • By Liz on 09-24-15

Another great piece of work by Ray.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

Would you listen to How to Create a Mind again? Why?

I would give a repeat listen again in one years time to compare the rate of technology to his predictions. Especially now that he is working at Google. I have read or listened to all of Ray's books, and while I think some of his predictions are a little grandiose, many are spot on.

Technology has always fascinated me. The whole idea of a set of machine software to bring about innovation, products, revelations and revolutions to many areas of our world is both exciting and intriguing.

The explanation of how the mind is layered with pattern recognizer's over and over not only has this been proven, but replicated on some small proof of concepts already. It is an exciting time.

What other book might you compare How to Create a Mind to and why?

None come to mind.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

He brought an energy and excitement to the book. Sometimes the material get a little dry, he kept you interested.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Welcome to the world of tomorrow.

Any additional comments?

Having the kindle version of this helped out a lot. There isn't too many charts or pictures, but I found that following along during a section/chapter that I found really interesting helped me understand it a little easier.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Automate This

  • How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World
  • By: Christopher Steiner
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196

It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wide-ranging, non-technical

  • By Philo on 09-20-12

Entertaining, Informative, and Thought productive.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

What did you love best about Automate This?

The history, I did not know how far back we used algorithms, especially in the stock market.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator for the story was a perfect match.

Have you listened to any of Walter Dixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first.

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

The future, and how our lives can be made better.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising

  • Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95

How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Interesting Book

  • By Gurmukh on 09-29-07

Funny! Worth the read.

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

Would you listen to How to Survive a Robot Uprising again? Why?

I would revisit again, his playful take on the coming robot uprising is worth it alone.

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,421

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Riveting, Chilling, and Heart breaking.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

What made this story extra special was the combination of speaker, great story and chilling reality of the horror that would happen.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was listening to this at my 2nd job at a local gas station, and almost lost it at the break-in scene where the one of their dog's goes all heroic. Very intense and too real.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed and didn't cry but definitely choked up.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this read to everyone.