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Apex

By: Ramez Naam
Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
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Publisher's summary

The explosive conclusion to Nexus and Crux.

Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neutrally linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here.

Against this backdrop a new breed of posthuman children are growing into their powers. And a once-dead scientist, driven mad by her torture, is closing in on her plans to seize planet's electronic systems and reforge everything in her image. A new Apex species is here. The world will never be the same.

Ramez Naam is a professional technologist and was involved in the development of Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook. He holds a seat on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a member of the World Future Society, a senior associate of the Foresight Institute, and a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

Please note that following customer feed-back, sections of this product have been re-recorded. New audio has been made available as of 23 October 2015.

©2015 Ramez Naam (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

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Furious ranting review. Worst narration ever

What did you like best about Apex? What did you like least?

The story was the best thing about this book, Naam is an excellent writer and I've been waiting anxiously for the release of this book only to have my ears violated by Stephanie Canon's racist and offensive portrayals of some of my favorite characters in literature.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really like Fang. A loyal and strong character with a great sense of humor (for a posthuman killing machine that is) then Stephanie Canon shows up and takes a big plop on him, ruining his part in the book, making me cringe at the writing that was properly voiced in the first two books. Boooo Stephanie Canon, boooo.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Canon?

Gilbert Gottfried would have been a better choice. Ben Affleck would have been better, Emo Phillips, Paul Reubens, Bobcat Goldthwait would all have done a better job. Mickey Rooney in his portrayal of Mr Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's would have come up even. What were you guys thinking??? But seriously, get Mikael Naramore back and do it again.

Do you think Apex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the story is done. anything more would be guilding the lilly. I do however think Apex needs to be re-recorded by someone who doesn't have a subconscious hatred of the asian people.

Any additional comments?

As you can tell I'm furious. I demand a re-recording at the personal expense of the people who put their stamp of approval on Stephanie Canon's performance. Those people should be fired... from a cannon... into manure.

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Wrong narrator

Loved the concepts but the narration is killing all the joy I expected to get from this book. Her voice is so wrong for this book.

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Narrator choice is disappointing.

What did you like best about Apex? What did you like least?

Story and characters. Horrible narration. One step above my text-to-speech app.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Apex?

I will let you know when I finish READING the book. There is no way I can make it past hour one of Ms. Canon's "performance".

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephanie Canon?

Either one of the first two narrators in the series. I have no idea why she was chosen for the finale.

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Apex: Now with horribly racist Chinese accents!

What didn’t you like about Stephanie Canon’s performance?

If you ignore the "Asian" voices for a moment, Stephanie Canon is pretty mediocre. She mispronounces a fair number of words (causality becomes casualty, tyrannies rhymes with fannies).

As soon as Ms. Canon began to do her awful, stereotypical caricature of Asian voices, I thought she was going to tell a joke about "flied lice." While it's normal for characters in movies and audiobooks who are speaking another language to speak English with an accent, these are the most horrendous, offensive Asian accents I've ever heard. We're no longer in the era of Charlie Chan talking about "number one son." The only thing that would be worse would be to know that she had put on yellow face for her performance and taped her eyes at a slant.

Her voice acting basically ruined Apex for me, which is a shame, because I had really been looking forward to it.

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Excellent book and conclusion but suffers from TERRIBLE reader and performance

Great finale to this series, but plagued by horribly racist cartoon-ish portrayal from the voice actor. It's a good story with an embarrassing performance...

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OMG, the accents...

I really got into this series for the action, the science, and the speculation. Book 3 continues the tradition. He might have keep pushing a bit further, but on the other hand it was a solid finish to the trilogy.

But the accents!! hahahaha omg, I could not believe she was saying Feng's voice in the most stereotypical Asian accent possible. It was like a joke. Actually, it might have been better if she had done her stereotypes properly, but all of the Asians sounded exactly the same! Nakamura, should have had a distinctly different accent from Shu or any of the Chinese or Thai. Jeezus, is this lady a professional audiobook reader?

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Who directed this performance?

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I have to assume that a voice actor is given the book with a team that would include, at least, a director. It's baffling that someone would choose to do such extreme Chinese accents including the heavy rolled 'l's. The sections of the story with Chinese characters speaking really just knock you out of the story - it's pretty uncomfortable and distracting. I like Stephanie Canon's voice and crisp pronunciation for most of the book but the accents are too much.

The story itself is good but I think that I would recommend reading the written book rather than listening to this audible performance.

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Worst. Narration. Ever.

What disappointed you about Apex?

I really thought I could make it to the end of this book, but the narration was simply intolerable. She voices all the Chinese characters as if they work at City Wok on South Park. Was there no one associated with this project who realized what a bad idea that was?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Apex?

Listening to Charlie Chan and his family discuss the geopolitical implications of transhumanism.

What didn’t you like about Stephanie Canon’s performance?

Her Chinese accent is one of the most racially-insensitive things I've heard in a while. It is impossible to take any of the Chinese characters seriously. You keep expecting them to mention their "Numbah One Son".

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story is great, but the audio is unlistenable. They should consider re-recording this with a better narrator.

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Stereotypic accents

The stories good but the lady with her stereotypic Asian accents ruins it. She also makes the people in America have a Boston accent.

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Didn't live up to the first two books.

Did not like the narrators voive impression of Asian people. could have cut out 3 hours or more of filler.

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