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Augmented

Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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Breathable air on Earth is running out and no one knows why.

A mysterious discovery nearly 30 million years old may hold the answer.

To find it, a glaciologist and the inventor of a cutting-edge brain implant will need to work together.

But can they unlock its shocking secrets in time to save humankind? 

While investigating hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean, scientist Nicholay Panov and his crew mysteriously vanish. Weeks later, when their vessel is finally found, the hull has been crushed nearly beyond recognition. Stranger still, the wreck now lies off the coast of Antarctica, 7,000 miles from where it sank. 

Searching for answers, glaciologist Sienna Panov reaches out to Ben Fisher, the rich and enigmatic CEO who commissioned the expedition. Ben is the inventor of a revolutionary neural enhancement device. Once implanted in the brain, it has the power to boost both mental and physical abilities to dizzying new heights. 

Except Ben has recently suffered a tragedy of his own, after a savage attack robbed him of his memory and left him framed for murder. Working together, Ben and Sienna soon discover a shadowy conspiracy connecting both events. 

There are ancient secrets powerful people don't want them to uncover, secrets that trace back to America's Space Race and to a time long before humans walked the Earth. Secrets with the power to save the planet - or utterly destroy it. 

Filled with stunning twists and turns, Augmented is a technothriller that will leave you breathless!

©2019 James D. Prescott (P)2019 James D. Prescott

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Suspense in book form!

Great story and narration!

Waking up covered in blood and not knowing his own name the MC must quickly discover what is going on or be disposed of. In a world where people can upgrade their mental and physical abilities dark secrets are waiting to be unveiled. Dark secrets that will change everything!

This one was a wild ride, and I really enjoyed it. I look forward to more from this author.

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Huge Win

This book is one of my favourites and was glad to review it. Without giving it away the concept of being able to augment yourself to make improvements is a great concept and we may, at some point in humanities time, have to deal with the changes made to an individual to improve things they don't like about themselves.

Great Book and Love this author keep up the great work.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • David
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 09-30-19

Great SciFi for the Not Too Distant Future!

I received this audiobook free at my request and am leaving this review voluntarily.

Augmented is a great SciFi mystery taking place in the not too distant future. There are a lot of concepts in this story that I could certainly see coming true on our current path of progress as a planet. I really enjoyed Gary Tiedemann's narration, and found that it really helped add to the suspense of the plot. I'm looking forward to checking out more from both Prescott and Tiedemann in the future.

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Augmented

I knew before I even opened this audio book that I would enjoy it. I could just feel it.
Well written with complex characters, it is fast paced with lots of action - never a dull moment.
Superb storyline.
A real high quality thriller adventure.
Narration is 1st rate, and Gary Teideman adds so much to the feel of this audio book.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 09-10-19

Mystery, Sci-Fi, and the reason for Climate Change

This is my first listen to James D Prescott. He has created an excellent mystery that I keep wanting to call a murder mystery or who-dun-it but that is not really accurate. This story takes place in a near future of the Earth we live in. The main character wakes up with a knife in his hand, covered in blood, and a body nearby with her throat cut. He has no idea who she is or even who He is. We learn about the world we live in and the people involved in the story as the main character does. Therefore, a murder mystery or who-dun-it. But we soon find out who did it. The fun comes in finding out why, who paid him and why. And, what is really going on that started all this.

This was an excellent story that led you discovery by discovery to the truth and what to do about it. Some of the fun Sci-Fi parts is that many people have “leveled up” like you do in a video game. These people have an implant that can “Augment” certain features. You find or buy tokens and choose to apply them to areas of your choice. I have played several games that work just like this. You can put all your boosts in one area or spread them out over multiple for a general increase in all abilities.

At the end the author gives a short talk on the realities of the “Tech” in this story. Sounds like a pretty cool future to me.

Excellent story with good narration. Will be looking for more opportunities to listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Extraordinary!

I could not stop listening to it! J. D. Prescott nailed it! The story unfolds in a way that no one can expect. Every chapter brings new exciting developments to add to the mystery and to the action.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 10-06-19

Exciting Technothriller in the (too near) Future

Climate problems are a huge problem today and becoming a bigger one, but what if we do if we meet our goals and limit our CO2 emissions and yet we don't actually solve the problem? That's the world that Augmented sets you in where headlines are split between the fantastic/futuristic and the horrific. It's on this planet and on the verge of a potential discovery where the CEO of a multinational neuro tech company wakes with amnesia and framed for murder, he finds himself relying on the daughter of a scientist who presumably died on a scientific trip that failed under bizarre circumstances. From there they try to piece things together, figure out what happened, and see if there's someone trying to keep them from making discoveries and why.

Holy hell, this was tense and exciting the whole way through. The idea of being able to change someone with technology is a topic that seems near future but after this who knows if that's such a great idea after all. But such an exciting world to listen to a narrator who did a pretty great job narrating.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Wild adventure.

Mysterious ancient structures. Cutting edge technology. A massive conspiracy, an ongoing coverups, and one man is at the center of it all....and he can't even remember who he is! Augmented is one wild, globe-spanning....ummm solar system spanning adventure. This is a complex thriller featuring multiple interconnected stories, and I enjoyed it from start to finish. While satisfying, I must admit the ending left me with a few questions (none of which I'll post here because they would be massive spoilers, lol) One thing I really love about Prescott's books is at the end of the book he adds a bonus section where he explains what is fact or fiction, as often times he takes something that is real and just takes it one step further, which I think is why his stories often feel like they could really happen in the not too distant future. Gary Tiedemann, as always, does a great job with the narration. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fun ride but...

I felt like the editing with this book was seriously lacking. I love Prescott's other books on Audible., including this one. They make a sci-fi nerd think. The action is so interesting at times, I forgot I was listening to a book and envisioned it all crisply. I fell in love with the characters and wanted to learn more about all of them. My one gripe was the similes. There were a lot of them. Overdone. I made that decision when I heard, "...a smile on his face like a some women wear lipstick. All the time." What? My daughter (15) and I laughed a lot over this. It was followed by another simile that was completely unrelated in the next paragraph and un-noteworthy. Please, editors. It's your job to red light these faux-pas. They were unrelated to the character and silly...and not the only the two I referred to here. I do hope there is a second and third book though because I loved the extinction series and I enjoy Prescott's blending of science and fiction.

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Augmented

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book was interesting in concept and had fun characters. I think the writing was sometimes not what I wanted. There were some moments when the writing pulled me out of the story. But even with that being said, the rest of it was good so I can't complain.

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  • MommaBear
  • 10-12-19

A Book with a different take on things

Wow, I loved this book - now, for me anyway it was not a easy listen, by this I mean I had to rewind a few times to listen again to explanations of somethings which I do not count as bad, it means it was a book that made you use your mind, not one to just switch on and relax but one that keeps you on the edge of your seat and has you totally immersed in the story.

The author has a new take on 'aliens' Climate Change, Our Past and makes a very good case for them in this novel - its a novel but who knows its also a possible therapy and that is what makes the best types of these books - never sure what category they should be in 'sci-fi, suspense, mystery, something else.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review and I happily say it is great and I will be searching out his other books as found they are on audible and buying them.

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  • Helen
  • 09-08-19

amazing storyline

Breathable air on Earth is running out and no one knows why.
A mysterious discovery nearly 30 million years old may hold the answer.
To find it, a glaciologist and the inventor of a cutting-edge brain implant will need to work together.
But can they unlock its shocking secrets in time to save humankind?
amazing book must listened too