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After On Audiobook

After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive novel of today's Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times best-selling author Rob Reid.

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it.

But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming "The UberX of Sex"? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it's not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

After On achieves the literary singularity - fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.

Narrated by Sean Kenin and January LaVoy, with:
Felicia Day: NETGRRRL.COM
Patrick Rothfuss: Special Field Operative Brock Hogan
John Hodgman: Charles Henry Higgensworth III
Tom Merritt: voice of The New York Times
Jesse Cox: Whistle Blowings Blog
Leo Laporte: voice of The San Francisco Chronicle

©2017 Rob Reid (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Enter a near-future Silicon Valley that is hilariously, creepily, mind-bogglingly fantastic, yet at the same time all too believable. It might turn out this way. No, really, it might! Along with After On's diabolically ingenious plot, there are crazy-plausible web startups, delicious parodies of social media, and a surprisingly convincing theory of human consciousness." (Chris Anderson, head of TED)

"After On is smart, hilarious, and properly cynical about our connected world. The story unfolds in surprising and fiendish ways, and while you're laughing you'll learn enough to confound a wily MBA, manipulate a board of directors, and maybe even outfox a superintelligence." (Ken Fisher, founder and editor in chief, Ars Technica)

"Rob Reid doesn't write science fiction; he writes future history. After On is the best account I've read of how superintelligence will arrive and what it will mean for all of us. Hilarious, frightening, believable, and marvelously constructed - After On has it all." (Hugh Howey, New York Times best-selling author of Wool)

"Reading After On is like attending a master class in nearly every major issue haunting not only the tech industry but society itself. Only the professor is also a stand-up comic with a perfect ear for the foibles of Silicon Valley's most sacred cows. Part AI thriller, part arch social commentary, and part rollicking farce, After On will leave you smarter about just about everything the human species needs to work on if we're going to outlive our own creations - and our obsessions with them." (John Battelle, co-founder, NewCo, Federated Media, and Wired)

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    Jeff Nashville, TN United States 10-17-17
    Jeff Nashville, TN United States 10-17-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun and wonderful story of AI"

    If you’re looking for wonderful story about AI that is not in the typical voice, this is the story for you. The different voice actors that inhabit the world do an incredible job and the story is also incredibly interesting. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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    Mike Calvo Florida 10-15-17
    Mike Calvo Florida 10-15-17 Member Since 2010
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    "I couldn’t put it down!"

    Let me start with the book. The story is amazing. You can tell that the author really did his research. I am a geek, and as a geek, I am really picky about science fiction writers and the way that they depict current and future technologies in the books they write. Mr. Reid did an amazing job! Kudos to you! The narration! Oh my goodness!!! What an amazing job they did! This is aMUST read for anyone! Enjoy, I know I did!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. White So. CA 10-13-17
    C. White So. CA 10-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Take the initial challenge... FINISH THE BOOK!! ;)"

    I ain't no Charles Henry Higginsworth III..., but I LOVED this book! If you caught that reference you have surely already read this book... If not, read the damn book so you DO get the reference (kind of a Catch 22 proposition)! So now in an effort to make this review more traditional/helpful, let me say this... I LOVE this book (oh wait, I already said that). Like Rob Reid's last book, "Year Zero" I was so intrigued by the story and the audio incarnation of the book that I actually bought and read the printed version (no eBook baby... The real thing). I was delighted to see that "After On" takes place in the same universe as "Year Zero" yet is in no way a sequel or even a prequel. It was fun to see several characters from "Year Zero" pop up in the story as well, but if you have never read the previous book, it would not hinder your enjoyment of this thought-provoking book. As much as I love the book, I am curious to see how it will stand over time. Being a work of speculative fiction in the immediate present, it could date itself very quickly, but I do not think so. There are a few very ham-fisted literary tricks that amount to not much more than gimmicks sprinkled throughout the story, but they are not so intrusive as to ruin the book in the slightest. It's a little bit slow to Build, but rest assured, very little time is wasted. Every bit of it is important to the story. Apparently throwaway observations/comments do come back at the end to play in important part in the resolution of the storyline.

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    Senora Maven 10-11-17 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm still Hyperventilating!"

    This is fiction right? RIGHT?! I went from being paranoid to laughing my head off from one sentence to the next. The performers were excellent and the story believable which I believe is a sign of good fiction. If you are an above average paranoid about your on-line privacy I would not reccomend listening to this story. If you can keep it together till the end it's well worth the listen.

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    Reginald 10-10-17
    Reginald 10-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth the dare"

    The reward at the end of the novel is indeed worth it too finish. Your life will be better for having done so

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    Matt Byron Bay, NSW, Australia 10-08-17
    Matt Byron Bay, NSW, Australia 10-08-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Dumbed down performance for such a smart book"

    Let me say first and foremost that this is a great book. I have no issue with the skills of the voice actors but the Direction made me feel I was listening to a daytime sitcom leaving little room for your imagination to expand into the story. It probably a good thing for Rob Reid as it made me go out and buy the hard copy so I could absorb the story without all the “noise”

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    Sam 10-07-17
    Sam 10-07-17
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    "Tough book to review"

    Maybe I waited to long to write this but I found this book to be not bad, but not great so I guess it was just so-so. Hence, three stars. It was not tough to finish by any means. It was interesting but I thought it could have been more. I guess the best way to describe it is that it was easy to put down and not think about when I was going to start reading it again but ok to pick up after a while.

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    Jeremy KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-30-17
    Jeremy KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 09-30-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Drags On and On: a Commentary of Silicon Valley "

    I was so looking forward to this, Year Zero being one of my all time favorite books. I haven't been as disappointed since Armada. I kept thinking, 'it's a slow start but, eventually, he'll get to the actual story'. Never happened. This is just hours and hours of tech analysis and opinions of quantum computing, social networks, and EULAs. The story elements could be contained in a novella. All of the characters are cliche. Even 'returning' characters are one dimensional. Maybe Rob is TOO interested in the subject to treat it with the witty irreverence he gave copyright law in Year Zero. The result was that I felt like pluhhhs before I got to the halfway point.

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    Gary 10-21-17
    Gary 10-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Usually rate, but don't write reviews. "

    This is one of my new all time favorites .Smart witty and extremely well narrated

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    Michael 10-20-17
    Michael 10-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow"

    One of tue best produced audio books I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Rob Reid, love your work mate, please don't make me wait as long for tge next book.

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    10/15/17
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    "true story ( probably) 😎"

    great read , great imagination , great story and almost probably true . five star's

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  • pearly
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    "will not play smoothly"

    Would not play smoothly, not sure if there is anything to be done about it, never had a problem with any of my other books

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  • Mr. Kreso Bilan
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    "Flat characters."

    Flat unconvincing characters. Straightforward dubious storyline. Superficial popular science. Annoying voices. Too long. Not satisfying.

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  • Reg
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    "very entertaining!"

    seems like a lot of work went into making this into a good audiobook! even if the things are a little confusing at the start, it all starts to make sense later. a very good book!!

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  • robert
    Chelmsfrod, United Kingdom
    8/18/17
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    "Even more unique and funny that his previous book"

    This book was truly the best read of the year for me. Hilariously Gunn in part while Turku scary and thought provoking in others a must read.

    Ow and the multi person performance massively added to the experience.

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