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Lost Bits

By: Kerry Nietz
Narrated by: Joseph Robert Courtemanche
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The last thing K-404 remembers is a happy home with the human child Ele, whose care is his primary purpose. So, when he wakes up in a landfill of tossed-away technology, his only thought is to reunite with his family.

This world is not his own, though. It’s a wasteland of desolate buildings, flying metal disks, and monstrosities that keep themselves active by stealing another bot’s power.

How did the world get this way?

And why was he discarded?

Hampered by imperfect memory, an obsolete body, and limited battery life, 404 sets out to find his home. Joined by other castaways, he faces off against scavengers and monsters, only to encounter greater threats.

Pursued, outsmarted, and manipulated on every side, 404 teeters on the brink of annihilation. His only chance of survival? Those bits of himself—the connections—he hasn’t lost.

©2022 Kerry Nietz (P)2022 Kerry Nietz

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Not a techie but I made it!

If a tale about a sentient robot (and his man-made friends) rising from a heap of garbage in a dismal landscape of destruction sparks your interest, you better hustle to check out Lost Bits by Kerry Nietz. Lots of Land of the Misfit Toys meets Toy Story vibes, and this one is clean enough for the kids too. Thank you to narrator Joseph Robert Courtemanche for propelling us along this post-apocalyptic pilgrimage, making us believe machines--even broken ones-- are as funny and lovable as we are.

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A clever story tremendously presented.

Every audio book has two components: the story and the presentation.
The story is straight forward enough, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, in AI and android garb, gather on a quest to save Maid Marion and protect Sherwood Forest.
The humanoid protagonist, K-404, comes to life in a rubble heap and is quickly paired up with Sam, an immobile companion. K-404 is high functioning but damaged, confused about his environment and what happened to the human family he is programed to serve. The quest to get out of the junk yard and return to his family involves teaming up with other AI devices with varying capabilities and agendas.
There are multiple location and character additions throughout the story and clear images of new scenes and capabilities didn't always form in my mind. True, the characters seemed to know what was happening but I rarely had confidence in my grasp of the immediate environment or why something was happening.
The overall presentation is lighthearted for a serious story line and the author shamelessly sprinkles the story with puns, irony, and humor that does not distract.
Narrator Joseph Courtemanche successfully brings the multiple characters to life with consistent voicing and clear distinction between characters. His narration goes a long way to enhancing the author's description of size, utility, and personality of the expansive number of mechanical devices featured.

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An adventure you wouldn't want to miss!

Let me just say how much I enjoyed this book! 😍
And this is my first @kerrynietz
novel.
At first I thought I will not like it because our heroes here are robots. No feelings, no emotions, and just things that are programmed.
The author did an awesome job bringing them to life. It was like they are real people.
I enjoyed all of the places that they went. I loved Sam! I couldn't stop myself laughing from all of his banter and side comments. 😂

If there will be a second book for Lost Bits, I will definitely read it.
Btw, I have read (listened) this book with #audible. Applause for the narrator! I sometimes forget that it is his and he voiced a lot of character in this story.

I received a copy from the author but all of the words are mine. 😊

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L0st b1ts, by Kerry Nietz.

L0st b1ts, by Kerry Nietz.

I was given a free copy of this Audible book in exchange for an honest review. No other request was made of me.

Join in the intrepid adventure of K404, or K4 as he yearns to regain memories after partial data loss. K4 is a loveable Bot, or robot, who after recognizing his world is much different than he can recall, knows he must get back to what he once knew. Soon he encounters Sam, a companion, who's singular desire is to fulfill his-own mission, no matter what K4 does, simply because as a companion, Sam does not want to be alone.

The twists and turns and challenges they overcome, are made easier when they befriend Wes. Not always what you would guess, but Wes is a true friend, although a bit difficult to understand at first. "Much limited." "Many thoughts." "Cannot explain." "Read now." 

Along their way they encounter treachery and evil of other Bot's that have their own selfish desires to end K4's mission only to improve themselves. K4, Sam & Wes learn their combined knowledge leads to success.

This is a brilliantly written story as intriquing as any human drama mystery. Keeping the reader engaged throughout.  Nietz brings you in and holds you until the end. The author skillfully and creatively entails the technology and conveys it to the reader in an effortless fashion. The choice of the narrator was pure gold. Courtemanche brings all voices to life and we can easily know each individual by voice alone. His rhythm portraying the many characters gives the impression of multiple readers - you forget there is just one.

If Wes were to interpret my feelings about this book, he'd say: "Book good. Story good. Must Read. "

I would happily pay for this book, and still give it the same review. I look forward to other books by Kerry Nietz.

~Br1an

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Great story. Loved the narrator

I really loved this book. The characters were all great. I especially enjoyed the relationship between the main characters Four and Sam. What a great idea to write a book like this. Having the main character as a robot was really cool. I also loved that a character from one of the authors previous books made an appearance. I had an idea of what might happen in the book but boy was I wrong. A great story with lots of fun surprises and characters. Having both read and then listened to the story, the narrator does a great job bringing the characters to life. Really enjoyed the listen.

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Moving, clean, and entertaining "buddy" tale

I really enjoyed this new book by Kerry Nietz. He does an excellent job of building a believable and interesting future while creating lovable and ethical characters who demonstrate classical virtues like courage and integrity. By the end of book, all the main characters feel like treasured friends: Four, Sam, Wes, even the digger robot Fuzzy.

Lost Bits is a classic "buddy" tale where we see the main characters travel together, bond, and try to complete a quest (finding lost love), all while setting some things right in the world. There are similar themes here to tales like LOTR, I Robot, AI, and even the movie Bicentennial Man.

There's no scary violence and deaths are mostly hinted at, not explicitly stated. Lost Bits is quite refreshing and moving. It's a pleasure to read a tale that fills you only with warmth, while still challenging you intellectually.

The performance by Courtemanche is excellent. He provides distinctive, unique voices for each character so you know who's speaking right off the the bat. He has a pleasant timber to his voice - similar to Stefan Rudnicki? - that makes listening very enjoyable. His range is excellent too, allowing for more variety of voices. My only criticism would be to work on female voices; they could use some improvement to be more obviously female and unique.

Lost Bits book ends like it's setup for future books, and I hope that happens. This is my favorite universe of Nietz' since his DarkTrench series, which I absolutely love.

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"Pilgrim's Progress" for the cyber age!

First - Truth in advertising. I was gifted a copy of the audio book "Lost Bits" by Kerry Nietz because I personally know the narrator, Joseph Courtemanche.

That out of the way - Let's go!

"Lost Bits" is a dystopian tale of love, personal struggle, and redemption told from the very non-human viewpoint of a robot and their? his? Its? cohort of equally messed up fellow travellers.

Robot K-404 (hypertext transfer protocol standard response code, to indicate that the browser was able to communicate with a given server, but the server could not find what was requested) is a damaged robot who 'wakes up' in a junkyard. From the very beginning, they and and their erstwhile companions set off to find answers to tough questions for which humans can all sympathize:

"How did I get here?"
"What is going to happen to me?"
"How do we get out of this mess?"

Not too mention the underlying theme - What is the meaning of my life?

It's as if the robot's drivers (get it?) are pushing 404 to find answers, even when they aren't so sure what the questions might be.

Mr. Courtemanche is aptly suited for the role of narrator for this story - He has a near three-octave voice range, from a rumbling bass to a high and flighty squeek - he pulls of the various characters and brings them to life.

Hold up a mirror to "Lost Bits", and you will see your own reflection. I recommend it highly!

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An amazing journey. Phenomenal narration.

A heartfelt adventure anyone would enjoy! The narrator navigates an incredible range of characters.
A delightful listen!

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Stellar Story Telling & Teller

What a fun tale that really came to life in audio format! Not only was the writing engaging but so was the voice talent. We’ll read and well written. Highly recommend!

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404 humanity not found

Lost Bits by Kerry Nietz is, on the surface, about a reactivated robot looking for it's former family. But really it goes much deeper. This novel explores the themes of love, community, connection, and what it really means to be human.

Though Lost Bits stands on it's own really well it is also a sequel of sorts to Nietz's early novel Mask.

The narrator did a fantastic job with the reading. Not only is his voice engaging, he gives real performance to his voices making each one unique and entertaining. I especially love the voice he does for FUZZY.

It's amazing the way author and narrator combined their talents to make these robotic characters feel like people with real personalities and emotions.