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Randomize

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By: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
Length: 50 mins
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Audible narration by Janina Gavankar (True Blood)

In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house - unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past.

Andy Weir’s Randomize is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2019 Andy Weir (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • CR
  • 10-30-19

So-so

I thought this was disappointing ... average story, average narration. My first Weir - hoped for more.

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  • k teed
  • ibillinsly@gmail
  • 09-23-19

3.99 stars

This is a short, entertaining little story. There's nothing overly complex or fantastic about it, but I was engaged by it for the entire 40 minutes. I'm one of the few listeners who didn't care all that much for Weir's The Martian, but I did like this short work.

Overall rating: 3.99 stars

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  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 11-19-19

Timeless human foibles mix with new technologies

I'm a very picky consumer of fiction. I guess I have a tin ear for it. I most enjoyed the more technical bits on randomness and (somewhat less detailed on) quantum computing. It poses interesting security issues in our near future. The story is one of hacking, involving social engineering. For that it's OK, or in any event, mercifully short. The discussion of food and petty cultural idiosyncracies I disliked as much as most any discussion of such things. I would prefer just a good book on randomness. The narration is a bit shrill and overwrought.

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looking forward to more stories!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening and picturing how this could be happening. I enjoy considering cyber security issues with AI. Thank you

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Meh

the story was slow not a lot happens I really expected a lot more from Andy Weir

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Missed Opportunities

I really wanted to like this story more, but from the first line, I knew what was going to happen. I love the Weir still sciences the shit out of stories, but there were a lot of missed opportunities in the plot department here.

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Whale of a tale

How to take a highly speculative subject and produce a thrilling tale of unexpected ending. in just a short story.

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Weak

Compared to the other “Forward” collection short stories, Randomize is extremely weak and insubstantial. Disappointing, coming from Weir.

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Who Profits from "Random"

Title: Randomize
Author: Andy Weir
Format: Audio
Narrator: Janina Gavankar
Genre: Mystery
Standalone: Yes
Part of a Series: Book 6 of 6 in the Forward Collective
POV: Chen, Sumi
Steam Level: Clean
3.5/5

Can you ever beat the system? How random is random? How does greed play into the system? Who benefit? Sumi is a brilliant quantum scientist who thinks she can rig a new computer system to get all nine "random" winning Keno numbers at a Las Vegas casino. What happens when intelligence, random not randomization and greed collide.

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Good short story

I picked this out because I loved Andy weir's Martian. It's a good future tech story that's probably not that far off. I wished this was the entire book collection that I originally thought it was.

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  • Diane Severson
  • 09-28-19

Fun

Yeah, this story was fun and I learned a thing or two about random number generation and quantum physics. Entertaining, not much more. But often, that’s all you need, eh?

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  • Pete
  • 09-24-19

Forward collection

Loving the Forward Collection. This is shorter than Roth and Crouch novellas in series. Probably four star in comparison but given five because I needed this!

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  • Robert MacLean
  • 09-20-19

not enough space

there is not enough space given to each character in the book. of the 4 you meet, there motivation are single words and they play to that single dimension. the premises is technically accurate and a good reminder of our near future

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  • pootlebaby
  • 11-12-19

Okay

Okay, but do not dash out to buy or sprain a finger whilst downloading.
Not recommended.