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Amped Audiobook

Amped: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster.

As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans.

On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

Once again, Daniel H. Wilson's background as a scientist serves him well in this technologically savvy thriller that delivers first-rate entertainment, as Wilson takes the "what if" question in entirely unexpected directions. Fans of Robopocalypse are sure to be delighted, and legions of new fans will want to get "amped" this summer.

©2012 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

Raves for the New York Times Best seller Robopocalypse:"An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"Terrific page-turning fun." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

"Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things', he's writing about human beings, fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it." (Robert Crais, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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    S. J Wunderink Henderson, NV United States 07-09-12
    S. J Wunderink Henderson, NV United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Modern Discrimination Play"
    Where does Amped rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks at the top of the list. I like the combination of technology and eternal issues like discrimination.


    Have you listened to any of Robbie Daymond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent verbal performance. I like it when the voice enhances and doesn't distract. The performer should disappear as you get lost in the story. Robbie does this.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Mckinley Dixon, KY 07-07-12
    Morgan Mckinley Dixon, KY 07-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Less than satisfying follow-up"

    Let me begin by saying how much I enjoyed the author's debut, Robopocalypse. In a sub-genre that has seen a number of treatments of the robot takeover of the world. that novel was more like literature. To make a comparison, if you liked World War Z, then Robopocalypse is nearly as good. That might be why I was disappointed in Wilson's sophomore effort. I expected a story with broader scope and less predictability. Unfortunately, I figured it all out by the middle of the book, which means the story never truly pulled me in. I gave it three stars because some of the characters were interesting and the premise was at least interesting. Sadly, the execution wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R L Crepeau 06-17-12
    R L Crepeau 06-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Well worth reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Amped to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read this in print version.


    Any additional comments?

    While I wasn't terribly impressed with the story per se, I find that Daniel Wilson's portrayal of how the masses can be manipulated to be quite relevant to what is happening in our society today in terms of fear mongering by elitist and money powered groups. History is replete with examples of what happens in this story. Regrettably, such history is yet again repeating in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-14-12
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "It's ok"

    I really expected more from the book the setting for the world is great and the Novel starts off strong. However, it losses steam mid way and just starts to drag. In short is it a BUY, TRY, OR PASS ? I'd say its really a Pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terrance Hanna 06-14-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Okay story... but just below Great!"

    Story is, as I said okay. The plot rushes along with each story phase told quickly and wraps up quickly to an unsatisfying conclusion. Each story element is very dubiously connected and makes the plot jump from one development to the next in some cases. Each story scene is brief moving on to the next as previously mention, but the 'going into the levels’ and the fight scenes are drawn out as if in a visual slow motion part of the ‘movie’, which made me impatient to get on with it.
    Really – it is a good story to listen while on a long trip or commute. Narration is maybe the best part

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MM 06-14-12
    MM 06-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Like eating Junk Food & Regreting Doing So"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A well developed fleshed out plot would have helped a lot.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel H. Wilson’s story?

    It had no depth. The story was rushed and implausible. This is the second book I've read by this author and both were good but poorly executed plots.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robbie Daymond?

    Yes he was okay.


    What character would you cut from Amped?

    They were all shallow.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't waste any more of my time commenting about such poor writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 06-23-12
    06-23-12
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    "Awesome Read"

    I found this book - both content and delivery (nararrator) excellent. What a great book and one I think I'll read again at some point in the near future. The way the nararrator reads the book - is 'right in keeping' with the main character and perfectly rendered.

    The concept of the book is also excellent, because it touches on the technology we're building and the perceptions or prejudice that may result from its use in the future.

    I'm glad I didn't listen to some of the other reviews (sorry guys) that downgraded the book.... as I found it to be absolutely excellent.

    I recommend it.

    Excellent book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Troy, MI, United States 06-14-12
    David Troy, MI, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring predictable story and long pauses"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better reader that doesn't have awkward long pauses between sentences and a better story line that isn't so predictable,


    What could Daniel H. Wilson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Rewrite from the begining


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robbie Daymond’s performances?

    NO


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amped?

    So, so much


    Any additional comments?

    I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for something, anything cool to happen and it just wasn't there. One would think electronically modified humans + fictional story = cool but nope. Some people can see better, some are a little smarter, and a select few have military programming but don't get all excited all they can do is fight better and not even like Matrix fighting either.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 06-28-12
    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 06-28-12
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    "Solid story"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading Wilson's Robopocalypse I was looking forward to a new book from him. This book is really good but doesn't have the spark that makes it a great book like Robopocalypse.

    It is an interesting book and i would recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Emerald Isle, NC, United States 06-26-12
    Nelson Emerald Isle, NC, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Amped the most enjoyable?

    Robbie Daymond did a fantastic job of reading an amazing story.


    What does Robbie Daymond bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does of a great job of bringing the characters to life. His inflection, tone, and use of voice manipulation really brings out the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was really at the edge of my seat listening to this. So much so, in fact that I couldn't stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This was great story that was read extremely well. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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