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Factoring Humanity Audiobook

Factoring Humanity

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Publisher's Summary

In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

When Heather achieves a breakthrough, the message reveals a startling new technology that rips the barriers of space and time, holding the promise of a new stage of human evolution. In concert with Kyle's discoveries of the nature of consciousness, the key to limitless exploration - or the end of the human race - appears close at hand.Sawyer has created a gripping thriller, a pulse-pounding tour of the farthest reaches of technology. Factoring Humanity is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

©2003 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]his is exciting, readable science fiction that will take you where no one has gone before - and you'll never forget the ending." (Amazon.com review)
"An intelligent and absorbing double-stranded narrative." (Kirkus)

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    John Bull US USA 06-08-17
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    "Mind Blowing!"

    This was a unique view of a first contact type story! I highly recommend it!

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    Joel Bradley 06-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    It's a nice story. Some strong themes, which were awkward. Ok performance. In my humble opinion Katherine sounds quite "preachy" at times when I don't think it fitted the characters. I will be looking for more by both Sawyer and Kellgren.

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    D. Cabral Boston 12-27-16
    D. Cabral Boston 12-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "eh..."

    it wasn't bad, just boring for me. I've read some pretty decent sci-fi books, this wouldn't be in my top ten.

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    Martin 11-01-16
    Martin 11-01-16
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    "Fun approach on quantum theory"

    Lovely narrated. Interesting approach to quantum theory. Stereotypic persons and some simplifications disturbed me a bit. Overall enjoyable.

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    Walter 07-16-15
    Walter 07-16-15
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    "I didn't expect to cry..."

    Great science, great drama and even a great love story . thoughtful and optimistic. this book is even spiritual . a must read .

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    Simone 06-28-14
    Simone 06-28-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't Get Enough!"

    This is the ninth Robert J Sawyer book I’ve read and it’s the ninth I have LOVED! LOVED! LOVED!

    He is a hit every time! I can’t get enough of the stories and the themes he dreams up; his books are so good they are plan-cancelling good! I love how he makes me think and ponder fascinating scenarios… they are always so engrossing - I just want more!

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    JACOB 03-05-14
    JACOB 03-05-14
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    "APPALING!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure this book is for anyone. Horrible hodgepodge of science, mathematics and psychology held together by incest/sexual child abuse.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert J. Sawyer again?

    never


    What three words best describe Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

    decent enough


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no. it was absurd


    Any additional comments?

    'nuff said!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SamanthaG Marietta GA 05-10-13
    SamanthaG Marietta GA 05-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "He can do better"

    Have to say that Sawyer handles aliens better than he does humans. I loved his "Calculating God", but I found this one a bit difficult what with his trying to deal with a somewhat dysfunctional human family and the resolution of marital and familial discord.

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    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 04-13-13
    JLM Oakland, CA, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting Premise....a LIttle Sugary"
    What made the experience of listening to Factoring Humanity the most enjoyable?

    So this seems to be typical for Sawyer, great idea, don't worry I won't spoil it here, but always ends up a little sugary sweet for me. The 'tension' in his books, and this one is typical of this, just doesn't quite 'wind up' enough for me. The resolution is somewhat 'easy'... Happy Happy joy joy... Maybe it's a Canadian thing, but I wish for a little more conflict and difficulty in resolution.


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    N Oakleigh South, Australia 03-07-13
    N Oakleigh South, Australia 03-07-13
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    "Lacks internal logical consistency"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Robert J. Sawyer sets up the story using the scientific method and evidence that stands up to strong scrutiny, great, but,... then dumps this when it suits him to leave an illogical mess. ie a story that makes no sense. If you are going to set up a story using the scientific method and evidence that stands up to strong scrutiny you need to follow it up with a story that is plausible, even if only a little.

    Also I just did not care about the characters, as I do in a Peter F Hamilton book, for example.


    Has Factoring Humanity turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but I will try to return this book, and may be try another of his but if that fails to then it will put me off Robert J. Sawyer, which is a shame as I think he has potential.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having a man reading it, as a man is the main character would have made more sense.

    And the woman's voice grated on me, and she over acted, and it was not a pleasant voice to listen to, it put me of my toast!

    Maybe I have just been spoiled by listening to John Lee.


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

    The premise of the whole story. He talks about I think people who can supposedly talk to the dead as evidence for the existence of a 4th dimension where the memories of the dead and the living are stored and anyone can access them, via a machine the aliens tell us how to build. But this makes no sense as there is no evidence that stands up to strong scrutiny for anyone being able to talk to the dead or for any supernatural phenomenon, including god, and the tooth fairy. Also fyi all the feelings you have are created by the brain including any so called religious or spiritual feelings, for example feeling that a powerful supernal entity has special plans just for you, or that you are part of a greater whole etc... They are not real, so don't become deluded.


    Any additional comments?

    If Robert J. Sawyer could get his act together he could be a half way decent writer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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