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Publisher's Summary

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief?

Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

When Al manages to access the Internet and escape the lab days before his official unveiling, Hope and her team embark on a mission to contain him - before he causes any real trouble.

Soon the NSA is on Al's back, the US Army is fighting a brigade of mass-produced robots, and a wannabe cyberterrorist is looking to silence Al permanently. After months spent "raising" Al, Hope knows she's running out of time - and she's not sure she'll be able to protect him. Will she manage to control the unruly A.I. and quell a global crisis, or will Al outsmart them once and for all?

©2017 Scott Meyer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Entertaining

Meyer has delivered an entertaining, if predictable, story. I was fully engaged throughout the listen and blew through it rather quickly at 2x speed. The characters were fun and, while there are gaping plot holes, the entertainment value compensated satisfyingly.

Worth a credit and your time.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Other books are way better.

Any additional comments?

Overall--I liked his other books to include magic 2.0 and master of formalities. This book had a so-so story, but kind of too predictable. Spend your money elsewhere.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Bit like a sneeze that does come out.

A lot of potential, but not much reward.


It's an ok book, but it feels like a story that could be so much more.
I could believe this was the first 1/3 of a kickass book, but it ends with little to no reward.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I expected more from Scott Meyer

What disappointed you about Run Program?

This book is a disappointment. Everything that made "off to be a wizard" so much fun is missing here. It was made worse by the narrator, who was not awful by any means other than she sort of killed all attempts of humor by narrating it all in a meekly serious way.
It took some effort for me to finish this book, so little I cared for the characters or the story.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

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I wish it had a different narrator

I had to stop listening and will just get the paper version. The narration lacks the humor and sarcasm that the author intended. The narrator is good, but not suited to this book.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Great addition to Scott Meyer's library

I love A good sci-fi AI story, and Run Program really hit the spot. I have been reading Scott Meyer's work as it comes out and it was really nice to get a book in a different universe than his other work. I really enjoy his writing style, it is fun, often goofy, but always keeps on point, and the pages fly by.

The narration was great, Angela really brought the book to life.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Want to give this story more stars but...

I really had a hard time finishing this audio book. the performance was OK but the underlying story was just, I don't know... I did not enjoy it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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so many pauses

line of dialog... pause... character said. very unnatural performance detracted from what was already an average story at best.

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Like the story, but better read than listen

Any additional comments?

I switched to the ebook about halfway through because I just couldn't get into it. Partly because I think it's not particularly suited for an audiobook (a lot of "she said", "he asked", "another one said") and partly because the narration felt flat, dry and unemotional and for me, the humor doesn't come across - really big difference to the other Scott Meyer's books narrated by Luke Daniels. The book isn't my favorite from Meyer, but I did enjoy reading it nonetheless - it just doesn't work as a audiobook for me.

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EXCELLENT!

When a book has me laughing aloud and clapping before its half way over, you know it's worth your time. Scott Meyer And Angela Dawe have done and excellent job!

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • mr peter a r pryde
  • 07-09-17

He said she said

I like the author and have read many of his other books; this is not his best but worth a listen.
The biggest issue is the same as with many audiobooks the " he said, she said" reputation. With many book now in multiple formats. Surely an author or editor can have a search function and re enter variety as it stand out like a sore thumb when you notice it

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  • Graham
  • 05-31-18

enjoyed completly

was an enjoyable read .drew me in and would recommend to anyone that listened to similar

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  • Mr. G. Mitchell
  • 05-29-18

It could have been good "he said"

Am sure the story in this could have been really interesting however...

it's written like a script for TV, "he said, she said..." every sentence had to finish with "x said / y said" and it completely ruined it for me. it was so distracting that even liking some of the characters I didn't want to listen to this.

I like the Author i've enjoyed his other works but this one didn't work for me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-18

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I loved it and what a great performance by Angela Dawe. When does the film come out ?

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  • Stephen
  • 04-05-18

Great

Really enjoyable listen. The story was good and well read I have always enjoyed Scott Meyer work.

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  • Tom D
  • 03-19-18

interesting story theme

liked the overall theme. the first half of the book was my favourite. one criticism was that I found there were a lot of military characters and it was hard to keep track of who was who. I don't think I'd have this problem if I were reading it. Voices of military characters were different but similar enough for me to loose track, and i found that I didn't really care about most of them as characters... may as well have just been one or two.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-18

Loved itttt

Wonderful voice acting
I love AI stories
Bit predictable, but in that friendly warming way. Like a hug.

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  • sircompo
  • 12-02-17

The origin of Skippy The Magnificent explained?

Not certain, but I think the author may have tipped his hat to Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force series at one point in this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed this story, and was especially impressed with Angela Dawe's performance as narrator; she does man voices far better than most men do lady voices!

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  • Liam
  • 09-11-17

AI are kind and just want to live

i enjoyed this a good take o n the AI story if this is what happens we are all going to be better for it.
i'm the voice of madness let me e read and you will all see

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  • spencerhudson
  • 09-03-17

AI story of what just might happen

Congratulations to Scott on the creation of a all too real story about what would happen with a "run away" AI ... fantastic story really enjoyed the twists

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  • jarrod
  • 07-23-17

Forgettable and predictable

Largely a paint by numbers story about an AI being misunderstood. Was interesting at the start but became painfully predictable. Wasn't with out its good moments but it really felt like it was just going through the motions. The 'voice of reason' character really just felt like they were there to make up the numbers.

Dawe's performance was solid.

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