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Publisher's Summary

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Robert J. Sawyer.

©2010 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Audiobook, 2011

"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)

"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)

"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)

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    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13
    Jenny Greenville, SC USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Info dumping and internet surveillance"

    I listened to this on a long drive to a friend's house. Audible had put it on the 2-for-1 credit sale, where they had offered several second-book-in-a-series books. I read the first book of this trilogy three years ago when it was nominated for a Hugo Award.

    In the first book of this series, Caitlin has gained sight for the first time, and ends up also being able to see the world wide web from her implant. Not too long after, she starts communicating with WebMind, an unknown consciousness brought up from the web itself. This book starts with her communicating more with [him], telling her parents, and the worldwide internet security people learning about it.

    It is interesting to read a book about internet security in light of recent events. Robert J. Sawyer actually uses Caitlin and WebMind to make the argument that surveillance isn't bad, in fact people do less illegal activity when they know they're being watched. So that was an interesting conclusion, and that idea combined with the multiple narrating voices made the ending very creepy. I'm not sure he meant it to be, but I definitely found it to be. 1984 isn't true! Surveillance makes society better! What.....

    The author's info-dumps are a little silly. We learn a lot about evolution during a makeout session. I don't like it when a main character knows everything, is wiser than everyone, or can figure out anything on her own. It actually makes the book less exciting to have everything laid out for the reader that way. Her parents are so supportive! She can outsmart the NSA! Yeah.

    For the most part, the audio production by Audible Frontiers was well done. The woman narrating Caitlin was great, but seemed to use accents on a whim (Caitlin and her mother are from Texas but their accents only show up every once in a while), and the two American characters' sections had such low volume that I had to keep adjusting in my car. I don't want to be thinking about production as I listen to a story, and I had to. The other misstep was having the author introduce the story.. usually a good idea, but RJS was a bit pompous about how his 2nd books of trilogies are always the best, and how LUCKY I was going to be to hear this, which might be his BEST BOOK EVER. I almost turned it off right then! I was glad I stuck with it, but fair warning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 03-23-12
    Jho Bishopville, SC, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Freaking AWESOME - As www's Kaitlin would say!"

    I don't even know how to express my own personal "WONDER" in relation to my experience listening to these books. All three of them are fantastic. I want a WebMind! I want him for me and for "us". This author is a genius. The way his mind works is unimaginable to me. His messages, his politics, his humanity, his creativity, his complexity and his talent are beyond compare. The story is wonderful. I absolutely love the narrators on this book. Kaitlin’s narrator is sooooooooo talented! Kaitlin herself is a fascinating character. I just love the way he wrote her. I'd love for my teenagers to be like her. She is just so REAL. I have read Mr. Sawyer's Neanderthal Parallax (NP) series and Calculating God (CG). They are great stories also. I knew I'd like NP, and after I finished those three books, I was pretty sure I'd like CG but I wasn't sure at all I'd like the WWW series. I'm just not technically inclined and the topic as described was a little bit intimidating. BOY WAS I WRONG. It's just such a great story. I hope the Chinese government reads it.
    Now, my hardest decision is which one of Robert Sawyer's books to download next. :-)
    PS - I think it is so smart for him to include references to Audible in WWW. What a great plug for a great service!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    angel 02-25-12
    angel 02-25-12
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    Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or the narrators?

    I get the impression that this middle book of the trilogy was actually written after the third had been finished. it's a grab bag of the author's political views tossed in with equal parts of scenes that are used simply to bridge the gap and create a trilogy after the main tale has been told. one example of this is a soul searching philosophical discussion between the teenaged main charaters--as she sits on his lap and after their tongues have stopped intertwining--that the president of the united states is the defacto leader of the free world and: the president is making a big deal of wearing an american flag on his lapel on the campaign trail this time because


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-05-11
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2008

    Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.

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    "What happened here?"

    I am not sure this series has enough plot to support 3 books. Not much happened in this middle book, and I was disappointed in the lack of story line. I will listen to the third book after reading the reviews first to see if it has some substance. The premise is good but too much 'teenage girl stuff' took away from the plot. I am guessing it should have been a 2 book story, but that isn't Sawyer's style, is it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jari Helsinki, Finland 04-19-11
    Jari Helsinki, Finland 04-19-11
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    "Great sequel"

    An interesting concept, Webmind, much like Jane in the Ender series, or the Daemon. A must read for all technophiles out there :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 03-06-11
    Linda Harrisburg, PA, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Continued awakening"

    This is the continuing story of the artificial intelligence discovered in the interspices of the web. Its focus is the defeat on an attempt by the US intelligence agencies to destroy the AI.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 08-08-10
    Glenn Oshawa, Ontario, Canada 08-08-10 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW"

    Science fiction at it's absolute best. Perhaps even better that the first of the series. I haven't gone through a novel so quickly in a long time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 04-19-10
    Charles LaPorte, IN, United States 04-19-10
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    "Planet of the Apes obsessed"

    Mr Sawyer is obviously obsessed with the Planet of the Apes. If you can get passed it then it's a great book. I am not sensitive to his political leanings and can appreciate the immense complexity of his plot and details. That is what I enjoy about his writings. We worth doing the whole series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 05-24-10
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 05-24-10
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    "i dont agree with all of you"

    I thought that audiobook was very good. I liked her narration. there was lots of interesting ideas. The AI is also great. im 27 yrs old guy who likes Si-Fi. bye

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    Bob 04-03-12
    Bob 04-03-12
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    "Trilogy keeps getting better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very engrossing. Lots of interesting threads.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wondering what would happen next.


    Which character ??? as performed by the narrators ??? was your favorite?

    Caitlin


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Unfortunately, I was most moved to cringe every time the narrator mispronounced


    Any additional comments?

    A very interesting examination of consciousness in many contexts and at many levels.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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