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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • JP
  • Earth
  • 03-13-15

Priceless fodder for great & average minds

You're not prepared for the 2020's unless you're reading relevant scifi. RJS's www trilogy should be mandatory for all youngsters, but it's critical for 80s kids & older. We laughed at our parents, but the exponential returns of technology (partly due moores law) guarantee we will be surpassed even further. Be sure to also see childhoods end.

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Excellent. Thought provoking!

The background research, references and speculation involved are excellent. The story is well thought out and the performance rendered is addictive. Could not stop buying all three books and having a marathon listening session.

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  • Haden
  • Lancaster, KY, United States
  • 08-13-14

Much Better than the Prequel

It's no great secret that Caitlin and other researchers posit that Web Mind is composed from internet packets whose Time-To-Live (TTL) counters never reach zero. Because they never reach zero, they hang around on the web forever. These packets behave like cellular automata. At a high-level, this means Web Mind is rather fragile.

It is, however, a secret from a division of the National Security Agency called the Web Assessment Threat Containment Headquarters (WATCH). As the name implies, WATCH monitors the web for potential threats. They first become aware of Web Mind through its interception of the signals sent by the implant in Caitlin's eye. WATCH can't decode the data without writing a program to implement some very complex algorithms. They need to figure out how Web Mind is created to form a plan to eliminate it.

We also see Web Mind's existence become public. It communicates instantaneously with everyone who contacts it, and helps find missing people, prevent suicide, etc.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Petaluma, CA, United States
  • 05-27-14

Communism, Atheism, Totalitarianism Oh my!

It’s funny watching small minds play big games. The fact Mr. Sawyer can look up others ideas and fold them into what he thinks the world should be, does not make it so.

The story was wonderfully done, but I didn’t need or want to be preached at for a quarter of the book. Just like actresses that should shut up and act and musicians that should shut up and sing Mr. Sawyer should shut up and write.

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Love the Story / Hate that it’s a Trilogy

What can I say about the middle-book of a trilogy?

I disagree with the notion that this book can stand alone – it’s like picking up a book from Chapter 7! I liked Book 1, so I predictably moved on to Book 2… and of course will finish the story in Book 3…

It’s a boring review, I know – but the story is not over so what can I say? Great story, very interesting, I love it but really I wish it was all just one volume.

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  • Robert
  • Southfield, MI, United States
  • 10-01-12

Has Caitlyn Created an Angel or a Monster?

The second volume of Robert Sawyer's "WWW" trilogy picks up right where we left off at the end of "Wake". The once blind, now sighted hero Caitlyn struggles to deal with the exponentially expanding intelligence of an unknown and non-corporeal entity. Their bond is strong, but as much trust as Caitlyn puts into her new friend, there are dangerous others who fear for the destiny of the world as the entity becomes more and more omniscient. Plotlines that hang from "Wake" start to coalesce in a meaningful way and many questions are answered, while others remain for the final volume.

This book, the best of the series, moves at a brisk pace as the entity contemplates "his" role in his "new" world. Excellent narration propels this story beyond theatre of the mind into a whole new stratosphere. As perspective changes among the players, the readers are able to make each character distinctive.

Like the first book, this one ends without a definitive climax, rather sets up the pieces for the final book. Plenty happens,and if you enjoy cyber-thrillers with smart, sound science to back it up, you'll find this enjoyable.

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Great book; okay performance

Would you listen to WWW: Watch again? Why?

I would listen again because the story is wonderful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Webmind is my favourite character because of his growth.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I'm sorry but I can't get past the supposed Canadian accent especially noticeable with the character Matt. I live in Canada and have never heard that accent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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Fun and Intriguing

The author says be believes this second book in the trilogy is the best of the three. I just downloaded the third book so we will see. I will say that Watch was better than Wake because there was more intrigue involved when governments start hunting for the source of internet autonomous intelligence. It is a well used theme in ScFi for governments to see everything they don't understand as a threat, the fun part is that in this case its a benevolent intelligence and that surely would raise the suspicions of any government don't you think? There is no doubt in my mind that these books are well worth the reading, they are light but just thought provoking enough to hold my interest and for me as a retired network engineer, not a bad basic primer on the fundamental workings of the internet. Fun, entertaining and a bit thought provoking - good SciFi to me.

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Fluffy

Great idea and thought provoking. A bit utopian and overly simplistic in its implications.

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Good enough to pass the time

It's an interesting story idea and story line through the entire triology.
One just has to root root root for the genius girl who sees again and is brilliant and for the kind machine.
The ending just runs out of energy. The end is all sap and no spice.