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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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Political views

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I were the author I would avoid slamming the United States at every chance. He seemed intent on giving his political views and they were not pertinent to the story. I disagree with many of his opinions and therefore by the end of the book, I was turned off, and even though I enjoyed the story line, his little innuendos made me decide to find another author that could take me away in a wonderful story but not make drag me back into political drama that plagues us each day.

What other book might you compare WWW: Watch to and why?

This was the first book of this kind of story line, I will be looking to find more along this story line,

Do you think WWW: Watch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is a follow up, however I am apprehensive to proceed with it

Any additional comments?

I love Audible books and will continue to explore

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Surprise of the year trilogy!

This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.

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  • Nate H
  • CO, United States
  • 07-12-11

Pretty good story

I was not expecting much, but this turned out to be a pretty good book. It was interesting and new. But the rest of the series goes down hill in my opinion.

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  • Blitzer
  • Winnsboro, SC, United States
  • 05-18-11

Dont make same mistake as me

Make sure you read all the reviews before purchasing. Not sure how they are sorted but truest reviews are at the end of the list. Don’t make my mistake of reading only first or second page of reviews. This had to be the worst 12 hours of Pollyanna Pablum I have ever had to sit through. In the Prologue the author said he thought this was his best book in the series. That’s enough to ensure that this is the last book of Robert J. Sawyer I ever listen to.

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Sawyer is fanfreekintastic!

Loved this follow up to Wake! Just as good if not better than the first one. Definitely worth the credit.

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  • Alfred
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 03-20-11

Tries too hard to make a point

Great premise about an artificial intelligence that arises on the Internet. Unfortunately, the author tries way to hard to push personal agendas. The novel is very talky with a lot of tiresome soapboxing from an evolutionistic perspective.

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. It definately kept me interested!! 1st set of books ever read by this author. Great story! Look forward to the next one!

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  • kelly
  • Oklahaoma City, OK, United States
  • 11-18-10

well worth the credit or money

This is a great book very interesting. If you like sci fi and stuff about artificial intelligence you will like this. It reminds me of Crichton so if you like his stuff you will like this.

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  • Arnau
  • Manresa, Spain
  • 12-18-10

Wow, anybody's seen a plot here?

After listening to this book, I wonder where is the plot? I enjoyed most of the discussions about conscience, evolution, IA, freedom, Big Brother, game theory and so on that take place in the book.
The problem is that it is the only good thing in here!! All the military stuff is really crap and unnecessary, and all that sweet sixteen stuff... Only Webmind saves the book!

I will probably purchase the third one too, but I really hope it improves!

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The authors way to express political views!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Very entertaining story but predictable.

Would you recommend WWW: Watch to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but with the caveat to be prepared to listen to the political and social views of author.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The performance was well done overall

Do you think WWW: Watch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - enough said.

Any additional comments?

I was actually offended by the license taken to subject me to a recitation of social commentary!

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