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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) Audiobook

We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Winner: Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.

©2016 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    bluestategirl Vermont 12-29-16
    bluestategirl Vermont 12-29-16 Member Since 2011

    I need more ears!

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    "Dizzying Tour de Force Performance of Great Book!"


    So many Bobs, so little time --

    If you love sci fi, you already know about this awesome book. It's a pretty original concept -- governments clone human-personality-infused-AIs and send them into space as self-replicating probes to find new planets for humans to inhabit. Some of the probes go insane, some turn into weapons of mass destruction, and some . . .

    . . . well, Bob is different. A bit of an independent loaner with no political axe to grind, Bob sets about creating a 'world' HE can live in first! Still, the prime directive is all about replicating, so bring on the Bobs!

    Ray Porter does an amazing job voicing the various Bobs -- and all the other characters in this book -- while the pop culture sci fi references provide opportunities for a few homages to beloved characters. The book would not have been as fun to listen to without him!

    I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. BOOK TWO!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


    ALSO, ahem. Sorry. Also, here's a shout out to Jim the Impatient for the recommendation! Thanks big guy!

    48 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 09-29-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "THE UNIVERSE AS MY PLAYGROUND"

    I'M GLAD TO SEE A BOB FACTORY IN OPERATION
    This is what Science Fiction is meant to be. The fans for this book will be Legion. This is full of lots of space travel, exploring of planets, terraforming, discovery of aliens, science talk, colonization, and of course THE BOBS AND THE BOBIAN FEDERATION. I was reminded of THE MARTIAN, although not as funny, Frederik Pohl and James P. Hogan. There are some space fights, but those who love space and all the possibilities, will enjoy this most.

    SO THIS IS LIKE ANDROMEDA STRAIN?
    As usual, Ray Porter makes this even better.

    ALL HAIL BOB!

    139 of 162 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 11-08-16
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 11-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Only an Hour into the Book !!"

    I know there are a ton of people who have listened to this book already and have provided excellent reviews ... hell, that's why I bought the book.

    I'm only an hour into this book, but it's already done something that no other audiobook that I've bought has done before. I was taking the train into work when I laughed out loud with a thunderous "HA!". I think I knew that I did it, but after glancing around the train car, virtually everyone was smiling at me.

    Dennis Taylor can write ... and Ray Porter is giving me a great performance.

    Thank you to everyone's review I read that convinced me I had to listen to this book.

    And for everyone reading this ... buy it. You won't regret it.

    75 of 90 people found this review helpful
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    The Great Buzzwami 10-19-16

    Buzz

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    "Wow, much more original and better than I thought it would be!"

    Really entertaining and well reasoned update on some classic science fiction staples like see seed ships and artificial intelligence that goes beyond its original intentions. The story is much more than that: A little humor, a little space exploration, a little space battles, technology G – whizzes and narrow escapes. I couldn't put it down.

    I rarely give all five stars. I reserve it to no more than one review a year. It's also great to find good narrator's that are up to the story, Ray Porter did an outstanding job and I'll look for other books narrated by him.

    There is a little bit of the Star Trek "I just thought of this groundbreaking technological leap forward and it works!" to it - but you do have to move the story along…

    The humor of the Bob's is great and much appreciated. Humor is a welcome addition to the science-fiction genre in the last couple years. It reminds me a little of "SuperEgo" by Frank Fleming.

    Book 2 as soon as possible please.

    34 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-21-16
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    "Can't wait for book 2"

    Ok, so Ray Porter is always amazing and the story is my flavor of geek.

    Everyone once and a while something unique comes along and a self replicating human turned A.I. has hit the mark. The conversations amongst themselves makes up a bulk of the story which is a nonstop reference to the sci-fi culture of the 80s. and 90s.
    The saving of mankind becomes secondary to the world of Bob... Good Times.

    45 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Jason S. 01-02-17
    Jason S. 01-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Future Time Line"

    Had my full attention from start to finish. Made my long drive travel effortless.

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    UGrandcalia 01-02-17
    UGrandcalia 01-02-17
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    "A great listen"

    Performance is top-notch fully enhancing the already clever, well written story. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    DobieChuck Colorado 11-14-16
    DobieChuck Colorado 11-14-16 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "The universe is a lonely playground"

    A delightfully clever and insightful read... Top notch humor to go along w/ some wonderful pop culture and societal references... Lotta Star Wars, Star Trek, Hitchhiker's guide, and so many more... The story engages and keeps one's attention w/o effort... Some excellent and thoughtful speculation on the science front, and some interesting delving into social issues like the meaning of life/individuality, FTL travel, cultural interference, etc... Pan spermia is a heavy topic, and mirrors the spreading of Bob's and remaining humanity, seeding the universe, or what I think of as pan humania;). I love the different names Bob comes up w/ for his various iterations, and figuring where they came from... (hint, they're from the aforementioned pop culture refs). The writer has a facility for description, e'g, "they all look like that creepy guy from Poltergeist 2... which brought an immediate and appreciated image to mind... It also plays around w/ some prime directive type questions when dealing w/ species contact... The narration was very good, but kept mispronouncing Archimedes, thus the 4 rather than 5 rating for the performance... Otherwise very good... Definitely worth the credit and can't wait for the next adventure in the Bobiverse;). Kinda reminiscent of Scalzi, but w/ better science...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Striker Savannah, GA 10-14-16
    Striker Savannah, GA 10-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Wow... Superb Science Fiction"

    I was very unsure about this book after reading only the description. The only reason I ended up buying it was because of the multiple reviews I read saying that it was amazing... I'm SO glad I gave it a chance. This book was outstanding and everything I want in a science fiction story. It was funny, not too complex, had a little science, periodic space battles, and was just an all-around well-written book.

    The book starts out with a successful young tech engineer signing a contract to have his body preserved after his death and then dying in an accident shortly after. He awakens hundreds of years later as a disembodied computer program that was created using his brain as a template. He and the others who preserved their brains are being used to create artificially intelligent beings and have zero rights or free will. He also learns that the United States has been long replaced with a theocratic police state, and that a new space race has begun with earth nations rushing to claim new star systems with intelligent space drones.

    Bob becomes one of the first drones to be sent off to the stars with the ability to self-replicate. Having long since circumvented the safeguards put in place to keep him obedient, he becomes something more than just a computer intelligence...
    The book is full of Bob debating himself about the ethics of copying his personality and essentially creating whole new beings with their own free will, all with his memories and experiences. He also learns that despite being copies of himself, all of his clones are subtlely different and have their own needs and desires.

    A conflict on earth nearly destroys humanity in a nuclear war shortly after he departs earth, leaving Bob as not only the last hope to explore nearby space and expand human influence but as the last hope for the survival of the biological human race.

    Throughout the story, Bob (and his copies) invent new technologies, design space vessels, discover new habitable worlds, encounter other primitive intelligent life, return to attempt to save humanity, and encounter mysterious systems and circumstances.
    He must also fight back against the only other self-replicating human probe controlled by the intelligence of an insane military leader, leading to several space battles and the hunting of his escaped clones before they can self-replicate out of control.

    The performance by the narrator was top-notch and he did a very good job with the various voices of multiple Bob copies, as well as the other characters.

    I would recommend this book to every science fiction fan. Five stars!!

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-23-16
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Get in touch with your inner geek"

    Dennis E. Taylor's We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the opening salvo of the "Bobiverse" series. Bob is a successful software engineer in present day who splurges on cryopreservation only to be killed soon after in an auto accident. He is revived over a century later, but instead of receiving a healed, healthy body, he finds himself relegated to a machine intelligence owned by a theocratic government. At that point, the fun begins as his mission is to become an autonomous, immortal entity exploring and establishing potential future colony worlds in other star systems.

    The sci-fi elements are in line with futuristic robotics, nanotechnology with 3D printing and self-replications. Having regarded the movie "Castaway" as a fantasy along with his engineering background, Bob rapidly adjusts to his "alone" situation and proceeds from there. The real draw of the story is the sheer "geek" appeal. This is not a "nerd" tale with lots of high level science and detailed calculations. Rather, all the nuances of "geekdom" are brought out with Bob cloning himself, taking on different personalities drawn from pop / geek cultural references from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. For example, he heads off to the home star of Spock (Star Trek) and names the planet he finds there as Vulcan. While humanity has thoroughly screwed themselves, he manages to save what's left, while still having fun to boot. Along the way, his solutions are inventive, creative, and fun.

    The narration is quite well done with an easy going style reflective of Bob's personality and style. The range of voices is more than sufficient and the timing is well executed for maximum comedic effect.

    42 of 54 people found this review helpful
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  • Andrew
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    "An unexpected gem"

    I love this book but nearly didn't pick it up. I've tried a few titles lately that wouldn't necessarily be my cup of tea. Things like "off to be the wizard", "the passage" and "the final winter" - all probably good books but they didn't gel with me, and because of that, I nearly held off on We Are Legion to go for something else. I couldn't be more glad I didn't as I've only had it 37 days and I think I've listened to it start to end at least 9 times.

    Part of what I love is that the book somehow manages to have a single driving character that is at the same time feels like several characters, all of which I'm jealous of. Getting out into the stars has been something I've dreamed of since I was first able to understand that there was an out there to get into. I'd probably take Bob's deal in a heartbeat given the choice. To top it off, it paces well, it does things that I didn't always expect and sets up for the next book 2 (out in March according to the author).

    It also rekindled my love of that kind of science. The idea of von neumann probe probes was something I vaguely knew when I was younger but which kind of fell out of my head as I got older. The book brought them back to me and I ended up doing a lot of reading about the practicalities of them.

    I rarely write reviews (in ~4 years with Audible, this will only be my 4th) but I can't recommend this enough - there's a reason that papers have been listing it as one of the best Audiobooks of 2016, and it won the audible best sci-fi of the year too.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • John
    1/25/17
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    "I rarely give five stars"
    What did you like most about We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

    I will only leave a minor critique and insure that beyond this I can not fault this audiobook in its genre, style, story, writing or the great wit of Dennis Taylor as he tells the story. With that said I rarely give five stars but for this introduction to the Bobiverse, even though the story slightly faltered by the lack of identity in characters for obvious reasons I think that this is simply an audiobook problem, if it were a text one would be more easily able to orient with each new place and each new "identical character".
    In audio form and with so much introduction with new characters in the mid section of the story it proves difficult to differentiate at the rate the story requires but even more difficult to understand how the author was able to overcome this beyond this initial introduction and continue to make them all distinct and memorable from that point to the conclusion.,
    Above all I want to give praise to the audiobook since it has the exceptional and most believable voice actor I have ever had the pleasure of listening to, Ray Porter is by far the best I have heard after maybe two dozen audiobooks over the last few years. He is beyond comparison and I hope I am not mistaken by the next entry of the Bobiverse in March 2017.
    All in all, every thing is amazing with just slight confusion towards the middle but that is overcome after some reflection or restarting some chapters.

    Very near a 10/10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The comedic and fresh approach the to sub genre. Very believable even after leaving established Physical and universal laws. The Author can be quite insightful.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, But this is excellence beyond any I have heard before.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No it did not but I did feel very altruistic in an emotional sense.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • ColinT
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    "Out of this world"

    This is got to be one of the best well thought out and thought provoking books out there. He has good pace and teaching in gauged thoroughly. Can't wait for the next one

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/25/16
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    "Loved it"
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    Loved the story very funny. The only problem was that it ended please hurry up with the next one.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Martin G. Clerkin
    10/3/16
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    "Extraordinary"

    Loved it, great plot and really well performed, can't wait for the second instalment! Buy it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Beck
    12/20/16
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    "Loved this book"

    It was a pleasure to listen to this book. The scientific grounding made the story very interesting. The fact is that it was 'clean' made it enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • kanundra
    9/27/16
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    "Exciting new sci fi!"

    Full disclosure. I had the wonderful opportunity to read some of this in one of my author crit groups, but I was super excited to then learn of it as an audiobook! Especially read by Ray Porter, who I enjoyed for some of his other works. So I had to go and buy this. :)

    Dennis's Bobiverse was a little strange at first. But, you're soon taken in by the wonderful humour of Bob and the weird circumstances he's got himself into and has to keep himself sane from.... I admit there's a lot going on, and there are some 'Bob's I like more than others. But that's to be expected. They are all so different.... and of course as a trecky fan I love Ryker. And Homer :)

    This really was a joy to be a part of and an excellent listen. I think my only gripe was the story seemed to have really gotten going, and then it ended. Of course, it's that vast and large a world, as in the whole universe, that there is much more scope for Bob and his replicants, and the last few survivors from Earth.

    An excellent story for any sci fi lovers, this is something very different, full of science, and things I don't understand, but loved learning about.

    Thank you Dennis and Ray... and hurry up with Bob 2! I can't wait.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    3/2/17
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    "Expanding Headspace"

    Well this is an interesting little gem! "Bobiverse" gives you a reasonable expectation of just how serious and in-depth the author is aiming at and there is definitely an almost young adult feel to some of the writing and narration. However, there is cleverness here too, once the author gets into the implications of a software generated mind controlling advanced technology the whole thing expands and becomes rather inventive. The Bobiverse term suddenly makes sense.

    I can't say I was quite as sold on it as the majority seem to have been but it is a little different and it may well be interesting to see how much further Taylor can take this concept. I was already finding I needed to concentrate on the main character, err I mean characters, err well maybe it was both!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • carl
    12/5/16
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    "Amazing book"

    Not sure why it was such a "page Turner", but I loved this book the general concept everything.. Really looking forward to the next in the series

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart J. Stirling
    United Kingdom
    1/26/17
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    "Surprising"

    I found this title just perusing through Amazon and the other reviewers persuaded me to give it a go. I was not disappointed.

    Great story and great concept. An real Sci fi fan will love this. it's obvious the author knows his stuff about software, science and other Sci fi titles as the knowledge and facts are littered through but never used incorrectly.

    Definitely worth a read!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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