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There's a reason We Are Legion, We Are Bob was named Audible's Best Sci-Fi Book of 2016. Unique, hilarious, and utterly addictive, Dennis E. Taylor's debut novel kicked off an Audible-wide obsession among sci-fi diehards and new listeners alike.

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.

Listener-favorite narrator Ray Porter (14, The Fold) brings the many Bobs into being in all their glory, delivering a performance that listeners have described as "outstanding," "nuanced" and a "dizzying tour de force."

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

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  • PW
  • 04-12-17

Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

While I enjoy science fiction, I'm not a die-hard reader of it. I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it each time I read the publisher's summary. It seemed like a generic plot and nothing notable. I suspect the author of the publisher's summary only read the first few chapters, as they didn't really seem to know what the book was about.

The story is interesting and fast-paced. In addition, Ray Porter is extremely talented and did an incredible job of delivering the story, as well as all the emotion and humor that went with it. I think this is one of his best performances.

I don't write reviews for books, but this one was good enough that I wanted to take the opportunity to potentially nudge someone else that might be on the fence about it.

205 of 216 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 08-04-17

Beguiling

I have been attempting to expand on the science fiction authors I read. I discovered this debut novel by Dennis E. Taylor and decided to try it. I try to read debut novels to support new authors. The idea of the story I found intriguing. A brilliant software engineer was hit by a car and died unexpectedly. He had requested his brain be frozen at his death. When he is revived a hundred years later, he discovers that his mind has been co-opted by a group of religious fanatics called FAITH. Bob’s mind is now the computer AI of a space probe sent out to explore the galaxy for a new planet to inhabit. Bob then creates more of himself to spread out around the universe looking for an inhabitable planet. It turns out two other groups are hunting for an inhabitable planet also and will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

The book is well written. I found the idea of the human mind in the role of a controlling AI fascinating. The characters are interesting; the plot well developed. There is humor, good dialog and the story is highly entertaining.

The book is nine and half hours long. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. This is an example of how a great narrator makes the story better. Porter is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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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!

127 of 143 people found this review helpful

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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!

241 of 274 people found this review helpful

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Amazing..

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Like the many reviewers before me, I picked up this book because of the reviews. They did not disappoint. As a star Trek fan and a general scifi enthusiast, the references to these series plus the sarcastic humour is what drives this book forward. If you enjoy witty sarcasm while staying true to the scifi genre, this is the book for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Just as good as the first.

I often fantasize about being in Bob's position. This book succeeds in taking me away to another place. And dropping me in the cockpit of an interstellar explorer.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rory
  • Calgary, AB, Canada
  • 11-08-16

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.

134 of 156 people found this review helpful

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So fun

My whole family enjoyed this immensely. We were so sad when it was over. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the next installment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Very entertaining

I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, but the comedy was balanced with hard science and a couple of surprisingly emotional moments. I thought the performance was excellent. The book jumps around a bit, but the actor put enough differences in his performance to avoid confusion. I look forward to more of this story.

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Fantastic Sci-fi with very unique plot!

This is a really good sci-fi book. It is not the normal genre for me but I found this while browsing and with an average rating of 4.5 with over 36K ratings I had to give it a try. I am so glad I did. I've just finished this book and already know what my next purchase will be: book 2!
This author has a really good writing style. There is a super story with a brilliantly unique plot. I think between the book's synopsis and all the other reviews I don't need to restate what this book is about. The writer incorporates a good amount of humor and sarcasm and a few times I actually found myself laughing out loud.
Ray Porter's narration is the best. He was perfect for this book.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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  • Andrew
  • 01-29-17

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.

55 of 57 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 04-02-17

A good book for Sci-Fi newbies.

An interesting concept of the future in the hands of artificial intelligence written in a simple and humorous way.

This is an easy science fiction listen and a perfect choice to those who begin their journey into science fiction reading escapism or those who simply want to relax with a good book.

Although the story is not hugely innovative, it will easily broaden your imagination.

The author deserves big thumbs up for the main characters, who are well-crafted, full of personality and humour.

Ray Porter's narration is good and brings the story to life. I hope to come across more books read by him.

Overall, the book is worth spending a credit and stealing few hours of your free time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • ColinT
  • 01-28-17

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

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 01-25-17

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". <br/>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., <br/>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.<br/>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.<br/> <br/>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!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-16

Loved it

Any additional comments?

Loved the story very funny. The only problem was that it ended please hurry up with the next one.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

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  • Stuart J. Stirling
  • 01-26-17

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!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr Beck
  • 12-20-16

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.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Martin G. Clerkin
  • 10-03-16

Extraordinary

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

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • carl
  • 12-05-16

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

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 03-02-17

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!

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Vicki Edgley
  • 11-08-16

Nice ideas well put together

A fun SF novel with neat ideas that rattle along at a great pace. Looking forward to.the next installments. The narrator too was brilliant apart from that one Aussie accent!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Casey
  • 12-02-16

Good, but short

Really enjoyed this one. Well narrated and interesting story. My only criticism is its really short and doesn't really end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-13-16

Hilariously serious, and truly exciting

First of all, props to Ray Porter, the narrator. He does an exquisite job with all the voices and subtleties between them (of which there are plenty) and did not disappoint me in my first audiobook.

I would like to recommend this book, and I will. Its complexity, depth, and explorations into the technical aspects of the narrative may turn some listeners away - however, if these things sound good to you, they will be, as they compliment the rest of the narrative and theme construction brilliantly. I won't say anything more for fear of spoiling, except that this book is a prime example of witty and intelligent writing in recent years.

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  • Lee
  • 06-05-17

Loved it

Throughly enjoyed this book, it kept me interested all the way through. Lookong forward to the next book.

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  • Gabe
  • 05-26-17

Loved it!

I loved every bit of this book and was delighted to find out just book two was out as soon as I'd finished it the one.
I will buy every book from this author about the "Bobiverse".
Top marks!

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  • Rose
  • 05-15-17

brilliant and entertaining!

i loved this book. it was entertaining and funny and the voices were fantastic. i will be recommending this to everyone!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-17

Fun fast paced story. Love the concept!

Very easy to listen to. Hope the story continues in the same way.
Gotta love the Bobiverse!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kneaky
  • 05-02-17

Original and unique concept

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Solid performance of a unique story giving an interesting insight into characters. Original take on space exploration and "Human Robots"

What was one of the most memorable moments of We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

First time Bob created clones, unique feeling of other "clones" that had individual characteristics and goals rather than being 1 to 1 copies.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

At first I found the pace to be almost too face, with some lines delivered with an odd "flatness", but I soon came to appreciate this in the tone of the main character "robotness", information delivered quickly and accurately with minor emotion. Larger emotional queues are given more weight.

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  • Tim Edwards
  • 04-25-17

Surprisingly great

I've really enjoyed this book, its cleverly written and well narrated. Will move to the second one next week!

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  • Benjamin
  • 04-14-17

So glad I got this!

Would you consider the audio edition of We Are Legion (We Are Bob) to be better than the print version?

No spoilers just listern to it, if you have ever enjoyed any type of science fiction you will like this

1 of 1 people found this review helpful