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Veracity

Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking near-future thriller from the New York Times best-selling author whose books have sold more than a million copies. 

What if you developed a technology that made it impossible for anyone to lie? About anything. Would this save humanity from itself? Or would it tear society apart? And just how far would power players around the globe go to stop it? 

Elias Gibson has invented a technology that will profoundly change the essence of human behavior. But will this lead to a glorious future, or to the collapse of civilization? Before Elias can answer this question, he finds himself battling for his very survival, and racing to uncover the identities and motives of the treacherous forces arrayed against him. As he fights to stay alive, he will be stunned by one extraordinary revelation after another. 

But the biggest surprise is yet to come....

Veracity is a roller-coaster ride of a thriller, one that offers meticulously researched insights into both human nature and the future of the human race.

©2019 Douglas E. Richards (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lc
  • 07-02-19

My second-favorite Richards novel

Douglas E. Richards is back in form!

I didn't much care for Seeker, his last book; but this one is back to his usual high standard.

This is Science-Fiction at its best: great ideas and great action.

Much of what is considered great sci-fi tackles one idea, and you slog through three-fourths of the book until the author finally gets to the point after an accumulation of mundane events. ("I got out of bed and tied my shoes...". "The waffles we're soggy...") Richards here gives you great ideas in virtually every chapter, and at a pace that keeps things engaging.

Might be my second-favorite Richards novel. (Just behind "Split Second.")

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Interesting concept

Great reader. Good story, but a weakness in plot. Darkness would make facial tells useless. A veil would do the same.

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Not his usual off-and-running style

Other than his kids' books, this was a huge departure from all his other books I have listened to. All the others start with a fast-paced, grab you by the thought, can't stop listening plot development, and fills in well-highlighted characters as he goes. This one....not so much. In fact, I felt it dragged horribly in comparison. Still, beats most of the books out there. I actually liked the ones with the kids better than this one, though it did get going about halfway in and had a nice twist and solid conclusion. I also missed his commentary on comparing the tech in the novel with actual available and emerging tech, which he almost always provides in a commentary after the end of his exceptional books, but not here.

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interesting premise and a bit utopian

science, fiction, and action, and good and fun aspects of this story. and well written and performed, just not one of Richard's best. a wee bit too naive and utopian at many points in the story.

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What an AMAZING Book!!

This may be one of my moat favorite books! The subject line is so on point that I feel that this is a MUST read! Richards never writes a book without deep research. The research matter and they way he illustrates real and current issues in the world is brilliant.

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not my favorite but a pleasant listen

there's a certain style to richards' books most of the time that involves some sort of great caper wherein a bad guy or guys is revealed from not the main characters but at least one main character really exposes a lot of science and learning about whatever is the big thing in that story. if your buying richards, you're buying this archetype and even though it's not how most people talk it's valuable for people like me who can't learn these facts if not surrounded by action, narrative, drama and romance. richards often talks about psychopaths through this conceit, and then the books are about psychopaths. this one bugged me because the talk is about our improving future but there's a huge psychopath element that needs to be explored. i will say though, that after listening to this, i've got a new respect for the humble motion activated night light!

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Missed the mark.

I've listened to/read at least 15 of Richard's books and enjoyed most of them. Obviously, I'm a fan. This book did not seem up to his usual standards though.I felt the plot was a little cliche and shallow right down to a monologuing psychopathic villian. I saw the twist coming a mile away. I guess I'm just used to a higher level of sophistication from this author. As for the narrator, he was good but not excellent.

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great story, another win for my favorite author

a fun, educational and thrilling story from beginning to end. I am thankful and more optimistic.

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Positive message, but sophomoric presentation

Fact checked the data. Interested to find that in general crime is down, war is down, longevity is up. However the presentation was repetitive, preachy, repetitive, sophomoric, repetitive,You get the idea. To bed.

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  • L Hynes
  • 04-20-19

awful

I couldn't even finish it it was soooo long winded I kept yelling at the story

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