Audiobook Review – FOR WE ARE MANY by Dennis E. Taylor (Bobiverse #2) (Narr. Ray Porter)

For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2

Publisher’s Summary

The highly anticipated sequel to Audible’s Best of 2016 – Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling “so much fun”, “what science fiction was meant to be”, and what would happen if “Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild”.

Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that’s the only part of the plan that’s still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.

Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he’s become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.

Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob – and his many incarnations – in all of their geeky glory.

©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Review:

As I wrote in my review of the first book in this series, We are Legion, this series took me by surprise with the clean story, light hearted humor and challenging conflicts, while exploring intelligently how an unsuspecting human turned A.I. might discover the secrets of the galaxy. To elaborate on what I mean by “clean” in the story, I mean this isn’t a tough read to grasp. It is very intelligent, but written in a way that allows the reader to sit back and enjoy the story instead of feeling behind and like one has to slow down to catch all the plot points and character information. So far this year, this is easiest escape in reading.

The sequel continues to challenge our hero-A.I. with new threats and upstarts from ones he met in the first book. As I write this, I’m faced with every part I want to get excited about being a spoiler for those who haven’t read this, so I’ll just say that after loving the first book, For We Are Many exceeded my lofty expectations for how the story could expand and face greater conflict that we predicted in the first book. I love seeing how many reviews this book has because it and all who took part in its production deserve every bit of its success.

I listened to the audiobook produced by Audible Studios and narrated by Ray Porter, one of my top 3 narrators across any genre. Overall, I loved the production and experience of the audio format. The humor is delivered well; characters stand out even among the growing number of A.I.’s ; and the tension hits just as it should. My one complaint is that there are not a few places where new lines were inserted from separate reading environments that I wish would have been replicated in however they filter/edit so that it was more seamless. With a production as high quality as this, the bumps are forgiven, but I’d still like to see that fixed in future books.

In conclusion, my highest recommendation to the Bobiverse for readers interested in a fun space exploration by an every day computer coder resurrected into an A.I. space commander… with multiple personalities mimicking characters ranging from Star Trek to The Simpsons.

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About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more: http://www.timothycward.com/newsletter/.

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