We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
There's a reason We Are Legion (We Are Bob) was named Audible's Best Science Fiction Book of 2016: Its irresistibly irreverent wit! Bob Johansson has just sold his software company for a small fortune and is looking forward to a life of leisure. The first item on his to-do list: Spending his newfound windfall. On an urge to splurge, he signs up to have his head cryogenically preserved in case of death. Then he gets himself killed crossing the street. Waking up 117 years later, Bob discovers his mind has been uploaded into a sentient space probe with the ability to replicate itself. Bob and his clones are on a mission to find new homes for humanity and boldly go where no Bob has gone before.
Dennis E. Taylor’s hilarious novel sets the stage for the magnificent performance of Ray Porter, who revels in the brave new world of corpsicles, artificial intelligence, interstellar space probes, and space colonization in tantalizing detail.
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the first installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 56 minutes|
|Author||Dennis E. Taylor|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||20 September 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 560 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
5 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
8 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
9 in Hard Science Fiction (Books)
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This book came close to being closed unfinished (I was able to finish with some effort). It probably appeals to those who like real pulp science fiction with unrealistic science. Spoiler alert from now on as some of the plot is revealed.
We go from a software developer who is reincarnated as computer software to run a spaceship and is able to develop scientific advances at lightning speed using the whole of earth science which has been uploaded to his spaceship along with nano bots and other AI. Creates computer clones of himself some of which go on to find "first contact" (he's a Trekkie fan. And others who go back to Earth just in time to save what's left of humanity at the last gasp.
Just to cliched, not that well written, etc. I expect many who gave this the high rating will not be pleased with this review but you're all welcome to your views. For me I have no interest in what happens to the Bobs.
As a debut novel (as I believe this to be) We Are Legion is exceptional; it is confidently written and the flowing prose is remarkably easy to read especially for a book that is, at its core, a pretty hard science based story. In fact I would make a strong comparison with Andy Wier’s The Martian; the content is completely different but the style is, in many ways, very similar. Both are debut novels, both are self-confessed geeky stories, neither are comedies though both are filled with snarky, geeky humour with many references to present day pop culture – Star Trek, Star Wars, The Simpsons etc., etc. – and both manage to hold the reader’s attention despite much of the dialogue actually being internal monologue. Its three hundred and twenty pages passed, for me, in the blink of an eye. That humour keeps the read light and easy but don’t be lulled into thinking all the topics are going to be light and easy; they aren’t. Taylor unflinchingly and somewhat acerbically addresses the insanity so often manifested when humans replace humanity with politics; the craziness so often portrayed in We Are Legion is, sadly, all too plausible.
I so often complain about the poor editing I encounter, particularly in debut or self-published novels, and so it is with great pleasure that I found the almost complete absence of such problems here. It just shows that it can be done if the author and editor take the time to do it right. My compliments to both (I am assuming it wasn’t self-edited).
My only complaint is that Taylor is not brilliant at smooth endings. Many chapters ended very abruptly and the final end of the book felt more like just another chapter ending. There is no real conclusion to any of the threads; everything is pretty much left hanging making this feel more like the end of one part of a long book rather than the end of one book in a trilogy. But, as the next book is already published and the third will be out shortly, that is not as much of a problem as it might have been, and I will certainly be continuing with those two before too long.
Our cynical, slightly sarcastic but ultimately human hero "Bob" is coerced / drafted / not given much choice into saving the world by heading out into the stars to find another one. Along the way we get space exploration, aliens and quite a few surprises.
The quality of the writing is excellent, either Mr Taylor has a natural talent or the help of a good editor. The chapters flowed quite naturally, the dialog wasn't jarring and I just found this book fun to read (well, listen to). It had me looking forward to my commute so I could see what Bob was going to do next!