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By Andrew on 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.
75 of 77 people found this review helpful
By Nina on 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.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
By John on 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".
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!
18 of 20 people found this review helpful
By ColinT on 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
13 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Fiona on 06-13-17
Bob blew my socks off!
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
IN CAPS BECAUSE I LOVE IT THAT MUCH.
This is the sort of book I dream of - wonderful story - genuinely imaginative, creative, and absolutely took me to places I would have never got under my own steam.
We follow Bob as he dies, wakes up as an AI, launches himself off into the universe and replicates and explores.
This book is fun, funny, somewhat uplifting, and a really brilliant story.
I enjoyed the nods to some classic SciFi, and really didn't want this one to end.
I'm not sure how I'll contain myself until the next book comes out, this has been truly wonderful and leaves me wanting lots more!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By hollie on 05-02-17
An amazingly thought out story, highly entertaining tone and great performance. I loved every minute.
A must listen!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful