Game Changer

  • by Douglas E. Richards
  • Narrated by Joe Hempel
  • 15 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The breathtaking new technothriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Wired.
What if it were possible to upload years of knowledge into your mind in hours? To become an expert in multiple scientific fields, become an MD, or learn several languages - in a single day? The benefit to humanity would be immense. But so would the danger....
Rachel Howard is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to make this capability a reality. But when she crosses paths with Kevin Quinn, a Secret Service agent desperately trying to kill the president, she finds herself at the epicenter of an insidious plot. A plot centered on the ultimate technological game changer. An utterly disruptive scientific breakthrough with the greatest power to transform civilization the world has ever seen.
Along with breakneck action and unexpected twists, Game Changer explores the fascinating inner world of our minds and takes a stunningly unique look at how science might someday be used to make profound alterations to the human psyche - for better or worse.
"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (
"Richards is a tremendous new talent" (Stephen Coonts) who can "keep you turning the pages all night long" (Douglas Preston).


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The ideas are at once plausible and frightening

Long time trusted secret service agent Kevin Quinn suddenly decides to murder the President.  When his plot fails, he becomes the most wanted man in America.  Worst of all, everything he has ever known, everyone he has ever trusted is in doubt.  Even his own memory can’t be trusted.  On the run and out of ideas, he must discover the deeper plot that can alter men’s minds at will.

The action is pretty steady as Quinn follows leads and discovers the brilliant scientist who can help him explain his altered memory.  His training and skills keep him alive more than a few times.   Intertwined within the action is the philosophical question about how much technology is too much; should man do a thing just because he can.  It is possible technology will allow mankind to implant knowledge directly into the mind, bypassing tedious years of study.  But what if the information is false or biased?

Game Changer asks some very important questions about technology and what happens when science goes too far.  It wraps it in an action based thriller, sometimes digressing into the philosophical arguments slowing the plot somewhat.  It is a matter of taste.  If the listener is interested in the overarching ideas, it will be worth the time; if just interested in the action, it may become distracting.  It is a tight balance that most listeners should find entertaining while learning a little something about neuroscience and future technology.

Joe Hempel performs the story with his ample skill.  His voice is a pleasure to listen to while he moves the story forward.  The character voices are easily discernible and the accents are believable and not too heavy to interfere with the narration.  An excellent performance that matches the story well.

Game Changer has plenty of action to keep most listeners interested.  While it does slow in spots as the characters explain the science, it isn’t difficult to understand, written in a way most people should easily grasp.  The ideas are at once plausible and frightening.  Humankind may one day be planting memories in our brains.  The ultimate question then is, what is reality?  An interesting listen that should appeal to a broad audience.

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Not very impressive

Game Changer is rather typical of books by Douglas E Richards in that it is set in the relatively near future and it takes an aspect of quasi-scientific thought to the point of implementation. As a thriller this novel is pretty good. It is very excessively wordy to the point of causing the listener to become bored. As a 9 hour rather than 15 hour audiobook it likely would have earned 4 stars.

The topic of the novel is matrix style learning and how it could be misused (if the concept works at all). Matrix learning is a theory that by sending messages directly into the brain it may be possible to take a neophyte in a complex topic and make him/her a world class expert in a matter of minutes.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios