Rationality Zero

  • by JM Guillen
  • Narrated by Joel Richards
  • 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

June 21, 1998
San Francisco, California
The world is not what it seems.
Michael Bishop is an Asset of the Facility - a job that comes with many strange perks. He is a man who never gets ill, who never pays taxes. He is effortlessly fit and has a different woman every night of the week.
That is, when he is not on assignment.
When activated, Michael becomes Asset 108, a cyberenhanced human who stands against the strange darkness that lurks at the edge of our world. Armed with equipment that most would find impossible to comprehend, he is sent on missions both strange and deadly. Each dossier pits him against irrational creatures and beings - most with the power to unravel his sanity or reality itself. It's never a simple job.
This job, however, is more complex than most. Mysterious, unknown targets are fracturing reality somewhere in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The Facility has no other Assets in the area, and their telemetry is spotty at best. Without knowing what to expect, Bishop is activated, assigned to a cadre, and sent to the middle of nowhere.
What he finds there is both the beginning and the end.


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This was fascinating!

I read the synopsis and I was not completely sold. Mostly because it is sci fi. There was just something about it that sounded intriguing enough to give it a go, and it paid off!

First off, the beginning starts with a note. Each of these can be read separately but to get all of the clues, all of them must be read! Interesting!

Michael is sort of like a cyborg or something. He is able to download and remember information much like a computer. He processes information, and even needs certain upgrades depending on his assignment. But, those upgrades can only be used if he has enough room.

The language is pretty easy to pick up. There is a bit of jargon, but not so much that I felt totally out of my element. The main characters, pull you right in but at the same time, almost keep the reader at arm's length. Not enough to cause the book to become boring, but just enough to feel like they are way too busy working and fighting abnormalities to worry about telling each other about themselves.

When they are not working, they slip back into their lives, but forget that they are agents. They have lives but their lives are far and away from being agents!

This was a short story, but pretty much had me from beginning to end. It did take me a minute to get into the Sci Fi atmosphere, but I attribute that to my lack of love for sci fi.

Really curious about the next book in the series now.

The audio was brilliant. I could have listened to this and to the narrator, Joel Richards, forever. He has a deep, rich voice. He was great with the different accents but also with the highs and lows of the story. As Michael is getting upset Joel's voice kept up with the anxiety. The three main characters are also easily distinguishable even though they talk to each other, and sometimes over each other, often!

In short: lovely, quite fascinating story. Took me a minute to be fully engaged but once I was I didn't want the story to end!

On a side note: Cool cover!

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The adventure comes to audible!

What made the experience of listening to Rationality Zero the most enjoyable?

The narrator's talent and attention to the roles.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The unfolding plot as we are introduced to what this new universe has in store.

Which scene was your favorite?

The introductions of the cast of characters and their seamless teamwork in the face of eldritch horror.

Any additional comments?

Having read this first installment of the Assets and their covert adventures safeguarding this reality from the forces of chaos from beyond the bounds of dimensioned space, I went into the audio realm with one overriding question: does this narrator sound like Michael Bishop?

To that I give an unqualified ‘yes.’

Joel Richards’ performance captures the character’s voice as he relates the first-person adventure investigating an alien conspiracy.

Richards conveys Bishop’s businesslike and oft times humorous descriptions of and commentary on the bizzaare situations, while still expressing the horror of the otherworldly monstrosities they face. Whether suddenly finding himself thrust into realms inimical to humanity or facing off against aberrations, Bishop relates it all in his own way, never confusing grim gallows humor with annoying flippancy.

The next criteria I paid attention to was the quality of the other voices in dialogue. The book has a varied cast of characters, from gritty American Southern to Russian, and Richards projected the accents well.

Listeners will also appreciate Richards’ work dealing with the involved tech-speak and uniquely alien phraseology favored by the denizens of Irrationality. I look forward to again listening to this journey into a universe beneath and around our own.

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- Robert DeFrank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-24-2015
  • Publisher: Irrational Worlds