The Kraken Project

  • by Douglas Preston
  • Narrated by Scott Sowers
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Wyman Ford is back again in The Kraken Project, the thrilling new novel from New York Times best-selling author Douglas Preston.
NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.
Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they’re not the only ones looking for the wayward software: The AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot. Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation - and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: Is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world…or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

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Kraken Project? Not Really!

What happened to the old Douglas Preston who could be relied upon to turn out interesting and compelling novels written for adults? Not that his prior Wyman Ford books were that well-done, but this one really fell apart. In my opinion, his best work is with co-author Lincoln Child.

This novel starts out with promise--and made me want to read more. It is all about "The Kraken Project" and the great experiment in space with AI- HOWEVER, the remaining 95% of the story has nothing to do with "The Kraken Project." Very misleading title.

The entire book reads like a very YA story to me, as there is a lot of teenage type interaction between a boy and his robot, and very tame dialogue throughout. Nothing wrong with that--if that is what you are looking for.

Also, Scott Sower's narration didn't work for this book-- however, I don't think any narrator could really have made it better. The writing is just not very good.


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Ridiculous

Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and/or Scott Sowers?

I'm giving this a star because the premise - the first chapter - was excellent. The remainder is just silly;. I have read several books by Preston, but this is the last.


What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston’s story?

The AI, "Dorothy", was totally unbelievable: the "Plan X from Outer Space" of computer intelligence stories. . When I read a story, I don't mind stretching to accept some questionable premises, but I cannot totally suspend logic. Superman, Spider-Man , and the Hulk were all far more believable than Dorothy.


What does Scott Sowers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

If I had read the book instead of listened to it, I would have imagined a ten-year-old author and narrator. Scott did a en excellent job, not giggling even once.


What character would you cut from The Kraken Project?

Dorothy.


Any additional comments?

Important supporting characters were poorly developed; plot twists were too predictable, actions and reactions unrealistic.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio