Amped

  • by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by Robbie Daymond
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Technology makes them superhuman. But mere mortals want them kept in their place. The New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse creates a stunning, near-future world where technology and humanity clash in surprising ways. The result? The perfect summer blockbuster.
As he did in Robopocalypse, Daniel Wilson masterfully envisions a frightening near-future world. In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans.
On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.
Once again, Daniel H. Wilson's background as a scientist serves him well in this technologically savvy thriller that delivers first-rate entertainment, as Wilson takes the "what if" question in entirely unexpected directions. Fans of Robopocalypse are sure to be delighted, and legions of new fans will want to get "amped" this summer.

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What the Critics Say

Raves for the New York Times Best seller Robopocalypse:"An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
"Terrific page-turning fun." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)
"Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)...but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things', he's writing about human beings, fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it." (Robert Crais, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

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No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen

Some have compared Dr. Wilson, a PHD in Robotics, to Michael Crichton. While they both base their books on their scientific expertise, Dr. Wilson???s story line lacks the imagination of the writer of Jurassic Park; but it is still entertaining.
Amped is a familiar story line about discrimination between super-humans and ???mere mortals,??? (X-men). Set in the near future where people suffering from physical ailments are given neuro implants that not only correct problems such as seizures, ADHD, and Autism, but make them far superior to normal humans. As the group of Amps grows, ???normal" society starts to feel at a disadvantage and passes a law restricting the rights of the Amps. This creates a conflict between the two sides and possible war.
Running from a crime he didn't commit, the hero of the story Owen Grey has a very special implant that he must figure out what exactly it does and how it works before war breaks out.
It???s a quick listen, fast paced, and the narrator Robbie Daymond does a good job; but if you???re looking for a profound concept like extracting Dino DNA from mosquitos stuck in amber, you would be disappointed.
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- D

Great potential but falls short

This story of enhanced humans had great promise. I mean, who wouldn't want to learn they had superhuman powers? The main character was likable and I wanted to root for him, but what a wimp he turned out to be. Sure, he found his strength in the end but he ended up on the short end of just about every fight he was forced in to, nearly beaten to death a dozen times despite his "powers" and vomited or got lightheaded from all the violence more than a frat boy with a hangover at sping break. If your given superhuman abilities wouldn't you try to change the world for the better and embrace them? The romantic element seemed forced as well and we barely got to know any of the supporting cast. The whole story justs seemed rushed and there doesn't appear to be a setup for a sequel. It read more like a short story that was rushed out to the public. On the bright side, I really like the narrator. He seemed right for the character and did other voices well.
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- KCK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio