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They are just children when they first meet: Charlotte, daughter of the French ambassador, and Hiroshi, a laundress’s son. One day in the playground, Hiroshi declares that he has an idea that will change the world. An idea that will sweep away all differences between rich and poor.
When Hiroshi runs into Charlotte several years later, he is trying to build a brighter future through robotics. Determined to win Charlotte’s love, he resurrects his childhood dream, convinced that he can eradicate world poverty by pushing the limits of technology beyond imagination. But as Hiroshi circles ever closer to realizing his vision, he discovers that his utopian dream may contain the seeds of a nightmare — one that could obliterate life as we know it.
Crisscrossing the globe, from Tokyo to the hallowed halls of MIT to desolate Arctic islands and Buenos Aires and beyond — far beyond — Lord of All Things explores not only technology’s dizzying potential, but also its formidable dangers.
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By Sean Dustman on 08-23-14
Story starts off small and gets huge
Every once in a while, a story comes along and sweeps me away, this was one of them. This is a huge expansive story that started out with a dream of a boy that ends up challenging everything we see around us and who we are as humans in the universe. It's a slow building story that keeps cranking up over decades and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next and what does happen you don't expect. The author doesn't take the easy way out, the guy guy doesn't always win. It's a mixture of philosophy, hard SciFi, a love story and it stretches the brain. Check it out, it might leave you changed like all great books should.
51 of 52 people found this review helpful
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-04-16
WOW, THAT WAS SOME STORY
BEING BORED IS SOMETHING WE LEARN IN SCHOOL
Was that 21 hours or 21 minutes. I am the Impatient one, but I listened to every word. This. excellently written story drew me in.
HE WAS SUCH A ROMANTIC
This book took several turns, so many it is hard to place it in one genre. There is almost no Science Fiction in the entire first half of the book and only a tiny bit of fantasy. I normally need a lot of bang, excitement or wonderment to keep listening, but the first half had none of that. The first half is character development. I became invested in the characters. Had it stayed that way throughout I still would have been happy, but later Science does happen. When it happens, it happens in a big way and gets bigger and bigger. At first I was reminded of Blood Music by Greg Bear and than it was more like Daniel Suarez. Through out is a running romance, kind of similar to Forrest Gump. He loves her from the beginning and always. She falls for the bad boy (the opposite of him), and others. He follows his dreams, while she gets sidetracked. She gets sick, etc... The book covers a lot of time and a lot of countries.
Early on there are conversations that just seem that, conversations. Have fate that they will return in a big way.
PERHAPS THERE WERE FEWER CONSEQUENCES IN LIFE THAN PEOPLE THOUGHT.
With the exception of the maybe over done voice of the main bad boy, the narrator was so good I didn't realize he was there. His voice seemed like the voice in my head. I had to consciously think I am listening to be aware of the narrator.
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By Rio Carnival Girl on 09-12-16
Amazing story about nano technology
Where does Lord of All Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Excellent science fiction book and narration
Who was your favorite character and why?
Hiroshi, because of the moral dilemmas he faces as in trying to get nano technology to work for everyone and then the implications of his success.
What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?
He brought the characters to life and kept the momentum going through the story,
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The moment on the ice when the nano's reacted to the presence of the expedition.
Any additional comments?
This is a long rambling story stuffed full of science and technology hung on an unusual framework of personal relations. Sometimes the story stumbles but the narrative arc pulls the story back into step.
I liked the ending, a prescient warning about implications of new technology.
By jaredjar on 10-10-15
Great idea! Author became board?
The novel had such potential. The author seems to lose interest towards the end and absolutely ruins the story. Great idea, dismal execution