• by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jake Sullivan has cheated death: he's discarded his doomed biological body and copied his consciousness into an android form. The new Jake soon finds love, something that eluded him when he was encased in flesh: he falls for the android version of Karen, a woman rediscovering all the joys of life now that she too is no longer constrained by a worn-out body. Karen's son sues her, claiming that by uploading into an immortal body, she has done him out of his inheritance. Even worse, the original version of Jake, consigned to die on the far side of the moon, has taken hostages there, demanding the return of his rights of personhood. In the courtroom and on the lunar surface, the future of uploaded humanity hangs in the balance.
Mindscan is vintage Sawyer - a feast for the mind and the heart.


What the Critics Say

"Sawyer lucidly explores fascinating philosophical conundrums." (Entertainment Weekly)
"A tale involving courtroom drama, powerful human emotion and challenging SF mystery. Sawyer juggles it all with intelligence and far-reaching vision worthy of Isaac Asimov." (Starlog)
"Sawyer deftly examines what a future might be like in two neighboring countries that have become polar opposites. And he focuses on the legal and moral ramifications involved in various definitions of humanity in an intriguing and stylistically fine story. Grade: A." (Rocky Mountain News)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Loved this book. I'm a huge sci-fi geek (really Star Trek) and I heard this book referenced in a Star Trek podcast; and it did not disappoint! I suggested this book for my book club and friends who are not sci-if fans love it as well. Great job!!
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- April

A most intriguing and disconcerting book

If you could sum up Mindscan in three words, what would they be?

Makes You Think

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the back knowledge regarding the topics discussed.

Which character – as performed by Peter Ganim – was your favorite?

My favorite character had to be Karen. She was so well read and her words almost ALWAYS came easy to her. She had a certain calmness to her even when faced with a struggle.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but I made sure to break it up so that I can make it last longer.

Any additional comments?

This is a book I chose for no apparent reason and I am extremely glad I did. It is absolutely marvelous a book. If you enjoyed Robocalypse, this is even better. It get's into your head, makes you think about what you would do in this case and the book takes a detour that perhaps you may not think was coming. GREAT writing.

The premise of this book is so far fetched and yet none of it seemed fake. It was rooted deeply in some hard science. The writer is excellent as merging the science and the social in a way that was truly entertaining.

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- Daphne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios