Reality 36 : Richards and Klein

  • by Guy Haley
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Richards and Klein
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richards – a Level 5 AI with a PI fetish – and his partner, Klein, a decommissioned German military cyborg, are on the trail of a murderer, but the killer has hidden inside a fragmenting artificial reality. Richards and Klein must stop him before he becomes a god – for the good of all realities.


What the Critics Say

“Guy Haley is a hidden gem of British SF.” (Paul Cornell)
“An entertaining, cyberpunk vision of the near future delivered with just the right amount of wry humour.” (SFX Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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My "6-Star" Choice for This Year

Every year I suggest that Audible give "frequent flyers" the ability to give one book per year a 6th star. This is mine.

It is a near-future detective buddy story -- but much more. Haley weaves a Peter Hamilton-esque sense of mixing a real world storyline with a related in-machine story. I was also reminded of two of my all time favorite series -- Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon/Kovacs and Charles Stross' Halting State/Rule 34.

The narration was extraordinary as well.
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- C. Hartmann

Futuristic detective buddy tale with AIs and VR

Guy Haley's Reality 36 is set in the future when advanced AIs are commonplace and the virtual reality of gaming worlds has evolved to serve as alternate universes. The tale boils down to a complex detective story with a unique team of a Level 5 AI (quite advanced) and a semi-retired military cyborg. The crime under investigation concerns the death of a prominent AI researchers who was also an AI rights activist. Various competing agencies and freelancers are on the trail and the action is quite intense with no clear idea for what started it all.

The sci-fi elements are a solid blend of AI with a quirky VR world with some robotics thrown in for good measure. The weakest component is the formulaic construction of the VR world. The detective sleuthing is well done with good pacing and numerous plot twists. The chemistry between the partners is entertaining and results in a great team.

The narration is quite good, although the overall story construction is a bit slow in the beginning in terms of plot development, while then ending could use a bit more closure.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2011
  • Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio