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Publisher's Summary

The entire human population is attacked by a very suspicious virus. SIMPOC's programmer doesn't come in to work, that day, the next, or ever. The commander of the space station Oasis, Joan Herl, is forced to abandon the station because of dwindling resources. When they land on earth, they are attacked by another thinking computer who would do anything to protect itself and to continue thinking.
The moon colony, Dessert Beach, is trapped as their resources are running out, and they must decide when to come home. They have only lifeboats to carry them back to the lifeless Earth, and what will they find when they enter the atmosphere and land?
The astronauts trapped on the Mars colony, Red Dirt, are in worse condition. Their systems will break down and resources will run out. Coming home for them is a different story. The lifeboats aren't made for that purpose and must be rebuilt before the colony breaks down. Should they stay and take their chances on Mars, or should they journey back to Earth?
©2014 Raymond J. Perreault (P)2015 Raymond J. Perreault
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4 out of 5 stars
By ATX-LH on 03-17-16

On the verge of perfect..

Would you listen to SIMPOC again? Why?

Yes, Perreault did a splendid job with creating a connection with SIMPOC. I thoroughly enjoyed listening from the perspective of a computer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of SIMPOC?

This has to be a combination of the narrator and the story telling. When SIMPOC realize that his maker will not come back, you can almost feel SIMPOC loneliness.

What about Zachary Johnson’s performance did you like?

Amazing job on narrating, really made me feel what SIMPOC was feeling.. if computer have feelings.

Any additional comments?

The reason why I did not give this book a 5 star was the lack of story development when he introduce the few human survivors. It just felt a little rush, I know that there will be back story revealed in another book. But if this was the only book I read in this series it just felt a little incomplete. I was more connected to Termen who was the creator of SIMPOC and was really sadden when SIMPOC realize Termen won't return.

*I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.*

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4 out of 5 stars
By zoe on 11-03-15


What did you like best about this story?

This is an interesting look into what a computer what would happen if things went more than a little awry. A virus has wiped out almost all humans and SIMPOC, a newly turned has just begun earning about how things work when the computer finds it is alone. Pick up this short story for an interesting subject

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 04-08-16

Thinking computers - finally good ones appear!!

What made the experience of listening to SIMPOC the most enjoyable?

Good solid characters and great storytelling make this a really compelling book. It's great to get the opportunity to identify with a story where humanity gives birth to AI but in a positive way. Yes there's a disaster going on in terms of what's happening to humanity but we have managed to develop AI without mucking it up. I can't say that I've seen other authors do this - so its great to see.

Who was your favorite character and why?

SIMPOC. Although maybe I should say SIMPOC and his programmer. I love the way we see SIMPOC develop and I lover the determination that his programmer has to make sure that he brings him to life in a way that enable him to communicate with us and to a positive force in the world.

What does Zachary Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I like Zachary's narration in general and in this book he's great. Really good differences between the Thinking Computers and Humans which helps to draw you into the storytelling.

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

Yes. In fact it took me two, but I would have listened to it in one had I have been able.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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4 out of 5 stars
By j tracey on 11-15-15

Quite a short audiobook

Where does SIMPOC rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Quite high

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found it quite sad listening to the people on the space stations, going from quite optimistic to very depressed, realising that hope was all but lost.

Any additional comments?

The only criticism if any is that the audiobook seemed too short. It felt like the first quarter of a bigger book. I will definitely listen to part 2 when it's released
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