The Beam: Season 1 : The Beam

  • by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Series: The Beam
  • 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A sci-fi political thriller set in a terrifyingly real future
When all of humanity is connected, the center of the web is the seat of true power.
The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.
Every six years, an election determines the NAU's future. The process is called Shift, and the next one is approaching. With humanity intertwined by way of the Beam—a hyper-advanced version of the Internet that serves every whim and need—Shift is the be-all and the end-all. More than an electoral method, it is the future's political discourse.
In the midst of tumultuous politics, some players are making their own moves. Doc, a black-market nanoenhancement vendor, discovers a disturbing trend of upgrades among his clientele. Nicolai, political speechwriter for the head of Directorate, struggles to find his independence in a life that is supposed to be devoted to the Party, all the while unaware of his own terrifying connection to the Beam. And Kai, an escort and assassin as lethal as she is flexible, becomes embroiled in the machinations of her top clients—because after all, the political elite choose only the best to warm their sheets at night.
And through it all, a shadowy group is pulling strings behind the scenes, guiding Shift exactly where they want it to go. Their identities are unknown to all but a few, and anyone who stumbles upon them by accident—or, worse, learns their true goal—is swiftly disposed of. But if their power goes unchecked, they will shape the fate of millions for years to come …
Plug your mind into The Beam. It's been waiting for you.

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Sheer entertainment

A perfectly crafted not-too-distant future world. A cast of fully developed characters. Intersecting story lines. And A+++++ narrators. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Can't wait to download the second one.
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- cristina

Exceptional

I know I have found a great book when I have trouble taking my headphones out to sleep at night, then spend portions of my day thinking about the story and its characters. The Beam was fully immersive, full of detail and realistic actions in a sci-fi world. To me, this is a hallmark of great sci-fi; the ability to make me believe in the story and its characters actions/thoughts/responses.

On the surface, it seems like just a dystopian future story with a lot of 'gee, that's cool' tech and projections of future advancements in interconnectivity. When one digs a little deeper, however, a plethora of nuanced commentaries explode out of the earbuds. Really good sci-fi has classically been a vehicle for allegorical commentary on current socio-economic realities. The Beam delves into humanity's reliance on tech, as well as the near spiritual reverence we have with the newest and best, projecting this outward over 80+ years.

One reviewer mentioned that it seemed like the book was trying to hit us over the head with these commentaries, and I don't necessarily disagree at points. It does get a *little* heavy handed occasionally. The vast majority of the listen is really quite restrained in that department.

The performances were fantastic- I know for many of us who are used to single narrator works, seeing 8 or so names listed might be off-putting. In practice it is not.

This is not a YA work and is clearly directed at a mature audience. Lots of profanity, sex, violence, and a few scenes of pretty serious torture. If you're sensitive to such things, you may want to avoid this listen.

An excellent listen, well worth a credit and your time. Season 2 is already in my queue.
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- Charlie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-17-2014
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing