The Beam: Season 2 : The Beam

  • by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by Rachel Fulginiti, Julia Whelan, R.C. Bray, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Johnny Heller, plus a full cast
  • Series: The Beam
  • 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

See how deep deception goes…in the sci-fi political thriller that has readers screaming for more.
Two weeks after the end of The Beam's first groundbreaking season, one thing is abundantly clear: the more the world changes, the harder those in power work behind the curtain to keep it all the same.
With Shift, the NAU's national election, now just days away, the country's political parties fight even harder to win the citizen's minds—minds that are almost all permanently connected to The Beam, addicted to connectivity more deeply than any drug. Only those with the courage to think for themselves can work to change what seems like a certain future.
Meanwhile, using the screaming pundits on ubiquitous viewscreens as cover, an organization advances human enhancements further than they were ever meant to go—further than the struggling, crumbling NAU can hope to survive.
Doc is still on the run after his near-fatal case of mistaken identity. Kai wants to help him, but not as much as she wants to protect herself—a job that's becoming harder and harder. Leah is stuck with old man Crumb, who has emerged from madness into lucidity with sudden, almost frightening speed. And Nicolai wants nothing more than to cut ties with the Ryans, who have controlled his life since long before he knew their true purpose … but politics is a dirty game, and no one gets away clean.
Shift is heating up. All the petty games played around it have had their stakes raised to lethal levels. And in the face of its relentless, implacable advance, not everyone will make it out alive.
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The first season of The Beam started out with Natasha Ryan’s performance, and the second one starts out the same way. Yet things have changed massively. The Beam: Season 2 begins relatively soon after the first season left off, but what a difference.

At first, the plot moves along very quickly with major changes that affect some favorite main characters, especially Doc and Natasha Ryan. Those were two of my favorite storylines. A few new characters are added to the mix, some extremely important and some that will clearly play a larger part later and were mostly being developed in this season.

As much as I enjoyed this season of The Beam, be forewarned that it’s not as action packed as the first season. Instead, there’s a heavy focus on developing relationships and strategies and possible outcomes instead of having lots of running and shooting and escaping death. This isn’t a bad thing – the authors handle it well – but if you expect it to be the same as the first season, you might be disappointed. Expect a change of pace and you’ll be just as impressed as with the first one. Maybe even extra impressed with some of the revelations. Just shift your thinking a little.

Authors Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant have once again outdone themselves in terms of comprehensive futuristic technology. Now that the first season dealt with setting up so much of how technology works in the world of The Beam, this season went a few steps further and took you into Matrix-like forms of mind penetration (less code, more description) and the beginnings of the Beam itself as well as the degree to which a human body can be changed so that an identity can be lost. Let’s leave it at that.

One of the greatest new parts of this season was something rather unusual. Insertions of corrupted recordings of “off panel” conversations were included, which give the reader a look up the skirts of the Beam itself. They were also the best read parts, in my opinion. The voice talent – Doc from the first season – incorporates the raw code that shows up in corrupted files into his reading flawlessly and really makes it sound fluid. It was amazing to listen to and I looked forward to those rare parts.

Voice talents returning from the first season of this series were still impressive and well acted, and new talents were also fitting for their characters. I think the huge cast of talent (15 in total!) worked better in this second season of The Beam, but I can’t put my finger on why. Perhaps it’s because I was more used to it this time or maybe it’s because the way each character spoke across voice talents was more consistent. Either way, the authors have once again chosen wonderful talent who work their parts quite well and truly embody the characters.

As always, we have much to look forward to in the third season of The Beam – and much to fear.

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What did you love best about The Beam: Season 2?

How we learned new layers to characters and the back story of this future world that we didn't know about in the first season. It helped raise the stakes and deepen the connections of everyone to each other.

What other book might you compare The Beam: Season 2 to and why?

None really, the Nicolais backstory kind of reminded me of The Postman.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Their performances were pretty good. I just wish they could do the male and female voices they do for their character in all the sections and not in just the character viewpoint they are doing.

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

Yes, I listened to it on the job and finished it in two days.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to season 3.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2015
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing