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Publisher's Summary

Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood? What happens when a living thing falls in love with someone who does not actually exist?
©2009- Hugh Howey (P)2013 Hugh Howey
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3 out of 5 stars
By L or D Day on 03-17-15

The reader lacked tone.

An interesting sci-fi tale that takes advantage of the idea that universes are layered and at the mercy of the higher levels. Not an uncommon but not uninteresting conceit. At the risk of ruining the story, essentially our hero is a data miner who falls in love with one of these "lesser beings". Decent story.

The reader is the weak point. He is monotonal and lends no drama to what should otherwise be quite a suspenseful story. He seems to plod along as if he is trying to put the listener to sleep, not give a dramatic performance. As a result at several points I considered not finishing the story. Before buying this story I'd recommend listening to the reader and asking if you would enjoy listening to this tone for 1&½ hours.


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4 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 03-14-15

Good Short

Hugh Howey packs a lot into this little short story.

If you don't mind paying for an hour and a half story, GET IT, it is a 'fun listen' with an interesting premise.

Reminded me of a Phillip K. Dick story... always something 'just a little different'.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By M. Herbet on 06-01-16

Worst. Narrator. Ever

Would you try another book written by Hugh Howey or narrated by Alexander J. Masters?

No. Alexander J. Masters made this almost impossible to listen to. I got 10 minutes in and gave up. The story could have been good but I'll never know

How could the performance have been better?

By using a different narrator.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. It might be a good story but the narrator ruins it. It's impossible to get into.

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