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Student Paul Kostakis has caught the attention of Ludo, an Artificial Intelligence obsessed with games and stories. In return for a few little favors, she's offering "brain uploading". She can fatally dice your brain, scan it, and recreate you in a virtual-reality heaven she controls. You can do anything in there: become a griffin, upgrade your mind, fall in love, or go mad.
When Paul accepts Ludo's offer, sooner than he would've liked, he learns that people can find real problems even in a digital world. One of them is that Ludo has powerful opponents who want to shut her down, bring death to her immortal people, and end her game forever.
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By ODed01 on 01-27-18
Beautiful and tough !!!
This is the hardest one for me to review,
I actually had to listen twice to this book to really really get it and fully understand what's going on because it feels like that the author worked really hard to make this book spacial which I believe was a mistake, he already had a great story in his head, it was not necessary to add to it, make it to complicated that even me who loves hard core science-fiction had problems understanding or following the story line that as I said I actually re listened a second time to the book to really enjoy it.
The story is there and it's a great one, I would advise to the author to drop 2 hours and make the story less complicated, then it will become a masterpiece.
Every thing about the performance is perfect, each voice is right on and the sound Quality is perfect so no problems there.
Like I said this one is a tough one, I do recommend it, it's a good book !!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By mike s. on 03-17-18
Dark, interesting concepts
Since the book contains AI and an avatar-based game, comparisons to Ready Player One are natural. However, this story is a whole different thing. Lots of fun, interesting and dark concepts are the strength of this story. I did feel thrown in at the beginning but recovered quickly and stayed on the journey. The character development could be stronger, and I did not connect to these characters in any form – human or Griffin. Morality was the core of this story, exploring lots of ideas. I was given a free review copy of this book and have voluntarily left this honest review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Peter on 01-19-18
A true gem.
This is a thought provoking and very enjoyable listen. I got a lot more than I expected from this story.
Starting with the setting. On one side you have real world politics, conspiracy theories and a consistent near future world. On the other you have the wonder and near infinity of possibilities brain uploading provides. The conflict and interactions between the two is a majority part of the story. What it means to be human, what it means to be alive and what the future could hold for humanity.
Kris Schnee's writing is brilliant with well developed and interesting characters each with their own goals, personalities and little quirks. The pacing of the story is good, the action scenes feel tense and flow smoothly.
The true brilliance of the story is how the moral, ethical, political and philosophical conflicts are handled with characters on both sides having to think about and develop their own stance on the issues.
The narration is perfect for this audiobook, it is easy to listen to, clear and I noticed no errors in the recording. Christopher James Mayer does a great job in all aspects of the narration helping to keep the story moving and pulling you more in to the story than just written words can.
Each character is given their own voice and you can really hear their emotions coming though in the performance.
I am extremely glad I listened to this audiobook it kept me engaged Frome start to finish and I can highly recommend it. Now how do I get my own wings?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.