We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

Bobiverse, Book 1
4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (58,441 ratings)
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About the Audible Original

There's a reason We Are Legion, We Are Bob was named Audible's Best Science Fiction Book of 2016: its irresistibly irreverent wit! Bob Johansson has just sold his software company for a small fortune and is looking forward to a life of leisure. The first item on his to-do list: spending his newfound windfall. On an urge to splurge, he signs up to have his head cryogenically preserved in case of death. Then he gets himself killed crossing the street. Waking up 117 years later, Bob discovers his mind has been uploaded into a sentient space probe with the ability to replicate itself. Bob and his clones are on a mission to find new homes for humanity and boldly go where no Bob has gone before.

Dennis E. Taylor’s hilarious novel sets the stage for the magnificent performance of Ray Porter, who revels in the brave new world of corpsicles, artificial intelligence, interstellar space probes, and space colonization in tantalizing detail.
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Welcome to the Bobiverse

In 2133, a new reality of artificial intelligence, replicants, and space oddities awaits you.

Our favorite moments from We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

Don’t lose your head — and freeze only what you need.
Keep this in your wallet at all times in case of death.
"We have to thaw the brain sufficiently..."
The only emotion you will feel is deep concern.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
  • Don’t lose your head — and freeze only what you need.
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
  • Keep this in your wallet at all times in case of death.
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
  • "We have to thaw the brain sufficiently..."
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
  • The only emotion you will feel is deep concern.

About the Author

Meet the Dennis behind all the Bobs — and the Bobiverse trilogy. Dennis E. Taylor describes himself as a computer programmer by day, a writer by night, and a snowboarder in season. With the phenomenal success of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), he can now devote himself full-time to writing science fiction.

About the performer

Listener favorite and multiple award-winning narrator Ray Porter delivers an epic performance of discom-Bob-ulation, giving voice to a parade of characters and generations of Bobs. Dennis E. Taylor raves, "Ray Porter is incredible. Honestly he made the book. If I’d been given a different narrator, I’m not sure We Are Legion would have done as well."

Recommended by the Audible Experts

If you like exploring the Bobiverse, other Science Fiction and Fantasy journeys await. All are first in a series, so your next listen can be the start of a long new adventure! We asked the Audible scientists (yes, there is such a thing!) to examine the "DNA" of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), including topics covered, writing style of the author, ratings and reviews from our listeners, and analysis of many other elements. They combed our entire catalogue to identify similarly engaging titles.

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5 out of 5 stars
By PW on 04-12-17

Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

While I enjoy science fiction, I'm not a die-hard reader of it. I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it each time I read the publisher's summary. It seemed like a generic plot and nothing notable. I suspect the author of the publisher's summary only read the first few chapters, as they didn't really seem to know what the book was about.

The story is interesting and fast-paced. In addition, Ray Porter is extremely talented and did an incredible job of delivering the story, as well as all the emotion and humor that went with it. I think this is one of his best performances.

I don't write reviews for books, but this one was good enough that I wanted to take the opportunity to potentially nudge someone else that might be on the fence about it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 08-04-17

Beguiling

I have been attempting to expand on the science fiction authors I read. I discovered this debut novel by Dennis E. Taylor and decided to try it. I try to read debut novels to support new authors. The idea of the story I found intriguing. A brilliant software engineer was hit by a car and died unexpectedly. He had requested his brain be frozen at his death. When he is revived a hundred years later, he discovers that his mind has been co-opted by a group of religious fanatics called FAITH. Bob’s mind is now the computer AI of a space probe sent out to explore the galaxy for a new planet to inhabit. Bob then creates more of himself to spread out around the universe looking for an inhabitable planet. It turns out two other groups are hunting for an inhabitable planet also and will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

The book is well written. I found the idea of the human mind in the role of a controlling AI fascinating. The characters are interesting; the plot well developed. There is humor, good dialog and the story is highly entertaining.

The book is nine and half hours long. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. This is an example of how a great narrator makes the story better. Porter is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 01-29-17

An unexpected gem

I love this book but nearly didn't pick it up. I've tried a few titles lately that wouldn't necessarily be my cup of tea. Things like "off to be the wizard", "the passage" and "the final winter" - all probably good books but they didn't gel with me, and because of that, I nearly held off on We Are Legion to go for something else. I couldn't be more glad I didn't as I've only had it 37 days and I think I've listened to it start to end at least 9 times.

Part of what I love is that the book somehow manages to have a single driving character that is at the same time feels like several characters, all of which I'm jealous of. Getting out into the stars has been something I've dreamed of since I was first able to understand that there was an out there to get into. I'd probably take Bob's deal in a heartbeat given the choice. To top it off, it paces well, it does things that I didn't always expect and sets up for the next book 2 (out in March according to the author).

It also rekindled my love of that kind of science. The idea of von neumann probe probes was something I vaguely knew when I was younger but which kind of fell out of my head as I got older. The book brought them back to me and I ended up doing a lot of reading about the practicalities of them.

I rarely write reviews (in ~4 years with Audible, this will only be my 4th) but I can't recommend this enough - there's a reason that papers have been listing it as one of the best Audiobooks of 2016, and it won the audible best sci-fi of the year too.

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83 of 85 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Fiona on 06-13-17

Bob blew my socks off!

I LOVED THIS BOOK!

IN CAPS BECAUSE I LOVE IT THAT MUCH.

This is the sort of book I dream of - wonderful story - genuinely imaginative, creative, and absolutely took me to places I would have never got under my own steam.
We follow Bob as he dies, wakes up as an AI, launches himself off into the universe and replicates and explores.
This book is fun, funny, somewhat uplifting, and a really brilliant story.
I enjoyed the nods to some classic SciFi, and really didn't want this one to end.

I'm not sure how I'll contain myself until the next book comes out, this has been truly wonderful and leaves me wanting lots more!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Vicki Edgley on 11-08-16

Nice ideas well put together

A fun SF novel with neat ideas that rattle along at a great pace. Looking forward to.the next installments. The narrator too was brilliant apart from that one Aussie accent!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Casey on 12-02-16

Good, but short

Really enjoyed this one. Well narrated and interesting story. My only criticism is its really short and doesn't really end.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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