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There's a reason We Are Legion, We Are Bob was named Audible's Best Sci-Fi Book of 2016. Unique, hilarious, and utterly addictive, Dennis E. Taylor's debut novel kicked off an Audible-wide obsession among sci-fi diehards and new listeners alike.

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.

Listener-favorite narrator Ray Porter (14, The Fold) brings the many Bobs into being in all their glory, delivering a performance that listeners have described as "outstanding," "nuanced" and a "dizzying tour de force."

©2016 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • PW
  • 12/04/2017

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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  • Jean
  • 04/08/2017

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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  • Alison in CA
  • 27/12/2016

Excellent plot-loved the story line details

This is a great story for the typical sci-fi story lover; especially someone who is familiar with 80's and 90's sci-fi TV references. The narrator does a great job playing multiple characters, using several different voices-the one from the Star Wars Admiral is awesome. I listened to this book and then went and saw Rogue One the same night and chuckled because the narrator could have been the actor on the screen. (if you listen to the book you'll now what I mean.) If you like books like Player One, Monster Hunters, Ancillary Justice, anything by John Scalzi, and TV shows like Battlestar Galactica, Dark Matter and The Expanse then I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this book. And if you don't, Audible has that great return policy. I look forward to listening to the next book in the series!

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  • Glenn T. Highcove
  • 13/09/2017

Lives up to the reviews, a great story

I had been skeptical whenever I saw this book recommended for me, as my general preference has been non-fiction. However, it was time for a change, and as reluctant as I was, the overwhelmingly glowing reviews here won me over. The plot itself is very attractive to me, being/controlling Von Neumann probes and all of the exploration and wonder that would come with that mission. The author has done an excellent job of keeping things interesting, realistic, and covering his bases in terms of the actual science involved and other issues that many would not think of initially. I never had a "this wouldn't happen in real life" moment, and I am a fairly skeptical person. Ray Porter does an excellent job bringing life and personality to the various characters, including having to do multiple versions/personalities of Bob.

As far as the main plot goes, it is outstanding. If your version of heaven is living forever, being able to duplicate yourself, and playing real time strategy games all day for high stakes in between diving into Wikipedia and Youtube for education and edification, I think this story will appeal to you. I was never bored, and plan to purchase the next 2 books. This was an outstanding purchase and one I would recommend to other Sci-Fi fans and Audible customers.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 29/12/2016

Dizzying Tour de Force Performance of Great Book!


So many Bobs, so little time --

If you love sci fi, you already know about this awesome book. It's a pretty original concept -- governments clone human-personality-infused-AIs and send them into space as self-replicating probes to find new planets for humans to inhabit. Some of the probes go insane, some turn into weapons of mass destruction, and some . . .

. . . well, Bob is different. A bit of an independent loaner with no political axe to grind, Bob sets about creating a 'world' HE can live in first! Still, the prime directive is all about replicating, so bring on the Bobs!

Ray Porter does an amazing job voicing the various Bobs -- and all the other characters in this book -- while the pop culture sci fi references provide opportunities for a few homages to beloved characters. The book would not have been as fun to listen to without him!

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. BOOK TWO!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


ALSO, ahem. Sorry. Also, here's a shout out to Jim the Impatient for the recommendation! Thanks big guy!

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 29/09/2016

THE UNIVERSE AS MY PLAYGROUND

I'M GLAD TO SEE A BOB FACTORY IN OPERATION
This is what Science Fiction is meant to be. The fans for this book will be Legion. This is full of lots of space travel, exploring of planets, terraforming, discovery of aliens, science talk, colonization, and of course THE BOBS AND THE BOBIAN FEDERATION. I was reminded of THE MARTIAN, although not as funny, Frederik Pohl and James P. Hogan. There are some space fights, but those who love space and all the possibilities, will enjoy this most.

SO THIS IS LIKE ANDROMEDA STRAIN?
As usual, Ray Porter makes this even better.

ALL HAIL BOB!

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  • Sheila
  • 14/10/2017

Different and Funny

The story line was different, funny, and got into some interesting ethical questions. Bob's persona was similar to other characters I enjoy (e.g. Off to be the Wizard), but the dialog was less clever.

The obligatory religion bashing was tedious, especially since the author only attacked religions that won't kill you for mocking them. If you are going to be bold, be bold. But anyway, the idea of Bob making copies of himself and each making backups of itself is a possibility that will exist with virtual life, so it is interesting to consider. The idea that the copies might have significantly different personalities gave the story line some breadth, but the basis for that wasn't explained so I kept being distracted thinking that was unlikely. The AI arms race and the race to colonize our solar system is an important callout that governments will have to think through, though I am much less convinced that the race to planets outside our solar system would be the same sort of panicked rush.

The idea of machine intelligences not based on copies of humans being less capable - and really just servants - was lame. It would be interesting to think through how human-based AIs and human-level (or greater) AIs might interact, how their goals might differ, how their ethics might differ, etc.

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  • My new name is caught in the red tape
  • 15/09/2017

If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

So, I've been seeing this book around for a long time. And for just as long I thought the title seemed stupid, and so I avoided looking at it. Even after I read the description, I thought it sounded derivative and uninteresting, so I still avoided reading it. And then for no apparent reason, Nathan Lowell recommended it. Now, if you have any sense, when the reigning master of must-read, different-than-anything-else Science Fiction tells you to read something, you sit up and pay attention.
As a happy coincidence, audible had it on sale for under $5 this week, although at this point I probably would have dropped a credit on it even if they hadn't.

This book was nothing like I expected. You really get to know the different variations of Bob, what their personalities are, how they relate to the others, etc. The technology is interesting, the story is interesting, and the whole book is a great deal of fun. I was really sorry when it was over. Rarely have my expectations been so overturned by a book. I will definitely read others in the series if they appear.

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  • Rory
  • 08/11/2016

Only an Hour into the Book !!

I know there are a ton of people who have listened to this book already and have provided excellent reviews ... hell, that's why I bought the book.

I'm only an hour into this book, but it's already done something that no other audiobook that I've bought has done before. I was taking the train into work when I laughed out loud with a thunderous "HA!". I think I knew that I did it, but after glancing around the train car, virtually everyone was smiling at me.

Dennis Taylor can write ... and Ray Porter is giving me a great performance.

Thank you to everyone's review I read that convinced me I had to listen to this book.

And for everyone reading this ... buy it. You won't regret it.

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  • Robert E.
  • 29/12/2016

I can't wait for more Bob!

I was captivated the whole time and never lost interest. I loved the imagery of space and the development future technology. As the story unfolded I felt attached to the characters and now I want to know what's next in store for them. This was a super cool take of the future of people and technology. Best book I have had in a while.!

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  • jemand_wie_ich
  • 24/01/2017

Vielversprechend

Ich bin über “We are Bob” gestolpert, als ich irgendwo “Erzählperspektive: von-Neumann-Sonde” (1) gelesen habe. Allein aufgrund dieser Idee habe ich mir spontan das Hörbuch/Ebook-Paket gekauft.

Ich wurde gewissermaßen, aber wiederum auch nicht wirklich enttäuscht. Bob ist im Prinzip ein Upload, hergestellt aus einem Hirnscan von Bob. Ein Programm simuliert alle Neuronen und anderen Hirnaktivitäten, so dass Bob an und für sich weiterlebt. Bis darauf, dass er legal (und nach gewissen Interpretationen auch philosophisch) tot ist. Die Heranführung an die Thematik und geschichtliche Entwicklung, mit der Bob und die von-Neumann-Sonde erklärt werden, ist ein bisschen schwach meines Erachtens nach, aber die eigentliche Grundidee ist ziemlich gut ausgeführt. Nicht exzellent, aber schon ziemlich gut.

Eine Schwäche in der Umsetzung sehe ich im Humor. Besonders die ersten zwei, drei Stunden (das erste Viertel bis Drittel) kommt es etwas gezwungen rüber. Bob mag seinen Humor, findet sich selbst witzig, und seine Freunde finden ihn witzig, aber für mich war das einfach ein bisschen zwanghaft umgesetzt. Er macht einige Seitenkommentare die mir vorkommen, als wären sie erst nachträglich angeflanscht worden um den Charakter witzig zu machen. Einfach so ein Gefühl.

Ray Porter als Erzähler setzt die Sprechweise von Bob überraschend gut um. Wenn im Text Andeutungen über die Charakterisierung einer Figur sind, so lässt er diese in die Sprachmelodie der entsprechenden Figur einfließen. Zum Beispiel wählt eine Iteration von Bob Homer Simpson als Avatar, mit dementsprechender schleifender Aussprache. Als jemand, der quasi ausschließlich die deutsche Ausstrahlung der Serie “Die Simpsons” kennt, war das im ersten Moment natürlich verwirrend, da Homers deutsche Synchronstimme nicht diese Eigenschaft hat. Dennoch habe ich mich relativ schnell damit arrangiert.
Genauso ändert sich aber auch über die Handlung der Charakter mancher Figuren, was in der Umsetzung selbiger reflektiert wird.

Man sollte bei “We are Bob” im Hinterkopf behalten, dass dies der erste Teil einer Serie oder zumindest einer Mehrteilers ist. Die mittleren Handlungsstränge werden zu einem zufriedenstellenden Ende gebracht, aber zugleich werden neue angefangen.

Aufgrund der vielversprechenden Idee und adäquaten Umsetzung werde ich mir den nächsten Band von “We are Bob” sicherlich auch holen.

(1) Von-Neumann-Sonde: Eine Maschine, die man von einem Sonnensystem zum nächsten schicken kann und sich dort selbst vervielfältigt. Zum Beispiel von A nach B, Sonde sucht Ressourcen, stellt 5 Kopien her, schickt diese von B nach C/D/E/F/G, dort angekommen suchen die Kopien nach Ressourcen, neue Kopien her und schicken diese weiter. Das ‘Original’ bleibt im System und schickt Informationen nach Hause zur Erde, oder falls die zu weit weg ist zur ‘Muttersonde’ welche die dann weiterleitet.

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  • T. Voigt
  • 23/03/2017

Hervorragend!

Dieses Buch ist der Traum einem jeden Softwareentwicklers. Jede Minute des Hörbuchs was eine Freude. Ich freue mich schon auf den zweiten Teil!

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  • moicg
  • 18/06/2018

Truly surprising and amazing.

What shall I say?
The best hard science fiction I've read - err - heard in the last 10 years.

Funny, scientifically acurate (in most parts - as astrophysicist I can tell) and enthralling to the last minute.
What is more: Ray Porter really fits as narrator for the amazing storyline and obviously had fun recording this book. :-)

  • Global
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  • Isgrimnur
  • 12/06/2018

Spannende Geschichte mit neuen Ansatz

Hier präsentiert der Autor Science Fiction in einem wenig ausgeloteten Ansatz. Inclusive Nerd Faktor welcher nicht aufgesetzt rüber kommt. Macht Lust auf mehr.

  • Global
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  • Christoph Allmendinger
  • 07/05/2018

Bobiverse++

The geek level is so strong in this one. Enjoyed every millisecond! Hilarius and awesome!

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  • KW
  • 19/04/2018

["optionale" verpflichtende Überschrift]

Ungewöhnliches, faszinierendes Setting, klug, witzig, spannend! soeben zum mind. 3. Mal gehört - Good stuff :-)

  • Global
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  • Thomas
  • 22/03/2018

Gute Idee, anständige Umsetzung.

Der Gedanke hinter diesem Buch ist faszinierend; es erzählt die ersten Schritte der Kolonisation des Weltalls aus der Sicht der KI einer Von-Neumann-Sonde, beginnend mit der Erschaffung der KI.

Es ist jedoch so, dass mich nicht etwa ein ständiger Fluss an Einfällen oder eine interessante und nachvollziehbare Entwicklung einzelner Charaktere oder das Herantasten und das Bearbeiten eines Problems dieses Hörbuch vollständig hören lies, sondern mein grundsätzliches Interesse an dem oben genannten Thema. Und mit zunehmendem Fortschreiten des Hörbuchs musste ich immer mehr feststellen, dass dieses Interesse alleine nicht genügte.

Eine KI entsteht, macht irgendwas. Andere KIs entstehen, machen auch irgendwas. Eine KI entwickelt etwas ganz Tolles, macht damit dann irgendwas. Andere KIs machen wieder irgendwas. So, wie sich dies liest, reihen die Episoden auch im Hörbuch aneinander, das Hörbuch plätschert bis zum Ende einfach vor sich hin - tatsächlich war die größte Überraschung im Hörbuch die Tatsache, dass an dieser Stelle das Ende des Hörbuches war.

Ich vergebe aber dennoch drei Sterne und werde mir auch die Fortsetzung kaufen, weil die guten Seiten vorhanden sind:

Einerseits lese ich bei Wikipedia auch gerne vom Werden und Vergehen irgendwelcher Reiche, Kulturen oder Gesellschaften. Das hat nicht viel Tiefe, ist aber dennoch interessant. Ähnliches erwarte ich von einer Fortsetzung dieses Titels.

Auch sind die KI nicht einfach so flach, wie aus dem ersten Teil meiner Rezension hervorgeht, da habe ich aus Enttäuschung ein wenig übertrieben. Zwar hätte der Autor meines Erachtens aus diesem Aspekt mehr machen können und sollen, aber es ist dennoch unterhaltsam.

Der Autor widmet sich auch - nur im Vorübergehen bzw. als Hintergrund - unterschiedlichen Gesellschaftsformen auf der Erde, und ich hoffe, dass hier vielleicht noch weiter ausgeholt wird.

Alles in allem drei von fünf Sternen. Solide, aber ich würde es keinem meiner Freunde empfehlen, der sich nicht für SF interessiert. Irgendwann werde ich es mir sicher ein zweites Mal anhören.

  • Global
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  • T. Horbach
  • Karlsruhe
  • 19/02/2018

Great book for nerds. Amazing narrator.

The book is an Hommage to the science fiction TV shows, movies and books of the late 20th century and a must-read for every sci-fi fan and tech-nerd. You could say, it's sort of an analogue to "Ready Player One" transferred to Sci-Fi stories.
Ray Porter does an amazing job in making dozens of "identical" persons distinguishable. He shows a wide repertoire of dialects and characters in a way that it's a joy to listen to him. Beyond that, he speaks very clearly and in the right pace, so it was easy to follow for me as a non-native english speaker.
Big thumbs up!

  • Global
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  • Daniel Fink
  • 29/08/2017

Fun and easy to listen to

The book is chock full of Sci-fi references. But it never distracts from the main plot. I would say it is better written then ready player one, less self congratulatory and more aware of itself.
It also offers an interesting view into the mind of an AI that was human.
A very good book which makes me want to listen to the next chapter and find out how humanity fairs.

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  • Norger
  • Norway
  • 25/08/2017

Super cool, loved it!

I thought first this is a cheap copy of one of Larry Nivens books which I liked a lot. But certainly not! This book has for me a totally new aspect of exploring space. Permanent new thoughts and ideas. I am looking forward to book 2.