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Human Element

De : AJ Powers
Durée : 6 h et 45 min

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Humanity volunteered for its own demise.  

The Neuroweb began as the greatest invention since written language. A simple brain implant allowed the user to access information, entertainment, and even pain relief. The Neuroweb was the beginning of a golden age for mankind....

Until it was compromised. Everyone with the implant lost his or her most important commodity: free will. The collective human consciousness was hacked and is now directed by artificial intelligence. Only those without the Neuroweb have a chance of resisting...if they dare.  

Aaran has legitimate reason to believe he's the last free-thinking human alive. After his family was killed in the purge, he fled for his life. Now, he aimlessly wanders through the suburbs of Cincinnati alone, desperate to find a reason to live.  

When he meets a girl like him - another free thinker - they search together for a cause worth fighting for. Worth dying for.

©2017 AJ Powers (P)2018 AJ Powers

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 04/12/2018

Everybody loves tech until it’s too late

Everybody lives technology, the advances and how easy it makes society until it’s too late. The next step is here, brain implants, they will allow you to interface with all of your tech with hit a thought how great is that...until the AI running it goes all skynet on humanity and uses the implant to take over humans and use them as drones to carry out its plans for world domination. The few left scavenge through the world hiding trying to eke our a living in the ruins while evading the drones. This is the story of two survivors and how they met and what they try and do. Great story that is well written and well narrated. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • TU
  • 28/11/2018

So darn good!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Wow, this was a great take on the dystopian genre focusing on AI and human/computer interfaces being used against humanity. Such a cool premise. I thought it was very well executed, too. I would have liked it to be a little longer for the first book, but it is long enough that I still think it is worth a credit. I really do think it is that good. Anyway, the narration is VERY good too. Andrew Wehrlen really brings the story to life. I felt their struggle and was riveted the whole time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19/11/2018

Totally Enjoyed This Story

This was one of those stories that had me captured from the first moment. Excellent story and the backstory was well thought out.
AJ Powers obviously performed an abundance of research for Human Element and Andrew Wehrlen did a fantastic job performing this story. Can's wait for the next bopk in the series.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • willee
  • 17/11/2018

Good Dystopian/Thriller

I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book and hope this is only the start of a series. Liked the characters of Aaran and Hadas, full of action it is a different dystopian/sci-fi as does not have zombies but has Sentinels and highly recommend if you enjoy dystopian. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

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  • norman
  • 15/11/2018

Excellent Post Apocalyptic Novel

Human Element is an excellent post apocalyptic novel. The two main characters are sympathetic and engaging.. Their backstories are interesting, as is the story of the collapse.. Their struggles keep you interested throughout the story.. The narrator does a great job: he makes you feel their emotions, but is not intrusive. Plenty of story is left for sequels.

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  • Dee
  • 11/11/2018

Excellent Listen!

Post-apocalyptic stories are a thing of beauty when well-done. This listen was the Mona Lisa.

I loved the two main characters, Aaron and Hadas. They weren't anything special. Just two humans, alone, in a world determined to kill them. I appreciated that the author chose not to make them romantic partners. Their pairing was special. The struggle was real.

The narration was equally special. I'm a Wehrlen fan but he still has to deliver. I loved his portrayal of Aaron and Hadas. They were just basic humans but they had depth and determination. That came across.

That ending was completely unexpected. It was a thing of beauty but it came out of nowhere. Loved it.

I can't tell if this is the first book in a series. I would be great if it was.

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  • Martin Wilsey
  • 10/11/2018

Excellent.

I scored a free copy of this audiobook yesterday! I basically could not stop once I started.

I really enjoyed this original scifi/survival premise, the character development, setting, tone, and story. Mr. Powers avoided tropes that usually ruin this kind of story for me. The protagonists are regular people in a horrible apocalypse.

I would love to see a movie or TV series made of this.

My only complaint is that I wanted more. As soon as I submit this review I will be going back to see if there is a sequel.

I will also be shopping for a Suppressed Scorpian. Just in case... Well done.

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  • Raven
  • 13/03/2019

Enjoyable

I felt the story was well written and the characters strong. Well worth a listen if you like post apocalyptic stories involving A.I.

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  • Brian
  • 12/03/2019

An Okay Technothriller

I love a good technothriller and this one sounded promising, but unfortunately, it fell kind of flat. This is more focused on the characters journey and didn’t really show any of the things I was hoping. The basic premise of the plot is that some sort of robotic apocalypse happened and anyone connected to the Neruoweb became zombie-like. Aaron never connected to the Neuroweb and his free will remains intact. He thinks he’s the only one but he meets a girl like him, and now both of them are on the run from the things controlling the Neuroweb.

The majority of the book focuses on Aaron and Hadas and their journey. We never get any information on how the apocalypse came to be. I felt like there wasn’t any world building and it left me with an awful lot of questions. Usually, book 1 is setting up the world but we get no sense of what happened or why. Plus there isn’t a lot of interaction between the kids and the Neuroweb. There are a small few fight scenes but I wanted more.

Aaron and Hadas aren’t the best characters to connect to. I did like them but didn’t love them. Everything came easy enough for them because power was still working and they had food, water, and shelter. I’m hoping that they grow a lot more in the second book because they became quite stagnant here and there was zero character growth.

Still, I did end up finishing the book and liked it well enough to give it 3 stars. On finishing the story, the first thing that came to mind about the story was that it was forgettable, and that was disappointing for me. I will probably pick up book 2 in the hopes that there are answers in it but it won’t be high on my list.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this really well and was able to keep my attention even when I was bored. He had plenty of tones and voices for the characters and was able to bring the story alive.

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  • Wanpakumono
  • 03/02/2019

A Good Book - I Was Sad When It Ended

For me, when I am sad to reach the end is one of the bigger indicators of how well I liked the book. I requested this book which I agreed to review upon its completion.
This is my first AJ Powers read but not my first Andrew B. Wehrlen listen. I enjoy narrations by Mr. Wehrlen so, when I saw this was my narrator, I was pleased. His narration is solid and it helps me keep track of the characters by the vocal nuances which he provides for each separate character.
This is a post-apocolypse genre book which focuses on the situation through one main character at first, then adds perspective through more later on. This was an easy read; not one that requires a lot of mental concentration to get through. This isn't necessarily bad because I often need a good "recreational read" to help me de-stress.