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AudioFile Best Voices - Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Audio Theater, 2014

2 editions. 2 narrators. 1 thrilling story. You can enjoy Amber Benson's narration here.

"I love working with Audible, in no small part because they’re committed to doing what’s right, both for my books, and the people who listen to those books. There's a really excellent reason for Lock In to have two entirely different versions, so when it came time to make the audiobook, Audible did an ingenious thing: they asked both Wil Wheaton and Amber Benson to record entire versions of the book. As the author, I’m impressed with Audible’s commitment to my narrative - and I’m geeking out that both Wil and Amber are reading my book. This is fantastic." (John Scalzi)

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome", rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.

But "complicated" doesn't begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery - and the real crime - is bigger than anyone could have imagined.

BONUS AUDIO: Audible's audio edition of Lock In contains the bonus novella, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, written by John Scalzi and narrated by a full cast.

©2014 John Scalzi (P)2014 Audible Inc.

Critiques

"Hugo-winner Scalzi successfully shifts away from space opera with this smart, thoughtful near-future thriller resonant with the themes of freedom, ethics, and corporate greed….This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers." ( Publishers Weekly)
"The novel--which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics--is definitely worth the ride." ( Kirkus)
"Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners." ( Booklist)
"With narrator Wil Wheaton attacking Scalzi's text with both vigor and nuance, this story tells about a silent minority being given voice, then having that voice threatened.... Thanks to Wheaton's skillful efforts, this production is an enjoyable melding of narrator and material." ( AudioFile)

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  • Global
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  • Alexis
  • 29/08/2014

Fun! Things you might want to know:

1. The story is a crime solving procedural in a sci-fi setting, and both sides of that are very well done! If you don’t care for either of those genres this probably isn’t for you. If you like one more than the other and the plot sounds interesting then I’d say give it a go. Just don't go in expecting a dystopia or a panicked medical thriller.

2. Confused about the two narrator options? There’s nothing in one version you might miss by choosing the other, so listen to the samples and go with your favorite. They really are two readings of the same book! Yes, there’s something a bit clever behind having different narrator options, but I'll let you discover what it is on your own. Both narrators do a fantastic job, so really you can’t go wrong.

3. There’s an attached novella at the end, a faux nonfiction-style account of the beginnings of Haden’s Syndrome. It originally came out as an optional prequel so you can choose to read it first or last. If you want to jump to it first, it’s 2 h 15 min into the second download on the Wil Wheaton version, 2:58:30 on the second download of Amber Benson’s. The novella’s many narrators were a great touch but overall I found the novella too scattered to add much. I had no problem jumping into the main story without reading it first, and I'm glad I didn't bother.

As for my personal impressions? Fun book! Not too dark, not too fluffy, good pacing, likeable characters and interesting concepts -- I can see a lot of people enjoying this one. I don’t normally seek out procedurals, but the quick pace and sci-fi quirkiness kept things fresh. The Scalzi fans are going to be happy! I’m beginning to recognize Scalzi’s humorous touches and short and sweet closes. When I got to the end I wanted to talk to someone about the story, so I guess I’m going to have to start recommending this so I can! (I’d also love to know who catches the extra little bit of social commentary without being told first…. Yet another reason I need to go push this book on people!) There’s room in the world building for more stories in this setting. I don’t really expect one, but if there ever is a sequel I’d definitely buy it!

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  • Global
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  • Doug Ryner
  • 17/10/2014

Did I listen to the same book as everyone else!?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I was SO bored!!! When I read the summary I could not wait for this book to come out .I was so excited. After listening...I was serisouly let down. The story was mostly backstory. There was a tiny amount of action, an even smaller amount of mystery and little character development. It was just a basic cop book, in a fascinating setting. I think the main reason I disliked this book was because there was SO MUCH potential to be an amazing book. I cared nothing for any of the characters, and that is rare for me.

What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

The book was mostly boring backstory, and little ittle character development.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I really enjoyed the narrator, he was one of the best I have listened to. Also, the book was set in a very amazing world

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  • Global
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  • Diane-in-Colorado
  • 12/04/2017

Well, it was different! But I enjoyed it.

I love Wil Wheaton. "Ready Player One" is my all-time favorite novel to listen to. That's how I happened upon this book.

I found it pretty complicated at first, maybe because I don't normally do science fiction. First you have to understand the basics of the "Lock In" condition, and all its associated terminology and implications, which I found far-fetched but intriguing. After that, you realize the book is a detective mystery intertwined with this condition. So make sure you have that first chapter down pat before you proceed!

I think the author could write many more novels based on the Lock In premise.

For what it's worth, I also downloaded John Scalzi's "Android's Dream" and found it so offensive and ridiculous that I gave up. It's hard to believe "Android's Dream" and "Lock In" were written by the same person.

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  • Global
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 27/08/2015

I NEVER SAY IMPOSSIBLE

SHE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO DIE A NORMAL DEATH
One reviewer said this was not Science Fiction/Fantasy. I can mention one item that makes this an unbelievable fantasy. In the story, the Jets are in the Super Bowl. That would not happen in real life. For me this had a slow start, as the introduction was nothing, but an info dump. Wheaton reads it like it is a disclaimer. It was so boring that I did not remember any of it. the story picked up big time in the third chapter and stayed strong till the end. I am not a huge police procedural type of guy and that is a big part of the story. On the other hand, a group of people who live in virtual worlds and/or live in robots, makes for an interesting story for me. Few could do it better then Scalzi, although I wanted to hear more about how they handled sex. It is a big part of most people lives, so it needed to be dealt with more then what JS did. l liked the characters and there was good character development.

YOU'RE A TRON FAN
The last two hours and 15 minutes is a related novella called Unlocked. It was two hours of interviews, which is not my favorite way to listen to a story. It started slow, but I found myself loving it by the end. I believe instead of it being a separate story, he should have used an interview between each chapter or each part as an interlude.

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I waited a long time to get this with Wil Wheaton, the other narrator got put on sale twice before Wheaton did. Wheaton is the best at snarky, smart mouth, funny books. This did not have so much of that. He was good, but not great.

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  • Global
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  • Laura
  • 01/03/2018

Irritating

When a writer can't be more imaginative than "...,he said." and "...,she said." over and over again it is highly irritating. I returned the book.

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  • H James Lucas
  • 02/09/2014

Intriguing premise wasted on average cop story

As with past works by Mr Scalzi, Lock In is a light and entertaining story that doesn't quite do justice to its compelling underpinnings. In this case, Mr Scalzi has fashioned a world in which 1% of the population are physically paralyzed and escape their bodies by directing their awareness and cognitive function into alternate frameworks. Some choose a non-spatial internet; some choose synthetic android bodies; a few choose bodies of "Integrators"—healthy humans who lease-out their bodies on an hourly basis. Unfortunately Mr Scalzi treats the first category merely as a MacGuffin and thereby severely limits the novel's potential as a work of true speculative fiction. Instead the reader is treated to a standard-issue cop story with a pleasant veneer. Lock In is told competently but without the liveliness that elevated some of his past novels. Mr Scalzi proved to be deft at writing dialogue for lawyers in Fuzzy Nation and fast-talking agents in Agent to the Stars, but his ear for dialogue has failed him here: the cop-talk is stale and predictable. A more adventurous book could have survived such weaknesses, but Lock In is timid in its scope and never quite recovers from its failings.

The narrator's sex is never known, so the option of listening to a male or female performer makes some sense. I alternated between Ms Benson's and Mr Wheaton's performances, and for whatever reason, the narrator became female in my mind, so perhaps Ms Benson's voice was the more significant for me. Mr Wheaton, on the other hand, is the brisker of the two and thereby imparts some extra energy into the story. All things being equal, I would recommend his performance.

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  • Global
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  • Kory McKiou
  • 10/07/2015

couldn't make it 30 minutes...

Wil's reading was fine, and i couldn't make it far enough to comment on the story... but i had to stop twenty minutes into the book.

The conversational dialogue is just unbearable. Expect to hear "He/she/(name) said" every 3-8 seconds. I mean that very literally. There is no variety in designating the speaker, and very little reliance on conversational context.

Perhaps it gets better later on... but, for me, it was too much. I can't bring myself to struggle through that jarring annoyance for the remaining 9.5 hours when i have so many other books to listen though.

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  • Global
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  • CJC
  • 05/11/2014

I said, he said

What did you like best about Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)? What did you like least?

Fun story

Would you recommend Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend they read it as it would be easier to ignore all of the I said, he said, she said...
Wil Wheaton did a great job with the narration though.

Was Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton) worth the listening time?

yes

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  • Global
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  • Tango
  • 27/08/2014

Superb Earthbound Sci-Fi

John Scalzi doesn't do a lot of fancy footwork with language (he's not a writer that will give you a punchy new metaphor or a lot of symbolism), but for my money he is one of the best storytellers out there. You can count on Scalzi to give you an exciting plot with a great climax and a satisfying conclusion, characters you can love and love to hate, and a great sense of humor woven into the story to keep things fun and on pace. Lock In is no exception - the story follows Chris Shane, a new FBI agent, and his more experienced and jaded partner, Leslie Vann, as they work to solve a crime and uncover a conspiracy in a world radically changed by a pandemic and the technology that has evolved to cope with the affects of the disease. As much as I enjoy traveling the universe in sci-fi, I love the occasional look at the future from planet side and Lock In does that nicely with a lot of focus on bio-engineering, virtual reality, and software programming as well as a smattering of economics, politics, and sociology mixed into a story that is at heart a fast action police procedural. Scalzi gives you just enough science and logic to buy in to his world without slowing the plot down with too much detail.

I had a little trouble getting started with the story because you enter the story about 20 years after Haden's has struck so although this is a near-future sci-fi and you will recognize some aspects of the world as similar to today, the story begins after the radical changes the virus has wrought and it took me a little time to catch up. Once I did, I couldn't stop - lots of action and great characters. There seems to be some room in here for "the continuing adventures of Chris Shane" and I really hope to see more - I was so sorry when this ended.

I have liked Wil Wheaton's narration each time I've heard him, but I think he has matured as a narrator and is even better now. He doesn't really do "character voices", but he has the perfect emotional inflection for the dialog and the narrative both. Since this story is mostly told first person from the POV of Chris Shane, Wheaton was a good fit.

The novella, Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome, which is at about 2:15 on the second download is terrific also. It is the story of how the virus struck and spread, the government and medical community response to it, the outcomes of the disease, and the beginning stages of the technology developed to cope with Haden's Syndrome. This is told sort of documentary style with a whole cast of narrators (including some of the really fun ones like Luke Daniels and Bronson Pinchot) and reminded me a little of World War Z. The novella is recorded after the book, but you could read these in either order. The book is much more action packed so it's probably a more exciting way to learn about Haden's, but I think I would have liked to have heard the novella first because I would have had a better understanding of Lock In from the beginning. Either order really is OK; neither the book nor the novella would spoil the other.

Very entertaining and a little thought-provoking - highly recommended!

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  • Global
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  • Dan's Gal Sal
  • 29/08/2014

Ready for Part 2

Wow. Mind bending concept, well-written.

This is not typically the kind of book I listen to, but I followed to the hype and pre-ordered. I was pulled in! I could not stop listening to this near future tale about newly minted FBI agent Chris Shane. I am not familiar with John Scalzi's writing, this being my first of his novels, but I'm sure hoping there will be another book soon following Chris's career.
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Wil Wheaton did a great job, as usual, reading the novel. I have NOT listened to my other narrator option, but am saving her for the next listen. I think Wil fit the Chris character well. Not sure how I'm going to like a feminine voice narrator with a male main character narrator.

One small disappointment: The book itself is only 7.75 hours long. There is a "bonus" novella appended to the recording of Lock In. I was hoping for two more hours of action around the 7.5 hour mark, but then realized the story was wrapping up. The novella seems to be pertinent information about Haden's, which, I hope, means I sequel is coming!

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Walter
  • Wolfsberg, Österreich
  • 26/09/2014

Ein High-Tech-Thriller

John Scalzi hat es wieder einmal geschafft, einen Thriller in einer ganz unglaublich gut ausgedachten Welt der Zukunft anzusiedeln, die aber naturgemäß große Ähnlichkeit mit der amerikanischen Gegenwart hat. Manches ist zeitlos: Rivalität zwischen FBI und lokaler Polizei, arrogante Anwälte, Partner mit Alkoholprobemen,... anderes ist Scalzi-SF pur: neue Kunst-Körper etwa.
Jedenfalls eine spannende Geschichte, auch wenn es etwas dauert bis man die Zusammenhänge versteht, von Wil Wheaton adäquat erzählt.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 7II8V
  • 15/05/2015

John Scalzi & Wil Wheaton erschaffen wieder...

...einmal ein geniales Hörbuch!
Die Story war sehr spannend, mit unterhaltsamen, individuell Charakteren. Ich hoffe sehr, das Scalzi dieses Universum erweitert.
Auch der Bonus in Form eines Rückblickes mit anderen Sprecher war sehr unterhaltsam und hat im Nachgang die Atmosphäre verfeinert, die das Hörbuch geschaffen hat.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bel
  • 16/10/2016

A lethal virus but no zombies -- thank the heavens

This is my first John Scalzi novel, which I bought after having listened to The Dispatcher the other day. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the short story. I'm grateful the author didn't jump on the bandwagon of all the zombie stories which are so prominent right now, but takes a whole different stance on the problem of a virus spread around the globe, which changes those affected if they survive in the first place.

We're thrown right into the story, where we're confronted with a murder, possibly having been committed by a Haden -- so called after the disease he once suffered from and survived.

As Chris Shane, a Haden's syndrome victim, and partner FBI agent Leslie Vann look into the death of a John Doe (it takes ages to find out the victim's identity), we learn more and more about the disease, the 'Hadens', the un-afflicted, and their relationship.
A new governmental bill has just been passed, which will affect the 'Hadens' in a bad way, and emotions run high.

The story takes lots of twists and turns, and although the solution does come as a surprise, the motivation behind it doesn't.

Wil Wheaton does a great job at narrating the story, but if you're so inclined, you can buy a version with a female narrator, cause Chris's gender isn't mentioned anywhere.

There's a bonus section at the end of the book, telling how it all began: the first Haden's syndrome victims, what it meant for the world's population in general, and the US population in specific, the helplessness, the rumours, the bills passed by government to deal with the disease, etc.

This part is narrated by various people, in some sort of interview style (without the questions), and it describes a possible scenario with all its ramifications, and it is pretty convincing! I think it is a stroke of genius that the author put this at the end of the book, because It would have taken too long until the start of the action had he put it at the beginning of the book, and people might not have gone on reading the story. As ist is, it is great that it expands the problems we've experienced during the story proper, and as such it was very interesting (but not necessary for the plot).

The main characters are well described, but there are a few of the sidekicks I'd have liked to get to know better. Still, this would probably have gone too far, and the book is great as it is.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Fanny Reventlow
  • 13/08/2016

poor novel, great novella

The brilliant novella saves a poorly written novel with an exciting story. In the novella, the actors paint a lively and convincing picture of a society faced with catastrophic change.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Martin
  • 04/04/2016

Great reading of a great book...

What a great team John and Wil are... I got dragged into the story after the first few minutes and enjoyed the atmosphere, logic and plausibility of this sound future. Even at the end, or better after it, there was a surprise as the history of the disease causing the titeling lock in was explained in interview form.

No, I'm not giving another version of the story, just wanted to tell about my absolute satisfaction with it.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marika
  • 07/01/2016

Großartig

Großartig! Das war definitiv wenigstens die Geschichte des Jahres. Absolut empfehlenswert und beeindruckend. Sprecher und Geschichte sind top.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Normen Behr
  • Bad Kissingen, Bayern Deutschland
  • 05/09/2015

Starke Geschichte mit nettem Bonus

Wer Geschichten à la "Matrix" oder auch "Surrogate" (Film mit Bruce Willis) mag, kommt hier voll auf seine Kosten. Die Geschichte ist sehr komplex, aber immer nachvollziehbar. Nervtötend ist die Angewohnheit des Autors, auch bei Gesprächen mit nur zwei Anwesenden ständig "he said" / "I said" zu schreiben, was im Hörbuchformat extra störend ist.
Das Hörbuch beinhaltet eine Novelle, die den Hintergrund der Krankheit, um die es in dem Buch geht, näher beleuchtet.