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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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  • I Don’t Need No Stinkin Name
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lia
  • 22/07/2018

I Wanted More

I really wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I DID enjoy it. But it still feel a little short.

The book is about a guy, the titular Bob, who hires a cryogenic freezing company to freeze him upon death, then promptly dies. When he wakes up he's in a government program trying to build Von Neumann probe. This is an interstellar probe that will prepare a star system for colonization for humans by flying there and self replicating to take care of the multitude of tasks. To increase the chance of success out in the field the government decides to implant Bob's consciousness inside of a more limited AI.

The premise is relatively interesting, however quickly it gets bogged down with what I found were unnecessary details. For instance the US(and North America) get turned into a theocracy after two tumultuous elections and then a coup de tat. I'm not sure if the author was going for some kind of social commentary, or maybe some variety beyond the other world powers(in which most of the world consolidates into a few major states). However the complications of the totalitarian theocracy could have happened in a natural progression of our current political state. Competing projects, ethical concerns over using a real human consciousness, budget problems, foreign interference all could have accounted for the trials of the project in the beginning.

The science overall is pretty soft. They've developed a powerful space drive, and manipulated it into sensors also. A lot of tasks are carried out by semi-autonomous drones. Most of the characters are actually copies of the original Bob, though each one is a little difference.

In that regard the book seems to sidestep any of the heavy serious questions it could have asked about identity. Bob basically falls back onto "I think therefore I am" then sees little differences between himself and the copies he makes as proof he is still human, and still an individual.

A lot of the conflict has much of its tension removed by the fact that they can back up and replicate themselves, and the fact that like Fry on Futurama, he is thrown into the future where everyone he knows and loves is dead. He has very little to be attached to aside from his wonder at travelling and exploring the stars. It makes it very difficult to feel very worried when any of the Bobs go into action.

Since there are many Bobs you jump around from one to the other. Each one going about exploring new systems, or heading back to check on Earth. While I don't have a problem with this technique, it does leave the overall advancement of the plot a little slower.

My only other two minor complaints are that sometimes it seems like you're reading someone's overview of a 4X strategy game than really a story. Also, because Bob is far from home, and has no one basically, he uses a lot of pop culture references.

Ray Porter was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • M. Hallerbach
  • 07/11/2018

Spannend, Interessant, Lustig und toll vorgelesen

Wie schreibt man ein Kritik über ein Buch das kaum zu kritisieren ist. D.E. Taylors Wissen und Gedanken sind für den Hard SciFi Fan eine Freude und da DET nicht gerade weit von der StarTrek Fan Con gelagert ist, macht das auch nicht wundern.

Ich habe dieses wie alle weiteren Bücher mit Freude gehört.
Ray Porter macht IMMER Spass.. ich habe das Gefühl als hätte DET die Bücher genau für ihn geschrieben.

Beim zweiten Hören merke ich aufkommende Unaufmerksamkeit, weil die Komplexität der Handlung jetzt nicht sooo überwältigend vielfältig ist. Interessant und der Geschichte hilfreich ist die Tatsache, dass Bobs Versionen ALLE unterschiedlich sind und unterschiedlichen Interessen nachgehen.

Kurz. dieses wie die beiden weiteren Bücher sind ein echter Spassfaktor und ich stehe kurz davor sie nochmal zu hören (zum Dritten.. oder vierten Mal?)

  • Global
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  • Daniel Lehmann
  • 11/10/2018

Fun read!

The story explores very novel concepts and is really fun to read. Looking forward to reading the second part of the series

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  • Benno Lüders
  • 05/10/2018

Nerdgasm

Wenn du Sci-fi und Raumschiffe sowie englische Originalfassungen magst, perfekt. Voll mit Star-Trek aber auch realen wissenschaftlichen Referenzen ist es ein tolles Buch für jeden der sich für diese Materie interessiert. Die Story ist teilweise etwas sprunghaft und viel Spielraum und Möglichkeiten für eine detailliertere Welt wurden nicht genutzt, das Buch fühlt sich mit seinen knapp 10 Stunden sogar zu kurz an, aber das ist auch wiederum eher etwas gutes und spricht für das weiterhören der Serie.

  • Global
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  • Bücherwurm
  • 22/09/2018

Grandios

Die Grundidee ist ebenso grandios wie der Erzählstil des Autors und die Ausführung (Sprecher). Ich bin kein Science Fiction Fan, aber eine gute Geschichte ist eine gute Geschichte. Und dies ist eine sehr gute Geschichte.

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  • Global
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  • Nina
  • 19/09/2018

awesome book

one of the best science fiction novels I listened to so far. Intelligent, full of humour and a great main character.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Timm
  • 06/09/2018

good but hard to follow

exciting story but hard to follow the many jumps between several parallel story-strings. But overall good, I will go for the 2. part.

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  • Markus M
  • 04/09/2018

Tolles Buch!

Wer der Marsianer mag, wird das Buch lieben! Sehr nerdig, aber dabei sehr unterhaltsam.
Der englische Sprecher ist auch klasse!