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    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. 

    We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the first installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.

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

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    • 25/10/2019

    Wonderful !!!

    YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS!!! Sadly too short.... NB: the minimum word count to leave a review is mighty stupid!!!

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    • N. Davenport
    • 29/01/2017

    Nerds will not be disappointed... linguists will

    Great story. Compelling and fun. However, the repeated mispronunciation of Archimedes will haunt my nightmares.

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    • L. Kollasch
    • 28/08/2019

    I returned it. Didn't like it.

    While it was interesting for a while, I found it rather boring and just not interesting. It was well narrated, but I did not find the story held my interest. The premise sounded fascinating, but ehen the single main character does not have other characters or story lines to play off of, I thought it became too boring and I lost interest.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 17/07/2019

    A great SciFi story that can be a little offensive

    If you are a Christian nerd like I am then you will struggle between the absolute joy that can come from Bob's snarky nature, and the amazing depth of world building/ nerd talk verses the disappointment in how the story literally makes Christians into a villainous, manipulative, and obstinate group who want to bring back the dark ages... That is unless they are only faking their belief in order to not be tortured and brainwashed into a puppet. Sure the book doesn't center around it's very clear anti-christian sentiment, but it does dwell on it quite a bit as a plot device. The main problem with this is how apparently the people in charge of the Christian's in this story clearly have no understanding of Christian moral principles, and how the rest of Christian's are apparently mindless sheep willing to follow who ever is in charge... I'm sorry but while it is true that the Church regardless of denomination as an organization and as a people have flaws, as well as people who should not even be considered Christians find positions of leadership for their own devices... It is overall a gathering of imperfect people who believe in something greater than themselves, and who try to live up to a standard of morals that is in all honesty really hard to maintain. Are Christian's perfect no, are there hippocrates and immoral people who are great at acting sure, But overall that is not what defines the majority of believers.

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    • 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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    • The Zombie Specialist
    • 09/05/2018

    I love you Bob

    I was getting desperate, all of my favourite series of books ‘Arisen’, ‘The Undead’ and ‘Expeditionary Force’ have either finished or waiting for the next in the series. I was… who am I kidding, ‘I am’… out of money! Truthfully I am so poor I walk down the street with one shoe, people ask me ‘did you lose a shoe?’ and I just say ‘No… I found one!’ Ok you get the picture… as a result of being poor I am very selective in the titles I purchase at the moment. I certainly don’t want to waste my money on junk! Wasting my money on junk seems to be all I have been doing lately... I have also decided it is time to increase the number of genre I listen to, so that I am not stuck in this situation like I am in now waiting for my favourite authors to release the next title in a series. This title ‘We Are Legion’ had appeared a couple of times on my ‘based on previous’ titles but I had never taken the time to really check it out. It probably appeared on the list because I have listened to several books narrated by Ray Porter. I like Ray’s voice… but not to the same degree as R C Bray or Sean Runnette. So it was given the tentative tick for narration. The blurb interested me but didn’t really make me want to instantly smack my money down. However, the deal was done the moment I read the reviews! Look I am just going to stop the jibber jabber! And tell you this one is definitely a winner! I would have paid more for it! The biggest problem with it is simple, it is so good, so interesting, so surprising that I listened to it in one day! So at this rate I was burning through my money faster than before! Thank goodness for pay day, because I am now able to purchase the next in the series. You’re a bad man Mr Dennis E Taylor you are like a crack dealer! You should be ashamed of yourself, you have me hooked so bad, I am like a monkey with two bananas in my hands! Just do yourself a favour and get to know the Bobs! I love you Bob!

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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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    • Burns with God’s Light
    • 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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    • 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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    • Ewan Gillespie
    • 14/09/2019

    Starts out strong but loses its way

    Starts out strong with a great concept and riveting first few chapters, but it stumbles on poor execution and even worse storytelling. There are so many plot holes and developments that require the reader to suspend disbelief that this might as well be a fantasy book. Some of the voices of the various “Bobs” are cringeworthy – like fingernails on a chalkboard. This was not the fault of the narrator, who was doing the best he could with the material he was given. With all the great reviews, I was expecting to love this book. It had so much potential for world building, but it fails to deliver due to two dimensional characters in a one dimensional universe. At its best, We Are Legion sets out to be ambitious science fiction, but ultimately it falls back to earth with a thud.

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    • K.Heller
    • 19/02/2018

    Meh

    This was one of those rare books where I realized halfway through that I did not care to find out how it ended.

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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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    • 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.

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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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    • 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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    • 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. Uneingeschränkte Empfehlung

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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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    • Ivan Kirichenko
    • 11/12/2020

    Amazingly entertaining book!

    Great story and narrative. This is the first book in the series, and I'm now looking for the second one!

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    • Otto
    • 19/10/2020

    Aufregend wie ein Telefonbuch

    Fehlkauf des Jahrzehnts. Auf den ersten Blick hört sich der Plot mit der van-Neuman-Sonde interessant an. Eine Eroberung des Alls durch sich selbst replizierende Sonden, gesteuert von einem in den Computer geladenen Menschen. Soweit, so gut. Die Umsetzung ist unterirdisch. Und das ist noch geprahlt. Der Protagonist ist unheimlich schlau, erfindet, quasi im Vorübergehen den überlichtschnellen Rundfunk und muss dafür die einfachsten Sachen immer wieder und wieder durchkauen. Höchstwahrscheinlich, weil es bei dem Autor nur für die einfachsten Logikketten reicht. Ich bin sicher, das Vorlesen eines Telefonbuchs erzeugt mehr Spannung. Und Witz? ich meine mich erinnern zu können, Rezensenten erwähnten "Witze". Entweder habe ich da was verwechselt, oder die Witze sind auf dem Niveau pubertierender 12 Jähriger mit durchgeführter Lobotomie. Bei so vielen positiven Bewertungen frage ich mich: Können die auch gekauft werden? So wie die "ehrenwerten Reviewer", die bei Amazon ihr Unwesen treiben? Ich denke: ja.

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    • Niklas
    • 24/09/2020

    A humorous and exciting read for the inner nerd.

    This was a very enjoyable story. The author brings together a contemporary nerd with a von Neumann probe into a future world that is at the brink of a global war. He wanders at the edge between soft and hard sci-fi, adding so much detail that you are intrigued but not so much that you would loose focus of the larger story. What is even better, the story is, for the most part, funny, which in itself is hard to come by, and as a nerd I can really follow the thinking of the protagonist.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 07/05/2020

    real good

    feels a little douglas adams in the beginning. and I f-ing loved it so so much