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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781436123853
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In the tradition of the greatest cyberpunk novels, Blood Music explores the imminent destruction of mankind and the fear of mass destruction by technological advancements. The novel follows present-day events in which the fears concerning the nuclear annihilation of the world subsided after the Cold War and the fear of chemical warfare spilled over into the empty void it left behind.

An amazing breakthrough in genetic engineering made by Vergil Ulam is considered too dangerous for further research, but rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just how his actions will change the world. Author Greg Bear’s treatment of the traditional tale of scientific hubris is both suspenseful and a compelling portrait of a new intelligence emerging amongst us, irrevocably changing our world.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alvi | 2/14/2014

    " A typical Greg Bear book filled with long-winded and tedious descriptions of completely irrelevant details. Blood music is an easy read, not much behind it, very few ideas. I fear the day when Greg Bear finally has more than one idea for a book. Imagine Philip K. Dick's inspiration coupled with Greg Bear's tendency to over explain, and you'd get a world without trees. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald B. | 2/2/2014

    " Nobody else can imagine other forms of life as distinctly as Greg Bear. Bear's descriptions will carry you down to the cellular level. His transformation of post-apocalypse America is unique. Only the ending was a bit of a let down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Mcquillen | 1/26/2014

    " This is one of the finest science fiction novels of the last 50 years...Bear's best and one of the hundred greatest Science Fiction novels of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Rivard | 1/20/2014

    " Out there. A fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 1/12/2014

    " Definately an enjoyable concept (creepy virus stuff + cyberpunk underpinnings) gets a bit of a thinker for a book. Going with the short story nets an additional star due to filler in the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurence Gonsalves | 1/12/2014

    " I really liked the short story that this was based on, and would give that 5 stars. The first third or so of the novel is essentially the short story. Unfortunately, once you get past that first part the story goes downhill. It gets to the point where it seems like anything can happen -- there are no rules anymore -- and this made the story uninteresting to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Ferguson | 1/11/2014

    " This book starts off great (Orrigionally a novella) it was then expanded and some would think it wnet off the rails a little. I still liked it but it does get far fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 1/11/2014

    " Although I felt the book moved slowly through the dialogue and plot, overall I quite enjoyed the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justin | 1/2/2014

    " Started off with a lot of promise, but just went sideways to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacrify | 1/1/2014

    " Amazing. What good sci-fi should be- believable, thought provoking, and fast paced. Not at all dated either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danny | 12/11/2013

    " Seriously weak ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 11/5/2013

    " The first SF novel to deal with nanotechnology. A really brilliant concept for intelligent life at the micro level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Groosalugg | 8/31/2013

    " Right up there with Darwin's Radio as far as Greg Bear goes. I enjoyed the short story so I gave the whole thing a try. I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsha Wilcox | 8/31/2013

    " Interesting concept. Hmmmm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Fortner | 8/3/2013

    " Greg Bear puts some of the most compelling ideas together with taught storytelling that makes for readable, engaging science fiction. In Blood Music, perils of nanotechnology, and the fear of the descent of man into nano-gray-goo are brought to light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 6/1/2013

    " imaginative SF to the point of trippy. interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Hughes | 3/19/2013

    " Tear off the last half of the book and throw it in the bin. 4.5 stars then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 2/20/2013

    " A good read, a little uneven, but very original at the time it was written. I recognized themes in later works by other writers, that were clearly derived from this book. Well, Bear did it first. So there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/7/2013

    " A short story that gets out of hand. Not bad but really drags on. Not a Childhood's End but it did get kind of creepy at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Forbes | 12/4/2012

    " I really enjoyed it. Read it about 4 times now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antoine | 10/31/2012

    " riveting sci-fi bookup there with the best ones ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 12/21/2011

    " A decent if odd sci-fi story covering the spread of a viral intelligence and how it changes the inventor, the country, and the world. It has some interesting speculation on the power of conscious observation of the universe, a theme also later explored a much better book of his, Quarantine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 12/8/2011

    " I loved this story, but I have to admit I preferred the short story to the novella. If you can find it, be sure to check out the short version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/2/2011

    " Compelling ideas delivered in a slightly awkward fashion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/24/2011

    " Right up there with Darwin's Radio as far as Greg Bear goes. I enjoyed the short story so I gave the whole thing a try. I was not disappointed.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/29/2011

    " While starting out slow, it was a spine-tingling sci-fi suspense novel, highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise | 3/13/2011

    " imaginative SF to the point of trippy. interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/9/2011

    " Gripping and cautionary tale, a modern Sorcerer's Apprentice? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " a classic. suprisingly emotional and extremely inventive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 11/22/2010

    " Greg Bear loves to write about cellular processes and I always learn something when I read his books. That being said, it gets a bit technical in parts and I have no idea what's going on.

    Regardless, good book, alot of fun for the realm of possibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 9/20/2010

    " Disturbing in many ways. You may wish you had never read Blood Music. Probably not a good idea to inject yourself with smart cells. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shailen | 8/27/2010

    " An interesting premise and fairly unpredictable, but I had a difficult time enjoying his writing style. Nonetheless, like any great science fiction, this book gives you much to think about and is yet another great title in the SF Masterworks series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 8/23/2010

    " I really enjoyed it. Read it about 4 times now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thom | 7/30/2010

    " So much better than his Darwin series--clean, spare, magical, fast-moving. A thunderbolt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 7/27/2010

    " A well-researched read. The best I've read from Bear. "

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.