Set My Heart to Five: A Novel Audiobook, by Simon Stephenson Play Audiobook Sample

Set My Heart to Five: A Novel Audiobook

Set My Heart to Five: A Novel Audiobook, by Simon Stephenson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Rachel Louise Miller, Lance C Fuller, Christopher Ragland Publisher: Harlequin Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781488209468

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Longest Chapter Length:

43:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

14 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

07:43 minutes

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Publisher Description

For fans of Fredrik Backman and Gail Honeyman, a delightfully entertaining, deceptively poignant debut novel about a human-like bot named Jared, whose emotional awakening leads him on an unforgettable quest for connection, belonging and possibly even true love.

Jared works as a dentist in small town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot, engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person.

One day at a screening of classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared could swear he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel.

Overcome with a full range of emotions, and facing an imminent reset, Jared heads west, determined to forge real connections. He yearns to find his mother, the programmer who created him. He dreams of writing a screenplay that will change the world. Along the way he might even fall in love. But a bot with feelings is a dangerous proposition, and Jared’s new life could come to an end before it truly begins.

Delightfully entertaining and deceptively moving, Set My Heart to Five is a profound exploration of what makes us human, and a love letter to outsiders everywhere.

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“Set My Heart to Five is one of the most original, funny, and heartwarming stories I’ve read in years. This novel has it all—humor, insight, social commentary, romance, Hollywood, the end of society as we know it, old movies, and classic cars. Jared may be a bot, but he feels emotions more acutely than most humans. I loved following him through the pages of this clever and poignant novel. Set My Heart to Five will set your heart well past that. It certainly did mine.”

— Amy Meyerson, author of The Bookshop of Yesterdays 


  • “A beautiful, funny, heartfelt analysis of what it means to be human.”

    — Simon Pegg
  • “A funny, original, thought-provoking debut … It’s wistful and sharp, particularly on what it really means to live.”

    — Daily Mail (London)
  • “Both whimsical and lyrical, Set My Heart to Five is an astounding examination of the human condition and all the things that make it up: curiosity, duty, art, dreams, and—of course—love. It is, much like its hero Jared, made up of both laughter and tears, and one of the most unique books ever crafted.”

    — Mike Chen, author of A Beginning at the End
  • “Set My Heart to Five is about as funny as any book I can remember reading, but it’s also so much more than that: a manifesto for those of us who’ve always felt a little different, and a meditation on the profound connections that make us human. Stephenson’s voice is hilarious, truthful, and wholly unique. I promise that you’ll fall in love with Jared from his first, enthusiastic ‘Hi!’ and that you’ll never want to let him go.”

    — Grant Ginder, author of The People We Hate at the Wedding

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About Simon Stephenson

Simon Stephenson is a former Pixar screenwriter and an author based in Los Angeles.

About Christopher Ragland

Christopher Ragland is a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in the films I Shouldn't Be Alive, Driver: San Francisco, and WorldShift.