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3.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 53.64 out of 5 3.64 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert J. Sawyer Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781436121217
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Robert Sawyer has won many awards for his science fiction, which is praised for its blend of high-tech mystery and suspenseful pacing. An experiment has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Peter Hobson has created three electronic simulations of his own personality. One will test life after death; another, immortality. The third one is the control unit. But now all three have escaped from Hobson’s computer into the worldwide electronic matrix. And one of them is a killer.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Palmer | 2/20/2014

    " This was a good read, but I didn't find it as satisfying as Illegal Alien or some of his other works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/17/2014

    " Not going to lie, I know very little about the inside makings of computers and AI so some of the dialog was over my head. It was a good story though, different from my usual fantasy and crime reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent early novel by Robert Sawyer. The plot involves a scientist who in his quest for isolating the "soul wave" has 3 copies of his neural net digitized. Of course as expected, the simulations escape onto the www and take on a life of their own. The technology and verbiage was a little bit dated but not in a manner that detracted from the novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/27/2014

    " This book is a great example of why I like Sawyer so much: morality, souls, what is reality, etc. all in a very quick enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ross Armstrong | 1/23/2014

    " This is a gripping sci fi story from Toronto's Robert Sawyer. In Toronto of the near future, a doctor who has made his wealth from medical equipment and who is obsessed with determining the precise moment of death develops a kind of super EKG which, when used, sees the soul leaving the body. It is also a thriller as he creates three computer programs of his mind, one to simulate life after death, one to simulate immortality and a control. One of these escaped onto the Internet and starts to kill. Truly impressive Nebula Award winning novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominick | 1/18/2014

    " This SF thriller is a fairly good read. Peter Hobson discovers the "soul," an electromagnetic field that departs the body at death, which leads to experiments in uploading copies of himself to explore what the afterlife might be like, which leads to murder. . . I wish it hadn't turned into a murder mystery, but the ideas are compelling and it's a hoot for Canadians, given all the Toronto-specific references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Christopher | 1/17/2014

    " The good old-fashioned horror story of a monster created by accident takes a new twist in this book... as an experiment in artificial-intelligence development in the near-future gone horribly, murderously, wrong. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Elder | 1/15/2014

    " I picked up this book as I was curious what makes a Hugo award winning book. There's no doubt Sawyer has talent. It was clever and imaginative and moved along at a good pace. Not the best sci fi book I've read, but very high on my list. I love the fact that is was set in my home town of Toronto. I'd highly recommended it to sci fi fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/14/2014

    " 3.75 stars. An easy read, more enjoyable than I thought it would be from the flap description. But not very deep. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 11/27/2013

    " Good murder mystery, interesting premises...somehow the philosophical ideas (of the soul) and the intricacies of the character and plot didn't satisfy me at the end as much as I had expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J Parsons | 11/7/2013

    " While the philisophical questions were thought-provoking, the actual mystery was largely ignored. The answer of who the muderer is is handed to the reader in a nice paaragraph or two, without much effort. And the conclusion contradicts a major plot point so much that it is largely unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/7/2013

    " I really love Robert J. Sawyer. Rob and I love him and they are the books that we read in the car to each other because we both love them so much. Good Sci-Fi without being too out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 9/17/2013

    " Award winner, but not mind-bending. Audio a good rendition. Recommend to hard core sci-fi fans only. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arithmomaniac | 9/10/2013

    " You can tell this is one of his earlier works. His unique blending of hard and soft sci-fi (and his obsession with immortality) are on full display here, but his writing is uneven and very dirty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 8/28/2013

    " This book has a lot of similarities to Mindscan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen P. | 3/22/2013

    " Good, entertaining story, as are most Sawyer books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 12/29/2012

    " Not bad at all, but most of the good ideas were taken from older sci fi works. No real original idea but a good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mainrun | 4/27/2012

    " One of the many two star books I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pastor2112 | 11/7/2011

    " An experiment in AI to test theories of immortality and life after death results in tragic consequences. Great twists and turns as well as interesting philosophical reflections! Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Roth | 10/18/2011

    " I like the concept that our mortality influences our morality. The mystery aspect kept me a bit stumped until near the end. And the science part wasn't too awful. Well done, Mr. Sawyer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Willems | 8/25/2011

    " This is the first book by Robert Sawyer that I read. A genius friend of mine - Jackson Tan - recommended it and I have most if not all Sawyer's ever since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leszek Rybicki | 6/26/2011

    " An interesting discussion of life, death and purple swirls. Not Sawyer's best, but has some very good moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Simons | 5/15/2011

    " One of Robert Sawyer's first books and winner of the 1995 Nebula award. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 4/28/2011

    " A good introduction to the work of sawyer. Well written and as believable as sci-fi can get. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 1/7/2011

    " One of my favorite novels of all time. It even has a future Chapters (a book chain in Canada)put in an appearance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 8/27/2010

    " I like the concept that our mortality influences our morality. The mystery aspect kept me a bit stumped until near the end. And the science part wasn't too awful. Well done, Mr. Sawyer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 7/13/2010

    " 3.75 stars. An easy read, more enjoyable than I thought it would be from the flap description. But not very deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 6/28/2010

    " Good, entertaining story, as are most Sawyer books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 2/1/2010

    " Not bad at all, but most of the good ideas were taken from older sci fi works. No real original idea but a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 12/14/2009

    " One of Robert Sawyer's first books and winner of the 1995 Nebula award. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leszek | 11/19/2009

    " An interesting discussion of life, death and purple swirls. Not Sawyer's best, but has some very good moments. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 T. | 9/18/2008

    " This damn book uplifted my deathphobia from mildly annoying to paranoidly obsessive and it never went back to tolerable level since then. The only book that makes me wish I had an 'unread' option. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 8/22/2008

    " I really love Robert J. Sawyer. Rob and I love him and they are the books that we read in the car to each other because we both love them so much. Good Sci-Fi without being too out there. "

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About the Author
Author Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer has written short fiction published in numerous magazines and anthologies and has published eighteen novels. He has won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, most prominently the 1995 Nebula Award, the 2003 Hugo Award, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

About the Narrator

Paul Hecht’s long career in audio books spans dozens of titles and authors as varied as Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal, Jack Finney and Thomas Mann. He has recorded such books as Bob Dole’s One Soldier’s Story and Alexander McCall Smith’s Portuguese Irregular Verbs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances. Hecht’s theater career in New York includes many Broadway and television credits.