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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (110 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: M. M. Buckner Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781423375760
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From storm drains, illegal dumps, and flooded landfills, all of North America’s most advanced technology flows down the Mississippi river – microchips, nano-devices, pharmaceuticals, genetically modified seed – and lodges in the Louisiana delta. Out of this mire emerges a self-organized neural net, drifting in the water: the Watermind. It can freeze, boil, condense, and move – seemingly at will. CJ Reilly is a brilliant, sexy, self-destructive MIT dropout running away from Cambridge and the suicide of her ironic, emotionally-distant father. She is both infuriating and sympathetic. She is working as a laborer in Devil's Swamp near Baton Rouge, cleaning up a small pollution spill when she and her new lover, Max, discover the mysterious Watermind. Reilly's more interested in investigating it than containing it, but when it kills someone and escapes into the Mississippi, corporations, governments, protesters, the coast guard, and a really wacky underground journalist get involved. And there's no longer any question that it must be destroyed before it reaches the ocean. Watermind is Philip K. Dick meets The Blob, a postmodern combination of camp SF motifs and writerly ambition attacking serious subjects. “M.M. Buckner’s Watermind is powered by a lean, reaching prose, a protagonist so real you can practically reach out and touch her, and a tight techno-savvy plot that will leave you exhausted! The best book I’ve read in years.” -- William C. Dietz, author of Legion of the Damned Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Echo | 2/14/2014

    " This really wasn't that good. It had potential & I kept hoping it would realize it, but it never did. Don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kvon | 2/13/2014

    " The central idea of an AI evolving from our trash is interesting, but she didn't seem to go anywhere with the idea "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/11/2014

    " This book is a modern day creation story--if a new lifeform were to arise on earth, how might it happen. The scenario the author develops seems chillingly possible, however. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Hanscom | 1/20/2014

    " A very interesting concept marred by clumsy writing (far too much reliance on sexuality-as-characterization rather than actual believable characterization) and a somewhat unimpressive ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M.R. | 1/18/2014

    " Improbable, yes, but still a lot of fun! And an intriguing premise, which is a good enough reason to read a sci-fi book. Provocative ideas here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/15/2013

    " It held my interest to the end and is definitely plot driven. As I expected, there was a simple resolution that made sense. The storyline could have been expanded in any number of ways, but for this basic story it worked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/3/2013

    " Good concept. Just never got around to the payoff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa O'meara | 11/25/2013

    " i kept hoping it would get more interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 baxter baxter | 9/23/2013

    " In a toxic polluted swamp full of industrial waste and old technology, a neural net develops, a sentient 'being' composed of nanotechnology and industrial waste. Bad things ensue. Not a bad read, but a great concept. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/22/2013

    " This was a quite enjoyable fun thriller of with an implausible-but-cool science-y twist. Reminds me a lot of Michael Crichton's Prey. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stefan | 7/28/2013

    " One of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. The writing is just all over the place and the characters are all flat. The book's cover and blurb got me fooled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 7/11/2012

    " Great concept. Great ending, also. The characters tried to kill the Watermind throughout the whole book, failed at every turn, then finally it hit saltwater and that was the end of it. Or so they thought! They didn't notice the water vapor floating away... :) Nice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslita | 5/22/2012

    " Creative contemporary sci fi, with interesting smart female het protagonist, all set in Louisiana swamps. I did skim some of the last chapter, but by then it was 2am. Written well so that I did not trip over poor grammar or stilted dialogue. Refreshing escape reading! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen Saltarelli | 2/1/2012

    " I was hoping the book would be similar to M.Crichton stuff but as i got 1/4 way thru i struggled. Was a little disappointed, just not technical enough for me, if guess. Mushy Mushy and techno stuff just dont mix well for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 12/15/2011

    " Story evolves around the premise that computer chips plus other flotsam and jetsum including lab created bacteria, genetically modified waste products and typical American garbage combine to create an Artificial Intelligence. Interesting and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goddardcc | 11/8/2011

    " Intriguing story of a brand-new intelligence that emerges from electronic trash in a poluted pond in Louisianna. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 10/18/2011

    " This is a pretty decent sci fi/eco-thriller novel. It deals with a watery alien that wrecks havoc in Louisiana. It's a bit technical or scientific like Neal Stephenson's Zodiac in nature. But it has a bit of romance and plenty of action for a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 9/14/2011

    " Read from 1/20 to 1/26. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Red7paulbrennan | 4/30/2011

    " The Watermind had interesting ideas. Overall i did not care for the way situations were handled thought out the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/17/2011

    " This was a quite enjoyable fun thriller of with an implausible-but-cool science-y twist. Reminds me a lot of Michael Crichton's Prey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 12/9/2010

    " i kept hoping it would get more interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Echo | 11/10/2010

    " This really wasn't that good. It had potential & I kept hoping it would realize it, but it never did. Don't waste your time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stefan | 9/8/2010

    " One of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. The writing is just all over the place and the characters are all flat. The book's cover and blurb got me fooled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/24/2010

    " It held my interest to the end and is definitely plot driven. As I expected, there was a simple resolution that made sense. The storyline could have been expanded in any number of ways, but for this basic story it worked. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/23/2010

    " A very interesting concept marred by clumsy writing (far too much reliance on sexuality-as-characterization rather than actual believable characterization) and a somewhat unimpressive ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki | 1/19/2010

    " Great concept. Great ending, also. The characters tried to kill the Watermind throughout the whole book, failed at every turn, then finally it hit saltwater and that was the end of it. Or so they thought! They didn't notice the water vapor floating away... :) Nice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Red7paulbrennan | 12/22/2009

    " The Watermind had interesting ideas. Overall i did not care for the way situations were handled thought out the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 11/6/2009

    " Good concept. Just never got around to the payoff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kvon | 8/29/2009

    " The central idea of an AI evolving from our trash is interesting, but she didn't seem to go anywhere with the idea "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 8/4/2009

    " I was hoping the book would be similar to M.Crichton stuff but as i got 1/4 way thru i struggled. Was a little disappointed, just not technical enough for me, if guess. Mushy Mushy and techno stuff just dont mix well for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 3/23/2009

    " Story evolves around the premise that computer chips plus other flotsam and jetsum including lab created bacteria, genetically modified waste products and typical American garbage combine to create an Artificial Intelligence. Interesting and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 2/23/2009

    " Read from 1/20 to 1/26. "

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About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a narrator and novelist who has narrated more than fifty New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, earning two AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a BA in English language and literature from Grand Valley State University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with her children.