The highly anticipated sequel to Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling "so much fun", "what science fiction was meant to be", and what would happen if "Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild".
Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.
Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.
Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.
Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.
©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
A highly competent and entertaining follow on to We Are Bob. Bob has expanded his cadre and further sentient life is found. Is it friendly or not? You'll need to read for yourself to find out. The humour carries on from the first book, despite some of the topics being up there at extinction level! Quite a feat to carry off. And if you know your comedy programmes you'll laugh at the multitude of references.
The narration was excellent again. The story is gaining momentum and there's definitely a sensation of rooting for team Bob. There's lot of metalwork being harvested here and flung around in the form of drones and new ships.
The conclusion to this book sets up a great opportunity for the next book to excel. I do hope, despite the first two books being excellent, there's no desire to milk this to a series of unending books, hopefully it'll keep tight and rich and give us more of what we've enjoyed to date.
Overall the story is still compelling, so worth a read.
The previous book seemed a little more varied and fast paced.
I did enjoy the conflict with the others finally spilling over into a conflict, though I suspect the meat of the story was left for the next instalment.
The funeral scene actually made me shed a manly tear.
The first half of the book was a little too repetitive and tedious due to what was essentially a repetition of chores, looking after colonies and client species. When finally a conflict broke out, I could not get enough of it.
I picked up the original book out of curiosity. A sentient time-travailing Von Neumann probe? 'The Martian' is my favourite book and I've listened to it more than two dozen times, so when I came across this I thought 'why not?' and gave the Bobiverse books a try. Oh My Lord. I am so glad I did. Such a unique subject and a totally original idea. Bob himself is brilliantly written and voiced by both Denis and Ray. The adventure is completely out of this world and introduces so many fascinating topics and ideas that it is simply mind-blowing. All carried along on an exciting and engaging story. I absolutely can not wait for the third book.
Have you ever come across a book that you wish you could forget, so you could read it again and again, over and over. I could gladly read another 20+ books in this series.
Yes. The narrator was perfect for the book, Ray Porter has made a spectacular job.What matters to me most with readings is clear enunciation, correct pronunciation and the if I like the sound of the voice. Ray went beyond a good reading and, like an experienced actor, he enhanced the script with his performance and gave life to the book.
All of them
Can’t wait for more.
when's book 3 coming out !!! :)
I was a bit worried at the start, that it wasn't going to live up to book 1 which I've listened to multiple times.
I needn't have, great follow up, !!
My work takes me on frequent long distance travel. it used to be a chore. With Audible on my phone I frequently wish the flight was longer.
I'm still trying to figure out why I love this series so much. It does not follow the norm in terms of story arches - and its characters... Huh.. Well, it's Bob.
The story continues wonderfully, adding new characters, themes and plotlines. It also sets up the third installment very well, it should be pretty spectacular. A couple of minor issues, some brief segments were clearly re-recorded, and the quality change is a bit jarring. Star pronunciations were a bit inconsistent too. Despite this, Ray Porter does an absolutely fantastic job of narrating. Can't wait for the next one - the Bobiverse cries out for a Netflix TV series...
After much anticipation, to the point of even pre-ordering this book, I was sadly disappointed. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of the Bobiverse, but this sequel did not have the same gravitas as book 1. Hopefully the next book will reignite that original spark.
"Next book is another year way? Reducing frame rate"
Bobiverse 1 was one of my favorite books of 2016. Bob 2 is basically a bunch of additional chapters in that story, which is fine by me. So much potential for this series
Haha - this is hilarious.
Ray's an impressive voice actor who gets to show off his accent skills in this installment. He adds a lot to the story.
My extreme reaction was at the end, when I realized I'd finished the book and now have to wait a year for the next installment. I envy the Bobs' ability to play with their perception of time.
Please write quickly, Dennis! Can't wait to see(hear) what happens next!
"main complaint, too short."
I'm loving this series. now I'm just waiting for the next installment with baited breath.
"I shouldn't have mainlined it in one sitting."
Noooo! NOw I have to wait for the next one forEVER! A fantastically creative and entertaining tale. The stakes just keep getting higher, and the Bobs keep getting quirkier. Amazing.
"A near perfect continuation"
This book is incredible, easily in my top 5 right along with We Are Legion (We Are Bob). Easily on par with another of my favorites, The Martian by Andy Weir.
Every main character is just a different iteration of Bob but Mulder brings more to this story than I originally thought he would. The side characters in this book are just as good as the original and Archimedes is still easily the best of them all.
He brings the same varied life into this book as he did the first. However, there are a few words that are pronounced completely different in this book than the last (If you heard the first book you know exactly what I mean). This is a bit off-putting at first but after around an hour or so you get used to the new pronunciation.
This book is an absolute must have and I hope to see a lot more from this series! Please support this author and buy his books so he can make more! I promise you won't be disappointed!!!!
"I love this series"
Read the book in a day and now I have to wait a year or more until I can get my hands on the next one in the series. Dang.
"Great continuation and worth the credit."
This book reads like an extension of the first. Well that is what most sequels should do, but do not always manage. Relationships grow and I actually like how the characters interact with each other. There is also plenty of action, space battles, and discovery of new worlds. Time passes and the characters grow, and the plots thicken. This book will leave you wanting more just as much as the first one did.
The only gripe I have is that I think some pronunciations are different from the first and second book, Ray Porter is a good listen as always though. If you enjoyed the first book pick this up.
"Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi"
Ray Porter is Legendary. His enactment, tempo, and changing speech patterns for each individual Bob is distinct and engaging. I do not believe the print version is any less compared to the audiobook but I will say Ray Porter adds a new dimension to the novel that cannot be appraised enough and would suggest to any reader to give the audio version a try.
Howard. He showed the humanity of the Bobs in a new way that was never explored in the first novel.
Death. Immortality is beginning to wear down on the first generation of Bobs. In a way, they are truly becoming akin to the sky god bob always joked about. It really shows the diverging character that is bob after every copy is born. How they handle each situation is completely different but yet so similar that you can see the Bob in them.
This series has blown my mind. Very few novels have I ever thought improved from the first as this one has. I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series and have officially added the author to my "Read any book they write " list.
"I still need more Bob in my life!"
Great book! Picks up where we left off in the first book and has all the awesome nerd isms we have come to expect from Mr. Taylor.
This series has everything for a great Sci Fi. Ray Porter does any amazing job of narrorating, as always.
"And I thought the first on he was great!"
so so good, I loved the first book and when I found out there was a sequel I just couldn't wait. For the second time I just couldn't put this one down. I can not wait for the next one. Well I fell in love with a brand new set of Bobs and was good to see what the old ones were up to. ready for book 3 already.
bobiverse is fun and engaging in a way that makes it among the easiest books I own to accidently burn through all the pages. it's entertaining in both comedy and drama with that spec of sci-fi war you want out of it without ever making that the center and therefore like every other space scyfi book out there.
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