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All These Worlds

Bobiverse, Book 3
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4,830 ratings)
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Summary

The epic and highly anticipated conclusion to the listener-favorite series that had countless Audible listeners (and employees) hooked from the very first Bob—featuring, as always, a flawless performance from the inimitable Ray Porter.

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble.

They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others.

Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol - unless the Others arrive first.

©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Mistake was made and corrected

My initial assumption was correct - the recording came without the last hour/14 chapters, but now it contains the full book. You just have to redownload it. If Audible can contact early buyers they should do so, because it would be a great shame if they wouldn't be able to experience a proper closure to this great series.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Literally could not put it down!

One of my favorite series ever, I'm genuinely sad its over...think I'll go listen to the first one again

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I need more

Absolutely loved the Bobiverse. So much better than it sounds. It's like a collection of awesome short stories all intertwined into one epic universe and overarching plot. I want to load up a backup from a few months ago so I can listen to them all again.

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Loitering in the stone age and missing opportunity

I really liked the first book, was a touch underwhelmed by the second book and hate myself for disliking the third.

I am sad to say that I have found this third instalment very superficial in that it gave the impression of simply typing up all the loose ends to close the series and introducing no interesting or new concepts. What's more I found a lot of characters and thought processes unrealistic.

The others were building a dyson sphere in the book 2 and I half expected this to be about Matrioshka brain of the others versus parallel computing of the Bob, but all it came down to was just a big old fight with nukes and lasers and I felt that it was a missed opportunity to make the story thought-provoking like a culture novel would. The fact that the others were barely even mentioned until chapter 63 was another irritant in my opinion. Instead, this sc-fi novel lingered for at least four times as long as it needed to on the stone age deltans.

Lastly, I have spent an unreasonably large amount of effort to not just stop listening when the colony council decided to attack one of Bob's clones in an effort to retain their power over the colony, after having been warned and dismissing Bob's objections and concerns and after Brigitte's daughter has done everything possible to annoy the Bob clone.

BOB! the God-like AI that controls weapons, food and everyone alive owes their life to! If It were me, I would let it go taxidermist on my mother if it felt like it, but apparently in the Bobiverse, everyone and their dog are happy to just underestimate and dismiss the all-powerful being, with neither respect, gratitude, awe, nor fear motivating them to at least taking heed to Bob's input.

I did once again tear up at the funeral scene however, but I think that speaks more about y being a mellow wreck of a person with age, more than anything.

I am very sorry, but I did not like this book.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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mediocre

I really enjoyed the first two books but this one felt rushed. I enjoyed the story but it could of been so much better.

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The final book- good story, meh ending

So you've done it, you've either gotten to the 3rd book and trying to decide to continue on or you've finished and now trying to see if anyone else thinks like you do and reading reviews of this book. Well these are my thoughts on the final book in the Bobverse.

Book 3 is a meh ending to a good story. The big conflict ends pretty much how you expect- just how it got there is, well, meh. I won't spoil it, but I was hoping for something better. My feeling is the author got to a point and had to figure out how to end the book by a certain number of words/pages. I wasn't thrilled with how the battle ended, I felt it was a cheap plot fix honestly.

That said, I did enjoy the way they decided to 'resolve' the others home issue. Many of the storylines resolved well, but not all in my opinion, hence the 'Meh' part of my feelings. but I didn't write this book, I just read it.

Again though, I wanted to know what would happen next and was happy overall with it.

if you are looking for a series with a similar feel, find Nathan Lowell's 'Trader's Tale' series. Again nothing spectacular, but very well written and performed.

I'm sad the series is over, but know that it is still open and more stories can be written in the Bobverse and I hope there will be some.

Thanks Mr. Taylor!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good, but too scattered

still a really interesting story and interesting concept, but for me the story gets scattered over too many Bobs, too many planets and too many solar systems to keep track and stay attached

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Fantastic

I love this series, it's just brilliant. The writing is good, the amount of humour is perfect and the characters although all the Bob's originate from one it's so great to see the differences between them. I loved that although they were basically the same there were ones that I was more interested in hearing how they were doing than others.

If you like sci fi then I'm sure you will enjoy this trilogy.

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A fitting but weak conclusion

Not sure why, but I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous offerings. I really wanted an engrossing encounter with the Others and the Medeiros probes. Instead it was a little touchy feely relationships saga which didn't interest me as much. At least I have the conclusion ?

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A terrific read

Given the subject matter is the adventures of cloned computerised minds as they make their way through the galaxy, the humanity of the story is fulsome. This is a touching account of what it means to be human in the face of adversity. The various "Bobs" - the cloned minds of a dead programmer - pursue different paths, love in different ways, and fight for the existence of all sentient life. It's warm, clever and gripping, with no padding and a pacy storyline that allows the reader very little put-down time. But for the need to sleep, I would have read this in one sitting. I look forward to the next episode in the Bobiverse.

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  • Craig Schorling
  • 20-08-17

Satisfying End to a Fun Series

It took a while for this one to get going for me but by the end of it I felt completely satisfied. Taylor wraps up all the loose ends and gives fitting endings to all of the characters. In keeping with the other 2 books, this one kept the balance of humor, pop culture references, heartfelt moments, and action. Ray Porter continues to show why he is one of the best in the business. I look forward to his future works.

I hope that this is the ending. Not because I'm glad it is over but rather I would hate to see it be brought back and have the conclusion tainted. The subjective nature of the ending is something that my friends and I are continuing to discuss and that is what makes a great story.

Overall: 4.75/5

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  • Lily
  • 08-08-17

Clean ending to a fantastic series

Note: Early readers need to redownload to get the complete book!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with any series ending, you always wish there was more, and this book didn't feel as complete as the others, but was still a great read. The conflicts that arose were varied, and exposes the depths of humanity's desire for power and self interest. They were not as complex as in the previous two books, and the resolution came about a bit easy at times, but it didn't take away my enjoyment. Besides, we wanted to get to the battle with the Others anyway. Again, it was over a bit too quickly, but definitely gives you a sense of finality. The only minor sticking point is the Medeiros story line doesn't feel as complete. There are some real emotional highs and lows in this book I don't want to come close to spoiling. Overall a great end to a fantastic series.

Ray Porter's performance is amazing.

Do not read this book without finishing the previous two.

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  • Mr. Efrain B. Sr.
  • 15-08-17

Excellent

Excellent and imaginative. a really interesting view of what the human mind is capable of if given time. And how politics, Religious views and fanaticism can easily destroy a civilization.

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  • JJ
  • 26-07-18

I wonder what could have been

I'm not a writer and don't pretend to be a critic. It's easy to see what occurs in multi-sequel books and movies, that it's just not easy to tie a grand scheme together time after time. This is sort of how I felt with the wrap up of this series. The first part was excellent, interesting and novel... a new twist to AI and space exploration. But as the story progressed, it got bogged down in personal politics and rushed storytelling. It's like the author came to a crossroad in book 2... to the left lead a path that would bring this series to epic proportions and galactic grandeur, while the right path lead to a quick and convenient end. You can sense the greatness of what could have been and, in finishing the story, I felt a sense of loss that it could have been more.

That is not to say it was not enjoyable. It was just too conveniently and quickly ended.

The narrator was good throughout the books and finished well here in book three.

It was worth the credit and I don't regret it, although I'll continue to wonder what could have bbeen.

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  • Don
  • 08-12-17

kinda burned out on last book.

I usually listen to a book 3 or 4 times but not this one. they got to overlapping and to dull

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  • Michelle
  • 17-08-17

Compelling Narrative; Talented Performance

Bobiverse book 3 is sets a new standard in sci-fi storytelling awesomeness - things just get more interesting in the wake of crushing Delta Pavonus defeat. The foreboding 'Others' threat maintains a constant suspense you just keep wondering about. The storyline is filled with futuristic realism and compelling plot lines. Dennis Taylor masterfully progresses his grand-plan narrative into an ever culmination climax that leaves you begging for Book 4! Very well done! You'll be taken places you've never imagined possible.

Ray Porter skillfully narrates the complex Bobiverse cast of characters; His consistency of tone with each makes the audiobook very pleasing to listen to and highly believable. His highly talented performance will lead you from laughter to anxiety and everything in between. Thank you Ray for such a great performance; I highly look forward to the next installment!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07-11-17

Well... it was an ending.

The end feels like it was rushing to wrap up all the plot threads. The others were basically dealt with within a single paragraph...

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  • Anaxamaxan
  • 03-11-17

Bobiverse started strong, ended meh

The first book mixed science-inspired speculation, social commentary and a personal narrative and the story managed to pull off a hat trick to end up unexpectedly complex and interesting. By the third book, we're forced to suspend disbelief endlessly, tolerate childish takes on sociology, and to top it off the writing is flat.

Gender roles in the story are pulled from the 1950s. Interaction with non-human species barely moves beyond the level of 1960's Star Trek TSOS. The social commentary has degenerated into the sort of stereotypical unempathetic complaints from nerd types about the stupidity of human society, while having very little experience of that society outside of their own suburban bubble. Even the speculation is mostly gone, replaced with refrains like the 'universality' of certain western societal traits among non-human societies.

This series could really have gone somewhere. The author hints at something like when describing how some later generation Bobs question their role as stewards of the "ephemerals". But given his lack of depth in just about every other area, it's not surprising that he fails to explore this, instead opting for a simplistic war narrative hinging on a basic grasp of the relatively slow speed of light.

Thankfully Ray Porter's performance remains on point. So at least there's that.

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  • Teresa L. Plested
  • 28-10-17

Boring Ending to (I thought) a Good Series

Great 1st book to the series, 2nd book ok, 3rd book blah. Like he didn't know where to go with the story so lets hurry up and end this already.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 24-10-17

Mediocre to the end

Ponderings on (im)mortality don't get anywhere interesting, and the adventure is a bunch of cliches.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful