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Summary

The breathtaking new technothriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Wired.

What if it were possible to upload years of knowledge into your mind in hours? To become an expert in multiple scientific fields, become an MD, or learn several languages - in a single day? The benefit to humanity would be immense. But so would the danger....

Rachel Howard is a brilliant neuroscientist trying to make this capability a reality. But when she crosses paths with Kevin Quinn, a Secret Service agent desperately trying to kill the president, she finds herself at the epicenter of an insidious plot. A plot centered on the ultimate technological game changer. An utterly disruptive scientific breakthrough with the greatest power to transform civilization the world has ever seen.

Along with breakneck action and unexpected twists, Game Changer explores the fascinating inner world of our minds and takes a stunningly unique look at how science might someday be used to make profound alterations to the human psyche - for better or worse.

"Richards is a worthy successor to Michael Crichton." (SFBook.com)

"Richards is a tremendous new talent" (Stephen Coonts) who can "keep you turning the pages all night long" (Douglas Preston).

©2016 Douglas E. Richards (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Brian
  • 22-09-16

Richards fills the seat of the late great Crichton

Richards fills the seat that the late Crichton left vacant

How much would the world change if people could learn a life's worth of knowledge in a few minutes? That's what Game Changer takes a look at. Unfortunately, as with all things that can change the world for the better, it can also change it for the worse. Game Changer looks at the possible misuses as it follows a Secret Service agent who attempts to kill the president because of a memory he had of the President torturing and killing his wife... but the details are fuzzy. If I go any more into the details of the story, I will spoil it for you!

Joe Hempel provides the narration for this and what wonderful job he does. Hempel was able to give voice to a fast-paced and non-stop book without even breaking stride. His accents weren't distracting and didn't take me out of the story at all, they actually added to the book more. I believe that this was Hempel's biggest book to date (both length and potential audience) and he absolutely knocks it out of the park.

Phew, I'm still coming down from this book. I just finished it a few minutes ago and I can't believe the amount of action, knowledge, and science that Richards packed into Game Changer. 15 hours is a little out of my comfort zone, but with Hempel at the helm the pages and hours just flew by. I honestly don't remember a book that I've enjoyed this much since reading books by the late Michael Crichton.

Game Changer really messed with my head. The science in it was very "oh wow, this could happen" and I found myself thinking that over and over. I think the sign of an excellent Technothriller is that "what if" feeling. If you can make me feel like this is possible, it makes the book that much better. Richards is the king of this. Every book I've read by him left me feeling a little scared for the future (in the best way possible).

I honestly can't talk much about the actual details in the book because it will ruin some surprises and twists. But, I can promise you that there isn't a dull moment. A period out of place. Or a sentence that was un-needed. In my opinion, Richards is the new king of Technothrillers. Taking a spot that was left vacant by Crichton.

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  • CoolKay
  • 10-12-16

Fascinating listen

interested in the latest science about memory , and learning, and fly drones? great educational listen.

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  • David Raiman
  • 20-11-16

Mind control

An attempt on the president's life. Things are not what they seem. An interesting play on the "matrix" theme.

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  • kanundra
  • 12-07-16

Very interesting....

What I love the most about following narrators is that you get to pick up something you might not do otherwise. I've never read any of Douglas E Richards books before. So this is a first.

I always enjoy Joe as a narrator and his effort here was well worth listening to. A must listen to anyone who already loves Douglas as a writer.

So, in regards to the story. It was very interesting. The research that will have gone into this must be months and months. And we only get to realise this towards the ending. wow. There were parts of the book that I admit were a little too heavy with the science science for me. Although I love Science Fiction, and learning all about what we can do and might do in the future, is amazing, but some of this possibly because it all seemed like facts and real figures etc well it was hard work for my brain... Don't get me wrong it really did hold my interest and in many ways that made me think.

Perhaps in some spots the author got so involved in the science that he kinda forgot this was a story. I've no doubts they were all truthful and innovative sections, to what might happen etc. But they were hard to listen to and digest for me as a normal listening person.

What else held my interest was the characters, from the get go, the thought of killing the president is horrifying, but then we get to learn the reasons why... learning about the drugs, the women, everything. The neuroscience behind it all is fascinating and woven into this story very well.

Quinn and Rachael what an amazing unusual friendship and working relationship they had, I really cared for both of them.

As for some of the others. (names I can't spell or pronounce.) drive the terror/thriller side for us. I don't pertain to understand, but again it seemed very truthful to the world in this day and age, with the constant threats from other countries and religions.

All in all, a good listen. If Joe narrates anymore from the author I might consider them, :)

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 08-08-16

The ideas are at once plausible and frightening

Long time trusted secret service agent Kevin Quinn suddenly decides to murder the President.  When his plot fails, he becomes the most wanted man in America.  Worst of all, everything he has ever known, everyone he has ever trusted is in doubt.  Even his own memory can’t be trusted.  On the run and out of ideas, he must discover the deeper plot that can alter men’s minds at will.

The action is pretty steady as Quinn follows leads and discovers the brilliant scientist who can help him explain his altered memory.  His training and skills keep him alive more than a few times.   Intertwined within the action is the philosophical question about how much technology is too much; should man do a thing just because he can.  It is possible technology will allow mankind to implant knowledge directly into the mind, bypassing tedious years of study.  But what if the information is false or biased?

Game Changer asks some very important questions about technology and what happens when science goes too far.  It wraps it in an action based thriller, sometimes digressing into the philosophical arguments slowing the plot somewhat.  It is a matter of taste.  If the listener is interested in the overarching ideas, it will be worth the time; if just interested in the action, it may become distracting.  It is a tight balance that most listeners should find entertaining while learning a little something about neuroscience and future technology.

Joe Hempel performs the story with his ample skill.  His voice is a pleasure to listen to while he moves the story forward.  The character voices are easily discernible and the accents are believable and not too heavy to interfere with the narration.  An excellent performance that matches the story well.

Game Changer has plenty of action to keep most listeners interested.  While it does slow in spots as the characters explain the science, it isn’t difficult to understand, written in a way most people should easily grasp.  The ideas are at once plausible and frightening.  Humankind may one day be planting memories in our brains.  The ultimate question then is, what is reality?  An interesting listen that should appeal to a broad audience.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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  • BookReader
  • 05-08-17

Game Changer

You’ll find a better synopsis elsewhere, but briefly: A secret service agent attempts to assassinate POTUS believing the president is a psychopath who murdered his wife. The agent has been ‘mind controlled’ with some form of false memories and has never married. Also, some bad guys are planning to destroy the United States by burning the country to cinders. I must assume these two disparate issues meld into a plot … somewhere.

It is acceptable to expect the reader to stretch the imagination when absorbing fiction. But, Game Changer is expecting too much stretching. I tried, I really did. I actually listened to at least 8 hours of this book before I quit. The idea of memory modification as the basis for a fictional story is a good one, believable. But, the premise presented in this story is just plain silly. In addition, the book is clichè ridden with sappy comedic lines at inappropriate moments. I gave up eye rolling.

Narration by Joe Hempel is okay, no issues.

15 hours of listening in unabridged audio, released by Audible Studios in 2016.

Not my cup ‘o tea.

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  • CUMMINGS
  • 30-07-17

Great Book, the begining almost saw me give up

Without the details, you will begin reading this book thinking this crap is more far fetched than the Fast and Furious movies. Don't give up. The middle turns you into a Google researcher... cause you're mind will be telling you No Way!! ... The ending, kinda back into Fast and the Furious. After the story the Author talks about the book. I really appreciated the content and reasons how he started writing such a book. It will send you back to Google. After that you will just sit with unease as the story and elements become more plausible in your mind of todays world. At least that's how I remember it :)

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  • Arlene Jacobson
  • 26-02-17

Game Changer

A very good story and makes you really think of what the future can bring.

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  • david graham
  • 08-08-16

Something to think about

I really enjoyed Game Changer. Contained enough science to make the story plausible without distracting from the plot. Recommend this book, highly.

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  • BW
  • 23-06-18

I want my brain back from listening to this book.

I couldn't wait for this book to be over. horrible. ridiculous details that went on forever and were so unnecessary. I want one of the pills they talked about to forget I listened to it.

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