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Extinction Reversed

Robot Geneticists, Book 1
Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Summary

These days, even the humans are built by robots.

Charlie7 is the progenitor of a mechanical race he built from the ashes of a dead world - Earth. He is a robot of leisure and idle political meddling - a retirement well-earned. Or he was, until a human girl named Eve was dropped in his lap.

Geneticists have restored Earth's biome and have begun repopulation. But primate cloning is in its infancy; human cloning is banned.

Far from a failed genetics experiment, Eve is brilliant, curious, and heartbreakingly naïve about her species' history. But Eve's creator wants her back and has a gruesome fate planned for her. There is only one robot qualified to protect her. For the first time in 1000 years, Charlie7 has a human race to protect.

Extinction Reversed is the first book in the Robot Geneticists series. For fans of old-school science fiction where robots are people and any problem can be solved (or created) with enough scientists. If you've ever wondered what the world would be like if scientists who'd read I, Robot created a race of robots, or if you ever wondered what might be more dangerous to clone than dinosaurs, this is the series for you.

©2017 J.S. Morin (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Beamo
  • Berkshire, UK
  • 02-06-18

Hated this

Hated the obvious story and the writing style capped off by an uninteresting and frustrating narration. Avoid

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  • Aunt K
  • 29-09-17

Great story but maddening narrator

I almost gave up listening several times because the narrator takes an extended pause after every sentence. That hesitation makes you think it's a transition to new chapter....EVERY sentence!
BUT I'm so glad I got through first few chapters because I discovered an interesting twist on the end of humanity & how "humans" could survive premise. The progressing plot helped me to get pass strange timing of narrator.
I'd definitely give this author another try (hopefully with another narrator) & look forward to the next chapter in this series. HOPING this narrator will rethink extended pauses!!

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  • cosmitron
  • 27-04-18

Creative story with a Blade Runner Motif.

Would you listen to Extinction Reversed again? Why?

Yes it is a creative mix of many past writers who illustrate a future earth without humans and the evolution of Androids and how they attempt to emulate their creators.

What other book might you compare Extinction Reversed to and why?

Blade Runner.

What about Paul Michael Garcia’s performance did you like?

He did a reasonable job with the material.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Robots the next level of humans.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • i might have got the book free idk i cant remember
  • 19-05-18

kinda slow but acceptable

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review . man creates robot. man destroys man, or becomes robot, robots recreate man. not much more to say about it. it was a decent book , some things happened but it was rather slow though not really boring. would say give it a shot

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 14-05-18

Intriguing plot.

An Alien virus wiped out mankind, but a few scientist were able to upload their minds to robots they had created. 1000 years has passed and these scientist have tried, and failed, many times to bring humans back. The humans they have managed to create were all deeply flawed and the process of trying was regulated. But Charlie7 is shocked when he is tasked with looking after Eve14. She is human but her "creator" has kept a lot from her and Charlie7 has his hands full. Charlie realises what Eve14's Creator wants with her and knows he has to keep her safe no matter what.

There was an awful lot to like about this book and upon finishing it I felt like it was hovering between a 4 and 5 star, with it coming closer to a 5 star. But I always take time after reading to think upon the book and plot before I write a review and this one came in at a 4 star because there was one thing that bothered me about it that I couldn't overlook. The main thing was that we don't get a clear idea of what happened the humans! The only way I knew it was from an alien virus was because of the blurb. I wanted a little back story on the how and why. I'm also unsure whether all the plants and animals disappeared too. I felt like it was a major gap in the story. I also felt like the story dragged in places. It felt like there was a lot of unnecessary scenes which just made the overall story too long.

Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. It was a unique idea for the apocalypse and I loved what the author did with the robots! As with anything, upgrades will happen, and the robots have to upgrade themselves all the time. So what they did was mix parts of robots with other robots so it could be some Charlie with Timothy. They were able to recognise each robot instantly and know which was mixed with which. I've never read something like that before and I loved it!

I really liked Charlie7 and Eve14. Both were well written and developed and were easy to like. Eve14 was raised by her Creator and was given mental tasks and puzzles to do everyday, as well as physical exercise. She was never shown love so her behaviour is reminiscent of what a robot is like. But she is still human and has a natural curiosity about everything. She finds it hard but will do it none the less.

In all, this was a good read. It was unique and entertaining and I devoured it once I started. I'm really looking forward to the next!!

The narrator is new to me and he did a good job with this. He had a lot of tones and voices and it was easy to distinguish the characters. I liked how he portrayed the robots too!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • Johannes Debler
  • 10-05-18

Role reversal compared to most other robot stories

The story plays 1000 years after an alien invasion killed all life on the planet, but a group of transhumanist scientists managed to copy their consciousnesses into robots.

It is interesting to follow the story evolving like a detective story in the beginning. Someone illegally cloned a human which managed to escape the laboratory where it was held.

Sometimes it feels a little slow, but everything comes together nicely eventually. There is quite a bit of world building the plays out great especially in regard to future books in the series.

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  • Georgia McNabb
  • 02-05-18

Was a Very interesting book

This story was very different from most stories I have read /listen to. I f you are looking for a different type new an unusual story this is it!
I recommend this book to others based of the new and unusual story line.

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  • Linda Luella
  • 27-01-19

Something Different

I get pretty jaded about the books I read because I'm a voracious, now retired, sci-fi fan. I'm going back and forth between a 4 or 4.5 star rating here. The story is well written, decent narration, and a fresher storyline than usual. I recommend at least the first 2 books in the series but I don't know if I'll go further in the storyline.

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  • Luke
  • 05-06-18

Return of the humans

Humanity went extinct a millenia ago, but humanity lives on in the matrixes of millions of minds, all based off the same 27 human minds that were involved in the original experiment. Those 27 minds came nearly entirely from the scientists involved in the original project, so sometimes knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge will supercede any moral or ethical issues.

But that's not the main point of the story. The main point of the story is that there is a black market for recreating humans, but so far they have all ended in failure...until now. Now a retired ancient robot, one that has lived through the extinction of humanity and the rebuilding of Earth, must protect this young, fragile human, and learn where she came from.

This story has some incredible worldbuilding potential, and so far I love the concept of an Earth that once was so toxic that humanity and most other lifeforms went extinct, but now has returned to the blue and green orb hanging in the sky. Charlie-7 talks a little about how humanity went extinct, but I suspect there's more to the story than the little snippets that an ancient robot is willing to discuss.

I'm looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

**I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook, at my request, and have voluntarily left a fair and honest review**

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  • Raul
  • 31-05-18

Corruption even gets robots

I was skeptical about the book at first, but the story blew me away. It's expertly written and the narration is spot-on. the intrigue and twists keep the plot moving and we are left with a cliffhanger, but also a preview to the next book. I the next one is as good a this one, I can't wait listen to it, though I have a bad feeling about the robot bureaucracy.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Marc Garvin
  • 13-05-18

Interesting premise!

I received this book in audiobook form in exchange for an honest review.

This book was good. it had an interesting plot and ideas.
The narrator did a good job.
My only gripe is that there was a lot of explaining on details. I understand that is was from the viewpoint of a robot/human mind and thusly was written as such including alternative possible actions and computations that were self-narrative but, slightly lengthy. Some of it was a little distracting from the story.
Other than that I enjoyed listening to this story and would be curious to see where it goes.