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Narrated by: Matt Reeves
Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
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Summary

How far would you go to live forever? 

Brilliant scientist Joe Messenger believes that people can be made to live forever. Knowing the human body can be frozen indefinitely, Joe devises a way of downloading the human brain into a supercomputer called ARCHIVE. 

But Joe's wife, Karen, is worried by his preoccupation with ARCHIVE, which seems to be developing signs of a distinct and sinister personality of its own. 

Then, just as Joe is on the brink of a scientific breakthrough, a series of macabre accidents befall him and his family - and Joe finds himself facing the terrifying consequences of his own obsessions. 

Also from multimillion-copy best-selling author of the Roy Grace novels: 

  • Possession 
  • Dreamer 
  • Sweet Heart 
  • Twilight
  • Prophecy 
  • Host 
  • Alchemist 
  • Denial 
  • The Truth 
  • Faith 
©2018 Peter James (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

"Easily James's best book to date; a thought-provoking menacer that's completely technological and genuinely frightening about the power of future communications." (Time Out)
"Compulsive...I cannot remember when I last read a novel I enjoyed so much." (Sunday Telegraph)

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A Veritable Phoenix!

How apt it is that this particular book should be resurrected a quarter of a century after its original publication and brought into digital audio life! This old boy wheezes into life showing its age both in terms of it being set in the early 90s and taking some hours to really warm up and get into top gear. There is life in this old dog yet though as once it eases its creaking joints into motion it is a good fun techno thriller of the type only the previous century seemed to produce. Ignoring some strange notions like the idea that the entire contents of a human brain could be stored in as little as a single terabyte of data or indeed that mag tapes of the day could hold as much as that it is a decent story. It's all set around the notion of cryogenics and the idea that we can cheat death by being frozen until medical science evolves far enough to cure us of our ills or even allows us new bodies of some kind. It's a decent story of its time and does bear many of the hallmarks of James's other thriller / mystery books, including a setting that will be familiar to followers of DI Grace. Matt Reeves does a decent job of dusting off these old words and injecting new vigour into them though while he had a decent range of voices he did tend to make Blake in particular sound a little too feminine which confused me at times. All in all this is a decent read if you are patient with it and accept that it isn't going to feel quite as fresh as it probably did when first published.

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The stupidest scientist in literature?

The idea behind the book is basically a hot item, the threat of AI, but there are so many other threads overlapping. Within the first 2 chapters it was pretty clear which way the story was going to go and it was unbearable how stupid and naive the main character was. And him a super scientist. The language was another sore spot. It reminded me of the passages we used in English learning text books in the 60’s. simplified, graphic and irrelevant. ‘ John sees a tall man. He is wearing a funny hat’ kind of thing. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are really dumb....

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Hated it

I jumped out after 3 hours bored beyond measure It was indulgent the very worst book I've ever wasted my monthly subscription on. If i wanted a PhD in a scientific, biological technical life l'd have gone to university and suffered lectures Money back please Audible if you're bothered about a long term customer!

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Another fabulous book by Peter James

Another fascinating book by the brilliant Peter James. I am hooked on this author and for the moment can only read his stuff. Can't wait for my next book to listen to.

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Rubbish

Repetive, read without feeling, trite story Depressingly bad, when I will listen to any old rubbish to help me sleep

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A bit slow getting to the obvious in places

A lot of time spent laying out signposts to obvious conclusions. Story survived 26 years well. Maybe it has been in cryostasis?

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Host by Peter James

An amazing and exciting storyline.It was really well narrated.Peter James is a brilliant author.It is a frightening look into a possible future

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great book

loved this book. was well read and the story was excellenrly written. like the author very much.

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Was dubious at first BUT what a listen!!!!!!!

Reading other reviews I was dubious about this book as I imagined it wouldn’t be my thing... but as it was in a sale I chanced it. SO GLAD I DID!!! I really really enjoyed this book. Narrator, story and writing was great! Hooked from the beginning and trying to figure out where things would go. Gutted it’s finished as I loved this! Will be looking more into Peter James as have only read a handful but this book has made me a fan!

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great

a little slow in the beginning but great once In the story. Very good twist