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About the performers

Kingsley Ben-Adir

Rising star Kingsley has graced our screens in the popular BBC drama Peaky Blinders and the Netflix series The OA as well as in films such as Noelle, The Commuter and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Edward Bluemel

Before making his screen debut in 2017, Edward Bluemel trained at the prestigious Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. His TV credits include Killing Eve, A Discovery of Witches and Sex Education.

Erin Doherty

Winner of the Evening Standard Rising Star award in 2018, Erin’s star turn as Princess Anne in Netflix’s The Crown has led to critical acclaim. She has also appeared in Call the Midwife and Les Miserables.

About the author

David Spicer has written numerous audio series, including three series of Double Income No Kids Yet, starring David Tennant and the comedy series Three Off the Tee (both available on Audible).
He has written for dozens of UK TV shows, writing material for (among others) Jasper Carrott, Michael Barrymore, Paul O’Grady and Armstrong & Miller. He wrote various episodes of the children’s cartoon show, Chuggington and scripted the first Miss World contest to be recorded in China.
His stage plays, which are regularly performed in Britain and across Europe, include Long Live the Mad Parade, Stop!...the Play and Raising Martha. He has written two short films, Beast and Two Minutes.

Summary

At a shadowy company (Karoli Robotics Corporation) owned by a Sillicon Valley billionaire, a scientist named Jim creates an AI that can fool the Turing test at the same time as his colleague, Daniel, successfully synthesizes DNA in a test tube. Daniel's attempts to reanimate dead chimps using his discovery have been unsuccessful, but when his friend Laura Bocelli is killed by being trapped inside a lab freezer, Daniel is presented with the perfect specimen. However, Laura is irreparably brain dead. 

Daniel and Jim join forces to reanimate Laura using the DNA technology as well as the AI, creating a brilliant but psychopathic new Laura.

A year later a young journalist starts digging into the new CEO of Karoli Robotics Corporation, Laura Bocelli, and finds more than she bargained for. Laura will do anything to protect her secret and her plan to engineer a race of AI Cyborgs made in her image.  

Featuring: Sara Alexander, John Ammirati, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Edward Bluemel, Erin Doherty, Adam Fitzgerald, Mark Holden, Ryan Forde Iosco, Sandra-mae Luykx, Stuart Milligan, Elizabeth Moynihan, Christopher Ragland, Anna Rust, Derek Siow, Robert G Slade and Wyatt Warner.

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Slightly Flawed Design

I always look forwards to the Audible dramas, they have produced some real crackers in the past. I didn't think this was quite up there with them though and the key weakness is with the story. The sound design is good, I enjoyed the original music though anyone listening in noisy conditions may find it occasionally intrusive and at times it seemed a little overdone and where it should have scored with big hitting sounds it seemed quiet, such as gunshots..

I also liked the performances, a couple of great voices in there but, apart from the fact that about two minutes of opening and closing credits were repeated every half hour it was the story that never quite hit the mark. I liked the start and everything seemed very contemporary but the threat, the solution and to be honest the character behaviour seemed very old fashioned sci-fi rather than anything cutting edge.

It's an enjoyable enough way to spend a few hours but not up there with the very best.

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great story, great performance, annoying format

great story (although the core story has been done many times). the performance is good but the pseudo-episodic nature really annoyed me. having to listen to a full credits list (that hardly changes) every 30-40 minutes annoys and takes me out of the story. I understand audible trying to get into the podcast scene, but if he whole story goes out at once, play it as a whole, or at least skip the lengthy credits. there's also a few editing errors included, so not perfect. overall though, I really enjoyed this, and my only gripes are with the format

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impossible to follow

the speech soundtrack is overlaid by a dreadful music soundtrack, making it impossible to concentrate on the story. useless. I only wanted to give it one star, the least possible, but it came up as 2 stars

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Great narration

I liked the plot and the narration was great but the story was very short with big jumps and the list of credits after each episodes was very annoying

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Excellent and Imaginative

Really enjoyed this drama. A story very much of our time with so much current discussion about AI.

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Ok but entirely too predictable

Well performed and with a fairly witty script at times. But the story and the twists are so obvious you can spot them hours before they eventually get round to happening. And I just didn’t buy the supposed failure of Roscoe to understand the most basic thing about what it was Manzarek had invented - if Roscoe’s genius is appreciating others’ genius, he would have learned the difference between a learning neural network and a defined programme.

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Enjoyable but unsatisfactory ending.

The performance in this is great but the story let it down. Premise is fantastic but the execution lets it down. Vast amount of the plot feel rushed most notably the ending (which I won’t spoil). Needed to be fleshed put more but a good way to pass some time.

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great read

this book will get you thinking of what Ai could go . great performance and will keep you glued to this audio for the finally

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makes one think

with all our present day war madness you have to wonder what types of funny humans run our world

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amazing loved every second

amazing loved every second of it
I just wish it had been longer to flush everything out even move

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  • 25-01-20

Can't recommend

Pro's: Production was awesome. Actors were 1st rate. Story premise was outstanding.
Con's: 4 hr experience for monthly credit of $16.12. For some crazy reason they decided to say the credits about every half hour, Be warned if you listen to this book you will hear all of the credits at least 9 times! You will know all of the actors, the music guy the studio manager and even the runner, whatever that is etc. etc., The credits last about 30 seconds each time they run. Extremely annoying!
So although it is an outstanding production, I can't recommend using a credit on it. I would recommend it on a daily deal. You can click on my name and see I give honest reviews.

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  • JenniferLOVESThrillers
  • 23-08-21

Meh

NO SPOILERS! It kind of dragged along but was an ok mystery. The concept was intriguing. The sound effects were good except there parts in the book that sounds like crickets. It made no sense as a background noise because they were not outside. I like to listen in bed and fall asleep but the noise would stress me out.

Overall, I couldn’t decide what the book wanted to be: mystery, comedy, drama, suspense, tech thriller? I wish it just picked a lane because in the end it was all over the place.

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  • Steeramos
  • 19-06-22

A fun listen

The description should be a bit less detailed. basically gives the whole thing away. Still enjoyed it.

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  • A H Booches
  • 20-05-22

Just right for an Audible Plus book

I was drawn in by the premise of the story and it was overall ok. Very good production and narration. But the story was too short and the ending was underwhelming. This was ok for a book that was included with the Audible membership.

I actually enjoyed the personality of the journalist the most.

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  • Timothy J. Stevens
  • 03-05-22

Be sure to listen alone with good headphones!

What a ride. This is well worth the time it takes to listen to it. I loved the music. Great melodic motif that makes me want to get out MIDI gear.

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  • Rick
  • 02-04-22

Very good story and acting

I really enjoyed this story. My wife didn't get into it because she's not into most sci-fi. I don't want to do any spoilers, but if you enjoy sci-fi I believe you'll enjoy this production.

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  • Mr/Mrs Aa
  • 18-03-22

Very nice!

It felt like I was watching a movie or series. Fast paced, clear story telling, and quite entertaining.

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  • Devan Torrence
  • 25-01-22

Erin Doherty is the highlight

Wonderful performances by the entire casts. I could listen to Erin Doherty read a cookbook or dictionary. The story was fun but a bit lacking at the end.

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  • Rozz
  • 02-01-22

Love Kingsley Ben-Adir

I reallly liked the production. I enjoyed the mini credits between the chapters it reminded me of listening to Tron audiobook as a child, synthesized nostalgia.
Kingsley Ben-Adir is great would love more books with him in it.

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  • Devon Boland
  • 03-11-21

A few really good voice actors, a somewhat compelling story.

Let me start off with, I am a biochemist with expertise in bioinformatics covering neural networks and there use in protein structure prediction. Putting aside some of the more outlandish jumps from scientific theories to explanations offered in the book, the overall story, pace, and delivery comes together for an incredibly decent thriller that I couldn’t help but come back too. There are some surprising twists, and the author handled shifting perspectives quite well. Overall it felt like a book heavily inspired by movies such as Terminator, Transcendence, and Eagle Eye.

What I most enjoyed was the fact this story focused around a very deep and emerging topic of AI and how it is being used to modulate many facets of our life, such as phones, laptops, big data analysis, etc.

It makes for a more compelling story/thriller which could very easily be translated to the screen with ease.

I would highly recommend it to those who are interested in a sci-fi thriller. I would be interested in seeing a follow up to the story.