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Intelligent Design

An Audible Original Drama
Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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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.

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 force 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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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.

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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 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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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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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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Where is the rest of the story?

I think they forgot to write and perform the last episode, and decided to throw 30 seconds on the end... story was great, ending was a bit odd..

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Good story

Well acted interesting modern tech based story which you could imagine happening one dsy soon

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my first ever

my first ever audio book I just hope I can find another half as good.

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  • mr
  • 28-01-20

Good story ruined by constant credits

The story was just getting started, then it ended. Why on Earth did they feel the need to break it up with constant credits and advertising, extremly frustrating. the bad syth soundtrack was rubbish. the story would have been great if it didnt end when it started and was simply narrated.

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  • pondo
  • 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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