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Prototype D

Narrated by: James Foster
Series: Prototype D Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

A hundred years after the world is decimated by nuclear wars, humanity has been reduced to a surviving city of people called Mainlanders. They have food, water, and a wall that separates them from their enemies - the Outlanders.

Branded as savages, the Outlanders have grown in number and their attacks against the city have become more brutal. Increasingly, they threaten to overtake the city, bringing with them the doom and destruction that has plagued mankind for over a century. What the Mainlanders need is a weapon.

Des is the first robot created with a full range of human emotions. His reasoning skills and thought processes will make it so no human will ever have to step foot on the battlefield again. But when Des realizes his true purpose - to help destroy the Outlanders - he suspects that the real enemies might not be the people he was built to destroy, but those who created him.

©2015 Jason D. Morrow (P)2015 Jason D. Morrow

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Essential reading for all AI fans

What did you like most about Prototype D?

I really liked the intrigue and twists and turns in the book that come about as one of our important characters, Hazel, learns more of the history behind the rise to power of the Mainlanders, and its corrupt rulers. Alongside this we see Hazel’s struggle with her misplaced loyalties and the thinking of her two robots, Esroy and Des, who become central to success in the war between Mainland and Outland. Very good.

What other book might you compare Prototype D to, and why?

You have to think of I robot but we have a nuclear holocaust as a starting point so it's very dystopian as well.

What about James Foster’s performance did you like?

James Foster’s performance was excellent. He talks in a clear manner, creating different voices for the different characters and he drew me into the story. Very good.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me think about AI and the ethics behind it. When does artificial become real intelligence. Is there a difference? Do we encounter this as a species with the same bias and fear that we encounter everything else that is new or different?

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Good read

If you could sum up Prototype D in three words, what would they be?

They are alive

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An enjoyable story that was well narrated by James Foster, with a good variety of distinctive characters.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

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Prototype D

I’ve never been a robot reader but I have to say I enjoyed this very much. Jason Morrow brought out the robot human relationship very well and who knew robots got jealous and vindictive. Very well written and narrated

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Disappointed

Concept regarding the Robots was good but spoiled by predictable plot and cardboard human characters which made it, for me, a struggle to finish.

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No War is ever won without victims.

A slightly misleading story synopsis.
Prototype D, also known as Des, is the first fully functioning robot programmed with the Soul Project created by genius programmer, Hazel. With it, the robot is given full consciousness and emotion: more than machine, he is fully alive. But the military consider the project a failure as Des can feel fear and his destruction is ordered to make way for a newer, fearless aggressor. Hazel can't bear to let him die.
Dez and Hazel are central to this story but, so too, is another, older sentient programme, created two years earlier by Hazel, and the city within which they live. It had grown in the aftermath of a world wide nuclear holocaust, it's inhabitants the descendents of the survivors, the only other known people the barbarous Outlanders who periodically assault the city walls in an attempt to murder, steal and destroy.Hazel had experienced the terror of this first hand, with the deaths of her mother and sister. In part conspiracy thriller whilst examining the ideas of what it is to be human, the overall idea is good (and the opening scenes electric), characterisation is reasonable but the story failed to properly convince. Nevertheless, it is a good read and Des is a delight. Narration by James Foster was good, his pleasant voice helping to breath life into the various protagonists as well as carry the reader forward with the text: nicely done.

My thanks to the rights holder of Prototype D, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy. There will, presumably, be a following story, one I will be intrigued to read. I'm sure there are more revelations still to come beyond the political conspiracies already revealed - at least, I hope so - as well as other places to explore.
A simple, easy but thought provoking read, with a bit of excitement and a charming central character.
Recommended..

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A good listen

It was a little slow at times, and it could have been slightly more in depth, something the subject matter could have stood.
And a little more action would have been nice.
It has the potential for a series, so long as more action and depth is added.
Over all, worth the listen, narration is good, as is the story.

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  • Felisha
  • 11-01-16

Fear is Power

Jason D. Morrow takes you into a story where the world after a nuclear war has devastated the earth and only a few million survive. But they are not without. Technology is still a key asset and the development of robots is a must for survival. With a simple, but not lacking, plot, Morrow does well to intrigue the reader but not put them off with crazy jargon and unbelievable narrative. The characters were well developed and the relationships and emotions unique.

Narrator James Foster delivered a solid performance. His easy going narration and honest character voices were truly enjoyable.

Overall, a great and captivating read. I would recommend this to all.

This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 15-01-16

Loved this!!!

There seems to be a lot of robot books popping up lately but I'm so glad I started with this one. It. Was. Awesome!!!

Prototype D is about a girl, Hazel, who programmes robots with intelligence and a range of human emotions. Prototype D is one such Robot. It starts with Robot D thrown into a simulation to test his abilities, but the commander of the army isn't happy that Prototype D can feel fear and he wants the programmer to eradicate fear in the robots so that they can kill the outlanders. Hazel doesn't want to do it but doesn't have a choice either, thus Prototype E is born. He is the ultimate weapon but Hazel isn't happy because she learns some astounding news about the outlanders. They aren't how they are portrayed to the mainanders. How can her and Prototype D stop the ultimate robot?

I loved Prototype D, aka Des. He battles with his feelings but with a robot attitude. I absolutely loved seeing the story through his POV as well. We also get to see it through Prototype E POV, which is completely different than Des. Des seems more human but E is all robot.

The plot was fast paced and entertaining. Right from the start we are drawn into book and not let go till the end, even then, you don't want it to end. I really hope we see more from these characters, robots included, soon!!

In all, an engaging and addictive read. The world building was amazing, as was the character development. I need to check out the authors other books!

James Foster is one of my favourite narrators. He has such an amazing range of tones and voices and he always does a flawless performance. His voice is easy to listen to and he always draws me into the story. Listening to him bring the story alive is like watching a movie in your head.

*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affects my thoughts.*

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  • Chris
  • 07-03-16

A Solid Listen!

If you are a fan of sci-fi, you will love this story and enjoy the narration. We are introduced to a robotic soul new to the world that must be taught what it means to live with humans and more importantly how to make choices that will have an impact on both himself and the greater world as a whole. I found myself hoping this story continues in a book two as I really enjoyed this first story!

The narration by James Foster is fantastic and 5 star! I was pleased to see several of the books waiting in my library are also narrated by James and will be looking forward to a very professional and entertaining listen!

* I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from AudioBookBlast.

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  • Got My Book
  • 27-01-16

Some difficulties connecting, but am a fan of Des

SERIES INFO: This is Book #1 of a series that, according to the author, will have 4 books in total. The ebook of Book #2, Prototype Exodus, was recently released and the audio should be available in April.

I am sad to say that this book never rose above average for me, due to the difficulties I had connecting with the majority of the characters and with the plot. However, I really liked Des and am looking forward to reading his further adventures.

Character comments: Hazel (Des’ inventor) - Her neglect of her father and treatment of Esroy made her hard to like. / Esroy (A.I.) - I couldn’t help feeling sorry for him. / Gizmo (the Pollyanna style companion robot) - he would probably drive me nuts if he were mine, but he was fun to read about.

The beginning was great. I loved Des right away and felt like the opening chapter presented his situations clearly and sympathetically. He was the true heart of the story. I also liked his interactions with Hazel’s father. I only cared about the rest of the story in so far as it dealt with him.

The book has some well-written and intense action sequences, for people who like those. The ending resolved the current situation, but leaves many changes to be dealt with.

Note: this book contains no significant swearing and no sexual content, which was much appreciated.

NARRATION: Smooth and nice sounding, no falsetto females / Listened on 1.25 speed (my usual)

FAVORITE PART(S): The opening scene, where Des awakes and immediately begins to demonstrate his humanity, despite being a robot. / Quote: “he had never seen the sun before. He could have scanned the archives embedded in his memory, but having knowledge of the sun and actually experiencing its warmth were two different things.” WARNING: Some intense “fear of heights” scenes

MY RATINGS:
--Enjoyment: AVERAGE
--Re-readability: LOW - but I am planning to read the sequel.
--Narrator Impact: AVERAGE

I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Blast dot com.

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  • Karen Reese
  • 24-01-16

AI at it's best

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I really enjoyed this book.The author did a wonderful job at creating the character of Des.The robot is imbued with artificial intelligence and is learning about the world he inhabits.The struggles between Des's creator and her military bosses is portrayed realistically.I would highly recommend this book to any fan of the Sci-Fi genre.The narrator did an excellent job portraying the story.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Scott Nelson
  • 19-01-16

Great concept but needs some work

The story was good but needed to be fleshed out. The differences of opposing people's need to be outlined earlier in the story to up the conflict. More reference to the apocalypse that created the world would have also helped frame the plot.
Characters were good and the story was entertaining.

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  • Rebecca Hammerbach
  • 07-01-16

Great look into the ethics of artificial intellige

I loved the story and the performance was very well done.

When the dreams of a lifetime are messed up by the military .The creator of the most advanced A.I. robot program with all emotions intact is forced to decide between her program that she knows will make the perfect soldier and what the military wants a soldier with no fear.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book I can't wait for more from Jason D. Morrow

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  • Madeleine
  • 02-01-16

Couldn't put it down...

Prototype D was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting much, but boy was I wrong. This is a thoughtful entertaining story that struggles with the age old question of what defines life in a fast paced and exciting story. Balancing the idea of artificial intellegence, emotions and true soul, it delivers thought provoking yet light hearted adventure and characters with complex personalities and motives.

Once I started listening, I couldn't put it down. The relationship between the characters, especially Hazel, DES and ESROY keeps you guessing as the story evolves.

The narrator does a good job of defining the individuals perspectives and motivations.

My only minor criticism is that I found myself wishing I had more information about the history of certain situations. In most cases the background is delivered as the story progresses and is satisfying, however I think the book could have benefitted from developing the back story a little sooner and in more detail in regard to the "outlanders". That being said, it did leave room for several new ideas to develop and I am looking forward to future books from this author to flesh out those remaining histories. I can't wait to listen to another book by Jason D. Morrow.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."


"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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  • Ceiling Chair
  • 27-05-19

Moments of True Tension

I am a bit of a sucker for these kinds of stories that involve sentient robots. They offer a lot to consider about humanity in how they reflect us. These androids here undoubtedly dream of electric sheep; their own humanity is made clear to the reader, despite still not being recognized as more than simple tools by much of the supporting cast.

Our protagonist is Des, a compelling and easily likeable character. He is programmed with a lot of knowledge but knowing a lot doesn't help him understand his place. In the end, he is still left with much growing to do.

I was more fond of the helpful computer-based AI, Esroy, who is a precursor to Des. He struggles a lot with feelings of being trapped inside the computer system and a jealousy of his 'brother' Des shows very early on.

Our human lead is Hazel, the mother of AI in this story. She is responsible for their programming... the base program being named Soul, which is a bit on the nose. She seems to care for little more than the 'children' she has made, but there is a note of selfishness that runs through her choices, even in the interactions with them.

I have a few questions about the world they reside in, but nothing that outright makes me think it couldn't exist. It is easy to see some points of comparison to stories that came before, but nothing that takes away from the world being built. It is a good starting point.

The narration is well suited and I have no complaints.

It isn't a story that will leave you thinking about its intricacies, but it is an enjoyable journey, that while occasionally slow, does provide moments of true tension to keep you hooked.




*A copy of this book was provided to the reviewer upon their request, but the review is their honest and voluntarily provided thoughts.

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  • John Condron
  • 26-02-18

A good yarn

A somewhat implausible view of a dystopian future, but a good read, nevertheless. The narrator was perfect for the story. Though I found the story a bit incredible, I hope there will be a sequel. I want to hear more of Dez's adventures.

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