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Run Program

Narrated by: Angela Dawe
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Summary

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief?

Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

When Al manages to access the Internet and escape the lab days before his official unveiling, Hope and her team embark on a mission to contain him - before he causes any real trouble.

Soon the NSA is on Al's back, the US Army is fighting a brigade of mass-produced robots, and a wannabe cyberterrorist is looking to silence Al permanently. After months spent "raising" Al, Hope knows she's running out of time - and she's not sure she'll be able to protect him. Will she manage to control the unruly A.I. and quell a global crisis, or will Al outsmart them once and for all?

©2017 Scott Meyer (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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It could have been good "he said"

Am sure the story in this could have been really interesting however... it's written like a script for TV, "he said, she said..." every sentence had to finish with "x said / y said" and it completely ruined it for me. it was so distracting that even liking some of the characters I didn't want to listen to this. I like the Author i've enjoyed his other works but this one didn't work for me.

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Loved itttt

Wonderful voice acting I love AI stories Bit predictable, but in that friendly warming way. Like a hug.

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Fun but done before

The concept of AI going wild and trying to destroy the world has been done over and over. Despite that the characters and the writing was witty and at times funny which saves the book from its lack of originality. One issue was the repetitive he said / she said which became annoying over time. It could be the case that was due to the way the narrator read it. Also the narrator had a small lisp which prevented me from getting into the story completely. I would have given this 3.5 if there was such an option as the book was pretty decent.

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He said she said

I like the author and have read many of his other books; this is not his best but worth a listen.
The biggest issue is the same as with many audiobooks the " he said, she said" reputation. With many book now in multiple formats. Surely an author or editor can have a search function and re enter variety as it stand out like a sore thumb when you notice it

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Good

I’m a fan of Scott Meyer’s Magic 2.0 series and when I had finished those books, I just had to listen to this. Overall, I enjoyed it - the story and narration were good, but I was a little disappointed with the writing, which I felt wasn’t quite up to Meyer’s usual standard.

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not the best I've heard so far. the short chapters is a dislike from myself

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Very entertaining twist on a familiar theme

A well constructed and narrated story. Why do we expect all AI's are evil and will drive us to extinction ?

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"HE SAID!" narrator

unfortunately the narrator makes the somewhat repetitive he said she said, stand out more by almost shouting each time the "HE SAID!"

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Fun and Funny

This is a fun novel that goes to the heart of one of the biggest fears of humankind now - that our technology will outsmart us. Yes there are some short falls in the vocabulary (would it have hurt the editor to suggest some similes for ‘said’) but apart from that it is a fun and funny, well told story. I have enjoyed Scott a Meyer’s other books and this is up there with the early magic 2.0 books. Worth a read or a listen if you get it on audible. The audible performance is excellent and engaging. Give it a go, it’s funny and quirky.

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What is this?

I'm twenty minutes into this and I don't want to hear anymore. I don't like the characters, I don't like how every statement starts with "x said". I regret purchasing this. The narrator doesn't have a good story to work on but the tone of voice is not pleasant to listen to.

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  • T. Russell
  • 13-07-17

Other books are way better.

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Overall--I liked his other books to include magic 2.0 and master of formalities. This book had a so-so story, but kind of too predictable. Spend your money elsewhere.

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  • Wayne
  • 26-06-17

Bit like a sneeze that does come out.

A lot of potential, but not much reward.


It's an ok book, but it feels like a story that could be so much more.
I could believe this was the first 1/3 of a kickass book, but it ends with little to no reward.

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  • Julie
  • 05-07-17

so many pauses

line of dialog... pause... character said. very unnatural performance detracted from what was already an average story at best.

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  • Luanne
  • 28-06-17

I wish it had a different narrator

I had to stop listening and will just get the paper version. The narration lacks the humor and sarcasm that the author intended. The narrator is good, but not suited to this book.

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  • Svetlana
  • 26-06-17

I expected more from Scott Meyer

What disappointed you about Run Program?

This book is a disappointment. Everything that made "off to be a wizard" so much fun is missing here. It was made worse by the narrator, who was not awful by any means other than she sort of killed all attempts of humor by narrating it all in a meekly serious way.
It took some effort for me to finish this book, so little I cared for the characters or the story.

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  • jacob
  • 22-06-17

Great addition to Scott Meyer's library

I love A good sci-fi AI story, and Run Program really hit the spot. I have been reading Scott Meyer's work as it comes out and it was really nice to get a book in a different universe than his other work. I really enjoy his writing style, it is fun, often goofy, but always keeps on point, and the pages fly by.

The narration was great, Angela really brought the book to life.

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  • Matthias
  • 02-07-17

Like the story, but better read than listen

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I switched to the ebook about halfway through because I just couldn't get into it. Partly because I think it's not particularly suited for an audiobook (a lot of "she said", "he asked", "another one said") and partly because the narration felt flat, dry and unemotional and for me, the humor doesn't come across - really big difference to the other Scott Meyer's books narrated by Luke Daniels. The book isn't my favorite from Meyer, but I did enjoy reading it nonetheless - it just doesn't work as a audiobook for me.

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  • Dangwiggums
  • 26-07-17

Want to give this story more stars but...

I really had a hard time finishing this audio book. the performance was OK but the underlying story was just, I don't know... I did not enjoy it.

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  • M.Rowe
  • 08-11-18

Full of wholes and an illogical story line

This has been one of the more painful books I have listed to. Most of the time in this book my responses have been wondering why a character would react a given way or thinking of how a logical week point was failed to be exploited by the "good guys". I am a sucker for A.I. books, normally I love them regardless of how well they are written. This one was has just enough relevant lingo to military and tech geeks that it is painful when the story doesn't live up to the expectation. It keeps dangling that carrot of a good punch line or obvious military move, then flops on the delivery. Don't get me wrong, I have read and listened to books far worse than this one. I recommend that you wait to listen to this one for a time when you have nothing else in your wish list. If you have thinking of getting this Scott Meyer book based on the Magic 2.0 series, you may be disappointed. If you haven't listed to the books in the Magic 2.0 series I suggest you give those a try. Best regards and happen reading.

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  • Kelly
  • 06-07-18

A solid fun light read/listen - recommended!!

I really enjoy Scott Meyer, who has a similar dry sense of humor as Douglas Adam's writings. In classic Meyer style, this story is more about the banter between the characters, and their personalities than the actual plot. Anyone who has worked with these coworkers will recognize them immediately and be smirking and laughing the way through. The performance of the narrator was excellent. She nails the multiple character voices and I think does a fantastic job, uplifting this read to the next level. Perfect summer listen! Definitely recommend!!

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