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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) Audiobook

We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1

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There's a reason We Are Legion, We Are Bob was named Audible's Best Sci-Fi Book of 2016. Unique, hilarious, and utterly addictive, Dennis E. Taylor's debut novel kicked off an Audible-wide obsession among sci-fi diehards and new listeners alike.

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street.

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.

Listener-favorite narrator Ray Porter (14, The Fold) brings the many Bobs into being in all their glory, delivering a performance that listeners have described as "outstanding," "nuanced" and a "dizzying tour de force."

©2016 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Andrew 29/01/2017
    Andrew 29/01/2017

    Sci-Fi/Fantasy geek

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    "An unexpected gem"

    I love this book but nearly didn't pick it up. I've tried a few titles lately that wouldn't necessarily be my cup of tea. Things like "off to be the wizard", "the passage" and "the final winter" - all probably good books but they didn't gel with me, and because of that, I nearly held off on We Are Legion to go for something else. I couldn't be more glad I didn't as I've only had it 37 days and I think I've listened to it start to end at least 9 times.

    Part of what I love is that the book somehow manages to have a single driving character that is at the same time feels like several characters, all of which I'm jealous of. Getting out into the stars has been something I've dreamed of since I was first able to understand that there was an out there to get into. I'd probably take Bob's deal in a heartbeat given the choice. To top it off, it paces well, it does things that I didn't always expect and sets up for the next book 2 (out in March according to the author).

    It also rekindled my love of that kind of science. The idea of von neumann probe probes was something I vaguely knew when I was younger but which kind of fell out of my head as I got older. The book brought them back to me and I ended up doing a lot of reading about the practicalities of them.

    I rarely write reviews (in ~4 years with Audible, this will only be my 4th) but I can't recommend this enough - there's a reason that papers have been listing it as one of the best Audiobooks of 2016, and it won the audible best sci-fi of the year too.

    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    ColinT Sao Paulo 28/01/2017
    ColinT Sao Paulo 28/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Out of this world"

    This is got to be one of the best well thought out and thought provoking books out there. He has good pace and teaching in gauged thoroughly. Can't wait for the next one

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John 25/01/2017
    John 25/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I rarely give five stars"
    What did you like most about We Are Legion (We Are Bob)?

    I will only leave a minor critique and insure that beyond this I can not fault this audiobook in its genre, style, story, writing or the great wit of Dennis Taylor as he tells the story. With that said I rarely give five stars but for this introduction to the Bobiverse, even though the story slightly faltered by the lack of identity in characters for obvious reasons I think that this is simply an audiobook problem, if it were a text one would be more easily able to orient with each new place and each new "identical character".
    In audio form and with so much introduction with new characters in the mid section of the story it proves difficult to differentiate at the rate the story requires but even more difficult to understand how the author was able to overcome this beyond this initial introduction and continue to make them all distinct and memorable from that point to the conclusion.,
    Above all I want to give praise to the audiobook since it has the exceptional and most believable voice actor I have ever had the pleasure of listening to, Ray Porter is by far the best I have heard after maybe two dozen audiobooks over the last few years. He is beyond comparison and I hope I am not mistaken by the next entry of the Bobiverse in March 2017.
    All in all, every thing is amazing with just slight confusion towards the middle but that is overcome after some reflection or restarting some chapters.

    Very near a 10/10.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The comedic and fresh approach the to sub genre. Very believable even after leaving established Physical and universal laws. The Author can be quite insightful.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, But this is excellence beyond any I have heard before.


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

    No it did not but I did feel very altruistic in an emotional sense.


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 25/10/2016
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    "Loved it"
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    Loved the story very funny. The only problem was that it ended please hurry up with the next one.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Beck 20/12/2016
    Mr Beck 20/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book"

    It was a pleasure to listen to this book. The scientific grounding made the story very interesting. The fact is that it was 'clean' made it enjoyable. I highly recommend this book.

    18 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Nina UK 02/04/2017
    Nina UK 02/04/2017 Member Since 2014

    Always looking for the next rabbit hole to tumble down.

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    "A good book for Sci-Fi newbies."

    An interesting concept of the future in the hands of artificial intelligence written in a simple and humorous way.

    This is an easy science fiction listen and a perfect choice to those who begin their journey into science fiction reading escapism or those who simply want to relax with a good book.

    Although the story is not hugely innovative, it will easily broaden your imagination.

    The author deserves big thumbs up for the main characters, who are well-crafted, full of personality and humour.

    Ray Porter's narration is good and brings the story to life. I hope to come across more books read by him.

    Overall, the book is worth spending a credit and stealing few hours of your free time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gavin Jones 04/03/2017
    Gavin Jones 04/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Everything Started So Well..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes - almost anything is better than Radio 4 (except,perhaps, Radio 2)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dennis E. Taylor again?

    Probably not


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s voice?

    Robert Downey Jr


    Was We Are Legion (We Are Bob) worth the listening time?

    It wasn't a waste of time but I won't be listening to it again


    Any additional comments?

    This story started so well but I got fed up of the main character(s) well before the end. At one point I really though it was going to be excellent but then it turned out not to be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 02/03/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 02/03/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Expanding Headspace"

    Well this is an interesting little gem! "Bobiverse" gives you a reasonable expectation of just how serious and in-depth the author is aiming at and there is definitely an almost young adult feel to some of the writing and narration. However, there is cleverness here too, once the author gets into the implications of a software generated mind controlling advanced technology the whole thing expands and becomes rather inventive. The Bobiverse term suddenly makes sense.

    I can't say I was quite as sold on it as the majority seem to have been but it is a little different and it may well be interesting to see how much further Taylor can take this concept. I was already finding I needed to concentrate on the main character, err I mean characters, err well maybe it was both!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    M. Davies Cheshire, UK 16/02/2017
    M. Davies Cheshire, UK 16/02/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Badly developed"

    Started well. Good idea. Really badly developed, annoyingly geeky, very little substance and superficial science only.

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    Stuart J. Stirling United Kingdom 26/01/2017
    Stuart J. Stirling United Kingdom 26/01/2017 Member Since 2017

    Disco S2

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    "Surprising"

    I found this title just perusing through Amazon and the other reviewers persuaded me to give it a go. I was not disappointed.

    Great story and great concept. An real Sci fi fan will love this. it's obvious the author knows his stuff about software, science and other Sci fi titles as the knowledge and facts are littered through but never used incorrectly.

    Definitely worth a read!

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    12/04/17
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    "Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!"

    While I enjoy science fiction, I'm not a die-hard reader of it. I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it each time I read the publisher's summary. It seemed like a generic plot and nothing notable. I suspect the author of the publisher's summary only read the first few chapters, as they didn't really seem to know what the book was about.

    The story is interesting and fast-paced. In addition, Ray Porter is extremely talented and did an incredible job of delivering the story, as well as all the emotion and humor that went with it. I think this is one of his best performances.

    I don't write reviews for books, but this one was good enough that I wanted to take the opportunity to potentially nudge someone else that might be on the fence about it.

    96 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • bluestategirl
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    "Dizzying Tour de Force Performance of Great Book!"


    So many Bobs, so little time --

    If you love sci fi, you already know about this awesome book. It's a pretty original concept -- governments clone human-personality-infused-AIs and send them into space as self-replicating probes to find new planets for humans to inhabit. Some of the probes go insane, some turn into weapons of mass destruction, and some . . .

    . . . well, Bob is different. A bit of an independent loaner with no political axe to grind, Bob sets about creating a 'world' HE can live in first! Still, the prime directive is all about replicating, so bring on the Bobs!

    Ray Porter does an amazing job voicing the various Bobs -- and all the other characters in this book -- while the pop culture sci fi references provide opportunities for a few homages to beloved characters. The book would not have been as fun to listen to without him!

    I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. BOOK TWO!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


    ALSO, ahem. Sorry. Also, here's a shout out to Jim the Impatient for the recommendation! Thanks big guy!

    94 of 105 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    29/09/16
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    "THE UNIVERSE AS MY PLAYGROUND"

    I'M GLAD TO SEE A BOB FACTORY IN OPERATION
    This is what Science Fiction is meant to be. The fans for this book will be Legion. This is full of lots of space travel, exploring of planets, terraforming, discovery of aliens, science talk, colonization, and of course THE BOBS AND THE BOBIAN FEDERATION. I was reminded of THE MARTIAN, although not as funny, Frederik Pohl and James P. Hogan. There are some space fights, but those who love space and all the possibilities, will enjoy this most.

    SO THIS IS LIKE ANDROMEDA STRAIN?
    As usual, Ray Porter makes this even better.

    ALL HAIL BOB!

    226 of 254 people found this review helpful
  • Rory
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    08/11/16
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    "Only an Hour into the Book !!"

    I know there are a ton of people who have listened to this book already and have provided excellent reviews ... hell, that's why I bought the book.

    I'm only an hour into this book, but it's already done something that no other audiobook that I've bought has done before. I was taking the train into work when I laughed out loud with a thunderous "HA!". I think I knew that I did it, but after glancing around the train car, virtually everyone was smiling at me.

    Dennis Taylor can write ... and Ray Porter is giving me a great performance.

    Thank you to everyone's review I read that convinced me I had to listen to this book.

    And for everyone reading this ... buy it. You won't regret it.

    111 of 130 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    04/08/17
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    "Beguiling"

    I have been attempting to expand on the science fiction authors I read. I discovered this debut novel by Dennis E. Taylor and decided to try it. I try to read debut novels to support new authors. The idea of the story I found intriguing. A brilliant software engineer was hit by a car and died unexpectedly. He had requested his brain be frozen at his death. When he is revived a hundred years later, he discovers that his mind has been co-opted by a group of religious fanatics called FAITH. Bob’s mind is now the computer AI of a space probe sent out to explore the galaxy for a new planet to inhabit. Bob then creates more of himself to spread out around the universe looking for an inhabitable planet. It turns out two other groups are hunting for an inhabitable planet also and will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

    The book is well written. I found the idea of the human mind in the role of a controlling AI fascinating. The characters are interesting; the plot well developed. There is humor, good dialog and the story is highly entertaining.

    The book is nine and half hours long. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. This is an example of how a great narrator makes the story better. Porter is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Megan Mavy
    CA, USA
    03/01/17
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    "fun and thoughtful"

    Great writing, interesting subject matter. It was both relaxing and thought provoking. Existential questions of the nature of man packaged in a downright entertaining story

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    21/09/16
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    "Can't wait for book 2"

    Ok, so Ray Porter is always amazing and the story is my flavor of geek.

    Everyone once and a while something unique comes along and a self replicating human turned A.I. has hit the mark. The conversations amongst themselves makes up a bulk of the story which is a nonstop reference to the sci-fi culture of the 80s. and 90s.
    The saving of mankind becomes secondary to the world of Bob... Good Times.

    48 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Buzzwami
    Salem, OR United States
    19/10/16
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    "Wow, much more original and better than I thought it would be!"

    Really entertaining and well reasoned update on some classic science fiction staples like see seed ships and artificial intelligence that goes beyond its original intentions. The story is much more than that: A little humor, a little space exploration, a little space battles, technology G – whizzes and narrow escapes. I couldn't put it down.

    I rarely give all five stars. I reserve it to no more than one review a year. It's also great to find good narrator's that are up to the story, Ray Porter did an outstanding job and I'll look for other books narrated by him.

    There is a little bit of the Star Trek "I just thought of this groundbreaking technological leap forward and it works!" to it - but you do have to move the story along…

    The humor of the Bob's is great and much appreciated. Humor is a welcome addition to the science-fiction genre in the last couple years. It reminds me a little of "SuperEgo" by Frank Fleming.

    Book 2 as soon as possible please.

    44 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    23/12/16
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    "Get in touch with your inner geek"

    Dennis E. Taylor's We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the opening salvo of the "Bobiverse" series. Bob is a successful software engineer in present day who splurges on cryopreservation only to be killed soon after in an auto accident. He is revived over a century later, but instead of receiving a healed, healthy body, he finds himself relegated to a machine intelligence owned by a theocratic government. At that point, the fun begins as his mission is to become an autonomous, immortal entity exploring and establishing potential future colony worlds in other star systems.

    The sci-fi elements are in line with futuristic robotics, nanotechnology with 3D printing and self-replications. Having regarded the movie "Castaway" as a fantasy along with his engineering background, Bob rapidly adjusts to his "alone" situation and proceeds from there. The real draw of the story is the sheer "geek" appeal. This is not a "nerd" tale with lots of high level science and detailed calculations. Rather, all the nuances of "geekdom" are brought out with Bob cloning himself, taking on different personalities drawn from pop / geek cultural references from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. For example, he heads off to the home star of Spock (Star Trek) and names the planet he finds there as Vulcan. While humanity has thoroughly screwed themselves, he manages to save what's left, while still having fun to boot. Along the way, his solutions are inventive, creative, and fun.

    The narration is quite well done with an easy going style reflective of Bob's personality and style. The range of voices is more than sufficient and the timing is well executed for maximum comedic effect.

    51 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • S. Yates
    DC
    12/05/17
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    "Lots of Bobs, Lots of Themes, Lots of Fun"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a very fun read for SF fans, especially those that don't take their fandom too seriously. For those who love SF, this is four stars. For those who are more lukewarm, maybe not.

    Meet Bob. He has a career in computers, just sold his company for a small fortune, and is just as nerdy as you could hope. Then Bob dies. Almost immediately. But wait! He's signed a contract to be cryogenically preserved (his head, anyway) so he can be revived when/if medical capabilities advance. When he wakes up, he finds out that he isn't in a body. And he isn't even really Bob (he's Bob1, a copy of the original Bob who was destroyed). He is what his keepers call a replicant in a 22nd century Earth where the world order has been shook up (the United States in no more, and the part of North America Bob finds himself in is now ruled by a government called Faith with a penchant for tortured acronyms). Long story short, the various governments of Earth are at each other's throats and war seems imminent. Most governments are working on plans to launch into space, including plans to send AI. Faith has decided (with much arguing) to send in the consciousnesses of former humans, downloaded into computers. Enter Bob, who is the last replicant standing, and is launched into space on the heels of the next World War.

    From there things get nerdily fantastic -- Bob is meant to be something of a Von Neumann probe, self-replicating and peopling (Bob-ing?) the universe. Bob shares many of the stereotypical SF nerd characteristic - a love of Star Trek and Star Wars, knowledge of programming, vast curiosity, a bit of a loaner. As Bob replicates (Bill, Homer, Milo, Arthur, etc.), you get the fun of having variations on a great character, the idea that even a clone of you will be a little different from the original (quantum effects), and even a loaner would love some company. The book ranges across many SF themes, from first contact to post-apocalyptic Earth. The sequel is already out and the book ends nicely wrapped up but with plenty of loose ends. Looking forward to exploring more of the universe with all the Bobs.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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