For We Are Many: Bobiverse, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The highly anticipated sequel to Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling "so much fun", "what science fiction was meant to be", and what would happen if "Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild".
Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.
Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.
Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.
Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.
For We Are Many is the second installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 59 minutes|
|Author||Dennis E. Taylor|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 18 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#1,058 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#19 in Hard Science Fiction
#37 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#41 in High Tech Science Fiction (Books)
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Taylor’s writing and the book’s editing are once again both refreshingly professional for a new author just getting going; For We Are Many is just as enjoyable to read as We are Legion, both in content and execution. The humour is still there, though many of the humorous references are a little more obscure this time around. A little love interest is introduced and handled sympathetically without going overboard and the moral issues involved in ‘interfering’ with developing alien intelligences are handled in plausibly practical and honest fashions.
I do have a nagging problem with some of the book’s structure that could possibly develop into something a little more serious in the third book. Particularly in the second half of this book many of the chapters were exceptionally short; sometimes barely more than a page or two and at times I started to feel almost dizzy as we dive in for a couple of paragraphs with one Bob doing one thing then it’s off to another Bob engaged in something else, often completely unrelated (I’ll come back to that point later), and again only for a page or two before it’s off again to another. Whilst it’s always clear from the chapter titles which Bob we are listening to, so it’s not really a head hopping issue, the frequency that Taylor switches the point of view is sometimes rather disorientating especially when there are so many threads to skip around. And maybe that’s the problem, maybe Taylor is in danger of trying to juggle too many different threads at once. This wasn’t a show stopper for me and I generally had little trouble keeping track, it’s just that it almost felt like one of those movies that split the screen into quarters with different stuff happening in each, sometimes it was just a little too much for comfort.
There is another issue associated with this structure; I get the feeling that I’m reading several separate, though linked, stories simultaneously. Now I may be wrong in this, and I hope I am, but several of the multiple threads in this book actually seem to have little or nothing to do with each other apart from the presence of the Bobs. I am left wondering whether the various threads will all come together into a unified conclusion. I have no problem reading a book with multiple threads but if those threads never interact or influence each other then the story can start to feel fragmented. Again this was not a show stopper; I have enjoyed following all the different stories but I will be disappointed if some of them remain totally self-contained with little or no impact on the main storyline. This may be an unfair criticism and I shall wait to see what the third volume brings. It didn’t spoil my read but did leave me a little worried.
Altogether another great read and one that Taylor finished off much more cleanly as compared with the previous book. A number of conclusions were reached whilst plenty remains for the next volume to address; this time it felt like the right point to end the book. A fun, engaging story well told.