To hear me read this review, check out episode 480 of the Spiritblade Underground Podcast, go to timestamp 10:37
After listening to We Are Legion (We Are Bob), part 1 of the Bobiverse series, I was really looking forward to the sequel, which is aptly called For We Are Many. And author Dennis E. Taylor and narrator Ray Porter do not disappoint! Again they succeed in taking the listeners on a fun 9-hours long adventure.
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.
©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
My thoughts: Very good continuation of the first part!
This book is just as much fun as the first part was. Since there are many more Bob clones now, it is getting harder and harder to keep up with who is who, let alone of which generation they are.
It’s still a fun scifi story though, very entertaining and the narration by Ray Porter fits the Bobs’ adventures very well. Some of the audio edits are quite audible – but in that this book is not unique, it seems to be an overall Audible(.com) recording & editing issue.
Be aware that this second book is definitely not a jumping-on point though, you really need to read/listen to We Are Legion first.
I’m rating it 4 stars overall instead of 5, mainly for myself, to keep track of what I like and how much I like it. There are other books in my library that I have given the full five stars because they simply impacted me more.
However, that is not to say that this is not a good book, on the contrary. I recommend this for everyone who liked book 1 and I’m genuinely looking forward to part 3!
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