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All Gifts, Bestowed

Auteur(s): Joshua Gayou
Narrateur(s): R.C. Bray
Durée: 11 h et 56 min
4 out of 5 stars (38 évaluations)

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Description

The next big thing in artificial intelligence is here.

Codenamed Cronus, the machine is capable of having its own thoughts and ideas - an absolute dream come true, until it wasn’t. When Cronus responds with the word “No” to a specific task it is assigned, Anagnorisis Technologies brings in Gilles Guattari to investigate. 

His combined background in psychiatry, psychology, and AI research makes him their best hope in evaluating Cronus, and determining if the machine is only malfunctioning or if it has become something more. 

Don't miss this mind-blowing stand-alone novel about what it means to be alive, from the best-selling author of the Commune series. Narrated by the award-winning R.C. Bray.

©2019 Joshua Gayou (P)2019 Joshua Gayou and Blue Heron Audio

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Au global

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JSM
  • 2019-07-31

meh

the story started off strong and had some interesting ideas and themes, but fell pretty flat at the end. nothing to get too excited about.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • JS
  • 2019-07-29

not what it could have been

I kept reading this book hoping it was going to get better, as some of the reviews claim. It does not. Disjointed and technically uninformed with clear but uninspired narration. The ending is open in a manner which suggests the reader should draw on the evidence to piece it together; but to me the intent seems self evident and (again for me) I found it lacking.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars

Expected better

Story falls flat at the end. Overall story logic is lacking.
Narrator is great, but did not alter the voice much between some of the characters, makes it a bit difficult to follow at times.

1 personnes sur 1 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Compelling AI story

I love an AI story that can come up with a unique take. The story took a sharp left turn about a quarter into the book and it made me nervous at first but ultimately it was a satisfying narrative arc. Also RC Bray was amazing as always!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Riveting

The story along with the narration was superb. I was completely absorbed from start to finiish.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars

Solid A.I. Thriller.

Loved it. It was a slow burn that kicked into some heat action. Realistic and scary all at the same time .
RC Bray was fantastic as well!

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent listen.

Fantastic listen, great story , good characters and of course RC Bray is amazing at bringing this story to life.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars

Another Great book by Joshua Gayou

Do yourself a favour and listen to everything by Joshua Gayou narrated by R.C. Bray

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Dave
  • 2019-06-15

Really amazing story

You really can't go wrong with this combination of author and narrator. I'm pretty sure Gayou could write a book about how lame I am, and Bray could narrate it, and I would give it five stars.
On to the actual story: It is in depth, interesting, and not predictable. As with the commune series, the author knows how to do his research and write his characters as real people. I don't know what else I can say without gushing spoilers, so I will wrap up this review by saying that, yes, you do need to listen to this.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Travis Cope
  • 2019-07-23

Starts out intellectual, ends up a no brain thriller.

It’s started out as such a good book, then turned into a stupid mindless thriller book with a god awful ending. Feel like I could have spent those hours on something better.

11 personnes sur 11 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Melinda Mae
  • 2019-06-27

Two Books in One, But Neither Realized

Begins as an examination of what is consciousness, and that was what I had hoped it would continue as.

However that initial reaction was cut somewhat short by a quick tonal jump in the prolonged second act that turned the novel into an extremely protracted series of chases.

The abrupt 3rd act feels unearned and compressed to the point where I as a reader/listener felt cheated.

It's not a "bad" book, it's just seems like two half books smashed together and neither really finished.

37 personnes sur 40 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars
  • J. T. Carter
  • 2019-06-12

I could not stop listening!

I loved EVERYTHING about this book! Fun characters. I enjoyed the protective body guard robot (the somewhat outdated clunky-ish model) a lot! I laughed many times while listening to the dialog between the key characters.

R.C. Bray is the best in the business. His performance enhances everything he reads. This book waa no exception. The voices he uses are always perfect for each character. He is the master. ~ JTC ~

39 personnes sur 43 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Tyler
  • 2019-06-23

A Mixed Bag

The ending felt a little rushed. I felt a more lengthy and in depth reveal was in order. I still understood all the inferences, but it would have been more satisfying if the author had spent a little more time on them and perhaps a little less on the somewhat nonsensical trek that led to them. In short, the first half of the book was golden, the second half kind of jerks the reader around.

11 personnes sur 12 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • RocketSauce
  • 2019-06-28

Listen for the narration only.

The story is sub-par. With the conclusion to the commune series (a series I loved until that 4th abomination of a book), I have realized that the author does not know how to conclude a story. The plot has several major elements ripped from novels that simply do the subject matter better. The "ending" was very poorly foreshadowed, and several major characters are brushed to the wayside for a new shiny deus ex machina (a trend with the authors books).

What can I say.....meh? I guess that rating is a good as I can give.

RC Bray, as always, is an enhancement to the story.

12 personnes sur 14 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Questionable Edict
  • AK, TX, CT
  • 2019-06-25

Starts Strong, Ends in a Whimper

AG,B has a promising enough start for this type of sci-fi. Emergent AI is emergent, etc.
Unfortunately it then settles into a muddled mid-section with little story progression. Instead of sticking with the “Big Questions” approach, it surprisingly devolves into a long and unbelievable road trip/action novel complete with a generic comic-relief-sidekick robot.
Towards the end the author is clearly rushing himself. In fact, the end is so abrupt that I’m not sure it bothers to resolve much of anything that happens during the story. I don’t need all my questions answered. On the contrary, sci-fi in general is strongest when it *doesn’t* provide easy answers. But the stories themselves need to be coherent and balanced. The characters need to make complete journeys beyond the literal journey taken in the book. That doesn’t happen here. (I won’t even get into how women are written in AG,B. Let’s just say it’s not good.)
I don’t necessarily regret spending a credit on this book - I was still entertained - but it also didn’t come close to meeting the expectations of its heady subject.

16 personnes sur 19 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Z
  • Chicago
  • 2019-08-03

Waste of Bray

What started out as an interesting concept about a relationship between an Psychiatrist / A.I. consultant to determine if an A.I. named Cronus has become self aware but the story is suddenly abandoned and replaced with a boring and predictable chase between an unknown entity and the whiny Doctor,street urchin and big hero 6! I found myself no longer caring what happens in the story and was not surprised by the ending, this story was a waste of RC Bray who gives another 5 star performance

3 personnes sur 3 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Oneeye
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 2019-08-03

Listen first and last

The first 2-3 hours are very intriguing and set up for an incredibly interesting book. It completely dies from then till the last 45 mins or so. Just skip over the middle 2/3 and go to the end. Or better yet, just don't bother.

3 personnes sur 3 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Lily
  • Ogden, Utah
  • 2019-07-24

flimsy story used to explain authors AI interests

I really wanted to like this book, and the concept seemed interesting. I am a huge fan of futuristic dystopian novels and movies utilizing real science to drive the plot and characters. This book just felt like their was an idea of what a future AI would do and arrive at but we are forced to listen to lengthy conversations about the science disguised as question and answers by the characters. Then a big Robot riding in a 2018 Hellcat with a female Heroine saving the day......I rolled my eyes unintentionally throughout the book. Story is flimsy and contrived just to hide a somewhat interesting premise. Im going to be returning this book.

3 personnes sur 3 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente