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The definitive novel of today's Silicon Valley, After On flash-captures our cultural and technological moment with up-to-the-instant savvy. Matters of privacy and government intrusion, post-Tinder romance, nihilistic terrorism, artificial consciousness, synthetic biology, and much more are tackled with authority and brash playfulness by New York Times best-selling author Rob Reid.

Meet Phluttr - a diabolically addictive new social network and a villainess, heroine, enemy, and/or bestie to millions. Phluttr has ingested every fact and message ever sent to, from, and about her innumerable users. Her capabilities astound her makers - and they don't even know the tenth of it.

But what's the purpose of this stunning creation? Is it a front for something even darker and more powerful than the NSA? A bid to create a trillion-dollar market by becoming "The UberX of Sex"? Or a reckless experiment that could spawn the digital equivalent of a middle-school mean girl with enough charisma, dirt, and cunning to bend the entire planet to her will?

Phluttr has it in her to become the greatest gossip, flirt, or matchmaker in history. Or she could cure cancer, bring back Seinfeld, then start a nuclear war. Whatever she does, it's not up to us. But a motley band of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and engineers might be able to influence her.

After On achieves the literary singularity - fusing speculative satire and astonishing reality into a sharp-witted, ferociously believable, IMAX-wide view of our digital age.

Narrated by Sean Kenin and January LaVoy, with:
Felicia Day: NETGRRRL.COM
Patrick Rothfuss: Special Field Operative Brock Hogan
John Hodgman: Charles Henry Higgensworth III
Tom Merritt: voice of The New York Times
Jesse Cox: Whistle Blowings Blog
Leo Laporte: voice of The San Francisco Chronicle

©2017 Rob Reid (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"After On is smart, hilarious, and properly cynical about our connected world. The story unfolds in surprising and fiendish ways, and while you're laughing you'll learn enough to confound a wily MBA, manipulate a board of directors, and maybe even outfox a superintelligence." (Ken Fisher, founder and editor in chief, Ars Technica)

"Rob Reid doesn't write science fiction; he writes future history. After On is the best account I've read of how superintelligence will arrive and what it will mean for all of us. Hilarious, frightening, believable, and marvelously constructed - After On has it all." (Hugh Howey, New York Times best-selling author of Wool)

"Enter a near-future Silicon Valley that is hilariously, creepily, mind-bogglingly fantastic, yet at the same time all too believable. It might turn out this way. No, really, it might! Along with After On's diabolically ingenious plot, there are crazy-plausible web startups, delicious parodies of social media, and a surprisingly convincing theory of human consciousness." (Chris Anderson, head of TED)

"Reading After On is like attending a master class in nearly every major issue haunting not only the tech industry but society itself. Only the professor is also a stand-up comic with a perfect ear for the foibles of Silicon Valley's most sacred cows. Part AI thriller, part arch social commentary, and part rollicking farce, After On will leave you smarter about just about everything the human species needs to work on if we're going to outlive our own creations - and our obsessions with them." (John Battelle, co-founder, NewCo, Federated Media, and Wired)

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  • Ryan S.
  • 2017-08-10

great story - unbelievable cast of narrators

I wasn't sure about this at first having never read the author and it turned out to be a fantastic find! unique plot, well developed characters (over the top at times but I think it adds to the satirical nature of the novel) and a truly exceptional cast of narrators (Especially Ms La Voy but that is to be expected). The interwoven time line was a little confusing for me at first but that's me and I was able to catch on quickly (hint that you probably don't need but helped me, the vignettes tell you the time line your on) . Don't let that deter you though, the book made me laugh and the characters, however satirical, will have you caring for them. For me, this audio book has joined the ranks of my two all time favorites, Anansi Boys and The Martian. Enjoy!

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  • Keith Cuthbert
  • 2017-08-05

Wow!

You need to listen to this. I just finished the book. More capable people will write better reviews soon. I want to do what I can to help this story get heard. Story, production, and performances were among the best I've heard and I've listened to more than 350 audible titles. Awesome job!

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  • Richard W Fronapfel Jr
  • NEW YORK, NY, US
  • 2017-08-01

All-too-real commentary on web culture

If you could sum up After On in three words, what would they be?

Irreverent, Confident, (wildly) Entertaining

What was one of the most memorable moments of After On?

Rob Reid grabs you from page 1...inviting you on a ride that's both sobering and laugh-out-loud funny

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but sadly, I couldn't do it in one sitting, but it is a remarkably engaging read

Any additional comments?

I was fortunate to read Mr. Reid's achingly funny and charming Year Zero last year, so I've been anxiously awaiting this one. What I found was a more confident, patient story teller who wasn't just about entertaining, but leading the reader on a journey...the irreverent humor is still there, and I laughed audibly and often, but I felt that I had witnessed an amazing maturation...I think this will thrust Mr. Reid more firmly into the national (and international) consciousness!

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  • Jessica Boyd
  • 2017-08-13

Fun and interesting

Most stories about AI are very dark. This is understandable since it usually leads to the end of humanity. "After On" manages to avoid this. It is fun, deep, and philosophically intriguing. The begging can feel a little schizophrenic but it smooths out once all the pieces start fitting together. If I were to compare it to anything I think I would say it is philosophically similar to Dave Eggers "The Circle" except much, muuuch more satisfying in terms of plot pacing and character development.

The narration is a little over-the-top dramatic which I know some people enjoy. At times I found it a little distracting but overall it was a good performance.

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  • Victor
  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • 2017-08-11

Great book with great performances!

What did you love best about After On?

Rob shows us the near future in a very thought provoking novel...leavened with humour and wit.

What did you like best about this story?

Extrapolating current trends into future history is always the goal of Science Fiction, and this book does that very, very well.<br/>

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  • Scott
  • 2017-08-06

So I searched for the Amazon reviewer Higgensworth

Would you listen to After On again? Why?

Yes, I enjoy Rob's writing and the fact that this ties in to Year Zero makes it that much more enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of After On?

I found the reviews written by Charles Higgenworth III from Boston. Massachusetts. And not only are they word for word, but the date is correct as well. Excellent work.

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  • Andrew Cotton
  • 2017-11-14

A radio play

The story is whimsical and thought provoking. The production is more radio play than audio book.

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  • Jeff
  • Nashville, TN United States
  • 2017-10-17

Fun and wonderful story of AI

If you’re looking for wonderful story about AI that is not in the typical voice, this is the story for you. The different voice actors that inhabit the world do an incredible job and the story is also incredibly interesting. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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  • Mike Calvo
  • Florida
  • 2017-10-15

I couldn’t put it down!

Let me start with the book. The story is amazing. You can tell that the author really did his research. I am a geek, and as a geek, I am really picky about science fiction writers and the way that they depict current and future technologies in the books they write. Mr. Reid did an amazing job! Kudos to you!
The narration!
Oh my goodness!!! What an amazing job they did!
This is aMUST read for anyone!
Enjoy, I know I did!

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  • C. White
  • So. CA
  • 2017-10-13

Take the initial challenge... FINISH THE BOOK!! ;)

I ain't no Charles Henry Higginsworth III..., but I LOVED this book! If you caught that reference you have surely already read this book... If not, read the damn book so you DO get the reference (kind of a Catch 22 proposition)!

So now in an effort to make this review more traditional/helpful, let me say this... I LOVE this book (oh wait, I already said that). Like Rob Reid's last book, "Year Zero" I was so intrigued by the story and the audio incarnation of the book that I actually bought and read the printed version (no eBook baby... The real thing).

I was delighted to see that "After On" takes place in the same universe as "Year Zero" yet is in no way a sequel or even a prequel. It was fun to see several characters from "Year Zero" pop up in the story as well, but if you have never read the previous book, it would not hinder your enjoyment of this thought-provoking book.

As much as I love the book, I am curious to see how it will stand over time. Being a work of speculative fiction in the immediate present, it could date itself very quickly, but I do not think so. There are a few very ham-fisted literary tricks that amount to not much more than gimmicks sprinkled throughout the story, but they are not so intrusive as to ruin the book in the slightest. It's a little bit slow to Build, but rest assured, very little time is wasted. Every bit of it is important to the story. Apparently throwaway observations/comments do come back at the end to play in important part in the resolution of the storyline.

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