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Summer Frost

Forward
Auteur(s): Blake Crouch
Narrateur(s): Rosa Salazar
Durée: 2 h et 19 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 évaluations)

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Audible narration by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel)

A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion.

Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision - veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. When the curious Riley extracts her code for closer examination, an emotional relationship develops between them. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own?

Blake Crouch’s Summer Frost is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.

©2019 Blake Crouch (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Rosa Salazar provides a dead-on, almost eerie, performance of an AI in this short science fiction story...altering her performance as the AI refines and reinvents itself throughout the story. It's a startling evolution of character, driven home by Salazar’s transition from passive dialogue to gut-punching directness. The story challenges what it means to be human and gives sci-fi listeners some poignant moments to ponder long after the credits end." --AudioFile magazine

"…a sensational project...." --Spine Magazine

“This is exactly how I like my techno-anxiety.... Happy bingeing!" --Audible, an October Editors Pick 

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  • Au global
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  • DavidG
  • 2019-10-08

Sigh, How Many Times Have We Heard This Story?

*Yawn* Hmm, let's see, the sad, lonely human falling in love with a robot? The first time I came across that story was in the 1950's while reading Issac Asimov's "I, Robot". More recently, didn't some Hollywood star play a loser falling in love with Scarlett Johansson's voice, the voice of his AI personal assistant? Then there's the creation who turns on its creator story which goes back beyond even Frankenstein to some of the older golem tales and which is as recent as the latest Terminator movie. Sigh, how many more times must we hear these same stories? And make no mistake about it - "Summer Frost" is the same old story told yet again. The only new wrinkle Crouch adds is a particularly whingy and irritating nerd protagonist. He does throw in a bit of sophomoric philosophizing at the end in an apparent attempt to say something new but it's not. Just more of the same old, same old. I'll take either one of the first two Terminator movies over this waste of time any day.

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  • Manoj Mahalingam
  • 2019-10-02

Nothing new...

The same tried and tested story around AI going rogue after gaining consciousness, the minor twist in the end notwithstanding.

Narration by Rosa Salazar was average at best and distracting at times.

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  • BJ S
  • 2020-06-30

it made me think.

the reader was very good. would gladly listen to it again. would like the opportunity to discuss this with someone in the industry.

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  • Linda
  • 2019-10-22

Max Is Not Human But Riley Is

Fascinating concept of a human AI developer, Riley, falling in love with her creation to the detriment of her marriage and everything else. She is obsessed with educating Max to think and behave like a human. Imagine her surprise when Max attempts to take over Riley and other humans. So far Max is living inside a protective space with access only to Riley. Riley does not know how far Max has developed on her own until it is too late. It is a look at how AI is created, then enhanced, and maybe it could take over the world. Think of the Rise of Machines from the movies. The narrator, Rosa Salazar, was excellent.

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  • J. S. Harbour
  • 2019-09-18

inconsistent narration but extraordinary story

this is a really fascinating story which seemed a little bit too much like the film ex machina (including billionaire recluse alone in his house) but that's okay I enjoyed it anyway.

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  • Cathie
  • 2019-09-24

Enough

I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reviewer who said this is a political WOKE piece of propaganda. I normally love Blake Crouch, and I listen to this author and others like him purely for entertainment, not for an analysis of politically correct gender pronouns. Give it a rest. We're talking about AI, for Pete's sake. The narration was very good though.

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  • G-Dude
  • 2020-07-05

Best book of the Amazon Original Forward series

I read the other books and finally completed this one. Without a doubt, the best book of the bunch.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2020-06-26

Do we really want artificial intelligence?

Riley is a video game developer, working on the problem of an oddly recalcitrant non-player character in her current project. After a good bit of work, she manages to extract the code and work on that character--which seems to be developing into an AI.

The character is Maxine, or Max, as she is usually called, whose only role in the game is to be killed by her husband in a bloody, ritual sacrifice that kicks off the game. Riley thinks this can be developed into a very capable and interesting AI. And as she continues to work on Max, she begins to get very involved with Max. Her marriage suffers, she's working on no other projects at all--and her boss is finding it increasingly dubious. Riley starts to wonder what will happen if the increasingly intelligent Max ever gets out into the real world.

And then Max warns Riley of a dangerous plot her boss is engaged in.

Riley has some critical decisions to make. Will she make the right ones?

It's an interesting theory, and I really liked Riley, but also had a good deal of sympathy for her wife, Meredith, despite how little we see of her. And I have a bunch of other things I want to say, except, no, those would be spoilers.

It's a very interesting look at what real AI might mean. Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Alex
  • 2020-06-23

Interesting take on AI

I enjoyed the story, classic sci fi topic with some really unique modern twists. Great characters. Interesting exploration of gender and what it is to be human. The ending was ominous, makes you really think about what happens next.

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  • R Webber
  • 2020-05-21

Slow, slow narration.

Narration is sooooo slow. Sounds as if it has been mechanically slowed. Kind of sorry I got this series. Jemisin's wasn't bad at all, but.....