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All Gifts, Bestowed

Written by: Joshua Gayou
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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!

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Riveting

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

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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!

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Excellent listen.

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

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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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  • 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.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • 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 ~

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Nytprowler
  • Lakewood, CO, United States
  • 2019-06-15

Amazing

From Heinlein's Moon to Daniel Suarez, but more engaging. I loved this book. Joshua Gayou is a rising star. As always an award winning performance by R.C. Bray.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • 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.

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  • Bridget
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 2019-06-12

Incredible!

Exquisitely written and full of detail. if you're bored with the unsophisticated dribble that passes for SciFi in modern literature and desperately wanting another Asimov to emerge and transport you to another reality with his brilliant writing...look no further.

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  • SSJ3Mewtwo
  • 2019-06-30

Excellent overall story

The ending... Not quite as excellent. But a phenomenal performance and a very gripping body of work makes this a fantastic thriller which asks a lot of the right questions for the modern day.

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  • Joel
  • 2019-06-30

I love this subject of AI

Listen to this in 2 days Joshua Gauguin is one of my favorite authors can’t wait to buy his next book.

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  • Lucas Grey
  • Seattle, WA
  • 2019-06-27

I hate to give this 4 stars

So I love anything sci-fi and I realize I am going to hear things repeated many times. I didn't mind any of the recycled AI themes I actually thought he did a great job of putting his own spin on the AI genre. (SPOILER ALERT) My one issue with the book is that you get the AI storyline going and it's realllly good. Then when they move away from the AI the story is still reallllly good. But the lack of information is very telling in that it seems like the whole AI thing just gets tuned out for a large part of the book and it's quite obvious (to me anyways) who is going to end up being at fault for most of this - and not just because of the typical AI takes over everything in audiobooks I read - but he should have included the AI more during the middle/mid-late areas of the book that threw you off the scent. It was so easy to figure out it was the AI, really bums me out.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful