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All These Worlds

Bobiverse, Book 3
Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Bobiverse, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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The epic and highly anticipated conclusion to the listener-favorite series that had countless Audible listeners (and employees) hooked from the very first Bob—featuring, as always, a flawless performance from the inimitable Ray Porter.

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble.

They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others.

Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol - unless the Others arrive first.

©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Eli
  • 2018-03-01

Now what am I gonna do with my life?

I loved this series. I saw it on my recommendations for a while but I wasn't much of a SciFi fan. decided to try it and just wow. the story was amazing and captivating from beginning to end. the narration was the best that I've heard yet. I could visualize each characters facial features based on his tone before he gave the description of what they were suppose to look like. the story itself was great. it was one of the few series I've read that I've wanted to continue hearing more of. l usually get bored of a series in the middle but this one had me in the edge throughout the whole thing. I've been trying to find something else like this to listen to but no luck. When finishing the book I was just left with, what now? nothing can top that.
10/10 would recommend.

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great series

stretching a bit think in book 3, but still great fun. narrator deserves a raise.

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One of the best Scifi series I've ever read.

The kind of books you keep thinking about long after you read them. And Ray Porter is the best.

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Another Success

The third installment and thought it might not live up to the first two. I think the first may be my favourite just because of the introduction of the concept. Highly recommend the series, this book met all expectations, looking forward to the fourth.

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Fantastic Adventure

Loved it. Had everything a space opera needs. Love, war, sorrow and joy, and intrigue. Wondering if there is another book in the works.

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Mild letdown

The series can't help but finish on a bit of a low note with the epic battle with the Others taking place over two chapters, and being of such a high-level viewpoint that it lacks a certain viscerality. The fascinating science-fiction that abounds in the previous books is (merely) continued here, without much evolution. The author serves too many individual plotlines onto his plate and struggles to finish them all satisfactorily, as some of the narrative+emotional climaxes of the trilogy occurred in the previous book, and characters like Will are largely left adrift. I was hoping for Bob to eventually get down to a galaxy-charting expedition, with the full knowledge that geometric growth is his greatest asset against the Others. In the end, the author settles on four or five star-systems that lack sufficient punch to distract from my personal disbelief that Bob could be so self-important that he refuses to create more probes to search the galaxy. As mentioned, the author also lacks the awareness to bring the various plot threads of the various star-systems and various Bobs to a single well-knit conclusion, and with every main Bob given equal time, the actual danger of the Others feels unimaginably weak in comparison to the danger the story tells us they pose. In other words, neither the pacing nor the characters are as well-developed as they could have been.

As a personal complaint, I swear the phrases "grin" or "raised eyebrows" each appear over five hundred times in this book. Get a thesaurus for god's sake.

However, this is not to say I don't like it. These are largely nitpicks clinging to a very solid core. A mostly-satisfying, if occasionally-unsatisfying conclusion. 3.5/5

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Fun, thoughtful storytelling.

Great story, a fun exploration of the deeper meanings of AI after death without being preachy or dark. Mixed subtly with lots of science & pop cultural references.

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Fun wrap up

Fun wrap up of the Bobiverse Trilogy. Good story made great by an amazing performance. Can't wait for the search for Bender.

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Awesome...phantom limb found!

Fantastic story, narration....all fantastic. Thank you for the Bobiverse! The weird phantom limb syndrome I've been experiencing is gone. There is hope for us.

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A decent conclusion to a fascinating experiment

Bobverse is hard to compare to other sci-fi, or other books. The scale and timeline that make it so utterly fascinating and imaginative also make it hard to connect with as deeply as most other works of this caliber. As an audiobook, it’s particularly difficult to follow which bob we are following and when, even with some effort to clarify it. The narrator is talented for sure, but there’s no way to successfully tell the story in this medium. What’s really missing from this book is missing from the previous ones. A real flaw in Bob’s character that he has to confront and grow beyond. A lesson that humanity learns, as they are often a collective character. Some purpose or meaning to it all would have been nice, and could elevate the material to greatness. I guess I could go on for hours about the creativity on display here, the nerdy, clever references and of course, the excitement building to a confrontation with the others. All I’ll add is this though. By the end, I didn’t have too many questions and I was still curious where Bob would go next, and what would happen to Howard and Bill and Will and all the uncountable rest. And that’s a win in my book.

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  • Mr. Efrain B. Sr.
  • 2017-08-15

Excellent

Excellent and imaginative. a really interesting view of what the human mind is capable of if given time. And how politics, Religious views and fanaticism can easily destroy a civilization.

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  • Craig Schorling
  • 2017-08-20

Satisfying End to a Fun Series

It took a while for this one to get going for me but by the end of it I felt completely satisfied. Taylor wraps up all the loose ends and gives fitting endings to all of the characters. In keeping with the other 2 books, this one kept the balance of humor, pop culture references, heartfelt moments, and action. Ray Porter continues to show why he is one of the best in the business. I look forward to his future works.

I hope that this is the ending. Not because I'm glad it is over but rather I would hate to see it be brought back and have the conclusion tainted. The subjective nature of the ending is something that my friends and I are continuing to discuss and that is what makes a great story.

Overall: 4.75/5

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  • JJ
  • 2018-07-26

I wonder what could have been

I'm not a writer and don't pretend to be a critic. It's easy to see what occurs in multi-sequel books and movies, that it's just not easy to tie a grand scheme together time after time. This is sort of how I felt with the wrap up of this series. The first part was excellent, interesting and novel... a new twist to AI and space exploration. But as the story progressed, it got bogged down in personal politics and rushed storytelling. It's like the author came to a crossroad in book 2... to the left lead a path that would bring this series to epic proportions and galactic grandeur, while the right path lead to a quick and convenient end. You can sense the greatness of what could have been and, in finishing the story, I felt a sense of loss that it could have been more.

That is not to say it was not enjoyable. It was just too conveniently and quickly ended.

The narrator was good throughout the books and finished well here in book three.

It was worth the credit and I don't regret it, although I'll continue to wonder what could have been.

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  • Greg
  • 2017-09-01

Eh??

I loved the first and second book. But this one seemed like the author just wanted to finish the book off and move on (felt rushed). Quick convenient conclusions of everything. Still enjoyable.. just not to par with the previous books.

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  • Virgil
  • 2017-08-08

Clean ending to a fantastic series

Note: Early readers need to redownload to get the complete book!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As with any series ending, you always wish there was more, and this book didn't feel as complete as the others, but was still a great read. The conflicts that arose were varied, and exposes the depths of humanity's desire for power and self interest. They were not as complex as in the previous two books, and the resolution came about a bit easy at times, but it didn't take away my enjoyment. Besides, we wanted to get to the battle with the Others anyway. Again, it was over a bit too quickly, but definitely gives you a sense of finality. The only minor sticking point is the Medeiros story line doesn't feel as complete. There are some real emotional highs and lows in this book I don't want to come close to spoiling. Overall a great end to a fantastic series.

Ray Porter's performance is amazing.

Do not read this book without finishing the previous two.

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  • Michelle
  • 2017-08-17

Compelling Narrative; Talented Performance

Bobiverse book 3 is sets a new standard in sci-fi storytelling awesomeness - things just get more interesting in the wake of crushing Delta Pavonus defeat. The foreboding 'Others' threat maintains a constant suspense you just keep wondering about. The storyline is filled with futuristic realism and compelling plot lines. Dennis Taylor masterfully progresses his grand-plan narrative into an ever culmination climax that leaves you begging for Book 4! Very well done! You'll be taken places you've never imagined possible.

Ray Porter skillfully narrates the complex Bobiverse cast of characters; His consistency of tone with each makes the audiobook very pleasing to listen to and highly believable. His highly talented performance will lead you from laughter to anxiety and everything in between. Thank you Ray for such a great performance; I highly look forward to the next installment!

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  • Claudia H
  • 2017-08-14

Not sure if I loved this one as much as the rest

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I loved that there are so many Bob's in this story, but there were a couple points where I think I missed the transition and I didn't realize which Bob we were with, so while it's great to have them all, there were a few moments of confusion for me.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am not so secretly in love with Ray Porter, so he can do anything, and I would love it. I think that he did an excellent job, per usual.

Any additional comments?

I think the production value of this book wasn't as good as last time. There were some clear points were the narration was poorly cut, and Ray sounds like he's sitting farther from the mic for a minute or two and then it goes back to normal. This happens a lot, but while it doesn't take away from the book, it's noticeable enough to be a little distracting.

I still loved the book, I think it was a little anti-climactic compared to the previous one, but I would still recommend the series.

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  • EatKabab
  • 2018-08-03

A fun ending but maybe the other two were better.

Overall this is a really fun trilogy of stories that is far more believable than most other sci-fi stories. It's still quite out there however so much enjoyment. Unfortunately the third edition is a bit drawn out maybe. Still a very good story and a great audiobook. One of my favorites for sure.

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  • A Reader Named Matt
  • 2018-07-26

If you got this far, you have a pretty good idea

This is the weakest of the Bobiverse books, but it's still good and if you finished the previous two you will of course want to find out what happens. My main complaint is the jumps between multiple plots with hugely different stakes. One plot might be concerned with the fate of an entire race, another they might be purely personal, and they play out at the same time, without either plot informing the other. It's a bit schizophrenic. But I still recommend the whole series, and Ray Porter's voice will always BE Bob to me.

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  • smart
  • 2017-09-12

Three times the price for a lame finish

I was very intrigued by the first two parts of the story, but the conclusion didn't do much but wrap up the story. There wasn't really any new or exciting developments worth the purchase of a third installment. The worst thing about this series is that each book is a credit and yet the entire story is really one book that's been stretched to fill three. I didn't care for this installment and fill deeply underwhelmed by it. It does well to wrap up the story it not in any interesting way.

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