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For We Are Many

Bobiverse, Book 2
Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,081 ratings)

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The highly anticipated sequel to Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling "so much fun", "what science fiction was meant to be", and what would happen if "Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild".

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.

Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.

Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.

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

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Amazing story

For We Are Many is just more of what make the first book great. The narrative strings diverge to keep the story fresh and interesting. Ray Porter's reading is dynamic and exciting slowing down and speeding up to keep pace with the story.

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I must continue to the third book!

I was hesitant when beginning the first book but I am so hooked unto the story I am immediately buying the third book. I will be sad when I finish no matter the final ending

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So worth it for any sci-if fan

This is a general comment on the Bobiverse Series, not just this book (although it is fantastic).

Such a fun and interesting story line with an amazingly developed set of characters. To top it all of, the narration is absolutely stellar.

Don’t hesitate just enjoy!

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Absolutly marvelous

The naration in making the characters. The author create a really brillant universe... errr Bobiverse ;)

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great follow up to the first

Bob ventures on exploring the universe, lots of laughs and feels, I look forward to continuing the series

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Awesome second part of a trilogy

Excellent second installment. Can't wait for book 3. already looking for more by the author

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Great book with an asterisk

Amazing performance by Porter however technical issues caused occasional rerecorded takes to sound different and out of place.

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Wonderful

This is such a great story that had me hooked and craving more after the 2nd chapter in book 1. after book 2 I'm racing to finish book 3!

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Fails the Bechdal

Started off fun, fast paced and entertaining. Until I identified what was missing. Women with character. So I checked the publication date, maybe this book was a few decades old? Nope, 2016.
There is a secondary Dr in the first book who makes a very brief appearance, an ex fiancé who has an affair, A’s wife, Diana who is annoying and backwards, the medicine woman who is stubborn and ignorant, the only children who exhibit any intelligence are male and Howard’s love interest is forgiven for letting herself go when her husband dies. But he still finds her attractive even if her hair is grey and her chin is a bit saggy. Seriously!!?
And 40 some Bobs in and there is no female version? Would have been a great plot line.
Will not be buying book 3.

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Amazing series so far.

I absolutely love this book/series,maybe more so because it's my field of interest in so many ways. But either way I think it's well written and well read! Thanks.

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  • Devin
  • 2017-04-18

Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

Would you consider the audio edition of For We Are Many to be better than the print version?

Ray Porter is Legendary. His enactment, tempo, and changing speech patterns for each individual Bob is distinct and engaging. I do not believe the print version is any less compared to the audiobook but I will say Ray Porter adds a new dimension to the novel that cannot be appraised enough and would suggest to any reader to give the audio version a try.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Howard. He showed the humanity of the Bobs in a new way that was never explored in the first novel.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Death. Immortality is beginning to wear down on the first generation of Bobs. In a way, they are truly becoming akin to the sky god bob always joked about. It really shows the diverging character that is bob after every copy is born. How they handle each situation is completely different but yet so similar that you can see the Bob in them.

Any additional comments?

This series has blown my mind. Very few novels have I ever thought improved from the first as this one has. I'm looking forward to the next novel in this series and have officially added the author to my "Read any book they write " list.

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  • Calliope
  • 2018-03-03

Weaker and more muddled, but still really good

This isn't as good as the first in the series, but it's still very good, with an excellent narrator who really embodies all the various incarnations of Bob. However, with all those incarnations, there's bound to be some thinning of the stock, and it's just a little more unfocused than before. Very enjoyable, though, and I still recommend it.

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  • Squid73
  • 2017-04-20

Hooked? No not me, as I sit in a corner holding myself

This book doesn't fail to excite and entrap me into this story and want for more. Like so many others who love this book as much is I do, I am now beside myself waiting for book 3. Dennis E Taylor has captured in my view, the addiction of old-school serials that hearken to the days of Flash Gordon and original Star Trek, but brings enough of the new technology and realism with a fresh mix of Bob comedy that has made this series of books to move to my top 10 list of best stories of all time. Douglas Adams has a run for his money now with Dennis and the bobs!!

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2017-05-03

THE FECAL MATTER HAS HIT THE ATMOSPHERIC PROJECTOR

WELCOME TO BOBNET
I did listen to all of this and I did enjoy it. It is not as good as book one and it is really a filler or story stretcher to get us to the next book. We don't see or talk to the main antagonist (THE OTHERS) until 6 hours and 40 minutes into the nine hour book. When an author waits until two thirds of the book is over to introduce the main bad guy, than he is setting up the next book. Do not get me wrong interesting things happen and I am sure the biggest nerds of the crowd are tickled pink. I was starting to wonder if their was going to be a plot, a romance or exploration of space. There are a few confrontations with minor bad guys in the first six hours, but they are minor and are handled fairly easily. There was no challenge for Bob.

THE RISK OF GODHOOD
One of the main themes that is explored in the first six hours, is Bob trying to help too much. Every time he does something he thinks will help, something bad happens as a result. I loved this theme and I liked the way the author did not cheat, and made it tough on Bob.

BOB HAS NO JUNK
We have been told for years that sex is in our heads and I strongly agree. I also feel that love and companionship are extremely important to mankind. I believe without such companionship, we suffer mentally. There was a hint at a romance in book 2 and some talk about making other replicants. I believe the introduction of women to the storyline will benefit the series greatly.

THERE CAN NEVER BE TOO MANY OF US. THERE CAN ONLY BE NOT ENOUGH FOOD.
I really like the sound of these bad guys. They sound very evil and like a huge challenge for Bob. I wish they would have been involved in the plot earlier, but at least they are here to cause havoc now. Hopefully book three will show us more of the evil beings.

REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, NOT JUST FOR HUMANS
Don't listen to Ray Porter or any of the books, he reads. (Reverse psychology)

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  • Julian
  • 2017-04-19

I shouldn't have mainlined it in one sitting.

Noooo! NOw I have to wait for the next one forEVER! A fantastically creative and entertaining tale. The stakes just keep getting higher, and the Bobs keep getting quirkier. Amazing.

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  • Kathy in CA
  • 2017-05-23

Porter IS Bob!

Lots of fun here for sci-fi lovers in Book 2 of the Bobs' story. Of course, the Bobs are back--Bobs along with Bill, Riker, Howard, Mulder, and a myriad of other replicants intent on saving mankind from total annihilation.

I found this, the second book, just as much fun as the first story. The beginning of the book jumped around a bit, seemingly without direction, but it soon picked up with the discovery of the evil others. There's nothing predictable about this story, which I really appreciate. There's lots of lots of depth to the characters as they evolve over time. You'll also find plenty of humor, many references to sci-fi heroes of the past and other fictitious characters we all know, and lots of adventure.

Ray Porter is totally amazing as narrator. I haven't figured out whether he fits the characters like a glove or is it that they fit him like a glove? You would swear the book was written with him in mind, as he gives such a spectacular, uncannily good performance. His voice remains in my mind long after I turn the book off.

So, if you still have any reservations about entering the Bobiverse, read some of the other great reviews and get yourself convinced.

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  • James
  • 2017-06-24

Good performance, same book as #1

This book is so close to book #1 that it's almost unnecessary to even read. The same bad jokes, the same idea. You walk away after reading both books with the same feeling, like you've just read the same book. Don't get me wrong, I really liked book #1, but didn't find any excitement in book #2. Nothing new. Too bad.

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  • Christian Shahmardian
  • 2017-04-18

A near perfect continuation

Where does For We Are Many rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is incredible, easily in my top 5 right along with We Are Legion (We Are Bob). Easily on par with another of my favorites, The Martian by Andy Weir.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Every main character is just a different iteration of Bob but Mulder brings more to this story than I originally thought he would. The side characters in this book are just as good as the original and Archimedes is still easily the best of them all.

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

He brings the same varied life into this book as he did the first. However, there are a few words that are pronounced completely different in this book than the last (If you heard the first book you know exactly what I mean). This is a bit off-putting at first but after around an hour or so you get used to the new pronunciation.

Any additional comments?

This book is an absolute must have and I hope to see a lot more from this series! Please support this author and buy his books so he can make more! I promise you won't be disappointed!!!!

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  • Nathan
  • 2017-04-19

main complaint, too short.

I'm loving this series. now I'm just waiting for the next installment with baited breath.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-04-19

More Bobs!

Dennis Taylor needs to replicate himself and Ray Porter in to keep telling Bob stories!!

20 of 24 people found this review helpful