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Written by: Andy Weir
Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
Length: 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audible narration by Janina Gavankar (True Blood)

In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house - unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past.

Andy Weir’s Randomize 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 Andy Weir (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“…a sensational project…” (Spine Magazine)

The Martian author Andy Weir brings his scientific flair to his novella about a Las Vegas casino heist...[Narrator Janina] Gavankar uses a well-balanced blend of accents, changes in tone, and varied pacing to infuse personality into her well-done character distinctions.” (AudioFile)

“This sci-fi collection boasts six stories from beloved authors, which can each be read in one riveting sitting.” (Paste Magazine

“This is exactly how I like my techno-anxiety…Happy bingeing!” (Audible, an October Editors Pick)

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  • Mark
  • 2019-12-17

Brilliant Heist Caper based on Quantum Computing!

If you've never read Andy Weir, this is a low-cost way to start.

If you have read Andy Weir, this has all the stuff you love: hard science presented in a "popular" way, well-constructed schemes, and perfectly plausible reasons why the scheme blows up in the protagonist's face.

And more!

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  • 2019-10-30

So-so

I thought this was disappointing ... average story, average narration. My first Weir - hoped for more.

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  • Jose Eduardo Deboni
  • 2020-01-07

A good nerdy short story

What do you expect in Andy Weir's book? A nerdy character, some cool technologies, some clever plot twist based on a problem to solve, where science can be used at their best. You have all this here. This is a short story, so you don't have all the time to develop the plot and the characters, but he is able to put everything here. Highly recommended.

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  • Kevin
  • 2020-01-06

Don't get your hopes up

The bright side is that this was a very short read; however I can't say that it was enjoyable or entertaining. The concept was interesting and it felt like it could have become a version of Oceans 11, but it never got there. I'm guessing part of the push for this story was to include it as part of an Amazon Audible Original for a collection of short stories. Because of it's brevity, it was also not too heavy handed with Weir's typically ultra-specific and detailed plot devices.

Pros: it was a short read and somewhat interesting concept.
Cons: the story never felt like it picked up or went anywhere.
Bottom line: not worth the effort, but not a total waste of time.

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  • Sammie
  • 2019-12-15

So~So

This had not been my favorite book series. The stories, to me, were mostly forgettable. This was no exception. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special. 10 minutes after listening to any short stories in the series they were a faded memory. Not bad but not good either. Will never listen tot hem again. Once was enough for me.

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  • james
  • 2019-09-23

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This is a short, entertaining little story. There's nothing overly complex or fantastic about it, but I was engaged by it for the entire 40 minutes. I'm one of the few listeners who didn't care all that much for Weir's The Martian, but I did like this short work.

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  • reluctantuser
  • 2020-06-29

ok

not that memorable.
No character growth, story was a little flat
Disappointed, expected more after the Martian

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 2020-06-12

Business sense vs. quantum computing. Clever & fun

At a point in the not terribly distant future, the head of IT at Babylon Casino in Las Vegas alerts the head of the casino to a major security risk: The arrival of quantum computing means their games of chance, in particular keno, are not safe. Random number generators are not truly random, and quantum computers are fast enough to crack them.

There's only one way to safely reopen their keno game. They buy a quantum computer of their own, and hire the right IT whiz to set up what they need.

Babylon Casino is safe now. Except that someone on the inside, isn't on their side.

It's a clever, fun, really enjoyable short story. Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • JAWS78
  • 2020-05-26

Don't want to spoil

The performance, story and characterization are good. if ok specific on such a sorry so

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  • Will
  • 2020-05-01

Fun Listen

This was an exciting well paced and well thought out story line. What a great short!