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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)

What listeners say about Randomize

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The narration sounds slutty and fake.

poor narration can easily ruin a good book, and this is exactly the case here.

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Master Storyteller

Okay this is less than 1 hour but what an entertaining hour. So good and perfect. Shawshank was written based on a short story. I see a great movie here.

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wasted audible credit

Didn’t realize it was only one short story. could have used the credit for a full book.

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I didn't understand the math either

Like Casino guy I did not understand the math, but found this a fun short story. If I say more it will give too much away. Don't let the quantum math overwhelm you, in the end it is almost a macguffin.

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  • FloribundaMorosa
  • 2020-03-25

interesting

This was a fairly interesting, low-commitment story with heist-y vibes. I disliked the narration: while done well, I feel it was done wrong. The narrator would be great for a romance novel, but the tone was just too flirty for what was actually happening in the story. From the text, there was zero flirting happening at any time. But the audio experience felt like some of the characters were constantly about to make out. Bizarre.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • CR
  • 2019-10-30

So-so

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

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  • Frederic Likes Books
  • 2019-10-05

Great, except where it counts

This story started out good, and i loved the whole quantum-computer world, and the descriptions of it. However, for a quantum genius and her smart high-IQ man, they sure do fumble and stumble in their clumsy heist-attempt, to the point where i almost cringed at the ending. I could have done without her Sherlock Holmes-ish analyzing in the end as well.

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  • Henry Reimert
  • 2019-11-04

Missed Opportunities

I really wanted to like this story more, but from the first line, I knew what was going to happen. I love the Weir still sciences the shit out of stories, but there were a lot of missed opportunities in the plot department here.

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  • eric allen
  • 2021-07-23

Andy Weir does not disappoint.

Never have i seen an author have such a solid grasp on obscure scientific concepts and the complex idiosyncrasies if human nature.

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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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