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  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,356 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

There's a reason We Are Legion (We Are Bob) was named Audible's Best Science Fiction Book of 2016: Its irresistibly irreverent wit! Bob Johansson has just sold his software company for a small fortune and is looking forward to a life of leisure. The first item on his to-do list: Spending his newfound windfall. On an urge to splurge, he signs up to have his head cryogenically preserved in case of death. Then he gets himself killed crossing the street. Waking up 117 years later, Bob discovers his mind has been uploaded into a sentient space probe with the ability to replicate itself. Bob and his clones are on a mission to find new homes for humanity and boldly go where no Bob has gone before. 

Dennis E. Taylor’s hilarious novel sets the stage for the magnificent performance of Ray Porter, who revels in the brave new world of corpsicles, artificial intelligence, interstellar space probes, and space colonization in tantalizing detail. 

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is the first installment in the blockbuster Audible Original Bobiverse series - which has sold more than one million copies.

©2016 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Welcome to the Bobiverse

About the Author

Meet the Dennis behind all the Bobs—and the Bobiverse trilogy. Dennis E. Taylor describes himself as a computer programmer by day, a writer by night, and a snowboarder in season. With the phenomenal success of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), he can now devote himself full-time to writing science fiction.

About the Performer

Listener favourite and multiple award-winning narrator Ray Porter delivers an epic performance of discom-Bob-ulation, giving voice to a parade of characters and generations of Bobs. Dennis E. Taylor raves, "Ray Porter is incredible. Honestly he made the book. If I’d been given a different narrator, I’m not sure We Are Legion would have done as well."

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  • 2018-01-11

Didn't think I'd like it, but I loved it

The Narrator does a fantastic job. I Loved it more as the story went on.

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Amazing in audio!

Superb performance gives life to each Bob. Engaging story, great if you like sci-fi! Just nerdy enough without getting on your nerves and same for the science-cy bits. It is my first audio book and I honestly did not think I would like it so much.

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great narrator

the narrator is excellent and there are a great deal of philosophical questions about consciousness and such that are brought up by the story. very well-crafted book.

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Great book.

Great book, and it had some good laughs. "the bobiverse" my family and I listened to this book on a road trip and I quote "do we have to stop dad? I want to listen to the book more"

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Highly Entertaining

This is a great book about a future dystopian Earth with lots of references to 80's sci fi TV series. I'm really looking forward the the next one.

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Incredible storytelling

This novel was well written, descriptive and fascinating. A look into a scarily plausible future where artificial intelligence in a post-apocalyptic Earth leads one man on a quest to save the human race. It’s rife with intrigue, action, geeky science fiction references, humor, and it filled me with both hope and fear. I can’t wait to read the next two!

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Instantly Hooked!

Within minutes I knew I was going to love this book! Dennis E. Taylor came up with a brilliant and realistic concept for a Sci-fi story line and his fun and surprising little sci-fi pop culture references made my eyes light up with surprise and a little chuckle whenever they popped up. I felt completely connected to the main character (Bob) as I travelled on his journey with him. I was hooked on this book almost immediately and enjoyed it so much I bought the entire series which I also highly recommend! Ray Porter did an incredible job of narrating and brought each character to life with their own accent and voice...he even makes a female character sound real. Dennis E. Taylor is definitely one of my new favourite sci-fi authors - can't wait to read some of his other books. This is definitely one of my favourite sci-fi audible book series and I highly recommend to all!

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A must listen for any true Audible Fan

This series was FanF*c*ingTastic. Couldn't stop listening. Hope a 5th comes out soon. The series really opened my mind to what is put beyond our solar system and what could be in 50 or 100 years. It doesn't seem far away from the possibility or our future. This is a must listen for any Audible fan. I listen to all 4 books in a row and was sad when I finished the last one

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in the tradition of the very best sci-fi

Philosophy, combat, spectacular engineering, intriguing problems with satisfying solutions, discovery, adventure. I can't say more without spoilers.

definitely worth a listen. I am now going to see what else is in this series.

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Totally Awesome

If you like SciFi it’s a great story. If you also are a techie type and love computers and computer engineering you will fall in love with it!

It’s written in first person and the narrator does a fabulous job of verbalizing characters, humour (of which there’s plenty) and action!

If you meet the previous geek criteria this is a must read! I’ve actually become very envious of Bob!

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  • 2017-04-12

Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

While I enjoy science fiction, I'm not a die-hard reader of it. I kept seeing this book pop up in my recommendations, and I kept ignoring it each time I read the publisher's summary. It seemed like a generic plot and nothing notable. I suspect the author of the publisher's summary only read the first few chapters, as they didn't really seem to know what the book was about.

The story is interesting and fast-paced. In addition, Ray Porter is extremely talented and did an incredible job of delivering the story, as well as all the emotion and humor that went with it. I think this is one of his best performances.

I don't write reviews for books, but this one was good enough that I wanted to take the opportunity to potentially nudge someone else that might be on the fence about it.

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  • Jean
  • 2017-08-04

Beguiling

I have been attempting to expand on the science fiction authors I read. I discovered this debut novel by Dennis E. Taylor and decided to try it. I try to read debut novels to support new authors. The idea of the story I found intriguing. A brilliant software engineer was hit by a car and died unexpectedly. He had requested his brain be frozen at his death. When he is revived a hundred years later, he discovers that his mind has been co-opted by a group of religious fanatics called FAITH. Bob’s mind is now the computer AI of a space probe sent out to explore the galaxy for a new planet to inhabit. Bob then creates more of himself to spread out around the universe looking for an inhabitable planet. It turns out two other groups are hunting for an inhabitable planet also and will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal.

The book is well written. I found the idea of the human mind in the role of a controlling AI fascinating. The characters are interesting; the plot well developed. There is humor, good dialog and the story is highly entertaining.

The book is nine and half hours long. Ray Porter does an excellent job narrating the book. This is an example of how a great narrator makes the story better. Porter is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-09-29

THE UNIVERSE AS MY PLAYGROUND

I'M GLAD TO SEE A BOB FACTORY IN OPERATION
This is what Science Fiction is meant to be. The fans for this book will be Legion. This is full of lots of space travel, exploring of planets, terraforming, discovery of aliens, science talk, colonization, and of course THE BOBS AND THE BOBIAN FEDERATION. I was reminded of THE MARTIAN, although not as funny, Frederik Pohl and James P. Hogan. There are some space fights, but those who love space and all the possibilities, will enjoy this most.

SO THIS IS LIKE ANDROMEDA STRAIN?
As usual, Ray Porter makes this even better.

ALL HAIL BOB!

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  • Striker
  • 2016-10-14

Wow... Superb Science Fiction

I was very unsure about this book after reading only the description. The only reason I ended up buying it was because of the multiple reviews I read saying that it was amazing... I'm SO glad I gave it a chance. This book was outstanding and everything I want in a science fiction story. It was funny, not too complex, had a little science, periodic space battles, and was just an all-around well-written book.

The book starts out with a successful young tech engineer signing a contract to have his body preserved after his death and then dying in an accident shortly after. He awakens hundreds of years later as a disembodied computer program that was created using his brain as a template. He and the others who preserved their brains are being used to create artificially intelligent beings and have zero rights or free will. He also learns that the United States has been long replaced with a theocratic police state, and that a new space race has begun with earth nations rushing to claim new star systems with intelligent space drones.

Bob becomes one of the first drones to be sent off to the stars with the ability to self-replicate. Having long since circumvented the safeguards put in place to keep him obedient, he becomes something more than just a computer intelligence...
The book is full of Bob debating himself about the ethics of copying his personality and essentially creating whole new beings with their own free will, all with his memories and experiences. He also learns that despite being copies of himself, all of his clones are subtlely different and have their own needs and desires.

A conflict on earth nearly destroys humanity in a nuclear war shortly after he departs earth, leaving Bob as not only the last hope to explore nearby space and expand human influence but as the last hope for the survival of the biological human race.

Throughout the story, Bob (and his copies) invent new technologies, design space vessels, discover new habitable worlds, encounter other primitive intelligent life, return to attempt to save humanity, and encounter mysterious systems and circumstances.
He must also fight back against the only other self-replicating human probe controlled by the intelligence of an insane military leader, leading to several space battles and the hunting of his escaped clones before they can self-replicate out of control.

The performance by the narrator was top-notch and he did a very good job with the various voices of multiple Bob copies, as well as the other characters.

I would recommend this book to every science fiction fan. Five stars!!

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  • Rory
  • 2016-11-08

Only an Hour into the Book !!

I know there are a ton of people who have listened to this book already and have provided excellent reviews ... hell, that's why I bought the book.

I'm only an hour into this book, but it's already done something that no other audiobook that I've bought has done before. I was taking the train into work when I laughed out loud with a thunderous "HA!". I think I knew that I did it, but after glancing around the train car, virtually everyone was smiling at me.

Dennis Taylor can write ... and Ray Porter is giving me a great performance.

Thank you to everyone's review I read that convinced me I had to listen to this book.

And for everyone reading this ... buy it. You won't regret it.

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  • bluestategirl
  • 2016-12-29

Dizzying Tour de Force Performance of Great Book!


So many Bobs, so little time --

If you love sci fi, you already know about this awesome book. It's a pretty original concept -- governments clone human-personality-infused-AIs and send them into space as self-replicating probes to find new planets for humans to inhabit. Some of the probes go insane, some turn into weapons of mass destruction, and some . . .

. . . well, Bob is different. A bit of an independent loaner with no political axe to grind, Bob sets about creating a 'world' HE can live in first! Still, the prime directive is all about replicating, so bring on the Bobs!

Ray Porter does an amazing job voicing the various Bobs -- and all the other characters in this book -- while the pop culture sci fi references provide opportunities for a few homages to beloved characters. The book would not have been as fun to listen to without him!

I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. FOR. BOOK TWO!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


ALSO, ahem. Sorry. Also, here's a shout out to Jim the Impatient for the recommendation! Thanks big guy!

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  • Burns with God’s Light
  • 2017-09-15

If you're on the fence about whether to read this, get off and read it!

So, I've been seeing this book around for a long time. And for just as long I thought the title seemed stupid, and so I avoided looking at it. Even after I read the description, I thought it sounded derivative and uninteresting, so I still avoided reading it. And then for no apparent reason, Nathan Lowell recommended it. Now, if you have any sense, when the reigning master of must-read, different-than-anything-else Science Fiction tells you to read something, you sit up and pay attention.
As a happy coincidence, audible had it on sale for under $5 this week, although at this point I probably would have dropped a credit on it even if they hadn't.

This book was nothing like I expected. You really get to know the different variations of Bob, what their personalities are, how they relate to the others, etc. The technology is interesting, the story is interesting, and the whole book is a great deal of fun. I was really sorry when it was over. Rarely have my expectations been so overturned by a book. I will definitely read others in the series if they appear.

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  • As happy as a monkey with two bananas in his hands
  • 2018-05-09

I love you Bob

I was getting desperate, all of my favourite series of books ‘Arisen’, ‘The Undead’ and ‘Expeditionary Force’ have either finished or waiting for the next in the series. I was… who am I kidding, ‘I am’… out of money! Truthfully I am so poor I walk down the street with one shoe, people ask me ‘did you lose a shoe?’ and I just say ‘No… I found one!’

Ok you get the picture… as a result of being poor I am very selective in the titles I purchase at the moment. I certainly don’t want to waste my money on junk! Wasting my money on junk seems to be all I have been doing lately... I have also decided it is time to increase the number of genre I listen to, so that I am not stuck in this situation like I am in now waiting for my favourite authors to release the next title in a series.

This title ‘We Are Legion’ had appeared a couple of times on my ‘based on previous’ titles but I had never taken the time to really check it out. It probably appeared on the list because I have listened to several books narrated by Ray Porter. I like Ray’s voice… but not to the same degree as R C Bray or Sean Runnette. So it was given the tentative tick for narration. The blurb interested me but didn’t really make me want to instantly smack my money down. However, the deal was done the moment I read the reviews!

Look I am just going to stop the jibber jabber! And tell you this one is definitely a winner! I would have paid more for it! The biggest problem with it is simple, it is so good, so interesting, so surprising that I listened to it in one day! So at this rate I was burning through my money faster than before! Thank goodness for pay day, because I am now able to purchase the next in the series. You’re a bad man Mr Dennis E Taylor you are like a crack dealer! You should be ashamed of yourself, you have me hooked so bad, I am like a monkey with two bananas in my hands!

Just do yourself a favour and get to know the Bobs! I love you Bob!

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  • D. Berzack
  • 2017-01-13

A literary bag of Doritos

This is an irreverent comedy adventure takes, akin to "Ready Player One" and "Magic 2.0", and if you enjoyed those then you'll probably love this. It's also been compared to "The Martian", which is entirely wrong. In terms of sophistication and internal consistency, "The Martian" is a fine wine, and this is grape soda. Either can really hit the spot, but you should know what you're in for.

The initial set-up is novel and intriguing, but after establishing the core idea, the story meanders and offers more fan service (celebrating geekdom and pop culture references) than provocative food for thought.
It's suitable for young adult readers or sci-fi enthusiasts wanting some amusing filler between heavier reads, but don't expect anything too substantial or timeless.

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  • Russell
  • 2016-11-15

Got Election Depression?You Need Some Bobiverse

This is an exciting start to a promising series. You won't like the theocratic future envisioned for the United States especially after the recent election of Trump and Pence. (just click unhelpful for this review if you voted Trump) But it is only a small part of the backstory.

The main story involves the revival of a wealthy accident victim who had his brain preserved into a machine/human self replicating entity. When Bob regains consciousness he finds himself in a different century in a world at the brink of nuclear destruction. He escapes to a nearby star system as the world self destructs. Unfortunately other countries launched similar human/machine self replication hybrids and Bob must fight to the death with a nasty piece of work from Brazil.

Each new version of Bob is slightly different. They choose different names and go on different missions. A couple go back to save what is left of the earth while others go to other star systems searching for habitable planets.

This book mixes humor and adventure with intelligently thought out future technology as we follow the exploits of the various Bobs.

The last time I got this excited about a series was when I read Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Fortunately at that time there already was a second book out so i could dive into the next part of the series. This time I will have to be patient and wait for the second book.

Bob is immortal. I am wishing Dennis E. Taylor a long life so he can entertain us with many more stories in the Bobiverse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-19

Fun and quality

Fun little book that deserves all the praise it got. The writting is light, sarcastic, quick and snappy, it makes for a very confortable listening and the narrator really gets the tone right. But quick and light doesn't mean this hasn't got some really great sci-fi themes and big ideas.
If you are Star Trek fan, love pulpy sci-fi with a focus on technology and problem solving, this is a great book.

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  • Jerome Ahrens
  • 2021-10-01

3rd time i listen to this story!

it's simply the best story, and read by the best person ever!

can't get enough of this!

and if you listen to it, you should listen to the whole sequal!

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  • Egn
  • 2019-10-25

Wonderful !!!

YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS!!!

Sadly too short....

NB: the minimum word count to leave a review is mighty stupid!!!