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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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  • Eli
  • 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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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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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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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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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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Such a fun listen!

Purchased this for a trip with my father, as sci-fi is his favourite genre, and the description was in alignment with my likes as well. We loved out! Dad's unhappy that with the trip done, he's missed the last few hours, so he's decided to get Audible for himself. The story is well paced, fun and humorous. If you've enjoyed Star Trek, Star Wars, ComicCon - this is worth the purchase! I'm going to get book 2 now!

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Best book/series I've listened too

Loved the story and acting. Most probably because it's my field of interest because I'm an engineer, but I still think it's awesome!

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You won’t want to miss a minute.

This book was great, I did have to re-listen to a small section as I adjusted to challenges of multiple storylines for multiple bobs with the time delay of massive light speed differences.

Can’t wait for the rest of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-07-17

A great SciFi story that can be a little offensive

If you are a Christian nerd like I am then you will struggle between the absolute joy that can come from Bob's snarky nature, and the amazing depth of world building/ nerd talk verses the disappointment in how the story literally makes Christians into a villainous, manipulative, and obstinate group who want to bring back the dark ages... That is unless they are only faking their belief in order to not be tortured and brainwashed into a puppet. Sure the book doesn't center around it's very clear anti-christian sentiment, but it does dwell on it quite a bit as a plot device.

The main problem with this is how apparently the people in charge of the Christian's in this story clearly have no understanding of Christian moral principles, and how the rest of Christian's are apparently mindless sheep willing to follow who ever is in charge... I'm sorry but while it is true that the Church regardless of denomination as an organization and as a people have flaws, as well as people who should not even be considered Christians find positions of leadership for their own devices... It is overall a gathering of imperfect people who believe in something greater than themselves, and who try to live up to a standard of morals that is in all honesty really hard to maintain. Are Christian's perfect no, are there hippocrates and immoral people who are great at acting sure, But overall that is not what defines the majority of believers.

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  • L. Kollasch
  • 2019-08-28

I returned it. Didn't like it.

While it was interesting for a while, I found it rather boring and just not interesting. It was well narrated, but I did not find the story held my interest. The premise sounded fascinating, but ehen the single main character does not have other characters or story lines to play off of, I thought it became too boring and I lost interest.

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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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  • 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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  • Gregg Davidson
  • 2020-10-19

We are Two-Dimensional, We are Lame

There are atheist authors who I disagree with, yet can appreciate their art and arguments. Taylor offers neither art nor argument. He starts his book with an undefended premise that the world imploded because a Christian won the White House. His villains follow as shallow caricatures that all look like paper cut outs - religious figures that are self-righteous, unfeeling, hypocritical, sullen, and worthy of nothing but loathing. The main character, who oozes the author's sense of himself, is a "logical" materialist who looses his own body to become an artificial intelligence. Incongruities abound, with replicated versions of himself that somehow have unique personalities, an "endocrine delivery system" with no endocrine receptors, nonsensical shoot-from-the-hip ethical decisions, and a morality based on a sense that the religion of Bob is superior to all others.

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  • Ewan Gillespie
  • 2019-09-14

Starts out strong but loses its way

Starts out strong with a great concept and riveting first few chapters, but it stumbles on poor execution and even worse storytelling. There are so many plot holes and developments that require the reader to suspend disbelief that this might as well be a fantasy book. Some of the voices of the various “Bobs” are cringeworthy – like fingernails on a chalkboard. This was not the fault of the narrator, who was doing the best he could with the material he was given.

With all the great reviews, I was expecting to love this book. It had so much potential for world building, but it fails to deliver due to two dimensional characters in a one dimensional universe.

At its best, We Are Legion sets out to be ambitious science fiction, but ultimately it falls back to earth with a thud.

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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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  • S. Johnson
  • 2019-06-09

Great series for anyone hostile toward religion

This is clearly a talented writer and the narrator is fantastic as well. The story seems really interesting except for the overt hostility toward religion. It's just not what I'm looking for in a story .

To anyone who shares my preferences, I recommend the series, Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5 I wouldn't call it Christian sci-fi but the author doesn't write like an evangelical atheist either.

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  • Matthew J. Miller
  • 2018-07-08

I only finished because I spent a credit on it.

The narrator (Bob) sounds like if a 12 year old geek grew up to be a forty-something, but didn't mature at all along the way. He is the definition of vanilla. Since the story is told through the Bobs' eyes, this means the style is very grating. There's no sense of consequence, no real plot, and very flat characters (who are almost all variations of Bob). I definitely do not recommend this book.

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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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  • 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!!!