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3 out of 5 stars
By SpiegMan on 01-12-16

Patience is a virtue...

But this was too slow. It never got going despite decent narration and a great premise. Several hours in and I was still waiting. I would love to hear from author. But I am intrigued by his other 2 books. Are they more engrossing ? Book provided by author, editor or someone associated with book for honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Flagnar on 29-11-16

AI Overlords vs The Rebellious Human Spirit

Would you listen to Heretic again? Why?

Did I regret listening to it? Absolutely not. Would I listen to it a second time? Probably not. Don't get me wrong, it was a great story. I felt like the story was told meticulously enough that I took everything in and do not feel I missed any of the story. So in that sense I do not feel I would gain anything by a second listen.

What other book might you compare Heretic to and why?

This book had a feeling slightly similar to A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley but not exactly. Both books portray a future where people are controlled and the governing body assumes responsibility of creating humans in a factory setting.

Have you listened to any of Sean Patrick Hopkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to other books read by Sean Patrick Hopkins so I can not compare to his other performances.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A story where Skynet decided human existence should continue rather than be exterminated.

Any additional comments?

Man creates artificial intelligence. Fortunately or unfortunately the initial programming for this AI is built with a foundation for compassion to humans. The AI's intelligence quickly outpaces humans and finds a way to exist independent of human technology. It becomes God like and people are powerless to stop it. Because of it's core programming it determines that humans should not be destroyed but should be managed and allowed to continue living. Wars become non-existent. Murder is unheard of for hundreds of years. Everyone is assigned a purpose. But no one is allowed to think outside the box and pursue their own ambitions. In order to do this the AI, called the Genesis, exterminated certain segments of the population and modifies human DNA over a thousand years to produce a sheep like people. No one is allowed to have an intelligence too high or too low. No one is allowed to have defects of any kind. Traditional reproduction is strictly forbidden punishable by death. Anyone deemed unfit is immediately bound by applications and liquefied in a large glass tube. It is almost impossible to avoid detection by the Genesis. It is everywhere. One man, Caesar, has an ability that has allowed him to hide his high intelligence from the Genesis. He is the only hope mankind has against the Genesis.

This story was extremely engaging. It was not non-stop action but rather more of a deep thinking story full of suspense. The character development is excellent and you really begin to feel what the characters are feeling. The story really makes you think about what the consequences of a truly violence free world might be like. What would be required to remove violence completely from humanity? To do that you would have to remove much of human free will and desire. To ensure people do not commit violence you would have to have complete control of everyone's lives. You could not have outside thinkers or leaders. You could not have anyone too low of an intelligence to not obey all the rules nor too high to piece together their constructed reality. You would have to be always watching and always ready to act and eliminate the problem the instant someone gets out of line. And after that erase the possibility of that person's essence infecting the rest of the population.

Sean Patrick Hopkins did a very good job with the narration. Out of 10 I would give his performance a 9. He kept the character voices unique, energetic, and enjoyable. His performance is definitely near the top tier and keeps you engaged. I can't give a ten though as I've heard a very impressive narration or two that is hard to beat.

Definitely a great book to enjoy. It feeds the mind. I look forward to the second book.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jyasper on 25-11-16

Conceptually exciting and visually creative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”Yes, the book has a really interesting take on a future and delivers good twists and turns that I believe others will enjoy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heretic?

The are a few moments that just feel so human and it really jumps out at you. I don't want to spoil it for you, but sometime you get those moments in books where you feel like the character is just not human enough. Here we really get caught up in those human moments and they leave me saying "thats exactly how I or someone I know would react".

Have you listened to any of Sean Patrick Hopkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not. But will look out for them.

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


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4 out of 5 stars
By Quella on 23-11-16

You will never see liquids the same way again...

If you are looking for a well-written futuristic story filled with action, deception, and several plot twists keeping you on the edge of your seat, “Heretic: The Singularity” book 1 of the Singularity series by David Beers and narrated by Sean Patrick Hopkins should fill that void. It is not another feel-good robot story, but more a blending of many other artificial intelligence concepts found in other stories like: The Matrix, Logan’s Run, Terminator, Gattaca and 2001: A space odyssey. Mr. Beers takes the reader on a journey where one man (boy) is discovered to be the savior who is tasked with destroying this malevolent machine and in doing so may destroy the entire world in the process.

I want to make sure Mr. Hopkins gets credit up front in this review for his ability to greatly enhances the book with his haunting narration that is professionally paced, clear, and crisply recorded. He leverages inflection bringing the story to life. He does not simply read the words from the book; he tells its story. I did not observe any audio artifacts while listening, and volume remained consistent as one would expect from a narrator with over fifty other titles on Audible at the time of this review.

The book from its beginning grabbed my attention and quickly sucked me into its bizarre and revolutionary new world where humans now live. Laws have been replaced with protocol enforced by a powerful and artificial intelligence referred to as the Singularity. This machine how controls all aspects of life on the planet. It assigns jobs, decides who lives and who does not, and acts quickly upon those who do not follow protocol. What mankind created nearly a thousand years earlier as part of an experiment, quickly breaks out of its protective case and soon rules the world. They never thought it would be able to grow at the pace it did and now there was no stopping it.

If you are like me and enjoy a good science fiction (Sci-Fi) story and it is enriched by including aspects of artificial intelligence, you will enjoy this book. If you are newer to the subject of AI, I would recommend reading non-fiction books written by Jeff Hawkins or Calum Chace. Both authors have very different views on AI and the possibility of a singularity like the one in this book. Both are very informative reads if you enjoy the subject.

I enjoyed the author’s use of descriptive story telling because it helped bring me into the book and care about many of the characters. Although some of the characters were more flat than I would have liked, the main characters I thought were well defined and developed by the author. Be aware this is book one in a series, and this book ends somewhat on a cliff hanger which will urge some to wait until the series is completed.

On a similar note, I would not recommend this book for young readers; the author does not claim it is for this age group. For those wondering if their child should or could read it, be aware the book contains a few scenes of graphic violence or events that may not be suitable for younger audiences. I also felt the author’s use of vulgar language was unnecessary and if removed would not change the impact of the story in any way. I would be surprised if modern language such as that would be the same a thousand years into the future. There are also a few subtle references to sex or sexual acts scattered about the book; nothing over the top.

Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Striker on 05-06-18

Good Story and Writing, But a Little Slow

I thought that the writing and story were good in this book, but overall I thought it was a little slow and I lost interest several times before coming back to finish it.
The plot follows an average age-old story of AI taking over and humans fighting back. Having been done before doesn't mean it can't be done again, but I did think it made the book a little predictable.

The narrator was above average, but not excellent.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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4 out of 5 stars
By James & Cindy Jackson on 14-11-17

It's not going to end well, for anyone

The Heretic is action packed without being a mad dash from one incident to another.. Instead, it takes time to build ideas and tension. And it makes the reader think. A well written, inventive and exciting story with great characters and an excellent narrator - the perfect combination.

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