Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.
Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.
Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.
Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.
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By Misspelt on 18-04-17
A highly competent and entertaining follow on to We Are Bob. Bob has expanded his cadre and further sentient life is found. Is it friendly or not? You'll need to read for yourself to find out. The humour carries on from the first book, despite some of the topics being up there at extinction level! Quite a feat to carry off. And if you know your comedy programmes you'll laugh at the multitude of references.
The narration was excellent again. The story is gaining momentum and there's definitely a sensation of rooting for team Bob. There's lot of metalwork being harvested here and flung around in the form of drones and new ships.
The conclusion to this book sets up a great opportunity for the next book to excel. I do hope, despite the first two books being excellent, there's no desire to milk this to a series of unending books, hopefully it'll keep tight and rich and give us more of what we've enjoyed to date.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Fiona on 13-06-17
Just like the first "Bobiverse" book, I, loved this one too. indeed, I'd been on the edge of my seat for weeks waiting for it, and wasn't at all disappointed.
This is the sort of book I dream of - wonderful story - genuinely imaginative, creative, and absolutely took me to places I would have never got under my own steam.
The writing flows beautifully, and has a lot of humour to it. The author drops in lots of pleasing references to classic SciFi which is fun.
The story takes us on stage two of the journey out into the universe (Bobiverse), meeting new lifeforms, challenges, perils, and gold old-fashioned bad-tempered humans. It's clever and thought-provoking. But mostly it's fun. Listening to this makes me smile.
I just loved this and can't wait for the next in the series.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-05-17
THE FECAL MATTER HAS HIT THE ATMOSPHERIC PROJECTOR
WELCOME TO BOBNET
I did listen to all of this and I did enjoy it. It is not as good as book one and it is really a filler or story stretcher to get us to the next book. We don't see or talk to the main antagonist (THE OTHERS) until 6 hours and 40 minutes into the nine hour book. When an author waits until two thirds of the book is over to introduce the main bad guy, than he is setting up the next book. Do not get me wrong interesting things happen and I am sure the biggest nerds of the crowd are tickled pink. I was starting to wonder if their was going to be a plot, a romance or exploration of space. There are a few confrontations with minor bad guys in the first six hours, but they are minor and are handled fairly easily. There was no challenge for Bob.
THE RISK OF GODHOOD
One of the main themes that is explored in the first six hours, is Bob trying to help too much. Every time he does something he thinks will help, something bad happens as a result. I loved this theme and I liked the way the author did not cheat, and made it tough on Bob.
BOB HAS NO JUNK
We have been told for years that sex is in our heads and I strongly agree. I also feel that love and companionship are extremely important to mankind. I believe without such companionship, we suffer mentally. There was a hint at a romance in book 2 and some talk about making other replicants. I believe the introduction of women to the storyline will benefit the series greatly.
THERE CAN NEVER BE TOO MANY OF US. THERE CAN ONLY BE NOT ENOUGH FOOD.
I really like the sound of these bad guys. They sound very evil and like a huge challenge for Bob. I wish they would have been involved in the plot earlier, but at least they are here to cause havoc now. Hopefully book three will show us more of the evil beings.
REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, NOT JUST FOR HUMANS
Don't listen to Ray Porter or any of the books, he reads. (Reverse psychology)
212 of 233 people found this review helpful
By Kathy on 23-05-17
Porter IS Bob!
Lots of fun here for sci-fi lovers in Book 2 of the Bobs' story. Of course, the Bobs are back--Bobs along with Bill, Riker, Howard, Mulder, and a myriad of other replicants intent on saving mankind from total annihilation.
I found this, the second book, just as much fun as the first story. The beginning of the book jumped around a bit, seemingly without direction, but it soon picked up with the discovery of the evil others. There's nothing predictable about this story, which I really appreciate. There's lots of lots of depth to the characters as they evolve over time. You'll also find plenty of humor, many references to sci-fi heroes of the past and other fictitious characters we all know, and lots of adventure.
Ray Porter is totally amazing as narrator. I haven't figured out whether he fits the characters like a glove or is it that they fit him like a glove? You would swear the book was written with him in mind, as he gives such a spectacular, uncannily good performance. His voice remains in my mind long after I turn the book off.
So, if you still have any reservations about entering the Bobiverse, read some of the other great reviews and get yourself convinced.
15 of 16 people found this review helpful