The Beam: Season 1
- Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, Ray Chase, R.C. Bray, Jeffrey Kafer, Chris Patton, Rachel Fulginiti
- Series: The Beam, Book 1
- Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 17-10-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Podium Publishing
- Whispersync for Voice-ready
When all of humanity is connected, the center of the web is the seat of true power.
The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.
Every six years, an election determines the NAU's future. The process is called Shift, and the next one is approaching. With humanity intertwined by way of the Beam—a hyper-advanced version of the Internet that serves every whim and need—Shift is the be-all and the end-all. More than an electoral method, it is the future's political discourse.
In the midst of tumultuous politics, some players are making their own moves. Doc, a black-market nanoenhancement vendor, discovers a disturbing trend of upgrades among his clientele. Nicolai, political speechwriter for the head of Directorate, struggles to find his independence in a life that is supposed to be devoted to the Party, all the while unaware of his own terrifying connection to the Beam. And Kai, an escort and assassin as lethal as she is flexible, becomes embroiled in the machinations of her top clients—because after all, the political elite choose only the best to warm their sheets at night.
And through it all, a shadowy group is pulling strings behind the scenes, guiding Shift exactly where they want it to go. Their identities are unknown to all but a few, and anyone who stumbles upon them by accident—or, worse, learns their true goal—is swiftly disposed of. But if their power goes unchecked, they will shape the fate of millions for years to come …
Plug your mind into The Beam. It's been waiting for you.
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By redfeend on 14-03-15
I enjoyed this
It took a little while before I started to enjoy this book, but once I had my bearings I really enjoyed it. The story groups characters into four strands as we follow their lives and their relationship with The Beam. The overall story and the sub plots within are believable and well written, full of detail and inter connectivity. The narrators are all good. My only slight gripe is with the ending. I was left with the unsatisfactory situation where all of the characters stories just stop in mid stream. For this reason the book doesn't end well as a self contained novel. If I want to find out what has happened to the characters that I have invested 19 hours listening to, then I must buy part two. I intended to get it anyway as I enjoyed this volume so much, but it is a minus point.
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By cristina on 09-07-15
A perfectly crafted not-too-distant future world. A cast of fully developed characters. Intersecting story lines. And A+++++ narrators. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end. Can't wait to download the second one.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Emma on 02-07-15
This was the first audio book that I have listened to and it took a bit for me to adjust, but once that happened, I was hooked.
I love this story and the questions it raises about our own addictions and technology use.
The storyline, though complicated at first, is intriguing and draws you in. The characters are full and well fleshed out and the world is a feat in and of itself, making it believable and almost a possibility for our own future.
If you like a Science Fiction/Fantasy than this is a must read/listen
5 of 5 people found this review helpful