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WWW: Watch

By: Robert J. Sawyer
Narrated by: Jessica Almasy,Marc Vietor,Oliver Wyman,Jennifer Van Dyck,Robert J. Sawyer
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Summary

Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.

©2010 Robert J. Sawyer (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic reviews

  • Audie Award Nominee - Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Audiobook, 2011

"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)

"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)
"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)

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A smarmy utopian singularity series.

As a modern day fairy story it is okay, perhaps. The series unfortunately unwinds to a silly end. The performance is good but the story has too many contentious elements and opinionated discussions. A friend of mine would consider it regressive rather than progressive, and I tend to agree with him.

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Great reading and good story!

The reading is great with familiar voices for the different characters. The story picks up from the first book, WWW wake, and continues the storylines.
If you liked the first book you won't be disappointed!

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 27-11-17

TIT FOR TAT

GO ME
I liked this much better than book one. It is still a YA book, but much more interesting stuff happens in this one. I have always been a fan of AI, so I was going to like this most likely.

Can't believe Sawyer did not give a shout out to Card, who came up with the Mind Web Idea to begin with. (See Speaker For The Dead), Jane is a Mind Web. I was also surprised when the Science Fiction geek father, who was trying to come up with take over scenarios by computers did not mention H.A. L. or Colossus, probably two of the most famous. Having said that this is an entertaining book and worth your credit.

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  • Anthony
  • 13-04-10

Amazing

The first book in this series was pretty good, this book however, is simply put, amazing. I have not been so moved by fiction in a very long time. As for the audio production, it is top notch, a great cast of readers somewhat dramatize the story and give it additional life. This story is one to share with everyone, I urge anyone reading this to give it a try. I have downloaded a good deal of audiobooks, and this is the only one I ever bothered to write a review of.

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  • Brendan
  • 29-04-10

Unmissable!

I started reading the first book in this trilogy, WWW.wake yesterday lunchtime.

I have just finished this book, WWW.Watch today, 1932 hours EST.

That tells you all you need to know what I think of this work.

It is brilliant, clever, affecting, funny, hopeful and glorious with optimism.

I can't wait, I just can't wait for the third book, WWW.Wonder.

Jessica Almasy is wonderful in this, as young Caitlin Decter, we are going to hear a whole lot more of her. The others played their parts excellent well, but Almasy is peerless.

Audible, thank you. I shall listen to this over and over again.




brendan (Atlanta)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-10

Nice idea driven sf

Robert J Sawyer has his flaws as a writer. His books are not exactly breathtakingly thrillers and his characters are often simple. I can understand why some people is annoyed by his liberal world view and morals. Even for a progressiv Scandinavian as me, it can get a bit to politically correct. People just aren't that nice, I find myself thinking while reading his books. And in this one especially the autistic father is a bit to much a construction for me to believe in him, Sawyers research about autism shines through the description of him.

But i really like his books. The Neanderthal trilogy and now this one are very entertaining and impossible to put down when you've started reading them. They are classic science fiction stories, driven by ideas, rather than plot and characters and as a reader you shouldn't expect more. Or less.

I am really looking forward to the last book in the series.

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  • Rodolphe
  • 24-05-10

i dont agree with all of you

I thought that audiobook was very good. I liked her narration. there was lots of interesting ideas. The AI is also great. im 27 yrs old guy who likes Si-Fi. bye

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  • Bryan Brandow
  • 16-04-10

Sawyer's Best Book

Watch is Sawyer's best book to date. It was engaging and exhilarating throughout. The author's opening comments talk about how middle books are usually the worst, but I agree with him that this will end up the highlight in the trilogy. The entire narrator cast reunites for the sequel with perfect voices. One of the actors was a little low in volume for some reason, so I had to keep adjusting the volume for his sequences. The only detractor of an otherwise awesome audio book.

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  • Scott
  • 21-06-10

Looking forward to part 3

Although this audiobook is well suited for a teenage audience, I still found it to be thoroughly entertaining. There is nothing groundbreaking in this book. It is not a literary masterpiece by any means. However, I thought the author did a great job of keeping the storyline interesting, and the narrators portrayed the characters well.

In fact, I just finished listening to this audiobook for the 2nd time, and I seldom give any audiobook a 2nd listen.

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  • angel
  • 25-02-12

Middle

Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or the narrators?

I get the impression that this middle book of the trilogy was actually written after the third had been finished. it's a grab bag of the author's political views tossed in with equal parts of scenes that are used simply to bridge the gap and create a trilogy after the main tale has been told. one example of this is a soul searching philosophical discussion between the teenaged main charaters--as she sits on his lap and after their tongues have stopped intertwining--that the president of the united states is the defacto leader of the free world and: the president is making a big deal of wearing an american flag on his lapel on the campaign trail this time because

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  • Owlmanbob
  • 02-05-10

Really Poor

This book was one of the worst audio books I have ever listened to. The plot was very weak and the narration, especially that of Katlin was distracting. I do not recommend this book.

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  • Imagine Otherworlds
  • 19-04-10

This is another HUGO for Sawyer!

I just finished listening to it. Now I'm running out to buy the book. It's a keeper. It's a classic (never mind it's newly printed). It's Sawyer brilliance.

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