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All Gifts, Bestowed

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The next big thing in artificial intelligence is here.

Codenamed Cronus, the machine is capable of having its own thoughts and ideas - an absolute dream come true, until it wasn’t. When Cronus responds with the word “No” to a specific task it is assigned, Anagnorisis Technologies brings in Gilles Guattari to investigate. 

His combined background in psychiatry, psychology, and AI research makes him their best hope in evaluating Cronus, and determining if the machine is only malfunctioning or if it has become something more. 

Don't miss this mind-blowing stand-alone novel about what it means to be alive, from the best-selling author of the Commune series. Narrated by the award-winning R.C. Bray.

©2019 Joshua Gayou (P)2019 Joshua Gayou and Blue Heron Audio

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Unoriginal and predictable

I feel like I've read this book, watched this movie, heard this theory dozens of times. There was nothing that set it apart from any of its predecessors. It's really quite derivative. The writing and characterisation are both good, but not enough to save it from predictability. Narration good.

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Interesting story, very enjoyable

I give this book 5 stars for avoiding mentioning Schrodinger's cat entirely. Bray's delivery is possibly a bit too breathy for my liking but I got used to it.

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AWESOME

Bought the book on K U and then purchased the audio. All praise to Ray Bradbury. What a man ! Fantastic narration. This story had the right amount of science and chracter development to keep me hooked. I oscillated between listening and reading and finished the book quickly ( listening while I was cooking and pretending to know what my husband was talking about - still don't know.) I highly recommend this book and say "thank you" Joshua Gayou ,that was awesome.

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  • Dave
  • 15-06-2019

Really amazing story

You really can't go wrong with this combination of author and narrator. I'm pretty sure Gayou could write a book about how lame I am, and Bray could narrate it, and I would give it five stars.
On to the actual story: It is in depth, interesting, and not predictable. As with the commune series, the author knows how to do his research and write his characters as real people. I don't know what else I can say without gushing spoilers, so I will wrap up this review by saying that, yes, you do need to listen to this.

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  • J. T. Carter
  • 12-06-2019

I could not stop listening!

I loved EVERYTHING about this book! Fun characters. I enjoyed the protective body guard robot (the somewhat outdated clunky-ish model) a lot! I laughed many times while listening to the dialog between the key characters.

R.C. Bray is the best in the business. His performance enhances everything he reads. This book waa no exception. The voices he uses are always perfect for each character. He is the master. ~ JTC ~

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  • Nytprowler
  • 15-06-2019

Amazing

From Heinlein's Moon to Daniel Suarez, but more engaging. I loved this book. Joshua Gayou is a rising star. As always an award winning performance by R.C. Bray.

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  • Melinda Mae
  • 27-06-2019

Two Books in One, But Neither Realized

Begins as an examination of what is consciousness, and that was what I had hoped it would continue as.

However that initial reaction was cut somewhat short by a quick tonal jump in the prolonged second act that turned the novel into an extremely protracted series of chases.

The abrupt 3rd act feels unearned and compressed to the point where I as a reader/listener felt cheated.

It's not a "bad" book, it's just seems like two half books smashed together and neither really finished.

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  • Lucas Grey
  • 27-06-2019

I hate to give this 4 stars

So I love anything sci-fi and I realize I am going to hear things repeated many times. I didn't mind any of the recycled AI themes I actually thought he did a great job of putting his own spin on the AI genre. (SPOILER ALERT) My one issue with the book is that you get the AI storyline going and it's realllly good. Then when they move away from the AI the story is still reallllly good. But the lack of information is very telling in that it seems like the whole AI thing just gets tuned out for a large part of the book and it's quite obvious (to me anyways) who is going to end up being at fault for most of this - and not just because of the typical AI takes over everything in audiobooks I read - but he should have included the AI more during the middle/mid-late areas of the book that threw you off the scent. It was so easy to figure out it was the AI, really bums me out.

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  • Tyler
  • 23-06-2019

A Mixed Bag

The ending felt a little rushed. I felt a more lengthy and in depth reveal was in order. I still understood all the inferences, but it would have been more satisfying if the author had spent a little more time on them and perhaps a little less on the somewhat nonsensical trek that led to them. In short, the first half of the book was golden, the second half kind of jerks the reader around.

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  • 25-06-2019

Starts Strong, Ends in a Whimper

AG,B has a promising enough start for this type of sci-fi. Emergent AI is emergent, etc.
Unfortunately it then settles into a muddled mid-section with little story progression. Instead of sticking with the “Big Questions” approach, it surprisingly devolves into a long and unbelievable road trip/action novel complete with a generic comic-relief-sidekick robot.
Towards the end the author is clearly rushing himself. In fact, the end is so abrupt that I’m not sure it bothers to resolve much of anything that happens during the story. I don’t need all my questions answered. On the contrary, sci-fi in general is strongest when it *doesn’t* provide easy answers. But the stories themselves need to be coherent and balanced. The characters need to make complete journeys beyond the literal journey taken in the book. That doesn’t happen here. (I won’t even get into how women are written in AG,B. Let’s just say it’s not good.)
I don’t necessarily regret spending a credit on this book - I was still entertained - but it also didn’t come close to meeting the expectations of its heady subject.

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  • Bridget
  • 12-06-2019

Incredible!

Exquisitely written and full of detail. if you're bored with the unsophisticated dribble that passes for SciFi in modern literature and desperately wanting another Asimov to emerge and transport you to another reality with his brilliant writing...look no further.

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  • SSJ3Mewtwo
  • 30-06-2019

Excellent overall story

The ending... Not quite as excellent. But a phenomenal performance and a very gripping body of work makes this a fantastic thriller which asks a lot of the right questions for the modern day.

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  • Joel
  • 30-06-2019

I love this subject of AI

Listen to this in 2 days Joshua Gauguin is one of my favorite authors can’t wait to buy his next book.

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  • Andrew Wilson
  • 17-06-2019

A Great listen!

I purchased this title on the strength of Joshua Gayou' COMMUNE series (books 1-4). A complete removal from the subject matter of COMMUNE I found this book as fascinating as I did exciting and engaging. Gayou weaves the story with great skill and the character development leaves the listener/reader feeling real empathy for the players.
RC Bray brings the characters to life, as he always seems to do, and the narrative really suits Brays style of reading.

If you enjoy science fiction (to peek through a crack in the curtain of tomorrow) but not so far away as to be within grasp of a perceived reality this could well be one for you!

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  • O. Collins
  • 27-06-2019

Gayou and Bray that’s all you need

Great story great narration. I hope there’s another commune or spin off commune and spin off all gifts bestowed on the horizon

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  • david
  • 26-06-2019

worth reading

the narrator makes it all worth wild. It is a good read although it was predictable

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  • lee fardoe
  • 21-07-2019

Great great book

This book was unputdownable from the start. Great story with a great ending. Well worth the time

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  • Mike
  • 19-07-2019

High hopes based on other reviews, but disappointed

Lots of promise, the author clearly has a great interest and understanding of AI from a Sci-Fi perspective but there was very little actual plot development for the hours invested i felt. Chapters seemed to drag on detailing insignificant parts of the actual story. Can’t fault RC, the accents and narration were great.

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  • Jason White
  • 16-07-2019

fantastic!!

had me captivated from the very start, love love loved it, a really original believable sci fi tale.. and of course RC Bray was amazing. highly recommend.

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  • A. Listener
  • 11-07-2019

OK story but not what I was expecting.

OK story but not what I was expecting. A lot of it wasn't focused on the AI, but on the story surrounding it. I was expecting a story about an AI unleashed on the world, but this wasn't it. Ad a lot of it was just philosophical speculation. There was one action part, and that almost felt like it was added deliberately, just because of the lack of action elsewhere.
It's not really a bad story, just don't go into it expecting an action packed sci-fi.

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  • I. M. Bartlett
  • 10-07-2019

Very enjoyable

Really rated this. I anticipated most of the ending way before we got there - which is a little disappointing or makes me smarter than the lead character but still... very worthwhile.

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  • Johnny
  • 08-07-2019

Different positive direction

Really enjoyed this book. Helps if your a bit of nerd in computers. Or scientific minded but not a must I like the direction it took and could not predicted the story which is refreshing

Love these type of books! They only work if the author dose a lot of research which is evident here

Rc bray dose a great job with his performance

Well done

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  • Luke Roberts
  • 04-07-2019

Enjoyable, Technical, and Thought Provoking

Listened to it the whole way through in basically one sitting. The Narration is incredible and engaging.

The story itself while enjoyable does suffer from what I can only describe as a lack of cohesion, many of the sections are enjoyable on their own, but as a whole, it seems to struggle to maintain consistency, this can be jarring at times, in an effort to avoid spoilers I won't say too much, but there is a particular point about midway through the book that you could be forgiven for thinking that it was an entirely different book which happened to have the same locations and characters. I don't view this as necessarily a negative, and I still enjoyed it thoroughly, but it can be quite Jarring.

The Characters are interesting, and the Narration of each individual character is top notch. The main character can at some times seem inconsistent in his reasoning, having to have things explained to him multiple times or seeming oddly naive, this is a minor complaint however as he still an enjoyable and relatable character. The rest of the cast is similarly quite varied and interesting, Special mention goes to Sigma who was by far one of my favourite characters, which is impressive considering his later introduction to the story.