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Machines Like Me

Narrated by: Billy Howle
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan. 

Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding.

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms.  

These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

©2019 Ian McEwan (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Peters out

Loved the idea and story setup which kept the reader guessing....but then it just seemed to loose momentum. Bit of a disappointment

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Amazing story, deep and thought provoking

I really enjoyed the story, however some parts were a bit long winded. However I really did love this book. I really like Billy Howle as the Narrator.

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Excellent, could not stop listening.

I enjoyed every second of this book. Fantastic story. Well read. Kept at a good pace , no time filled mamby pamby.

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  • erik
  • 24-05-2019

Brilliant & Intelligent

This is Ian MacEwan at his best.
I sincerly recommend this book to all Audible listeners

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-2019

What's AI

The what if of AI. Brilliant, engrossing, awesome in its impact and analysis. Most recommended.

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  • holly bird
  • 25-04-2019

Enjoyable but Nothing new

Enjoyed the story but I don't think Ian McEwan said anything new about AI that hadn't been said before. Wonder if he ever watched "Humans" on tv. Thought the narrative wandered a bit, why did he set it in past years, didn't get that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2019

Ian McEwan at his best. Thought provoking.

You become so quickly engrossed with and empathetic with the characters, it has so much depth, I will have to listen to it again, after my subconscious and conscious mind have grappled with the implications arising from many of the issues traversed in this brilliant book.

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  • Mr Rupert Seymour
  • 23-04-2019

Dreary and Robotic...

Having been a fan of Ian McEwan's for years, and now having heard his latest offering, I have to express disappointment in this work. Perhaps it's the lack lustre reading by Billy Howie or the dullness of the story that made me feel as though I was wasting my time. I have heard good reviews of this work on the wireless, inspiring interviews and a host of cleverness spoken by pundits and McEwan regarding the existential depth of machine intelligence versus us breathing creatures: sorry it's still an uninspiring audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-2019

Not his best

I'm an Ian McEwan fan but unfortunately this is by far his worst book, I'd recommend my purple scent, solar, Serena, enduring love, the innocent, black dog, Amsterdam .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-2019

Just brilliant!<br />

Held me until the last word. What an amazing subject. What an imagination IM must have. Totally credible and immediately so easy to suspend disbelief. Loved the interspersed, twisted bits of history. A masterpiece.

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  • Vampvision
  • 08-05-2019

Another brilliant McEwan

Love this author and this book did not disappoint. Really enjoyed the mash up of historical fact and fiction with modern day political themes along with the AI issues. Very thought provoking stuff.

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  • David Dobell
  • 07-05-2019

Great Topic

Loved it. But found I wanted to explore Adam and Eve further. Ian has created a whole world we needed to know more of. So I hope that Ian is already writing a sequel. Especially loved the entwining of The early 80"s and our near future.

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  • Scribbler@10
  • 06-05-2019

Same old, same old

Billy Howle almost succeeded in making this story what it definitely isn't, interesting. I have read almost every book by McEwan but like Nutshell and The children act, my enthusiasm for his writing is no longer. His novels read as random snippets, inserted from previous well-conceived stories. Like a compilation of ideas, already used. How many times does he intend to add the political demonstration as a means of distraction for his weak story line (Saturday) ? Why do we look forward to his next novel with eager anticipation ? McEwan writes meaningless political propaganda with a vague love story unfolding in the background....and Alan Turing ? Whether his stories are set in a fictional past or not; McEwan's privilidged, middle-class life, with tennis on Sunday ( not in the park ) - he invariably mentions the sport in some way in his recent banal novels and the obligatory, comfortable, long lunches with his doctors, lawyers and musicians. Dismiss the nasty people around you and write a book about them all....but it's not real and unfortunately it's not likely to alter the way intelligent, educated people live....even the under-privilidged. McEwan is 'affected'.

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  • 04-05-2019

Wanted it to go on much longer!

A really thought provoking read but with some humour and a play with historical accuracy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-2019

Thoughtful, disquieting but always engaging.

Excellent narration brings this exploration into what it means to be human and the moral compromises that follow from there.

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