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  • gilwilson 5:52 PM on April 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a.i., ai, artificial intelligence, computer dating   

    “Death Match” By Lincoln Child 

    Death Match 17667468
    By: Lincoln Child
    Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
    Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
    Release date: 07-26-16
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    EHarmony, Farmersonly.com, Tinder, they are all dating based on computers bringing people together. Eden Corp has the best computer matching system, creating “super couples.” These super couples are the most perfectly matched couples the problem is they are dying off. Christopher Lash a former FBI forensic psychologist is called in to investigate these murder/suicides. What he uncovers is more than he bargain for.

    Artificial intelligence goes awry and we allow it to find a perfect match.

    The Narrator, Barret Whitener, reads the book so smooth that at times I found myself just enveloped in the world of Christopher Lash and his investigation.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Lewis and Lindsay Thorpe were the perfect couple: young, attractive, and ideally matched. But the veil of perfection can mask many blemishes. When the Thorpes are found dead in their tasteful Flagstaff living room (having committed double suicide), alarms go off in the towering Manhattan offices of Eden Incorporated, the high-tech matchmaking company whose spectacular success and legendary secrecy have inspired awe around the world. The Thorpes, few people knew, were more than the quintessential happy couple – they were Eden’s first perfect match.

    A short time later, Christopher Lash, a gifted former FBI forensic psychologist, receives an urgent plea from Eden to perform a quick – and quiet – investigation into the deaths. Lash’s psychological autopsy reveals nothing suspicious but inadvertently dredges up the memories of a searing personal tragedy he has kept at bay for years.

    The situation changes suddenly when a second Eden couple is found dead – by all appearances, another double suicide. Now Eden – particularly Richard Silver, the company’s brilliant and reclusive founder – has no choice but to grant Lash unprecedented access to its most guarded secrets if he is to have any chance of determining what is going wrong. The hidden world he discovers is a stunning labyrinth of artificial intelligence, creative genius, and a melding of technology that does indeed, to Lash’s surprise, deliver on Eden’s promise to its clients: the guarantee of a perfect lifelong mate. But Lash’s involvement in the investigation becomes more personal and dangerous than he could have imagined, nearly as soon as it begins.

    With tremendous imagination and skill, master thriller writer Lincoln Child renders a setting too frighteningly believable not to be real. Infused with relentless suspense and a riveting pace, Death Match is Child at his best.

    ©2006 Lincoln Child (P)2016 Random House Audio

  • gilwilson 5:52 PM on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    “Destination: Void” By: Frank Herbert 

    Destination: Void18765286
    By: Frank Herbert
    Narrated by: Scott Brick
    Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
    Release date: 10-28-14
    Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

    All you have to do is tell me that Frank Herbert wrote it and I’ll read it no matter how good or bad. So, that should let you know up front, I’m a bit biased. Yes, I’m a big fan of Frank Herbert, actually maybe I’m just a huge Dune fan. That is actually why I picked this audiobook this time around, I wanted to see what his writing is about outside the Duneverse. The book itself was actually published in 1966 one year after Dune, so Herbert was at his creative best.

    So what happens to your ship when travelling the cosmos in a form of suspended animation and the brains keeping the ship going, go insane? That is the question to be answered in “Destination: Void.” Frank Herbert is pretty well known to create new religions and mythos in the Dune series of books, and somewhat continues that in this book. In fact the next book in this series is “The Jesus Incident,” which explores religion and science.

    What I liked about this book is that it seemed everyone knew something about everyone else and could use that as leverage. The dialogue throughout the book did not seem contrived and as all the relationships within the personnel of the ship seemed natural as well. The technical details did seem a bit overwhelming but were necessary. The exploration of Artificial Intelligence made for a very thought provoking book.

    One more thing before I leave you with this, I’m also a HUGE Scott Brick fan, and was extremely happy to hear he was narrating this. Brick is able to portray characters, emotions and dialogue as if it were a multi-cast performance. His delivery is perfect for Science-Fiction.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The starship Earthling, filled with thousands of hibernating colonists en route to a new world at Tau Ceti, is stranded beyond the solar system when the ship’s three organic mental cores – disembodied human brains that control the vessel’s functions – go insane. The emergency skeleton crew sees only one chance for survival: build an artificial consciousness in the Earthling’s primary computer that can guide them to their destination – and hope it doesn’t destroy the human race.

    Don’t miss Frank Herbert’s classic novel that begins the epic Pandora Sequence.

    ©1966 Frank Herbert (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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