Audio Book Review: (R)evolution by P.J. Manney

June 20, 2016 Advanced Readers Copy, Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Audio Book Review: (R)evolution by P.J. Manney(R)evolution (Phoenix Horizon #1) by P.J. Manney
Series: Phoenix Horizon #1
Published by Simon & Schuster on June 1st 2015
Narrator: David deVries
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 544
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.
Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.
As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?

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To begin with I was enthralled. The opening is fantastic and I was all ready to set in for my 15 hours of listening. 15 hours is a huge chunk of time but we all know that time is relative and with a good book, 15 hours can seem like 15 seconds. Sadly, that was not the case for this. The first hour, or so, was fantastic but then the plot got confusing, the characters are mostly the same, and sadly, I just wanted it to end.

I get very excited when I read books about psychology treatments and technology. Add in nanotechnology and the author has a Matrix like feeling to it that was surprising and fun. Instead of really delving into how this works, it seems like the author skipped her homework and just kind of peppered in some weird examples instead of using this plot point as a way to delve into how the science works, which would have added greatly to the book.

Sadly, where I really lost it was in the characters. Either they were all cut out of the same cloth, with very similar ways of acting, or they were complete idiots. Interestingly the author is female and yet all of her female characters are out of touch. I read a lot of books with very strong characters, whether male or female, and feel that the difference between a good book and a bad book may just be the idea that the characters all react differently. All the female characters were weak.

The narrator, David deVries, did a lovely job. He was able to bring in emotion although I thought I felt none. He has a great cadence and worked the book beautifully. Sadly, as the book went on and on his voice was actually easier to fall asleep to. I found myself wanting to nod off as the plot got worse. Would love to listen to something else that he has narrated! He and the audio were sadly the only good things about this read.




Rating Report
2 / 5
Character Development
2 / 5
Writing Style
2 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 2.6 / 5
The Author


PJ Manney is a former chairperson of Humanity+, the author of “Empathy in the Time of Technology: How Storytelling is the Key to Empathy,” and a frequent guest host and guest on podcasts including FastForward Radio. She has worked in motion-picture PR at Walt Disney/Touchstone Pictures, story development and production for independent film production companies (Hook, Universal Soldier, It Could Happen to You), and writing for television (Hercules–The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess). She also cofounded Uncharted Entertainment, writing and creating pilot scripts for television. Manney is a culture vulture and SF geek, and the daughter and mother of them, too. When not contemplating the future of humanity, she is a mother, wife, PTA volunteer and education activist in California.




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