Randomize: Forward Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Audible narration by Janina Gavankar (True Blood)
In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.
An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house - unless human ingenuity isn’t entirely a thing of the past.
Andy Weir’s Randomize is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.
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|Listening Length||50 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||17 September 2019|
|Publisher||Amazon Original Stories|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 27,942 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
79 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
87 in Literature Anthologies
130 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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As part of a six story narrative this is not even a short story.
What Weir has written is more a pros of a more promising story a summary statement for a book he may never actually write.
Quantum computing mixed with casinos, keno and scammers is a cute idea and true to his style of writing Andy Weir still manages a pop culture reference while also detailing the extremes his non caucasian Indian scammers will go to.
The woman is the smartest person in the room and also a quantum physicist. Of course though she is non white, Indian and down on her luck, poor but too good for anyone else.
Is it racist that the scammer/hackers were Indian, or is Weir just channelling his last novel Artimis.
I find books that try too hard, Pro fem non white pop culture references, for the sake of if- A bit on the nose but generally Weir is OK.
This narrative does little more though than to start a thought process about a little bit of science that ultimately goes no where.
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This book is short and really heavy on the detail. There is a lot of geeky science talk about quantum computing and pseudorandom number generation and entangled qbits and how that would affect the massive Las Vegas gambling industry. But essentially, this is a basic heist story and the characters were unappealing and hard to care about.
I think this possibly might have done better as a full sized book with more time dedicated to the plot and characters but this condensed version just didn’t work for me.
I really liked the twists and turns in the narrative of the story, which added unpredictability to it when it seemed as though I knew exactly where it was going.
It was a good way to end the Forward Collection of books, which I overall really enjoyed and would highly recommend.