Speak

A Novel
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.28 hours)
Product Number: Z100091506
Released: Jul 07, 2015
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ISBN: #9780062415882
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Description

A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence-illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understanding. In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive. A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband. Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend's mother. A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife. An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program. A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls. Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps-to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them. In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human-shrinking rapidly with today's technological advances-echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people. Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.

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Author(s): Louisa Hall
Original Publish Date: Jul 07, 2015

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Louisa Hall
Product Number DD17501
Released: Jul 06, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504625432
eBook
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Author(s): Louisa Hall
Product Number EB00551636
Released: Jul 07, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: #9780062391216

Professional reviews

"Hall's work is less a novel than a collection of diaries of a half-dozen people whose lives stretch from the 1600s to the near future. Their writings explore the nature of intelligent thought, communication, and what it means to be human. Seven narrators portray the characters--and one robot--with varying styles and quality. Some are intriguing and endow characters with personality. Others literally "read" the entries with little passion. The core of the story is the development of a "baby bot," an intelligent robot that is both a toy and a friend to children. Eventually, the robots are destroyed because children prefer them to family. The other characters in the audiobook somehow contribute to the eventual creation of the robots, even if only philosophically. M.S. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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