Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan audiobook

Machines Like Me: A Novel

By Ian McEwan
Read by Steven Crossley

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780385545112
11.40 Hours Unabridged
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New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. 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. 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 against the power to invent things beyond our control.

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New York Times bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

New from Ian McEwan, Booker Prize winner and international bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. 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. 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 against the power to invent things beyond our control.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A retrofuturist family drama that doubles as a cautionary fable about artificial intelligence, consent, and justice.” New Yorker
“McEwan’s special contribution is not to articulate the challenge of robots but to cleverly embed that challenge in the lives of two people trying to find a way to exist with purpose. That human drama makes Machines Like Me strikingly relevant even though it’s set in a world that never happened almost forty years ago.” Washington Post
“Morally complex and very disturbing, animated by a spirit of sinister and intelligent mischief.” The Guardian (London)
“[It] manages to flesh out—literally and grippingly—questions about what constitutes a person, and the troubling future of humans if the smart machines we create can overtake us.” NPR
“Steven Crossley is a frequent narrator for McEwan’s novels, and one who conveys with subtle effect McEwan’s most ingenious and subversive story lines. That voice is a modern variation of the detached, worldly narrator of classic British suspense fiction…This high-class entertainment challenges the mind, tests the wits, and teases and confounds the imagination at every turn. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“An intriguing novel about humans, machines, and what constitutes a self.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Ian McEwan

Author Bio: Ian McEwan

Ian McEwan is the author of more than a dozen books, including either New York Times bestsellers. His novel Amsterdam won the 1998 Book Prize; Atonement, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award; and The Child in Time won the Whitbread Award. His story collection, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English