I was almost always engaged in the story. the narration is wonderful. The hero defines what is best about human beings. Some of the technical details about the hard-boiled detective fights were over the top, but all in all this is a fun listen.
Professor, Ohio State University
The robot probationary citizen is a clever wrinkle on the standard robot sifi novel and the hard boiled detective novel. The main character's development as both a
The robot-loving wealthy patron with a very high IQ. The was a new approach to the
Excellent interpretation of the robot's personality.
No. I try to extend the pleasure of books I like by listening to other things between segments of a book. Books I do not like especially, I try to finish as quickly as possible.
This should represent only the first in a series of books about this robot detective's adventures. I will get them all!
This book is light hearted, very easy to listen to, and the main characters are all
loveable, even the villains. My wife and I both enjoyed this one.
In a world of literature where there are few original ideas or characters, Martinez came up with both. As the story unfolded the city and people all started to make a weird kind of sense and the mental image unfolded into a universe that was real enough to relate to and strange enough to entertain.
The gorilla cab driver does a great supporting role throughout the book
Although a very good narrator I thought Marc was best with the gorilla and the police detective.
This book is obviously setting up for a series, and if they continue to entertain as well as this one I will keep buying them.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
What a good, fun story. Between the narrator and author the story has this hard boiled 1950's feel. Would like to see a follow up story, enjoyed getting to know Mack and how he gets along in the world. It was nice to see a main character that is not human. I've all ready listened to Gil's All Fright Dinner, plan on getting my hands on the rest of Martinez works.
I read all of A. Lee Martinez's books and most of the time enjoy them immensely. But not this one. Possibly because 1. the book is closely wedded to the hard-boiled detective trope and 2. the reader does not know how to do humor. Most of the humor requires inflections on words to convey the humor and the reader is just reading it as if it were actually a simple detective novel.
A detective novel where the hero is 7 ft tall and 700 lbs of steel. And red, to signal he is a non-citizen (he was built for evil but refused to do the bidding of a mad scientist, so is on probation to prove he is not a menace to society). A detective novel where our hero ends up battling aliens from outer space. How could that not be funny? The reader delivers it as bland and boring.
For the -perfect- combination of novel, humor and a savvy reader, do try "Gil's All Fright Diner" narrated by Fred Berman.
I consider myself an A Lee Martinez fan. I have all of his audio books, except one. This is my second favorite, behind "A Nameless Witch".
It is a good read and and the premise of the story is very entertaining.And because it is a book written by Lee Martinez
Mack Megaton of course.
Again Mack Megaton
No, it's just good entertainment.
The very variable personalities appearing in the book is brilliantly described .And a job well done by Marc Vietor.
Speculative fiction is my genre. Narrative voice (the voice the author wrote the tale in) is very important to me. I love good dialogue.
This is my third attempt at an A. Lee Martinez book, and I can never get past the first third of them. I don't know if any of his books actually have a plot, because he founders so much in the beginning that I can't figure out what the point is, get bored, and stop reading/listening to them.
I'm on a noir/neo-noir kick right now, so I might go with the follow up novel to When Gravity Fails. That, or another Elmore Leonard novel that's narrated by Muller. Those are great!
Over the top stereotypes are something this author does exceedingly well. Narrator was well chosen. Characters are fun. Story puts together a forties feel with a science fiction spin. Great listen.