While he does create very vivid and sometimes gory images, I felt like I was listening to a screenplay ready to be produced on the big-screen instead of listening to a novel.
When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was set to direct the movie version of this book, I had to purchase it. I even heard the rumor that Spielberg's company optioned the movie rights to the book before it even came out it stores.
With that being said, it is a good book, but I was expecting a tad more. The beginning and ending were great, but the middle was ho-hum. It basically started, and then ended. I would have liked to have followed the characters adventures in between. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were unique and you often did not see their actions coming.
Think 'The Terminator', meets 'The Matrix', meets 'Maximum Overdrive' (for those of you old enough).
-The first 1/4 of the book is seen through the eyes of a computer. The rise of the machines is viewed in a different way. Very Original!
-The characters, including the bad guys, all have different, and interesting personalities. They are not just Robots. -Pun intended...
-Narration was good.
-Descriptions were brutally honest.
-The exploration of multiple characters was what i liked best.
-I feel like there were chunks left out of the story (the middle).
-Too short. It needed a little more depth.
I am probably being over critical about the negatives. I highly recommend this book!
Can't wait for the movie!
I wasn't sure that I'd like this at all. I was very surprised that I really loved it. It was believable, fun and exciting. I liked the journal concept and the characters. I was really shocked at the bad reviews because I didn't find the story to be slow at all. I glad it was a listen, not a read, but I think that it should have been narrated by more than one person.
All in all, I will recommend this book.
This book had a potential.. but very long winded, every chapter introduces a new futuristic threat rather than getting on with the main plot.. like an introduction that never ends. The reader is good, but a wasted talent here. He deserves better things. I can't believe the author enjoyed writing this book--it is laborious and cumbersome, and well, plain unenjoyable. I listen and become annoyed and angry.
Author, rabid Audible listener.
Just before writing this review I thought no one else realized that this book shared a really similar feel to Max Brooks' World War Z (not to mention Max also wrote a book called the Zombie Survival Guide and Daniel H Wilson created a book called How to Survive a Robot Uprising). It seems as if others here did indeed notice this as well. As a matter of fact there were points in the book I just felt like the whole plot was lifted and re-purposed. Okay so with all this aside...
The book was actually quite good. The story is essentially a re-telling of how a computer program named Archos found a mind of its own and in pretty short order decided to go to war with the humans. The story took place somewhere in the near future which made some of the story a bit easier to believe.
My 3 stars are really because there are many unanswered questions. So many unanswered questions in fact that I believe there must be another book in the works. There was so much ground to cover in so many years, you really wanted to know more about what was going on. Without giving anything away, I will say I kept thinking "What was Archos' strategy and why did he do some of the things he did?"
Perhaps the best part of this book was Mike Chamberlain who read the book perfectly. Perhaps one of the reasons for why I wanted to learn more about Archos was the fantastic voice Mike used for him. Anytime Archos spoke, I got that weird creepy feeling that added some real entertainment.
Enjoy the book but be aware it feels like it was designed for a movie more than a good book. Perhaps that is why Steven Spielberg is directing it :-)
I'm sorry but this is more than a bit juvenile. I understand what it is trying to achieve but it sort of feels a bit less epic than it's intentions. It's very simple. If you are a fan of Stephen King...it will leave you wanting a bit more storytelling. Go for "The passage" if you need a bit more philosophy and a lot less action gun battles. If you are a fan of an easy listen and you absolutely love techno robotic babble and are under 20 years old you will love this. If you are a fan of the "what after" post-apocalyptic worlds and its complexities, this is not your book. I should have waited for more reviews. I should have known from the cheesy book title.
I read and listen to books as much as possible.
Because they had to make it a point that the author has a PhD in robotics, I expected some good old hard science fiction, it was not. The audio production was excellent, but the book was poor. There is no real explanation for the technology.
I chose this book because I was aware of the authors experiences and education. "Hard Science Fiction" is, well... hard. It requires a deep understanding of the themes. While the book has some redeeming aspects later in the narrative you may find yourself disappointed by the utter laziness of the premise.
The book is effectively the equivalent of a car spontaneously exploding during a chase. The title should act as forewarning. If you know anything at all about AI or machine learning you will feel cheated before you get far enough to suspend your disbelief.