This story is written in an imaginative way that works well. Each chapter is a report written after the fact with the actions weaved into the delivery of the report. The story runs like an investigation and a study of the unfolding events.
All that aside...the story is delivered well with characters developing in a credible way. The robot part isn’t a crazy or silly accident gone wrong but is aligned with an Isaac Asimov scenario of robot evolution. Believable premise. A very fine read (listen) with the narrator playing the parts well.
The ending was wrapped up too fast with a few story elements left dangling. Or perhaps a segue to a second novel...I hope.
Weirdly, the first thing I noticed was Mike Chamberlain's voice. It is mesmerizing and reminds me of Christian Bale's voice. It's something about the soft 't's. However, as the book moved on, I started to get annoyed with the way he was emphasizing emotional thoughts. He was too slow and it broke the pace of the book. Would have been better to say them with meaning and leave a pause instead of emphasizing each word.
As far as the writing goes... I have to say the storyline is pretty interesting. It keeps you thinking. The protagonist insists that each event was critical to the war effort but you don't really see all the pieces until the very end. I recommend reading this book over a short period of time. This is not the kind of audiobook you can listen to casually. The author leaves out so much detail that you are required to deduce a great deal yourself.
My last comment about Robopocalypse is about the writing. The wording gets too poetic. Too many times we hear poetic descriptions of emotional scenes. It's okay if one of the crazy characters (perhaps Mr. Namora) get poetic with his thoughts. But for every character to have the same poetic arch is fake and quite distracting. The most compelling thing about this book is the fascinating storyline/premise and all the details he leaves out.
I would recommend Daniel H Wilson and Mike Chamberlain to others, but I feel that both have some maturing to do.
I was only about 30 minutes into the audiobook and was completely blown away by the way the storyline developed and by the presentation of the speaker. The story unfolds in a series of vignettes that lay the foundation for the entire story. At first the speed at which new characters are introduced is confusing but it doesn't take long before it all makes sense and each vignette ties to another. Fantastic book!
A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.
This book had such potential, but it came across too boring to complete. No characters were sufficiently interesting (aside from the child voice) and in their absence the action just wasn't compelling enough to keep me reading.
I Don't have time for a long review. Basically this is a somewhat overdone genre but there are enough original ideas and interesting characters to make this book really work. It's not without flaws but definately enjoyable. Narration was excellent - and I'm picky.
Overall, I was sad when this story was over and think if you like sci-fi and clever characters, you probably will too.
This book didn't deliver on what I expected and felt was promised. It just didn't have the momentum nor did it really go in the direction I'd hoped. Plus, the grotesque depictions of violence and the extreme prevalent language were way too much for me. I grew really tired of all the f-bombs being dropped by virtually every character in the book. And seriously, I don't enjoy reading (or listening in this case) to horrific depictions of violence against children. This book could have been better, to say the least.
If that isn't enough of a review for you, then read on:
It's hard to depict an entire war in just one volume. As a result, the author writes the book almost as a documentary. We know the humans win at the beginning of the story (which ruins the suspense) and then see things through a variety of characters' eyes. This format could have worked, had not so much time been spent on the buildup to the fighting, and on trivial things. The actual war takes place in the last half or less.
I listened to virtually the whole book at 2x speed and still caught everything without a problem.
Ultimately the author needs to learn that sometimes less is more, in other words take us through just a few characters, let the threats be more implied than described in meticulous detail, and just focus on writing a tighter story. He is a good writer, but these flaws listed above keep me from recommending this book to others.
I was never able to get fully engaged with the characters in the book. The author jumps between story lines so frequently that none of the main characters ever felt fully developed.
My $0.02 (since you've already read the reviews and kind of know what its about):
1, if you want to get through this book, you have to listen at least to 1/2 of it, only then do you start to understand that the stories are related. If you're ok with that, read it.
2, it is an ok book, not good and definitely not great. Buy it only if you want something to read in this topic, and can't find anything else.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Nothing wrong with the reader - it's the material.
Nothing memorable because nothing was written that enhanced the premise. It's a good subject very poorly executed and quite disappointing because I like apocalyptic science fiction.
If you are a fan of the genre do yourself a favor and skip this one.