Not in this method of writing, they took what made WWZ an interesting and unique novel, stripped it and just wrote a multi-perspective novel.
It never really made good on its premises. The final battle was terribly anti-climactic and I didn't like the structure.
He captured all the characters well, and did a good job performing a very diverse cast.
I already know it will be a movie, I can see it being just as average as the book, with a very average cast.
If you liked this style I would suggest World War Z.
No. The story was would have been far more enjoyable had the author not elected to use present tense the entire time. I could understand its usage when the author was describing what was going on in "real time", but he continued to use it even when characters were describing past events to other characters, which was really odd. If I asked a friend what he did over the weekend, he would not normally say, "I go to the football game. I watch it. My team scores. I go to the concession stand." Etc. My assumption is that the book was really intended to be a movie script, which would explain the universal present tense, and that script was then used to generate a book. I just found it very annoying.
It was clearly intended to be a movie.
Just a little autistic zombie girl.
Robopocalypse is written in a war correspondent fashion that is very entertaining. Occasionally it is difficult to follow which character is talking because this style is more visual. However, the narrator is entertaining and makes you feel as if you are in the room watching these people and robots communicate with each other. I enjoyed this book immensely.
This was written in reverence to World War Z because of the correspondent style. I was also reminded of I,Robot by Richard Matheson.
I liked the feeling that he put into the reading. It was very entertaining. He managed to give different characters distinct personalities and voices throughout his narration.
There were placs that made me very sad. At the end I was so happy that the conclusion was what it was. I don't usually like those "happy endings", but this one made sense. It made me feel triumphant and happy that the human race is resilient and smart.
This is a great listen! I really enjoyed it and couldn't wait to have to take another long trip (I usually listen while commuting for work) so I could fire it up and find out what happened.
comparing this book to others in the same genre would be difficult, the way the author wrote the story is amazing. so many books run either run a straight line or will tell two parts of the same story overlapping each other. this story is told as it already happened, which doesn't seem like a big deal but it is a really unique way of telling the story; IMO.
Very good narration and story
I would compare it to I Robot.
Nice diverse and distinct characters. This seems like a tough book to perform and he did an excellent job
Matilda kinda stays with you after finishing the book, although almost all the main characters are memorable.
I really enjoyed this book. It jumps around a lot and it takes a while to find its narrative footing, but after a while its difficult to put down. It starts out a little slow and confusing, but really builds up and becomes engrossing. I'm glad I stuck with it. I did wish it flowed a bit better though. It was a little choppy.
The story unfolds like nothing else I've ever read (heard). The characters are seduced into the use of machines and then BOOM. Spectacular.
Dr. Franklin Daley's confrontation with ARCOS is so chilling I listened to it 3x. Dr. Daley is the first person we meet who does not have to be convinced of the ELE (extinction level event) ARCOS represents. I am barely breathing while listening to this chapter.
I laughed and teared up....
I can' wait to finish.
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!