Plenty of profanity-boosted egos in this novel which sends the message that the characters won't ever achieve interesting and unique personalities. In fact, by the second half of the book most of the characters were indistinguishable from each other, the plot had lost it's momentum, and it became tiresome and unrewarding to continue. Spend your money on a better book.
This is quite possibly one of the worst listens I have ever had. I have been a member, since Audible come to be. So, for me to say that takes a lot.
Shallow. Old. Literary awful. Take "Terminator" and dumb it down. You get this.
Makes it worth.
Enjoy the adventure
Similar to 2001: A Space Odyssey, technology is now in charge and in the mood to kick some human butt. This time it's Archos who is using all his hardware and software to rule the human.
Written in the first person and from the perspective of different characters. Very fast paced. Which is good because 1st person naratives are difficult to do well and many readers do not enjoy it.
The narrator is very good. Reminds me of several of my New Jersey friends, and they tell great stories.
I couldn't stand this story. It seemed like a complete rip-off of World War Z, but with robots instead of zombies.
Additionally, the narrator, Mike Chamberlain has one of the most obnoxious voices I have ever heard.
The producers of this audiobook should be put on trial for Crimes Against Humanity for choosing Mike Chambelain to narrate.
Don't waste your time with this one. Read World War Z instead.
I love listening to a good book read by a great narrator while driving or doing mundane tasks like housekeeping. Characters come alive!
Okay, so the story held me for a while, because it's a great story. But because about halfway through the book I realized that the events in the first chapter occurred at the end of the book (or at least close to the end), I lost interest shortly thereafter, and abandoned it. I thought I was sure I knew how it ended, and the story no longer held my interest. I even realized that, perhaps, I didn't know how (when) it ended, and it could have been a big "surprise" ending past that part we'd heard about in the first chapter. But it wasn't worth my (very cherished driving time) any more, I wanted to move on to something new! And I would have liked to give the narration a score of 2-1/2, as it was neither good nor bad, but that choice wasn't available.
It's not that the book itself is overly wordy, but that the story has too many "chance" occurrences that it destroys the suspension of disbelief. The individual vignettes range from good to excellent, but the insertion of the narrator into the compilation is ham-handed and distracting. This may be intentional - first-time or amateur historians ofter make this mistake, but an editor would have hopefully hammered this narrative into something recognizable without being distracting. There are going to be inevitable comparisons to World War Z because of the similar narrative structure, and how well Z did it.
I hated for this book to end. I love the way it was set up, I love the way the story flowed and I loved the story itself. I wish it was longer.