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  • Robopocalypse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1118)

    In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother, a lonely Japanese bachelor, and an isolated U.S. soldier....

    Raxxillion says: "OMG! The hyperbole is the GREATEST EVER!!!!!"
    "Present tense - everywhere, all the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Could you see Robopocalypse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was clearly intended to be a movie.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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