Until this morning, Charlotte Pudding was almost happy with her life. Apart from her homicidal toaster, dead parents, and general ennui. Well, maybe not that happy. Either way, now that she’s on the run from a shadowy corporation, seeking the secrets of her own family history and tolerating the inanities of a retired god, things are looking a bit more interesting.
©2013 Paper Road Press (P)2014 Paul Mannering
Engines of Empathy is a very funny book. It is set in a world where all the technology runs on empathetic energy and negative emotional can cause dysfunction in the relationship between a person and their gadgets. I really enjoy listening to this audiobook.
Listen to the preview read the description - i give it 5 stars all round.
Voice and writing combine very well to give life to a world that, while not our own, is close enough that it doesn't seem completely alien to us either.
I hate questions like these as they're often very hard to answer without being attacked by spoiler ninjas. Suffice to say that the first appearance of two of the minor antagonists is quite amusing- and very British.
I'm not entirely sure I could pick one, but she does a wonderful job as the lead, Ms. Pudding.
When discoveries are made and choices are chosen. (How's that for non-spoilery?)
The humour is very British, particularly in the character names, such as Pudding, Pretense, and Hopfrog. I love it!
The humor, and the cleverness of the story.
It's a bit hard to pick one! For me, the best parts were the ones that made me laugh out loud, and it's difficult to pick just one of those!
Charlotte Pudding. She's a great female lead :)
I wouldn't presume to try and write one of those for this. But really, if you mention empathic toasters, what more would you need?
I've read Paul Mannering's Tankbread as well as this, and love his writing. I really enjoyed the humor in this book as well as the lack of zombies :) He's now right up there with my favorite funny sci-fi authors.
"Fabulously sarcastic, imaginative adventure."
Fiona Thraille's voice acting really brought this adventure to life. Funny, unique and thought provoking.
"A wonderfully bizarre and funny adventure"
Pure. Unfiltered. Strangeness.
The only thing I could compare it to would be 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' with it's irreverent look at the world of our consumerist society, religion and the dangers of customer service
I'd have to say Drakeforth, she gave him the voice of a man who was truly and stark-staringly insane.
The very end. To say anymore would be spoiling all the spoilers.
If you're looking for something that is truly outlandish and on the short side, this is definitely the audiobook to check out. It was very entertaining once it got started and was very enjoyable.
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