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Robopocalypse Audiobook

Robopocalypse: A Novel

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....
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Publisher's Summary

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies… Now they’re coming for you.

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 disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.

When the Robot War ignites - at a moment known later as Zero Hour - humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

Daniel H. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of such nonfiction works as How to Survive a Robot Uprising. Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

©2011 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

“Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping.” (Kirkus)

"A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won't soon forget. What a read…unlike anything I’ve read before." (Clive Cussler)

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    Jason Kansas City, MO, United States 06-16-11
    Jason Kansas City, MO, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Very disappointing"

    To say this book was poorly written and unoriginal would be a gentle understatement. The maddening use of cliche after dim cliche would have flunked this author out of any decent high school creative writing class. Two stars: One for the author's dumb luck in getting this dog published and one for the fairly cool cyber-Tut death mask on the cover. Daniel H. Wilson, find a day job.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    We4Williams 06-16-11
    We4Williams 06-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Dull"

    It's a bad sign when you switch the audio to double speed to get the book over with.

    I was really looking forward to this book. It seemed like the kind of book I love. End of the world plus robots! I couldn't wait! I just didn't get that end-of-the-world thrill. There was no sense of fear or urgency for most of the book. There were a few good scenes but most of it was just kind of dull.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    John Roswell, GA, United States 06-14-11
    John Roswell, GA, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great"

    Outstading book. Grabs you from page one and the narator is excellent. I highly recommend it for fans of The Stand and other post apocalyptic books.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 07-19-11
    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 07-19-11 Member Since 2007

    Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.

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    "disappointment"

    A collage of tired devices borrowed from greater works. Left a ton of loose ends, too. Never really explained why this was happening. Started to hint at a larger lesson to be learned at the hands of the greater intelligence, but never brought it home. Ended up just being a pointless gore fest.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dakia 06-14-11
    Dakia 06-14-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Story and Narration"

    A lot of this book reminded me of World War Z. The format is somewhat similar in that the main character is describing past events in a somewhat similar fashion to Z's interview format.

    The story takes a bit to get off of the ground, but once it does, it is highly enjoyable. The narrator does a great job with all of the characters and rarely seems out of place. I always hate narrators where you can't get past the voice work, but this was a great job.

    Robopocalypse is a great novel and a great audio book. I highly recommend this one.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-11-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Nobody Knows Nothing, For Sure"

    There were plenty of off the wall sayings for me to pick as the title for this, such as: Leave enough ticks on a dog and pretty soon there ain't no dog left or A mechanic is just an engineer in blue jeans or It's the Cowboy Way.

    This is Wilson's first novel, not his first book. He has written books on robotics. He has a PhD in Robotics among other degree's. When it comes to robots the guy knows what he is talking about, his writing in this novel can be sophomoric and I agree with the reviewer that complained about the present tense form.

    Putting the bad writing aside, the use of present tense, the lack of character development, etc, I still liked the book. Like B.V. Larson's Swarm, the concept and chapter by chapter development kept me interested. I am a sucker for A-I, Robots or Vulcan type characters. There is solid Science Fiction in almost each and every chapter and those of us who have been reading Sci-Fi for a while have grown used to putting up with lower writing skills to get the science we crave. Another good thing about Wilson, is that even though he knows the in's and outs of robotics, he does not bore us with all the technical jargon.

    Like Stephen Baxter and Ben Bova, I believe that Wilson has a big career in writing if he wants. He will need to get some help with his writing skills, but he won't be the first writer to improve his skills as he matures. Hell, the guy was born two years after I graduated High School.

    The narrator is not terrible. He has a nasal quality to his voice and he does not do voices well, but maybe he can hone his skills also.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-25-11
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Wish I could give it a half star."

    This book is stupid, vapid, brainless, poorly written and an utter waste of time. Best part of the book is its cover. How did Wilson get this turkey published?

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    "Written like a screenplay"

    While he does create very vivid and sometimes gory images, I felt like I was listening to a screenplay ready to be produced on the big-screen instead of listening to a novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Gaithersburg, MD, United States 12-16-11
    Brett Gaithersburg, MD, United States 12-16-11
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    "Very original for an unoriginal Genre."

    When I first heard that Steven Spielberg was set to direct the movie version of this book, I had to purchase it. I even heard the rumor that Spielberg's company optioned the movie rights to the book before it even came out it stores.

    With that being said, it is a good book, but I was expecting a tad more. The beginning and ending were great, but the middle was ho-hum. It basically started, and then ended. I would have liked to have followed the characters adventures in between. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read. The characters were unique and you often did not see their actions coming.

    Think 'The Terminator', meets 'The Matrix', meets 'Maximum Overdrive' (for those of you old enough).

    Positive:

    -The first 1/4 of the book is seen through the eyes of a computer. The rise of the machines is viewed in a different way. Very Original!

    -The characters, including the bad guys, all have different, and interesting personalities. They are not just Robots. -Pun intended...

    -Narration was good.

    -Descriptions were brutally honest.

    -The exploration of multiple characters was what i liked best.

    Negative:

    -I feel like there were chunks left out of the story (the middle).

    -Too short. It needed a little more depth.

    I am probably being over critical about the negatives. I highly recommend this book!

    Can't wait for the movie!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 10-27-11
    TS Tucson, AZ, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Pleasantly surprised"

    I wasn't sure that I'd like this at all. I was very surprised that I really loved it. It was believable, fun and exciting. I liked the journal concept and the characters. I was really shocked at the bad reviews because I didn't find the story to be slow at all. I glad it was a listen, not a read, but I think that it should have been narrated by more than one person.

    All in all, I will recommend this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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