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The Automatic Detective Audiobook

The Automatic Detective

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Publisher's Summary

Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just can't catch a break.

When Mack's neighbors are kidnapped, Mack sets off on a journey through the dark alleys and gleaming skyscrapers of Empire City. Along the way, he runs afoul of a talking gorilla, a brainy dame, a mutant lowlife, a little green mob boss, and the secret conspiracy at the heart of Empire's founders - not to mention more trouble than he bargained for. What started out as one missing family becomes a battle for the future of Empire and every citizen that calls her home.

©2008 A. Lee Martinez (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Martinez tickles the funny bone in this delightful, fast-paced mishmash of SF and hard-boiled detective story.... Eccentric characters, all of whom are clever twists on stereotypes, populate a smart, rocket-fast read with a clever, twisty plot that comes to a satisfying conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

“This combination sci-fi/hard-boiled detective story is a hoot….Narrator Marc Vietor approaches the story with a classic noir tone that is hilarious.” (AudioFile)

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    Matthew 06-24-11
    Matthew 06-24-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Wonderful Book."

    I've never listened/read a book by A. Lee Martinez, but I will surely be looking into his other releases after this listen. Marc Vietor did a glorious job with the subject matter, I mean I guess he is the go to guy when it comes to "robot crime noir".

    One of the best I've listened to so far in 2011.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 03-16-12
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 03-16-12 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "ok, so it's a bit corny."

    So, it's a bit corny. It also fun and entertaining. A very traditional gumshoe in the style of Robert Parker done sci-fi. I loved every minute of it even when it was over the top. I love Gomez the ape and the BloB at the end, awesome. When you are ready to park your credibility meter at the door try this one on. Laugh a little....

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-03-13
    Pauline Colorado Springs, CO, United States 08-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun Sam Spade-Like Reading"
    Where does The Automatic Detective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For sheer '40s style entertainment, right up there with Heinlein.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire ambiance and style it was written in, and read perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    The lead character...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Definitel made me laugh...lots of humanity in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended for an easy romp through a good sci-fi story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ed G United States 01-24-13
    Ed G United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this story. Who wouldn't enjoy a story about a sophont robot with a mutant police officer who produces reports on a typewriter? The style is so "world of the future" circa 1950 that at one point I actually checked the publication date.

    Definitely worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 11-29-12
    Lisa 11-29-12

    I have always loved to read. Discovering audible has been great for a multitasker! Sorry for any misspells on reviews!

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    "A surprise"

    I had bought this book on sale, did not seem my type of book but WOW it was great. It has humour, action, mystery and just a hint of romance. What I enjoyed most was the veiwpoint of being a machine which the narrator was able to bring voice to so well. I really hope that there will be more books they would be an auto buy for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hawkwood Boston, MA USA 05-21-12
    Hawkwood Boston, MA USA 05-21-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "Amusing Dashiell Hammett Parody"

    The Automatic Detective first strikes one as a very amusing Dashiell Hammett parody - that is, the author of Sam Spade detective stories. Changing the subject to a robot in a future city as grubby as D.H.'s L.A. is well done, and fun. But one becomes attached to Max, and the story becomes engrossing and, at the end, exciting.

    It is never bound for a Sci Fi classic, but it is entertaining, and I'd recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T. Stansbury 05-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A very fun summer read!"
    Would you listen to The Automatic Detective again? Why?

    No, I don't have time to re-read a book.


    Would you recommend The Automatic Detective to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, Anyone who likes a hardboiled detective with a twist would enjoy this.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Um... a wonderful voice that enhances the mood of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 10-01-12
    Ryan CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Down-on-luck AI robot turned noir detective-great!"

    Dashiell Hammett would be proud. For those familiar with A. Lee Martinez, this is his take on a hard-boiled, noir, sci-fi detective story and it works great.

    The setting is Empire City, a futuristic city with the feel of Chicago or New York circa 1940. The protagonist is Mack Megaton, an AI robot built by a mad scientist for world domination who defied his programming. Now he's driving cabs while on probation, trying to earning citizenship while scraping by. But the only people that matter to him, his tenement neighbor and her kids have been kidnapped....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    brendanstallard 06-27-11

    Retired and retiring old Oirisher/Brit who has now escaped first to Atlanta, now living in Bourbon country in Kentucky.

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    "An Excellent Surprise"

    This was lovely, and a real surprise. It is by turns, funny, arch and wise and I enjoyed every moment of it. I am fond of Robot stories and this is one, but it is very human in the way it tells its tale.

    The narrator, whom I first heard as the AI in www.wake does a first class job of reading this. I tend to prefer female voices, but Vietor fits this material perfectly. The narration doesn't get in the way of the story.

    A real audible masterpiece. The writer paints super pictures and I was completely captivated.


    brendan

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Delia 07-23-15
    Delia 07-23-15
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    "enjoyed listening to this story"

    enjoyed listening to this story. liked the story and hope next book read by same person. i like mac and will look forward to reading more about his adventures

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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