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Dustwalker

Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Ryan Turner
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that's suited Ronin for 185 years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night - one human woman - makes him question everything.

Lara Brooks struggles to survive under the strict rules imposed by the bots in Cheyenne. With her sister missing, she's been on her own for weeks and fears the worst. Her only hope comes from Ronin, a bot she catches spying on her. He promises to provide for Lara and search for her sister. All she has to do is dance. It should be easy; she's done it before. But the longer she spends with Ronin, the harder it is to see him as just another bot.

In a city where humans are relegated to live in squalor, Ronin discovers a threat greater than any in the Dust - Warlord, Cheyenne's tyrannical leader. When Ronin ignores the rules, he unwittingly puts Lara in danger. Warlord is as intolerant of disrespect as he is of mankind.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Tiffany Freund and Robert Freund Jr. (P)2018 Tantor

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keeps you enthralled..

This story held me from the first chapter. by the end I was near tears. it's not often you read a book that makes you feel the characters and you feel for them like real people. This is a tear jerker so be prepared! Well worth the read tho!

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AI dystopian romance with HEA

Humans made bots who eventually took over after a major war. Now the world is a dystopia. Lara Brooks is struggling to live in a bot controlled territory (called Cheyenne) by a heartless ruler Dust/Warlord. Ronin, a bot with human characteristics, finds and takes in Lara. This is their story; Ronin and Lara's (mature themes). It ends with a HEA and a few tears.

The narrator's are not my favorite, but I still made it through without hating them.

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The story is slow and doesn’t show any signs of picking up. The male narrator is sopheric. It is also just impossible to find get into the world just cannot get past that full robots have a sexual interest in humans. Ok I can see sex bots but regular robots which engineer would put a working penis on it?? What are they supposed to use for cum. Oil?

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So many feels - ALL the feels

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this book, but just to be clear, it's not some lighthearted sci-fi romance. This is a real distopian sci-fi with deep themes about the nature of life and emotions. It was really, really dark in places, as any good post-apocalyptic dystopian story is, but the hope and the love shared by Ronin and Lara tempered the darkness and kept it from being bleak. It was epic and heart wrenching and full of action and tension. I loved both the characters. Lara was strong, full of fortitude despite the way life kept kicking her when she was down. Ronin's journey to find his meaning in life, and understand his connection to Lara and his own emotions, was moving and very relatable. He might have been a "bot" but I never questioned his humanity. The ending of the book was super satisfying, if a bit bittersweet, and made me teary-eyed. I really felt like I ran the gamut of feels with this book, and it's the sort of story that will linger with you afterwards. I've read most of the books Tiffany Roberts has written and she's definitely one of my favorite romance novelists, and I hope more of her books get released on audiobook.

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A thousand stars

A truly unique, moving and inspiring story with romance, suspense, action and more. Wish I could give more than 5 stars.

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Beautiful story

exciting and beautiful. Love this book. Takes a few to get used to voices. you then lose yourself in story.

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Great Book!

At first when I began listening I thought OK this will be an OK book. Well I got caught up in the story line and had some tears at the end. That's the mark of a great book when it slowly builds and touches your emotions. Well done Tiffany Roberts. Narrators, Hollie Jackson and Ryan Turner were spot on for this book.

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First Romance book I ever cried to (in a good way)

Wow this story definitely takes you on a journey, it's quite amazing how far the characters come. It's crazy because I always felt romance stories with robots always fell short with making the robots as sentient as possible but this story definitely did a great job! I def cried at the end because it was so sweet, great story!

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Anime romance meets the Terminator movie.

I can't even pretend I didn't fall hard for this book. If you like having your soul removed slowly and then crying tears of joy and pain, if you like worrying every second that something terrible is going to happen to the characters who have become your babies, and if you ever wondered what would happen if people figure out how to make real sentient robots, then look no further!
The author does a wonderful job of endearing you to the characters. I became heavily invested in them by the middle of the story. This book really flushes out the relationship between the characters and is incredibly honest look at basic human needs when everything else has been stripped away. Get this book, it's well worth the credit!

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Favorite

I have read this book several times and loved listening to its audible. The narrators did an excellent job bringing this beautiful story to life.
Highly recommend ✨