• I, AutoHouse

  • By: Gish Jen
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • 3.4 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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I, AutoHouse

By: Gish Jen
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
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About the Creator

Gish Jen is the author of five previous novels, a story collection, and two works of nonfiction. Her honors include the Lannan Literary Award for fiction and the Mildred and Harold Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She delivered the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in American Studies at Harvard University, where she currently teaches; and will have a new book out next February for Knopf entitled Thank You, Mr. Nixon.

About the Performer

Award-winning narrator Hillary Huber has recorded hundreds of titles spanning many genres. Hillary has a BA in English Literature and is a voracious reader and listener of audiobooks. Being raised in conservative Connecticut and hippy Hawaii has given her a unique perspective, straddling two very different worlds. She now splits her time between California and New York. Most of that time is spent in a small 4x4 padded cell. Um... booth.

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I loved it

Laugh out loud just plain funny. I didn't see the ending coming at all. Definitely Recommend

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Both funny and scary!

A “smart house” sounds like a great idea until you realize it is not only recording everything you do and say but is also insinuating itself between you and your kids! This is set sometime in the future but sadly is all too believable. Great idea to embed the tech and all the issues it creates in a family-baseball drama. Thanks Audible for a great freebie! And I’m going to go back and listen to The Resisters on which this is based.

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Didn’t like it.

Made no sense and seemed a little more like political. This isn’t stimulating at all.

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Alexa meets baseball and family relations

Sitcom or soap opera level intensity, didn’t really build any suspense or tension and no LOL moments. lots of little witticisms and brief conversations drive this along.
So the house smart speaker has Artificial Intelligence and can be set to be Alexa level reactive or downright meddlesome and she/it narrates the story generally although the same voice is used for narration of events the AI wouldn’t know.
You could picture the Brady Bunch or The Jeffersons with AI instead of Alice or Florence and the happenings are similar to sitcom plots. An aging coach and former star player are married, baseball is evolving with new technology which coach considers cheating. Minor hijinks ensue.
I honestly didn’t know what the plot was,or if there was one, until the last 2 sentences. It’s more about lightly described family relationships evolving over a few decades as society also evolves.

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disappointed

It was hard to follow the story on this audio book. when it ends I found myself questioning " huh. Thats it?"

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Uninspiring

Did not connect with story which I found to be alternating as dull and confusing.

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Boring!

This was so awful I got close to the end and still couldn't stand to finish it. I'm glad it was free.

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Great performance, story not fully developed

Narrator was great at all making all the voices (2 male, 4 female) very distinct. This was a very fast-paced short book, that left me wanting to know more about the characters and the world. I felt like the world had a lot more to offer but the story was too short to really get an understanding of AutoAmerica and the people living in it. Also, this book may be better in print due to the use of several compound futuristic words. I am not familiar with baseball, and am also not a native English speaker, so it was little bit hard to follow the baseball references and some of the made-up terms without having to rewind or pause to think about the words said.

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Bad Writing

I lasted less than 20 minutes on this. The narrator was robotic, even in the parts where she wasn't voicing a robot. There was no hook to draw me in, just a droll conversation about baseball and an intro spewing the stereotypical "its a future where climate change has ruined the earth..." that is so prolific these days. Mostly it was just boring.

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Waste of money (and yes, it was free)

Stereotyped one-dimensional characters. No character development. Weak plot, and poorly written. The only benefit to finishing this story is that I can now warn others away from it.