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Publisher's Summary

Ages 10+

Fugitive. Criminal. Robot.

A sci-fi adventure for young listeners, Interview with the Robot introduces a unique heroine who seeks the truth about herself.

Eve looks like an ordinary 12-year-old girl, but there’s nothing ordinary about her. She has no last name. No parents or guardian. She’s on the run from a dangerous and secretive organization that will stop at nothing to track her down.

And most astonishing of all: she’s a robot, a product of Eden Laboratories. When Eve discovers the truth, she realizes everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie. Eve manages to escape, fleeing the lab, the only home she’s ever known.

After being arrested for shoplifting, Eve is interviewed by Petra Amis from Child Welfare Services. Her incredible story unfolds during the interrogation, with flashbacks to her life inside Eden Laboratories, which has a dark secret. Listeners follow Eve from her first moment of consciousness to her evolution as a nearly-human companion to Emory, the son of the founder of Eden Laboratories.

Exploring a range of topics that drive our society and our lives—topics such as artificial intelligence and human nature - Interview with the Robot is a story told by a startlingly original protagonist, a story that explores the vast potential of technology and the deep complexities of humanity. 

©2020 Lee Bacon (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

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"The book [Interview with a Robot] is well read (with different voices reading the characters within the book), kid appropriate and thought provoking.
I would absolutely recommend!"

–Joshua L., Audible Listener
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About the Author

Lee Bacon is the author of several books for young people, including the Joshua Dread and Legendtopia series. His upcoming novel The Last Human is being developed as a major motion picture from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Sony Pictures. His books have been translated into 20 languages. After growing up in Texas, he lived in Munich and Brooklyn before moving to his current home in Maplewood, New Jersey. He shares a house with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

Photograph by Grace Brown

About the Performer

Eileen has narrated more than 200 titles and is an Earphones Award winner, a School Library Journal’s 10 Best Audiobooks recipient, and a 2019 Audie Award finalist (Small Fry). She has voiced many characters in cartoons over the years, including lead roles in the Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! franchises. In addition to her voice work, she is a certified speech-language pathologist.

About the Performer

Ellen Archer is a 2007 Audie Award winner for her narration of For the Love of a Dog; a 2018 Audie Award finalist for The Chemist; and a 2011 Audie Award finalist for her narration of The Penny and the multicast recording of Room. She is also recognized in AudioFile’s "Best of" lists for 2016 and 2017 and a winner of several Earphones and Publishers Weekly Awards. Ellen has performed more than 175 titles—many of them New York Times best sellers—and a number of wonderful series, including the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain.

About the Performer

Jonathan Davis is a critically acclaimed narrator and voice-over actor. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, and PBS, as well as more than 500 audiobooks. Along with a variety of best sellers and award winners, he has narrated 40-plus titles in the Star Wars franchise. Jonathan has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. He is a three-time recipient and 16-time nominee of the celebrated Audie Award, presented for excellence in audiobook narration. His work has been acclaimed by The New York Times, AudioFile Magazine, and USA Today. In 2017, Jonathan was inducted into Audible's Narrator Hall of Fame.

About the Performer

Kevin T. Collins is an accomplished narrator with more than 335 titles under his belt. Six of his audiobook performances, including Lone Survivor and Testimony, have won AudioFile Earphones Awards; another, Beautiful Creatures, was honored with a 2011 Audie Award. As an actor, he has been seen Off-Broadway in Made in Heaven and Angels; on TV in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, Law & Order, Guiding Light, Vinyl, One Life to Live, and What Would You Do?; and in the feature films Detachment, Aunt Rose, ZA: Zombies Anonymous, and Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock.

About the Performer

Stephen Bel Davies has recorded more than 200 audiobooks for various publishers, including Audible Studios, Tantor Media, Blackstone, and Macmillan. He has narrated works by New York Times best-selling authors such as Jeffrey Toobin, R. L. Stine, Jennifer Roberson, Piers Anthony, Walter Kern, J. A. Redmerski, and A. G. Riddle. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division, Group 36.

About the Performer

Josh Hurley’s love of storytelling started at an early age—listening to audiobooks in the car on family road trips. Since narrating his first title with Audible in 2011, Hurley has given voice to many YA, kids, sci-fi, and fantasy books and series, as well as other fiction and nonfiction genres. He has received several Earphones Awards and was recognized in AudioFile Magazine’s Best of the Year (2016). Hurley received an acting/directing degree from Idaho State University. He has a background in improv and sketch comedy, performing regularly at multiple theaters in New York City. Additional acting credits include various film, television, theater, web series, and commercial work.

About the Performer

Erin Mallon is an Audie-nominated and Earphones Award-winning narrator of nearly 400 audiobooks who loves working in the romance and young adult genres. Some authors whose work she has been lucky enough to narrate include: Kristen Ashley, Lauren Blakely, Amy Daws, Julia Kent, Helena Hunting, and Jana Aston, among many others. Erin is also an accomplished New York City-based playwright and producer.

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fantastic audio presentation.

as an audiobook it reminds me of the old radio shows. wonderful sounds and voice acting.

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Good Short Listen

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I spent the first 30 minutes trying to decide if it was written for an adolescent reader/listener. I am a tech guy, so it held my interest past the opening. Then a few unexpected twists were thrown in which made me what to know what happened next. It’s not an “I can’t go to sleep without knowing what’s next” kind of book. But I also didn’t feel like I wasted my time listening. Hope this review helps you decide.

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I loved it!!

I'm an old man in my 77th year, but my grandkids will tell you I'm in my second childhood. Approximately 12 years in! That must be why I loved this story so much. I loved Lee Bacon's marvelous story and the fantastic narration of the seven narrators. So whether you are young or just young at heart like me, you need to get this audio book!

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Plot holes, but decent story, great performance

There were a lot of small plot holes and details for such a short story. They weren't so bad that they ruined the story, but it definitely took away from it for me. On the other hand, the performances were great.

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Pleasant Surprise

This was actually a great story and performed really well. Even though it was a quick listen, it was entertaining and kept me interested the whole time.

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Great voice actors

The story moved along at a nice pace, production was very good, characters were interesting. Very good original. Kid friendly.

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Pleasantly surprised!

A quick story that I finished all in one sitting. I was pleasantly surprised - great story!

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Surprisingly good

This is probably the best Audible Original feee story I’ve ever listened to. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and performances!

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Brilliant

This book was one of those Audible Originals that I picked up on the cover alone. I didn’t care that it was a middle-grade or YA book. I didn’t care that it was under 4 hours. I saw the cover and knew I needed to read it. Boy was I glad that my instincts were right. The fact that the story was being told to someone who talks and understand children on a different level really took this story up a notch with me. I honestly can’t tell a better way for this interesting and unique story to have been told. But the flashbacks while Eve was retelling her history was brilliant and allowed for Petra to bring her back out of the moment and ask her questions. The questions were interesting and sometimes they were probing while others were just to get clarification. The entire story is told as more of a dramatization and a performance than your typical audiobook and I couldn’t think of a better book for it to happen to. When there needed to be robot/mechanical noises in the background, instead of imagining them they were there. The ambiance and warmth that this added to the excellent storytelling really took this book to another level. Granted the writing wasn’t directed at me, it was still great. Bacon was able to write a story that has a ton of emotion in it. A story that kids and adults alike can understand. One that resonated with me and will stick with me for a while. There were so many twists and turns that all of the unexpected events weren’t even surprsing me anymore (the moment itself didn’t surprise me – the actual reveal always did). At one point I think I may have actually exhaled in shock at one of the reveals. I am really glad that I picked this one up and I would have paid for it had it not been one of the free books with the Audible subscription.

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No, it's not another Blade Runner

This was a surprisingly entertaining take on an oft-visited theme, and I give it a four star (like") imstead of a 5 star ("like a LOT") only because I'm a more experienced (jaded?) near 50 year old who couldn't quite buy into part of what made the story's happy ending. I think even 20 years ago I would have given it a 5. The story is captivating, and I was happy to discover that my two main concerns about trying this book, that the interview format would be too dry or that the themes surrounding humanlike robots that so many books and movies have already explored would make the story too "old hat" for me, did not turn out to be issues. The problem I foresaw with the interview format is handled nicely by dramatized flashbacks, and provides for an interesting ending that would have been impossible without it. And the story was just different enough that it DID entertain me all the way through. I hated every time I had to stop listening for a bit! I was only disappointed when I found that I couldn't let myself fully believe in the ending, no matter how much I wanted to. It just didn't fit with my life experiences and knowledge of computers. So no, it's not as dark and complex and more "believable" for a jaded older person as the original Blade Runner movie ( especially the cut that VHS the ending the director originally intended), but it's not meant to be. As a lighter take on similar themes meant for younger readers, I think it's a definite win.

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I finished this book within 2 days. It was that good. Read this book with your children of 12 years and above. It's really interesting and engaging. You won't regret reading it.

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Enjoyable listen

Quiet enjoyable, I was able to imagine some of the scenes in my head. I had to listen in at x1.50 speed, a bit too slow at natural speed, but that's just personal preference or may be I am just too used to speed listening.

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  • 04-10-20

Good book

This book is a exciting and interesting one that shows that thing have a place in this world, it's just hard to find it.

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  • 03-28-20

probably the best book I have listened to

i loved this book I never struggled to pick up my device and listen. overall beautiful book.