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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Max Barry Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.

Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon.

A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meghan Bellamy | 2/19/2014

    " I was pretty entertaining, and I enjoyed the first-person narrative and both the psychological and scientific aspects of it. The ending ... I didn't love the ending, I think maybe it could've been more ambiguous? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Booker | 2/14/2014

    " This is the third book I've read by Max Barry besides Syrup and Jennifer Government. Machine Man is a love story between Charlie and Lola. Charlie's main issue is that he is super smart and thus a bit awkward in all other social constructs. His discombobulation over his lost cellphone at the beginning of the story is humorous in that so many people have become so dependent on such a small thing for everything (from keeping time, to setting an alarm, to their schedule, and even knowing their own phone number). This comically leads to an industrial accident where Charlie loses a leg. He meets Lola who introduces him to the world of prosthetic limbs. Charlie quickly comes to realize that the "top of the line" is substandard to something he and the company he works for could build. I couldn't help thinking of Ten Million Dollar Man, Terminator, Robocop, and even the Googles, FBs, Microsofts of the world. The idea that in the pursuit of what ifs and technological advances, the question that never gets asked is, even if you can do something, should you? Lola has her own issues, healthwise and fatherwise. Without, giving away much more, this was a great book. Max Barry reminds me of Nicholson Baker or Chuck Palahniuk...even Kelly Link. He's really a bright and interesting writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason | 2/10/2014

    " A very fast read. I tore through it in one sitting and wanted more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lilla Smee | 2/10/2014

    " I was hooked from the opening pages! The novel opens with 10 pages of the most exquisitley astute and utterly hilarious observations on the utter devestation one experiences when one realises one has lost one's mobile phone. The novel is packed with the most simple, eye-opening commentries on the human existence (biologically speaking) I have ever come across. On urinary and bowel catheters: 'You would think a bowel catheter would be disgusting but it had major functional advantages over a bathroom visit. Everything was sealed and sanitary. When you thought about it, it was the regular system that was foul ... We had the technology for a superior waste-disposal system but wouldn't use it because we preferred to drop feces into an open bowl of water and rub the residue on our asses with tree pulp. (p.64 & 76). "

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