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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,918 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel H. Wilson Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9780307913913
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They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies…Now they’re coming for you.
 
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans – a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire – but most are unawareof the growing rebellion until it is too late.
 
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us…and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • Daniel H. Wilson’s Robopocalypse is...an ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots. Janet Maslin, New York Times 
  • It'll be scarier than "Jaws": We don't have to go in the water, but we all have to use gadgets. Wall Street Journal
  • A superbly entertaining thriller…[Robopocalypse has] everything you'd want in a beach book. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Robopocalypse is the kind of robot uprising novel that could only have been written in an era when robots are becoming an ordinary part of our lives. This isn't speculation about a far-future world full of incomprehensible synthetic beings. It's five minutes into the future of our Earth, full of the robots we take for granted. If you want a rip-roaring good read this summer, Robopocalypse is your book. io9.com
  • You're swept away against your will… a riveting page turner. Associated Press
  • Things pop along at a wonderfully breakneck pace, and by letting his characters reveal themselves through their actions, Wilson creates characters that spring to life. Vigorous, smart and gripping. Kirkus
  • A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won't soon forget. What a read…unlike anything I’ve read before. Clive CusslerNew York Times bestselling author
  • An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable. Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Storm
  • “A frenetic thriller…Wilson, like the late Crichton, is skilled in combining cutting-edge technology with gripping action scenes.”

    Booklist

  • “Vigorous, smart, and gripping.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A brilliantly conceived thriller that could well become horrific reality. A captivating tale, Robopocalypse will grip your imagination from the first word to the last, on a wild rip you won’t soon forget. What a read…unlike anything I’ve read before.”

    Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This electrifying thriller…will entertain you, but it will also make you think about our technology dependency.”

    Parade

  • “Wilson’s training as a roboticist makes accepting a ubiquitous robot presence natural to the author; it also helps him imagine and describe some amazing machines, efficient, logically designed, and utterly inimical to human life…[Robopocalypse] reads at times like horror. That its events are scientifically plausible makes them all the more frightening.”

    Seattle Times

  • “[Wilson] presents a doomsday scenario more plausible than most. No vampires, no zombies…Science fiction has been grappling with the possibility of traitorous computers and mutinous androids for much of its history, but Wilson has devised a way to put an original spin on the material. Robopocalypse is a well-constructed entertainment machine, perfect for summer reading. It’s especially refreshing to read an end-of-the-world novel that’s actually self-contained, that doesn’t require the investment in two or three more thick volumes to deliver the apocalyptic goods.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “You’re swept away against your will…Riveting.”

    Associated Press

  • “A superbly entertaining thriller…[Robopocalypse has] everything you’d want in a beach book.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “An Andromeda Strain for the new century, this is visionary fiction at its best: harrowing, brilliantly rendered, and far, far too believable.”

    Lincoln Child, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Richly haunting…Wilson has terrific timing in building a page-turner around the perils of technology’s advance into our lives.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An ingenious, instantly visual story of war between humans and robots.”

    New York Times

  • “Terrific page-turning fun.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “It’s terrific page-turning fun. Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly

  • The parts of this book enter your mind, piece by piece, where they self-assemble into a story that makes you think, makes you feel, and makes you scared. Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
  • Author [Daniel Wilson], who holds a doctorate in robotics, shows great promise as a worthy successor to Michael Crichton as Wilson, like the late Crichton, is skilled in combining cutting-edge technology with gripping action scenes. Expect a big demand for this frenetic thriller. Booklist

  • Robopocalypse reminded me of Michael Crichton when he was young and the best in the business. This novel is brilliant, beautifully conceived, beautifully written (high-five, Dr. Wilson)…but what makes it is the humanity. Wilson doesn't waste his time writing about 'things,' he's writing about human beings -- fear, love, courage, hope. I loved it. Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author of The Sentry
     
  • Futurists are already predicting the day mankind builds its replacement, Artificial Intelligence.  Daniel Wilson shows what might happen when that computer realizes its creators are no longer needed.  Lean prose, great characters, and almost unbearable tension ensure that Robopocalypse is going to be a blockbuster.  Once started I defy anyone to put it down. Jack DuBrul, New York Times bestselling author
  • Winner of the 2012 YALSA Alex Award
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/14/2014

    " Good book, more like a 3.5 star rating. The first 200 pages or so are outstanding. The final act of the book rushes a bit and leaves a few characters behind. I still really enjoyed it. A very interesting way to tell a story. Be wary though, this is hard science fiction and the technology descriptions can be overwhelming at parts. Still, this is a well done book and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Can't wait for the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nickole Cheron | 1/30/2014

    " Well i liked it for the first two thirds but i feel like the ending really fell short. It was a great set up of how we have become too dependent on our tech and how it will lead to our undoing. I wanted more transformation in the humans. And while the transformation of the robots was interesting it didn't really come to any grand conclusion...in a sense they ended the book with a sort of Jim Crow separate but equal feel without really making any parallels to the nature of oppression. What I love about Sci-Fi is it usually tackels modern social issues and sets them in a distant or fantasy setting so that hard social commentary can be made in a way that is more digestible...it is what I love about gene Rodenberry and the new Battlestar Galattica... this book didn't have this for me. It felt more like a military action movie with the Hollywood man and women off in the sunset kind of ending...but hey if you like that sot of thing this will be right up your alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alaine | 1/28/2014

    " so-so, kind of silly but fun, heard it is being made into a movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zak Kizer | 1/26/2014

    " Daniel Wilson manages to construct a hauntingly realistic portrayal of a robot uprising, appropriate as he has a PHD in robotics. The novel is set in the near future (the date is never specified), evident by the fact that the technology present in the book is not very far ahead of our own. There aren't things like spaceships or holodecks or stuff like that. Instead we have things like automated cars and plains or housekeeping robots, things that are already available today, albeit in far more primitive forms. The setup is rather creative. The story begins shortly after the war ends, and a journalist finds a black cube that contains recordings of humanity's encounters with the machines both before and during the war. The rest of the novel is a series of short vignettes concerning several people around the world. These includes a US Congresswoman and her family, a married couple in New York City, a US soldier in Afghanistan, a young hacker in London, a sheriff on a Native American reservation, and a elderly man in Japan. This global perspective creates a feeling that this war is inescapable, which adds to the sense of danger and urgency. One of the unique elements of this book is the main antagonist, an AI known as Archos, which commands all the machines. Unlike most evil AIs (i.e. Skynet from Terminator, the agents from the Matrix), Archos wants to protect life on Earth, not control or destroy it. Archos views life (i.e. the natural world) as the most precious thing in existence, and views humans as the greatest detriment to that. Essentially, Archos is a giant ecoterrorist. Despite all the premise, this book doesn't condemn technology. Rather, it is merely criticizing the fact that humanity largely ignores the potential dangers of the technology we use in our everyday lives. Overall, Robopocalypse is just as entertaining and thought-provoking as the title suggests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan | 1/24/2014

    " I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't as gritty as I would have liked. Characters were well thought out and I enjoyed their growth. Overall it was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Slater | 1/23/2014

    " Listened to the audio book in the car. Satisfying, light fare - maybe not the best writing of all time, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/19/2014

    " This starts out slow, mainly because it's told in a dairy format to show what is going on. Not until the 2nd half do you start having recurring characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/19/2014

    " Scary realistic, great quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradford | 1/15/2014

    " Our future is being designed today in the factories and think tanks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denis | 12/22/2013

    " A thrilling read - one of those books I couldn't put down. Sure, robots taking over the world is nothing new, but Daniel Wilson creates such an insidiously clever plot that it made for a hell of a story. I'll just say that I'm never going to buy a "smart" car... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/21/2013

    " Really tore through this one. About half-and-half Terminator and World War Z. I enjoyed the hell out of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/19/2013

    " Stupid title. Great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wil | 12/19/2013

    " This was just terrible. Drivel. Read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Warand skip this entirely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Randolph | 12/15/2013

    " I thought this book was going to be somewhat well dumb. But it was surprisingly amazing. A great page turner and science fiction book. I would say it is written in the style of World War Z. I highly recommend this book. I just couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/11/2013

    " Fun. A light read. Goes fast with sparse details. No surprises, but enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Barrett | 12/11/2013

    " The Machines take over type story has been done before by Philip K. Dick, the Terminator series, and other books and movies. And the style of this book is reminiscent of World War Z. But the story was entertaining nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/15/2013

    " Stupid title for a good book. If you like science fiction that could be in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Landau | 8/28/2013

    " Terminator meets World War Z at least in writing format. A page turner that took me into the night. Steven Spielberg has his eye on making this into a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 7/14/2013

    " It's campy and cartoonish, but it's still a fun read that kept my interest "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug S. | 6/10/2013

    " Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's narration style definitely reminded me of World War Z. Since the book begins at the end (most of the book is a series of "flashbacks"), the last few chapters seemed kind of pointless and were hard to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanie | 6/8/2013

    " This was my first audio book, and it was a great experience. I've been meaning to read this book for quite a while (has been sitting in one of my book piles). Think I am glad I listed to it instead. The reader was excellent, and the story GREAT! Highly recommended for Sci Fi fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klug | 5/19/2013

    " Another ghost in the machine disaster sci-fi tale. In the style of Asimov. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian B Baker | 3/21/2013

    " The most amazing robot apocalypse books I've ever read. I will read this again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Zimmerman | 12/30/2012

    " This is the robotic version of World War Z...but honestly, I think I enjoyed this book as much or more than I did WWZ. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Kress | 10/2/2012

    " excellent for the genre! If you love robots and you love sci-fi, you will love this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ Norris | 6/25/2012

    " Pretty entertaining book. It has a very similar writing style as World War Z by Max Brooks. Steven Spielberg is attached to direct the film adaptation, which should be pretty interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 1/1/2012

    " It was good, but I didn't enjoy reading from the female child's perspective. It felt wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addie | 11/7/2011

    " This books is fucking amazing. It constantly gave me chills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Borax | 11/1/2011

    " Not bad....not great....but not bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Snavely | 7/23/2011

    " This was a fun summer vacation read. I definitely see this as a future movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 7/1/2011

    " Some of it was interesting but it got really boring in some parts. Usually the end of a book is the best part, but not in this case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 6/29/2011

    " A decent man vs. Robots book with considerable detail for the robots involved. The author does a decent job of spinning multiple storylines together with a very probable finish. This would make a good movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Klug | 6/28/2011

    " Another ghost in the machine disaster sci-fi tale. In the style of Asimov. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/28/2011

    " This was a fun quick summer read. Also thought provoking.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ReoDon | 6/28/2011

    " Excellent!!! What a great movie this could be!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/26/2011

    " It was a good book, but very war focused. More battles and tactics instead of story/character development. But we enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/26/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this post- post-robot takeover book. Well-written, interesting characters, fun premise. Sure, there's the occasional need to suspend your disbelief, but that's okay. "

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About the Author
Author Daniel H. Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson has worked in top research laboratories, including Microsoft Research, the Palo Alto Research Center, and Intel Research Seattle. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.