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By Michael - Audible Editor on 06-11-17
I LOVE MURDERBOT
This book was just what I needed to get my out of a recent listening rut. I had been pouring through longer literary fiction type stuff that was really heady and then I started this on a whim and it was a sheer delight.
The world-building is immaculate, the plot is solid and well-paced, but most importantly MURDERBOT. S/HE is the man. I'm assuming he's a man because of the narrator's voice, but I think he's just an asexual SEC Unit that is supposed to be a killing machine but just wants to watch movies.
So relateable. And I just really love how Martha Wells crafts the environment kind of secondarily, you don't even notice that she is describing and explaining details about the world because it all takes a back seat to Murderbot's sardonic, sarcastic observations.
I had only two issues with this story.
1. It is too short
2. The ending is abrupt! It could have been flushed out a lot more, but just kind of cut off.
Now I'm left hoping for a sequel, hopefully one that has a little more meat, because this stuff is delicious.
64 of 69 people found this review helpful
By Reading Tyme on 01-11-17
All Systems Red does not disappoint.
All Systems Red is the first Murderbot Diary, the adventures of a cyborg security unit who hacked its governor module, named itself “Murderbot” and promptly got addicted to streaming media.
This is its account of its adventures trying to keep a group of human scientists alive on a hostile and unknown world without them figuring out it has free will and leaving itself enough time to watch its soaps. The novella is sharp and witty, with a wry sense of humor and a sharp eye for what makes someone sentient and how freedom doesn’t always mean the same thing to different beings.
Kevin R Free as the narrator does a decent job, but somehow seems to miss the point of Murderbot. Murderbot sounds like a human in its own head, it’s a cyborg, it only pretends to be a robot for the humans. Free has it acting robotic all the time and I thought that made the wry humor a little harder to enjoy. Still it’s a great story with well-rounded characters and I recommend the print and audible versions highly.
52 of 60 people found this review helpful
By David M on 14-04-18
A robot too human and humans too robotic
I rarely write a negative review. This book has earned it. The plot was uninteresting and the characters were completely undeveloped and lacking personality. The robot behaved completely human like a brooding teenager from a YA novella.
The narrator appears as uninspired as the book and lacks the energy to bring these anorexic characters to life.
The positive criticism I can provide is that I am glad it was such a short book because I was agonizingly aware of the passage of time. Very disappointed with this purchase.
32 of 39 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 05-02-18
Cute idea and story, if slightly awkward writing.
A cute little novella, with an interesting central idea and fun, if slightly unpolished- and awkward-feeling writing. Not the best book ever, but definitely worth the read. I look forward to more, especially if the author's writing becomes a little more practiced, as often occurs.
The narrator was okay. Character voices were a little inconsistent, and the wasn't always clear what dialogue was spoken and what was part of the main character's extensive internal monologue - though to be fair, that seems like a tough task for any narrator.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
By ellen foster on 31-12-17
This is a fabulous, stand alone sci-fi about AI, kind off, including a mystery. The mystery was not that engaging, but the characters carried the story. Very comfortable narrator, a perfect choice for the story. The ending was a surprise. All around great listen. I hope this author has more.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Michael on 09-06-18
This had a few interesting ideas, but nothing made me particularly enjoy the science, characters or story.
I may have chuckled a few times, but not a lot. I sometimes like humor Sci-Fi, but they need to either be pretty absurd or intriguing or have a nice science basis...this was just a mildly funny, just OK story with weak character development. Luckily the book is short.
The narration was quite fine without being outstanding.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful