Interview with the Robot by Lee Bacon (Narrated by a full cast)

Brilliant

5 out of 5 stars

Full narration by: Kevin T. Collins, Ellen Archer, Josh Hurley, Eileen Stevens, Erin Mallon, Jonathan Davis, and Stephen Bel Davies.

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.

Book Description:

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.

by Lee Bacon
Narrator: Eileen Stevens, Ellen Archer, Erin Mallon, Jonathan Davis, Josh Hurley, Kevin T. Collins, Stephen Bel Davies

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