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Rat Run Audiobook

Rat Run: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale

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Publisher's Summary

With extreme austerity driving everyone but the super wealthy into poverty, Matt joined the revolutionaries in their fight against the UK government.

The previous monuments to political rule were toppled, and London was reduced to rubble.

Ten years later, and Matt's desperate for one last roll of the dice.

He's promised his 12-year-old daughter a new life in a fairer world.

To fulfil his promise, he must find the other revolutionaries.

To find the other revolutionaries, they must take to the streets.

With The Elite's drones on patrol, nowhere is more dangerous than the streets of London....

Rat Run is a dark post-apocalyptic novella.

©2015 Michael Robertson (P)2016 Michael Robertson

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    Norma Miles 30/07/2016
    Norma Miles 30/07/2016
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    "The path of least resistance"

    I received a complementary copy of this book from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. I had expected a fast paced post apocalyptic tale of survival and, indeed, this book is all of that and it incorporates very atmospheric descriptions of a London laid waste by revolution. Instead of an alien invasion, our two main protagonists have to also avoid government forces as they travel through the remains
    What I had not expected was the overt political diatribe contained in the conversation and, even if agreeing with it in principle, found it too trite to have inspired the actions related. I also found myself doubting other story aspects - where were the people? How had Matt managed to feed and hide himself and his tiny daughter for the ten years since devastation? It didn't feel right, somehow and even the unexpected ending did not resolve these for me.
    The narrator, Philip Mather has an unexpectedly deep voice, pleasant to hear, and his reading was very good, especially his dialogue. However, I was disconcerted by his strange pronunciation at times, such as tur instead of tear and ay-ur for our, all of which combined seemed to indicated an accent I could not identify and which was distracting. These oddities did not occur when he was reading dialogue, only the intervening text.

    Despite all of the above, I found the story enjoyable with imaginative ideas and different from the usual dystopian adventure. But be prepared to seriously suspend disbelief.

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  • Chris
    08/08/16
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    "Bleak world, well written"
    What did you like best about Rat Run? What did you like least?

    From what I've read or listened to so far it is clear that Michael Robertson is an excellent author. Although not as detail-rich as Crash, Rat Run was well written and, for the most part, very engaging. The bleak, desperate imagery of this post-apocalyptic existence is artfully captured and left me wishing for a longer, more thorough story.

    This is actually one of the issues I had with the book, it was too short; more of a short story really, and it left so much untold.

    I also did not like the ending. It was too abrupt and too convenient. I thought the story deserved much more attention and respect. Furthermore, the abruptness and "matter-of-factness" about the final scene flattened any element of surprise at the twist. Addressing this alone would have made this a 4-star story for me.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Phillip J. Mather’s performances?

    I did not like Mather's narration in Rat Run whatsoever but it seems that he scores pretty highly with many so I would likely try another book. Honestly, there were times I felt like I was being read to by Stewie from Family Guy which made it difficult to take seriously. But even so, he still had decent inflection and is obviously not a novice; he just didn't cut it for me here.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leslie F.
    14/08/16
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    "Captivating dystopian sci-fi"

    I listened to the Audible audio version of this book, narrated by Philip J. Mather. The narrator has an incredibly low voice, which is really pleasant to listen to, but a little hard for me to hear (I think I may be losing lower tones in my hearing range). I have listened to another book narrated by him ("Mysterium I: Rome"), but I was able to understand this book a little better than the other. I really had to pay attention to get every word. And I think if you can hear the lower tones clearly, you will really enjoy the narration. The story itself was pretty interesting. It pulled at my heartstrings to see a father and daughter fight for survival. I loved the descriptions - especially that of eating whatever they could find - especially cockroaches. I was really able to put myself in the story and "feel" what was happening around me. If you like dystopian sci-fi, you'll want to give this short story (about 2.5 hours) of survival and hope a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mani
    12/08/16
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    "Rat run"
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    Rat Run is a post apocalyptic story of the apparent futility of life in that era. The main characters are a father and daughter as they struggle over a ten year period to survive the horrors of their environment. If you are a parent you will really feel for them.This is a very short audibook and can be listened to in one sitting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Koolaid53
    10/08/16
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    "Different Twist"

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    Rat Run is a short little read or listen. It keeps you interested all the way through. It develops the relationship of a father and daughter through out the book. He finally sees that his daughter is now a grown woman and can take care of herself.

    Narrator was great. Kept you hanging on every syllable he spoke. Without him, I think my interpretation would be a lot different. Good job. I gave it about 3.5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Megan Apicelli
    new york
    26/10/16
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    "Fast paced post apocalyptic short"

    This was a fast paced post apocalyptic short story with an amazing twist at the end that you will never see coming.
    This is the story of Matt and his daughter, Louise, trying to survive in a post apocalyptic London after the death of Matt's wife. There is hardly any food, drones patrol the city and what people are left are not friendly. It's a desire to stay alive and a hope for something better that keeps them going.
    The narrator had a very deep voice that took a bit of getting used but after a little bit it started to suit the story.

    I was generously provided with a copy of this audiobook by the author/narrator/publisher. This is an unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Henryville, PA, United States
    03/10/16
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    "Dark dystopian fiction"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to a friend who enjoys this type of material.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I honestly do not feel the reader really got to know the characters in the short span of the work.


    What about Phillip J. Mather’s performance did you like?

    At first I had trouble with his narration. It seemed too over the top. I got used to it and actually found it good towards the middle. It is a very theatrical performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The twist at the end was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen Reese
    15/08/16
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    "4 stars"
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    This was an interesting take on a frightening future world.The book centers around a father and his young daughter trying to flee the government.The book portrays their struggles to survive and the love the father has for his child.The book concludes with an unexpected twist.I had a little trouble acclimating to the narrators voice and at first thought I had my speed setting wrong.But once I started to to get into the story I had no problem listening to him.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edain
    New England
    08/08/16
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    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Michael Robertson and/or Phillip J. Mather?

    Not sure it would have to be interesting to me


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rat Run?

    The ending where they ended up in the coliseum


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really don't think he was meant for this genre. His voice would work better for a thriller/mystery/horror tale.


    Did Rat Run inspire you to do anything?

    No.
    Unfortunately I really did not enjoy this work. I hate to give a bad review and I can't say if it was just the story or the story plus the narration that i did not enjoy. it just wasn't to my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anon
    02/08/16
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    "Great fun to narrate"

    A well written tale - an excellent writer. I'm looking forward to reading other books of Michael Robertson

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    02/08/16
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    "Love listening to Mr. Mathers"
    Would you listen to Rat Run again? Why?

    Yes and only because of the narrator


    Have you listened to any of Phillip J. Mather’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he gets better and better with each story.


    Any additional comments?

    Cant get enough of his narrations, excited for the next book to be available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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