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Dustwalker

Narrated by: Hollie Jackson, Ryan Turner
Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
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Walk. Scavenge. Destroy. Trade. A simple cycle that's suited Ronin for 185 years. With no clear grasp of his programming, the barren wasteland known as The Dust offers him purpose, a place where his armored undercasing, amped-up processors, and advanced optics can be put to use. The ramshackle towns on the edges of the waste serve merely as resupply stations between increasingly long treks. But one night - one human woman - makes him question everything.

Lara Brooks struggles to survive under the strict rules imposed by the bots in Cheyenne. With her sister missing, she's been on her own for weeks and fears the worst. Her only hope comes from Ronin, a bot she catches spying on her. He promises to provide for Lara and search for her sister. All she has to do is dance. It should be easy; she's done it before. But the longer she spends with Ronin, the harder it is to see him as just another bot.

In a city where humans are relegated to live in squalor, Ronin discovers a threat greater than any in the Dust - Warlord, Cheyenne's tyrannical leader. When Ronin ignores the rules, he unwittingly puts Lara in danger. Warlord is as intolerant of disrespect as he is of mankind.

Contains mature themes.

©2016 Tiffany Freund and Robert Freund Jr. (P)2018 Tantor

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  • MAB
  • 21-08-18

AI dystopian romance with HEA

Humans made bots who eventually took over after a major war. Now the world is a dystopia. Lara Brooks is struggling to live in a bot controlled territory (called Cheyenne) by a heartless ruler Dust/Warlord. Ronin, a bot with human characteristics, finds and takes in Lara. This is their story; Ronin and Lara's (mature themes). It ends with a HEA and a few tears.

The narrator's are not my favorite, but I still made it through without hating them.

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  • Savarra
  • 24-08-18

keeps you enthralled..

This story held me from the first chapter. by the end I was near tears. it's not often you read a book that makes you feel the characters and you feel for them like real people. This is a tear jerker so be prepared! Well worth the read tho!

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  • KChandra
  • 10-12-18

So many feels - ALL the feels

I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this book, but just to be clear, it's not some lighthearted sci-fi romance. This is a real distopian sci-fi with deep themes about the nature of life and emotions. It was really, really dark in places, as any good post-apocalyptic dystopian story is, but the hope and the love shared by Ronin and Lara tempered the darkness and kept it from being bleak. It was epic and heart wrenching and full of action and tension. I loved both the characters. Lara was strong, full of fortitude despite the way life kept kicking her when she was down. Ronin's journey to find his meaning in life, and understand his connection to Lara and his own emotions, was moving and very relatable. He might have been a "bot" but I never questioned his humanity. The ending of the book was super satisfying, if a bit bittersweet, and made me teary-eyed. I really felt like I ran the gamut of feels with this book, and it's the sort of story that will linger with you afterwards. I've read most of the books Tiffany Roberts has written and she's definitely one of my favorite romance novelists, and I hope more of her books get released on audiobook.

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  • Rebecca Wheeler
  • 07-08-18

Beautiful story

exciting and beautiful. Love this book. Takes a few to get used to voices. you then lose yourself in story.

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  • michele
  • 18-01-19

Blah

The story is slow and doesn’t show any signs of picking up. The male narrator is sopheric. It is also just impossible to find get into the world just cannot get past that full robots have a sexual interest in humans. Ok I can see sex bots but regular robots which engineer would put a working penis on it?? What are they supposed to use for cum. Oil?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-19

Awesome story...need more, Tiffany

This was an entertaining book. It was thought privoking and heart warming in some places. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. I hope Tiffany releases more books on Audible. Definitely worth the credit.

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  • Sara
  • 30-05-19

Neither good sci-fi nor romance.

I struggled to finish this book. The writer did a poor job on the technological aspect of this story. So much didn't make sense. The story felt forced and the relationship between the main characters was completely unbelievable. There is nothing romantic or interesting about thus book.

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  • Nancy Webb
  • 09-05-19

Wow. Just Wow

I am an avid reader, on average a book a day! Hundreds of books across many genres. Tiffany Roberts has exceeded all in crossing sci fi ,paramilitary ,romance ,post apocalyptic, cultural and socioeconomic divided and action subsets. I laughed, guffawed, rooted in my seat in worry for the characters, and bawled my eyes out! The characters were so intensely developed!

Ryan Turner and Holly Jackson did such an amazing job. I could close my eyes and let them in hi def describe the scene.

More of this caliber please audible and authors!

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  • Bethany Small
  • 09-04-19

really enjoyed

this book has got a lot of deeper means, which made it really wonderful. Boy dang did that ending get me though. Needed some tissues. Beautiful way to end the book. Ryan Turner did an amazing job. Tiffany Roberts wrote a great book that encompasses a lot of what goes on today. There are evil people everywhere, you don't choose who you love, your not supposed to. Very much worth a credit.

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  • AJS
  • 04-03-19

Very enjoyable.

This genre can sometimes feel a little too formulaic: Cyborg + damsel in distress. Alien + damsel in distress. Badass play boy + damsel in distress. As though understanding the reader (listener) is likely only interested in the sexier parts. Admittedly, those are my favorite parts. However, I'm also a gal who likes story and can appreciate well-written characters and a well-conceived/executed story.

Even though this story follows certain basic rules of of the erotic/romantic novel genre, Tiffany Roberts accomplished (in reaching and communicating) an impressive amount of depth into the individual characters and the two as a couple. By the end, all have grown. And (SPOILER ALERT) including an epilogue wherein we get to witness the end of their story (not just the end of the beginning of their romance) and somewhat say goodbye was the best way for Tiffany Roberts to reward her readers. I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would, and look forward to more of her work.

NARRATORS... Ryan Turner did fine. Holly Jackson, however, I always have difficulty with. I can always recognize her voice. She does alright when she's reading for a female, but whenever she's reading for a man (in any book) she loses all inflection and every sentence comes out sounding exactly the same. Even questions. Ultimately, it detracts from the story.