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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, January 2015 - I now know without a doubt that my cat has it out for me – since I’ve caught her three times hanging out on my copy of Mort(e), as if surreptitiously taking notes. Robert Repino’s highly anticipated debut has shades of my favorite book from 2014, The Bees, but it’s much darker. A colony of super intelligent ants is planning the vengeful destruction of humanity, turning cats and dogs into soldiers, and at the center of our story is the great warrior Mort(e) (formerly a neutered, declawed housecat named Sebastian). Ok, so this might all sound ridiculous, but it’s actually blindingly smart and well-executed. Though less of a direct parable than Animal Farm, the big issues of mortality, love, honor, and loyalty are all at play here in a bleak, well-imagined apocalyptic world. —Emily, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

A genre-busting postapocalyptic first novel - a pause-resisting adventure channeling Animal Farm as imagined by Cormac McCarthy
The "war with no name" has begun; its goal, human extinction. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that will forever eradicate the destructive, oppressive humans. Under the Colony's watchful eye, this utopia will be free of the humans' penchant for violence, exploitation, and religious superstition. The final step in the Colony's war effort is the transformation of surface animals into high-functioning two-legged beings who will rise up and kill their masters.
Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony, where he will discover the source of EMSAH and learn the ultimate fate of all earth's creatures.
©2015 Robert Repino (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By JDickey on 03-31-15

Just don't think about plausibility

Would you listen to Mort(e) again? Why?

No. It was fun but I wouldn't spend the time re-listening.

What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I've listened to other books he has read and he's a great narrator. This book's premise is crazy implausible, but he pulled me into the story and characters so strongly that it didn't matter.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not. The long passages about the queen were somewhat tedious (that's why 4 rather than 5 stars).

Any additional comments?

I put this book in my wish list after reading a review on titled "The best post-apocalyptic cat detective story you'll ever read." So far, it is.

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By Karin W on 04-08-15

Couldn't Make Myself Care

Mort(e) is about the housecat formerly called Sebastian, transformed into a catman by the ant-queen's master plan to uplift the animals and destroy the humans, and his quest to find his doggy friend Sheba. It's also the story of the Nameless war between the humans and the ant-queen's army.

I don't know if Mort(e) suffered from the literary ennui that I acquired reading The Yiddish Policemen's Union at the same time, but I had a hard time bringing myself to care about Mort(e) or his quest. Even after the initial brain-spasms of accepting the nonsensical premise of the book.I just didn't care. I couldn't root for the animals and I couldn't root for the humans. I could sortof root for Mort(e) if he was doing anything other than aimlessly looking for his dog friend until he became "more".

Blerg. Skip it unless you have a strange urge to punish yourself until you believe that most science fiction/fantasy/romance books about cats are beyond redemption. I have this urge and one day I will stop buying these books.

Regarding the narrator, he was fantastic. Five star. Loved his narration of parts of the Southern Reach Trilogy and will unhesitatingly listen to him again.

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By Jonathan on 05-08-16

Strange, interesting, a bit experimental

This reads like a creative writing project where Orwells animal farm is updated with cats instead of pigs. Sounds great doesn't it, but the cat to human transition is so blunt as to be either painfully obvious metaphor or just plain ridiculous depending on your stand point. Strange to say the thing that disappointed me most was the lack of cat appreciation, as in, there's nothing cat like about the characters, nothing, they are human instantly. Interesting as an experiment but frustrating as a pleasure read.

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By morristhemog on 02-13-15

Vivid and Imaginative

My 1st audio book via Audible and it is a stark yet engaging and emotionally rich imagining of the rise of the animals. Capable and subtle voice work really adds to the atmosphere. The imagery felt quite adult-Manga to me. Highly recommended.

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By Jess on 06-07-16

Great story and fantastic performance

I really enjoyed this book- a fascinating, fanciful but gritty idea, beautifully crafted, with excellent delivery.

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