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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.
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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.
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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.