Rat Run

  • by Michael Robertson
  • Narrated by Phillip J. Mather
  • 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.


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

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- Chris

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.
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- Leslie F.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: Michael Robertson