Roof

  • by John Gregory Hancock
  • Narrated by James Foster
  • 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the near future, the world has hardened. Opportunities are scarce and dwindling. Society has increasingly changed, and not for the better. Every day robots and machines replace humans in the workforce, not just in the most menial jobs, but also throughout the cubicles of the corporations that dominate the cities.
Peter Harkness is one of the few humans lucky enough to still have a job, but automatons have infiltrated his workforce. How long will his own job last? What did his roommate tell him? Oh yeah:
"Nothing is ever not possible," Brutus said. "We're making processors smaller and smaller. Code is becoming intensely complex and powerful. The sheer bulk of those executable shells can shed strands of isomer code fragments. Even if something seems not possible now, it will certainly be possible in the future. I see no reason why code can't seek its own level, form its own connections, relays."
What secrets do the roofs of the city have waiting for Peter? He is left wondering who his allies truly are in this near-futuristic dystopian world, reminiscent of Asimov, Heinlein, and the goldenage of science fiction.
And yet, there may be hope.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Extremely entertaining!!!

What did you love best about Roof?

The whole story was very enjoyable, Robbie the Robot was a very likable character, as was Peter Harkness!


Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Robbie decided to start telling jokes.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot.


Any additional comments?

The narration was awesome, he really set the moods. I highly recommend this book and author.

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- Claudia

Fantastic Science Fiction Read with Heart & Humor

I listened to the audio book. If you have not listened to many audio books, give this one a try. This one shows audio books at their best. It has a great story and an engaging narrator. The larger view of the story can be viewed as corporation greed and corruption. The smaller view is much more interesting and that is what the author focuses on. People being replaced in their jobs by robots.

Peter is the main character, a man in fear of losing his job. He watches his coworkers being replaced. I really liked Peter. I enjoyed his relationship with the robot Robbie. Robbie is my favorite character. His jokes were some of my favorite parts of the book. He is very likable.

After reading a couple of the author's other books, I was waiting for a twist. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was delighted. This is my favorite book by this author. I honestly am going to recommend it to all of my book friends whether they love science fiction or not. I think it is broader than the sci fi genre. Completely entertaining, stop reading this and star reading the book. You will not regret it.
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- Jen Sut "Joon"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2014
  • Publisher: John Gregory Hancock