Interview with the Robot
Listening Length: 3 hours and 42 minutesFugitive. Criminal. Robot.Eve looks like an ordinary 12-year-old girl, but there’s nothing ordinary about her. She has no last name. No parents or guardian. She’s on the run from a dangerous and secretive organization that will stop at nothing to track her down. And most astonishing of all: She’s a robot, a product of Eden Labratories. When she discovers the truth, she realizes everything she thought she knew about herself is a lie. Eve manages to escape, fleeing the lab, the only home she’s ever known. After being arrested for shoplifting, Eve is interviewed by Petra Amis from Child Welfare Services. Her incredible story unfolds during the interrogation, with flashbacks to her life inside Eden Laboratories, which has a dark secret. Exploring a range of topics that drive our society and our lives - topics such as artificial intelligence and human nature - Interview with the Robot is a story told by a startlingly original protagonist, a story that explores the vast potential of technology and the deep complexities of humanity.

Interview with the Robot Details

TitleInterview with the Robot
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2020
PublisherAudible Original
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Young Adult, Audiobook, Fiction

Interview with the Robot Review

  • JW
    January 1, 1970
    This story is one of January’s free Audible Originals selection.This sci-fi adventure about a twelve year old girl who is actually a robot is told in interview snippets and flashbacks. The fun and at times dark story is about friendship, family, and agency. It was an entertaining and short, three hour story.
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  • Alex Shrugged
    January 1, 1970
    I gave this book 4 stars even though I thought it was pretty hokey. I think it would appeal to kids and young teens since the main characters appear to be 12 years old.Note: This is an Audible Original audiobook play. The voices are a little comical, like one would hear in a TV cartoon. I kept thinking of The Simpsons although this audiobook is nowhere that funny. I doubt it was intended to be that funny, but the voice connection was there. Also, the voice of the father was reassuring, but when I gave this book 4 stars even though I thought it was pretty hokey. I think it would appeal to kids and young teens since the main characters appear to be 12 years old.Note: This is an Audible Original audiobook play. The voices are a little comical, like one would hear in a TV cartoon. I kept thinking of The Simpsons although this audiobook is nowhere that funny. I doubt it was intended to be that funny, but the voice connection was there. Also, the voice of the father was reassuring, but when he became angry, it was sudden and discordant. How could a man with such a loving voice become angry so suddenly? I know it happens, but it didn't fit. It was like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde without drinking the magic potion to clue you in to the change coming.The story opens with a Child Protective Services representative (sounding a lot like a police detective) who is interviewing what appears to be a 12 year old child caught shoplifting. She has no apparent connection to any adult and claims to be a robot. The robot, Eve, tells the story of her first awakening and development into a real girl ... uh... robot. Whatever. What starts as a welcome dream turns sinister, and finally ends with the reason why Eve was shoplifting in a store. (It's a good enough reason that I doubt any child would be convicted of a crime. Really.)Any problems with the story? Well... not really. The story was clever. The plot was predictable, but the author placed enough surprises in it to satisfy an adult listener. The twists and turns in the plot were well done. The ending was improbable, but once I thought about it for a while, I realized that it could happen... maybe... depending on how one thought about it.FYI, a similar story for teens and young adults is "MILA 2.0" by Debra Driza. A teenager moves to a new town with her mom and soon discovers that she is not like all the other teens in school. She is, in fact, a military grade super-weapon made into the form of a teenage girl, Mila. (Every government agency should have one! :-) ) Now she is on the run from people who want to exploit her, or just take her apart to see how she ticks! Check it out.Any modesty issues? No. None that I can tell. There is one rather juvenile fart joke. On the other hand, these are juveniles. Right?I probably won't listen to this audio play again unless I'm with my grandkids. Then it should be a pleasant listen for all of us... except for the grandkid who is married. She is probably too old for this one. :-)
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  • Lis Carey
    January 1, 1970
    Eve is, apparently, a twelve-year-old girl, who gets arrested stealing an unlikely variety of items at a tourist gift shop in New York City. Since she's obviously a minor, and claims to have no parents, no guardian, and no last name, the only thing to do is call Child Welfare Services. Petra Amis is the CWS social worker assigned to interview her. When she insists she wants the truth, no matter how bonkers it sounds, she gets a truly wild tale. Eve does take the sensible precaution of first Eve is, apparently, a twelve-year-old girl, who gets arrested stealing an unlikely variety of items at a tourist gift shop in New York City. Since she's obviously a minor, and claims to have no parents, no guardian, and no last name, the only thing to do is call Child Welfare Services. Petra Amis is the CWS social worker assigned to interview her. When she insists she wants the truth, no matter how bonkers it sounds, she gets a truly wild tale. Eve does take the sensible precaution of first demonstrating that she really is a robot, by opening up a section of her arm and showing the metal, wires, and circuits inside.What follows is the story of her origin in the labs of Eden Laboratories, the brainchild of engineer David Sharpe, who lost his wife in a car crash several years ago. It's also the story of Emory Sharpe, David's son, who was at a boarding school in New Hampshire when his mother died in the crash.Or maybe he wasn't. It gradually becomes clear that David Sharpe has a goal both more and less ambitious than merely making humans safer.Eve's progress from a small gray box on a shelf, to a fully mobile, apparently completely human child, alongside the gradual revelation of what really happened in the car crash and how unhealthy his reaction has been, makes for a compelling listen. The narrators are all excellent, and add to the creation of Eve, Emory, and those around them. It makes for a very compelling listen.Recommended.I received this audiobook as part of the Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
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  • Troy Zaher
    January 1, 1970
    What does it mean to be human? To have a family?Of course the title is a reference to Interview with the Vampire, but I think this story is a combination of that with a bit of Frankenstein, and some other classical science fiction. This was a wonderful middle grade suspense sci fi that had a really interesting twist. I like where it went and would be happy to share this with many middle grade readers in my life. There is an Aesop trope at the end, but it’s about the theme of found family, which What does it mean to be human? To have a family?Of course the title is a reference to Interview with the Vampire, but I think this story is a combination of that with a bit of Frankenstein, and some other classical science fiction. This was a wonderful middle grade suspense sci fi that had a really interesting twist. I like where it went and would be happy to share this with many middle grade readers in my life. There is an Aesop trope at the end, but it’s about the theme of found family, which I tend to love. And I feel this story did an excellent job at conveying that.The only real problem with this story is that it is a little unresearched in its approach to law or even adult reactions. Plus the antagonist doesn’t have much nuance to them in the end. But I think that these problems were really acceptable for the age group this is dedicated to, and with some suspension of disbelief allow adult listeners to still get enjoyment out of this story. There was a lot of symbolism, allusions, and other interesting literary choices that made this feel like not only a good introduction for sci fi or suspense stories, but also to literary stories in general for kids that struggle to get into them. I truly believe that if Lee Bacon works on their adult characters a little more, they could come up with some pretty fantastic middle grade stories that could share some fascinating ideas.
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  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful little “middle grade” science fiction story. I imagine if I were twelve, this would be kind of mind-expanding with all the implications of artificial intelligence and the questions of who is property and who has rights, etc. There are also some wonderful themes here about friendship, love and the true meaning of family.There are so many big questions tackled in this story, that a much longer grown-up version could easily be written. There’s a wonderful twist near the end that This is a wonderful little “middle grade” science fiction story. I imagine if I were twelve, this would be kind of mind-expanding with all the implications of artificial intelligence and the questions of who is property and who has rights, etc. There are also some wonderful themes here about friendship, love and the true meaning of family.There are so many big questions tackled in this story, that a much longer grown-up version could easily be written. There’s a wonderful twist near the end that will come as no great shock to any veteran reader of science fiction but could easily a very awesome reveal for a kid.All in all, I enjoyed this one immensely with one tiny thing I would’ve done differently, (view spoiler)[ I would have come up with more of an explanation of how she managed to free Emory from his "father’s" control. Simply appealing to friendship seems like it shouldn’t be enough. She could communicate directly in binary code. Surely there should have been a way for her to get into his programming and open those memories up to him. Her appeals to friendship could have at least have weakened his defenses enough so that he let her do that. That’s how I would’ve done it anyway. (hide spoiler)]All in all, this is a tremendously satisfying little drama. If I’m ever in a situation where I need some kids to sit still and be entertained and all I have is audio, this is where I’ll turn.
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  • Penelope
    January 1, 1970
    I hope this Audible Original will be made available to everyone! What a fun, engaging YA story. My 12-year-old and I listened to this on a day trip. The story gave us lots to talk about. The story is acted out by around 6 characters, and only 3 at a time so it’s easy to follow. The performances are amazing. It’s the story of a 12-year-old girl that gets arrested for shoplifting. The list of items is quite funny. She is sent to the jail and because she’s a child - Eve is interviewed by a I hope this Audible Original will be made available to everyone! What a fun, engaging YA story. My 12-year-old and I listened to this on a day trip. The story gave us lots to talk about. The story is acted out by around 6 characters, and only 3 at a time so it’s easy to follow. The performances are amazing. It’s the story of a 12-year-old girl that gets arrested for shoplifting. The list of items is quite funny. She is sent to the jail and because she’s a child - Eve is interviewed by a caseworker with Child Welfare Services. The caseworker becomes a trusted confidant for Eve and is truly on her side. Eve divulges that she is actually a robot. She tells the story of her beginning through flashback scenes. It’s mostly easy for kids to follow until the end. The story has a surprising twist that can bring up conversations on the meaning of family. My son and I loved this story and highly recommend it. Five stars!
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  • Stack Fully Booked
    January 1, 1970
    This was a true middle grade novel. The premise of the novel I thought was very interesting playing off 'Interview with a Vampire', to learn about the life and escapades of a seemingly 12 year old robot. The setup of how the robot was made and how they came to be in the interview all were fun. I was able to enjoy that part of the story. Some of the reactions of the adults especially, and some of the other actions of various people throughout the story made it more difficult for me to suspend my This was a true middle grade novel. The premise of the novel I thought was very interesting playing off 'Interview with a Vampire', to learn about the life and escapades of a seemingly 12 year old robot. The setup of how the robot was made and how they came to be in the interview all were fun. I was able to enjoy that part of the story. Some of the reactions of the adults especially, and some of the other actions of various people throughout the story made it more difficult for me to suspend my disbelief. I think if I was a younger reader those things would not have bothered me, but reading as an adult made it more difficult to ignore some of the issues that I had. Overall the story was cute and fun and a short glimpse at the life of a 12 year old robot. I would recommend for younger readers to delve into AI/robot stories. I would probably suggest skipping if strict realism in a potential AI situation might bother you.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    This was actually pretty good. It definitely reminded me of the movie Replicas.. which features Keanu Reeves. No idea why that movie came to mind while listening to it but it probably had to deal with the whole robot family. Or child and soon to be mother. Not quite sure where Eve fits into this picture.That being said, this sci-fi adventure was dark and fun to listen to. In it, you will meet Eve who is not quite a girl.. and not quite a robot. She's adapting to every little thing that she This was actually pretty good. It definitely reminded me of the movie Replicas.. which features Keanu Reeves. No idea why that movie came to mind while listening to it but it probably had to deal with the whole robot family. Or child and soon to be mother. Not quite sure where Eve fits into this picture.That being said, this sci-fi adventure was dark and fun to listen to. In it, you will meet Eve who is not quite a girl.. and not quite a robot. She's adapting to every little thing that she learns and she definitely has spunk. Maybe even sarcasm. Throughout the book, she is telling the story of how she became her. Then we get some little twist and turns about what happened along the way. Again, it was interesting and I really enjoyed this one. Definitely a good audible original and look forward to the next book by Lee.
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  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    A nice, somewhat short story, with an interesting premise that is all wrapped up in a nice little package.The story, while short, had some twists I didn't expect and some I did, which managed to keep me on my toes just enough to be interesting while still remaining a comfy read. The ending did have a single deus ex machina moment, though that almost feels right, due to the subject matter.The characters didn't really get a chance to get fleshed out due to the length, but I did enjoy the main A nice, somewhat short story, with an interesting premise that is all wrapped up in a nice little package.The story, while short, had some twists I didn't expect and some I did, which managed to keep me on my toes just enough to be interesting while still remaining a comfy read. The ending did have a single deus ex machina moment, though that almost feels right, due to the subject matter.The characters didn't really get a chance to get fleshed out due to the length, but I did enjoy the main character's transformation throughout. I feel like any additional detail might even be a disservice since it makes sense with how the plot turned out.In the end, the story is a fun medium length one that felt nice to read. I would recommend it to any fans of AI and robots, or of their discovery.
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  • Leontina
    January 1, 1970
    This was actually more fun than I expected. I liked the story and the way it was presented. And I liked the twist from the end as well. It's not the most original thing, but it worked for the story really well. I also really liked Eve, and it was easy to get attached to the characters, which is nice, considering this is quite short. I liked the message about family too, it was really nicely done and integrated in the story. As for the audio, I think the narrators were great, and the other audio This was actually more fun than I expected. I liked the story and the way it was presented. And I liked the twist from the end as well. It's not the most original thing, but it worked for the story really well. I also really liked Eve, and it was easy to get attached to the characters, which is nice, considering this is quite short. I liked the message about family too, it was really nicely done and integrated in the story. As for the audio, I think the narrators were great, and the other audio effects were also really nice and they didn't drown out the narrators in any way, while also adding some much needed context from time to time, since this doesn't have any descriptions. So that was nice, I think I would have felt a bit lost from time to time without the extra audio effects.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I will admit I was a little surprised that I liked this audible original as much as I did. I'm not a big sci-fi fan when it comes to books. Movies and TV - yes, books - not so much. This one surprised me and I would actually get irritated if I had to stop listening to it. The twist was a surprise and I adored the ending. It was great. Even though the main character is a 12 year old female robot, I think boys would really enjoy this book. I wish it was eligible for a ALA reading list but I can I will admit I was a little surprised that I liked this audible original as much as I did. I'm not a big sci-fi fan when it comes to books. Movies and TV - yes, books - not so much. This one surprised me and I would actually get irritated if I had to stop listening to it. 😂 The twist was a surprise and I adored the ending. It was great. Even though the main character is a 12 year old female robot, I think boys would really enjoy this book. I wish it was eligible for a ALA reading list but I can only find it on Audible Originals and no reviews anywhere but here and Audible. Too bad because it's a winner!
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  • Visionbug Ji
    January 1, 1970
    I saw that this was listed as a free Audible original selection for January 2020. This is my first Audible original and I wasn't expecting much. I like robots so why not? I certainly did not expect a full cast production and really enjoyed the performances despite the fact that none of the 12 year olds sounded like 12 year olds. But, whatever. Storywise it's aimed at middle grade. The plot is pretty predictable. But, it was still an enjoyable listen. I would've loved this story as a kid and it I saw that this was listed as a free Audible original selection for January 2020. This is my first Audible original and I wasn't expecting much. I like robots so why not? I certainly did not expect a full cast production and really enjoyed the performances despite the fact that none of the 12 year olds sounded like 12 year olds. But, whatever. Storywise it's aimed at middle grade. The plot is pretty predictable. But, it was still an enjoyable listen. I would've loved this story as a kid and it made me yearn for more full cast audiobooks. I'm definitely going to try out more audible originals as this sparked my interest.
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  • Mel
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars. I wasn't sure what to expect from Interview with the Robot, but it blew me away. The voice-acting is top-notch and made me empathize with the characters. The story is clever and structured creatively, with the interview and the flashbacks tying together seamlessly. It's one of those stories where you'll probably want to listen again when it's over just so you can pick up on some of those little bread crumbs you missed the first time around. I highly recommend it if you want a quick and 5 stars. I wasn't sure what to expect from Interview with the Robot, but it blew me away. The voice-acting is top-notch and made me empathize with the characters. The story is clever and structured creatively, with the interview and the flashbacks tying together seamlessly. It's one of those stories where you'll probably want to listen again when it's over just so you can pick up on some of those little bread crumbs you missed the first time around. I highly recommend it if you want a quick and engaging read.
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  • Ezraye
    January 1, 1970
    I got this audiobook free from January audible originals. Interesting premise. I recently read Cinder so the robot girl theme is fresh in my mind. Easy to follow. I liked the main character (Eve, 12 year old robot) Good twist that I honestly wasn’t expecting. Good pacing of the story. BUT the last half hour was just awful. Both the writing of the action scenes and the direction the story went in. And then the actual ending ending was just terrible and ruined the story for me. So 2 stars for I got this audiobook free from January audible originals. Interesting premise. I recently read Cinder so the robot girl theme is fresh in my mind. Easy to follow. I liked the main character (Eve, 12 year old robot) Good twist that I honestly wasn’t expecting. Good pacing of the story. BUT the last half hour was just awful. Both the writing of the action scenes and the direction the story went in. And then the actual ending ending was just terrible and ruined the story for me. So 2 stars for interesting premise but should have gone in another direction.
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  • Chelsea(Boo) Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    This was a free Audible Original for January 2020. A great listen for kids 10+ who love robots!I was intrigued by the sample. I grab a Science Fiction book every so often & I am glad I grabbed this one. The story line was solid & gave me enough twists & turns to keep me going. I could picture every moment of this book. You learn to love the main characters really quickly. Which is great for the roughly 4 hour listen. The ending left me satisfied but not hopeful for a sequel.
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  • Suz
    January 1, 1970
    It was cute and managed to evoke many of the sociological questions we are currently contemplating regarding artificial intelligence without being preachy. There were several times where I found my credulity being challenged, but it was entirely a function of knowing too much about how child services, police, and law work. The age group for which this was written wouldn't, by default, have that experience and/or perspective base from which to pull. Hopefully.Definitely worth a listen.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsGood tween book that offered up some fun facts along with all of the heavy moral and philosophical questions. A couple parts of the story didn’t line up for me. I kept wanting to know where David Sharp get all his money to run Eden Enterprises. Was he a Tony Stark type: a little crazy with a whole lot of family money to throw around?This book does bring up a lot of interesting questions, but I think they were presented better in Ex Machina.
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  • Montzalee Wittmann
    January 1, 1970
    Interview with the RobotBy: Lee BaconNarrated by a cast of performersThis is a story for preteen/teen but adults would like it too! It's about a girl being interviewed at a jail for stealing. The interview tells the story of why she was stealing, who she was running from, where she came from, and more! Great sci fi story!The narration cast performance was excellent!
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  • Princess Hanna
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second audiobook I read and note that I am not much fan of science fiction. But this, this book has a big heart that will make you feel less scared of our technological advancement by showing us the life in an AI's perspective. I also like how her story was unfolded through flashbacks but there are times I feel like I wanted more descriptive words to really picture each character.
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  • Rosali Penunuri
    January 1, 1970
    Fun listen. Interesting story about a 12-year-old robot girl on the run from her maker. The story is told as Eve explains to a caseworker why she allowed herself to get caught stealing. There was a predictable twist, but then an additional one that was a bit of a surprise. Overall it was entertaining, engaging and fun to listen to.
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  • Ida Wilcox
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good, I wanted it to continue on with their lives. The characters in the story are very likable though the brother could be a bit annoying. However by the end of the story it all worked out and I see why he was the way he was. I wonder if the author will continue on with this story line. If they do I would eat it up. :)
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  • Niki
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book to read. The story is of a teenage girl who is basically a machine that looks exactly like a human. She gets caught shoplifting in order to be arrested to help save herself from those looking for her. The story is fun going back and forth in time from how she was created to how she is trying to live now.
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  • Liri
    January 1, 1970
    This gave me Scythe vibes and I enjoyed it a lot! of course it didn't have as complicated plot points as the 3 book series "Arc Of A Scythe" has but it had elements of AI, tests, "pain nanites", just this sci-fi, dystopian feel that I really love and the story ended really well so that's a plus.
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  • Clara C. Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I was quite surprised by this book. So much so that I want to check out more of Lee Bacon's work and if there any other books like this.You really connect with the characters and root for Eve and Emory. It's funny and thought provoking.
  • Charlaxy
    January 1, 1970
    Some of the voices were annoying and unconvincing. The story was poor quality and had a few holes. The author and/or audience of this book doesn't seem to be highly technical — the descriptions of how a robot works started off alright, but became increasingly full of mistakes.
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  • Nabil Abdulla
    January 1, 1970
    This was a pleasant surprise that I’m glad I picked up with Audible this month ! A lovely story and incredible performance by the actors . Definitely recommended. The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars is some of the parts were very cliché and predictable. Else it would have been perfect .
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  • Wendie
    January 1, 1970
    Great story and voices. Kept me listening and wondering where the story was headed and how it would be concluded. I'm going to use this with my 8th-grade students for a Hero's Journey activity. It's a fun listen and I believe will keep them engaged.
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this!!!! Whoever voiced Emory, I love the bubblyness in his voice. I was able to picture him reacting to his words and everything. Storyline had me in sync with it the whole time. Amazing job all across the board.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    One of Audible's free offerings for January 2020. This is more of a radio play (complete with some sound effects) than straight narration, and the cast did an amazing job. Although it's a pre-teen or YA novel, the story is good for all ages. I enjoyed it more than I expected.
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  • Gregp
    January 1, 1970
    8 out of 10
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