THE WILD ROBOT by Peter Brown, read by Kate AtwaterFall 2016 Audio Book
In this unique and captivating story, Roz, a robot, wakes up on a remote island with no idea how she got there and little idea of what to do. She must quickly learn to make her way among its animal inhabitants, none of whom are inclined to befriend, let alone help, her.
Initially pragmatic, Roz learns warmth and empathy as she adopts an orphaned gosling, and picks up the skills she needs for the two of them to survive. It's a distinctly touching tale. She is the ultimate outsider, a lone robot in the middle of the wild, and yet her steady determination and patience win her acceptance among its creatures.
While there is humor, as Roz adapts to her low-tech surroundings, and in the animals' curt impatience with her, the tale is surprisingly tender.
Peter Brown infuses his highly original storyline with enduring themes of community and survival. Part science fiction, part adventure, this is at heart a story of technology vs. nature with great emotional appeal. Kate Atwater's narration is thoughtful and nuanced, capturing the animal and robot voices equally well. And the ending, while jarring, is another unexpected surprise.