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Summary

Three 20-somethings are all that stands between an otherworldly threat and the survival of Earth in the latest thrill ride by Dennis E. Taylor, author of the Audible and New York Times best-selling Bobiverse series.

Jack Kernigan is having a bad day...a bad year...a bad life. After being booted out of MIT, he’s back in his Ohio hometown, working for the family business, facing a life of mediocrity. Then one day, out on a delivery, his truck hits...something. Something big...something furry...something invisible. And, it turns out, something not of this Earth.

Fate can play funny tricks. Which is why Jack suddenly finds himself the planet’s best hope to unravel a conspiracy of galactic proportions that could spell the end of the human race. All Jack and his best friends, Natalie and Patrick, have to defeat an alien threat is their wits, a lot of coffee, and a rather snippy AI named Sheldon. Plus, their own spaceship.

After all, if you’re going to rescue the world, the least you can get out of it is your own spaceship.

©2022 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2022 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Young adult style

Very much a rehash of 80s wish fulfillment sci-fi movies, think Flight of the Navigator or The Last Starfighter, with three incredibly selfish leads that find, and keep, a saucer, yes literally saucer shaped, and use as they personally think best. Such a peculiar American view of the world, these 'kids' respect their parents to an extent that they go home on time to eat meals, yet mistrust governmental authority to an extent that the conceal the biggest discovery of the millennium, it's all terribly naive, somehow Trumpian. Weird details about what they ordered at the fast food take out, as if that were somehow trying to give the characters relatability. The description of the craft itself, inside and out, is horribly unimaginative, as if designed as a TV prop. The whole novel reads like an idea from the 1950's, and if you go into it with that in mind you'll be ok. Narration struggles with the youth of the leads and has to ramp up the comedic style to disguise the fact that there isn't much in the writing that's actually funny, it's all in the delivery. It's not a waste of a credit, but 10 minutes after you've finished it you won't remember anything about it.

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WINNER OF MOST ANNOYING AI

goes to this Herbert....Average story at best but the Ai had me cringing...Ray Porter has done far better work...
I highly recommend EARTHCOR followed up by MOUNT FITZ...

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Utter Drivel

"I feel like I should be freaked out, but I'm just rolling with it." - Says it all really.

The reason you set three kids up to find a space ship is so you can convey the wonder of such a discovery through the eyes of those not yet jaded by life. However, if your three characters are sociopaths incapable of feeling a recognisable human emotion, what you get is a story as shallow as a bowl of soup. Throughout this entire "adventure", not one of them even once failed to get a good 9 hours sleep, no matter what was going on.

The rip off of a cantankerous AI calling humans stupid monkeys is unforgivable.

I now see what Taylor writes so many Bobs - he can only write one character.

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A fun romp

A fun romp with enjoyable characters and a fast moving story.

Fantastic narrator and well written

I hope there is a sequel.

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Another great listen.

Another great listen from Dennis E. Taylor. (Can’t wait for the next Bobiverse BTW!).

Brilliantly read by Ray Porter!

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He’s done it again!

Another brilliant story from Taylor. Fun, engaging and believable sci-fi with likeable characters. He writes so well. Can’t wait for his next book. Ray Porter has done another excellent job of bringing the story to life.

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Dennis Taylor's best book so far!

Wow... listen to it... catches you from the first chapter. A great sci-fi romp with plenty of humour. Fast paced and extremely well performed. You have to read this! If you're a "ready player one" fan... you'll love this.

Would make a fantastic film... but, of course, the film will be rubbish!

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Not at all original

Very generic compared to his other books. Lots of cliches and very similar characters.

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Loved it but

I love most things Dennis and Ray do. This is no exception.
The only problem I have is that Ray needs to check the pronunciation of Greek and Latin word. This only occured in two or three sentences in one chapter but annoying to me. Or is this me being English and Ray being American?
Anyway still love it and will listen again. PS Would like more adventures with these characters and/or this universe please!

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Better than advertised

The advertisement does not give it justice. Even the sample mediocre compared to the rest of it. It is fun, well thought through call Ma and adventurous. Sweeping. Lovely work from the creator of other lovely works

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  • Joshua Kring
  • 05-08-22

The least helpful review of Roadkill

Uh… yeah… well, I didn’t not like it. It was entertaining. However, I expected more from Mr. Taylor. He’s in my top five favorite authors list. My “pause whatever else you’re doing and listen to his new book” list.

So, what went wrong?

This was a little too tongue-in-cheek for me. Too rushed. Too influenced by Craig Alanson. The characters acted in unusual ways. Most of the time authors do this to force the plot along, but in this case it was different in a way I can’t quite describe. Example: “Oh, I’m the first human ever to make extraterrestrial contact? Wow. Cool. Well, it’s my bedtime. See you tomorrow.” WTF! No one acts like this! I kept thinking that this was a great story concept, but slow down! Explore the nuances. Hash out the details. This audiobook could have been half again as long and it would have been for the better.

Seriously, Dennis E. Taylor is one of my favorite authors. If you’re unfamiliar with him, don’t start here! Go listen to the Bobiverse series. Do this now! I mean, right now!

So, what went right?

Two words: Ray Porter.

That’s all I got.

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  • SciFi Junkette
  • 09-08-22

No allusion just product placement

I will start with Ray Porter. Ray has too much anger for lines he voices. Everyone is pissed off or frustrated even if the dialogue doesn't reflect the mood. His females all sound the same. Lastly, he is too old or just can't do voices of young adults in the teens-twenties. I understand that audible likes to pair authors and narrators but some need to be realigned for the story at hand.

I am a fan of Dennis E. Taylor but not of this story...
This stand alone novel is just one big product placement. The crappy snacks and fast food spots take up way too much of this tale. I didn't appreciate it and would have reconsidered if I knew this was part of the novel.

Conspiracy theories, even thought debunked, are presented in here. I'm really not okay with this choice by the author. It comes across as acceptance by the author. I think these theories shouldn't have been specifically named because it changes the story in a negative way. By naming the specific conspiracy theories the author screws up. Those that believe they are legit worries find justification for them in this book.

Those that know the origins of the conspiracy theories mentioned in the book are pulled out of the story and no longer relaxing in the journey. The greats of Science Fiction tended to use allusion to get their message across. Mr. Taylor didn't do this; he names the theories and groups he wants to discuss. It cheapens the experience, much light the product placement did. I don't consider this a fun story since he chose to go political. If one wants to be informed about conspiracy theories they can do so elsewhere. Just naming them brought me out of the fiction and left me in a sour mood.

I don't recommend this book. The book has too much product placement to feel like anything more than a money grab. The others are good but this one you should skip.

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  • IDPA
  • 12-08-22

Recycled story - Author pushing left wing politics

This is the second time I've had to return a science fiction book because the author felt the need to equate conservatives with alien lizards hell bent on destroying the earth by pushing false narratives on conservative TV and radio stations. Didn't agree with vaccine mandates, well you are an alien lizard.

As for the book, Ray Porter is awesome as always. The story is just a re-write of the Bobaverse; same characters, same banter, same humor, different setting; very manufactured not inspired.

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  • Martin A. Beechen
  • 13-08-22

This book really sucked!

It’s rare for me to write a negative review, but I was sooooo let down after reading the bobiverse books. This was just sad. I only made it about 45 minutes in before I had to stop. Character development was horrible. All the characters were super annoying. Imagine a cranky old man trapped in the body of a snarky teenager. That’s all 3 main characters. So lame. It was irritating just listening to it. I hope the author didn’t lose his mojo. This was baaaaaaad! Waste of an audible credit. Now I’m hoping there’s a way to return it.

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  • Kat
  • 04-08-22

Don't skip this one!

As an avid Dennis E Taylor fan, I had this one on pre-order. I was not disappointed. It is another quirky sci-fi adventure narrated by the absolute best narrator on Audible, Ray Porter. It has the same tenor as his other novels, but they are also voiced by Ray Porter so it is easy to imagine the stories are similar, but this is a stand alone adventure which doesn't borrow any themes from his previous novels. If you are a fan of Dennis E Taylor or just want a fun sci-fi jaunt across the solar system, don't skip this one!

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  • Chando
  • 04-08-22

Very entertaining and not too long.

I just finished this very entertaining book and it wasn’t that long, which was nice, in a good way. The narration is exactly what you’d expect from Porter and the story and comedy is what you’d expect from Taylor’s writing. It doesn’t have as much depth as any of the Bobiverse books but I don’t believe it was meant to. Perfect for a road trip. Wondering if he listens to a lot of Jimmy Dore though…

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  • David T
  • 08-08-22

Dennis and Ray do it again

This Audiobook is well worth the credit. Love the premise and the humor.

Dennis E Taylor Has become my favorite SF author. I await each of his books like I did Isaac Asimov's books - yes, Dennis is that good and yes, I am that old.

I waited up until 2 a.m. CST to download this gem and when it was finally available at 2:20 a.m. I promptly fell asleep in ten minutes. Not that the material was any good - far from it - but because this is the effect Ray Porter has upon me. Ray Porter is the Vin Scully of the Audio Book World.

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  • Charles Elmore
  • 05-08-22

Classic Dennis E. Taylor

With Ray Porter at the mic, this latest novel has all of the hallmarks of what makes for a thoroughly enjoyable D.E. Taylor audiobook: an imaginative premise, a plucky and intelligent hero, a couple of faithful friends, plenty of wit and cheeky banter, a bevy of futuristic gadgets, a lineup of bad guys that menace and threaten, and enough twists and turns to keep it all interesting. The only negative is that it all goes by too quickly. In fact, on the whole, I am unable to say much more about this one other than it entertains and doesn't have to drag its characters through nine circles of hell to accomplish it. Dare I say, it's family friendly? Well, yes, it is...so long as your family can handle the occasional profanity. "Roadkill" (a title that sounds much more disturbing than it actually turns out to be) is fine for kids and is practically YA lit. (The protagonist is still in college.) In terms of themes and political leanings, Taylor does have a bit to say about our current cultural climate, especially regarding fake news, conspiracy theories, and the persistent disunity in American society. None of it is especially overt, but those who have an ear for it certainly will get the message. On an unrelated note, some may accuse Taylor of taking cues from author Laurence E. Dahners when it comes to populating his story with underestimated, youthful protagonists, who always seem to possess more than enough ability to save the day (ahem, Mary Sue), but so what? If the trend is away from tales of revenge and bloodletting and towards tales of character and ingenuity, then I welcome it. But, I digress...."Roadkill" is a fun, warm-hearted SciFi adventure read by a masterful narrator.

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  • Qae
  • 10-08-22

All a setup for political crap

You’ll get almost to the end, and they will suddenly get all political. Skip out on this.

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  • J.
  • 07-08-22

Does it again…

Once again D.E.T. does it again and tells a compelling story with dram, humor, snark and an A.I. I really enjoyed the story and the voicing, it stands along with his other books as some of my favorites!

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