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Athena's Choice

Auteur(s): Adam Boostrom
Narrateur(s): Alex Ford
Durée: 7 h et 29 min

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Description

What if a viral pandemic put women in charge of the planet?

Athena Vosh lives just like any other teenager from the year 2099. She watches reality shows with her friends, eats well, and occasionally wonders to herself: What would life be like if men were still alive?

It has been almost 50 years since an experimental virus accidentally killed all the men on earth. However, a controversial project is currently underway to bring men back. There's just one catch. The project has been sabotaged.

So begins Athena's Choice. When the police of 2099 are tasked with finding the saboteur, they receive a mysterious command to investigate the otherwise innocuous Athena Vosh. After it becomes clear that the young girl might know more than she lets on, Athena is brought in to participate in the official investigation. Simultaneously, the girl begins to experience a series of cryptic dreams featuring a ruined library and an old book containing the saboteur’s true identity. As the police close in on their prize, Athena finds herself on a journey of her own. Her clue-filled dreams and incorruptible spirit bring her face-to-face with a pair of forgotten truths about happiness and gender. The world waits to see if men will return as Athena fights a separate battle, culminating in the choice that will define her and others' lives forever.

©2019 Adam Boostrom (P)2019 Adam Boostrom

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  • Marnye Young Hull
  • 2019-10-20

Fresh! Invigorating! Bold!

I was given a copy of this in hardback but as a business owner and mom of twins my reading time is limited to audiobooks so I bought the audio and was immediately whisked into this future world absent of men. Several things blew me away about this book and one of them is Boostrom, a first time author mind you, can write women including teenagers with the best of them. I had to keep checking Boostrom was not a woman. The depth and complexities of his characterizations and the world building is astounding. Another thing about this book was the subject matter. It is not enough to say his work is thought provoking as Boostrom forces you to confront and question what perhaps, before reading his book, you never would have in essence your own sense of morality. It is no wonder Boostrom's debut won numerous awards.

And now onto the narration. Alex Ford has the kind of voice she just want to curl up in to. There is a purity to her sound that is aurally pleasing and her range is exceptional. Beyond this Ford displays her artistry as she embodies character after character with nuance subtlety and even humor. Her voice has a razors edge at times and one beat later it is like the the softness of a fuzzy blanket bringing warmth and radiance.

In my opinion this is the perfect pairing. I look forward to reading more of Boostrom and hearing more of Ford. Both are superstars in my book!

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  • M. McAvoy
  • 2019-09-05

Unique twist on an apocalypse/pandemic

I really enjoyed the thought that was put into this work. It
leaves you to ponder what if this really happened? Can society ever truly be at peace with ourselves and nations across the globe? I feel like I'm not articulating very well the dilemmas that could come from an event such as this. Which way is best? I don't think anyone is qualified to make that big of decision alone. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Demi
  • 2019-08-08

Perfect Book-Club Read

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. What I got was a suspenseful, engrossing mystery, set eighty years in the future, and staring a series of hard-driving female leads. The twists and turns kept me at the edge of my seat, and the book’s ending had me asking all of my friends to read it so that I could discuss it with them!!

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  • Bobbie Amdahl
  • 2019-07-12

Surprisingly amazing

I was surprised by this book! I love science fiction. The advanced tech in this book was described I such a way that made it easy to envision and desire. The pursuit of self and knowledge was truly inspiring. I even cried at a few parts. It was easy to relate to as a women. The whole female cast was also refreshing. And the fact that a man wrote this makes it even more relevant as it really expresses human nature In females as mistakes that we could make to protect.
His moral In this story is truly insightful and I think even men should read it! I do feel like a sequel is necessary! Leaving it with a question is intriguing but also frustrating!
The narrator was pretty good. I tend to lean towards male narrations but I would listen to her again!
Recommend 10/10

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  • Dee
  • 2019-07-06

Great story. Excellent narration!

I like dystopian sci-fi stories so when the premise of this story is a future world without men well, that just screams MUST READ.

This was a great listen. The author told the story by interspersing advertisements and past memories and even news articles. There was an undercurrent of man-hating in the storyline and that was a tad uncomfortable. It did go a long way in explaining the conundrum of whether or not bringing men back was a good idea.

I loved the narration!!! This story went into a lot of areas. The narrator had to handle not only different personalities but audio commercials and even AI characters. It was a pleasure to hear all of those entities come to life.

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  • SD
  • 2019-11-16

For Matrix fans

I've listen to this book on Audible. For me it is at the same level as the Matrix film trilogy (if it was a single book).
This story is about a world were men are all dead because of a targeted disease. Its odd new world, were women don't have to work, they pleasure themselves with body massage implants and furniture can be self rearranged in an instant (just to name a few), is amazing. We get a glimpse of that and the events of the past by a serie of diverse shorts at the beginning of each chapter. I have to say: the narrador does a fantastic job at separating those pasts from the story narration. She is very expressive, and I can't imagine this story in any other way. That's why it's so difficult to imagine this book being written by a man. I really felt like being inside a female mind: Athena's mind.
In the end, this book is about what is happiness, what does it means. Is it having a purpose? Or is it pleasure? How about when that pleasure is obtained at the expenses of others... This is the kind of philosophical dilemas that makes this story as good as the Matrix one. Both sides have very good arguments. All this drama is enveloped by more story drama and a great thriller (even a couple of action scenes) so it's perfect for everyone. I do hope this book get's more visibly. It really deserves it!
PS: if you get put off by Athena's odd dreams or the slower pace at the start, hang on. The finale, when everything is explained will be worth it, believe me.

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  • Mike C
  • 2019-07-03

Intriguing science fiction mystery

In this story, all men have been dead for dozens of years due to a manufactured virus mutating and getting out of control. No more men are "produced" because all women are still carriers of the virus.

I found the plot engaging. The author excels at world building, and filling that world full of details.

The way the story is laid out, is we have the main character stumbling around a bit through the mystery. Then it will switch to a news report, advertisement, or the like from the past. Those interjections are also well done.

The problem I had is that when I was getting into one aspect of the story, it would come to a complete halt and change direction into a different aspect. Some of the chapter parts are so short that this can happen very frequently in a short period of time.

Also, the "man-hating" commentary is a little heavy at times. Other than those two things, I enjoyed the book.


The narration is top-notch, and the individual character voices are excellent.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Diane Lee
  • 2019-05-31

Amazing audiobook

I listened to this during my commute and I would have a hard time turning it off when I got to work/home.
The story is fantastic, the author does a great job building the sci-fi utopia where men have all died off and 'womankind' is left with advanced technology and attempting to re-create men. The genome for men is stolen and the investigation unravels into a great story with plot twists and character development that left me gasping, tearing up, and pausing the audio book to contemplate my existence; all during my commute.
The narration is also great with distinct character voices and good timing. I particularly enjoyed the Russian accent.

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  • Jaclyn679
  • 2019-12-18

Interesting world and great story!

Wow! What a fun and different read. I love that the author took topics from todays society and blew them up to see what would happen. I thought the whole women driven society was really interesting and exciting to read about. The book was set up really nicely with good depth and detail. I thought the author kept a very nice pace and did a great job at allowing the reader to really get to know the characters and what drove them. I also loved the feminist vibe of the book and how much it makes you think about current complications in the world. A great story, and a great writer. *I was given this book in exchange for an honest review, but the thoughts are entirely my own.

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  • Deedra
  • 2019-12-03

Athena's Choice

Excellent book!Very intriguing plot and characters. Alex Ford was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'