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Nicholas Fuss

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Very unique audiobook experience

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-01-17

I can honestly say I haven't ever listened to an audiobook quite like this..

First, the content itself: the story and characters are really interesting, but I wouldn't say groundbreaking (fairly typical sci-fi). It follows some familiar beats.. however, it is the character development that really makes this book. Over the course of the story the characters actually have tangible arcs! And it is exciting to see them grow.. particularly Kady and AIDAN. The climax is amazingly gratifying.. one of the best I can remember.

Now onto the performances - honestly I wasn't feeling it at first.. but as I got to 'know' characters it began to make sense.. the best performance by far is by Olivia Taylor Dudley as Kady Grant.. she is honestly a hidden treasure. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and you can really feel she totally immersed herself in the part. I cant say enough things.

A very close second in terms of performance is Lincoln Hoppe as AIDAN. He absolutely NAILED it.. with a very tough role! Balance between cold calculating computer and a confused true artificial intelligence. Damn close to a perfect performance.

Format: This I must stress above all else.. you may be uncomfortable or uneasy with the format and pace of this story. It is played back through a series of emails, text messages, briefing notes, and video narration. It is essentially a huge 'report' that is being played back for the reader (hence, the Illuminae Files). This may take some time to get used to compared to more traditional story telling but I strongly suggest you give it a chance! About 25% in I was totally immersed and was excited for the story to progress.. it works so well for this story.

As many other reviewers have noted.. this one is really one you can't miss if you are a fan of science fiction. At first I had a sinking feeling it was a young adult romance story and would be overly gushy.. nothing wrong with those, but not my preferred style. I was quickly proven wrong and even though the main protagonists are late teens it was no less enthralling.. it may have even contributed to my enjoyment of it!

TL;DR - incredible audiobook experience. Absolute must have.

Side note: Another bonus of the audiobook is the ambient sounds and 'music'. Some random audio effects include voice modulation to mimic speakers, random beeps and boops and a deep low thrumming imitates the sounds one might imagine on a space ship, and the noises of the antagonists.. oh yes so very effective.

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One of the all time best..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-11-16

Lordy how I wish they would make a good movie out of these books... The writing really makes you picture scenes and characters in your mind and is fully immersive. The story could easily lean towards being boring and drawn out but it successfully manages to avoid that somehow! I really loved this book.. And the new antagonist is one of the best bad guys (girl) I have come across in the story.. Truly creepy and imposing!

Can't wait to get into the next one.

Performance wise I actually forgot it was only one person doing all voices.. Does an excellent job of switching up voices for characters without sounding campy.

Great pace, mystery, story

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-10-19

Quite enjoyed this book as it was a bit of a departure from others in the series focusing more on mythology and symbolism. The stakes are high and the outcome satisfying (except for that one cliffhanger!)

Only thing that seemed a bit off was the anticlimactic conclusion of a side story in New York City.. Just didn't seem to really have a purpose or keep me interested.

Performance was really good, even switching between male and female characters!

Great sequel, one of the best!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-05

This story never ceases to impress.. the worlds created are unique and interesting.. and the function of the galaxy as a whole is so well thought out. My one gripe is that I wish there were a few more alien species.. even non sentient ones that would interact and affect the story. Aliens it appears have mostly been written out of the galaxy, explained briefly by quick exposition.

In terms of performance.. the narrator does a very good job juggling all the characters and sexes.. but I really wish it was a full cast. The full cast audio recordings just seem to immerse the listener in the story that much more.

If you like science fiction at all, with elements of time travel, mysticism, technology, love, warfare, and betrayal you will love this story.

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Wouldn't mind a bit of supernatural!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-04-05

Shades of The Relic in this one but missing a bit of the otherworldliness. Overall a well told story that is very interesting and the setting is something I've not read before. would recommend for someone who likes the southwest United states, archaeology, strong female characters (without cramming feminism down your throat), unique settings, mystery, slow burn, and mysticism.

deep.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-03-08

short and quick.. really deep and rich storyline.. borders on rambling at times. some sections seem very drawn out.. but overall an enjoyable listen. performance is very good!

don't expect a big rip roaring adventure.. slow burn.