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Company Town

Written by: Madeline Ashby
Narrated by: Cecelia Kim
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (68 ratings)

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They call it Company Town - a city-size oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by one very wealthy, powerful, byzantine family: Lynch Ltd.

Hwa is of the few people in her community (which constitutes the whole rig) to forgo bioengineered enhancements. As such, she's the last truly organic person left on the rig - making her doubly an outsider as well as a neglected daughter and bodyguard extraordinaire. Still, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are yet in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city's stability and heightens the unease of a rig turning over. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa's front door. Company Town has never been the safest place to be - but now the danger is personal.

A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can't be saved or saving herself.

©2016 Madeline Ashby (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Narrator ruins it

The newfoundland accent that the narrator proports to have is garbage and really takes you out of the book having to hear it

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Enjoyed the story but didn't love the reader

I enjoyed the story itself (and not just because as Canadians we get excited when something is actually set in our cities!), they way it took the 'company town' of history and throwing in an interesting technological future. But I wish the reader had done more to capture the cadence of Newfoundland speech - she didn't even need to do a full accent, just get a sense of the rhythm and flow. Her rather flat reading made the slang or sections written with dialect just sound peculiar, with none of the music of the east coast.

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Unnecessary language plus hollow dialogues

The story was interesting if a little hard to grasp just what was supposed to be going on, which is a lot: altered humans, time travel, cyborgs and conspiracies within conspiracies, slow to start & I never did finish, just felt like the Author wanted to keep throwing something new in without actually completing the idea or have it support the rest. A lot of unnecessary profanity, at times it just didn't even seem to fit, just thrown in for shock value? What's the point? It didn't add anything to the story or to the characters. Very interesting concept just could have been executed better.

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Very poor narration

I'm with the other readers; the narrator really butchers this novel. She doesn't even try to affect the musical cadence of a thick Newfoundland accent. It wouldn't matter so much if the slang and local dialect weren't written in to the dialogue, but it is. It's like listening to Beloved read by a white woman from Minnesota.

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Glad I tried this one

Interesting and fast paced. A bit of mystery and a bit of near-future sci-fi kept me entertained. Whatever the audiobook equivalent of a page turner is, this is it.

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Interesting tech, but a bit disorienting

The book had an interesting setting and premise, but I found some of plot elements clumsy and confusing. A body guard who can have stress-induced seizures might be good enough for a sex worker on an oil rig, but how could they be the pick for the son of a wealthy industrialist? Newfie accent was not handled well by the narrator. Still worth a read in my opinion for the world created by the author. Compelling descriptions of how tech has melded with biomechanics. A very human protaganist in a not-quite-human world.

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meh

I was engaged at first, but was constantly distracted by the Narrator. The book would announce that Hwa is reverting back to her thick Newfoundlander accent, but then there would be a perfectly annunciated "aye b'y" with no accent. I also feel that there was a jumping of the shark in the story. *shrugs*
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great!

really loved this book! great character development and a fun fresh story. will be listening to more of this author!

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Great, but slow pacing at first

It took a while for me to get into it, but I warmed up to it after the first few chapters. Overall really solid.

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  • J.G. Brandt
  • 2017-01-16

Different

I really liked it. It was fast paced and I felt like the characters had great development. My only complaint is that it wasn't twice as long! I wanted to delve more into the world of Company Town.

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  • Tim S.
  • Seattle
  • 2018-11-04

action and intrigue through the very end

I thoroughly this book. It's a bit violent, but not too gory. I especially enjoyed the world they built: a colony of people living on old oil rigs off the east coast of Canada.

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  • A. Evans
  • Seattle, WA USA
  • 2018-05-30

Nope

The narrator’s voice really grates. But even a great performance wouldn’t be able to save this confusing and flawed book.

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  • Joey F. Kolber
  • Culver City, Ca United States
  • 2018-04-13

Great Ideas and Mix of Genre, Story Moves Slow

There are a lot of great ideas packed in the book and the world building is excellent, but it's hampered by a slow story. I loved Hwa as a character and the writing is excellent. The main issue is that the novel spends so much time on things that feel secondary to the overall plot. I felt like I kept waiting for the story to pick up and go, and by the time I felt like it did, the book was finished. If there was as much story as there was detail about Hwa's life and the day to day stuff (her job, her mother, etc.), I would have enjoyed it far more.

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  • korneel
  • 2017-12-16

Not for me

I liked machine dinasty alot and this is why i purchased this book. After 3 hours listening to it i concluded that it was time wasted and better cound start another book i would like more.

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  • Rebecca Parker
  • 2017-06-30

Entertaining but details missing

I enjoyed this story, but I found the story seemed to jump details. Some things were not explained very well.

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  • teanah
  • 2017-06-28

A Dark Gritty book

Would you try another book from Madeline Ashby and/or Cecelia Kim?

Probably not from this author, definitely not from this narrator.

What could Madeline Ashby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The ending felt like it belonged to an entirely different book, some clues that this was the direction things were heading, a bit of foreshadowing or a less outrageous ending would have worked better.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cecelia Kim?

Khristine Hvam would have been perfect for this book.

What character would you cut from Company Town?

About half of them. There is an endless cast of characters who flow past with little more than names and brief descriptions, limiting the named characters and fleshing them out a bit more would have improved this book greatly.

Any additional comments?

The scene setting was well done. The dark, gritty grungy vibe is well established but this book just tries to cover too much ground and falls well short of telling a compelling story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-03-23

Thumbs up!

Strong female lead. Decent science fiction and bonus Newfoundland accents. Overall I liked it a lot.

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  • Deborah Connerty
  • 2017-03-29

Interesting concept

I grew to love the characters. The book makes you think about what the future could have in store for us.

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