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Illuminae Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 11 hours and 40 minutes
Author Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Narrator Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain Release Date 26 January 2017
Publisher Audible Studios
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank 10,651 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
258 in Action & Adventure for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
672 in Action & Adventure for Children (Books)
905 in Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Sci-Fi
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Sci-Fi
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 April 2021
I will not lie, this was a book I bought in April 2020, purely because of the hype. I'd never really been interested in Sci-Fi, but I'd also told myself I needed to expand my reading horizons. And everyone was raving about it so I thought why not. It's only taken until I decided to do the A-Z 2021 challenge that I finally picked this up to fill the I section. And WOW.

The formatting of this book is insane, absolutely amazing and so creatively planned out but equally insane. I loved it. When I started my Audible membership I had asked some friends for recommendations and they said Illuminae as its multicast (more than 1 voice actor). So I decided that I'd pair the amazingly formatted physical book with the full cast audiobook and read them in tandem. I do not regret it.

The cast on the Audible audiobook is amazing and really bought the book to life. It felt like listening to a radio drama and I truly got lost in the book. The use of sound effects for certain parts really added to the atmosphere.

The formatting for the physical book is like nothing I've ever seen before, a mix of transcripts, conversation logs, reports, post analysis and recorded commentary. This book is not written in continuous pro's. Each section designed to represent what it was. A report looked like a report, a IM chat looked like an IM chat. You get the picture. It was refreshing and oddly engaging. By pairing the audiobook with the physical it really helped make sense of the formatting.

As we are still in the throws of a pandemic this book might not be for everyone as it deals with its own pandemic. Thankfully, it's not anything like covid. It's probably worse actually. But I loved how the two authors had created the plot of this book, starting with a bang and then leading us up the garden path. Drawing the reader further into the book. As I got near the end of Illuminae, I thought to myself "how have they made this 3 books, it feels like it's coming to a natural close" but it did not. The end left a very intriguing premise still out there and a natural lead into book 2 without giving any of it away.

The two main characters felt a bit like chalk and cheese but that's usually how the best main characters are. I love Ezra and his overall vibe. Kady took some getting used to but in the end I did like her and could picture her to be real. There's a wide array of side characters, which I found were bought to life amazing by the narrators of the audiobook. I'm not sure if I'd have done them justice if I'd just read the physical book on it's own. But that should say more about me as a reader than the book.

Everything felt really well put together, for me I loved this read and frustrated as to why I put it off for so long. If you want to dabble in sci-fi to see what you think this is the book for you!
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