I know! But on our recent trip to Vermont (it was amazing by the way!)
I convinced him that listening to an audiobook would be a good way to spend our 6.5 hours car ride. Now we both have never listened to an audiobook before, so there were no expectations going into this. The problem was finding an audiobook we would both like, and with the limited selection at our public library, I honestly thought we may never find anything. That is until I came across Illuminae.
Illuminae is written in a series of hacked documents that follow what happens after a war is started and a plague breaks out upon one of the rescue ships. It takes all of the effort of Kady and Ezra to make it safely onto the fleet only to have to face the truth.
Here are our thoughts on
Things We Like:
So with an audiobook narrators obviously have to tell the story to you. Our worry with an audiobook would be that the narrators would be boring, but they were just the opposite! There are many characters in this book and everyone had a personality thanks to their narrator. We both think this is what makes this book stand out, especially compared to reading it.
The sounds effects in this audiobook were amazing! Each section has unique sound effects making it easy to know which sections they are for. It is as if we were listening to a movie the entire time. Plus it is so amazing to hear a space battle while driving down a long boring road.
Every character in this book made a connection with both of us. Everyone from the main characters Ezra and Kady to the captains to the video transcription guy felt so real. Our favorite character has to have been Kady. She’s smart and witty and down to earth even when everything is going downhill. I (Jenn) really like Ezra’s wittiness, but also caring side as well.
AIDAN is the artificial intelligence that runs the Alexander, the battle carrier of the fleet. Even though it isn’t human and has no emotions, AIDAN made us start feeling like we care about it. We think it’s the fact this character is not human that makes it so intriguing.
Although we listened to the book, we also took a look at the book at Barnes and Noble and it looks amazing! The documents are all set up with official seals and there are designs of the spaceships. Plus, the parts where AIDAN is thinking all have crazy designs that are mesmerizing to look at.
Things We Don’t Like:
While AIDAN is a very memorable character, it has to be the most annoying character as well. AIDAN is a central part of the plot and keeps making us ask “why is AIDAN doing this?” It made the journey for the fleet complicated and stressful for the characters with everything else that was going on.
As awesome as the book looks, it’s actually because of the how the book is designed that we ended up getting the audiobook. Looking at it originally, the book seemed disorganized and hard to read. It’s not until now when we look at the book that we can follow along easier. Some of those AIDAN parts are difficult to follow, even with their cool designs.
Overall, the Illuminae audiobook was nothing short of amazing! It’s cleverly written style, voices, and sound effects created a wonderful book to listen to. We did feel that AIDAN was a pretty irritating character that created conflict in the book. However, it is nothing compared to the rest of the amazing storyline of this book. Looking forward to our next road trip to listen to Gemina! We give Illuminae. . .
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