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The Mad Scientist's Daughter | [Cassandra Rose Clarke]

The Mad Scientist's Daughter

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart.
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Publisher's Summary

Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart.

©2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.; ©2013 Cassandra Rose Clarke

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"Unique, heart-wrenching, full of mysteries and twists." (Tamora Pierce on The Assassin’s Curse)

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    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 04-18-14
    Joe Frazier Cary, NC USA 04-18-14 Member Since 2014

    a dedicated dilettante

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    "An Exquisite Tale of Transforming Love"

    There is an epic sweep to this book not only because it takes place over much of a lifetime, but it deals with core issues:
    ◾How do we find our identity and calling in a world where convention and societal pressure would have us choose a safe and deadening path?
    ◾How do we risk ourselves to truly abandon our self-focus to love another, not just love our image of another but love the person, in the midst of a world filled with pain and loss
    ◾Can we let go of our self-focus, our enlightened self-interest and ought we?

    Cassandra Rose Clarke brilliantly explores these issues and more in The Mad Scientist's Daughter. Science fiction has always been a great medium to explore issues since we're pulled out of our culture, and its related blinders, into another world with less pre-built conceptions. Ms. Clarke takes a future earth, which is so much like our own, with all our current foibles, some additional challenges and capabilities. The story centers around Caterina Novak and Finn. Cat is the daughter in the title and Finn, an android unique in his understanding and consciousness.

    I listened to much of the story on the Audible version (flipping between the Kindle and the Audible version with Whispersync for Voice). Kate Rudd narrates the story. I first heard Ms. Rudd perform John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. She is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators and performs this book admirably. One of the brilliant choice points was to play Finn with a totally flat, neutral voice. This may seem obvious for an android but I've heard them done with very artificial robotic voices. This is done with flat, even timing and tone but it never feels artificial. Certainly her performance drew me in and allowed me to get lost in the novel.

    For full review: wp.me/p2XCwQ-Cs

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    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-05-14
    Deborah Oak Park, IL, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Was sucked in despite weaknesses"

    There's a lot to like about this book. Finn's character is amazing and intriguing. Cat - not so much. The book is way too long. It would have been great to cut to the chase wtihout everything in the middle. And I can't quite forgive Cat for what she does to Richard but can't say much more without giving away spoilers.

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    Ronald Orlando, FL, United States 01-26-14
    Ronald Orlando, FL, United States 01-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting adolescent tale about Artificial Intel"

    Interesting tale from an adolescent point of view of growing up with a robot as a companion. It could have been financed by the cigarette lobby with its silly adolescent preoccupation with cigarettes.
    This may be the future with it's many legal complications. Interesting glimpse of the brave new world

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    Jacqueline C. Anderson Honolulu hawaii 12-31-13
    Jacqueline C. Anderson Honolulu hawaii 12-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Absolutely perfect. Wonderful narrator."
    Where does The Mad Scientist's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top 3 or 4 for sure. I loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat the protagonist. Feels as if Ive grown up with her.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, The Fault in Our Stars. This wasn't as good as a performance in my opinion but then again, TFIOS is my favorite book so I am biased on that question. I love her voice and I do like how she does male characters without that weird forced scratchy "male" voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh at parts but no I didnt cry. That isnt to say that it didnt strike any emotion because it certainly did.


    Any additional comments?

    GET IT

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    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 02-19-13
    Patricia Louisville, KY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "Still not sure..."

    So, I loved the romance, I think? ...Hated the middle, I know ... loved the ending, I think? Should I listen again ... Not sure. Really, I loved Finn.

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