As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace - a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.
©2010 Ann Aguirre (P)2010 Penguin
No, the voice would make a great Ramona. She tries her best with emotions but she sounds like children or tween books would better suit her voice.
Her voice is too grating and distracts from the story. I love the entire series and have all the books. But I get a migraine from trying to listen to the disparate voice. She doesn't sound tough, much less old enough to match Jax. Wish I listened to a sample before I bought the audio version.
Very disappointing because I really looked forward to the audio series.
The narrator - she is skilled, but this book did not fit her voice. She was always in the same mode emotionally. She did not scale up for stress or down for the times Sirantha was breaking. It wasn't monotonous, just not a great acting performance.
I could only ever make it halfway through. Aguirre's writing is excellent, but the narration just got me. I'll put this in the "to read" pile.
Doubt it, the movie would lose out on the emotional roller coaster that Sirantha was on (as the narration did).
Excellent book. Excellent narrator - not a great acting performance (which I desire greatly in my audio books).
Say something about yourself!
OK, so there are a couple standard plot devices here that I don't care for - a) miscommunication between main characters as source of conflict and b) woman feels an overwhelming sense of 'Guilt' for things that are out of her control. To be fair, she's not the only character that gets a dose of this last one, but since it's her POV it seems more pronounced.
Despite those small gripes, this is a rather fun book and I really do appreciate the main character being a female protagonist that is in her thirties and the sense of team the book has set up with the crew.
The adventure is pretty interesting and it didn't feel cut off at the end (sometimes books that are planned series have way too many things open at the end, leaving an unfinished feel -- this didn't do that)
Fist I have to say that I utilized amazon's "whispersync for voice" for this book and it was awesome.....I would listen on my way to and from work and when I got home I open the book and it syncs right where I left off...
While I listed to this one a couple of years ago and the next two I decided to wait until the series was finished before picking it up again.
This is a great start to the series, you get enough information to keep you interested but not the info dump that many first books give you.
On to the second book......
PJV Quickie: Welcome to ‘Grimspace’ a crazy, fast-paced, science fiction ride that made me think “Why did I wait this long to read this particular series?” I’m so glad I “read” this audiobook.
In ‘Grimspace’, the genius that is Ann Aguirre (Enclave), introduces us to a science fiction world in which people with a rare J-Gene are able to travel through Grimspace, the new navigators of the future. Their rare ability is sought after far and wide. Sirantha Jax is a carrier of the gene. She knows the more she jumps, the closer she is to her body wearing down and imminent death, but there is nothing like grimspace and the connection she has with her pilot while transporting her ships. But, Sirantha’s latest jump didn’t go as planned and a crash landing killed her pilot and lover and left her with no memory of what happened and in some kind of Corp reconditioning/interrogation area.
On the brink of a breakdown because of the interrogations a strange man breaks into her cell and offers her freedom. March’s breakout comes with a high price though, she must join a small outlying community and help them break-up the Corp’s monopoly on grimspace travel.
This was a very exciting book. Jax and March are great characters and their interactions are priceless. Sirantha has a witty humor, with that sharp-edged sarcasm that I really enjoy in a character. I enjoyed every minute of this book. Aguirre has become one of my favorite authors with her quirky plots and over-the-top creativity. The women definitely has an imagination and that seeped into every aspect of this audiobook / novel. The far-reaching aspects of the science fiction might be a little much for some more down-to-earth readers, but I do believe if you are a fan of the genre, or an Urban Fantasy reader, you’ll really enjoy. I also have to relate that this book is not a “tell-me” science fiction tale. Aguirre introduces you to the world in a very creative and easy to follow way, it is not page after page of technogarbage forced down your throat that can bog down a lot of science fiction novels. Aguirre just tells it like it is and you get it, you understand what is going on. This is a rare talent in an author and I believe this is why I really enjoy her books.
Adults-only read, this is a science fiction novel and fans of the genre will be elated with the space travel and broad political schemes. This is a good transition for Urban Fantasy fans also, because it is very reminiscent of that genre. Ann Aguirre fans will not be disappointed, this is one of her best series.
And now all I can focus on, is getting more of this series…
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Perhaps this would have been better in paper. I've listened to about an hour and a half of this, and I won't go further. The main character is supposed to be in her 30s, but the narrator sounds like a petulant 13 year old who can't say anything without a sarcastic slant. The male characters all sound female, and what I think are supposed to be British accents are terrible.
As for the story: the heroine's personality and behavior are inconsistent, but oddly certain thoughts are just repetitive. There is lack of creativity, and the characteristics of the future are forced and trite as are the relationships. It's as if the author couldn't let the world just be discovered. It's thrown out of the bag, uninspired, boring, and lazy.
Two things right off the bat:
This narrator has the voice of a fifteen year old
She has a most annoying speech impediment.
This girl has a lazy tongue. Any word she read that starts with "str" comes out as "shhhtr." It is an issue that can be easily corrected with practice and reminders. It drove me crazy throughout the entire book.
Who hired this person? I could strangle the administrator who did! It just ruined one of my favorite stories.
Story: Good solid story but the scenes are disjointed in some parts. Jumpy if you will. Or like looking at an unfinished picture. With a bit more polish this would have been an outstanding book.
Performance: Susan Duff dose an excellent job with the characters bringing each one there own personality and voice. It’s in the narrative that she sometimes sounds as if reading a bed time story to a young one. Injecting action or excitement into the scene sounds rushed or like she is trying to hard.
Keep your eye on this author she will only get better with each book.
No one- ever.
I doubt it. There was just so much wrong with the writing, that I don't think Aguirre could correct it by more practice. The story itself is so convoluted that I had a hard time remembering what the original plot was (it's actually stated in the book, but don't listen to them, it's a lie). There seems to be three story arcs so distinct that I think it would have been better if they were separated into entire different books so that each could be fleshed out more. But it isn't, and as a result, the whole books feels rushed and there is no time to really get to know the world she tried to create. The world itself played no part in the story and the whole book could have just as well taken place on a spaceship (I actually thought it did, until they were "attacked").And then there's the characters. All of them are shallow and inconsistent. All of the friendships and relationship feel forced and contrived. For example, one character does nothing but insult people but Jax immediately likes her because she "can tell she's a good person and is just joking". (really? because it sounds like she's just a b-word) In fact, this happens a lot. Jaz has to explain everyone's personality because if you just went by how they talked, you'd think they were all the same. The "romance" doesn't feel real, either. I never feels the spark between them and it feels like they fall in love more because that's what they're supposed to do. The characters pop in and out as it is convenient and sometimes I completely forget a character exists until they pop in with a convenient explanation that helps save the day.But my biggest complain is that Jax sounded like a stereotypical TV show teenager who is only capable of being emo, angry, or annoying. The moments that were supposed to show us Jax's vulnerable side, just came off like a bored teenager that has nothing better to do than to complain about how horrible their life is (she does this at the weirdest times, too). When she was trying to play the hero, it came off annoying because she tried to be too modest as if to say "look, even though I have this magic power that lets me do this, I'm totally not a mary sue- I'm proving it, watch!"
Maybe it was partially due to the writing style in the book itself, but the way she portrayed the character was so annoying. All of the characters sounded exactly the same and her "male" voices were pretty laughable. I think she tried to do an accent here and there, but it didn't work.
I really wanted to like this book, because romantic space operas available an audio are surprisingly hard to find, but no matter what I did, I couldn't like it. I think that it's only redeeming quality is that whenever Jax has to "jump", it makes me imagine her as a tiny mass relay (even though she's not the beacon herself, but still).
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