©2008 Drew Karpyshyn; (P)2008 Tantor
I love hard Sci-Fi and Fantasy. And I pepper in there a few Bios.
This book covers the the space of time from the end of ME1 and the Start of ME2. This is done from the inner workings of Cerberus and their machinations in respect to creating superior biotics. I won't go into anymore detail but to say this let's you see the Illusive Man from a different perspective.
I gave it 3*'s due to David Colacci I think this is better read than the last ME book. However I think it would have been better served if they divided up the feminine voices to a female, Mr. Colacci's female voice grates on me.
I very much enjoyed both Mass Effect books and wished that there was a bit more depth to story and character resulting in 20 to 40 more hours of listening enjoyment. I have played Mass Effect on a high powered PC through several times, each time with a little different strategy. The audio books very much enhanced the enjoyment of the game and vise versa. The result is I intend to purchase Mass Effect 2 for PC and any audio book that follows, it's a great combination. Kind of wished I had done that with Halo...
Obviously, only fans of the Mass Effect game(s) need apply here. For those people, this is a great supplement to them and contributes much to the Mass Effect universe.
The previous book in the Mass Effect series was definitely better. Some previously smart characters made a few really dumb decisions in this book. That said, the sections with the Quarians, one of my favorite species from the games, were really excellent.
Mass Effect - the game, is a mulch-layered universe - featuring multiple alien societies striving to co-exist. The book is somehow less deep than the game. While I enjoyed the story - it focused mostly on human characters and didn't delve too deeply into the alien races - though it did touch upon some (and at times seemed to be at odds with the information available in the game).
Also - one of the main characters in the book had a small part in the game, however her name was pronounced differently in the recording - which drove me crazy. The voice actors in-game were of such superb quality the narration of the book seems to suffer because I can "hear" how different characters "should" sound. Not that I expect one narrator to be capable of reproducing all those voices - it just felt a bit shallow
Yes, David Colacci's performance brought me into the story. His Illusive Man is perfect.
Got this book after enjoying Mass Effect: Retribution. Overall, I didn't enjoy it as much but is still worth it for fans of the games and the story does shed more light on the concept of biotic abilities. I haven't read the first book (revelation?) but this one ties in great with Retribution.
Intriguing, epic, awesome.
It would probably have to be Gillian Grayson. She's borderline autistic but is high-functioning as well but has great potential for her Biotic talents. That's what I think makes her an interesting character.
He was real mellow throughout the book and gave adequate voices for most of the characters.
A certain moment between Gillian and her father. I won't spoil it, it's near the end. But it was quite touching despite the fact the situation was going to hell in a hand basket.
I'd like to see more Mass Effect audiobooks on this site. My son Joseph, my in-house Mass Effect expert, is a huge fan of the games and with these has me interested in learning more about the story of ME.
If you are a Mass Effect fan you are gonna love this book, it is best read after finishing the first ME game and book and before playing Mass Effect 2 (there are some references in the game to the events of the book)...
Even though the stories aren't very important to the main plot of the ME games it's still awesome and even better that way because it shows you how much the ME universe can be expanded on and makes you wish for entire series like this book...
10/10 for the writing, 9/10 for the narrating (it's kinda awkward when the guy imitates female or child voices)
The novel is essential reading for those who have played ME1 and ME2. The book completes many story elements which are not covered in the game.
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