©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...
Seeing that this is only my fourth Audiobook, the Mass Effect books have been my favorite so far. I enjoy the Mass Effect universe and this particular book has been my favorite so far!
omg so many great moments. ill list my top 3.
3. Jillians outburst in the cafeteria.
2. The escape from Omega with the help of Lemm'Shal nar Teslya (when on Pilgrimage).
1. The end battle with Cerberus and the Idenna. Grayson's change of heart & Jillians change in mood.
I have, this story was one of my all time favorites! he nailed it! I really felt the emotion over the voices he depicted for each character.
I did! There were so many great moments. the story of Jillian and how Cerberus wanted to experiment on her was cruel, but at the same time you can feel the emotion behind Cerberus's actions. The story was excellent!
Easily one of my favorite books. Excellent read/listen. the story and background on the characters was excellent! The story was not what i was expecting either. I thought it was going to take another direction, but following Jillian through the Ascension Project was incredibly enjoying!
Since Quarians are my favorite race, i thoroughly enjoyed the background on their species and learned a lot of their way of life aboard the Migrant Fleet.
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
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.
I AM the Platypus Man!
Like the first book in Drew Karpyshyn's Mass Effect novel series, Mass Effect: Ascension is set in the world of the Mass Effect video games. Unlike the first book, however, I felt that Ascension was more able to stand alone. It had far fewer "infodump" sequences and because the first Mass Effect game had already been released by this point (unlike with Revelation), it actually felt like more a part of the galaxy than its predecessor. In addition, while two of the three main characters of Revelation (David Anderson and Saren) were main characters in the first game, the only character from the games to appear in Ascension is The Illusive Man, the leader of Cerberus (and he wouldn't appear until Mass Effect 2, released after this book).
The entirety of Revelation seemed to be hinting at plot points that would become important in the first game, but this book was able to stand more on its own merits with its own story. It also manages to tell a larger and, in my opinion, a more interesting story. The quarians, seen primarily through video game character Tali'Zorah, were seriously fleshed out in this book, a touch I particularly enjoyed. That said, while this book is more its own entity than Revelation and can be enjoyed for its science fiction action, it's still not something I'd recommend for people who aren't already fans of the video games.
Like the first book, the narration by David Colacci was good. Not great or anything to write home about in terms of narrators, but he covered a wide range of individual voices and I had no problems listening to it for many hours.
If you like the Mass Effect series, this is a great story!
The narration was OK, there were several miss pronunciations too big for me to let slide and some of his voices were a bit too funny to fit into the story.
Words can not describe how good this story was, it takes place after the events that took place on the citadel after the first mass effect game and once again we meet collie, she happens to be working on a project that Cerberus a secret pro human Organization thinks could be the key to putting humanity over all other species in the galaxy, not to put any spoilers but the connections it had with the characters and the events as to the situation it had me tearing up a few times, the whole mass effect series game wise was a great story had many Easter eggs and plenty of great mini stories that kind of made you wish they went a little more into it, I would more then suggest this story as well to any one mostly fan, if your new I'd say start with the first story so you get an idea and if you want to play the first mass effect game you'd be continuing where you left off from in the first story to this 3 book series.
I'd recommend this to others who enjoy the Mass Effect universe. It gives some interesting insights into the Illusive Man & Cerberus, but is otherwise only tangentially connected with the games.
I found the narration to be near perfect - great pacing, great characterization.
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.
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