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Perilous Waif Audiobook

Perilous Waif: Alice Long, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different.

When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that. I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut, and try to blend in. Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons. What would they do if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn't do anything?

Then I messed up and gave myself away.

Now I'm on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won't try too hard to find me. Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space. Kidnappers, slavers, pirates, and yakuza - no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me.

Good thing I'm not as helpless as I look.

©2017 E. William Brown (P)2017 E. William Brown

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    matthew 04-13-17
    matthew 04-13-17 Member Since 2010
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    "an enjoyable peek at coming of age tomorrow"

    good work on drifting into a future without falling down all the traps of post humanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 04-04-17
    Michael 04-04-17 Member Since 2010

    I Enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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    "Amazing."

    This audiobook was quite a ride, thinking about it this story reminded me a lot of the movie Treasure Planet (not the plot though or aliens – more of the feel). Treasure Planet that is for mature audiences (there are no explicit sex scenes) which include an interesting take on AI and Genetic engineering, also has a neat implementation on interstellar travel, and the protagonist is just a bit overpowered (I think some would say Mary Sue-like qualities). (No aliens in the book as far as I could tell). This book is fun – action packed, and most of all an interesting perspective on humanities future.

    Overall (4.5/5)

    The performance was good, but I think the narrator got a bit excitable in places. I noticed this at the beginning, but there were a few instances in which the narrator speeds up when something exciting is happening – the speed is up all right, but it felt like some of the words were not being enunciated correctly or wholly. I usually listen to books at 2x speed but had to lower the speed to 1.7x to cope with the bursts of excitability. The voice of the narrator fits rather well with the story, and production was good. Note – I am not saying that emotion is bad – I am saying that enunciating each word at the same pace and speed of the last is important – having half the sentence end at double the speed of the first half is not good.

    Performance (3.5/5)

    The story is told from one perspective, Alex. This is quite an adventure story, from escaping a mind control regime, visiting strange new places, criminal organisation(s), treasure ships, chase scenes, blowing stuff up – sometimes with small nukes, and a few learning montages. People in this society are in some ways designed; there is a fascinating exploration of AI development and also Nanotechnology + some genetic engineering. The story explores these technologies – but I would not classify this as hard science fiction. Alex is different – but does that mean she is not human or is it just a next step? While this book has a lot of cool concepts going on and is very imaginative, the author gives a well-paced story, that is the story came first the cool ideas second.

    Story (4.5/5)

    Having read both the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook – I feel like both are mostly on par with each other.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 04-06-17
    Frank 04-06-17 Member Since 2011

    IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...

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    "Love the book a new type of Space story"

    Both the story and and the narrator combine for an enjoyable listening experience.

    I look forward to the next in the series.

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    Amazon Customer 04-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    starts off as a girl wanting to get away from an oppressive society and ends with battlesuit combat. touches on mind hacking, biological engineering, ai, lower scale aircraft rights etc . very nice twist to the genre

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 04-26-17
    Travis Metairie, LA, United States 04-26-17 Member Since 2009

    Love: Dresden Files, Super Powereds

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    "Great fun"

    I really liked it. It seems to start off as a young adult novel but picks up a more serious tone pretty quickly. The tech introduced was original and interesting. Narration was spot on.

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    CAS SOUTHEAST 04-26-17
    CAS SOUTHEAST 04-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "vary good listen"

    I enjoyed this book more than any future-space book I have read in a long time and listening to it was even better . The narrator is really a good fit with this book .

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    Chess dilettante 04-26-17
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    "pretty amazing"

    well the story isn't at all like Sword Art Online it's almost like having that quality up anime uploaded into your brain via text. one really cool thing was how so many parts of this fictional future seemed plausible. awsomeness.

    WARNING: some taboo sexual stuff. For example the main character discovers she is into girls and guys.

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    Amazon Customer 04-22-17
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    "I look forward to the next book"

    Okay, I don't normally start a series until multiple books are out and oopsed buying this one, but I am not sorry. I loved the story and the narrator was great for this character. Despite the fact that the character was more everything than anyone else. the author did it in a way that had you liking her too. I actually look forward to seeing her development in the next book.

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    John United States 04-22-17
    John United States 04-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"

    A uniquely original and exciting sci-fi universe that is extraordinarily well thought out. Eagerly awaiting the next installment from the author.

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    David 04-21-17
    David 04-21-17
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    "Starts slow, but a good exciting story after that"
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    Listed as a series, but there is only one book so far (just my luck). Looking forward to follow on books. Good adventure story if you can dig through the jargon of the technology (might be a problem for some). But the story moves right along after the ground work is laid.

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  • Gebdis
    4/25/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Couldn't put it down.

    Listened to it in two days.

    Only stopped to sleep.

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ryan
    4/19/17
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    Great story, very intricate world, narrator totally sold it can't wait for the next one.

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