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Illuminae Audiobook

Illuminae: The Illuminae Files, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016

For fans of Marie Lu and James Dashner comes the first book in an epic new series.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she'd have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents - including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more - Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

©2015 Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (P)2015 Listening Libary

What the Critics Say

"Brace yourself. You're about to be immersed in a mindscape that you'll never want to leave." (Marie Lu, New York Times best-selling author of the Legend trilogy)

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Katheryne MD, United States 11-30-15
    Katheryne MD, United States 11-30-15 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Romantic Space Opera"

    This book is so unique that it is almost impossible to explain it. Told through interviews, emails, instant messages, translated video footage and an AI (Artificial Intelligence) named AIDAN it felt more like a congressional investigation than a YA novel. But don’t be turned off by that explanation. It’s so much more – there is romance, mystery, action, government conspiracies, sci-fi fantasy, etc. It was a unique and wonderful space opera and I loved every minute of this listen. It’s one of the most original books out there today. I bought the print version as well for all the diagrams and pictures that can’t be experienced through audio. This is the rare book that both print and audio come together so perfectly.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    ddavis.97 Crown City, Ohio USA 11-25-15
    ddavis.97 Crown City, Ohio USA 11-25-15 Member Since 2011

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    "AWESOME!"
    What made the experience of listening to Illuminae the most enjoyable?

    The four readers really added to the realization of the story


    What other book might you compare Illuminae to and why?

    The Pentagon Papers because the book is written like declassified government documents. I've never read a book written like this. It's a pretty cool format!


    Any additional comments?

    In other reviews, people are commenting that the audio version has been edited and the profanity beeped out. This is not the case. I read the book in ARC. It's is written like a released confidential government report. The swear words are blacked out in the text which is why they are beeped out in the audio. In my opinion, this doesn't ruin the story at all. If a story requires swearing to keep the reader's attention, it's probably not a very good story to begin with. Just saying....😎

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Caitie F 12-07-15
    Caitie F 12-07-15
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    "Best book of the year has the best audio as well"

    This is by far the best book I have read in 2015 and the audio production is incredible as well.

    The full cast adds so much to it and the sound effects build the tension.

    The writing in this book is incredible as are the characterizations and the plot. It is smart, funny, and absolutely thrilling.

    This is a great choice for anyone who likes adventure, space, love, or humor. It has it all.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JP 12-01-15
    JP 12-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Highest production values I have ever heard"
    Any additional comments?

    If they adapted this into a movie, only James Cameron could do this book justice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jaqe 11-09-15
    Jaqe 11-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW"

    AMAZING story, FANTASTIC performance. Talk about emotional roller coaster. It is a bit difficult to adjust to the radio theatre type narration, but once you've got the hang of it,.you're golden. Can't wait for the next book.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 10-31-15
    Margaret 10-31-15
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    Really enjoyed this book. This production is beautifully executed and very immersive. The many voices make the characters come alive - almost like watching a good movie!

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    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 03-22-17
    Russell Keswick, ON, Canada 03-22-17
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    "Great Book, Best Ensemble Narrator Recording"

    I bought two highly rated books on sale. One of the titles drew me in for a first look but unfortunately the main premise was so contrived and unrealistic I couldn't get past the first hour. Who knew the book entitled "Illuminae" was going to rock my world.

    Normally I am happy with a single narrator who can cleverly alter their voice. That would not have worked here. This piece was made for an ensemble recording as we get several perspectives from various people and an artificial intelligence via email, interview transcriptions, memos, and recorded security footage.

    The added sound effects and occasional piece of music combined with excellent writing made this such an enjoyable ride, I actually carefully controlled my time with the book occasionally stopping and waiting a day to just soak in the moments and not have this great adventure over too quickly. Of course, I've also been known to hoover down the whole bowl of chocolates in one sitting, so starting this at a different time, I might be confessing to a binge listen right now.

    An illegal mining colony is brutally attacked by a conglomerate who feel that if they wipe out all the colonists, they won't be held accountable. They are banking on the company doing the illegal mining not wanting to be exposed. Our high school heroine makes it onto a United Terran Authority battle cruiser that happened to be in the area. This damaged ship and a couple of science vessels need to run for it and tell the verse (universe) about this brutal attack. Unfortunately an undamaged conglomerate battleship is chasing them and is destined to catch up.

    The wrinkles in this mix are a deadly weaponized virus carried onto one of the ships by the exposed colonists and a damaged Artificial Intelligence responsible for saving lives that decides to destroy the one ship containing the virus for the greater good. All this unfolds with a teenage love story at the center.

    The multiple perspectives you get from various players and from people looking at the archived footage makes this a much richer story. If you have never experienced a top notch ensemble narrated piece - get this audio-book. It is certainly a different type of listening experience than most of the single narrated ones that have been the staple for the majority of spoken books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonas Rapid City 10-28-15
    Jonas Rapid City 10-28-15 Member Since 2015

    I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!

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    "Mind + Illuminae = Blown"
    If you could sum up Illuminae in three words, what would they be?

    Cataclysmic
    Imaginitive
    Awesomeness


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I honestly felt the most for AIDAN. I was equally scared of what he might do and remorsing his life playing out


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when AIDAN and Grant were sharing a moment at the end after the Lincoln arrived and the Infected were trying still to desperately get at her.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Survive the black to show the light


    Any additional comments?

    This is a re-read for sure. Normally I buy audio books because I think I might take too long to read, but in this case, I'll be looking for a physical copy.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Sham IRVINE, US, Canada 08-01-16
    Sham IRVINE, US, Canada 08-01-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Much better read than listened to"
    Where does Illuminae rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great story but much better read than listened to because of the unusual format and interesting and different presentation in book format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the format


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    didn't listen to it, I read it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, it is definitely a page turner.ed


    Any additional comments?

    buy the book not the audio

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allison Armstrong 05-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome story and performance"

    So good and so suspenseful. I loved the way it was presented like a series of documents. It made me think and the story while sci fi seemed plausible incorporating elements of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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