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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.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Dafney A. Davis Crown City, Ohio USA 11-25-15
    Dafney A. Davis 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....😎

    19 of 21 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!

    10 of 11 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane L. Burns 11-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "loved this book..."
    Where does Illuminae rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened to.


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

    Once I got into it a while, it was hard to turn my car off and go into work!


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't a fan of the swear word censoring but got used to it quickly. Loved the way the story was told...very different and entertaining.
    Give this a couple chapters and you will be hooked.

    4 of 4 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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    lala 04-13-16
    lala 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Illuminae to be better than the print version?

    For me personally yes, because the audio production was top notch!


    What other book might you compare Illuminae to and why?

    Any of the Starbound series, they have similar sarcasm..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ezra joking about the guy's sister. "I'm so tired, your sister wore me out"


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

    BITEME


    Any additional comments?

    Sooo normally I don't even leave reviews. I just rate the stars and keep it moving. But this book was sooo easy to listen to! I lost sleep staying up so I could find out what was going to happen next. I'm a definite Amie fan due to my minor obsession with the Starbound series so I was intrigued by illuminae based solely on the fact that she was the co-author. If you enjoyed Starbound I am pretty positive you will get hooked into this book as well. There's plenty of sarcasm (which I love in books) and the performers really deliver it naturally. I felt like I was listening to the conversations I have with my friends. There are also enough plot twists, tense/emotional moments that your attention is captured the entire time. As for the edited curse words someone complained about, I actually enjoyed this feature because I feel it stayed true to the layout of the paper version of the book. In an official report they would have been bleeped out those words as well.
    Now to the performance and production..STANDING OVATION! I listen to ALOT of audio books and I mean ALOT. It was sooo enjoyable and easy to listen to this. I felt like it was a truly complete audio performance. Many of the audio books I've listened to are just narrative and nothing else. Which if the narrator is versatile with their voice still makes for a good listen. Buttttt the extra voices and background noises/music in this recording made this such an engaging listen! It was like hearing a sound drama(like the kind they used t play on the radio), rather than just a book narrative. I HATE that I have to wait for the release of Gemina, I can only hope the audio recording for it will be as good as Illuminae.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jaqe 11-09-15
    Jaqe 11-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    liltxtwister Texas 10-25-15
    liltxtwister Texas 10-25-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Edited curse words was frustrating........"

    I enjoyed the action packed story and the narration was very good, but I can't say it blew me away. It was annoying when there was a curse word said, it was edited out with no sound. This took away from the enjoyment of listening to the book. It was frustrating to me and could kind of take you out of the flow of the story at times. I may have enjoyed reading this one more, instead of listening to it. I think if a book is edited in any way it should be known ahead of time. I know I could have returned it to audible, but it was a good story!

    50 of 65 people found this review helpful

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