Finding Life on Mars

A Novel of Isolation
Narrated by: Jennifer Jill Araya
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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When the last man on Earth reveals he has a nuclear weapon pointed at the tiny Martian colony, the colonists can only survive by working together. Jaye, a Trueborn Child of Mars, isn’t like her father, Merlin. Like all the Trueborn, she is cursed with perfect memory and deep sensitivity. But not even the knowledge that Merlin killed her mother can change the fact: They need each other for more than survival.

©2018 - Jason Dias (P)2019 Jason Dias

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If You are Fascinated by Space Listen to This Book

I intially almost passed this book by but so glad I read the synopsis and listened to the narrator. I really enjoyed the narration and story. I love the setting in space and many of the social issues it brings up that are relavent today.
It was a quick listen and I have already suggested it to a few friends. I will be revisiting this book in the future.

I really enjoyed the possibility of the last man on earth being a lunatic. When I heard that part I was hooked!

This month seems to be the month of space for me. I have also been listening to The Martian and reading The Splintered Silence. If you like either of these I think you will enjoy this book.

I received this audiobook at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Like Mars, then make this your next read...

Yeah, I have to admit it... although I've been a SF/F fan most of my life, it wasn't til I read "The Martian" by Andy Weir, that I actually gave any serious thought to Mars, and what colonizing it would look like. And no, the Edgar Rice Burroughs, Barsoom novels that I read in high school don't really count... I haven't read everything that's out there, but I do find myself perking up now when I see "Mars" in the title...
I really enjoyed this interesting take on what a colony might look like... A colony abandoned before it really got started, a colony of limited resources and dwindling population. No replenishment ship is coming, and Earth's been completely ravaged by bad politics and climate change. Plus now a maniac, possibly the last man on earth, is threatening their very existence... Jason Dias made an interesting choice when writing the book, the children born on Mars are born different with Hyperthymesia and possibly somewhat on the autistic spectrum, because of their differences they've created a self-imagined obstacle which makes heartfelt communication almost impossible. So not only are they dealing with the threat from earth, but they have to overcome all barriers including themselves to survive...
Jennifer Jill Araya was able to pull off this challenging book with aplomb, giving each character the voice they needed to tell their part of the story...
So if you like stories like The Martian (Andy Weir), The Lady Astronaut of Mars (Mary Robinette Kowal), and Retrograde (Peter Cawdron), you might want to make this your next read... This audiobook was good!

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Finding Life - Discover Yourself

Jason Dias has created an excellent story with deep characters. This book is very engaging with great storytelling.
Jennifer Jill Araya does an excellent job bringing this story to life. I really felt invested in the characters.

Would highly recommend this story. Well worth the price however you need to pay.

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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very good book

cant wait for the sequel. this book stands alone, but I'm anticipating more to come.

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Autism on Mars - a unique story

This was a very interesting Mars colony story. I do love Mars as a setting and have enjoyed many stories set there, yet this tale had a new spin to it. A colony ship filled with middle-aged humans made their desperate way to Mars, hoping to start a colony there, expecting more to follow them. However, Earth was too far down into it’s final death spiral. Yet the new colonists were surprised to have children, yet all of those children aren’t like them; all are autistic to some degree and none are sure why.

The story is told by Jaye, a woman in her early 20s and one of the first Trueborns (those born on Mars). She doesn’t do well with emotions; in fact, she’s in denial of her own deep feelings. Her ability to feel and yet to also shove those feelings aside and think critically make her a formidable character. And that is exactly what this tiny colony needs now, with an unexpected threat looming over them all.

Then there’s the mushrooms – hooray! Fungus will save us all! Well, it will save a few humans on Mars at any rate. I did find it odd that the colonists weren’t jumping up and down at the Mars mushroom more; after all it appears to be the key to terraforming. So I would have enjoyed having this part of the story expanded upon and seeing more reaction from the colonists. After all, not much happens on Mars (as long as things are going well). So this would be a novel, new thing.

My one real complaint for the story is the cover art. Really, it’s the big band of pink on the side of the audiobook cover that bothers me. It’s like using a pink ribbon to mark babies as female, because we might not otherwise notice a female on the cover of a science fiction novel.

Pretty good story. 4.5/5 stars.

The Narration: Jennifer Jill Araya was great at this tale. She had a good range of voices and put them to great use. She voices Jaye perfectly. Her male character voices sounded masculine. The pacing was spot on & there were no technical issues with this recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review courtesy of Audiobookworm Tours.

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Life in a Mars Colony

Generally speaking, post-apocalyptic tales are dark and tense and any sense of attachment comes from the people trying to survive against all odds. That’s certainly true of Finding Life on Mars but the friction between the original colonists from Earth and the generation that was born on Mars brings a whole new level of anxiety.

Earth has essentially died and, while that was expected, the colonists didn’t realize just how bad things were and that they would be the only ones to survive. They’ve made a life for themselves on Mars and have raised families but the Landers will die out before much longer. The Trueborns, those born on Mars, are of a different sort all together with somewhat rigid personalities and little empathy. Will these two groups be able to come together in the common cause of stopping a madman bent on destroying everything or will this be their last chance to understand and love each other in spite of their differences?

Narrator Jennifer Jill Araya is new to me but I was impressed with her ability to make Jaye more personable than she really is and it was her performance that kept me engaged with the story, despite her having to maintain a nearly robotic monotone. While I enjoyed the tale, I think I would have had more difficulty connecting with Jaye if I had read this visually. Still, Mr. Dias has left me thinking about the importance of the human personality and the need for emotional connections.

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cool story

the story was really good I'm glad I picked this one up cant 2aot from more from this writer

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Very well done

I was very much impressed with the way the whole book played out. Seeing everything from the point of view of a colony new "Martians" with the little changes the planet brings out. The Narrator did a good job of keeping me involved in the story and bringing it all to life. Definitely an author and narrator I will seek out in the future. I received a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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Good story the unfolds naturally

This is a good book which develops in a logical, yet not totally predictable fashion. It does make you think about where we as a world are headed. The narration is great! It doesn't detract from the story at all. It adds to it. I was expecting a bit more science than it had. This is the first book (which I requested promising to review it) from this author, so I'm not completely sure what genre he typically writes from. I read it in 2 days, so that should help you know how that I enjoyed it.

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Eulogy for Earth

Earth is dead, one of the last residents is wanting the rest of the colonists to be destroyed with them. Life was never supposed prosper on Mars. Especially human life. Also, what does it mean to be human. This book is has philosophical and emotional tones that weave an interesting narrative. I definitely enjoyed the deep thoughts this provoked and recommend a listen.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 03-19-19

Somebody’s been watching too much ‘Star Trek’

This is a very painful poignant book and not half bad. The performance given is excellent and just right for this book. The reader seems to connect with the central character so that you feel what she feels through the voice of the reader. However while the book isn’t half bad it is way far from perfect. There are two things I find irritating about it. There’s the usual quite unimaginative delivery of dialogue but we’ve been there before and the other i this. The central character is made up of fifty percent woman and fifty percent man which makes ehr human so where do all these difference come from? Why the constant insistance on ehr not being human? Considering the company she keeps is mainly human one wonders why she is so different unless there awas life on mars before the colony got there in which case merlin might well be the father of the central character but the mother must have then been Marsian or otherwise the story of how different she is including lacking a real sense of humour, doesn’t work. Also there are times when she sounds not far off a computer giving orders and specific facts which is kind of irritating. her story though is very real and very poignant as I have already stated. Overall, not a bad read.