• Mass Effect: Retribution

  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,278 ratings)

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Mass Effect: Retribution

By: Drew Karpyshyn
Narrated by: David Colacci
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Humanity has reached the stars, joining the vast galactic community of alien species. But beyond the fringes of explored space lurk the Reapers, a race of sentient starships bent on "harvesting" the galaxy's organic species for their own dark purpose. The Illusive Man, leader of the pro-human black ops group Cerberus, is one of the few who know the truth about the Reapers. To ensure humanity's survival, he launches a desperate plan to uncover the enemy's strengths---and weaknesses---by studying someone implanted with modified Reaper technology. He knows the perfect subject for his horrific experiments: former Cerberus operative Paul Grayson, who wrested his daughter from the cabal's control with the help of Ascension project director Kahlee Sanders. But when Kahlee learns that Grayson is missing, she turns to the only person she can trust: Alliance war hero Captain David Anderson.

Together they set out to find the secret Cerberus facility where Grayson is being held. But they aren't the only ones after him. And time is running out. As the experiments continue, the sinister Reaper technology twists Grayson's mind. The insidious whispers grow ever stronger in his head, threatening to take over his very identity and unleash the Reapers on an unsuspecting galaxy.

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Good sequel to a great series.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, In my opinion this is the weakest book in the series, but does have important information in it to continue Kahlee's story. The beginning of the book was great, but it felt like it dragged on towards the end.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have liked to see Graysons struggle with the reapers come to an end by Grayson overpowering them one last time in a glorious burst of pure will to protect the ones he loves. His struggle with the reapers was painful enough to go through, this would have been an excellent ending.

What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

David really captures every character perfectly. They are just how I imagined them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed two major parts of the story. One is the invasion of Cerberus by the Turians. that was incredible to experience. The other was Paul Graysons struggle with the Reapers. The sheer will of graysons unforgiving attitude towards them really put things into perspective.

Any additional comments?

Overall a good read. The story in my opinion dragged on towards the end, but the main bulk of the story was incredible. A must read for the series.

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Read if you like action and Mass Effect

If you like the Mass Effect universe and want a bit more it's worth a read but doesn't dive too deep into it. Gives more insight into Cerberus, the illusive man and their experiments on humans and a few of the side characters. Its a decent fast pace quick read action thriller but hard to recommend if you not familiar with the Mass Effect lore. Good conclusion to the trilogy

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Was Okay....

I like the Mass Effect video games, and I decided to give a ME novel a try. This book was surprisingly dry. It really didn't add anything to the overall Mass Effect universe.

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Illogical main characters. Poorly written.

I'm not sure why I bothered to suffer through to the third book. The main characters go through extreme twists of logic to justify illogical choices. Lots of false choices presented to create drama but instead just make me reverently with someone will manage to kill the main characters off to put me out of my misery. The romance angle is horrible as well.

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Probably the best book in the series

Would you consider the audio edition of Mass Effect: Retribution to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but the narrater was great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mass Effect: Retribution?

The storyline was well written again like the other two books in the series. I loved that the storyline following the timeline of where Shepherd was working for the Illusive Man in Mass Effect 2.

What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He just knows how to read a book and make the story come alive.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There wasn't a part of the story I didn't like.

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Surprisingly Entertaining

I am not a big consumer of science fiction, but having Mass Effect on the brain after the release of ME3, I picked this book up for a long drive over the weekend. I came away impressed, and quite happy with the depth this book added to the Mass Effect universe without featuring any of the main cast of the Mass Effect games.

Criminal organizations, double-crosses and mad science fit together perfectly in this (relatively) gritty story full of interesting characters with reasonable motivations. I was surprised at how grounded the story was, despite the sci-fi setting.

I didn't listen to Mass Effect: Ascension, the previous chapter of this story, but was able to pick up on the plot and the characters quite easily. While your enjoyment of the story may be enhanced by starting with Ascension, it certainly isn't necessary. That said, a general understanding of the Mass Effect universe is helpful in understanding some of the more complicated political intrigue.

I recommend this book for anyone looking for a solid Mass Effect fix when they can't be playing the game. Unlike a few others of this genre (Halo and Gears of War novels), this story held my interest entirely despite (or perhaps even because of) the fact that I wasn't following Commander Shepard, Garrus or Tali, but rather other interesting characters in the universe.

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AWESOME

Karpyshyn knows SciFi. He is great, excellent, awesome. This book has to be one of the best I have listened to this year and I have listened to over 200 SciFi books in the past year. Given the choice between dowloading this book and almost any other SciFi book, you should pick this one. You will not be disappointed.

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Nice Filler Between the Games

The common characters between the books and games gives a bit more depth to the games side characters and a bit more to the game. It is well written and a good performance.

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is there more afterwards?

good 3 book story kept me interested. problem is it just stops at book 3 with nothing else to follow.

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pretty good story

story is pretty good. somethings don't follow how it was handled in the previous book. some of the things the protagonist does doesn't seemed earned. still wishing for more books