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Six Wakes Audiobook

Six Wakes

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A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer - before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died. Maria's vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn't the only one to die recently....

©2017 Mur Lafferty (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Blaise Freeman Siler City, NC, USA 02-26-17
    Blaise Freeman Siler City, NC, USA 02-26-17
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    "clever concept and plot structure"

    The author did a good job simultaneously unwrapping both the mystery of "who done it" and the mystery of the science-fiction of her world.

    I was also impressed to notice after finishing the book that the author did the narration. That almost never works. I'm glad I didn't notice that earlier or else I would never have bought the book but the author did a great job!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly K. Pope 03-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Would greatly benefit from a pro narrator."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This imaginative story would greatly benefit from a professional narrator who would voice the characters in a distinctive manner and in general bring it to life.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    c US 05-01-17
    c US 05-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The story sounded interesting"

    It probably is interesting... but the narration kills it. She's not *horrible* but her voice gets monotonous. Nothing changes from one character to another. There's inflection - but it's like someone reading their child a bedtime story.

    Most authors should invest in a professional to read their books, as very few can do it well themselves. Listen closely to the sample: that's continuous. I wish I'd paid attention to the reviews.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Elisabeth Carey 05-07-17
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    "A locked room murder mystery in space"

    Maria Arena is one of the six crew members of the generation starship Dormire.

    Like the other five crew members, she's a clone. Clones at this time have some specific rights, and some specific limitations on their rights, compared to non-clones, who are simply called "humans."

    While waking up in a cloning vat isn't unusual, it is unusual to to wake up covered in blood, and to have no memory of how you died. It's even more unusual to discover you and four other members of the crew have been murdered, and the sixth crew member, the captain, is lying in the medical bay injured and in a coma. But her new clone has been awakened, too, making one of them an illegal copy.

    They've been en route nearly twenty-five years, and the mind maps they presumably made in that interval have all been wiped. One of them is a murderer, and they have no idea which one or why, and they have no memories of the quarter century of time they've spent in space together and the events that may have led up to the crime.

    After that, every additional piece of information they get makes things worse.

    They have a cargo full of passengers in cryogenic storage, nearly two centuries to go in their journey to the world they're to colonize, and oh yes, it turns out they all have motives for murder, and criminal records that successful completion of this trip would have wiped out.

    They aren't, as they were told, a crew carefully selected to be successful together.

    And the ship's AI is turning them around, to head back to Earth, where they could all be executed.

    Generation starship, clones, strong AI, and a murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.

    Can they solve it before the return to Earth is irreversible? Or before whoever the killer is does it again?

    It's a very character-driven story with the sf elements, cloning, AI, and centuries-long star travel, all essential to the plot. All the characters are flawed; they've all done bad things in their past. And they all have real strengths.

    Highly recommended.

    I bought this audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JR. Forasteros Dayton, OH 11-22-17
    JR. Forasteros Dayton, OH 11-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Murder Mystery in Space! With Clones!"

    this is an incredibly creative and enjoyable work. Excellently written, brilliantly imagined and just overall incredibly enjoyable. Highest recommendation.

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    Kathleen Gilbert 11-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing what-if about the far future of cloning"

    I’ve been reading science fiction for 50 years so I’ve seen a lot of plot lines. This book made me lose sleep!
    The basis of this book is an exploration of cloning, but it includes the legality, the science, the psychology, and the masterful writing style made this an amazing, thought-provoking book.
    I actually enjoyed it as an Audible book, read by the author and her voice made it even more special.
    I highly recommend this book to any sci-fi reader but also to any poli-sci, philosophy or even legal studies reader. This book has it all!!!

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    Labor Lawyer Atlanta 11-02-17
    Labor Lawyer Atlanta 11-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Almost never give a 5 - Thoughtful and Fun."

    Lafferty combines thoughtful questions about the ethics of cloning, AIs, discrimination and faith into a fun romp.I hated putting the story down. Interesting that a often humorous book includes lot of violence, drama, and who done it, along with questions about the rights of clones, genetic manipulation, etc.

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    Anonymous 10-25-17
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    "good story mediocre narrator"

    I quite enjoy a good murder mystery and the Sci-Fi element really help this story along.

    The good.
    the story is a pretty interesting sci-fi world and the author does a great job introducing some pretty complicated Concepts quickly and effectively.
    The murder mystery is a tight who done it which should leave you guessing right up until the end.
    I was very interested by the hence that the author drop stripped book as to who done it. I wish I had marked them down on pad of paper to keep track and I think I could have worked out who the killer or killers were, if I had sat down and thought about it.

    The bad.
    my only real complaint with this audiobook is with the narrator. the narrator performs her job admirably and has a good pronunciation of many not English words, always a plus. my only real complaint is that there is not much done to differentiate characters from one another so I often forgot who was narrating at the time, the point of view character changes frequently.

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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 10-17-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging, complex murder mystery in space"

    Mur Lafferty's Six Wakes is a fascinating murder mystery that takes place on a colony ship with only six crew and an AI. The story begins with 5 of the 6 "waking" up from a cloning process only to discover that they appear to be 25 years into a 400 year mission, but with no memory of the intervening time (their mind maps were reconstructed from the start of the mission). Most of the ship's logs have also been wiped. The captain is found in a coma with severe head trauma, while the remainder had been stabbed, poisoned, or hanged. The story involves a reconstruction of the events leading up to the gruesome events. Each crewman has a secret past with run-ins with the law as they are the only individuals who would sign on to crew a ship for 400 years being cloned every 30 to 40 years in exchange for complete pardons.

    The sci-fi elements involve routine space travel, with the cloning process resulting in adult bodies into which a "mind map" of the individual is inserted with the potential for much abuse. Time is spent with many issues and concerns that have arisen throughout its history such that restrictive laws are in place that impact future action. At the same time, each crewman has a secret past that is gradually disclosed to reveal a truly diabolical plot of enormous proportions. This is a wonderful mashup of Richard K Morgan's "resleeving" and Dan Simmons' Hyperion in the setting of an intricate murder mystery.

    The narration is a major deficiency. "Auto-narration" is infrequently handled well, except for comedic storylines where timing and delivery are crucial for the humor to come through. In this case, there is little to no character distinction. Pacing, tone, and mood are equally non-existent. The story is simply read, rather than spoken with feeling and intensity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drenda 09-28-17
    Drenda 09-28-17
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    "Author reading"

    She should have let a professional read the book. The story was good. The Arthur's tone deafness and lack of infliction really brings you out the story.

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