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Adaptation: Book I Audiobook

Adaptation: Book I

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Carmella was still a teen when the Motherships first appeared dotting the skies over the Earth. For years the world tried to normalize while the silent Motherships hovered. And then they arrived, promising that they meant no harm. But within 10 years, 80% of the world's population would be wiped out.

Including everyone that Carmella loved.

The "blobs" took those that survived to another planet called Earth Two. But Carmella was an Earthling and she would kill the hated monsters that had destroyed her world before she would allow them to take her.

Carmella settled into a lonely existence on the now desolate earth - all alone except for her wolf. And then she sees it hiding, watching her - maybe to capture her and remove her from the only thing that she can still call her own - her world.

But Bilal is not like the other Centaurians. He is fully aware that he will never be like the humans that he's grown up with. Earth is the only home he knows and he feels that he is just as much an Earthling as any human. Shunned by his own kind, Bilal travels the Earth trying to capture an essence of the life that he could never be a part of and a world that would never accept him.

When he sees the black woman living all alone, his curiosity gets the best of him. He cannot stop himself from watching her and secretly growing more attached to the human. Bilal's quest to become human brings him to a decision that will forever change the course of human-kind. In an attempt to ease the woman's loneliness - or perhaps a need to recreate himself - Bilal impregnates the woman with his Alien DNA.

©2013, 2014, 2015 Pepper Pace (P)2017 Pepper Pace

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    "The narrator had a very soothing voice. Well done"

    His voice quickly drew you into the story hope he does more for Ms. Pace

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    "Love the Book"

    This book was amazing. It was engaging from page to page. Can't wait for the sequel.

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    Luv2Read 05-01-17
    Luv2Read 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "She Did It Again !!!!#"

    I am never disappointed with one of Ms Pepper Pace ' s books, but this one is so .....ummm. The story is so different from anything I've ever read and I read a lot. It's so full, and captivating. I read the book when it first came out and liked it so much I purchased the audio version. The narrator is perfect for this book. I know it seems I'm all over the place but hearing it on audio has me excited and so ready for adaptation 2. Let's hope it's soon!!!

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    Leslie Flowers 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    I originally purchased this book 5/27/14, and have read it at least ten times. Not because I'm slow, but because each time I read I find out something new!!! Pepper Pace you've never let me down!! The fluidity of your writing makes each character relatable. I found that Carmella and Bilal's hate-love relationship very believable. the fact that they were from two different worlds worked. The narration by Mr. Cohen, only enhanced the book and I look forward to your upcoming titles!!! When I closed my eyes and listened, I felt like I was in the middle of all the action. I definitely appreciated the narrator's ability to offer slight inflections for each character. I wasn't overwhelmed with cartoon like voices. Bravo Girlie, Bravo!!!

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    Johanne 03-28-17
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    "I need Book II !!!!"

    This story had me completely engaged on so many levels...the strength and determination of the protagonist. The compassion and love of the male roles.
    The telling of her story and the emotions it invoked in me were provoking. As a black person, we can easily get caught into the feelings and emotions of what it is like being on the receiving end of racism...not being liked/tolerated because of who we are and maybe what we represent. But here, the idea of trying to sympathize with the main character, who, while not being the one scrutinized for the colour and texture of her skin, she perpetrated those same ideologies on an alien race because of fear, misunderstanding, and misinformation.
    I had to stop the story a few times to think about what I would have done, if I would have behaved differently should I be placed in a similar situation. It was a humble read for me and Ieft me to examine my beliefs.
    One thing remains and is the real test throughout this story...love prevails always!!!!

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    Still naughty 03-18-17
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    "an expressive listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend books that have life lessons in them that are hidden, but are good reads. This book is one of those types of books. The moral lessons are not in your face, but hidden in a good story line. Your subconscious notices them and that helps you to want to read more.


    What other book might you compare Adaptation: Book I to and why?

    I would compare it to M.K Eidem, in regards to how strong the female character is. She really doesn't need anymore development because she is so intelligent that she knows what she needs to do to continue her existence and those that she loves. The male character finds things within themselves that they really didn't know were there, but are happy of the change that is happening, this creates a seamless bond between the male and female character.


    What does Steven Jay Cohen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved him reading this book because of how expressional his voice was. Where as some of the things I would read I wouldn't have put emphasis on. That would have made the book lack a little something that this reader found and put back into the book for me. I felt how much the alien longed for the things that he longed for. Some readers just read the words, but when you find one that puts emotions into it, that is what brings it to life for the listener. Steven Jay Cohen did that for me.


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

    How does a alien with nothing but compassion and curiosity overcome one of total hatred to create a beautiful working relationship?


    Any additional comments?

    I liken this to Diary of a mad black woman, but with aliens. I loved that movie.

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    Blue light 03-17-17
    Blue light 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "that new love"

    It's a Wonderful story wonderful narrator I really fell in love and felt for the woman and the alien that loved her. I really need to be a book two.

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    Lomeraniel Spain 03-09-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 03-09-17
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    "A love story with a different twist"
    Any additional comments?

    I was offered a copy of this book in audio format by the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    The Centaurians, called 'blobs' by the humans, arrived one day in their Mothership with no bad intentions, just sharing, learning and teaching. Their world was destroyed and they were seeking for a place to live. But ten years after their arrival, a deathly virus wiped out eighty percent of the human population. The remaining humans were taken by the Centaurians to a new planet, which they called Earth Two, where they could be surveyed by the Centaurians to try to avoid all the mistakes the humans are prone to.

    Carmella is one of the humans that survived the virus, but refused to be taken to Earth Two, distrusting and hating the 'blobs', she reclaims her life on her planet, even if she has to make it alone.

    The idea of this book was original, and the characters were quite developed. Even though this is considered a science-fiction book, the focus is on the characters, their evolution and their relationships. I enjoyed how natural and complex they felt. I had troubles liking Carmella though, she is bitter, stubborn and distrustful. On the other hand, Bilal is kind, even too much at the beginning of his relationship with Carmella. Nevertheless it is amazing how their relationship evolved, and I am glad I could witness it.

    I missed more science-fiction in the book, and I found some of the details vague. When Bilal is talking to his friends in the first half of the book, it is not clear if they are in the Mothership or Earth Two. I guess it was Earth Two, since I don't think humans had a lot to do in the Mothership, but it seems he can go to Earth and back quite easily. Is Earth Two far? Do the Centaurians have FTL travel? Bilal's pod is mentioned, but Pace did not explain how they travel to Earth Two, since the Mothership has to stay hovering over Earth. I also found a bit far-fetched the explanation about why it had to stay there, and I found it hard to believe that the Centaurians did not come with another solution to the problem they were trying to solve like this since their science was almost magic (to my eyes).

    I am not too keen on romance books, but the one in this book is not too overwhelming, since there is a bigger story at hand, so it felt fine. Be warned that there are several explicit sex scenes which may annoy some. I was okay with it, but in this case some did not add much to the story. And the word 'penis' appears many times in the book, so many that I couldn't help noticing it. I think I would have eliminated some of those mentions and include more variety in the sex scenes.

    I really enjoyed Steve Jay Cohen's narration. It was the perfect for this book and he impersonated both Carmella and Bilal in an impressive way. Listening to him felt like listening to two different people with their motivations and problems. He was energetic when interpreting Carmella, transmitting how powerful her personality was, and very smooth when interpreting Bilal, a lost alien just wanting to win Carmella's heart.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to listen to a love story with a different twist. No need to be a sci-fi fan to be able to enjoy this one, since the science-fiction is quite loose.

    Book three and a half stars, narration five.

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    Ling Ling Los Angeles, CA 02-26-17
    Ling Ling Los Angeles, CA 02-26-17
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    "Sci fi + romance= excellent"

    This story has everything I love. A strong black female protagonist, action, science fiction and romance. Listening to this novel feels like watching a movie and you'll lose yourself in the story and enjoy every minute. The narration by Steven Cohen added to the excitement.
    Thank you Pepper Pace for another excellent read.

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    Logan79 10-02-17
    Logan79 10-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Cool adaptation to the Aliens among us story"

    An old story with a great twist. I think that I will seek out more from this author.

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