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Borne Audiobook

Borne

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In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company - a biotech firm now derelict - and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump - plant or animal? - but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts - and definitely against Wick's wishes - Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

"He was born, but I had borne him."

But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

©2017 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    David Ascherl seattle, wa 05-26-17
    David Ascherl seattle, wa 05-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Mediocre story with inadequate narration"

    I was very excited for this, after loving his other books, but although the beginning has a lot of promise (who doesn't want to read about a giant levitating bear??) the story doesn't really go anywhere interesting. To top that off, VanderMeer's signature weird/creepy tone is completely lost due to the narrator. She reads it in the way one might read a children's book, and it simply does not work. Maybe if i'd read this one in text I would have enjoyed it for the atmosphere, but the story alone didn't do it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DasRuets 05-22-17
    DasRuets 05-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "So bizarre, so good."

    I usually struggle to get through longer audio books, but this one flew by. At first, I was unsure of the narrator, but as I listened more, I realized how brilliant her portrayals of Rachel and Borne were. The story is typical Vandermeer, meaning it's not typical at all. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an off-kilter post apocalyptic novel with a lot of heart.

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    Samuel Larsen 05-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "That there is one fine book"

    Very very nice. I liked this book so very very much. What a scary bear!

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    Amazon Customer 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic fantasy"

    Lush language, moral hazard​, bizarre characters, and an absorbing story set in a weirdly beautiful landscape.

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    VirgilCane Prairie Village, KS 05-12-17
    VirgilCane Prairie Village, KS 05-12-17 Member Since 2017

    I am social worker by trade, but fantasize about being paid to read or having an alpaca farm.

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    "Where Have All The People Gone, My Honey?"

    And this, Mr. Patterson is how to write a write a novel about the forthcoming singularity apocalypse; unless, of course, Mr. Trump usurps the inevitable. I was at a David Bowie show on a square of double sided Workingman's Pig when I first got a glimpse of the Matrix. On many occasions after I saw visions of this nightmarish digitized, illusive, panopticon, transhumanistic future that Vandermeer so adroitly illustrated. I always assumed they were hallucinations but now I realize my mind was able to break through our dimension and peak into the elastic time and space of the multiverse. Or not. It's like Sigmund F. said, "Sometimes a cigar, is just a cigar," and it's all just a canard.

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    Bob F. Boulder, CO 05-16-17
    Bob F. Boulder, CO 05-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable and just plain bad"

    The authors really just phoned this one in. Take any post apocalyptic sci-fi in four or five characters and slap a predictable ending on it and you've got this book.

    Narration was stunted and voicless ; a perfect cure for insomnia.

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