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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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    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew T. 05-28-17
    Matthew T. 05-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Borne"

    This book was a joy to listen to. As a SciFi & fantasy fan who particularly likes books about human connection, this book hit all of my marks. A fantastic book with post apocalyptic relationships & science fiction. Easily listened to & enjoyed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J Gupta San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-17
    J Gupta San Francisco, CA USA 06-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent book, awful narration"

    Definitely play the sample before spending credits in this. The narrator sounds like the machine-voice of a GPS guidance system, which is a surprising choice for a novel about a scrappy female scavenger in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

    As for the rest of the novel it is interesting, but Vandermeer keeps the pace a bit too brisk at times. I would have welcomed more time spent on Rachel exploring the city, with or without Borne, but instead we get told a lot more about the city than we are shown, which is limiting. Suspicions that this was written ultimately for the screen are confirmed in the Acknowledgements when the author thanks Hollywood producer Scott Rudin for his input and creativity. Why sell people just a movie when you can sell them a pseudo-novel and a movie ticket down the line?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Guitarist of the Midwest Wichita, KS, USA 07-13-17
    Guitarist of the Midwest Wichita, KS, USA 07-13-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Rough Narrator"

    I loved the weirdness and concept, but parts of the third act stumbled. The narrator is bland and monotone, I wish someone more lively had read something so whimsical.

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    mark anthony perez carrizo springs, tx United States 06-01-17
    mark anthony perez carrizo springs, tx United States 06-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "over all good sf"

    the world and story created were very well thought out. the few characters in the book were fleshed out. I enjoyed learning about Rachel, although in the end it did just lead the reader by the hand. I would have rather have figured things out on my own.

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    Jonas David seattle, wa 05-26-17
    Jonas David 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.

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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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    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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    Manifesta 09-24-17
    Manifesta 09-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Delightful dystopia"

    First, let me say that Bahni Turpin is a wonderful narrator, who made Rachel into an absolutely real person, and made me want to know her.

    For a book set in a bleak, dystopian sci-fi hellscape, Borne is engaging and surprisingly delightful. In part, that's because VanderMeer has made the character of Borne so delightful. He'a such an engaging scamp of a "child" that you never stop rooting for him, even when his darker nature becomes clear. The protagonists, Rachel, Borne and Wick, all inspire a truly protective urge in the reader. Flaws and all, they are deeply "human"— even if they aren't technically that. You come to understand the "why" of what they do, and you struggle with them to create a worthwhile human life in this most unlikely of places.

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    Tery Spataro formerly Hell's Kitchen, NYC USA 08-05-17
    Tery Spataro formerly Hell's Kitchen, NYC USA 08-05-17 Member Since 2017

    When Tery Spataro looks up at the night sky she doesn’t see stars she sees opportunities. She wrote the Other Side of the Box

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    "A Completely mind blowing experience"

    I was spellbound and compelled to finish Borne after only starting Jeff Vandermeer’s latest science fiction masterpiece this week. I describe Borne as a combination of Blade Runner, Planet of the Apes and Monument Valley. Vandermeer did it again, but differently than the Southern Reach Trilogy. This time he made me feel an overwhelming empathy for the characters, especially Borne. I cried over those beautiful, endearing behaviors of Borne, even those actions riddled with horror. What mesmerized me the most was the parenting scenes that are deeply touching and loving as a mother bestows upon a child, the lessons, and mistakes that occur during child rearing and that a child learns later is a parent’s vulnerability, and forgives. There was a great deal of innocence in this fast-moving adventure. You can’t help getting caught up in Rachel’s willful strength and only to find out…well you will have to find out.

    Jeff Vandermeer’s words are mystical and profoundly visual describing a possible future, a future that is complex in which unintended consequences of biotechnology advancement change everything. Vandermeer challenges the “nature” of what is real!

    There are so many precious phrases that I would love to quote, but I won’t spoil the effect by taking them out of context.

    Bahni Turpin’s beautiful and haunting narration is a brilliant transformation from of Jeff Vandermeer’s characters from one to the other and the magical world they all live in.

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