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Nine brilliant scientists travel light-years on a one-way trip to an Earthlike planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface. The first: an isolated people embarking on civilization and building their world's first city. The second: a brutal race of massive predators, spread thick and still growing across the dominant landmass - destined to breed and eat their way to extinction within a few centuries.

After eight years of observation, disaster strikes the orbiting station, and only two crewmembers eject successfully. Drifting down through a dark, alien sky, the pair realizes their escape pod launched not toward the safety of the city but to the other side of the planet, touching down deep inside a land no human could possibly survive.

©2014 Michael Siemsen (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Exigency is entertaining

The dictionary.com definition of the word exigency is as follows:
[ek-si-juh n-see, ig-zij-uh n-]

noun, plural exigencies.
1. exigent state or character; urgency.
2.Usually, exigencies. the need, demand, or requirement intrinsic to a circumstance, condition, etc.:
the exigencies of city life.
3. a case or situation that demands prompt action or remedy; emergency:
He promised help in any exigency.

The title of this book by Michael Siemsen immediately made me interested in listening to it. It’s catchy, feels fast paced and lured me in. Narrated by Julia Whelan Exigency is the story of a team of scientists in the far future who are in orbit studying a developing planet. They observe flora and most… urgently the fauna. There are two species of note on the planet, the Hyanka and the Threck. Both species are intelligent and are developing societies, science and such.

Calamity of course strikes the space station they are on and they must evacuate. Their escape pod lands in a dangerous region of the planet and the exigency begins. They can’t survive for long on their own, and they now must enlist the aid of the aliens.

The main character in the book is a neurotic, ill scientist named Minnie(Minerva) I found her to very well developed and deep as a unique character but ultimately unlikable. The remainder of the book’s human characters are fairly shallow and don’t add much other than skill sets or dialogue partners for Minnie. The aliens in the book are very alien and are well done. They don’t feel anthropomorphized in the least and they’re spoke in such a way by Julia that they feel like they’re not just ‘other humans.’

In audio the book suffered from the back and forth written communication style. There’s a messaging system the humans use that’s essentially like modern day texting and on paper I can imagine that it’s far easier to read. In audio however I felt irritated by the prefacing of initials, abbreviations and the ‘l33t sp33k’ feel of it. It didn’t register as entertaining or particularly clever to me, though I can see how it would be much better in the written book.

Despite its anything but urgent start, and lower level of the action I expected out of a book about scientists stranded on a dangerous alien planet Exigency is entertaining. It seemed far more about cultural clashes and the language barrier of meeting new civilizations, and I found that element well written and interesting. If you’re into hard science fiction and the future of space exploration Exigency has something to offer you.

Julia Whelan’s performance of the title is entertaining and well done. Her fluid dance between character voices and species becomes easy to follow very quickly and makes the book a pleasure to listen to.

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28 of 33 people found this review helpful

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good book not quite what I expected

it's a good book, good story, and we'll read by the narrator. it is not quite what I expected but I was still glad I read it

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Hard-hitting, Original SF--Worth a Credit

Interesting concepts and characters (human and alien). The author relied a bit too heavily on shifting POV and overlapping episodes as a technique to maintain suspense, but the original content was a true artistic pleasure--even with painful death scenes. Definitely not your same-old, same-old!

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I am continually amazed by the this Author!

Michael Siemens has amazed me with every book I read! This was a new take on what one would think was an overdone topic. The characters are brought to life and depth throughout the story, leaving us, once again, looking forward to a sequel!

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Not what I expected...

What disappointed you about Exigency?

Apparently, this author sees future human deep space missions and colonization composed of a crew of emasculated weak men led by strong lesbian women. If you find this works for you, then you'll really enjoy this book, but unfortunately I just couldn't get into the emtional interactions.

Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Siemsen? Why or why not?

Probably not, particularly if the interpersonal themes stay the same ....

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

Julia is the only thing that got me through this book. She's one of the best readers in audio books and honestly, she could make reading the dictionary exciting. In fact, one of the primary reasons I picked this book was because she was listed as the reader....

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A Terrific Book!

Any additional comments?

This is an Awesome Book! If you like great characters, interesting aliens, and a fascinating alien world, then this book is for you. The narrator did a great job bringing out the personalities of all the scientists, and making the story enjoyable and interesting. I loved the alien world with all the attention to detail describing a fascinating ecosystem on an alien world. My favorite characters were definitely the aliens, they were great! I couldn't stop listening until the story was finished.

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  • Angela
  • Tucson, AZ, United States
  • 01-27-16

Amazing story with an absolutely perfect narrator

I've read this book 3 times and was dying for the audiobook because Julia Whalen was narrating. Such an outstanding job.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • Florida, US
  • 08-25-16

About the dangers of peeing yourself at sub zero

The general story is quite interesting. The performance is excellent. But it gets extremely boring for long passages. There was literally a 30 min description about peeing...

The story is mainly about the emotions of the characters and the anatomy / society / history of the indigenous species. Some parts are quite constructed, too long, not really flowing. While the basic universe is quite interesting and especially very realistic (which I really like) the story is be too realistic / random for my taste. And it definitely did not help that I could not fore myself to really care for the characters...

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Ehhhh...

I don't know; I guess I grew up on great science fiction/fantasy; Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Heinlein, whatever - with fascinating new technologies, great stories; things that filled you with wonder; and generally all plausible. Hard to find these days. This story is none of those; folks text and phone; learn complex alien languages in a matter of days; supposedly skilled astronauts freak out at first encounters; there's a certain fascination with elimination..... I don't know. I guess I
just didn't find the story interesting
or Imaginative enough for this genre.

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Loved it!!

I really enjoyed this story. I hope theres a sequel.
I love the narrator very much. Shes one of my favorites.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • CherylK
  • 02-11-16

Extraordinary

My first experience of Michael Siemsen story-telling and will definitely not be my last. Fascinating, exciting and richly detailed, I have nothing but praise for Exigency. Julia Whelan was a wonderful narrator and I could not imagine anyone more accomplished in bringing the diverse characters to life.

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  • sukie
  • 01-22-17

an entertaining eventful alien story

once you get over the disorientation of the opening scenes its a rattling good story

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  • Patrick
  • 10-07-16

Lose yourself and believe

A wonderful story, imaginative, rich, vibrant charecters who make you want to hug them or throttle them!
Kudos to Julia Whelan who brought the story alive and made the characters real and so affecting.
4 stars, there were certain 'longeurs' but I loved this.

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  • Fran
  • 09-21-16

entertaining space opera

good storytelling including skilful internal dialogue of main character! Descriptions of aliens slightly less convincing. Lively narrator, would read another

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  • Jodie
  • 05-25-16

I can see this being a film

Loved the idea of the story.... I wish that the forward and backwards was more sectioned so it's not as confusing.
descriptions of the creatures were confusing and I couldn't picture any of them.
I wish I'd loved this more. I found myself getting distracted and realised I'd missed a chunk of the story! Maybe I'll try it again one day.

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  • bguinness
  • 10-19-16

Amazingly bad

Would you try another book written by Michael Siemsen or narrated by Julia Whelan?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Whelan’s performances?

No.

Any additional comments?

Take a book for £3 get someone to narrate it and sell it on for £20. It's not worth it. The idea behind the story is great but poorly developed. The narration is really annoying.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful