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Lieutenant Cora Harper joined the Systems Alliance to develop and enhance her powerful biotic talents. She was assigned to the asari commando unit Talein's Daughters, where she honed her abilities to become a skilled and deadly huntress.

Returning to Earth, Cora finds herself a stranger among other humans, and joins the Andromeda Initiative as Alec Ryder's second-in-command. The mission will send 100,000 colonists on a one-way, 600-year-long journey into the unknown. When essential - and dangerous - tech is stolen, Cora is assigned to recover it before it can be used against the Initiative, and end the mission before it can begin.

©2017 N. K. Jemisin (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok...Not bad...Not great

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

An ok book. As a huge fan of the games - it was worth a listen. But I don’t think MEA has enough depth and breadth in its lore to rival with the Original Trilogy just yet. Alas, we didn’t really learn anything new (that wasn’t anticipated by the community) about the MEA universe or Cora herself. Still going to romance her in my next playthrough though:) She is a good character.

What three words best describe Fryda Wolff’s voice?

I liked Fryda’s voice work as FemRyder in the game, but I think BioWare can do better in finding a narrator. She has trouble doing male voice AND (which is just unforgivable) miss pronounces a lot of names and locations (like Palaven). Let me tell you, nerds like me are very sensitive to that.

Consider the following narrators:
Alix Wilton Regan
Miranda Raison
Ali Hillis
Tricia Janine Helfer

Any additional comments?

Let’s hope “the lost ark” makes up for lack of DLC and lore so far (yes, we are still mad about that).

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All the feels for Mass Effect

I've enjoyed the other ME tie-in media, but this book is the first one that evoked the feeling of playing ME 1-3. I particularly enjoyed the way Jemisin & Walters' telling of Cora's story. The book also gave the context and emotional weight I was looking for in my first playthrough of ME: Andromeda. Time to pick up ME:A again. :)

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4 points

great accent. Rich emotional expression. but lacks distinction btw conversation and narrative make whole story difficult to understand.

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some wonky details but great overall

In the game Cora trains for years as a pathfinder s second, however this story insinuates that she only joins the initiative 6 months to a year before departure. otherwise it is a great prequel to Andromeda

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A nice opportunity to delve into the Mass Effect U

I felt welcome in the Mass Effect universe yet again. This story really adds to Cora's character, and I appreciate her back story. Freda Wolff is a masterful voice actor. her rich yet comforting voice was a nice carry over as Sara Ryder from the game. I really enjoyed the book. Thank you!

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Really makes you want to see this on a big screen.

Story is exceptional. Made me feel like I was back in the game. Well Done.

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Something Mass Effect fans will enjoy.

Overall, it's a great book. There are times when Fryda mispronounces things, but she does a good job otherwise.

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incorrect pronunciation at times.

Loved the story, while the narrator dies an excellent job telling the story some the pronunciation of some of the words were a little off. other than that, excellent job.

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Good Listen for fans

Much better story line than the first novel. However, the narrator continues to mispronounce words such as: Palavan, Thessia, and Rackni. It will irk fans to hear it, but otherwise the narrator does a terrific job with pacing, emotion, and conversations.

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Continue the series

I love the series of games, yes...even the last one, and also love the books as well. I really want both the games to continue and these stories too. I very rich realm for story tellers and they've all knocked it out of the park.

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  • Paige
  • 05-06-18

why couldn't the game be this good?

it really really made me actually come to like the character cora Harper. for any mass effect fan I'd strongly recommend

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  • Amy
  • 12-12-17

Another great addition to the Mass Effect universe

this story was another awesome addition to the saga and the writers knack for detail and ability to draw you into a vast world is outstanding. the narrator fryda wolff again has out done herself. her voice acting is so spot on and engaging you feel like you are right beside them in the adventure. hope to see alot more of these story from the mass effect games come to life through these books.

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  • Dale
  • 05-07-18

Great expanded personality of Cora. Great story.

i wasnt much of a fan of Cora in ME-A with the "im a huntress" stuff but here its much more broadened and an understanding of her personality, views, motives etc are relatable and likeable. The reading is great and had me obsorbed in the story the whole time. The few little mentions of ME easter eggs are great. I highly recommend this to anyone who like anything Mass Effect. Or scifi.