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Mother Go Audiobook

Mother Go

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Publisher's Summary

She is the clone of a famed space explorer, but Mariska Volochkova rejects her mother and her heritage and wants no part of interstellar adventure. Although she is genetically engineered to hibernate through the interminable decades of space travel, Mariska's home is a habitat on the moon, and there she intends to stay.

But the sweep of interplanetary politics and an affair with a Martian catches Mariska up in a conspiracy to commit a bold theft that will alter the future of space colonization. Mariska must put her life on the line again and again if she is to discover who she is and what her true destiny must be.

In his first new novel in more than 20 years, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award winner James Patrick Kelly has crafted a hard science techno-thriller that never loses its focus on the conflicted emotional life of Mariska, a true citizen of the posthuman 22nd century.

©2017 James Patrick Kelly (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The novel is notable for the economy and clarity of its prose and for the assuredness with which it treats and critiques some familiar SF conventions....what sets Mother Go apart is Mariska herself, not always sympathetic but continually compelling, as she tries to find a way to inhabit the worlds she inherits." (Locus)

"A wonderfully exuberant space opera....January LaVoy... imparts Mariska with a level of dynamism, urgency, and emotion.... a well-rounded and fun trip that harkens back to the optimistic era of golden-age sci-fi." (The Verge)

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    Maura Kelly Dover, NH United States 07-18-17
    Maura Kelly Dover, NH United States 07-18-17
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    "Fantastic read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mother Go the most enjoyable?

    If you like complicated parental relationships, plans with limited survival odds, extreme body modification, life on the moon and on mars, and strong female characters, then this is the book for you.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Thompson, CT 08-27-17
    Daniel Thompson, CT 08-27-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Teen love drama"

    I really wanted to like this, but it primarily focuses on a young girl's obstinate rejection of familial love due to feelings of abandonment, her wishy-washy sense of ambition and purpose, and on her need to have a boyfriend.

    I'm sure these issues will resolve at some point, but I'm more than halfway through and have lost patience with it.

    Performance is decent, if there are a few intentional quirks that can either be a benefit to the narration or an annoyance, depending on how you're enjoying the story. An echo reverb for effect and a strange speech impediment for Martians were the latter for me, but probably a big element of that is my disappointment in the story and character development.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    f 08-14-17
    f 08-14-17
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    "James Patrick Kelly's latest is a GO!"
    Where does Mother Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mother Go is the best, by far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mother Go?

    Martians take some getting used to.


    Any additional comments?

    Mother Go has everything a reader could want from science fiction—space adventure, a heroic quest, humour, suspense, romance, and a classic coming of age story—delivered in the lean, rich prose readers can savour and have come to expect from one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time. Set on the moon, on Mars, and beyond, this story will appeal to folks who love Jack Glass, Growing Up Weightless, Ancillary Justice, and The Expanse. The story follows the adventures of Mariska, a reluctant spacer who gets into more trouble before lunchtime than most people do in a single year. Loveable, immature, brave, fallible—Mariska is so utterly human that you won’t want to hit pause, even after you hear the words “the end.”

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. O'Doherty Portland, OR 08-11-17
    C. O'Doherty Portland, OR 08-11-17
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    "LOVED this book"
    What did you love best about Mother Go?

    I was completely absorbed by this story. The plot was compelling, the characters nuanced, and the plot twists kept me guessing. I downloaded it to listen to something while I went running but I ended up listening to it in the car, while making dinner, folding laundry...I was so caught up in what would happen next I didn't want to put it down!


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, this was the perfect mix of interesting science fiction/future visioning and real character development and exciting plot.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    For me, this was the perfect mix of interesting science fiction/future visioning and real character development and exciting plot.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Leahy 08-04-17
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    "Story is excellent; narrator makes it astounding"

    Narrator turns what could be just another coming-of-age story into a heartbreaking, addictive new series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 08-17-17
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    "Entirely Captivating!"

    Mother Go was my first audiobook! My wish is that everyone could have such a wonderful and exciting first experience.
    The story's point of view is from that of a young woman.
    It is captivating from the first moment when her room speaks her awake. This was an idea I had not yet run across in my science fiction reading.
    Following Mariska's journey throughout the story, Space and her life was intriguing.
    I was constantly aware of my mind expanding and being completely enveloped in the story.
    The readers voice is lilting and magical.
    After many hours of listening and finally coming to the end I am left wanting more. When is the sequel Jim?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MM3 10-14-17
    MM3 10-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hollywood-esque"

    Despite the central character being an extremely irritating teenager who’s issues one is dragged through, the story is is compelling enough to make it an enjoyable journey.
    A touch predictable but not burdened with excessive explanation and with human dis-unity realistically portrayed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Nicholas 10-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not very good"

    Story wasn't that great and sci fi aspect left you wanting more. Characters and relationships were just weird, and the ending and different challenges they ran into seemed arbitrary and not very exciting

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Central TX, United States 10-02-17
    Shawn Central TX, United States 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Teenage girl coming of age story, sci fi motif"

    increasingly I am reading/ listening to books where the protaganist does nothing to prepare for life yet suddenly finds themselves propelled into great events. Ultimately their decisions and actions are meaningless since, through artifice/dues ex machina, everything " just works out". the only struggle is encapsulated in a few descriptive paragraphs of angst and concern over how things might not work out.

    authors, please stop pandering.

    The environment and sub plots however are well done -- if slow to develop, since most of the story is delivered through the girl-protagonist' s self introspection and evaluation of her relationships and derived self worth.

    Skip it unless you enjoy teen drama. Voice active was good.

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    Simon Tonkin 10-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "There better be a sequel."

    The quality of the narrative caught me off guard, as did January's flawless storytelling. Mother Go is unique and traditional at the same time, and once it had me hooked it didn't let me go until I had finished it.

    There's something nostalgic about this production, as though it harkens back to the golden age of radio sci-fi - something i sadly never experienced.
    I absolutely recommend this, unless scifi isn't your thing. If it is, this is a MUST OWN.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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