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The Book of Etta Audiobook

The Book of Etta: The Road to Nowhere, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

In the gripping sequel to the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, one woman undertakes a desperate journey to rescue the future.

Etta comes from Nowhere, a village of survivors of the great plague that wiped away the world that was. In the world that is, women are scarce and childbearing is dangerous...yet desperately necessary for humankind's future. Mothers and midwives are sacred, but Etta has a different calling. As a scavenger. Loyal to the village but living on her own terms, Etta roams the desolate territory beyond: salvaging useful relics of the ruined past and braving the threat of brutal slave traders, who are seeking women and girls to sell and subjugate.

When slavers seize those she loves, Etta vows to release and avenge them. But her mission will lead her to the stronghold of the Lion - a tyrant who dominates the innocent with terror and violence. There, with no allies and few weapons besides her wits and will, she will risk both body and spirit not only to save lives but also to liberate a new world's destiny.

©2017 Meg Elison (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

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    Leanne 03-08-17
    Leanne 03-08-17 Member Since 2013
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    "This is not The Book of The Unnamed Midwife"

    I was eager for this book to arrive after I pre-ordered it because of how impressed I was by "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife." Unfortunately, this book didn't live up to its prequel. Etta/Eddie is not very well developed; Elision's shot at a character grappling with their gender identity is neither believable nor compelling. The book reads like fan fiction of the original novel.

    The narration isn't much better. Ojo struggles with even the most basic of accents.

    I wouldn't recommend this title to anyone seeking to replicate their experience with the first book of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-25-17
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    "Good story. Terrible Performance."

    Terrible narrator. The reader mispronounces simple words like peripheral...saying instead periphreal. Her accents and voices detracted rather than enhanced the story. I suffered through the whole book because the story is interesting. But I would never get another book read by this lady. I will just buy the book and read it myself if she is the only reader available. Periphreal? Really? A professional reader who cannot even pronounce words correctly? Can't believe they let it hit the market. Ruined a good story. The first book in this series had a good narrator.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Getshotzi 06-22-17
    Getshotzi 06-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I'm so let down"

    The Unnamed Midwife was really interesting and unique. It provided an amazing potential for a sequel, but this did not measure up. The main character is androgynous and dresses as a man for survival purposes when he leaves his village which the protagonist did in the first book since there are few women left on earth. I couldn't get enough of the first book and highly recommend it, but this one took forever to finish and unfortunately felt like an item on my to-do list. To simplify, the first book was "WOW!" and this book was just "MEH..." Read the first and skip this one. Trust me.

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    melinda a rister 04-09-17 Member Since 2015

    Traveling Infusion nurse.

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    "Thin story"

    Does not compare to the original story. I was disappointed at the main heroine and her "struggles' in her sexuality and identity. I would not recommend his book

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    dana 03-13-17
    dana 03-13-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Average at best"

    I purchased this book based on first book in series. I felt this was a boring second installment.

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    Danielle L. Ivey 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as amazing as the first"

    But still pretty great. I noticed some inconsistencies, such as bullets don't roll far when they fall on carpet. But otherwise it was really good. I am hoping for a third.

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    Mrs. Monday Fort Bragg, NC 03-08-17
    Mrs. Monday Fort Bragg, NC 03-08-17 Member Since 2011

    Science Nerd, Army Veteran, Small Business Owner, Happy Wife, Dog Mommy, Horrible Rugby Player. Zombie lit is my guilty pleasure

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    "Good Book, but not for me. SJW not EOW"

    Le the start by saying this book is beautifully written and Miss Elison is very talented. I loved her first book very much. But if you are looking for dystopia fiction this book is not for you. This book is very much about social issues like feminism, transgenderism, homosexuality and gender constructs. If you are really interested in these subjects, then you will enjoy this book very much. I mostly enjoy dystopia future books for escapism and transgender sex is not really my idea of a escape. It really was just not for me, but again I restate, the writing is beautiful and the author is talented. I congratulate her on her follow up and hope it is successful. The narration was impeccably done as well.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Griggs Fresno, CA United States 09-06-17
    Patricia Griggs Fresno, CA United States 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It"

    Fully engrossing tale of a possible future. Reader was perhaps the best I've heard so far. I've loved the lead character and found myself comparing this future with our present day, so much of now reflected in the story. Perhaps it's a parable. Whatever, I loved this book.

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    Brianna Coleman 09-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Be still my heart"

    I am in love, with this author, her story, the narration. Everything is just spot on. Few and far between are the books that examine gender in such a thoughtful and provocative manner. Not only was I with the characters every step of their journey, I was also invited to think about gender, its expression, and its importance in the world on a deeper level than usual encouraged to by society at large. This book was simply brilliant, and I feel blessed to live in a time when radical queer authors are getting published with more regularity.

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    D. Fyler 09-04-17
    D. Fyler 09-04-17 Member Since 2014

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    "Better than the first"

    I actually liked this better than the first book. It was better written and a bit more interesting. I think that folks that did not like this were turned off by the gender identity issues discussed in the book. The narrator was barely adequate but definitely not above average. She had difficulty pronouncing certain words. Wolf was pronounced woof, for instance. I expect that it is because the narrator is originally from an African country and English is not her first language.

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