Review: Athena’s Choice (audio) by Adam Boostrom

Adam Boostrom: Athena’s Choice; Audible Audio; 7h29m; Narrator: Alex Ford

It’s been decades since I read feminist literature like, e.g., ‘Egalia’s Daughters’ by Gerd Brantenberg. I haven’t thought of the premise of a matriarchal society for a very long time, so this book came as quite a surprise.
Where in the books I read back then women and men only had switched roles, so to say, Adam Boostrom is taking it one step further: men don’t exist any more on earth. The whole population is female, and they are doing well.
However, some females want to bring back males, because they have fond memories, because they’re curious, or because they don’t feel complete without a male counterpart.
A renowned scientist is tasked with creating a genome that is resistant to the virus which killed all males five decades ago.
The catch is: somebody stole the genome before its completion.

Enter our heroine: young Athena Vosh.
She is somehow connected to the theft, and gets summoned before the AI who knows everything, and who is responsible for the well-being of the population — alas, the AI isn’t allowed to make decisions regarding life or death, which is why she needs somebody who is allowed to do this.

Athena agrees to help finding the thief, hoping she’ll at last find a purpose in life, and maybe even excel.

But things don’t quite turn out the way Athena had hoped. She makes acquaintances, and her dreams lead her in a direction I wasn’t sure was beneficial for ‘womanity’ — would she open Pandora’s box?

The characters are well formed out, and the world is fascinating and vividly described. I loved the occasional advertisements throughout the book, as well as the description of all the technical achievements this future holds.
I’m not sure I’d want any of that — well, maybe the massage thing — and I certainly don’t know what choice I’d make were I in Athena’s shoes.
From where I stand now, the choice would be simple, because I have two sons and a grandson (and I had a brother), but if I had grown up without ever knowing any males…

This books combines various subjects: a coming of age story, a utopia, a bit of dystopia, and a future which still seems like science fiction now, but is looming around the corner, what with all the scientific and technological advances humanity has made.
There are enough twists to keep you listening (or reading), and the outcome is totally unexpected.

It gives food for thought, and will certainly stay with me for some time to come.

The narrator does an excellent job, and I especially enjoyed the way she narrated the advertisements. Her enunciation was very good, so that even I, as a non-native speaker, had absolutely no trouble understanding every word.

I received a complimentary copy and I chose to willingly post an honest review.

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Review: Treasure, built of Sand (audio) by S.W. Hubbard

S.W. Hubbard: Treasure, built of Sand (Palmyrton Estate Mystery Series #6); Narrator: Janelle Tedesco; audible audio: 7h35min; 23 Aug. 2019

Summary:

Another Man’s Treasure are hired to sell the contents of a beach house of a very rich family. Audrey is surprised, because the owners haven’t died, and don’t intend to move, and there are no antiques to sell.

Still, you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, especially if it comes with a weekend spent in splendid surroundings.

However, where Audrey is, trouble isn’t far–she is like a magnet for mysteries.

So she ends up solving the death of a youth, and taking care of quite a lot of other problems along the way.

My Thoughts:

There are few mystery series I thoroughly enjoy and haven’t found fault with so far, and the Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery series is one of them.

Although it has been a while since last I was in Palmyrton (virtually, of course), I immediately reconnected with Audrey and her crew, and with the latest addition of her husband and his large family.

Like in the previous books, all the characters are very believable, as are their trials and tribulations.

The book is rich in small details (like the aftermath of a huge storm), which adds to its authenticity.

The problems not related to the actual sale are of a kind most people have some knowledge about, but only those concerned really think about–at least I had never given it any thought.

The twists and turns the story takes are great, and in the end, it all somehow interlocks, showing Audrey where she definitely doesn’t want to go.

I was very happy that Janelle Tedesco found the time in her tight schedule to narrate this audio book. As usual, she did a fantastic job! Her character voices are very easy to differentiate, you always know exactly who is talking. As the cast of characters is large, this is no mean feat, especially since she manages to give all known characters the voices the listener is used to from the previous books.

The combination of S.W. Hubbard’s brilliant writing and Janelle Tedesco’s fantastic narration is something nobody should miss out on!

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Rezension:Andreas Brandhorst – Ewiges Leben

Andreas Brandhorst: Ewiges Leben, Piper Verlag, ebook, 704 S., €14,99

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Die Firma Futuria, gegründet mit der hehren Idee das Leben für die Menschheit zu verbessern, Krankheiten auszumerzen, und letztendlich den Menschen zur Unsterblichkeit zu verhelfen, hat sich im Laufe der Jahre weiterentwickelt, und die Ziele haben sich geändert. Dies ist allerdings nicht offensichtlich, offiziell wird weiterhin daran gearbeitet, die ursprünglichen Ziele zu verwirklichen.

Die Journalistin Sophia wird von Futuria engagiert um anlässlich des 20jährigen Firmenjubiläums ein Firmenporträt zu erstellen.

Bei einer Feier kommt es zu einem Zwischenfall, und Sophia und ihr Kollege Borris untersuchen die Hintergründe.

Plötzlich finden sie sich in einem Sumpf aus Intrigen wieder.

Derweil sind Futurias Gegner auch nicht untätig, und alles läuft auf einen großen Showdown hinaus dessen Gewinner nicht feststeht.

Meine Meinung

Mit ‘Ewiges Leben’ ist Andreas Brandhorst ein großartiger, brandaktueller Thriller gelungen, der es wieder mal schafft heiße Eisen anzupacken und zum Nachdenken anzuregen, ohne dabei zu moralisieren.

Der Spannungsbogen wird konstant aufrechterhalten — was bei über 700 Seiten eine großartige Leistung ist.

Das Buch liest sich einfach so weg, man merkt die Länge überhaupt nicht, denn die Szenen und Protagonisten wechseln ständig, wobei alle quasi aufeinander zulaufen.

Sympathien und Antipathien die man im Laufe des Buches entwickelt muss man überdenken, denn es ist nicht alles so, wie es scheint.

Technische oder wissenschaftliche Kenntnisse braucht man nicht, um das Buch zu verstehen. Alles wird so erklärt, dass man jederzeit im Bilde ist.

Interessanterweise hat die Wirklichkeit die Fiktion in einigen Bereichen schon eingeholt, was doch irgendwie erschreckend ist.

Natürlich ist uns allen bewusst, dass die schöne neue Welt auch Schattenseiten hat, aber im Allgemeinen verdrängt man das. Im Buch werden wir mit den Schattenseiten konfrontiert und müssen uns damit auseinandersetzen.

Es ist ein tolles Buch, großartig recherchiert, sehr flüssig geschrieben, und absolut empfehlenswert.

Übrigens ist die Hörbuchvariante, gelesen von Richard Barenberg, auch sehr zu empfehlen. Richard Barenberg liest die Geschichte großartig. Leider ist die Kapiteleinteilung des Hörbuches absolut willkürlich, so dass man nicht ohne weiteres zwischen Buch und Hörbuch hin- und herspringen kann.

Vielen Dank an Leserunden.de und Piper Verlag für das Rezensionsexemplar.

Review: Nanci Rathbun – Honor Kills (audio)

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC


Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery


A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.
As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.
But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.
Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.
Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

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I was excited when I got the chance to listen to the third volume in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series.
I had listened to, and loved, the first two volumes, and so my expectations for this volume were high enough.

I wasn’t disappointed. Angelina is her usual self, very stylish, very diplomatic, and very clever, and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter aren’t missing, either.

This time, she has to face her beloved dad’s past — something she has gotten used to blanking out — only now, she needs his help, and there are consequences.
The case starts out easy enough, but when Angie and Bobby (who she has taken on as an assistant in her agency) dig deeper, a lot of dirt is dug up in the process, endangering people Angie cares about.
In fact, things take a turn to the worse after a fairly short time, and Angie is out of her depths — which is when she makes use of her father’s connections.
Afterwards, she needs to ask herself if he has betrayed her….
The consequences of her research are dire, not just for her client, but for herself and somebody she loves, too.

I really liked this turn of events, and it is not the first time I wonder how the author did her research — or maybe it is all common knowledge and I’m the only ignorant person?
Anyway, the story is plausible, and it rings true, and that’s good enough for me.

Kieren Calland Metts’s narration was enjoyable, she does the different characters well, and the pronunciation of foreign words sounds fine to me, too.
A great series, and I look forward to the next instalment.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

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Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

Spotlight: A Time And A Place by Joe Mahoney

Author: Joe Mahoney

Narrator: Joe Mahoney

Length: 10 hours and 33 minutes

Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing

Released: Sep. 21, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Time Travel

Barnabus’ nephew is behaving oddly.

Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front-room couch agrees it’s preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared?

Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal.

Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus’ assumptions about causality, free will, identity, good, and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew – and incidentally, all of humanity?

Joe Mahoney is a writer/broadcaster currently working full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His first novel, A Time and a Place, was published in October 2017 by Five Rivers Press. His short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece, and he’s been nominated twice for an Aurora Award, one of Canada’s top awards for science fiction and fantasy, for his work on CBC Radio. He lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and two daughters, and their golden retriever and Siberian forest cat.

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Dab of Darkness Book Reviews

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Nov. 23rd:

Book Addict

Nov. 24th:

T’s Stuff

Nov. 25th:

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Nov. 26th:

Chapter Break

Turning Another Page

Blätterflüstern

Nov. 27th:

Jazzy Book Reviews

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The Book Addict’s Reviews

Spotlight: Nanci Rathbun – Honor Kills (audio)

Author: Nanci Rathbun

Narrator: Kieren Calland Metts

Series: Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Book 3

Publisher: Dark Chocolate Press LLC

Released: Aug. 27, 2018

Length: 7 hours 35 minutes

Genre: Modern Detective; Mystery

A missing husband. A suspicious obituary. She’s not the only one hunting down a dead man’s footsteps.

As a divorcee, Angelina Bonaparte knows firsthand the lengths some men will go to escape responsibility. When a worried mother wants the private investigator to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client’s broken family.

But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments. And she may not be the only one hunting the man down. To close the case and reunite her client’s family, she must track down the missing husband without falling prey to the same ruthless hunter.

Honor Kills is the third audiobook in the captivating Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. If you like bold female detectives, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Nanci Rathbun’s gripping novel.

Buy Honor Kills to track down a fast-paced missing persons mystery today!

Buy Links

Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves. She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.
Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Green Bay Packers fan.

WebsiteTwitterFacebookGoodreads

Narrator Bio

Kieren Calland Metts is addicted to audiobooks. She has almost 1,000 in her Audible.com library and has listened to most of them! She tends toward mysteries of all kinds, especially cozies, and YA dystopia.

She grew up a diplomat brat, traveling to tours in Baghdad, Iraq; and Kabul, Afghanistan. After several more moves in the U.S., the family settled in Ohio.

Kieren has a background in copy editing, book & newspaper design, and web production; adores arts and crafts; and has a weakness for fluffy orange kitties.

BOOK ONE

Oct. 16th:
Bound 4 Escape
The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Oct. 17th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews
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Oct. 18th:
Turning Another Page
Sefina Hawke’s Books

Oct. 19th:
2 Girls and A Book
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
T’s Stuff

Oct. 20th:
Writers N Authors
The Book Addict’s Reviews
Page Princess

Oct. 21st:
Book Addict
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 22nd:
Lilly’s Book World
Blätterflüstern

BOOK TWO

Oct. 23rd:
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm

Oct. 24th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews
A Page to Turn

Oct. 25th:
Bound 4 Escape
Blätterflüstern

Oct. 26th:
Jazzy Book Reviews

Oct. 27th:
2 Girls and A Book
Turning Another Page
Page Princess

Oct. 28th:
Writers N Authors
Book Addict
T’s Stuff

Oct. 29th:
Lilly’s Book World
The Book Addict’s Reviews
Hall Ways Blog

BOOK THREE

Oct. 30th:
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews
The Book Junkie Reads . . .

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Jazzy Book Reviews
A Page to Turn

Nov. 1st:
Turning Another Page

Nov. 2nd:
2 Girls and A Book

Nov. 3rd:
Writers N Authors
Book Addict
Page Princess
T’s Stuff

Nov. 4th:
Bound 4 Escape
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Lilly’s Book World
The Book Addict’s Reviews
Blätterflüstern
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Rezension: Andreas Eschbach – NSA (Audio)

Andreas Eschbach: NSA, Sprecherin: Laura Maire, Lübbe Audio, 22:15Std; 16,99€ ISBN: 9783838789156

 

Inhalt:

Wir befinden uns im Deutschland des Jahres 1942. Hitler hat das deutsche Volk vollkommen unter Kontrolle, nicht zuletzt dank ausgereifter Computertechnologie, welche eine lückenlose Überwachung eines jeden Bürgers ermöglicht.

Helene ist eine Programmiererin, und eine sehr gute dazu. Sie schreibt mit Feuereifer alle möglichen Programme, ohne sich über deren Konsequenzen im Klaren zu sein.

Nach und nach geht ihr jedoch auf, dass ihre Programme dazu beitragen versteckte Juden und andere Flüchtlinge aufzuspüren, und da ein geliebter Mensch zu dieser Gruppe gehört, muss sie auf Wege sinnen, ihn zu schützen.

Um ihn zu retten geht sie einen Deal ein…

Meine Meinung:

Dies ist ein großartiges Buch. Sehr verstörend, da ist man froh, dass Hitler noch keine Computer und heutige Technologie zu seiner Verfügung hatte. Er hat ja schon mehr als genug Schaden angerichtet mit den Mitteln, die ihm zur Verfügung standen. Nicht auszudenken, was er heutzutage gemacht hätte — aber halt, genau das hat Andreas Eschbach ausgedacht.
Und es ist schrecklich.
Es ist auch beunruhigend, dass wir heutzutage so viel online machen. Unsere ganzen Daten sind dort, für alle Welt zum Missbrauch zugänglich, denn wir (bzw unsere Daten) sind auch nur so gut geschützt wie die Server auf denen sie liegen — und die werden ja ständig spektakulär gehackt.

Und obwohl ich mir all dessen bewusst bin, empfinde ich es als angenehm. dass ich z.B. meinen Stromzählerstand online übermitteln kann.
Im Grunde, und besonders nach Lektüre dieses großartigen Romans, sollte man sagen: wehret den Anfängen — aber natürlich rechnet niemand wirklich damit, dass seine Daten derart missbraucht werden.

Ich möchte dieses Buch jedem ans Herz legen, und ich wünschte mir, dass es ins Englische übersetzt würde, damit viel mehr Leute es lesen könnten.

Laura Maire als Sprecherin hat ihre Sache großartig gemacht — sehr eindringlich, ohne theatralisch zu sein.
Ein fantastisches Hörerlebnis.