Illuminae Files #1
Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015
5 ★ Audiobook⎮”DON’T LOOK AT ME!”
Because I’m grinning like a fool. I rated this at five stars within the first 15 minutes of starting it. Premature assumption? Not. One. Bit. This is easily my favorite book of the year. And I do mean easily. So easily, that it is actually unfair to the other 50+ books I’ve listened to in 2015. So easily, that I should probably take a little break before picking up anything else because it is already guaranteed to pale in comparison to Illuminae. As much as I thought I loved These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, it in no way can compare to Illuminae. Kaufman seriously stepped up her game. I get that this type of “space drama” isn’t for everyone, but I still think this book should be given a shot. You’ll probably know within the first 15-30 minutes if it is for you. The style of writing may get some taking used to, but I think it drastically enhances the story’s uniqueness.
Narration review: As already implied, I listened to this is on audiobook and cannot say enough about the entire audiobook experience. If it is possible for narrators to have chemistry, then these certainly do! The entire narration team did a superb job and I can’t imagine that this story would have been as enjoyable without the enhancing sound effects. This sort of story lends itself to the audiobook format better than any I have ever heard. I wholeheartedly recommend the audiobook over the physical book. It enhanced my experience with Illuminae exponentially. ♣︎