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Illuminae Files #3
Description⎮Reviewed Mar. 2018
Narrator: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, full cast
Length: 13 hours
Publisher: Listening Library⎮2018
Synopsis: From best-selling author duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff comes the exciting finale in the trilogy that broke the mold and has been called “stylistically mesmerizing” and “out-of-this-world-awesome”.
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza – but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys – an old flame from Asha’s past – reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
5★ Audiobook⎮ Gods above, what have I just heard?! A masterpiece, that’s what.
Way back in 2015, I proclaimed Illuminae to be the best audiobook I’d ever heard. Today, I’m upping that proclamation. Everyone associated with the production of this audiobook series deserves an award. ALL. THE. AWARDS. And to the readers out there still flipping pages, you have no idea what you’ve just missed. My mind is still blown.
Obsidio was an epic conclusion to a revolutionary trilogy. I’m not only referring to the way in which this story was written, but also the way in which it was recorded. Those two things combined on such a masterful level that it’s impossible for me to separate their awesomeness. All audiobooks reach some level of symbiosis, making it difficult to assess the separate elements of the written story and the recorded audiobook. Still, I somehow always manage to do so. Until now.
The Illuminae series is a flawless combination of riveting writing and powerful performance. Its translation into the audiobook format was done with such finesse and ingenuity, that I fear I will never hear its equal. Yes, this is me gushing. In fact, I gushed over this trilogy so much during a recent podcast interview, that my professional composure slipped and the whole thing verged on fangirling.
I’ve been trying to write this review for a couple of weeks now, and I can no better express my enthusiasm now than I could upon finishing the trilogy. I can see no reason why anyone (especially after reading this) would choose to pick up the book rather than the audiobook. I can’t think of an audiobook in existence that has had so much leverage over its paper counterpart. Hearing this trilogy is like hearing an extraordinary radio drama.
Narration review: In my humble opinion, full cast productions should not be categorized with other audiobooks (especially in award categories). It just isn’t fair. The majority of narrators can’t be expected to compete against full casts (although, I can think of one or two who probably could..). In fairness, I haven’t heard that many full cast productions, so I’m sure they can’t all be this amazing. Much of the credit goes to the producers and sound engineers, as well, for making it such a smooth and flowing audio experience.
And those sound effects. Whoah, the sound effects. I know they can be polarizing, but for me, they usually work. I’m a fan, especially in this case. The sound effects in Obsidio and the Illuminae trilogy helped meld scenes together and immerse the listener into the action. Fair warning, some listeners might find them intrusive, but I did not. This was nothing but a positive listening experience for me and I’m sorry it had to end. ♣︎