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Mass Effect™ Andromeda: Annihilation

Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Series: Mass Effect™ Andromeda, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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With a new game, Mass Effect Andromeda, set for release in 2017, the launch of a new series of Mass Effect novels is timely. The new game will take the story in a dramatic new direction and is set in a new region of space, with a new and deadly enemy.

Titan is publishing four unmissable Mass Effect novels. The novels will act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga. These new stories, developed in close collaboration with the Bioware game team, weave directly into the action of the new game - and will reveal events kept secret over the course of game play - and will add to the canonical Mass Effect saga.

©2017 Catherynne M. Valente (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A bit slow, but overall enjoyable

A little slow to get started, but this book is quite an enjoyable one from start to finish. Is an interesting murder mystery involving some of the other species in the mass effect universe, including my favourite the hanar.

If you're a big fan of the mass effect series his adds a nice bit of lore to it and is worth a listen.

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A good who dunnit

I was surprised that this book played out more like a who dunnit story set in the Mass Effect universe
My only real fault with was that the reveal at the end seemed way too rushed and not earned everything was just revealed in the last hour of the reading which was a shame
But other than that a good story with some good narration

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Good Read if a bit slow

This was my least favourite of the Andromeda series so far, in comparison to the other two. But that could be a bias opinion as I don't like the quarrions. Good read though for any fan of the series. I found it a little bit slow and very drawn out most of the time.

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Makes me want a dlc for andromeda all the more

A great addition to the ME.A story. The narrator does a great job with all the voices and emotions. The story itself is intriguing and compelling. It is very interesting seeing and experiencing the story from other species point of view and lives that never really get time to shine. As a die hard ME fan and someone who enjoyed Andromeda, even if it was a bit lacking in the story and main antagonist, this eventuality would have been awesome to add to ME.A as a dlc starting from the end of this book. I really enjoyed it and hope that another is made to continue. Although quite difficult with personal character and choices made i guess. Either way a great story and hope for more.

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  • Ryan James Mullan
  • 07-11-2018

I liked everything but the ending

As a fan of the quarians, I was looking forward to this. Sadly, while I was enjoying the story, the characters and loved the writing, the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. I won't spoil, but I felt crushed by it. I wish I could've loved, I can only say I enjoyed now. I'm sure others will too. I recommend it to Mass Effect fans all the same.

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  • m. ziph
  • 29-11-2018

this book is an actual masterpiece.<br />

I was hesitant because I've always been kind of wary of video game novelisations, but I love Mass effect and I love Catherynne Valente, so I went for it and I have no regrets. my face is covered in tears and my heart is full.

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  • William
  • 09-11-2018

This is the Andromeda we needed.

Forget the video game this novel was based off of and just get this book! If you love the Mass Effect series do -not- pass up this experience. The author is clearly in love with the Mass Effect universe and her knowledge of it shows. The narrator does an exemplary job from start to finish and the audio is edited with professionalism. Mass Effect fan approved.

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  • Kcow
  • 28-11-2018

Haunting and gripping.

Story: A locked-room horror mystery with a heavy dose of culture clash. If you're into the world building of Mass Effect, you'll have a lot to like as the lesser-focused species get their time on stage. The ending unsettled me, but it seems like it's supposed to. Not at all a light read, but turned my rides to work into no time at all.

Narration: I very much enjoyed Tom Taylorson as bro Ryder, and he knocked it out of the park here as an entire crew of varied voices talking to each other. There are a lot of sections of characters almost monologing, but he made it very easy to get drawn into those character moments. He hits the heavy spots with gravity without making them overwrought, and gives a nice wryness to the rare moments of levity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-11-2018

Most valuable tie-in and a must read for the fans

First of I've got to say that, though I liked Fryda Wolff as my pathfinder more than Tom Taylorson, he gave an astonishing performance here.
And thankfully the plot itself spared me the painfully obvious twists and gave surprisingly good ones.
Thanks to the author. Definitely adding this book to my collection in physical form.
It gave me a shimmer of hope that Bioware can produce a great story once again.
I'll see you in Andromeda.

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  • JOp
  • 17-11-2018

I only wish we could have played it.

I don't know if the story reader is a mass effect fan, but he really made the story come to life.

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  • Gnorb
  • 11-01-2019

Enjoyable story for ME:A fans, but nothing super special.

<in my best Elcor> With indifference: I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was interesting, and toward the end it touched on a lot of great topics which I wish would have been explored further. With disappointment: Since I expect this to be the final Mass Effect Andromeda novel, I don’t expect any sort of follow-up to these, which given this particular title, is par for the course. <end Elcor>

The story was good, but I’m not sure how it jives with that last scene from Mass Effect Andromeda. I would write that it was good to have a story with few humans, but they were ALL very human: Elcors and Quarians who love Shakespeare; Batarians who are basically just nasty humans; Quarians with (literal) jugulars... anyway. The characters were a little too human, and too many human elements creeped in, making it feel less alien, even by Mass Effect standards. Some interesting topics were broached, like the political/power structures in the new galaxy, but none of them were delved into. It was a golden opportunity that was pushed aside in lieu of a somewhat traditional whodunit. On the bright side, there were giant, floating jellyfish, so there’s that.

This is good (but not great) for anyone who loves Mass Effect, enjoyed Andromeda, and wants to see what happened to the Quarian (and Elcor, Hanar, Volus, Drell, etc) arc. I listened to it fairly quickly, so clearly I enjoyed it.

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  • Brenda Worcester
  • 28-11-2018

Good story, but ending resolved deus ex

The overall story was pretty great, the performance was amazing! The speaker actually acted out the dialects and accents of the various races, even as far as Darth Vader breathing as the volas. Unfortunately, the ending is kind of deus ex, where the solution was kind of just happened upon, but that was surrounded by a great mystery and character building.

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  • David Scott
  • 11-12-2018

The worst of the new Mass Effect books

Never actually made it to the end, my wife and I tried to listen to it on a trip across state and a little over half way we both decided that any pod cast on my phone would be more fun. Slow plot and largely unlikable characters make it more of a chore than an adventure.

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  • Mark Jeffrey
  • 24-11-2019

A dark psychological thriller in space

This book is seriously excellent and really gets into the minds of the "minor races" from Mass Effect that we didn't get to see arrive in the ME:Andromeda game. It's very dark, creepy, has a very high (and nasty) body count, has some pretty deep and well developed characters and motivations, and major plot twists almost to the end. The Audible version is very well performed by Tom Taylorson, the voice of Scott Ryder in ME:A, who did a great job getting those Elcor and Volus voices just right.

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  • Tracey dyas
  • 06-01-2020

Couldn't get into it

Im not sure what it was about this book. Ive been through books 1 & 2 and really enjoyed them, but after 3 hours of trying this one.. I can't listen any further.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2019

Hire the writer for m:e A 2!

In time honoured tradition, the 3 companion books for M:E A have started badly, gone through a decent middle phase, to recapturing the glory of the original trilogy. Great mix of humour, story and characters, fantastic dramatisation by Tom Taylorson and a brilliant addition to the Andromeda story. The character names, being a bit similar in parts, were difficult to keep track of in the first chapter but by the second I was already picturing their actions just like an extended cutscene, or as Yorik would prefer, in his stage rendition of Macbeth

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  • Basil83
  • 11-06-2019

great audiobook

I was annoyed with EA and Bioware for giving up on Andromeda and not telling the story of the missing arc. should have been a DLC for the game, but atleast I finally know the fate of the missing vessel and its crew. enjoyed this audio book and the narrator does a good job at keeping things flowing

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 06-04-2019

Performance great, story - average

To tell the truth, the narrator is great! The story has its plot and everything, but somehow I felt it weak...

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  • Callum Johnson
  • 11-03-2019

Very cool story! Worth it for any ME fan.

Had me guessing and on the edge of my seat, looking forward to the rest!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2019

Great story and characters

Loved this journey and story. However like any Mass Effect fan this would have been amazing to play as DLC. Alas the voices and suspense were great and I'm glad to know what really happened within the last ark.

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  • L. McDowell
  • 31-01-2019

5* voice acting

This book is a must for all Mass Effect fans. A brilliantly written story and an excellently produced audio book, Tom Taylorson made it come to life like a new Andromeda DLC. It added new dimensions to the ME universe for me, fleshing out the history and personality of Milky Way races that aren’t explored in the games.

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  • Mr Cas
  • 27-01-2019

Loved the effects! reader was fantastic, voices 👍

Glad to know what happened to the Quarians. The reader is superb, accents on point and effects seemingly used to very good effect!
cheers

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  • Bjørn-Rune Hanssen
  • 14-01-2019

Much, much better than expected

Aside from a couple of chronological issues - such as the reference to the recently discovered Raloi in what is supposedly an old Quarian verse - this book is an excellent piece of writing, performed brilliantly by someone who clearly knows their way around Mass Effect lore.

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  • A. Palmer
  • 23-11-2018

Unexpectedly brilliant

having read Nexus, and finding the narration fair and the story a little drawn out, I came into Annihilation with lower expectations, particularly towards the narration. This was a mistake; Tom Taylorson not only manages an amazing range of voices for each character, he does so with amazing attention to detail; cadence, both personal and racial, is particularly well done, and each character truly has their own identity, while being immediately identifiable as to their species, exactly like voice actors in the games.

The story is interesting; I enjoyed it, but some may find the exposition moments a little long winded; I actually enjoyed this, but others have stated that it was what they enjoyed least. While the perspectives of the non-council races are well developed and true to the games, one thing that bothered me was the amount of the exposition that was framed for humans, when none appear in the story. An example is an elcor explaining something medical to a quarians, a stellar, a volus and a batarian. The elcor keeps bringing up human examples of what he's talking about first, even though it's not a common reference point for any of the characters in the scene. Several characters do this, in a variety of situations, which I feel could have been better handled; this is obviously for the reader's benefit, and out of character.

Overall, I definitely don't regret listening to this; it FELT like mass effect, with memorable characters with distinct points of view. If you're a fan, I'd recommend it, if only for the very authentic cross species bickering and banter, as performed by the amazingly talented Taylorson.