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On a Red Station, Drifting

Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins

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For generations, Prosper Station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station's artificial intelligence has offered guidance and protection to its human relatives.  

But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. Prosper's brightest minds have been called away to defend the emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station's resources. As deprivations cause the station's ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. 

What Quyen does not know is that the Honoured Ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance....

©2013 Aliette de Bodard (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Rachael Williams
  • 08-07-2019

Great world-building and characters, volume issues

I liked this story. The ideas were new and exciting. I would have loved to see more world building and get the know the characters more.

The only issue I had with this was the differences in volume. The narrator does a great job with expressing emotions but the volume gets way too loud when switching from narrating a scene or thoughts to voicing dialogue. The dialogue volume was so loud I would have to turn it down but then I couldn't hear the regular narrations quipped between speaking.