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Perilous Waif  Audiobook

Perilous Waif : Alice Long, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different.

When I was little I used to climb up to the highest branches of the housetree at night, and watch the starships docking at the orbital stations high above. Forty meters off the ground, watching ships 30,000 kilometers overhead, with senses that could pick out radar pings and comm chatter as easily as the ships themselves. It all seemed perfectly natural at the time.

There were other kids with mods at the orphanage, but nothing like that. I learned fast to downplay my abilities, keep my mouth shut, and try to blend in. Even as a kid I knew not to trust the Matrons. What would they do if they realized the Adjustments that were supposed to make me a meek little herd animal didn't do anything?

Then I messed up and gave myself away.

Now I'm on the run, hoping against hope that the Matrons won't try too hard to find me. Hoping to survive all the awful things that can happen to a girl on her own in space. Kidnappers, slavers, pirates, and yakuza - no matter where I go, trouble always seems to find me.

Good thing I'm not as helpless as I look.

©2017 E. William Brown (P)2017 E. William Brown

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    Allan 18/05/2017
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    "Great Sci Fi"

    loved the story and the thought put into scientific principles the universe has been built on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    4/04/17
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    "Amazing."

    This audiobook was quite a ride, thinking about it this story reminded me a lot of the movie Treasure Planet (not the plot though or aliens – more of the feel). Treasure Planet that is for mature audiences (there are no explicit sex scenes) which include an interesting take on AI and Genetic engineering, also has a neat implementation on interstellar travel, and the protagonist is just a bit overpowered (I think some would say Mary Sue-like qualities). (No aliens in the book as far as I could tell). This book is fun – action packed, and most of all an interesting perspective on humanities future.

    Overall (4.5/5)

    The performance was good, but I think the narrator got a bit excitable in places. I noticed this at the beginning, but there were a few instances in which the narrator speeds up when something exciting is happening – the speed is up all right, but it felt like some of the words were not being enunciated correctly or wholly. I usually listen to books at 2x speed but had to lower the speed to 1.7x to cope with the bursts of excitability. The voice of the narrator fits rather well with the story, and production was good. Note – I am not saying that emotion is bad – I am saying that enunciating each word at the same pace and speed of the last is important – having half the sentence end at double the speed of the first half is not good.

    Performance (3.5/5)

    The story is told from one perspective, Alex. This is quite an adventure story, from escaping a mind control regime, visiting strange new places, criminal organisation(s), treasure ships, chase scenes, blowing stuff up – sometimes with small nukes, and a few learning montages. People in this society are in some ways designed; there is a fascinating exploration of AI development and also Nanotechnology + some genetic engineering. The story explores these technologies – but I would not classify this as hard science fiction. Alex is different – but does that mean she is not human or is it just a next step? While this book has a lot of cool concepts going on and is very imaginative, the author gives a well-paced story, that is the story came first the cool ideas second.

    Story (4.5/5)

    Having read both the Kindle version and listened to the audiobook – I feel like both are mostly on par with each other.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Asbjørn
    30/04/17
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    "A book for Young adults, with a little more depth"

    A book for Young adults, with a little more depth than usual.

    The main layout is very basic: Young main person, that don’t fit in. Has a mysterious past. Runs away. Becomes awesome over night and everyone loves her.
    The sub story and long term plot, has a little more depth than the normal young adults book. I hope the story will develop and maybe make the hero a little less “perfect and awesome”.

    The bad side of the story is that the main character gets a lot of quick fixes and become perfect and gets an easy solution in every situation. The skill system for the hero is based on growing internal “modifications”. This skill system gets over used in this book, and saves to many situations, without any big struggles for the hero.

    The story has potential, but I hope for a better and less awesome hero in book two.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/04/17
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    "loved it"

    starts off as a girl wanting to get away from an oppressive society and ends with battlesuit combat. touches on mind hacking, biological engineering, ai, lower scale aircraft rights etc . very nice twist to the genre

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John
    United States
    22/04/17
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    "Awesome!"

    A uniquely original and exciting sci-fi universe that is extraordinarily well thought out. Eagerly awaiting the next installment from the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • roadmedic
    19/04/17
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    "Wow"

    It is so rare to find a SF writer with an understanding of economics and political systems. I was floored when the author explains the scarcity that still exist in his advanced world that is the basis of its economy. Totally loved that!!! This adds a lot of realism to the story that I don't find in other books. The world built in this book is amazing and I look forward to more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    13/04/17
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    "an enjoyable peek at coming of age tomorrow"

    good work on drifting into a future without falling down all the traps of post humanity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    Folsom, CA, United States
    6/04/17
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    "Love the book a new type of Space story"

    Both the story and and the narrator combine for an enjoyable listening experience.

    I look forward to the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Wilson
    Franklin, PA United States
    27/04/17
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    "I should take off a star but could not because..."

    The story arc romps along and keeps on pulling you along. Lots of action scenes but none of those overblown Hollywood slap the hero down till he is past dead and then he miraculously gets up and beat up the bad guy stuff. (I always want to punch and author just once one the jaw every time I see or read one for those scenes - trust me it will change your life...)

    Anyway a really good yarn of a 'supergirl' that discovers here origins but told very well. Sure it is a hollow ridden theme but this is about the journey...

    Now there is a bit too much "thinking" about sex for my taste but then I am not a young girl so what do I know...

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    22/04/17
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    "I look forward to the next book"

    Okay, I don't normally start a series until multiple books are out and oopsed buying this one, but I am not sorry. I loved the story and the narrator was great for this character. Despite the fact that the character was more everything than anyone else. the author did it in a way that had you liking her too. I actually look forward to seeing her development in the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    21/04/17
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    "Starts slow, but a good exciting story after that"
    Any additional comments?

    Listed as a series, but there is only one book so far (just my luck). Looking forward to follow on books. Good adventure story if you can dig through the jargon of the technology (might be a problem for some). But the story moves right along after the ground work is laid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • ryan
    19/04/17
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    Great story, very intricate world, narrator totally sold it can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crackdown
    UK
    27/10/17
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    "Surprisingly enjoyable. Great narrator."

    I ended up loving this book. I think the narrator did a great job. She managed to convey the innocence of a young teenager, yet that moved onto a more mature footing as the main character learnt more of her own history, I guessed where some of that history information was heading, but it still didn't spoil the book.

    There was also some superb work by the narrator in making so many different characters come to life.

    Don't be put off thinking this is a novel just for youthful people. There's a smattering of some bad language (odd words only) that drags it into the adult sphere. And it's skillfully added language, which is right within context.

    I truly hope this combination of author and narrator do future books, hopefully even expanding on this realm.

    In summary; a really nice story that was over all too soon. Plus a narrator who has firmly placed herself into my top 5 narrators. I'm only disappointed the UK Audible site doesn't have more of her works in their library for us to buy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager
    UK
    29/07/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Superb writing, excellent narration and I look forward to book 2 and hopefully book 3, 4 and 5

    NO SPOILERS

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melvin Hathaway
    30/06/17
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    Mare has an excellent way of telling the story. All the characters have a defined voice. The story itself seems a little slow to begin but hang in there if you like space fantasy. I found it very easy to listen to and a most enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kenneth
    10/06/17
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    "Story yes, Tech no."

    Good storyline and a steady pace.
    Loved the principle character but would have liked her to have been a year or more older.
    I will be ordering the next Audio book.
    But will be skipping anymore appendix tech chapters. Boring !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gebdis
    25/04/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Couldn't put it down.

    Listened to it in two days.

    Only stopped to sleep.

    Can't wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/07/17
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    "It has redeeming features, but..."

    I liked the story, mostly. Elements of it have left me a touch confused, though. In a society that has nano-technology, and space travel: where is the value in gold? There must be trillions of tons of it floating about in asteroids, why would anyone value a raw material such as this? That is never explained to my satisfaction.

    Another small gripe is the "Orphan child finds out they are royalty" trope, plus the lengths the author goes through to get from (broadly) ordinary child to supreme killing machine and tactician is slightly tortuous.

    Lastly, the narrator has a few word-pronouncing issues, which slightly spoiled my listening experience every now and again.

    But, for all that, it's a pretty entertaining romp, and the appendices at the end were almost as interesting as the main story. I'm an Engineer, so your mileage may vary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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