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Friday, February 1, 2013

Audio Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Posted by Irish in Review9 Comments

Title: A Million Suns (Goodreads)

Publisher: Penguin Audio (Audio); 
Razorbill (Print)
Publication Date: 10 Jan 12 (Audio & Print)
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: B006VPARMY (Audio),  
159514398X (Hardcover)
Format: Audio
Audio Length: ~10 hrs
Narrator: Tara Carrozza, Lucas Salvagno

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Place(s) Traveled to: The ship Godspeed, between Earth and Centauri-Earth

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: “This isn’t going to be easy,” I mutter, staring at the solid metal door that leads to the Engine Room on the Shipper Level of Godspeed.

Godspeed Series Order

Book 0.5: As They Slip Away (Read it free here.)
Book 1: Across the Universe
Book 2: A Million Suns

Book 3: Shades of Earth

After finishing Across the Universe I wasn’t in a rush to read A Million Suns. I liked Across the Universe but I wasn’t head over heels in love with it as so many others seemed to be. But as an advanced copy of Shades of Earth crossed my path and Beth Revis is due to come through my area on a book tour soon I thought that I would revisit this series. As with most bloggers I find that I have a ton of books to read and never enough time to read them so I thought that I would use one of my credits and try out the audio of A Million Suns. Since the book is told in two POVs, Amy and Elder, there are two narrators and I enjoy this set up a  lot. 

I really liked Tara Carrozza’s narration from the moment the audio started. To me she sounded like the Amy that I pictured in my head and overall she did a good job. Not too fast or two slow though she did have some trouble with the male voices on occasion. Lucas Salvagno, on the other hand, took me a bit longer to get used to. His pacing was just a bit too slow for my tastes and he didn’t do as good a job doing female voices as I  would have liked. But as the audio progressed I got used to his style and by the end I enjoyed what both narrators brought to the table. So much so that I’m thinking of using another Audible credit for the audio of Shades of Earth. 

I liked the plot of A Million Suns better than the one in Across the Universe even though it did include plot devices that I don’t like. I’ve never been a fan of the whole, I’ve got a secret and you need to make a choice but I can’t tell you what it is so lets leave cryptic clues and hope that you figure it out plot device. It just seems like a cheap way to create some mystery and drama to me. I also figured out the other mystery in the book pretty early on but I was still entertained by the story as I waited for the characters to come to the same realizations that I had. 

As with Across the Universe, I enjoyed the world that Revis created on the ship Godspeed. I liked how the others on the ship began to find their voice in this book and how they challenged each other and Elder. Though I didn’t always agree with how they went about doing things. I didn’t like how A Million Suns ended with more of a cliff hanger than the first book so I was glad that I had waited to read it until Shades of Earth was almost out. I liked the pacing of the novel and found myself really engrossed in the story. After reading A Million Suns I’m now really looking forward to the final book in the series. When I finished Across the Universe I wasn’t sure if, or when, I would pick up its sequel. Now that I have I am defiantly glad that I did. I enjoy Revis’s writing and the world that she has created on Godspeed and am really curious to see where things go next. For me, A Million Suns was a total win. I’m glad that I read it and think that it will appeal to any sci-fi fan out there. 

9 Responses to “Audio Review: A Million Suns by Beth Revis”

    • Irish

      By the end I liked both the narrators very much. They each did a good job bringing Elder and Amy to life.

  1. Vivien

    I just LOVE this series. I read the first, listened to the second and read the third. From the first chapter, I was hooked. Then listening to AMS, I really got into this story. Like I was there, on the ship. So frexing brilliant.

    • Irish

      I’m a little torn on how I want to do the third book. I’ll read it faster but I did enjoy the audio…it may come down to a coin flip

  2. A Buckeye Girl Reads

    I’m really enjoying this series-it’s just so refreshing. I just finished this book, and am in love with Elder. I can’t wait to read Shades of Earth!

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