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Truth of the Divine

De : Lindsay Ellis
Lu par : Abigail Thorn,Kaveh Taherian,Stephanie Willis
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    PLEASE NOTE: An earlier version of this audiobook had chapters out of order, but this error has been corrected.

    Truth of the Divine is the new alternate history first contact novel from the instant New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and LA Times best-selling video essayist Lindsay Ellis.

    The human race is at a crossroads; we know that we are not alone, but details about the alien presence on Earth are still being withheld from the public. As the political climate becomes more unstable, the world is forced to consider the ramifications of granting human rights to non-human persons. How do you define “person” in the first place?

    Cora Sabino not only serves as the full-time communication intermediary between the alien entity Ampersand and his government chaperones, but also shares a mysterious bond with him that is both painful and intimate in a way that neither of them could have anticipated. Despite this, Ampersand is still keen on keeping secrets, even from her, which backfires on both of them when investigative journalist Kaveh Mazandarani, a close colleague of Cora’s estranged whistleblower father, witnesses far more of Ampersand’s machinations than anyone was meant to see.

    Since Cora has no choice but to trust Kaveh, the two must work together to prove to a fearful world that intelligent, conscious beings should be considered persons, no matter how monstrous-looking, powerful, or malicious they may seem. Making this case is hard enough when the public doesn’t know what it’s dealing with, and it will only become harder when a mysterious flash illuminates the sky, marking the arrival of an agent of chaos that will light an already unstable world on fire.

    A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

    ©2021 Lindsay Ellis (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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    • Hillary
    • 21/10/2021

    Very anxious bridge movie

    I really love the premise of this story from the first novel and had high hopes on listening to the second book of this series, including the political ramifications of a story like this- but I had a really hard time getting through this audio book.

    Unfortunately the narration performance of this felt more detrimental to this story than immersive. About half way through listening to this, I genuinely felt regret that I didn't try to order the book and read it for myself instead of listen to this audio book. (for context, I read the first novel, and did not listen to the first novel's audio book. Certain creative choices obviously clashed with my own brain's idea of how I narrated this in my head, including the idea that these aliens all used some variation of text-to-speech generated voices)

    Stephanie Willis's performance is a mix. On the one hand she is wonderful at conveying anxiety and panic in her performance (It is very effective, and stirred a lot of my own feelings of panic when listening to her narrate a character experiencing many. Many panic attacks) On the other hand, It felt hard to listen to her sobbing into the mic. It was a great performance, but perhaps too great for my own nerves.
    Kaveh's Taherian definitely had issues with tone where there was sarcasm completely missed during the certain dialogue and internal dialogue moments.
    The choice to use a robotic voice mod over their own voices for certain characters sometimes made it difficult to hear what was being said, and there is at least one moment where the voice mod was held down for a moment too long as the narrator was no longer speaking as said character.
    Abigail Thorn's performances were brief compared to Steph and Kaveh, so the most I can say is she pulled off some great american accents and news caster voices. At some moments I was nearly convinced that there was an unlisted mystery narrator that worked on this audio book.

    Beyond the performance, the story surprised me how much the focus was going to be largely about ptsd. It felt like it dragged on a bit regarding this, but from what I understand this book series is going to be 4 books. I have 3 hrs left of listening to go through and felt a little disappointed with how much of the focus leaned on the human perspectives despite being a series about relationships between humans and aliens. The best comparison to this feeling is like watching a monster movie, and only getting to see 10 minutes of a really cool monster scenes due to budget reasons or the director's desire to ensure the air of mystery is maintained on the monsters for as long as possible.

    tldr: All in all, I'm sure many people will like this novel (and kudos to the team that worked on this) but the narration killed it for me, and the themes of hurt/comfort/anxiety dragged on for longer than I would have enjoyed.

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    • Anthony Roberts
    • 19/10/2021

    CHAPTERS OUT OF SEQUENCE (update: fixed?)

    When the book first dropped several chapters were out of order, however it appears to have been updated. If you're having problems I suggest deleting and re-downloading. I'm editing this review to remove the 1-star rating I gave initially to be fair to the author and voice actors because everything else is fine so far.

    I'll edit this review for a real review of the story/performance later.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 01/11/2021

    Where did they get this guy?

    The female parts are read expertly. The male part is absolutely awful. Story is ok

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    • Anonymous User
    • 28/11/2021

    Fun read...

    Fun read, just not sure of Kaveh's voice. He sounded a little bland and unconvincing at times.

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    • James
    • 09/11/2021

    Great Story, sometimes narration too quiet

    I loved the story and having different narrators added a lot. Sometimes the performers would speak very quietly (because the characters are whispering or whatever) and that's nice and all if you're in an ideal listening environment, but it was hard to hear over ambient noise. Small complaint. I really dig the story and the characters very well written.

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    • Anonymous User
    • 25/10/2021

    good story, but probably should have got the book

    Hard to listen to in some passages as Cora's actor does almost too good job of portraying panic attacks and mental breakdowns. dont recomend if trying to relax after a stressful day.
    the actor for kaveh was the opposite, some chapters were well read and expressed emotion, usually those involving his family and the passages spoken in I assume farsi? but others were way too casual, almost like he was reading the newspaper and trying to speed read through it at that. the recording quality for his sections was also noticeably poorer. You can hear an echo at times and what seemed like a last minute edit that was thrown in in one section (it seemed like it was an editors note to address a plot hole).

    if you liked the first audio book and want to continue the story I would probably recomend the printed version over the audio book unless you really want to hear the agonized screams of the character vs just imagining them yourself.

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    • Stephen Thornton
    • 27/12/2021

    Great Follow Up

    I really enoyed this book, her depictions of mental illness were incredibly well done. I did like the additional characters. I was a bit resistant at first but Kave was a good dude. The voice performance was a little meh and was maybe why I didn't like it. Compared to Kora's voice performer who was amazing. The political stuff seemed so poignant to todays atmosphere that it was almost infuriating to here over and over. but that is what makes it a great book. Great work Lindsey Elis, great work

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    • T. E. P. Chavez
    • 13/10/2022

    Loved the book, but this one might be better read than hard

    This is a riveting, page turner of the story that will have fans of Axiom’s End completely gripped. Unfortunately, that grip is likely to lose its hold when Kaveh Taherian’s narration begins. Compared to his co-narrators, Taherian comes across as though he is reading these words for the very first time. He does get better by the end of the book, but for many hours it feels like a rehearsal, and it breaks the story’s urgent pacing.

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    • T. Long
    • 09/05/2022

    Cora is such a bad person to follow

    The narration for this book is excellent. Well told and performed. My big problem is Cora is such a horrible person to follow.

    She is uninteresting with nothing going on outside of her clearly toxic and obsessive relationship with Ampersand. While I recognize she has PTSD she does little to help herself with it. If there was no Kaveh I can't picture her being able to function as a person. She is selfish, making just about everything about her but hypocritical in that she chastised others for doing the same.

    She comes off as very white savor in her interactions and interests with the aliens. Like she is the only one that can save them, even from themselves. She clearly does not respect their outlook on life or their POV. She shows little respect for their views and insists that the way they think is wrong. She frequently overreacts and makes things worse. Other characters tend to pay the price for the choices and mistakes she makes. Other characters are wrong for how they treat Cora but Cora isn't wrong for how she treats others.

    Cora is such an incredibly selfish person. Her desires and wants are whats important. Others are either ignored or presented as being wrong with Cora being the one that is right. This is especially true when what Cora wants conflicts with what the aliens want and how Cora is ultimately positioned as being the one who is correct and them and their desires are whats wrong. It smacks of white savorism and white folks needing to protect others from even themselves.

    Some of what she does is the result of PTSD but having PTSD is not an excuse for being such a shitty person. And just about everything about her and Ampersand is just so very toxic. I'm not sure why anyone would want to follow them or root for them.

    The book is filled with far more interesting characters and it's a shame they aren't the focus of the story. The antagonists for the book are so cartoonishly evil. They aren't real people with complex lives and motivations but instead just one dimension cut outs. Evil CIA man. Evil general. Even the supremacist are so cartoonishly evil.

    Honestly if I had to read this book I would have never finished it.

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    • henry
    • 29/11/2021

    Worth your monthly credit.

    It starts to feel a little like one of those vampire boyfriend stories in the beginning, but the story will bend away from that. Stephanie is excellent again in her performance.

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    • Patric
    • 08/12/2021

    I liked the first book…

    The first book was surprisingly good for a debut novel from a YouTuber. Thought it wasn’t perfect I hoped the author would learn from the first book but she didn’t. It even got worse.

    It seems to me that there wasn’t much more to tell after the first book ended and this must have been true cause this book introduces new main characters and topics and they are in the center now and the old ones are tactically avoided.

    The political issue and the whole racism theme - thought very interesting- could have been the final chapter of the first book and not an entire book.
    I don’t mind boring books but a book that knows that and tries to divert from this problem the entirety of the story isn’t worth reading.

    The audio quality/editing is just poor and the aliens are hard to understand.
    To add an unprofessional male narrator wasn’t a smart move and totally unnecessary. The two women are doing a great job but it doesn’t compensate for the other shortcomings. This was by far the worst listening experience from an audiobook I own.

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    • Luisa Braun
    • 11/11/2021

    Packende Geschichte, leider teils etwas schleppend

    Der 2. Teil der Reihe befasst sich mit dem Thema Trauma und bildet dieses auch realistisch ab. Im Gegensatz zum ersten Teil sorgt dies jedoch dafür, dass sich die Story sehr auf einzelne Personen beschränkt und nicht mehr so sehr aufs große Ganze. Das macht es nicht weniger interessant, gab mir aber Teils das Gefühl in der Geschichte teilweise nicht so recht voran zu kommen. Ich denke das liegt auch daran, dass ich Teil 1 und 2 direkt nach einander gehört habe.

    Die Sprecher machen einen tollen Job, leider versteht man die Aliens dieses Mal aber nicht so richtig gut.

    Ich freu mich auf den nächsten Teil.

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    • Jonas Büchner
    • 18/03/2022

    Magnificent

    I don’t know what to do with this experience, but I am so glad I had it.

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    • Andrea Hübner
    • 25/01/2022

    very Well written and performed but rarely fun

    this one is way darker than the first book. some chapters are a pain to get through because the writing and performance really make you FEEL like you have unhealable trauma. its really good... but it wont make you feel good.

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    • Tiemo Brants
    • 23/12/2021

    Phenomenal voice acting

    Stephanie Willis is unbelievably good in the second installment of Lindsay Ellis' Sci-Fi book series.
    I really liked her performance in Axiom's End but this time she really (and I mean REALLY) brought it. It left me speechless at times. Wonderfully written and heartwrenching story that was exceptionally performed by the entire cast. I can't wait for the next one!

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    • Heljel
    • 06/12/2021

    looking forward to book 3

    the story is good, Ellis tackles the subject confidently mature, the pov changes between two characters, I liked the new additions to the cast, the end was heartbreaking in its fatalism

    the content warnings are no joke, if topics like anxiety, suicide, self-harm, etc. are a problem, be careful if and how you engage with this

    it wears its contempt for American politics on its sleeve and I can respect that, some might be put off by its thesis though, don't think it's intended audience are xenophobic right wing nut jobs, so it's probably not an issue

    sometimes the narration changes tone, don't know whether these are edits or added later, but it was somewhat distracting

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    • Tobias Schemken
    • 25/11/2021

    New stories deserve some new voices

    it was a really nice sequel, to her own book. old characters were expanded, but the focus seems to be more on the new characters, to the extend that some even shortly take over the pov at some point whilst others are absent at times.
    a definite improvement on the first book which I already liked in both story and performance!