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Publisher's Summary

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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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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this book is an actual masterpiece.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tried 1st Book

Had already tried the first book and couldn't make it through didn't realize this was one in same series till later and couldn't read.

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  • Laura Willow
  • 03-26-20

Brilliant listening

I loved the narration, perfectly MassEffecty - in line with established sounds of the universe.

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 04-06-19

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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  • L. McDowell
  • 01-31-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-25-22

Only for fans

The whole plot seems like a sidequest in the actual MassEffect games. This is the biggest issue I think. It could have had some more action. The second problem is that if you have no clue about the MassEffect universe or you havent played any of the games, this whole book will hit hard with refrences that at best they're not very well exaplained. Hell, even the main plot is based on the race frustration between aliens, tensions you couldnt possibly understand and care about unless you have some knowledge of the lore, which makes the end as useless as a Vorcha in the Citadel Council if you dont know the history and conflict of the races.

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  • GMB
  • 07-24-22

cracking story

A really good story, at first the amount of characters can be overwhelming but stick with it...the story will out...

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  • ai83
  • 06-29-22

Captivating, bit hard to follow

It was a detective story in the end but the sci-fi details really made it come alive. There were lots of characters for such a short story, which made it impossible to figure out the bad guy (if such feat was even possible here). However some were really memorable and endearing, especially the Shakespeare loving Elcor and the VI granny. I was so sorry both were lost in the end, which is why the book gets 1 less stars for killing both my favorite characters only to torment me.

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  • A. S.Kushtiwala
  • 05-11-22

Slow until near to the end it gets good.

Overall its good but too much drama too begin with but it was worth the wait for the climax.

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  • Christian
  • 05-11-22

good book

after playing the game i awalys wonder why half the mass effect species were missing but this book done a good job on explaining why there missing

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  • Lex D
  • 02-02-22

Another great instalment in the prequel trilogy

Lovely story using species in the universe that are less well known or used in the main games. Very clever use of language to differentiate them. Wonderful story and the performance really hammers it home. Would be full five stars if not for the occasional rambling stories to build the characters that take you out the heart of the story at certain point. Still recommend for any sci-fi fan and an absolute for a lover of the games.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Loved the narrator!

Interesting story and great performance by the narrator doing various voices like elcor..."wholeheartedly amused human". Made it an interesting piece to listen to.

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  • Richard McKenna
  • 08-11-22

can't stand the sick sounds for some characters

I tried to push through it but when the narrator uses a sick sniffle heavy breathing sound for one of the characters it drives me insane and I can't get into the book or even close to finishing.

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  • Xenkarr
  • 05-24-22

Bittersweet lament; this story was excellent.

While I remain saddened by Mass Effect Andromeda being abandoned by EA, this story on the Quarian ark was great, and Tom Taylorson (aka Scott Ryder) performed brilliantly, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-07-22

who was that again?

i enjoyed it. but not knowing what race looks like in this universe, it was hard to remember who was who by the time i was a quarter way through the reading.

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  • JP
  • 06-10-21

Great if you love Mass Effect

A good listen for Mass Effect fans especially if you want to see more from the minor races since they are the main focus of the story. Plus the narrator is great.

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  • Aeraldi
  • 01-09-21

Fantastic narrator, average story.

The narrator was absolutely amazing in this book. Having been a longtime fan of the games, his accents regarding each species was spot on and by far my favourite pay of the book.

As for the story itself, while not a terrible story, was very much a 'who did it' type where everyone is pointing the finger at each other. They still work together to achieve the end goal but are constantly wary of each other.

Well executed but just not my type of story, nor what I was expecting from a mass effect story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-19

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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  • Frank
  • 02-19-19

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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  • Lord Harris
  • 11-20-18

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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  • Dale
  • 11-19-18

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.