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Lieutenant Cora Harper joined the Systems Alliance to develop and enhance her powerful biotic talents. She was assigned to the asari commando unit Talein's Daughters, where she honed her abilities to become a skilled and deadly huntress.

Returning to Earth, Cora finds herself a stranger among other humans, and joins the Andromeda Initiative as Alec Ryder's second-in-command. The mission will send 100,000 colonists on a one-way, 600-year-long journey into the unknown. When essential - and dangerous - tech is stolen, Cora is assigned to recover it before it can be used against the Initiative, and end the mission before it can begin.

©2017 N. K. Jemisin (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok...Not bad...Not great

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

An ok book. As a huge fan of the games - it was worth a listen. But I don’t think MEA has enough depth and breadth in its lore to rival with the Original Trilogy just yet. Alas, we didn’t really learn anything new (that wasn’t anticipated by the community) about the MEA universe or Cora herself. Still going to romance her in my next playthrough though:) She is a good character.

What three words best describe Fryda Wolff’s voice?

I liked Fryda’s voice work as FemRyder in the game, but I think BioWare can do better in finding a narrator. She has trouble doing male voice AND (which is just unforgivable) miss pronounces a lot of names and locations (like Palaven). Let me tell you, nerds like me are very sensitive to that.

Consider the following narrators:
Alix Wilton Regan
Miranda Raison
Ali Hillis
Tricia Janine Helfer

Any additional comments?

Let’s hope “the lost ark” makes up for lack of DLC and lore so far (yes, we are still mad about that).

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Updated Membership Paying Off

This was one of the many books included with the new membership. The majority of the books so far were not that great. This was the first I heard that did not suck tremendously. The narrator was excellent, the only thing I would say could have been improved was her voicing for Sam-E since he was male. The plot though was solid and fit well as a prequel to the Andromeda game.

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A Prequel Tale with Substance

This prequel of Cora and father Ryder does not disappoint any Mass Effect fan. The writing is a huge leap from the game titled Mass Effect Andromeda and the novel Mass Effect Andromeda: Nexus Uprising. With Mac Walters return to the Mass Effect Universe, the tale does not disappoint. Action, adventure, mystery, and huge amounts of canon Mass Effect lore are presented in Mass Effect: Initiation leading to a world of bewilderment. Readers will be met with exciting action sequences, small amounts of romance, a bit of that wry comedy found in Mass Effect, and much more. A tale from the space opera that is well worth the read. Fryda Wolff once again brings Mass Effect characters to life. Close your eyes and step into the world of Mass Effect as every character is beautifully articulated with the presence they deserve. Had Fryda Wolff voiced every character in the Mass Effect Andromeda video game the series would have been a revolutionary success due to her skill at distinguishing and bringing each character to life. For any Mass Effect fan prepare to step back into the world you love as Cora takes on her first challenges with the initiative.

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All the feels for Mass Effect

I've enjoyed the other ME tie-in media, but this book is the first one that evoked the feeling of playing ME 1-3. I particularly enjoyed the way Jemisin & Walters' telling of Cora's story. The book also gave the context and emotional weight I was looking for in my first playthrough of ME: Andromeda. Time to pick up ME:A again. :) #MassEffect #FeelGood #FemaleProtagonist #Heartfelt #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Great story, awesome narration

Yet another great entry in the mass effect story! a must listen if you're interested in the back story of side characters. I loved the narrators work, she did an awesome job. The story was solid, not the best in the world but I enjoy any and all life on these wonderful games.

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An unexpected joy.

I enjoyed the human interaction with AI as a side story that became a major plot twist.

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Best non-game Mass Effect media

Outside of playing the games (the original trilogy), this is by far the next best thing. I've read most Mass Effect novels and graphic novels but non come close to this.

Felt so immersed in the Mass Effect world which is told brilliantly. Fryda's reading is top notch. She makes every character distinct with her voice brilliantly.

Great pace, no wasted page/minute. If anything, I felt it ended too quickly 😥

Pulls on your Mass Effect heart strings very well. Thank you for this universe Mac Walters and Co 👌🏾🙌🏾

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Choice of words

Right off the bat, cussing. Got rid of it immediately. Don't people have the ability to write anymore? Does the writer need cussing to attract the reader? That seems very limited in writing talent. Can't you bring out that character's personality without the cussing? Maybe I'm jumping the gun because I didn't listen to the book, but my taste went 'sour' when I heard the an unappealing cuss word...yuck!

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Narration is fine, writing is cringe like the game

Cora is even more stupid here than in the game, I feel second hand embarrassment for Ms Wolff having to read this

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The Woke ruin a good story!

I was looking forward to rereading a beloved story about Shepard and his adventures in a fabulous universe with a myriad of characters. The Woke have ruined it.

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  • Majka Kulesza
  • 03-09-22

Wish there where more

Been playing the games since they first came out and restart ME:A when I started these books. Completely enjoyed all three books. just wish there where more to listen to.

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  • Christian
  • 05-08-22

Great book

the back story of the characters should my next playthrough of the game so much better

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  • Lex D
  • 01-24-22

Great Sci-fi read and must for fans

Another great instalment in the prequel books with a great delve into how Cora knew Ryder and came in to the initiative. Loved the build out of SAM and his impact to the lunch of the Hyperion and the troubles before launch. Superbly read by Fryda Wolff again and I will now go find more of her work thanks to this book.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 01-20-21

Better than the first one.

This is actually a good book with an interesting story, much action and also some interesting idea behind it.
Nothing in common with the first book.
I think it takes place before it.
Can recommend.
Still feels like it expects you to know more about the game but is it not uncomfortable, just leaves you wanting more details about how things work.

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  • Traxton
  • 04-28-20

Andromeda

listning to these books gives the game and charachters a whole new depth and love.

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  • MopishDruid
  • 02-18-20

great story

Another Great mass effect story yet to find a bad one. Excellent Narration delivering the story making you feel like you are in the story as it happens.

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 04-07-19

Good

I liked the story, but would not give it 5/5. the narrators were good, no doubt. Would recommend.

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  • Paige
  • 05-06-18

why couldn't the game be this good?

it really really made me actually come to like the character cora Harper. for any mass effect fan I'd strongly recommend

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  • Amy
  • 12-12-17

Another great addition to the Mass Effect universe

this story was another awesome addition to the saga and the writers knack for detail and ability to draw you into a vast world is outstanding. the narrator fryda wolff again has out done herself. her voice acting is so spot on and engaging you feel like you are right beside them in the adventure. hope to see alot more of these story from the mass effect games come to life through these books.

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  • Dale
  • 05-07-18

Great expanded personality of Cora. Great story.

i wasnt much of a fan of Cora in ME-A with the "im a huntress" stuff but here its much more broadened and an understanding of her personality, views, motives etc are relatable and likeable. The reading is great and had me obsorbed in the story the whole time. The few little mentions of ME easter eggs are great. I highly recommend this to anyone who like anything Mass Effect. Or scifi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-22

For fans and one off readers alike

back story of one Cora Harper and SAM must listen/read
works well as self contained story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-20

I love this book

I was very skeptical at the start but I the book only got better as it went on and solved so many questions after having playing the game so many times. Thank you