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When Andrea is young, she and her parents are caught in a hurricane, while they barely survive it, it's when her dad tries to rescue her neighbour in the aftermath, that she loses him. From that moment on, she was fixated with the idea of trying to stop a hurricane! Years later, while researching a promising way to stop the hurricane, her husband and his men, unintentionally create the largest hurricane in history, but while most of her colleagues return safely, the hurricane, along with Andreas husband, disappear in the "Devils Triangle". Heartbroken, Andrea keeps trying to find a way to stop the hurricanes from hitting land, or at least, slow them down! 30 years pass and Andrea is getting data that seems to confirm that a massive hurricane is forming exactly where the last one was! Everything points to it being the exact same as the one years earlier, one that will devastate the country. Along with a weird transmission from the hurricane, she believes this is the one that vanished 30 years ago, the one that vanished her husband too!!
At first I expected this to be like the movie "Twister" but with hurricanes, since the blurb said, Hurricane Hunter! But it's not! This is more a detailed look at hurricanes and Andreas life trying to change them so other people never have to lose a loved one! While not being very fast paced, I still enjoyed this. Even with it being Fiction, it was still fascinating following Andrea and her team and learning all about hurricanes.
Andrea was a worthy heroine, she was focused, smart and not afraid to take the necessary risks to try to save people. Her husband, Phil was also an awesome character, though we didn't see much of him! Both were well written, though not as developed as I would of liked.
In all this was a good read. It wasn't very fast paced but still enjoyable. It made me realise how lucky I am to live in Ireland since we don't have extreme weather like that. Hurricanes are deadly!!! If you like an adventurous detailed tale of hurricanes, then this is for you :)
Karyn O'Bryant did a good job narrating this. She was clear and concise and read the story well, though her male voices weren't the best! She needed to lower her tone a little more.
*I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, unless they were really into obtuse hurricane stories. This is book is at the same time interesting, and a mess. I wouldn't put my friends through this.
Would you recommend The Mote in Andrea's Eye to your friends? Why or why not?
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Yes, although they narrator did not manage to voice men very well, particularly in the latter chapters. I do understand that cross gender emulation is not easy, and she did try, but was inconsistent and , for whatever reason, got off track at the end.
Did The Mote in Andrea's Eye inspire you to do anything?
Not really. I have visited the areas covered in the book however, so it did bring back memories of some of those trips.
Any additional comments?
Where to start? <br/>Positive: <br/>interesting proposition, clearly with some detailed research and a topic that is not always covered.<br/>Negative:<br/>so many loose, or even totally not discussed ends, that it felt incomplete or a mash up of a number of story ideas just randomly thrown together.<br/>Oh, we can lose the black coffee references.<br/>I would want some better research done into actual offshore towing as well, which clearly was not done here.<br/><br/>I was provided this book by the author on Audioblast in exchange for this independent review. Clearly they are getting it. I would say worth the credit IF you are interested in hurricanes.
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Where does The Mote in Andrea's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Over the years I have read and listened to many books which fall into the categories excellent, which I could listen to again, very good, mediocre and boring. This comes under the heading of a good book. as the narrator spoiled it for me.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mote in Andrea's Eye?
When phil wicks flew over a hurricane and the author described the hurricane beneath him for the first time.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Karyn O'Bryant?
This narrator was not to my taste. Her delivery seemed slow at times. the pace of the book carried her through as her speed improved in keeping with the story.. I would not seek her out in the future.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
yes, although describing it would mean spoiler alerts for future readers..
Any additional comments?
The opening paragraphs of this book had a lot of needless description in my opinion, but after the description of the first hurricane, which was really good the book became engrossing. The hurricanes are the star of this book, followed by Andrea and Phil.