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There is an epic sweep to this book not only because it takes place over much of a lifetime, but it deals with core issues:
◾How do we find our identity and calling in a world where convention and societal pressure would have us choose a safe and deadening path?
◾How do we risk ourselves to truly abandon our self-focus to love another, not just love our image of another but love the person, in the midst of a world filled with pain and loss
◾Can we let go of our self-focus, our enlightened self-interest and ought we?
Cassandra Rose Clarke brilliantly explores these issues and more in The Mad Scientist's Daughter. Science fiction has always been a great medium to explore issues since we're pulled out of our culture, and its related blinders, into another world with less pre-built conceptions. Ms. Clarke takes a future earth, which is so much like our own, with all our current foibles, some additional challenges and capabilities. The story centers around Caterina Novak and Finn. Cat is the daughter in the title and Finn, an android unique in his understanding and consciousness.
I listened to much of the story on the Audible version (flipping between the Kindle and the Audible version with Whispersync for Voice). Kate Rudd narrates the story. I first heard Ms. Rudd perform John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. She is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators and performs this book admirably. One of the brilliant choice points was to play Finn with a totally flat, neutral voice. This may seem obvious for an android but I've heard them done with very artificial robotic voices. This is done with flat, even timing and tone but it never feels artificial. Certainly her performance drew me in and allowed me to get lost in the novel.
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I just love this story and wish there was more to hear about Kat and Finn.
Where does The Mad Scientist's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Pretty good but could have been a little better with a different narrator.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mad Scientist's Daughter?
Nothing specially stands out. But I enjoyed the interaction of Kat and Finn.
Did Kate Rudd do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?
Well . . . I do think the voice of Kat's father was poor. Kate Rudd tried to deepen her voice to give the impression of an older man, but with her rather slow, deliberate narrating style it came over rather like someone reading The Three Bears to a child and trying to do Daddy Bear. Sometimes the narration was a bit too slow and ponderous for comfort. At first it was a bit off-putting but it didn't really spoil it for me once I got used to the way she read it as I enjoyed the story itself a lot.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The same as the book - "A tale of love, loss and robots."
Any additional comments?
Starts off feeling rather like a children's book or one aimed at young adults but this is largely due to the narrating style. But it develops as the character Kat gets older within the story so I suppose it works that way. I did look forward to hearing more of it each day so i'd recommend it if you like stories like Edward Scissorhands maybe.