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This was definitely something different... It was a cross between sci-fi and fantasy.
The entire book takes place on an alien world, but humanity plays no role in the story.
I've only listened to one other book with a similar setting. It takes great creativity to build an entire alien race, their society, biology, planet, etc. This author did a really great job.
The story begins with Khe, an alien in a small farming village who discovers that she is the only one that does not experience the unstoppable pull that all females feel during mating season every two years. For this, she is made somewhat of an outcast.
This all changes when the scientists and doctors in a nearby city claim to have discovered a way to correct Khe's problem. When she returns home, not only is her malady cured, but she seems to have the ability to help the crops grow after she tends them. Khe is able to bring great recognition and benefit to her village by making their crops grow faster and larger, but this comes at a steep price... Khe is aging far faster than should be possible. When her villages leaders refuse to acknowledge this, and want to force her to keep making crops grow regardless of the consequences to her life, she flees her village and attempts to reach the doctors that did this to her, and reverse it if they can.
What Khe discovers in her journey is far more sinister than a simple medical procedure gone bad. There is, in fact, a long history of brutal medical and scientific experimentation going back hundreds of years. Experiments that are being directed by a mysterious, unseen influence that has been controlling her people for hundreds of years...
Narration was very good as well. The narrator did a very good job with the different characters, and the narration never interfered with the story.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for something different. The fact that the author emerged the reader into an entire new world without humans was very intriguing and made for a great listen.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I found this novel to be an amazing creation. By setting the entire story on another world inhabited by an alien race, Razevich makes big demands on the reader's imagination, but for those willing to take the journey it offers substantial rewards. The story is fascinating, and the writing is full of brilliant inventions.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Khe?
I loved the prologue, with the threatening beasts, and the finale, where we meet the dominating Lumani race. Apparently made of pure energy, they are a convincing evocation of truly alien beings.
Which character – as performed by Angel Clark – was your favorite?
Khe, with the Babbler a close second.
Any additional comments?
A fine audio performance of an extraordinary book.
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If you could sum up Khe in three words, what would they be?
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I really enjoyed it so on one hand I wouldn't change a thing. It creates a great universe and social structure around the characters. Maybe increasing the pace of the story(?) although once again I liked it.
What about Angel Clark’s performance did you like?
I liked the narration, a nice voice that was easy to listen too and drew me into this impressive world.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, even though it's not a fast paced book it's got something that pulls you back into this immersive and well written world.
Any additional comments?
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