Mass Effect : Mass Effect

  • by Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by David Colacci
  • Series: Mass Effect
  • 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every advanced society in the galaxy relies on the technology of the Protheans, an ancient species that vanished 50,000 years ago. After discovering a cache of Prothean technology on Mars in 2148, humanity is spreading to the stars---the newest interstellar species, struggling to carve out its place in the greater galactic community.On the edge of colonized space, ship commander and Alliance war hero David Anderson investigates the remains of a top secret military research station---smoking ruins littered with bodies and unanswered questions. Who attacked this post, and for what purpose? And where is Kahlee Sanders, the young scientist who mysteriously vanished from the base hours before her colleagues were slaughtered?Sanders is now the prime suspect, but finding her creates more problems for Anderson than it solves. Partnered with a rogue alien agent he can't trust, and pursued by an assassin he can't escape, Anderson battles impossible odds on uncharted worlds to uncover a sinister conspiracy...one he won't live to tell about. Or so the enemy thinks.

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Enhances the enjoyment of the games substantially

This book exposes a lot of back story for Saren and Anderson. It make great strides in making the video games feel weighty. Saren's fall into madness in Mass Effect 1 means much more now that you know what he was like before he discovered Sovereign. The book also humanized Anderson, and that makes him even more likable.

As far as the narrator goes, he is pretty damn great. His female voices are surprisingly good.
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- Some Dude

Fun for a Mass Effect fan

I've played all three Mass Effect games multiple times and I'm a big fan of its lore and universe. I'm also a fan of science fiction action, which this mostly consists of. It's not a perfect book, but if you're like me you'll probably enjoy it.

This book was released in early 2007 and is often described as a "prequel" to the first Mass Effect game, but the book actually came out several months beforehand. I can't imagine many people read it then because while it does a good job of explaining the universe and technology to the point that it's still understandable, the visuals leave some to be desired if you haven't already seen the races and sites described. And while the story and action are fun, it really helps if you already know what's going on and can get that extra stuff out of it.

I could go more into the story, but honestly if you're still reading this, you'll probably get enough enjoyment to make it worth your time and money/credit. It's a book about Mass Effect by the primary writer of Mass Effect. It features a few Mass Effect characters and many Mass Effect races, but no morality choices or graphics. It some longer infodumps (many of which are unnecessary to the players of the game), but I still enjoyed them. David Colacci does a decent job in terms of voices - nothing to write home about, but not distracting either.
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- Platypus Man

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio