Captain Luta Paixon of the far trader Tane Ikai needs to know why she looks like a woman in her thirties--even though she's actually eighty-four. She isn't the only one desperate for that information.
The explanation might lie with her geneticist mother, who disappeared more than sixty years ago. But even if her mother is still alive, it's proving to be no small task to track her down in the vast, wormhole-ridden expanse of Nearspace. With the ruthless PrimeCorp bent on obtaining Luta's DNA at any cost, her ninety-year-old husband asking for one last favor, and her estranged daughter locking horns with her at every turn, Luta's search for answers will take her to the furthest reaches of space--and deep inside her own heart.
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- June Moore "I love reading and knitting, so listening to a good book while knitting is my idea of heaven."
Good Story with Strong Philosophy and Family Ties
I thought the book was well written including three major themes; when corporations take over, what are the limits and boundaries of family ties, and what price immortality. The author commits to a clear path on all three. Not a lot of in-depth character development, but if I was just a fly that was listening and started observing when the book starts, this is how the characters would look.
The main character, the captain and daughter, is the deepest, though I liked the spy who I cannot name, for obvious reasons. I cannot say that I formed a clear attachment to any of the characters, but as a whole they were believable and were a solid part of the total story.
She is the RUN-ON Sentence Queen. I actually slowed the book to .5x and I was finally able to enjoy the book. I think I could have lived with .65, but not any faster. Now, she does creditable character differentiation, make no mistake, though slowed to .5x they sound just a bit gruesome sometimes. In fact, ONLY during the times where there were multiple characters in the conversation could I listen at 1x and not have my eyes glaze over and my head ache. BUT her voice is fine, her voice characters well defined, only her blazing speed of run-on makes her performance a 2. I have to ask this? Did anyone listen to this book before it was published? This is NOT a rhetorical question! I would like to know. Shannon was not well served by her producer or director or whatever they have running these recordings. Producers, if you can't hear the pauses at 2x, you have an issue!!!! If a listeners feels relief playing the book at .5x, you have an issue!!!!My advice to Shannon: Slow down, pause for commas (we need them and that is why the author put them there), take a breathe between sentences (your breath lets our brains package the sentence), and take a long breath between paragraphs. You should be able to hear sentence pauses even at 2x. Seriously! You did fine on the rest.
The title. I thought the title was great, though the author might have brought it up more than once and a bit earlier.
Overall I thought the book was good. I would invite everyone to use .5x. Yes, the characters can sound a bit off at times, but overall the reading is much better at that speed.
- Charles E. Richardson "bink"