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 liked the relationships between the lead character and her family members. I also enjoyed the concept of a person who doesn't appear to age, but doesn't know why.
I can't think of anything really comparable. It's tempting to try to find comparisons to Honor Harrington, due to the female ship captains as main characters. However, the differences in themes, plot, characterizations, and motivations are significant. Also, writing style and methods are quite different.
I think the author would done better. I don't have any other specific female actor in mind.
I'd been "warned" about the reader in advance by looking at a few reviews on Audible, and I have to agree with them. It seems clear the reader was also her own director and sound editor, and has some work to do if she will continue to read books. Her voice acting wasn't bad as narrator and Luta, but her other voices ranged from absurd to annoying to hilariously stereo-typed. At times, I wanted to both laugh out loud as well as pull out my hair. I think the biggest problem was that she tried too hard to make each voice extremely distinct, and the male voices were almost all very silly and/or overdone.
The other issues I had were with pacing and pronunciation. Sentences tended to run together, and the cuts and splices were often done with almost no silence in between, causing the words to come on so fast that it was unnatural. A person couldn't start with the next sentence or paragraph so quickly without pausing for a breath. One common example of a pronunciation issue was the word "jettison". It was pronounced "jetson" every time. Also, the main character's named was spoken so it sounded like "Luda", and I didn't know for sure how it was spelled until I checked the book synopsis/teaser.