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What a great story. I went into this book with low expectations, as there are not many reviews, and I'm so glad I gave this one a try. This book is quick to action and delivers a heroine that is not afraid to use her superpowers from moment one. There is death and morality, . There are underlying stories that will come to surface. There is kindness and boy are there superpowers used the way we all secretly dream of using them. I was expecting a heroine that would be afraid to use her powers and only get one or two scenes where they were truly used. However, I consistently received my superpower fix and loved our heroine was not afraid to deliver an elevated level of violence to those that clearly deserved it, while still managing to keep a superman-esque level of morality.
This one is worth more than one credit.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
About mid-way. I've listened to perhaps 50-60 on Audible and other sources.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sophia - yeah, most powerful but I liked her most because she didn't want to rule the world or anything, just kept trying to help people.
What does Carla Mercer-Meyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Great inflections and voice modulations to really make the characters sound different, despite coming from the same reader.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Flashbacks of her husbands murder and to when her jail friend committed her crime (TOTALLY JUSTIFIED).
Any additional comments?
Editing flaws really stood out. Carla's voice would, perhaps 7 times in the book, end a paragraph or chapter and INSTANTLY begin a new one. Kind of threw off the balance of a smoothly told story - not blaming Ms. Mercer-Meyer.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book written by Kipjo K. Ewers or narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer?
Possibly if I was desperate for something to read. I would quite like to hear where the story goes but I'm not sure I can put myself through listening to more of that writing.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The First?
The part where our heroine is reciting long passages from a book about DNA then doing the same in Spanish.
Any additional comments?
If you are patient and don't mind listening to a book that appears to have been written by a teenager in a spare afternoon, you will probably enjoy the story. It is an interesting take on the superhero genre but by no means will it become a classic.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
wile the lead is written well enough, & I liked the idea of what makes people supers, it was the minor cast that felt unused, I think the best bit was when we found out more about the FBI agent.