Strings

  • by David Estes
  • Narrated by Kate Rudd
  • 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.
Sixteen-year-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She plays apprentice to her father, Gio, in performing nanotech designs for the Company, and she soon suspects there are diabolical human forces behind the manufactured reality of her world.
Though her childhood memories and the origins of the strings remain strangely elusive, she begins to find solace with the introduction of two unlikely friends: daring, irrational Sofia, and calm, tender Marco.
As the truths of the past and present unravel together, Pia must find a way to free herself from her strings and escape the facility before facing the wrath of the unstable head of security, Mr. Davis. But to gain her freedom, she must navigate the dangers posed by Davis and by her suspicious new friends to find the real identity of the puppeteer.
If Pia can succeed in revealing the secrets of the Company, she may very well find the independence she so desperately seeks. But in her controlled world nothing is as it seems, and the closer she gets to the truth, the graver the consequences.

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Amazing Pinocchio SciFi Fairy Tale Retelling

Sigh... I just finished the audio of Strings performed by Kate Rudd and wow, absolutely incredible!! This was a reread for me and listening to the book was a completely different experience and I loved every minute! That ending!! I highly recommend the audio of Strings!!

Original review:
I'm incredibly impressed with this completely unique and original sci-fi fairy tale retelling of Pinocchio! My mind was blown with Estes's take on this world of Strings and completely enthralled with Pia as a female "Pinocchio", her Papa, and Pia's "Jiminy Cricket", Fig!

Pia, who is attached to "strings" which control her movements whenever "they" want, seeks the truth of the strings and tries to gain her freedom from them. In the process, she has to protect her Papa at all costs and determine whether or not she's real.

I have no idea where Estes's ideas come from, but this concept is amazingly mind blowing. This fairy tale comes complete with a beautiful "moral of the story".

Whatever Estes has up his sleeves next, count me in. I'm there!!
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- Karen

Awesome book with fabulous narration

Once again, David Estes has managed to spin a tale that will grab your attention from page one, and hold it until the very end, so that stopping this audiobook before I was done felt like torture, and I couldn't stop thinking about it between reading/listening sessions.

All of the characters are believable, the main character is easy to relate to, and the plot moves at just the right pace. On top of that, the story has a wonderful moral to it.

Add to that the absolutely fabulous narration of Kate Rudd, and you're left with an amazingly fantastic listening experience, which you won't want to miss.

Five stars just don't seem enough to say how fantastic this book is; I swear I'd give it more if I could!

***Note: I was given a free advanced copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This fact has in no way influenced my opinion of either the story or the narrator, nor the contents of this review.
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- Toriz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-04-2016
  • Publisher: David Estes