🎧 Totality, Emergence by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @xesands ‏@AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAM

Posted June 4, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, JIAM / 20 Comments

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🎧 Totality, Emergence by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @xesands ‏@AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAMTotality by Kim Harrison
Narrator: Xe Sands
Series: Eclipsed Evolution #2
Published by Penguin Audio on May 7, 2024
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 4 hours, 41 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Dr. Renee Caisson never expected that her scientific expertise would lead to a role playing interpreter between humans and the demonic-looking Neighbors. When the door between their worlds opened, she was drafted by the government to study the otherworldly beings and was able to prove her theory: the Neighbors had been to Earth before—and now they simply wanted to save their dying planet.

At least, that’s the story, and everyone—both human and Neighbor—is sticking to it. The Neighbor in charge of the new portal’s operation, Noel, isn’t that sure anymore. Having succeeded in finding a new planet to inhabit, the leaders of her world have made the dark truth of their existence clear to her: the Neighbors forcibly tried to make a foothold on Earth in the past—and they can’t afford to fail again.

I loved the continuation with the scientific aspects of learning about the Neighbors and August learning about the plants and animals on Earth.  We are seeing things from Renee’s point of view, which is naturally more focused on the scientific wonder of this opportunity.

We start to learn more about the political and business thoughts.  I don’t know if I trust any of these folks with their greed and controlling attitudes.  But I get it.  The military will rightfully be more cautious about protecting Earth and our people.  It feels repressive to Renee (and so us also) but Renee is compassionate and a bit impulsive.  I agree with her wishes to make them more comfortable and certainly not to use them for science experiments.

The Neighbors are trading out personnel now. Noel who has headed the project for the Neighbors now has “higher ups” controlling the narrative and forcing her to do things that make her uncomfortable.  We start to get some of Noel’s point of view now.  She is sent to Earth and ordered to bring August back.

 


Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


🎧 Totality, Emergence by Kim Harrison @BurningBunnies @xesands ‏@AceRocBooks @BerkleyPub @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks #JIAMEmergence by Kim Harrison
Narrator: Xe Sands
Series: Eclipsed Evolution #3
Published by Penguin Audio on June 4, 2024
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 6 hours, 12 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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As time has passed, Dr. Renee Caisson has begun to see the demonic, alien August as more than a research subject or an unlikely colleague—they’ve become friends. And together, she and August have helped the two societies of Nextdoor and Earth through the confusion of first contact, the danger of misunderstandings, and the anger of mistreatment.

But when a popular blogger and conspiracy theorist twists August’s words, an uproar ensues, turning a powerful section of human society against the Neighbors—and resulting in Renee’s house arrest. “To protect you,” her could-be boyfriend, Major Jackson says, though that’s not how Renee sees it.

Torn between duty and friendship, August jumps Renee to freedom using the labyrinth, fully aware the journey might reveal more to her than she should know. The wily Neighbor has pieced together that Renee has been unconsciously using their magic, a fact that, if revealed, will cause more, not less conflict between their worlds.

Renee and August have continued their friendship and their joy at learning and discoveries about the worlds.  They have helped to diffuse issues and solve problems.  Major Jackson has decided it is best to introduce the world to the Neighbors because misinformation is leaking. The leaks are by those who see the Neighbors as a threat to Earth.

I don’t know who to trust. I think Major Jackson is ok, but I don’t like Hanover, Monroe, Taylor or the therapist Vaughn.  I don’t trust Vaughn at all.  There have been clues about him but it’s unclear what they mean.  It seems like he is influencing Renee somehow as she always gets headaches around him.   Taylor as the scientist who harmed the Neighbors has never been trustworthy.

In Emergence, we have less of the fun scientific aspects and more of the power brokers fighting for their wants and positions.  While August protects Renee, he seems in the dark about the political forces in his world.  August and Renee are getting answers about those behind the harming of the Neighbors and the leaks but it just gets them further in trouble all around, although they do find answers.

Noel gets a powerful device to install so that the Neighbors are able to keep the portal open at any time they need.  She uses it to travel where she wants and effect her own justice and perhaps her own plans.

Renee plans to leave the project but then she is offered a spot to go study in the Neighbor’s world.  Major Jackson is against it since he wants to date Renee and is concerned for her safety. Vaughn wants her to stay on Earth and stay with the project.  Noel wants her away from Earth and out of communication so she can implement the Neighbor’s plans.  So the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger and I am very worried for Renee. I really hope there will be more books and stories in these worlds.

Narration:

Xe Sands is a favorite narrator. I appreciate her distinct voices for the different characters, and even aliens.   The most active characters are Renee, August, Major Jackson and Noel, but there are others.  I listened comfortably at my normal 1.5x speed.

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Listen to a clip: HERE

About Xe Sands

Award-winning narrator known for credible characterizations and an intimate delivery with more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art. I believe an authentic performance demands authentic connection to the text and subtext.

About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.

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