- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Auspicious Apparatus Press
- Audible.com Release Date: January 10, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MT6FMYT
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A Human Element: The Element Trilogy, Volume 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is a science fiction story that turns into a romance. There’s a smidge of thriller in here as well as the hunter catches up to it’s prey. I enjoyed the scifi part and the thriller part was pretty gripping. However, the romance part was a bit too much for me. The middle of the books spends a little too much time talking about emotions and learning to love one’s self and how to love others, etc.
For the most part, Laura Armstrong was an interesting central character, though later in the book she ends up unconscious and needs to be carried to safety several times. I found the antagonist, X-10, to be the most captivating character. Right up to the end I kept hoping ( or wondering?) if he would be able to change despite all he had been through. He was raised in captivity undergoing tests and torture on a regular basis.
Ben ends up in the military and so there’s some true-to-character swearing and objectifying of women. It takes some serious events for him to decide he wants something else, even if he doesn’t know what he wants. I give full marks to the author for including a near-rape of an adult male situation as it is something that is not often addressed in fiction even though such crimes occur in real life. Once Ben meets Laura, he goes all mushy and doesn’t do much beside explore his feelings until the big action scene near the end. I could have used a bit more action in the middle instead of it being solid inner exploration of Ben’s character.
The plot was OK though certain parts were no mystery at all. We know from nearly the beginning that Laura’s twin is going to be a problem child. Even though Ben is ~10 years older and he traveled the world with the military, I knew that somehow he and Laura would have to come together. Still, I had to know how things would end. Mostly, this was because I wanted to see how much X-10 could change, if he could change at all. Part of me wanted him to continue on for the next book and part of me knew that wouldn’t be possible.
The mystery man in black eventually plays a larger role, though I sometimes found him a convenient catalyst, suddenly showing up with certain powers or knowledge, that helped move the plot along. The elderly Mr. B. was a lovely addition to the main cast. I adored his thesaurus skills and his grandfatherly guidance for Laura. All in all, I’m glad I gave this book a listen even though it left me wanting a bit more action and little less on the touchy feely bits.
I received a free copy of this book via The Audiobookworm.
The Narration: Chase Bradley was OK as the narrator. Initially, his voices were all distinct. He even had a few accents, like for Andy’s wife, which were well done. Once Ben and Laura meet, they always talk so soft and sweetly to each other no matter the subject or the situation that they actually sounded too much alike and sometimes I had trouble keeping track of who said what. He did have a lovely deeper voice for Felix and I wish he had used that voice for Ben as it would have worked so well for the sex scenes. And speaking of those few sex scenes, Bradley sounded a bit bored during them, like a yawn was just hiding in the corner of his mouth. He did a great job with Mr. B’s voice as he aged and he had an excellent wicked voice for X-10.
X-10 has been held in a facility his whole life. His strength and unique abilities make him dangerous to the outside world. A brilliant geneticist is trying to capture his essence, so that he can create an unbeatable army. X-10 has a deformed appearance. He dreams about living a normal life and he resents his twin for having all the things that were never in the cards for him. He's been treated like a lab rat and has been planning his escape for a long time. Will he be able to find his sister and what will he do when he finally has the chance to speak to her?
Laura never knew that she's one part of a whole. She grew up with the loving Armstrong family and is a happy child. She's wise for her age and uses her abilities to help others. She can heal people, but she can also hear their thoughts. Laura is a sweet girl and I loved the way she instantly makes everybody love her. She's a girl who can melt the heart of even the most grumpy person. Even though she toughens up when she becomes an adult she never fully loses her pureness. Laura is convinced that everyone has worthiness inside of them. When her twin is coming after her will sharing the same blood be enough to make him see his own self-worth?
Ben's life has never been the same after he lost his parents when the meteorite struck. He's been in foster care ever since and he has seen his share of families. He's been treated poorly and when the danger is too much to bear Ben has no choice but to run away. He only has his friend Andy and for the rest he's on his own. My heart ached for Ben when I learned about the things he had to endure as a young child and teenager. Every child should feel loved and I got tears in my eyes when all he felt was fear and pain. Ben never knew love could be so beautiful and so overwhelming until he meets Laura. He accepts her completely just the way she is and I think that they'd make a great couple.
A Human Element is hauntingly beautiful. Because of the well developed characters this story easily came alive and I could picture it beautifully in my mind. I've always been fascinated by characters with special abilities and think A Human Element takes this subject to a whole new level. I was hooked since the very first page. A Human Element is unique and surprised me many times. Donna Galanti says that she likes to write from the dark places. This way she can come up with horrific events, which are being committed by pure evil and never get arrested. In A Human Element she takes you to some of these dark places, which greatly impressed me and she never let me go until I finished the last page. I'm very curious about the next book in this series.
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A Human Element is one of the most fascinating and creative books of courage and empowerment I’ve read.Read more