Update May 2016: ILLUMINAE is the 2016 Audie Award winner for Multi-Voiced Performance! If you’ve seen a copy of ILLUMINAE, filled with scratched out emails and interview transcripts, you probably thought how are they going to bring this story to audiobook? Only the team at Listening Library could create a production this extraordinary. It’s Battlestar Galatica meets 10 Things I Hate About You and it’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
Told through a series of hacked documents, ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the story of the messiest break-up in the universe. Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing sheâ€™d have to do. That is, until their planet was invaded. Now the only person who can help her find the truth is the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
This intergalactic adventure is brought to life by Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, and Johnathan McClain, plus a full cast of 17 more narrators. ILLUMINAE also features a special “sound bed“—a mix of droning sounds and effects under certain voices. It’s not just music or sound effects—it’s more like a “sound theme” that ties the audiobook together.
— Amie Kaufman (@AmieKaufman) October 16, 2015
Amie Kaufman also shared a photo of Johnathan McClain in the studio:
But don’t just take our word for it. Bestselling authors, critics, and fans everywhere are excited about ILLUMINAE:
Sci-Fi is not my favorite genre, but the Illuminae audiobook is fantastic! I feel like I'm watching a movie w/my eyes closed.
— Jen Fisher (@cupcakegirly) October 15, 2015
— Jen Fisher (@cupcakegirly) October 18, 2015
— Marie Lu (@Marie_Lu) October 1, 2015
@AmieKaufman YAY! I read an ARC & fell in love & now I can't wait to experience it again as an audiobook! Already on hold at the library!
— Morgan (@iammorgan_m) October 1, 2015
â˜… “Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome.”—Kirkus, starred review
â˜… “What starts off as a spacefaring action-romance evolves into a nerve-wracking horror story…Kaufman (the Starbound trilogy) and Kristoff (the Lotus War series) offer a stylistically mesmerizing tale…”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
â˜… “Tightly woven and suspenseful…Kaufman and Kristoff have created a fast-paced, quasi-political sci-fi thriller that is completely unique. Hints of romance and references to Stanley Kubrickâ€™s 2001: A Space Odyssey interweave with the text.”—Booklist, starred review
“THIS WILL RUIN YOU FOR ALL OTHER AUDIOBOOKS! Seriously, I don’t know how I’m supposed to listen to another audiobook without this cast. They were fanfreakingtastic, each one bringing the characters to life in their own unique way. At times, I felt like I was watching a movie with my eyes closed. So, if audiobooks are your jam, BUY THIS ONE.”—Blogger Jenuine Cupcakes
“A truly interactive experience…A fantastically fun ride.”—MTV.com
“[H]arrowing accounts, unexpected twists, and gut-wrenching selflessness.”—School Library Journal
“Alternately humorous, charming, horrifying and electrifying, ILLUMINAE is unforgettable and a game-changer for its genre.”—Shelf Awareness
“An exuberant mix of space opera, romance, zombies, hackers, and political thrills, told with eccentric aplomb.”—Scott Westerfeld, bestselling author of Zeroes and Uglies
“Stunningly creative. Smart, funny, and romantic. This is the book Iâ€™ve been waiting for.”—Veronica Rossi, bestselling author of Under the Never Sky