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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Asaro Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sunrise Alley Series Release Date: December 2008 ISBN: 9781455191642
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Charon was the most ruthless—and brilliant—criminal of the twenty-first century, a practitioner of illegal robotics and android research. He is dead now, and General Thomas Wharington believes his team of experts has deleted all the electronic copies that the megalomaniacal inventor created of himself. However, one major problem remains: Alpha, the only android survivor of Charon’s cybernetic empire.

Outwardly indistinguishable from a human woman, Alpha has superhuman strength and speed, and perhaps even more deadly capabilities still unknown. Thomas’ superiors want her dismantled and studied, but to Wharington, it feels like murder. He stalls for time, a move that could prove disastrous. Alpha escapes from an escape-proof compound, kidnaps Wharington, and takes him to one of Charon’s hidden installations. Charon might be dead, but Alpha continues to carry out her late master’s orders, and she refuses to elaborate on what those orders entail.

Meanwhile, her behavior is becoming more human, or so it seems. Is she developing emotions and a conscience, or is she just learning to counterfeit them as a means of carrying out her enigmatic orders? And do those orders include Wharington’s death sentence?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] entertaining mix of hard SF and romance…has all the right pieces for a taut thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “With a wonderful machine-like quality to her voice, Hillary Huber reads the futuristic story of Alpha, a robot who is struggling to escape her programming and be more human...The rest of the characters are just as believable, whether human or android. The listener will be caught up in the struggle over whether machines that are outwardly indistinguishable from humans deserve the same rights as their human counterparts. Fans of authors such as Isaac Asimov will enjoy Asaro’s ability to create authentic characters.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 11/22/2013

    " I found the story a bit repetitive and the characters were okay. I didn't realize that this was a sequel to Sunrise Alley, but the book does stand on its own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 3/3/2013

    " It is a good read. One that does not improve my faith in any government. Robots, etc. What is human, and not. There are some books I will read twice, this is not one of them. It is interesting to think C. Asaro maybe thinking of another follow up with Jamie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mayakda | 1/30/2013

    " Got this off the library's new books stand. Not Asaro's best book, but it was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Green | 8/9/2012

    " Very impressive story. The characters and the world-building were amazing. Alpha was unstoppable. Now I'll have to go back and read Sunrise Alley, the first book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginnie | 5/19/2012

    " A fun romp :)) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 11/11/2011

    " I'll be looking for more Catherine Asaro :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 9/10/2011

    " fun and good character development, as usual for the author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 4/12/2011

    " slow starting but gets better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 10/2/2010

    " I found the story a bit repetitive and the characters were okay. I didn't realize that this was a sequel to Sunrise Alley, but the book does stand on its own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/12/2010

    " Very impressive story. The characters and the world-building were amazing. Alpha was unstoppable. Now I'll have to go back and read Sunrise Alley, the first book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 6/17/2009

    " fun and good character development, as usual for the author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mayakda | 6/22/2007

    " Got this off the library's new books stand. Not Asaro's best book, but it was a fun read. "

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About the Author
Author Catherine Asaro

Catherine Asaro, science fiction and fantasy author, grew up near Berkeley, California. She earned a PhD in chemical physics and an MA in physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with highest honors in chemistry from UCLA. The Quantum Rose won the 2001 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and The Spacetime Pool won the 2008 Nebula Award for Best Novella.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.