Audio Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir // Questionable jokes and a better second half 🎧

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Author: Andy Weir

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Published: November 14th 2017

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My Review 4

This wasn’t on my priority list and the hugely mixed reviews stopped me short of preordering it. But, after The Martian, how could I NOT buy this? And… I had fun. A+ for diversity as well 🙂 .

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In the near future, people are living on the moon: Artemis. Jazz Bashara grew up there being a porter who delivers things. Illegally, she makes money on the side with a smuggling business. When a rich customer offers her a get rich quick job doing  a dangerous act of sabotage on a business rival Jazz takes it. Of course, things go awry planned and Jazz has to save Artemis.

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I’ll mention this more in the audiobook section of the review, but I liked Jazz’ voice. I know a lot of people found the adolescent humor… not funny? But, I wasn’t bothered until ‘the condom joke’. And calling a niqab a face mask… yikes. I’m a bit ignorant on this subject, but isn’t that a bit… disrespectful? She’s often referred to as promiscuous by many people she runs into, yet she mentions often that she hasn’t slept with that many people. It got kind of annoying.

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I’ll admit, she’s no Mark Watney, but I liked her. She was smart and snarky and… kind of like Mark Watney. However, Mark Watney had humor and was likable… Jazz misses that. She’s kind of b*tchy to a lot of the cast we meet, but again, I still liked her. I especially liked her friendship with Kelvin who lived on Earth. It was the small moments we needed as a breather. I also kind of liked her and Dale’s dynamic? He betrayed her in the past and she’s still holding a grudge. And Svoboda? I’d love to see that more developed 🙂 .

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I won’t lie, this was a bit infodumpy. There were’t a lot of chapters, but it felt so looooooooong. On top of that, I thought the heist was going to take the whole book, but it happened kind of late? But after the halfway mark, I started loving the book a lot more. Hell, I even started loving Jazz when she became hunted.

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Me trying to get into audiobooks more led me to this one here. This book is narrated by the lovely, the wonderful, the amazing Rosario Dawson I love her if you haven’t noticed which probably added to my want to listen to this. When I first started the audiobook, I didn’t imagine Jazz’ voice to sound like what I was listening to. However, after about a page, I loved it. I feel like Dawson’s voice made the jokes doable. I won’t lie, most of my enjoyment was from her reading to me. Usually, when I listen to audiobooks, I have to read with it to keep my focus. But, I was able to multitask while following the story at ease. It was only 17 chapters, 305 pages in my copy and an 8 hour listen, so doing other things helped just a bit to make the book go by.

The last half brought my three star rating to a four. I wouldn’t mind a book two.

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