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Quicker

By: Laurence E Dahners
Narrated by: Shiromi Nassreen
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Summary

Quicker is a near-future SciFi/Thriller whose young heroine, Ell Donsaii, is an intrepid athletic phenom who reminds one of David Weber's Honor Harrington. Like Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Ell is also a mathematical genius who, instead of counting sheep, works on her own theory of quantum mechanics to help her drift off to sleep. At once shy and concerned about her social skills, yet well loved by those around her, she finds herself at the center of a terrorist plot at the Olympics. The terrorists never contemplated trying to hold a hostage with the unbelievable quickness and athleticism of Ell Donsaii! A tradition of young, strong, brilliant, female heroines like Honor, Lisbeth, and Katniss Everdeen is continued.

©2011- Laurence Earl Dahners (P)2014 Laurence Earl Dahners

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A short book that is fun but very predictable

To compare Ell to Honor Harrington is misleading at best and an insult at worst. The book reads a lot more like Missy the werecat. The lead is utterly dependant on their supernatural ability and scared to show it at the same time. Enemies are shown mercy to an extent that it endangered those who the heroine is trying to save. Then at the end everybody is happy and having a laugh like the ending of an american feel good tv-show.

All that said, I cannot say that I didn't enjoy the book, the beginning was interesting it just quickly moved on and any trauma from such a childhood was forgotten, but 6 hours doesn't give time for much depth.

If you like your heroine beautiful, clever and generally flawless, the bad guys bad and no worry that anyone you meet in the book will suffer harm then you have it here.

The performance of Shiromi Nassreen is perfect, she brings Ell to life well and also the other characters

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some start

a great start to a book series, where's the rest of the ell donsaii story?

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 05-01-19

Top-Shelf fodder here!

I love this Audiobook! Great main character and supporting others. Fast paced, wickedly funny at times. I have a new, favorite author/narrator. I just finished this one, after completion of this review, I'm buying book 2. I highly recommend this book, and I bet the rest of the books are just as good. Actually, I was given the ebook version in exchange for an honest review, which I am tendering now. I had read 3-4 chapters into the ebook and put that away and paid for the audio version. Yes, it's that good. Although, from here on out to #15, I'm going with the audio version. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Rijah
  • 17-05-16

Another addiction!

Dammit! I only listened this to pass time. Now I'm hooked like all these other bums! First it was Vaz, and now it's this one.

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  • MarkH
  • 03-04-16

Upbeat and fun contemporary science fiction story

I have read all of the Ell Donsaii stories with great enjoyment. This is the first of the series in audio format and hope that the rest are forthcoming. This story is very upbeat, like all of Laurence E. Dahners stories are. It makes for an light hearted escape, and admiration of such a good hearted character. Ell is such a good person and she's off the charts intelligent, brave, forgiving, kind and just the sort of person I hope is out there.

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  • Richard B
  • 15-03-21

Fantastic, amusing, impossible to put down!

This is going in my reread list.
Need I say more?
I’m not a fan of female heroines that are beautiful—the cleverest—tall—physically idilic. However, I’ll make an exception for Ell. She’s not good at everything and incredibly down to earth—ordinary in a nerdy, but individual way. That’s what makes this different from those stereotypical stories.
I’m already wondering how I can up my two credits a month for this series. What a find. I thought I loved Vaz and Tiona—holy smokes!
I read this novel in under a day, out on a Sunday drive—it’s the beginning of the month and there’s only. Another ten novels in this series. How will I get through them when I have work this week?
Hey, who needs to sleep?
You have to try this book!
Helena

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  • GJH
  • 14-04-18

Outstanding

great story can't wait for the next one to come out on audio. love the books, I'm ready for the next one. I read the book first then the audio is a great way to reread them.

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  • vaporus
  • 30-09-16

Wish there were more

The Ell series is one of my favorites. I have now listened to this audio book three times and wish he would put the rest of the series on audio. My only complaint about this product is that towards the end the narrator starts adding r's to words that end in a's. Sometimes Anna is Anner sometimes not or Beretter instead of Beretta.

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  • John Nelson
  • 15-09-16

an unexpected find

my daughter recommended this and I loved it. the plot moved along well and action was perfect.

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  • Book Reader
  • 04-01-23

Love the series, this book is fun but....

Like the title says, I love the series. It's emotionally satisfying, fun and interesting. I even love that the MC solves all problems handily, sometimes that's what you want in your fun.

The series improves as it progresses, for the most part (though #2 is a bit of a slog). Just as you'd expect for an author learning his audience and his craft. I would unreservedly recommend this book except.... One failing, and that's that the attempted sexual assault isn't fully dealt with. Many many other parts of the rest of the series (and even some in this book) express full understanding of women's challenges, so this is NOT an indicator that Mr. Dahners is deliberately perpetuating misogyny, but the issue could (and IMO should) have been more directly addressed. I believe he was paying so much attention to making his MC respond in a particular way, that he forgot that he's also responsible about what his book says about the crime itself. It could have been accomplished by using the police respondents, Phil's family, or even his own thoughts to show the severity of his chosen actions, preferably before he was presented as an accepted 'good guy.'

But ladies, don't let that deter you. The rest of the Donsaii saga is so incredibly satisfying, especially on that level, that this stumble should not be the basis upon which it is judged. She's fun, capable, intelligent and a great means through which to point out the weaknesses in our social constructs around gender without killing anyone's enjoyment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-22

Entertaining!

I really enjoyed this story. Great pace and action, nice character development. The narrator is excellent and it's a great pity that she wasn't used for all the other stories as the other narrator is awful.

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  • Greg
  • 23-09-22

A real super hero...

This girl sounds like a real super hero, and the science holds up. The future of the human race?