Unearthed Audiobook by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Review)

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Review of: Unearhted Audiobook
Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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On March 27, 2018
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Unearthed Audiobook

By: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Narrated by: Steve West and Alex McKenna

Published by Brilliance Audio 1/09/2018

Unearthed Audiobook by Amie Kaufman

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

12 hrs and 44 mins

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Unearthed Audiobook Sample

Unearthed Audiobook

4 Hearts

A message from an alien race, a race to find and decipher artifacts from that race through a booby-trapped alien temple, dangerous artifact scavengers, and… that’s only the first leg of this race for humanity.

Unearthed was not much like I was expecting. Not that I’m complaining. There was a bit more Indiana Jones going on, lots of action/survivor elements, and some twists that all kept me riveted. For all its excitement, this was also a layered slow-burn thriller that leads to a king of a cliffhanger.

The beginning introduces an earth a little into our future that is just limping by- population restrictions, few resources to share among many, a knowledge that in only a few generations, they will be extinct. A message through a portal that leads to another world after one failed attempt to send a colony ship out seems like a godsend and people aren’t willing to look a gift horse in the mouth, save one man, and he’s ignored because he’s not telling people what they want to hear.

The story is told from two teenage perspectives. This unlikely pair of adventurers are as opposite as it gets. They are enemies and a canyon separates their ideology in many ways, but its amazing how the race for survival and survival of their race strips back the differences and leaves them surprisingly out for the same end.

Jules Addison is brilliant, highly-educated, pampered and somewhat naive, but he is convinced his scholarly father is right about the dangers of rushing in and accepting the Undying Race’s message as a no strings attached gift. Jules makes himself an authority on the Undying Race. He has a love for learning and gaining knowledge, but also a determination to prove his father right or at least finish his work to keep people safe from an unknown alien threat.

On the other side of the coin is Amelia Radcliffe, school dropout, scavenging the abandoned city desert of Chicago for her very existence, and on a mission to secure enough alien artifacts to earn her sister’s release from slavery and worse. She’s street savvy and toughened by life. She’s a pragmatist by necessity and doesn’t have the luxury of lofty reasons to be on a treasure-stealing expedition that might very well get her killed, but she’s more than she seems just as the stuck-up stuffy Oxford boy is more than he seemed to her, as well.

There is an ongoing action-adventure vibe that still manages to have some slow points. I got why the slow points are there, but I still felt the drag a little. Its the time when Jules and Mia are being tested and coming into their own in preparation for what comes afterward. There is character and relationship development going on during a desperate situation that the authors cleverly twist even tighter as the book progresses.

The twists were pretty good though I saw them coming. This didn’t make the book bore me because knowing the surprises didn’t mean I knew how Mia and Jules would get out of a dangerous corner they were backed into. I loved seeing them get out on ingenuity and not just dumb luck. Jules is really smart, but Mia is quick and clever so they worked wonderfully well.

The romance was slow build as a result of the whole enemies to lovers situation. The pair both have secrets and agendas and get into situations that make trust difficult so I was glad it was rather wary allies most of the book with hints of attraction and growing understanding.

The end left things at a very dire moment, but a good stopping point before plunging headlong into a new, thrilling situation.

In summary, I was expecting a different story, but I was more than pleased with what I got. I am eager to see this story through and I’m fully engaged with the characters. It’s a well-drawn futuristic alien world, complex plot, and personable flawed characters. Young Adult sci-fi and/or action-adventure fans should definitely grab this up.

Unearthed Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

This was a dual narration book with Steve West and Alex McKenna as the narrators. Both were new to me, but I thought they were a great fit for Jules and Mia and for the story as a whole. Both did accents well as well as had good command of the sizable cast of characters. They handled the emotional and dramatic moments well.

Amie KaufmanAmie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae (with Jay Kristoff) and These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, and Their Fractured Light (with Meagan Spooner.) She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping. 

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Meagan SpoonerNew York Times bestselling author Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in play writing, and has spent several years since then living in Australia.

She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there. She’s the author of the award-winning Starbound trilogy (These Broken Stars, This Shattered World, Their Fractured Light) and the Skylark Trilogy (Skylark, Shadowlark, Lark Ascending) as well as the upcoming Beauty and the Beast retelling Hunted.

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Steve WestSteve West is an international actor who has starred on London’s prestigious West End stage, including productions of Mamma Mia! and Oh, What a Night! He is widely known for his television and film work in both the UK and US. He has performed for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and currently hosts his own television show for the UK live from Los Angeles

Alex McKennaAlex McKenna has credits in theater, television, and film and is currently working as a professional actor and voice-over artist in Los Angeles.

My thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.


  1. OH I totally just sent this review to my niece. This sounds like something she would love 🙂

    • Sweet! I hope its a perfect fit for her, Felicia! 🙂

  2. I knew this one was from you Sophia Rose. And Yikes holy cliffhanger Batman 🙂

    • Buahaha!Yes, how’d you guess? 😉 Oh man, I saw that cliffhanger coming as the end of the book came up and there was too much left, but, I really want to know what comes next.

  3. it’s the first time I hear about this one but I confess that I tried and enjoy a book by Spooner so I’m curious

    • I definitely need to pick up more of her books. I have another that these authors wrote together that I want to read. Hope you get the chance on this one, Melliane!

  4. I do confess to be curious about this one

    • Oh yes, worth all your curiosity. It’s got some good twists. 🙂

    • Yes, that is me, too. Have a treasure hunt and lots of narrow escapes and traps and rivals for the treasure and you’ve just made me a happy reader. 🙂

  5. I am waiting for my audiobook copy of this. I love these authors, and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed this one, even if it was different than you expected.

    • For some reason, I was expecting a more sedate story with people searching for a way to survive by figuring out alien tech, but instead it was a treasure hunt adventure with the survival theme. It was great, Heidi! The narrators did great. 🙂

  6. ooo Steve West is a favorite narrator. I think he also goes by Shane East? Anyway, he is awesome. Anne _ Books of My Heart

    • He did great. Oh funny, I had no idea he had an alias.

  7. I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I read the word cliffhanger and I cringe a bit so maybe not one for me. Hope you don’t have to wait long for the next one!

    • I figure I’ll have to wait until December, at least, to see what comes next. 🙂 Oh well! At least I saw it coming. It’s the ones that take me by surprise that get me the most infuriated.

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