In this companion story to Numbers Game, Chan Norwell comes from the perfect citizen family. His mother is chief of the city monitor force, his brother an all-star, and his sister a prodigy - which leaves little wiggle room for a nobody like Chan. He is determined to have his time in the spotlight at last. But he doesn't expect things to go so horribly wrong. Alone, dishonored, and humiliated, Chan can only see one way out.
When he meets Maizel, a brilliant redhead determined to follow in her mother's suicidal footsteps, he sees his life for what it really is. If Chan can find the courage to try one more time - if he can save Maizel - maybe there's a chance he can also save himself.
©2015 Rebecca Rode (P)2016 Rebecca Rode
I very much enjoyed this short story, bringing back, as it did, memories of past fears of failure which ultimately proved to be a sideways route to success. In many ways, this is an inspirational story of self acceptance and hope for the future. As such, I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they have lost their way in life's mad forward dash.
The narrator, Anthony Lee, was perfect in portraying the young Chan, surrounded by successful family members but feeling himself to be a failure. Lee's voice hinted at the lowered spirits which turned to despair and he read the text flawlessly as well as giving good dialogue distinction. A symbiosis of story and reading.
I have not previously read the Numbers Game, of which this is a short, but it didn't matter: all that the listener needed to know is presented in this delightful package. But I will now look out for the main story.
My thanks to the rights holder of Chan's Story, from whom I received a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. The review above is an honest representation of my views.
"POOR CHAN!! BEING AVERAGE IS NOT A BAD THING!!"
It was a good novella...it really touched my heart, I hate this rating system!
I cant...its unique!
He was good, I liked him!
I did its short! lol
Chan comes from a high green family...his parents expect a lot from him, and are very hard on him. When he is rated yellow on his rating day, they disown him, and when he goes to kill himself by jumping off a well known building, he meets Maizel...and she gives him the courage to go on...he saves her, and ultimately saves himself! This rating system is horrible and I hope in book 3 they find away to end it!
"A Taste of Chan"
The Numbers Game written by Rebecca Rode is a dystopia/post-apocalyptic series based on a society whose lives are determined by the base number they receive upon graduation from school. This number determines if they can continue on with their education, what job they are assigned, where they live, what they wear, who they date and can marry and every other part of their lives. Chan is a despicable character in the main series so it was interesting to see the beginnings of what drove him to who he became.
Chan Norwell comes from the perfect citizen family of greens. Needless to say he is under a lot of pressure to succeed in school as well as acceptable athletics. When things do not go as planned and he meets Maizel, life and the number’s game takes on a whole new meaning.
I really enjoyed this snippet of Chan as a school age teen and really hope to be let in on more of the story that makes him who he eventually becomes in the present day Numbers Game. I also secretly hope he redeems himself in the end.
Narration is provided by Anthony Lee, a new narrator for the series. He is perfect for the character of Chan, Maizel and the other characters in this story. He does an excellent job at characterization, individual voices, and giving us insight into their emotions.
Many thanks for allowing me to read and review this wonderful addition to the Numbers Game series. I eagerly wait for the next installment.
Nice little short entertaining addition to the Number's Game series.
What happens when you don't measure up to someone else's standards.
Even though this is set in Rebecca Rode's Numbers World the moral of the story is so much more. Even though we don't do it with numbers there is such a drive in this world to always be better than the next guy. Disappointment is something we all face at one time or another. How you handle and adjust to your changing world is something we all face.
Chan's story is another take on how a person reacts on their rating day when they do not get the number they are expecting to get. How it affects their life, how they react, how their family and society react. Then finally coming to terms with their new reality.
Although with novella's this short I would rather they be at the beginning or end of a full length book depending on where they fit into the series.
Anthony Lee did a really good job with the narration. Perfect voice for Chan. Pleasant voice. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. Good character voices. Very enjoyable.
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"Great short set in a Dystopian future."
Chan's story is set ina future dystopina America where the US has fallen, and in the ashes grew a new totalitarian sytem that gives people a rating when they graduate school, determining their entire future. For Chan, who is overshadowed by his successful mother, and an older brother and younger sister that excel, the best he can hope for is mediocre. After a disasterous rating score, Chan thinks the only solution is to end it all and jump off the city tower. While on top, he meets a girl with an even lower rating than him. After discussing how they ended up there, they come to the realization there is a way around the system, if they are brave enough to try it. As they walk away, they realize things are not as hopeless as they seem, and they are more than their rating numbers indicate.
I was givena copy of this book by the Author free of charge in exchange for an honest review through audiobook boom.
"Short Intro to A Numbers Game"
Most people will certainly identify with Chan. Life's challenges can knock the hell out of you. I think the moral in this story is be prepared for the good that may come your way.
Chan. Simply because this is about his life.
Chan. Anthony Lee did an exceptional job with the dialect spoken by Chan's family. He has a fantastic voice for storytelling. Easily understood by my old damaged hearing.
I may be getting old, but yes, I was able to keep my attention span ENGAGED for the 54 minutes duration of this short audio book. Hardly any senior moments worth mentioning! LOL Now, where the hell did I put my teeth?
Thank you for the opportunity to listen to and review this title!
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