About mini reviews:
Maybe you’re not an audio book person, or maybe you are. I provide mini reviews of audio books and give a recommendation on the format. Was this book improved by a voice actor? Would a physical copy have been better? Perhaps they complement each other? Read on. . .
In Alissa Nutting’s speculative fiction novel Made for Love, Hazel is a woman who looked for love in all the wrong places, including Byron Gogle, creator of Gogle Industries (a play on Google). A weird, wealthy tech guy, Byron wants to sync Hazel’s brain with his own so he knows everything about her. Hazel flees to her father’s house to discover he’s bought a life-like sex doll named Diane, whom he insists Hazel acknowledge as a person. The B plot is about Jasper, a Lothario who tricks women into giving him money. After he’s assaulted by a dolphin, he can’t experience sexual pleasure with women — just dolphins. This is a wild work of speculative fiction that explores what we’ll do for love, to avoid loneliness, and efforts to use technology to remove the flaws of being human.
The voice narrator, Suzanne Elise Freeman, only had two reading voices: her own and one for male characters that sounded like old man + stoner hippy that I didn’t enjoy. Jasper’s plot seems extraneous, like it could have been a companion novella, but I do love Nutting’s ability to let her character’s mind wander into tangents, and her skill for writing a simile is always spot on and unique. Example: “She often pictured her sadness as an IV cart she had to wheel everywhere she went, its bag dripping a heavy fluid that was keeping her sick instead of making her better.” Recommended, but in book format.
Interested in Nutting’s writing but not speculative fiction? Check out Tampa.