This series of books (i'm on rebel next), its great. i've never had an audio book progress so fast and feel like im not missing anything before. Each book is pretty short, but still conveys the story of a 20 hours+ book. The characters have just enough definition to give you an idea of who they are and not enough to bore you to death with descriptions, very minimal repeat of information compared to books like the lost fleet, ++
Sorry there isn't a rating lower than one star. If you are, have ever been, or are ever considering serving in the military, this story will make you cringe. I guess if I had no idea what the military was about, I might have enjoyed this a bit more, but nothing over two stars. the protagonist is supposedly a decorated officer who is resisting the stupid orders of the persons above him, and relies on his superior intellect and moral judgement to justify all of his mutinous actions in the end. He also is supposed to be a natural leader who inspires the loyalty of his enlisted crew by always being a stickler for the rules. Alright, I can buy the premise, and can think of some good characters who have had similar situations (Honor Harrington leaps to mind). But, and here is the problem, the total incompetance of the officers above him is so over the top that you would never buy their getting to positions of power. Also, his total disregard for the rules personally, while enforcing the rules in a draconian manner with subordinates is unbelievable at best. Believe me, that sort of behavior does the exact opposite of inspire loyalty in the real world. Listen, I like military fantasy a lot, and I enjoy difficult, even untenable situations, but this is just too unbelievable! Combined with the poor character development, the one-track narrative, the reader's performance (he sounds so bored and supercilious I have the feeling he liked the story about as much as I did, and did everything in his power to make it unappealing), the ridiculous aliens and the pointless romantic and sexual innuendo (one character was blackballed for an alien liason, and spends the time hinting about her kink) this novel is just too awful to recommend to anyone.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's amazing how he knows so much more and performs so much better than every single person in the universe. Amazing.
He's like Superman, in space... jumping from one dilemma to the next and only he can save the ship/planet/people because he is faster and smarter and more skilled than anyone else. And the only reason he isn't King of the Universe is because those in power are too stupid to see how smart he is.
There are a lot of "aliens" with detailed descriptions, even though it seems like they were added in for no purpose other than to show that the author was creative enough to think of decent aliens.
Anyway... the story is fast paced and interesting. The narration is good. The sci-fi is good. Overall, it's average-good. I got it on sale and am ok with it, but it's way too smug a story to be worth full price. (I'd give it 2.5 stars if possible.)
I tried listening to it twice and bought the sequal. I can't say I really understood why I did that, I hoped for a good starship pirate story but didn't get it. It sounded so promising though.
Inconsistencies in the story, clearly unbelievable jumps in logic and a lack of focus on what actually was happening.
No real favorite, it was all rather bland.
After carefull consideration I can't recommend it.
I listen to many sci fi stories and while ofcourse you can't always understand the choices people make this universe seems made up especially to show just how great the main character is while his "deductions are half guess and half wrong half the time". That is fun when Jack Vance writes a story but not in a story that takes his character so serious.
This is a very cool well written book with great narration. It keeps you listening, the end makes you smile! Off to the next book!!
Absolutely.... Listening to the Whole Starship series is very exciting....Jonathan Davis and Mike Resnick give each character their own personality....so the listener can get to know the characters over the course of the whole story....
its unpredictability, the friendship between the characters
the fact they gave life to each of the characters in the story
yes ..but dont usualy have the time
Not good, not well conceived, not interesting. Not good.
It's like when Britney Spears made her 1st comeback, we all asked, "Doesn't anyone love Briteny?" It's like that. Resnick is not a bad writer, but man....
He says he doesn't want to write a "techie" space battle book, so he has the main character go AWOL on some back-water retro planet right out of "GunSmoke"
It's like on the old Battlestar Gallactica series when the malfunctioning Cylon becomes a gunfighter in the western style town; and the crew has a gun-fight at high-noon. It's like that. Leave all that "techie" stuff behind in deep-space...
Its a Space Opera, without the drama or character depth. More like - a space musical featuring elevator muzak. No depth to the characters, a very dry delivery. I like my Space buccaneers to serve up a little emotional depth with their plasma cannons.
I finished it, it wasn't terrible, but i won't be getting the rest of the series.
This book would have been more slightly enjoyable without the preface by the author, but only just. The author specifically says that he had no interest in genre military/scifi, and ironically creates the worst kind of genre fiction. William Cole is an arrogant, sarcastic nonconformist who is never wrong, yet pretexts himself to be a humble soldier. The supporting cast is entirely hollow and the antagonists are strawmen. Too many nonsense "alien" words. No depth of plot.
I can't say it's all terrible, but it's terrible military-political fiction and middling scifi. I had to put it down.