This story has action, adventure, lust, and alien robots. I'm not sure why I liked it, but I couldn't stop listening.
The main character is a computer science professor from Northern California who is forcibly drafted into service as a alien spacecraft commander. We follow along as the world is introduced to two different versions of invading alien robots and how a group of disparate thugs joins together to create "Star Force".
There is plenty of action and political undertones as the governments of earth react to the threat of annihilation. As for the sci-fi aspects, the characters seem as bewildered by the technology as the reader/listener. The author doesn't dwell on the whys of the technology, but there are parts where I tuned out as he went into the hows.
Overall, though, I thought it was an enjoyable start to a sci-fi series.
Once you start reading this book your hooked , its nice and easy to listen to with a great story and great characters , you don't have to be a syfy stalwart to like this !
Kyle Riggs !!! hes cool, laid back drinks beer ,beats up guys that brass him off, and doesn't get too emotional , he kills aliens , intelligent and great with computers
He does great characters accents ! its like your listening to a dozen different narrators
If you want a great shoot em up series with heaps of impossible scenarios just round the corner where things go from bad to worse , get this series its worth it !!
Natural reading voice is great, attempts at accents are terrible.
Mildly entertaining story line
The premise of this book, while not entirely original, was still quite intriguing and provided a good basis for quite an engaging story. The story failed to live up to its full potential though.
The main characters were never really developed beyond a glossed over 2 sentence background story. The secondary characters didn't even receive that much attention. As a result there are no real personalities in the book to either like or dislike.
The author tries to explain the motivations of Riggs (protagonist) but it feels contrived and mechanical. I was never really in sync with Rigg's actions and thought processes given what he was going through, and as such never became invested in the character. I found myself indifferent to the danger he was in. The relationships that develop are too convenient and feel 'set-up'.
The narrative is clunky and just doesn't feel organic enough. There was no personality in the dialogue and it ends up feeling like listening to a computer talking to another computer. Which I suppose may fit with the situation, but it just doesn't make for entertaining or engaging listening.
The narrators natural voice is great when voicing Riggs, however the accents were terrible and extremely off putting. It really made the character become nothing more than cardboard thin stereotypes.
All in all it's an average audiobook, not great - but not terrible either.
I haven't read the reviews on other books in this series, but there is definitely the potential that the author can salvage the story and produce more well rounded books in the future.
After reading the first 4 books, I can say I will likely not read any more.
The performance of Mark Boyett was very professional. I can only imagine the struggle that he went through to keep the irony out of his voice. What ever they payed him to narrate this mess was insufficient by any stretch of the imagination.I've listened to the first three books and couldn't quite compel myself to finish the fourth. The only reason I made it this far is that Audible doesn't appear to offer refunds.
There were several characters that appealed to me. Sadly, the author appeared to be threatened by their superior intellect and common sense. I can only believe that this fear of having his main character be utterly embarrassed is what compelled Mr. B. V. Larson to kill them off.However, I can list some information about the main character that might be of some value to discerning readers:
Kyle Riggs, the main character: A Professor that teaches computer science at what must surely be a poorly funded community college somewhere in rural California. By sheer happenstance, our hero finds himself the commander of an alien ship with a mission to defend Earth at all cost. Somehow this bumbling idiot manages to convert this position of transient power into a permanent lead role in the burgeoning "Star Force". Star Force, a rag-tag band of randomly chosen "survivors" spends most of the early portions of the first book trying to figure out what to do when they begin to understand that they have been granted the keys to a failing kingdom. Kyle is a clever fellow and somewhat educated. But he is a college professor, not a tactician. Nor is he a strategist, a trained leader of men, an expert in metallurgy, a physicist, a doctor, a communications specialist, a diplomat, a mechanical engineer, an architect, a manufacturing genius, or a very decent human being. But, he did stay in a Holiday Inn Express once, or something.
Kyle manages to forget his utter lack of training in any of the aforementioned professions and proceeds to kill or otherwise eliminate every single character introduced that has some modicum of skill in those areas. At various times our Mr. Kyle (sorry, i can't even bring myself to call him Professor any more) is presented with solid, sound, experience based advice from career solders, diplomatic experts, doctors (real ones) and etc. Does he ever take that advice? Of course not. But then the author is required to conjure up every bit of luck that exists in the universe to save Kyle's dumb ass. And then of course this same dumb ass turns around and manages to make his stumbling success appear to be all part of the long-term plan.
Credit for minor successes on the part of others is only sparingly granted and by the middle of book four, even that minor bit of grudging acknowledgement goes missing.Early on, I thought that Kyle was written as a spoof. Perhaps the author happened to know someone in real life that was a crushing moron and Larson was flailing at his personal nemesis with a pen. But now, I'm almost certain that Kyle is Larson's alter-ego. I honestly believe Kyle is who Larson wishes he could be. Hey Larson, is that how you really think the leader of an interstellar combat force would behave? News for you pal, Kyle would have been summarily demoted to third level programming analyst and kept in a lab somewhere far from sharp toys.
Bottom line, read this first book if you must but only buy these puss filled pools one at a time.
The question for this section is: "What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment? Well the answer is more complex then that but suffice to say, that I am angry at the main character, sad that I burned credits on these books and disappointed with my choice.More to the point, I strongly discourage you from buying more than one of these books at a time. Should your reaction to these books be anything like mine, you will thank me later.
Oh yeah, the entire store is written in first person. That's a tough job for a fine author. B. V. Larson is not a fine author.
This book is written for a youngster.
Yes, the logic is totally childlike and not up to date.
Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!
I was first drawn to this book because it had received a high rating from other listeners. The plot sounded interesting but I still didn't know what to really expect. My experience is that this book lived up to the high rating that it had received.
The action began immediately. For a first book in a series it covers a lot of ground quickly. But at no point did I feel that we weren't getting the whole story.
Part of what I liked about this book is that it's a Sci-fi with human and alien interaction type book but the main characters actions and decisions are similar to how I think I would react given their circumstances.
I will definitely continue listening to this series and can't wait to see where B.V. Larsen takes it.
All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.
Yes. Because knowing more about the story, I would like to hear the start again. Also, great voice acting.
Crow - I can really like the way he speaks.
No. But that's my fault, not the book.
The story starts a little weak, in my mind. Not boring, just a little too extreme for what I could believe. But getting past this, I started to enjoy the book a lot.
I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.
The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.
The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.
I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.
I enjoyed the story, and the voice actor was fine. My pet peeve was done, and whispers were in low volume not stage whispers. Worse was there are many skips in the recording, which is the real reason for the low score on performance. The low score is for production values.