This is free on Kindle Unlimited so I gave it a try. The enthusiasm of the writer is engaging, but there are so many problems of plot, science, and plausibility that I can't recommend it to anyone who is paying for it.
The problem with creating all sorts of magical extensions of physics and biology is then to be consistent in their application. The characters otherwise come across as seeming extraordinarily stupid when they don't take advantage of the abilities they have and the story line becomes highly contrived. There are too many places where the ship's captain seems foolish or needlessly reckless in the decisions he makes when he could so easily jump back to the Solar System for advice and to provide warning. Likewise, the hostile aliens with their own amazing technologies are made to seem stupid. For example, why do they focus all their attention on getting all their ships shot up by the heroic captain instead of sending one ship to destroy the targeted planet, which they've already demonstrated that they can easily do?
The complaints I read about the author's basic writing skills (in earlier editions of this book) are mostly cleared up, although there are still a lot of things an editor should have caught. For example, "reparation" instead of "repair," "elliptic" instead of "ecliptic," and double negatives gone confusingly wrong. The narrator also does not provide a completely consistent voice or accent for each character, so I found myself guessing wrong who was speaking at various points of the story.
Despite all these problems, there's the germ of an interesting story here, and the author is certainly enthusiastic in describing battle scenes. If you've got it free on Kindle Unlimited, you can't complain about the price!
I liked it very much; it kept my interest its entire length. I thought the technology premises of the vessels was very realistic and plausible, and the space action realistic. The "transition" to FTL speed reminded me of a Star Trek transporter. Parts of story kind of reminded me of 'Aliens' 2 movie. The characters seemed very realistic for the different roles in the story.
First let me set this stage - I am an author, and my work is available on Audible too - so I have a critical ear to the quality of a story and to its narrator. My personal audible library is 130+ titles, a great deal of these are Sci Fi space battle genre. Also, it is rare that I hand out 5 stars in 3 categories. But, I have to inform you THIS story is above and beyond what I've experienced before. I could NOT wait to get out of work and listen to the next chapter. I deeply cared for these character's well being.
The best part of the story, I feel, is how the author weaves the differences of and interactions between the two human races. The story hinges on how they react to each other as it would if this were not fiction. Most books introduce both races, they smell each other's ass and they work seamlessly from there. We all know that is not how it would work out. Humans in space would be giant egotistical asshats, period.
I want to congratulate the author, Evan Currie, and Benjamin Darcie. I truly loved this audio-book and I feel THIS is the story the others must strive to become.
I can't foam at the mouth enough on this title. Buy it. Buy the series. I've purchased the second book halfway the first.
Good work, Evan.
This is a futuristic space travel adventure that hooked me from the beginning. As a (TV) Star Trek fan, I enjoyed the crew members as well as the interstellar travel (faster than light speed) and found the "aliens" mostly believable.
The story is light and pleasant to listen. However, I was not immersed in the story as in a masterpiece. Just another sci-fi book.
Lector read there book well. However, changing voice to female was not that perfect.
really good story about finding life out of our solar system. just wish the aliens were more alien. the bad aliens didn't have a description and it would have been nice to have their point of view
There was a great mix of intensity & suspense, and humor and background. The blend was almost optimal.
*Spoiler FREE* The way the crew talks to their Captain was perfect. There were moments that had us nodding with agreement, and other that had us cracking up. Can't say enough that we loved this book!
I have not heard Mr. Darcie as a narrator before. He did a good number of accents to differentiate key characters. I would describe his voice, at times at least, as near deadpan. His timbre changed to suit the moment, though. However, his deadpan tone really ADDED for the humorous moments, in our opinions.
Yes, but we couldn't do so
We are looking forward to Transitioning into book 2!