To be fair here, maybe it is a great story. Perhaps it's one of the best books ever. However, it didn't go anywhere fast enough and the narrator made it nearly impossible to listen to as he sounded like my high school economics teacher...that is, absolutely monotone and epically boring.
If it were narrated by someone else, sure.
Don't get me wrong, this series isn't a disaster or anything. I will probably give the second book a try.
- good action/suspense
- decent plot concept. Pretty tricky to make inferior technology plausibly relevant, and this is handled reasonably well
- military aspects are fine,
- Writing isn't all that great
- Science is a bit rough. Seems like he may have had to play a bit fast and loose with some numbers to make the plot concept work.
I had never looked into this series before, but decided to try it out on a whim. I really enjoyed the first one and am downloading the second immediately.
I know this has received a bunch of good reviews, but this book just wasn't for me. I couldn't get past the inconsistencies throughout the book. For example... so it's their first step into deep space and they happen to run across some aliens that look like humans and speak a form of French? Not likely. The author also tries to just translate Navy equipment into space. He even refers to the fighters as planes. I tried listening to this twice and just couldn't get through it. Time to move on.
John Ringos, Live free or die; humans are new on the galactic scene but still kick butts and take names because we are very good at war and underestimated by everybody.
The voices and personalities are very well portrayed.
Other people on here have complained about how the bases of this book is unlikely and unrealistic. To that I say, THIS IS A BOOK, if you want real life watch the news.
This book is the best researched and thought about space battle book I have ever listened to or read. The strategies used based on light speed and slower (or faster) weapons combined with realistic distances is great. It actually makes other space war books hard to listen too.
In my youth I read a lot of Sci-Fi. But as an adult I spend more of my time in the car, the audio book is a great way to assimilate books. On vacation, I will typically bring a paperback, but still have a selection of audio book in my iPod. Although a great audio performance will make an audio book more enjoyable over print.
This book has a certain "Stargate SG1" feel. The NAC starship Odyssey finds itself in a hostile situation and must use their limited technology and unique humanity to survive ... plus they make some friends along the way. The end of the book raises more questions and sets up the next volume nicely. This book is not as technical as Johnny Ringo's "Looking Glass" series, or as technically ambiguous as Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet", but the story is still quite entertaining.
I thought that Mr. Darcie's performance was good, as he adjusted his delivery for each unique character. There were a few "wooden" sequences where he sounded like a news anchor reading from the teleprompter, but over all he was easy to listed to.
First off ... it was fun to listen to. I don't read Sci-Fi to be educated. I listed to be entertained, so a certain suspension of disbelief is required. I'm not sure that I could do all 14 hours in one sitting, but about an hour at a time, a couple of times a day is just fine.
I'm looking forward to book 2.
This is a great space marine series that is similar to BV Larson books. Evan Currie is a better storyteller.
Both authors paint their heroes into impossible situations but Currie doesn't use over the top Deus ex machina to solve these crises. When and where something new is introduced to solve a particular problem, it's a variation of what's already there as opposed to something new that comes out of left field. That makes it much more plausible.
The book is not perfect and a sci-fi nazi's will find fault with the use of tachyons and the dismissal of the speed of light as an absolute but it's an entertaining ride whether in the ground or in space.
Into the Black is a military science fiction novel. The plot moves along at a decent, although predictable, pace. The epilogue leaves one with an appetite for more. However, the book seems to the lack some depth. Characters do not seem to develop much. I had a hard time really caring about them. In space battles, the author can't seem to decide if he is describing an interstellar battle taking place at fractional C speeds, or if he is describing a WW2 dog fight. If you like military Sci Fi, The Honor Harrington series or the Lost Fleet series is much better quality in my opinion.
It's not my favorite book of all time. But it was an enjoyable listen. The story kept pace, and the science was interesting.
I've never heard him before. But I liked his voice.
I wasn't really "moved", this was more of an action flick than a tear-jerker. But the ship battles were fun to listen to.
I like that the book didn't just focus on describing an intricately deep world. It highlighted some cool things, kept the story moving, and kept me interested.
"ITS WHAT WE DO!"
Pacing was great...
"IT'S WHAT WE DO!'
Well written and strong performance. No real lapses in the story, with engaging battle sequences. I am on to book Two.