The Second Ship is approximately twelve hours of listening, read by MacLeod Andrews. Over 1000 audiobook reviews can be found on Audible.com. The story surrounds the visit to earth by an alien civilization. One ship is known to exist by the government and media. The Second Ship is known only to three teenagers who stumble upon it accidentally. Keeping their secret, they delve into the mystery and are suddenly gifted with unusual abilities. The purpose and implications of The Second Ship is the basis for this young adult tale as the teens scramble to avoid governmental agents, school supervision, well-intended parents, and a few bad-ass fellow students.
Don’t hesitate to let the kiddies listen to a fun SciFi adventure. MacLeod Andrews is a pleasant listen with a wide variety of voices.
I just wish books had a PC rating so you could avoid them. Really can't say much else about the book because I couldn't listen to more than the first couple of chapters.
Super awesome fun
The whole story line - the way Jack doesn't get taken advantage of for being stupid.
He is kinda nasal at times - I don't like his voices for women one bit but overall doesn't make me not want to listen to the next one.
No - but who want to sit down for 11 hours and listen to a book?
AWESOME book and great reading by MacLeod.
Yes I would reread this -- This has a complicated plot as it shifts from kids to agents to scientist viewpoints. There are some plot points & technical points that are easy to miss.
Its hard make comparisons -- At times it tries to be a teen book. At times it tries to be a spy book. At times it is trying to be a scientific thriller. It makes for a very odd genre mix that sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. I can see elements here that remind me of movies like Flight of the Navigator or The Explorers, but only vaguely. This is done far more seriously with much brighter kids than either of those movies. But they are still kids, mixing teen crushes, snobby teachers and basketball with Cold fusion and Quantum Switches. Not many other modern day books deal with alien technology quite in this way either. But I do find some familiar concepts brought up along with some new ones -- done in some innovative ways.
"The news said the alien ship the U.S. found would change the world... What would YOU do if you found another one?....And it warned you OF the first ship?"
As with much of the genre it was a clean book meant for teens but that adults can enjoy. A fun scifi premise, decently developed main characters, and some excitement made it a solid read that made me want to read the whole trilogy.
this book won't blow you away with creative characters or never-thought-of-before plots, but it's easy to follow, fun and gets you interested. you definitely end up curious about what is going to happen next... which is of course why i've already downloaded the 2nd book in the series.
compared to ender series or daemon/freedom tm books, this one is not as epic. alas, it's worth a listen and a fun time. so after you've listened to those and want more somewhat-sci-fi thrillage, this is a good one.
Entertaining and engaging. It reminds me of a Daniel Suarez novel in its pace, but without the sense that this could really happen and less thought provoking.
Part of larger series that starts to feel aimless after the half-way point.
Characters are the rather 2 dimensional (sometimes only one) type found in a lot of young adult sci-fi / adventure stories.
In the end this book just sort of fizzles with little resolved. When will modern authors realize that even though they are writing for a series, any given installment needs it's own complete story arch? It's not enough to just stop writing with an implied "to be continued" after a certain number of chapters.
I'm not bothering with the rest of the series.
So my mom discovered this book a couple of weeks ago and kept telling me I had to read it...I checked out the blurb and was thinking I was not really in the mood for this type of book, and kept putting it off...after a few more "have you started it yet's" and finding out it was available as an audio I decided what the hell...$2.99 for the book then I can get the audio for $1.99....and when I finally finished the first book all I was left with was WOW....
First I want to say the narrator for this one was great....this is one of those books that with the wrong narrator it would just ruin the story. Writing style wise, it really reminded me of Michael Crichtonand his novel Next, while you have your main characters that the story focuses on, there are a lot of side stories being told and occurring alongside the main story (it may sound jumbled but if you have read Next you know what I am talking about).
I don't think this is really a spoiler, but read with caution...there are no aliens, this is really about the discovery of Alien technology and what we do with what we find....and man are some of things we do scary....not much more I can say without giving spoilers...but if you are a fan of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown or other similar authors definitely give this one a shot.