If you like "Old Mans War" your going to like this - it follows the same type of story, Marines fighting bad guys, and not winning every time; Earth is a mess, your only real chance at a life is to get off the crumbling rock. There's the "Have's" and the "Have-nots", screw up and you go from being a "Have" to a "Have-Not", or even worse prison, and death. Maybe if you're lucky the Marines will come and recruit you.
An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.
Here's the basics. The story is OK, formulaic and nothing that really holds interest. The story itself is short, the length they show includes almost an hour at the end of descriptions of the factions, something that could have been put in the beginning or better portrayed through the story. It also includes another two plus hours of the first three chapters of the second book. At no point do you feel anything for any character, and the author struggles with foreshadowing, relying on the ever so subtle "later I would find out..." multiple times. The battle scenes are vague and don't draw you in at all. It sounds more like a monologue description of events hitting only on the key points.
The narrator: Honestly Jeff Bower should do ANYTHING but narrate these books. If you want to be put to sleep, these might be your answer. Monotonous doesn't even describe the voices he uses and the use of electronic synthesis for the first half of the book is arguably one of the most infuriating things to listen to ever. Females sound like some sort of deranged minnie mouse noise, while the males all sound like a bored knockoff of Mr. Rogers.
I think the only reason I finished this book was to make sure it didn't somehow improve, but it might have been sheer stubborn mindedness. If the narrator wasn't horrible and the story was a bit better written I might have though of giving the rest of the series a chance, as it is though I'm going to do my first ever return with Audible.
Instead of this try something by B.V. Larson, his books aren't perfect by any means but they are 3-4 times better than this and essentially cover the same genre without being overly irritating (and without Bower as narrator). Alternately try Lost Fleet for a bit more fleet action and a bit less ground troops.
I really like the story line but it lacks polish and the voice performance is way to monotone. Also, what's up with the unannounced preview of the next book?
To short for the price.
Monotone, lacked voice inflection and the secondary character voices sounded over done- just bad.
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I'm not giving up, I hope the writer and performer improve.
Narration was poor and the story undeveloped. Not worth a credit.
No, I think I'm done
I did end up liking the book but I think the book needs a rewrite. It has a lot of the information about the world we're in presented more then halfway through the book. It should come closer to the beginning and needs to be spruced up a bit. It reads like a boring history book. The first half to 2/3 of the book was also very choppy, most of the book didn't have any kind of flow. One sentence ended... then another began. Second half was much better though to be completely fair to the author having a more experienced or just better narrator would've have done wonders. In audio form it is hard to tell if it was bad writing or just bad narration.
It was a bit predictable but a good setup for the next book. Though I could have done with out the numerical names of the characters in the last act, but I get it.
He was not the best. His character voices were mostly annoying and his own was very barely better. It reminded me of students reading aloud during class in high school. Each sentence had the same rhythm. It made it difficult to get drawn into the story. He also had some HORRIBLE mispronunciations. Repatriations being pronounced as Rep-A-Tree-A-Shuns was the first big one. There wasn't a lot of them but they were big ones that forced you to use context to know what was going on.However he got better. The last 1/3 of the book was much better. I could be wrong but he seemed inexperienced and I would expect him to be better in the next book. First part of the book I was hoping that the next book had a different narrator but by the end I wasn't worried. Keep your chin up Jeff Bower.
Absolutely! Actually there have been many movies and shows that could be from the same or similar universe. Kind of Starship Troopers meets Firefly.
Despite all the negative comments I've listed I enjoyed the book, and I will be listening to the next one. Also having just finished B.V. Larsons "The Dead Sun" from the Starforce series I may have been overly critical. Mark Boyet is an amazing narrator and I loved the Starforce series so much I may be hating on Jay Allen, and Jeff Bower more then they deserve for not being as good in my mind.
Maybe if his writing improves
Hell no .. maybe if i wanted some one to drone on and on with the same dull uninterested tone and cheap special effects till i fell asleep at night this would be a good one !!!!
I had High hopes for this book .. I was sadly disappointed. I dont usually write reviews but i hope to save some other member from wasting credit on this.
This book lacks action and likable characters. It is not even really a book, it is like the authors plot summary every thing that happens is vague and off stage. it reminds me of reading someones diary that doesn't like writing down the details.
I love books by Johnny Ringo, B. V. Larson, Vernor Vinge, John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Joe Haldeman, Mike Shepherd, Larry Niven , Kristine Kathryn Rusch and C. J. Cherryh
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Story was just okay fairly predicable story line. The reader needs to be faster. Luckily I could speed the voice up on my player to two times the rate and that allowed me to listen to the story. If not it would of been a struggle to complete.
Let me start off by saying the story itself is pretty great. If you enjoy space and warfare, then you'll enjoy this series.
But be warned the narration was less than perfect. There were two things in particular; the narrator doesn't speak with confidence like you would expect a marine to sound like. He just sounds depressed about every little detail.....
The other thing involves what could be described as "sound effects", Whenever a character is speaking with a radio, they add an echo which I found very distracting. I wish they hadn't done that.
I am living proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
I am easy going when it comes to narration but Jeff Bower did not do a good job at all. His voices for males sound like females. Some characters sound like little girls and others just sound like they have a cold. To make things worse, there are sound effects, like echoes, for various voices. Why are there loooong silent pauses between chapters? Audiobooks should NOT have sound effects!
The story is average so far. It starts a little slow but picks up about half way through and spins a web for future plot lines. Overall it's an average story but with good potential.