©2000 John Ringo; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Why pay $4.95 for this "Audio Book Du Jour" when the kindle edition is $0.00 (Caution there are 2 Kindle editions - make sure you select the right one) and after you "purchase" that book the Audible audiobook is $1.99. Obviously this is not a review but I didn't know where else to post.
The story was solid. The technology was very well described, but not mired down in so much technical babble that the listener was lost. The characters were great.
Couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next. At least 3 distinct story lines running in the book. They are all working toward the dame goal, victory, and they were written so well that it was easy to transition between each one as the chapters changed.I immediately purchased and downloaded the second book in the series.For those of you who, like myself, cringe when hearing profanity or taking the Lord's name in vein, this book has lots of both. fair warning. That is the only reason I rated the story 4 stars instead of 5.
This is military SF written by an author with military experience. If you judge books by PC standards, skip this one. It's violent, pro-military, pro-US, hilarious in places, and extremely satisfying. It's thick with rank, tradition, jargon, and tactical detail, but even if you don't like that it's still worth the listen just to get to the "Immigrant Song" scene.
Some ETs have arrived to warn us that we've got five years to prepare to be invaded by really hungry, really dangerous aliens. This story is the start of a series that seems to get better as it goes (not that the first books aren't great!). The action is almost nonstop, and you can't help wondering how we're going to survive the roller coaster of preparation, off-world battles, and political change in the face of invasion.
I listened to this book while I was recovering from the flu and it was amazingly fun. John Ringo delivers the story in a way which is satisfying for the sci-fi enthusiast the gun geek and arm chair generals alike.
Combined with the masterful reading delivered by Marc Vietor. While I wish there could have been a bit more of range in the voices Marc Vietor did an awesome job of delivering the gruff battle toughened voice of the main character and the click-clack sounds of the "Tchpth".
While I wish I could say I saw the ending coming I did not, however it was immensely satisfying. The action pace combined with intrigue that was woven into the story definitely has me coming back for more!
I'm a manager of a lawncare crew that listens to audio books when feasible. I have 2 years of business and 3 towards a history degree.
The first 2 chapters of the book are boring,but once you get out of those, it's awesome.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Great audiobook. Narrator's marine drill sargent voice is perfect for the military sci-fi genre and varies his voice well for different characters. Battles are outstanding. The writer lets the reader do the imagining on much of the aliend world detail, but the soldiering and action are reflective of the author's military experience. Sometimes the story gets a little "jargonny" for the non-vet, but bearing through it should not confuse the average reader in the end. Stories are not so out of touch with today that we can't relate to the equipment and the people. However, it is clearly written pre - 9/11/01, so some lee-way has to be given to the story line when it discussed life without war in 2001 and 2002.
This book, really the entire series, is quite excellent. Some sci-fi is deep and makes you think, some sci-fi is cool with all kinds of fancy tech, Ringo's sci-fi has a little of both of those but a whole lot of FUN. After reading this, I read the whole series and have started on some of his others as well.
If you want to enjoy a good read, get it.
I've enjoyed a wonderful variety of scifi and fantasy audiobooks here at Audible over the years, but I need to preface this review with a growing personal preference when it comes to my audiobook selections.
The more I listen over the years, my tastes have further refined. Now it seems, I prefer a GREAT audiobook SERIES, when and IF it ever occurs, one that carries the great writing, storyline and character development MUCH further than a single audio telling. And, of course, the writer needs to be good. VERY good. So, you know what that means. Slim pickings. But.
When it DOES occur, it's wonderful. It's extremely satisfying. It's like watching The Walking Dead, my favorite television series. Some of the episodes are better than others, sometimes I get frustrated at the pace, sometimes I shout at the screen, in shock, joy, anger or disbelief, giving profound character advice or brilliant script opinions. My sometimes verbally graphic and demonstrative rantings at the characters or plot lines are as R rated as the show.
So, I'm becoming the frustrating guy at the dinner party that wants more than one serving of the turkey - There's one at EVERY dinner party. I want seconds. I want thirds. Fourth's, please.
It's all about me. Me, me, me.
So, if you feel the same way, seeking a greater and longer personal satisfaction in your listening experience, and like military scifi, this first in the series by John Ringo, a military and political scifi writer, is a launchpad that will definitely propel you into a twelve book series here at Audible that will keep your attention. The narrator adds just the right accents, both human and alien to the work, expressed with feeling and continuity.
Here's a brief overview that will get you started. Again, no spoilers, no secrets, no giveaways:
In the early 21st century, Earth is approached by a pacific federation of alien races in need of earth's warlike tendencies, soldiers to save them from a race of vicious predators who also threaten Earth as well and the federation itself. A multinational and elite army of warriors gather to protect both Earth and the universe. They quickly discover that their allies have their own dark agendas and unique challenges. Even some of the leaders of earth are puppets for a much larger plan that has yet to be revealed.
Ringo's first novel is a fast-paced scifi military action story personified, boiling with acidic humor, character and future technology development, political intrigue, military life, and extremely vivid battle scenes. It so well lays the groundwork for what's ahead, that I went for seconds, thirds, fourths and more. I've acquired ALL of the audiobooks in the series, and am thoroughly enjoying them.
So, get greedy. Stay hungry. Step up to the table, and get a heaping helping of Ringo's "A Hymn Before Battle."
I'm thinking you'll want seconds, thirds and fourths at this awesome audiobook party.
This is the first installment of a great series by John Ringo. It is where John Wayne meets Tom Clancy to kick baddy butt.
"Brilliant storie, grate naration, Highley recomend"
YES a good store well told is always worth a second telling
Michal O'Neal plays the typical hero.
To mant to name, both goodies and villians
It's to long for me to take in one hit.
If you like the Stat Force series, I feal sure you will like this.
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