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A Talent for War Audiobook

A Talent for War: An Alex Benedict Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knew the legend of Christopher Sim. Fighter. Leader. An interstellar hero with a rare talent for war, Sim changed mankind's history forever when he forged a ragtag group of misfits into the weapon that broke the back of the alien Ashiyyur. But now, Alex Benedict has found a startling bit of information, long buried in an ancient computer file. If it is true, then Christopher Sim was a fraud.

For his own sake, for the sake of history, Alex Benedict must follow the dark track of a legend, into the very heart of the alien galaxy - where he will confront a truth far stranger than any fiction imaginable.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Jack McDevitt.

©2004 Jack McDevitt; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"In his ability to absolutely rivet the reader, it seems to me that McDevitt is the logical heir to Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke." (Stephen King)

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    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 03-09-15
    Arthur Portland, OR, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An enjoyable future history"

    I started with Seeker, and knew there had to be great stories preceding it. This one has the same grandeur and richness and was an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James burleson, TX, United States 02-04-13
    James burleson, TX, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "not impressed"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack McDevitt again?

    Possibly


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory Abbey and Jack McDevitt ’s performances?

    Possibly


    What character would you cut from A Talent for War?

    The main character


    Any additional comments?

    I had listened to" seeker". The main character was Chase not Alex. It was much more interesting and the reason I got this story. The story was interesting but they drained on and on about mans flaw of war blah blah blah. It could have been reduced to 5 hrs instead of 9 easily.if you like alit of narration and pointing out of all of mans flaws constantly then this book is for you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard San Diego, CA United States 02-23-11
    Howard San Diego, CA United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2012

    TaxProf

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    "Not up to McDevitt's standard"

    I am a very big fan of Jack McDevitt's, but this book was disappointing. It had his usual clever mystery with a nice ending, but the story was just much too slow. And while I usually am indifferent to the reader, in this case (perhaps because I had so much time on my hands) I was particularly bothered by the many mispronunciations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kaleb Eureka, CA, United States 12-05-10
    Kaleb Eureka, CA, United States 12-05-10
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    "Speed Demon"

    The story is good. But the narrator is on speed. I think if this was rerecorded at a medium pace I would give it another star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TLR 09-06-12
    TLR 09-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "No care taken with this narration"
    What did you like best about A Talent for War? What did you like least?

    I found the story interesting, but was totally distracted by the ineptitude of the narrator. How an adult human being can not know how to pronounce, "emeritus," "Aeneid," "islet," and "Demosthenes," especially if you are going to be pronouncing these words as part of a paid narration, shows a complete lack of attention by the actor reading and the producers. It was disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gregory Abbey and Jack McDevitt ’s performances?

    Doubtful. My enjoyment was interrupted constantly by my disbelief at the illiteracy of the narrator.


    Could you see A Talent for War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Hizer 02-05-16
    John Hizer 02-05-16 Member Since 2016

    Favs: sci-fi, fantasy, historic, mystery, suspense, classics, non-fiction, and a few westerns. I read a lot of YA (cleaner lang/less smut).

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    "I really wanted to give it 5 stars"

    I loved it. It was very well read and I am seriously debating listening to it again, because I missed a bit here and there while the sound around me got loud.
    The story was compelling and the universe feels very real and has great depth. Settings and action are well described, but in a way that feels like you already are familiar with them because these are known places and activities.
    There are a few hints at "romantic" activities, but the they stay hints, no embarrassing details. There is death and injury, but no gore.
    The only thing holding back the fifth star is language. There is no gratuitous swearing just because. And no F%$#, but Son of a &'%$* and Oh my $*&, are rather heavily used. It was so distracting in the first chapter I hesitated to keep going. It lets up a bit for most of the rest, but in such a vast universe surely a few less offensive explosives could be invented without damaging our suspension of disbelief.
    Update- I actually exchanged this book. Even though I missed a few parts, I know I can't listen to all that swearing again. I may see if my library has a hardcopy to reread.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george United States 02-20-12
    george United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "Not his best, but still good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Talent for War to be better than the print version?

    I'd have to read it, and then listen to it to answer the question.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was okay. I had read Firebird before this. That was much better.


    What about Gregory Abbey and Jack McDevitt ’s performance did you like?

    Nothing sticks out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 12-02-08
    Mike 12-02-08

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    "Promising, but Terrible"

    So much promise, but this book is like listening to a history text. If you want an exciting scifi book, this is NOT it.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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