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A Talent for War Audiobook

A Talent for War: An Alex Benedict Novel

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.
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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)

What Members Say

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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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    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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    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 12-13-10
    Jadn Lawrenceville, ga, United States 12-13-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Info dump"

    This book was very disappointing. The few highlights of technology were interesting, but the constant barrage of information dumping and telling made it a snooze. I got through the first 3 hours of this, and decided to stop wasting my time with the book. Perhaps it get's better later on, but the author lost me after the first 30 minutes. Definitely would not recommend this to any of my friends.

    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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    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.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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