After discovering two aliens trying to milk a cow in his grandfather's barn, 14-year-old Luke Summers is abducted. Scared out of his wits, he soon discovers that the aliens, Simon and Leonidas, aren't planning to probe him...huge relief.
Instead, after injecting Luke with nano-translators so he can understand them, they tell him that his parents, both astronauts who were pronounced dead during a failed mission to Mars, are still alive...and they need his help to rescue them from an evil spider-alien dictator named Drac Moor.
There's just one itsy-bitsy catch. Luke will first need to be "reconditioned" so that he can withstand the harsh alien atmospheres that he'll be subjected to. Oh...and it's probably going to hurt a little.
Follow along as Luke stumbles through one disaster after another, in an attempt to pull off a daring prison break and free his parents before it's too late.
©2016 Joseph R. Cleveland (P)2016 Joseph R. Cleveland
Well written, cute, fun, humorous, entertaining and very enjoyable listen. Listened to this on a road trip with my grandchildren. They loved it and so did I.
The story grabs your attention from the beginning and the adventure just gets better from there.
When Luke Summer's hears a noise in his grandfather's barn and goes to investigate he gets the surprise of his life. Aliens. When he's abducted by these aliens he discovers his parents are still alive. They were actually there to get him and take him to his parents.
Braden Wright does a fantastic job with the narration. Great voice easy to listen to for hours. Great character voices. He was able to convey all the humor and sarcasm through his narration. He brought the story and characters to life. All around enjoyable listen.
Hopefully the rest of the series will eventually be available on audible and have Braden Wright as the narrator.
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Well written story for the young and the young at heart. My boys and I all enjoyed it immensely. Can't wait for the rest. The hero of the story is easy to like and relate with. The companions and enemies met along the way fulfill
Their roles in the quest perfectly. The imagery is well and easily presented. Great narration and delivery. I look forward to more by both the author and the narrator. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
I listened to audiobooks before they were cool! I read for LibriVox and I adore Stephen Briggs, T.G. Reynolds and Richard Armitage.
So, what would you think if you found two aliens called Simon and Leonidas in your barn? They don't even know what a cow is for, but they want you on a mission to save your astronaut parents. Would you go?
Sure you would. So did Luke.
This is a charming story that makes you care a great deal about all the main characters - even if they're not human. It's for younger readers, but it's by no means dumbed down. Sci-fi concepts are explained simply but well, so I had a blast listening to this. I found tiny discrepancies (the alien in the arena gave prisoners bread and water - does he know bread?) but overall, the possible plotholes (like the version of vulcan-pinch) were taken care of very well by the author. I would have appreciated the bullying boys being mentioned more in the beginning of the story, but that may have slowed down the wonderful dynamic J.R. crafted there :)
Luke's feelings are explored really well and the story arc is satisfying. It doesn't make me madly want to read the next book in the series, but that's because I'm not the intended audience :) Although I'd like to find out who Simon really is...
Narrator: awesome. He's dramatizing the story very well, his voice is pleasing and I liked what he did with the voices of Simon and Leonidas. Braden Wright is one of the better ones out there.
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I love books...I love storytelling. Audiobooks allow me to enjoy a great story while still being able to do my daily routine. Thanks Audible
Top 10 in the YA genre
Mr. Wright was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed all the voices. His timing, tone, everything was right on. A wonderful collaboration between author and narrator.
J.R. Cleveland creates a magical world. This was a delight.
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I have received this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
Luke wakes up during the night and hears some noises coming from the his grandfather's barn. When going there to make sure that everything is okay he sees a red light, and discovers two aliens milking one of the cows. He will be taken in their spaceship in a mission that will change Luke's life.
This book is aimed at young readers, but even grownups will enjoy it. Luke is transported to a different world and meets strange creatures, pursuing a very noble goal. There are a lot of Star Wars references, and I think the main character's name is a clear tribute to the movies. It is a quite original story and is told in a very funny way, which will delight kids and adults.
I found some parts though that add little to the story, or that would have been presented in a different way since in a way they have some important information for later on. The training Luke has during flight felt just too long, and the part of the arena had the same feeling. In a way Cleveland abused a bit too much of the Deux ex Machina device. I understand that this could somehow work in a book for kids, but once they become more critic they will demand more intelligent plots.
Something that I missed was a better introduction to the background story. This is about Luck's parents, missing for the last five years partly due to Simon on Leonidas. The introduction goes a bit too fast and the main goal of the story is just merely mentioned. I think the whole story would have worked better if we would have known more about Luck's parents and the rest of the crew, along with the circumstances of their disappearance. Just mentioning it does not completely work nor motivate the reader.
The characters were not fully developed, but I think Simon and Leonidas were very charismatic.
What I really enjoyed was the narration. Braden Wright gave the exact amount of humor to the voices. I think the sound effects used for Simon and Leonidas were just perfect, and the book clearly benefited from the narration. I am looking forward to listening to more books narrated by Wright.
The ending does not leave an open door for a second book, so I am curious about what how the second goes. It is something good though, since I get sometimes frustrated about cliffhangers. If you have kids and teens interested in sci-fi I recommend you to try this book.
I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo
This was a fun book.Our main character runs into aliens milking his cow and finds out that his long dead parents were really abducted and not dead.This leads to a search and maybe even a rescue if everything can come together.We learn where some earth customs came from,and wish they'd have kept them.We see friendships form and end abruptly.Braden Wright is a very good narrator.I was goven this book free from the author,narrator or publisher.
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This was a delightful book that took me completely by surprise. For some reason I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and were engaged right from the very start. Luke’s experiences in space are full of action, danger and mystery as he goes on a (sometimes crazy) quest to save his parents from a deadly race of aliens. I loved all of the fun references to alien conspiracy theories (yep, this book confirms that aliens helped build the pyramids. Who knew?), and it was truly interesting to see what the aliens thought about humans and human emotions. One small detail that didn’t make sense to me: the aliens seemed to be incredibly impressed by the fact that humans are willing to put themselves in danger for others, but the aliens themselves were doing that for Luke and his family. (I guess the argument could be made that they were doing that out of duty rather than sacrifice, but it didn’t seem completely that way.) I did enjoy how Simon and Leonidas seemed very logical at first but as Luke got to know them you totally saw their soft sides.
Narration: I’m hoping the audiobooks for the next two books in the series come out soon because we really enjoyed listening to these—my kids especially loved that the narrator gave the aliens interesting voices. They were bummed to hear that we might have to actually read the next two if we want to get to them soon. Braden Wright is an excellent narrator, though it took me a little while to get used to his deeper, more serious voice right after listening to Momotaro, where the full narration was in more of a kid’s voice. (Wright did a great job with Luke’s fourteen-year-old voice in the dialogue, but he didn’t sound kiddish for the whole narration—which was totally fine, just different.) And, like I mentioned before, Wright did a fantastic job with all of the different alien character voices.
I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something fun to read or listen to with younger YA readers (or MG, though there is a bit of violence in parts—nothing too horrible). This one gets 4/5 Stars.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Audiobook Boom! All opinions are my own.***
** A Few Spoilers **
Luke, the male lead, hears strange noises outside one night so he goes out to investigate.
He ends up seeing two aliens near his cow.
Luke blacks out and wakes to find that he is apart some "alien mission".
He wants no part of the mission, that is.. until the aliens make him an offer that he can't
There are several obstacles that Luke has to overcome.
This book was interesting and suspenseful read which made it an overall good find.
I also think its a worth adding to a Halloween Selection of Reads.
I can't wait for books Two and Three to be released on Audible.com!
Braden Wright did really well with the narration and I look forward to more books narrated
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Never read the print version, audiobooks works best for me for my long driving trips.
BW performance was really good
My kids loved it on our road trip
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I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
I am always looking for a book I can recommend to my son(14). This book has a lot he might like, fast passe adventure with humor.
I enjoyed it a lot. I like that the boy acts his age( maybe a bit clever for his age), but no supper hero.
My first. He is very good. Did the aliens very well.
"Swapping milk for my freedom"
I will listen to the next book. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
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