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Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1 | [Sharon Lee, Steve Miller]

Agent of Change: Liaden Universe Agent of Change, Book 1

Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.
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Publisher's Summary

Fleeing the scene of his latest mission, Val Con yos'Phelium finds himself saving the life of ex-mercenary Miri Robertson, a young Tarren on the run from interplanetary assassins. Thrown together by circumstances, Val Con and Miri struggle to elude their enemies and stay alive without slaying each other - or surrendering to the unexpected passion that flares between them.

©1988 Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-05-12
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Annoying Narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. The story and dialogue also seems a little dated.


    Would you recommend Agent of Change to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narrator emphasized the dialogue all wrong and made the heroine sound like a whiny teenager rather than a strong woman.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

    NO! This may be a good book, but the narrator is so annoying I couldn't listen to it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It revolved around a strong heroine, she can fight and take care of herself. If she were written better (she spends too much time fuming, whining and talking to herself) and the narrator were better, this could be a good book.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ali J ! 08-30-15
    Ali J ! 08-30-15

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    "OK"
    What did you like best about Agent of Change? What did you like least?

    Some of the writing didn't make sense... Val Con sees all these statistics guiding him, and yet it some cases he does some really overly stupid things and draws attention to themselves.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller ? Why or why not?

    Perhaps


    Which character – as performed by Andy Caploe – was your favorite?

    I thought the narrator did a great job with all the voices. I see some pretty harsh critics about his Miri voice. Why? Who can really know what a Taron woman sounds like who's profession is mercenary? I loved the clutch turtles voices too. Actually it was Andy Caploe's voice that drew me to buy this after downloading the first few chapters free. I have never listened to this kind of book before. As usual for me, the narrator drew me to the book/genre.


    Do you think Agent of Change needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Boy, the ending was quick. Could have drawn that out a bit with a few details to tide us over to the next story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    another know it all North Carolina 07-23-15
    another know it all North Carolina 07-23-15 Member Since 2010

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    "fun story"

    not the best, but certainly worth a listen if you are looking for some lighter listening with interesting characters, dialogue and action. I am interested enough to buy more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Minor 04-08-15
    A. Minor 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really Enjoyed Everything About This Book!"

    Can't wait to listen to another in the series. Fun story that was hard to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J 02-19-15
    J 02-19-15

    pippy

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    "Good audio for a good book"

    I have been a massive fan of these books for several years, so I was quite happy that Audible had the audiobooks. I have to admit I love the narrator on the Carousel books better then this one, but this narrator I still darned good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kyahgirl 02-15-15
    Kyahgirl 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The Liaden Universe pulls me back in!"

    4/5; 4 stars; A-

    This is a review of the audiobook.

    It has been a few years since I read this book so I really enjoyed revisiting the story. I found the narrator, Andy Caploe, a very solid choice for this story because the range of voices, from mobsters to aliens, was huge. It took me a while to get used to his interpretation of the characters but that is typical when one is not that familiar with a narrator. I recall the same thing happening when I listened to I Dare last year.

    I love the Clutch turtles and I thought Caploe did a great job with the voices of the various members of the clan. In listening to the story, I heard things I don't recall from my first reading the book either so that was a bonus. For example, my mental picture of Val Con and Miri was much clearer and the nuances of their relationship were also clearer. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of this subset of books in the Liaden Universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lykanthrope Bellevue, WA United States 12-02-14
    lykanthrope Bellevue, WA United States 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "but Those Eyes"
    What disappointed you about Agent of Change?

    Both characters are so amazingly resourceful and so damn brilliant at what they do, that there's no external conflict. No real 'change' in their personalities up until the end when they realized that "Surprise, we actually love each other!"


    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It all feels very flat, like an one-dimensional facsimile of the Vorkosigan series. Maybe if the authors read up on Pride and Prejudice to grok some idea of how to bring two differing minds together. Without having to shove the characters in an MDMA powered ship.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

    A lot of the characters felt like cartoon characters, charming as the turtles are, it doesn't make up for the fact that Miri has to sound like a girl from Jersey to be tough.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were tons of interesting ideas floating around the world.

    But many of those great ideas don't have any lead-in, and most of them were never followed up on, or explored with any amount of detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Nearly spat my coffee when chapter twenty-two rolled around and by the by, he also has telekinesis. Must be those perfect green eyes of his. So perfect, that I need to be reminded of their perfection throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Akela Russia 10-30-14
    Akela Russia 10-30-14 Member Since 2014

    smiling wolf

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    "narration is the problem here"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The books - yes. Not these audio versions - the narrator pretty much destroyed the charm of the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edger. Powerful and potentially lethal but wise and peaceful.


    What didn’t you like about Andy Caploe’s performance?

    Same problem as with the 1st book in the series - all "his"women sound either simpering or peevish. He is the worst narrator so far (in my experience) concerning female personages.

    Also he obviously does not pay attention to the text itself - so somewhere in the book somebody says something "gently" but the narrator totally disregards such hints and the phrase comes out as rude or forceful.


    Did Agent of Change inspire you to do anything?

    See if there are more Leaden books narrated by somebody else.


    Any additional comments?

    Not buying anything else by this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 04-01-14
    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Dated space opera"

    As others have said, the narrator is not strong and the story is a bit flat. The motivation of the characters is murky and it's often unclear why things are even happening. There is plenty of other science fiction/space opera more worthy of anyone's time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    12-21-12
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    "I lost interest - very poor story"
    What would have made Agent of Change better?

    Very little. The story was very fragmented and needed a better story. The characters were poor and did not appear to have any relevance.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andy Caploe?

    Not Andy's fault


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money. Only listened to first part

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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