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Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman | [Bill Baldwin]

Bill Baldwin's The Helmsman

One of the few survivors of a League sneak attack on his poor and miserable homeworld of Carescria, Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the few survivors of a League sneak attack on his poor and miserable homeworld of Carescria, Wilf Brim sets out to settle the score. Were it not for the attrition from the war that followed, Wilf would never have escaped his lower-class status and been accepted into the Academy. Now, freshly graduated, young Sublieutenant Wilf Ansor Brim, Imperial Fleet, begins his first assignment, Helmsman of the I.F.S. Truculent.

Intended for mature audiences.

(P)Timberwolf Press

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    David Orem, UT, USA 05-28-04
    David Orem, UT, USA 05-28-04
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    "The Helmsman"

    Having read the earlier edition of this book several times over the years, I approached this with excitement and trepidation. Excitement at having an old friend taken in new directions by the author's rewrite and an audio version. Concern that the audio production would leave a bad taste in my mouth diminishing the enjoyment I have received from the written version.

    However, with the exception of a few southwestern twangs, which might be entirely realistic for all that I know, I found the audio version a faithful and enjoyable visit to the universe of Wilf Brim. Voices served to convey the individual characters and the narration was smooth and fluent. Background sounds were a little overblown at times, but rarely enough to not dimish the overall experience.

    Looking forward to future voyages.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    John Virginia Beach, VA, USA 08-11-04
    John Virginia Beach, VA, USA 08-11-04
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    "Bill Baldwin"

    A fantastic book. This was my first glimpse into the world of Wilf Brim, but it will not be the last. This was the first audio with a "full cast" of different characters that I truly enjoyed. My only difficulty with the audio was the occasionally overenthusiastic sound track in the background. I can't wait for more of the series to come out.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Readalot SC USA 03-27-12
    Readalot SC USA 03-27-12
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    "Fun, Fun, Fun"

    The reason we listen to these books is to be entertained, taken to another place, or to help get thru boring tasks. If u like Sci-fi you should like this book. My only complaint is that Audible only has the first two books, ugh!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08
    Paul Houston, TX, United States 04-27-08 Member Since 2002

    I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".

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    "What a Great Perfomance and Story"

    I enjoyed this story to no end. I've listened to it and it's sequel four times now. It's a great escape. Unlike the other readers, I found the dialog, sound effect and acting were fantastic and really drew you into the story. The details and equipment descriptions and functionality made you feel like you were on the bridge of a 1950's Gearing Class Destroyer about to lift out of the water and fly into space. Great story and great escape.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 10-14-05
    Michael 10-14-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Whats with the units of measure?"

    I really enjoyed the story and characters. But whats with the new names for measurments and time.. Why bother? I found it distracting.. Also think I would have prefered a regular reading rather than the dramitization style of this... I sometimes found it hard to hear what was going on, and the sound effects in the background didnt really add to the story.. Those complaints aside I really enjoyed the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keith F. Woeltje St. Louis, MO USA 12-06-04
    Keith F. Woeltje St. Louis, MO USA 12-06-04 Member Since 2004
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    "So bad it's good"

    I really enjoyed the book as light, escapist listening. This is by no means great literature. The descriptions are overdone, the dialog stilted and cliche-riddled. The sex scenes are puerile. Nevertheless it really is a lot of fun--like a B-movie space opera.

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    Anthony Teaneck, NJ, USA 10-30-04
    Anthony Teaneck, NJ, USA 10-30-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Yummy!!"

    Can you say YUMMY, GREAT, WONDERFUL... did I say great? This book was wonderful, entertaining, and totally enjoyable. Think of a mixture of "Starship Trouper" , a little light romance not quite unrequited love, as the low-ling does get a break with the princess. I listened to the book nearly nonstop.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Laketown, UT, USA 03-22-06
    Gary Laketown, UT, USA 03-22-06
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    "Great Sci-Fi"

    This was a great Sci-Fi story. It had plenty of action and the word descriptions of the people/things/places were easy to visulize. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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    Kathryn Portland, OR USA 10-12-05
    Kathryn Portland, OR USA 10-12-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Second time is the charm"

    The first time I tried to listen to this book I only got 30 min in to it before I got bored and went on to another book. The author goes on in great detail about the ships and planets of the book and this can get tedious very quickly. I was also not used to a full cast book, it is quite different then a straight narrated book. I tried to listen to the book again a few months later since I had nothing else to listen to. After getting past the tediousness of the details it turned out to be a good space drama. I look forward to the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander HungerfordUnited Kingdom 06-21-04
    Alexander HungerfordUnited Kingdom 06-21-04
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    "The Helmsman"

    One of the best Audible books I have listened to so far. Wilf Brim takes you on an epic journey through space of war,high adventure,romance and a fascinating look at what the distant future may be. This book totally captured me in every way, Timberfwolf did a really great job with the sound effects and cast.

    I've listened to the whole book twice in as many weeks and look forward to listening again soon.(Very unusal for me!) I very much hope and look forward to another Wilf A Brim space adventure - with his strange dichotomy of friends and their passion for "Logged Neeme"

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "first class story line"

    this is one of the best stories I have encountered and I hope to see the rest of the series on Audio Book Soon?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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