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Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1 | [Sharon Lee, Steve Miller]

Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.
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Centuries in the past, mankind fought a seemingly unbeatable adversary from sector to sector across the Spiral Arm until the war ground to a standstill and the Enemy withdrew. Believing that they had won, the citizens of the galaxy rebuilt. The Inner Worlds, which had escaped the worst of the war's ravages, became even more insular, while the Rim worlds adopted a free and easy way with law and order. Now, hundreds of years after their withdrawal, the Enemy is back - and this time they'll be satisfied with nothing less than the extinction of the galaxy.

©2004 Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Stewart 06-04-14
    Stewart 06-04-14 Member Since 2012

    Geeky, weatherman, birdwatcher, ultra-marathoner (if you've never run 50 to 100 miles for fun you wouldn't understand)

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    "Great Science Fiction story"
    What other book might you compare Crystal Soldier to and why?

    As far as styles I'd say this book is along the same lines as B.V. Larsons Swarm series. Lots of high tech yet well developed characters.


    What does Kevin T. Collins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kevin does a great job with the various voices and is so consistant it helps to keep the mental image in sync with the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It would have to be from an old song by REM. "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine"


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series and parralel series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hermitage, Tennessee, United States 03-11-14
    Michael Hermitage, Tennessee, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.

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    "Airy Fairy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Actually a better story. As far as "military sc/fi" goes this is more touchy feely than I like.


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

    Rewritten it.


    What three words best describe Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Not too bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crystal Soldier?

    It's not a book I'd care to edit as I don't think I'm the target audience.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ecko Khamillien 08-12-13

    -Ecko K.

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    "Story that builds momentum as it goes."
    What did you love best about Crystal Soldier?

    The 2 main characters. They are very compelling and able to pull in the reader.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book read by Kevin T. Collins... and I fell in LOVE! I will now seek out other books he's read just to hear him read! He truly did an excellent job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Can one man save the universe from destruction?


    Any additional comments?

    Book started off slow for me, by skipping some time... but picked up. I ended excited to read the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    06-24-13
    06-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    I picked up this book based on the brilliant reviews. Unfortunately, I was somewhat disappointed by the series. While it is certainly not bad as such, it was not all that interesting either. I listened to Crystal Soldier and figuring, hey, with such good reviews, maybe it picks up in volume 2, I listened to that one as well. It was pretty much the same though, and I did not finish the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Rosetta, South Africa 06-08-13
    Rex Rosetta, South Africa 06-08-13
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    "Good sci fi story that keeps up the tempo"
    Where does Crystal Soldier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    about top third


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept up. It has an interesting story line and I did not get bored listening to it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene where the hero and heroine nearly get hammered!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story. I want to read the rest of the trilogy.

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    Tom Escondido, Ca, United States 05-28-13
    Tom Escondido, Ca, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The set up of Leiden Universe:Evil attacks"

    The reason to fight on found in a soldiers ambition to duty. Jella and tree meet contra & dulce. The plot thickens.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    george United States 06-10-13
    george United States 06-10-13 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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    "Average story, decent narrator, drags in places."

    I think this book could have used a good editor to trim some of the unnecessary fill from this book. Some parts were needlessly over dramatic. It kind of drags. The interview at the end of the book where Miller (author) interviews Collins (narrator) was interesting. I'll not be listening to the rest of the books, I think I'd rather Wikipedia it instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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