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Crystal Soldier Audiobook

Crystal Soldier: Liaden Universe Books of Before, Book 1

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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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    Elisabeth Carey 04-13-16
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    "Another fun space adventure from Lee & Miller"

    M Jela is a soldier, genetically engineered, of the "M" strain. He's still young, but a hardened warrior, and very nearly gets killed in space battle with the Sheriekas, humanity's enemy returned after centuries of absence. The Sheriekas' distant ancestors used to be human; that hasn't been true for a very long time. And the Sheriekas' plans for the galaxy, and the universe, are not compatible with human survival.

    Cantra yos'Phelium is a jump pilot with a surprisingly well-armed ship, and a murky background.

    They meet up by chance when Jela is trying to hook up with his intended contact, on a detached assignment intended to bring the war to the enemy, and Cantra is just seeking some enjoyable downtime on a stopover before taking off with her new cargo. Events lead to them fleeing the planet together, in Cantra's ship, with Dulsey, a batch-grown slave of the owner of the restaurant they dined at. Oh, and Jela's tree, a sentient tree he rescued off of the planet where he nearly died.

    And their adventures have barely begun.

    This is fast-paced space opera, with Lee & Miller's typically excellent pacing, mood, and character development. It's also a peek back at the origins of the Liaden Universe their fans have come to know and love. You don't need to be familiar with other books in the larger series, but if you are, there is some extra fun along the way in recognizing things that will be very significant to later generations.

    What can I say but great fun, and highly recommended.

    I bought this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 08-24-15
    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "5 stars if you have read other Liaden books"

    I previously reviewed this as a 4 star book, and said that I had mixed feelings about reading number 2 after finishing, but was happy when I did. This was my first experience with the Liaden books. Having now read the Agent of Change sequence, I'm now giving this one a 5, since it really brings the whole universe to an entirely different level. On it's own, still a good book, but personally, I'd start with Agent of Change then come back to these later.

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    Amazon Customer USA 02-09-15
    Amazon Customer USA 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    I'm a long time fan of speculative fiction, having started with Isaac Asimov and Andre Norton. I do read other things, of course.

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    "A Trip to Another Universe"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Crystal Soldier to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but certainly different!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crystal Soldier?

    One of my favorite moments is when Jela turned around to rescue Cantra when they are escaping from The Uncle.


    What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job with the voices. I never quite knew before what a Rimmer accent sounded like!


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    Oshmond 01-15-15
    Oshmond 01-15-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Poor"

    Very slow and hard to follow. Too many weird creatures. I didn't understand the plot nor storyline. I couldn't relate to the creatures and worship of a tree. Hated this book. I gave story one star but somehow it went to two. It should be no star at all even the reader was poor.

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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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    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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    Bjarne 06-24-13
    Bjarne 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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