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Destruction Audiobook

Destruction: Galactic Empire Wars, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Slaver Wars comes a new military science fiction series. To the Kleese, the Earth is nothing more than a planet full of conscripts to fight in their numerous wars of aggression. The Kleese are one of three large Galactic Empires that control the majority of the galaxy. To them, Earth is an extremely dangerous planet due to the aggressiveness of the humanoid species that inhabits it. The humans that inhabit Earth will make excellent conscripts, but something must be done to prevent them from expanding out into the galaxy.

To the Kleese the solution is simple, take the conscripts they need and then destroy the planet. Mason Randle controls the Smithfield Mining Corporation. His main headquarters is inside the asteroid Vesta. The Kleese know nothing about what resides inside of the asteroid and the role it will play in saving the human race. Lieutenant Wade Nelson is a marine taken as a conscript by the Kleese. His primary goal is to find a way back to Earth. In the meantime, he will fight in the wars the Kleese are involved in until he knows enough to take the fight to the Kleese themselves. He will bid his time in the hope that someday he will find a way back home for himself and his marines.

©2014 Raymond L. Weil (P)2014 Raymond L. Weil

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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-20-15
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid story with great voices, read too fast."

    The two books in this series are written well, and the narrator does a great job individualizing how each character appears in tone and accent. However, the pace of reading is too quick and can be distracting. To be honest, if the vocal characterization wasn't so good, I would have given the performance just two stars and docked the overall score as well.

    I recommend listeners grab the sample before purchasing. If you can overcome the pace of the reading, this is a pretty good book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rijah 01-23-15
    Rijah 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Whats up with the speed reading."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He read too fast. its like he was reading from a report rather than telling a story. Just way too fast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no the narrator read way too fast for me to even paint a picture in my mind of what was happening. Forget it. i will read the book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    duane 11-09-14
    duane 11-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "fast talker/reader"
    What disappointed you about Destruction?

    so far the guy is speed reader, with no pauses and no real stops, just speed reading . how am I going to form the film in my mind with a speed reader, I wasted money , if you ask me, but book seems decent except for the speed reading


    What did you like best about this story?

    premise of being under control while attempting to circumvent control


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rheinstrom?

    any one who would slow down and let the mental picture form before the paragraph was completed


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    defiance


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    ERIC D. THOMPSON 01-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narrator is on cocaine."
    What disappointed you about Destruction?

    The narration, and the story.


    What was most disappointing about Raymond L. Weil’s story?

    The story was disappointing. It never grabbed me as a listener to keep me interested. It probaly would have been better with a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I had to turn the narrative down to half speed so I could follow the story and even then I got bored out of my mind.


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

    Already scrubbed from my memory what I did listen of the story. Couldn't tell you.


    Any additional comments?

    The author needs to better learn how to keep a listener curious and wanting to hear what's next and get a new narrator.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Placido Castrejon 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Narration is horrible"

    Tried to listen to this on audible and I couldn't even get through the first chapter! The narration is absolutely awful, sounding as if it was a speed reading competition with absolutely no distinction in speaking speed between characters. I reduced the speed to .75x the speed of the original recording and it was somewhat tolerable, but the production is also sub or leaving the listener with an annoying echo. I couldn't even enjoy the book itself because of the narration. Waste of money if on audible

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Matthews 04-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The story is good the reader went as fast as he"

    if I did not have the. 5 negitive reading speed I would have quit the book and washed dishes instead

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Cloutier USA 09-17-16
    Bryan Cloutier USA 09-17-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Not a bad story however performance is lacking"

    The story is actually pretty good if you like military scifi that involves earth being incapacitated and coming back to kick butt, but the narrator makes the experiance lack because it is obvious he is trying to get it done and fast. so we can fix it!

    set the narrator speed to .90x it is a perfect fix to the super speed he talks at. fix the speed and the book is completely able to be listened to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 09-06-16
    Phil 09-06-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Be Sure"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, The author repeats many words to become a nuisance. The story would and could be good but for all of the same lines over and over and over. 5 books should have been three at most.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Interesting concepts but again poor quality of loud and then too soft


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Rheinstrom?

    Anyone else


    Could you see Destruction being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 08-23-16
    w. kelsch lakeside, ca United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "slow it to 80% or its too fast"

    I am not sure if the encoding was done wrong, but it was like speed reading a run-on sentence at first. I slowed it to 80% and was much better. that all said, the reader sounded like he was in a cheap studio possibly just a bedroom because it slightly echoed.

    The story wasn't bad, but it could have been better with more backgrounds and filling of life stories. The lack of information left you thinking it was rushed.

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    stephen 07-20-16
    stephen 07-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen at 80% speed. Then, the narrator is OK..."

    Not a bad story, but the narrator sounds like the Micromachines guy. I made it about 45 minutes and could not stand it anymore. After a few days, I tried it again, but this time found the speed setting in the Audible app and turned it back to 80% --> The listen is then bearable.

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  • Mag
    2/22/15
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    "Speed read."

    A fairly good story ruined by a speed reading narrator who offers bad English accents.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. A. Crate
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    "Gave up after 5 mins"
    What disappointed you about Destruction?

    Had to turn it off after a few minutes the narrator reads so fast I couldn't keep up with what was happening, the story might well be good but for me this was not listenable


    Has Destruction put you off other books in this genre?

    No but I would avoid the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too fast felt like it was deliberately rushed, could not keep up with story


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    10/8/15
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    "great story"

    loved the story and was left wanting more. only criticism I have is the narrator spoke far to fast for me to enjoy it so at half speed it seemed a lot better but still not quite right

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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