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Hard Lessons Audiobook

Hard Lessons: A Learning Experience, Book 2

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Fifty years after Steve Stuart and his friends captured an alien starship, the Solar Union is a thriving interstellar power while Earth is increasingly backward and falling into barbarism. For two youngsters from Earth, the Solar Union offers the only chance they will ever have to make something of their lives.

But humanity's involvement in Galactic affairs has not gone unnoticed. The enigmatic masters of the universe have put together a fleet to crush the upstart humans before they can threaten the precarious balance of power. Pushed to the limits, the Solar Union must fight to defend its freedom - and the existence of the human race.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-21-16
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A fun space opera"

    This is book two in “The Learning Experience Series”. This book opens fifty years after the end of book one. In book one Steve Stuart and friend captured an alien starship. They decided to keep it and create their own nation rather than turn it over to the government. They built on the moon and asteroids. The Stuart brothers are active in key roles in the Solar Union but Steve is no longer involved in the running of the Solar Union.

    The book follows two new recruits to the Solar Union military from earth. Yolanda is a smart mixed-race girl that applies to the space navy and becomes a navigator/helmsman and Martin, a young black man from the ghetto, joins the Marines. We follow them from boot camp to seasoned officers. The Solar Union comes to the attention of the Tokomak Empire who decided that Earth needed to be destroyed not realizing the Solar Union is not located on earth. The Tokomak are the oldest and largest Empire but have failed to keep up with the advances and changes in the universe; they have relied on their enormous size to keep everyone under control.

    The book is well written and fast paced. Nuttall provides some exciting battles on land and in space. The action and suspense will keep the reader on the edge of their seats. Christian Rummel does an excellent job narration the story. Rummel is an award winning audiobook narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BDKP 08-24-16
    BDKP 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty Good Series"

    Very fun read and better than the first book in the series. Big improvement. Really looking forward to Black Sheep on 8.30.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Atkinson 08-23-16
    E. Atkinson 08-23-16 Member Since 2005

    xdaedalusx

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    "Now we have Space Opera!"

    Second book is better than the first. We get much more personable characters that learn and grow as they go through the world. Also we finally get Space Battles with Space Marines that last for more than a paragraph. the Author has achieved Space Opera.

    I also enjoyed the nods to various other authors in the genre. Maple syrup as a worthless commodity is funny (nod to Ringo), Engage! I am looking forward to the next book.

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    Sean 08-20-16
    Sean 08-20-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyable Political Hyperbole"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This book and the entire series are speaking (I think) to a very specific audience. A lot of people are turned off by this books 'preach-y-ness' and dont get to see past that to the way its also pointing out flaws in a hyper libertarian vision of the future.


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

    I could see this being made in a similar way to starship troopers... for the same reasons that movie was made.


    Any additional comments?

    I think for me the reason I enjoy these books is that its making fun of both progressives and libertarians. Its drawing out very fundamental ideas and their issues when being executed purely without reason on both sides. This in a reductio ad absurdum story, and it's fun read knowing that

    The fact that most of the victories and revelations that the protagonists make is due to luck chance or incompetence of selves and others. further that problems are brought up then dismissed trivially. Skipping over basic logistical or logical progressions..... the book is a big "what if every thing went the way we thought it would go" day dream.

    That's interesting to read more for what is obviously omitted rather than what is actually there at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tekone New York, NY USA 08-14-16
    tekone New York, NY USA 08-14-16 Member Since 2014

    Military and Science

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    "I thought this series had the potential to be his best"

    And I believe that is still the case. This is a great series and I cannot wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 08-04-16
    Paul 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, good telling of political situations."

    This book is a good story about human emergence in the galaxy. The parallel story about the stupidity of earth politics is also a good parallel to actual political situation and the "age of entitlement" so pervasive in western culture.
    Excellent narration too.
    Waiting for the next chapter!!

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Munte 08-02-16
    Munte 08-02-16
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    "Inconsistencys galore and overall daft."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not think anyone who pays more then cursory attention to this book while listening to it will enjoy it overly much.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There where so many small mistakes that made absolutely no sense. It was as if the author wanted to knock the listener/reader out of the moment on purpose on a rather regular basis. There where also some big whoopers that caused me to press pause so I could let my irritation peter out. I will not note any of the instances for to do so would be bad form but I must say I am severely tempted to populate this review with a nice spoiler list of all the bloopers.

    So to the question... I would in the authors place have actually re-read and corrected as many "mistakes" (read: idiocies) in this book as humanly possible before letting it be published.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None come to mind to be absolutely honest.

    Also why this question is in the form is beyond me as it would need a spoiler alert and some way to be blanked out.


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

    The concept and the universe it is set in plus the narrator, more then that.. well I guess I'd have to torture myself by listening to it a few more times to come up with any more.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Nuttall really needs to shape up because this was hands down the worst book of his that I have ever read/listened to.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff N. Houston, Texas 09-28-16
    Jeff N. Houston, Texas 09-28-16 Member Since 2014

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    "Right wingers delight"

    This book chronicles the military strategies of humanity after having been exposed to aliens. On the culture level, the book exposes what what would happen to humanity in the future if the left is allowed to continue progressing its socialist ideals.

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    Amazon Customer 09-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love these books."

    was a great book. wish main character was still there though. but as for the story as a whole. was great the snippets about earth at the beginning of each chapter are hilarious

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    Bernard 09-20-16
    Bernard 09-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining "

    This author like many other space adventure writers is Libertarian, it's a vision of a Libertarian paradise in space. A view I find to be very poor in a hyper advanced society where spacetravel is a norm. We can build an thinking AI but we still use human labour for everything. Ridicules and narrow minded to me at least... But the books are interesting and we'll written, if anyone wants to pass a few hours at work or while driving I recommend the book

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    9/12/16
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    "Novel or political manifesto, not sure"

    Enjoyed the storey but eventually couldn't stand the constant, repetitive political diatribe. Luckily they're full chapters so easy to skip.

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  • jacqueline
    8/9/16
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    "Better than book 1"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Lessons the most enjoyable?

    Story line and pace.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rather than one character, it was the mix of similar yet separate characters.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrator is excellent although I struggled a bit with the occasional either ‘Americanisms or strange pronunciations'.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    astra semper fi.


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  • Craig Rees
    8/2/16
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    "another great nuttal audio"

    the narrator was good if u liked the original book this is as good and begins to take in the broader scope of the solar union and what is instore for the future

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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