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Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1 | [Alan Dean Foster]

Lost and Found: The Taken Trilogy, Book 1

Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space. Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets....
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Publisher's Summary

Not so long ago Marcus Walker was just another young commodities trader in Chicago, working hard and playing harder. But that's all in the past, part of a life half forgotten-a reality that vanished when he was attacked while camping and tossed aboard a starship bound for deep space.

Desperately, Walker searches for explanations, only to realize he's trapped in a horrifying nightmare that is all too real. Instead of being a rich hotshot at the top of the food chain, Walker discovers he's just another amusing novelty, part of a cargo of “cute” aliens from primitive planets - destined to be sold as pets to highly advanced populations in “civilized” regions of the galaxy.

Even if he weren't constantly watched by his captors, Walker has few options. After all, there is no escape from a speeding starship. Another man might resign himself to the inevitable and hope to be sold to a kindly owner, but not Walker. This former college football star has plenty of American ingenuity and no intention of admitting defeat, now or ever. In fact, he's only just begun to fight.

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    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 02-18-12
    Ken Millbrook, New York, United States 02-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Alien abduction with a twist"

    "Lost and Found," is classic Foster in many ways. Human nature is brought into sharp relief against the backdrop of a galaxy filled with very non-human creatures. In the process Foster creates a picture that is often (but hardly always) flattering to humans, but this is done with an air of bemusement, as if he takes neither himself nor the rest of us seriously. This novel performs this narrative trick in the context of a story of abduction of an ordinary human and an ordinary dog who manage to be quite a handful for the nasty aliens who have taken them from their homes. It's a clever, amusing story, and it deserves 3.5 stars, but it is often predictable, and, unlike Foster's earlier trilogy, "The Damned," it lacks real tension and excitement. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a fun, easy listen, this is a good choice (but be advised that this is the first book of a trilogy, so the ending leaves loose ends). Reader Oliver Wyman's performance is stellar. His ability to capture the personalities of very strange aliens is uncanny. He actually makes this a book better heard than read.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 07-09-12
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Not bad"

    I liked the first half. Interesting story idea that didn't go far. It's an easy listen and the plot is fairly uncomplicated. If you're bored or stoned or younger than 14 you'll like this one.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Lynnda Ell Texas 12-22-12
    Lynnda Ell Texas 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprising Ironic Twist of Two"
    Would you listen to Lost and Found again? Why?

    Yes. The story's twists and turns sustained my attention for extended listening periods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost and Found?

    The part of the book describing the clever activities used by the four heros in getting out of their captivity was my favorite section.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Chicago accents for the dog.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    SPOILER ALERT - Not an extreme reaction, but the ending brought home to me the irony of getting what we want (they wanted to be rescued) only to discover that it isn't much better than what came before (only a different kind of captivity).


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stein Norfolk, VA, United States 06-07-13
    Stein Norfolk, VA, United States 06-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great story and excellent narrator"

    Oliver Wyman does a terrific job of creating the varied characters of Lost and Found, especially admirable as most of them aren't human. The story itself is fast paced and provides a mix of humor, adventure, and tension that should satisfy most anyone. The only issue, which I hope is short-lived, is that the other two books in this series are not yet available from Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 07-25-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not a Difficult Storyline but Enjoyable Listen"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when our reluctant hero, mild mannered Chicago resident, recently abducted from Earth, discovers that the stray dog he just met can talk and even has a better vocabulary.


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


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a mind teaser, it is just an easy read and fun to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-19-14
    Armando L. Franco Carrillo Ensenada, Mexico 02-19-14 Listener Since 2006
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    "Great narrator, so-so story."

    I was expecting to laugh. Based on the descriptions, I thought this would be like a book by John Scalzi. It was not. I did not laugh. I did not care for the characters, and I will not be looking for the last two parts. The narrator did a great job, though: it is easy to know who is talking at any time by the voices he uses.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    elaine United States 08-28-12
    elaine United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I live in Denver Co

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    "Great listen for an at home day"

    This story is fun and a very light, fun and easy listen.. If you want something to just jump into, this is the book. Of course Oliver Wyman is outstanding. He is great at dividing up his voices to give great sound to each role. I enjoyed listening while I did mundane chores.

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    Jerry "JSFMIDIG" Ventura, CA, United States 08-16-13
    Jerry "JSFMIDIG" Ventura, CA, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2007

    I'm living in constant pain from degenerative disk desease. Audible makes day to days better!

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    "A trilogy should mean 3 books?"

    I love this book and I like this writer. When J. J. Abbrams and Lenard Nimoy go to this guy to restart "Star Trek", that must say a lot about this writer. With that in mind, what happens when you start a trilogy and there is only one book recorded out of 3? My problem is with 2 non-recorded books and I'm dyslexic! What do I do and where is there blame to point too?

    Go figure I won't, I'm dyslexic!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Boyter Ellicott City, MD USA 09-06-14
    Angie Boyter Ellicott City, MD USA 09-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Very good entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to Lost and Found the most enjoyable?

    Somewhere between a 3 and a 4. This is a light read, perfect to listen to during my walks around the neighborhood but no deep messages and nothing I would recommend for a Hugo.
    He sets up some nice opportunities, like the talking dog, but then he does not exploit those opportunities enough to make the book special.
    Nevertheless, I definitely would like to read the others in the trilogy and am disappointed that they are not recorded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interactions among the people from various alien cultures.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Walker meets the dog George.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extremes, just gentle pleasure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WilliamScrewdriver 06-09-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Not a dog story... but a shaggy dog story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a fun and surprising story. It took a while to realize what was really going on in the story and each new chapter threw in a new twist. I kept expecting the story to end in with him waking up from a bad dream. But the characters and actions keep getting stranger and more entertaining as the story went along.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the wonderful mixture of characters. They had special personalities that were well presented so they almost seemed possible.


    What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love to make strange noises that mimic animals, birds, and a few cartoon like characters. Wyman makes the strange aliens real with alien voices that give you more personality then I am capable of if I just read the words, even with my imagination.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh of coarse, and surprise and wonder what is going to happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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