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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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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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    Kenneth Vancouver, WA, United States 03-24-14
    Kenneth Vancouver, WA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost and Found to be better than the print version?

    Yes loved the telling of this book!


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

    When the dog first spoke was priceless


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

    I laughed my butt off!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel E. Watkins Cleburne, Texas 03-19-14
    Rachel E. Watkins Cleburne, Texas 03-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Rachel E. Watkins

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    "Entertaining, enjoyable adventure"

    Another reviewer mentioned that he was unhappy to find that the next two in this trilogy were not currently available. This did give me pause before purchase, but I'm glad I did. This was a good book, an enjoyable story, one which I would be likely to listen to again. It was enjoyable enough that I DID want to read the next book in the trilogy, and pulled out my kindle and bought the next two books in the series (and have read those as well).

    I often look for profound sci-fi, but have neglected the less literary fun tales which still stick with you and which still have layers of meaning in the story, and this book reminded me that, indeed, a good sci-fi is about the people in the story going through extraordinary situations, as well as new ways of considering things. It would make a good movie, if Hollywood wasn't so prone to screwing up good stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oli 03-18-14
    Oli 03-18-14 Member Since 2014

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

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    "Loved it!"

    This book reminded me a bit of John Scalzi's way of writing; funny, interesting and with great characters. It's a story about a human abducted by aliens who is trying to figure out why was he abducted, together with many other different aliens. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 03-01-14
    Cheri 03-01-14
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, not publish the book..


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Dean Foster again?

    Probably not.


    Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Oliver Wyman is a great narrator, he performed Monster Hunters Inc. and it is great.I think he has done a very good job with the material he was given.


    Was Lost and Found worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audio version of this book. Part 1 was only ok. Part 2 I didn't get far into before quitting listening.Just too much back and forth boring chit chat, some "technical", seems to drag on.I noticed this in Part 1 but it wasn't too bad. A character is introduced near the end of Part 1. She is supposed to be some super brain, I got tired of listening to her go on and on.I am going to skip to the last chapter and see what happens. The premise is good unfortunately the story isn't so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russ 02-18-14
    Russ 02-18-14
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    "Where is the rest of the series?"
    Any additional comments?

    Why are the other two books in this series not available on Audible? I bought this book on sale for $4.95 --the sale was for first books in a series, but Audible doesn't have the rest of the series! A bit of bait and switch, there. C'mon Audible! You're better than that! Give us the other two books.... after all, this IS Alan Dean Foster!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Marion, IN, United States 11-08-12
    Angie Marion, IN, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I enjoy alien and space related books. I also enjoy animals talking, and this one actually seemed more believable than others I've read or listened to. If you don't like either of those things, you might pass.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Healey Williamsburg, Virginia United States 07-30-12
    Joe Healey Williamsburg, Virginia United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A more interesting story would have helped a lot. The premise attracted me but the author failed to develop the basic idea. Also, his writing style was quite annoying with far too many adjectives and circumlocutions


    Has Lost and Found turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was fine


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

    The basic idea was interesting to me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 02-18-14 Member Since 2014

    MikeFromMesa

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    "Delightful, but ..."

    My working hypothesis has been that any book from Alan Dean Foster is probably worth at least considering so, when I saw this as the first of a series on sale at Audible I immediately listened to the sample and, after a brief hesitation, bought it.

    The book is a delight. Marc Walker is abducted by aliens while on a camping trip and finds himself, along with a lot of other abductees from other planets, on a space ship traveling through space. He doesn’t know their destination nor the reason for the abductions, but plots to escape along with some of his fellow prisoners. While they don’t know where they are, where they will go or how they will escape, anything is better than remaining as a prisoner. The story is pure Alan Dean Foster, the characters are interesting, the writing first class and full of humor. While not exactly a comedy it is a very pleasant listen. However there are two issues for me with this book.

    The first is that the narration, while adequate, is far too slow and, to compensate, I had to play it at 1.25x speed on the Audible player to make listening bearable. The second problem seems to me to be more serious. Audible lists this book as the first in a series (and so it is). However the remaining books in the series are not available on Audible and hence it seems somewhat misleading to place the book on sale as the first in a series if you cannot buy the rest of the books through Audible.

    If you are willing to live with that restriction this is a good listen. If not, then you might wait until the remaining books are available (if they ever are). Given that the storyline is left hanging at the end of the first book, the ability to buy the remaining books might outweigh how good the first volume is.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mike 05-13-13
    mike 05-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "cliff hanger"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost and Found to be better than the print version?

    have never read the print version


    What other book might you compare Lost and Found to and why?

    the Game of Thrones series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    man meets dog.


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

    if i could


    Any additional comments?

    like the Game of Thrones is incomplete so is this book.
    Where are the other two books to complete the trilogy?
    Great listen, narrator is outstanding with voices for the characters. worth a listen for that talent alone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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