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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Yes loved the telling of this book!
When the dog first spoke was priceless
I laughed my butt off!!
Rachel E. Watkins
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.
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges
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.
Yes, not publish the book..
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
The narrator was fine
The basic idea was interesting to me.
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.
have never read the print version
the Game of Thrones series.
man meets dog.
if i could
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.
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