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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"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.
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.
Yes. The story's twists and turns sustained my attention for extended listening periods.
The part of the book describing the clever activities used by the four heros in getting out of their captivity was my favorite section.
The Chicago accents for the dog.
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).
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.
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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.
This is not a mind teaser, it is just an easy read and fun to listen to.
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.
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
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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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!
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.
The interactions among the people from various alien cultures.
When Walker meets the dog George.
No extremes, just gentle pleasure.
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.
I really liked the wonderful mixture of characters. They had special personalities that were well presented so they almost seemed possible.
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.
Laugh of coarse, and surprise and wonder what is going to happen next.
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