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Metal Boxes Audiobook

Metal Boxes

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Publisher's Summary

Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.

Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.

©2010 Alan Black (P)2016 Alan Black

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    James Stallings Virginia 09-15-16
    James Stallings Virginia 09-15-16 Member Since 2015

    Hacker and tinker

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    "Akward, and a bit aweful"
    What disappointed you about Metal Boxes?

    I only listened to a couple of chapters before I had to stop. I like pulp military sci fi, so no issues with the genre. but this was rubish, there was a ten minute period talking about the main characters erection. Seriously. I expect a little sex, but that level of detail was jarring. I got several chapters past that, but it stuck out, pun intended.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Black again?

    Maybe, but more than likely not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His tempo and clipped words, even the narrator couldn't wait to finish the book. The Instructors voice in the beginning did make me laugh out loud but other than that terrible.


    What character would you cut from Metal Boxes?

    All of them =P


    Any additional comments?

    The writing was terrible, like a bad dub of a soap opera, add in an infatuation with an erection it was a no go.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    shirley 07-30-16
    shirley 07-30-16
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    "Juvenile"

    Someone please tell the author that contractions make the dialogue sound more natural. Between the narrator giving the protagonist the voice of a 12 year old and the author being fixated on how teen boys can't control their erection, this book came across as simply juvenile. Of course the older women were worried about being seen as "cougars" but that didn't stop them from indicating repeatedly that they were attracted to the 15 YEAR OLD BOY!

    it read like a child's fantasy where he is able to solve all problems including functioning as a starship Captain in battle... skip this one, trust me.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 08-03-16
    Milton Franklin, WI, United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2010

    I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.

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    "Predictable"

    Better suited to a juvenile science fiction fan. Narrator is inconsistent in his characterizations, after while every character sounds like they are from Arkansas.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 10-23-16
    Robert 10-23-16
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    "Surprisingly better than the previous review on this book"

    I had wrongly allowed the audible negative review to prevent me from purchasing the book. In my opinion, the negative criticism was taken out of context.
    The audible book I heard was well read and entertaining. I am always amazed by the talent of the people who read these books and bring the action and adventure as well as the comedy to life in my mind. Unlike movies, this book uses the unlimited power of the imagination.
    It would be appropriate for advanced high school audiences. I'm much older than that and enjoyed the story. I did not hear excessive sex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JB 09-14-16
    JB 09-14-16 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "Ok for a teen Sci-Fi"

    This is NOT an adult sci-fi book. The plot is ok, but overly simplistic. The main character is fleshed out very well, but all the other characters are under developed.

    The narration is as simple as the book. Tisdale's vocal thespian chops don't seem to extend beyond making his characters sound old or young. You can only tell a tense situation by the author's written description since Tisdale seems to have only one emotion setting in this narration.

    Overall the book was ok, but I will hesitate before purchasing another by either the author or narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark T Portland, OR 12-07-16
    Mark T Portland, OR 12-07-16 Member Since 2016

    Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!

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    "A new record. 10 seconds!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I gave up immediately based on the narration, but I did skip around through the book for about 10 minutes to get a quick sense of the story. I'm always hesitant to recommend against books that seem to get a lot of Amazon stars. In this case, the book is impossible to listen to, but I could find no reason so suspect that the book is worth reading. There is so much good sci-fi out there, no reason to read this.


    What didn’t you like about Doug Tisdale, Jr.’s performance?

    It only took 10 seconds to realize that I would not be able to listen to the narrator for long. Totally lacking in the subtleties that make narration worthwhile - pretty much as if I had decided to narrate an audible book.


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    Nathan R Pollard 12-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "narrator... two thumbs down"

    Sometimes it takes a while to get used to a narrator. I gave this book several chapters before I couldn't take it and gave up. He sounds like he's fairly young, which was cool considering the age of the main character. This narrator was just flattening out all the characters with his performance though. Maybe he gets better over the course of the series??? I don't plan to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 11-30-16
    Lee 11-30-16 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "great book"

    very good book worth your time and it's funny can't wait to get the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 11-12-16
    Mike 11-12-16

    M_iowa

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    "Terrible narrator, poor language, decent plot and characters."

    Terrible narrator, poor language, decent plot and characters. Would not buy it again. Tough to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnathen 11-02-16
    Johnathen 11-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful story dragged down by poor narration"

    This story has so much potential, with the correct narrator. It felt childish at moments, where i just had to shake my head. The story was good enough that i pushed through the book and was glad i did. It was a fun listen. I hope that audible will re-do book with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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