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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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    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.

    10 of 13 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy J Baker 08-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "loved it"

    at first didn't know what to think but I really enjoyed this book you won't be let down by giving it a try

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    aGreycat Wheaton, MD, US 09-01-16
    aGreycat Wheaton, MD, US 09-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrible performance, I read the book instead."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Metal Boxes to be better than the print version?

    No way.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Doug Tisdale, Jr.’s performances?

    Never.


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

    I switched to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed reading books one and two and am just starting book three.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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