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Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1 | [Robert Buettner]

Orphanage: Jason Wander, Book 1

Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede. They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.
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Publisher's Summary

Mankind's first alien contact tears into Earth: Projectiles launched from Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like 18-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man's first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.

They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.

©2004 Robert Buettner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Professor United States 12-18-12
    Professor United States 12-18-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "A bit Childish and simple but good"

    Fast progressing, near future negative first contact story.

    If you want something unobtrusive and easy going, than this story deserves your attention.

    PS
    I hope book 2 will be available soon

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    clifford United States 07-10-13
    clifford United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2011

    akitonmyers

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    "groan"

    This book is just not put together very well. From the writing style to story to character.

    What I liked least was the fact that the main character and his friend are in highschool when the story starts. If I make it out right, 6 months later his friend is an internationally known space pilot who cavalierly takes control of Space Shuttles etc.

    Mainly, this is a war story. VERY BADLY WRITTEN WAR STORY.

    If you want a good book that is totally the opposite of this writing wise, try either Old Man's War or Armour by Steakley.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Augustus T. White Houston 01-25-13
    Augustus T. White Houston 01-25-13 Member Since 2006

    ATW

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    "Good standard Military SF, Terrible Reader"

    The title of this review is really all I wanted to say. This is workmanlike military science ficton. Not exceptional, but well over the minimum "fair average quality which would pass without objection in the trade." Like all military SF, it's really an extended essay on the stuff that matters in life: duty, sacrifice, competition, friendship, the value of life, and the fear of death, all illustrated by stories featuring the things that entertain us all: violence, sex, and good triumphing over evil. Buettner has his own slant on all of the above. Good for him. What more could we ask?

    Mostly we could ask for a reader who doesn't sound like an idiot with a sinus infection. It grates. I suspect Adam Epstein is trying too hard to channel the personality of the first-person narrator, who is a fairly emotional high-school drop-out. But that doesn't make him (or any real-life high-school drop-out) an idiot. The POV character certainly doesn't behave like like an idiot, and the other characters don't react to him as if he were one. The effect is dissonant, and becomes more so as the narrator gains in rank and experience.

    Still worth listening to. Hence the three stars, but the paper book would be a better choice.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-22-13
    C. Hartmann New York, NY 01-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Half a HOOT--half clever military sci-fi"

    Ok.....Everyman screw-up post-teen goes to war in space after evil aliens bombard Earth -- and he (painfully) becomes a man. It sounds familiar, but this book (and the inspired narrator) give this story a series of clever twists. If you like books like Redshirts (or the discussions surrounding Bun-bun -- the massive future tank-like armored vehicle in Ringo's Aldenata series -- not the rabbit) quick-witted, quick-moving with lots of wry asides. . .this is a winner. How did I miss this? And there are 4 more on Audible !!! It deals with serious issues along the way, and the plot actually picks up more of an edge as it goes -- but for a refreshing and smart book, you will like it. One reviewer (who still gave it 4 stars) wrote they had fun but that the story was a bit simplistic. Each time I started to think it was simple I realized the author was playing on themes and almost clichés that I was supposed to recognize and anticipate. Then we veered off in another direction. I am really looking forward to book 2 in the series. (I have not read this in print at all so I can't really compare, but this is so good on audible....the inflections of the reading are great.) In conclusion, I note that I review about one in 10 books I listen to. I reviewed this, hope it is useful.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    spacecasecake west coast, usa 01-29-13
    spacecasecake west coast, usa 01-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun, quick, sci-fi goodness"
    Any additional comments?

    I am in full agreement with the other reviews. It's simple, fast paced, sci-fi. Very reminiscent of Starship Troopers in overall plot. The author does take some pains to keep the science plausible (gravity, lightspeed, propulsion, atmosphere.... issues that sometimes get glossed over.)

    The narrator is mostly good except for the idiotic voices he comes up with. They're pretty awful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 10-08-13
    Alan Coral Springs, FL, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not the usual stuff"

    Most SF books I have read lately portray a world of the future where global warming has destroyed or decimated the world, religious zealots have taken over with disastrous results, or capitalism has run amok and impoverished 99% of the population. This book has visited the future without using the liberal agenda as a guide, and is a refreshing change from that template. It is not like you are listening to conservative talk radio. The author simply does not overtly push the liberal agenda. Refreshing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith Barthel Freeport, IL United States 09-22-13
    Meredith Barthel Freeport, IL United States 09-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story but bad narrator"
    What did you like best about Orphanage? What did you like least?

    I loved the stories and the characters; however, I won't buy the series from Audible because the narrator, Adam Epstein.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It sounded as though he was trying to sound like John Wayne. It was very distracting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Canada 09-19-13
    Dianne Canada 09-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "worst narrator EVER!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator is so bad the half the time you can't understand him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orphanage?

    Couldn't begin to tell you. The story wasn't bad but the narration sucked.


    How could the performance have been better?

    the narrator puts the emphasis on the wrong words, adds emphasis where it doesn't belong, and reads in the same tone of voice throughout the book as if every word was the most important in the whole book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Orphanage?

    if I could hear this story read by someone who could actually read I might be able to answer this. Every scene was as unimportant as every other scene.


    Any additional comments?

    a new narrator might make a difference but this guy makes buying this book a total waste of money, in I addition to making it one of the most irritating books ever. I gave the story three stars because the story was compelling enough to keep me listening for quite a while before I had to give up due to the irritating narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 09-06-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Not fun at all"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the narration was bad and story wasn't very good either. Had to force myself to finish this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Would have used another narrator and made the story less slow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Epstein’s performances?

    No, he was awful.


    Could you see Orphanage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, the story was not that good.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 04-15-13
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "pleasantly suprised"

    I normally dont buy books this short. but i was on my phone and didnt have an time. so i took this from the audible list. its was a good story i am continuing the series even thought the books are short. the narrator is decent i just dont like some of his voices. the story is pretty good but i dont feel some of the friendships and depth of the relationships that he alludes to which i blame for the book being short. but lets get to the good. the story moves along and is a good base, author does not forget how long it takes to get places and he does not overlook some technology. so yeah not a first pick but a good pick

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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