We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1 | [Mark Wayne McGinnis]

Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.
Regular Price:$18.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

The adventure begins…and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.

Fortunately, Jason's unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain's chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.

©2013 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2014 Mark Wayne McGinnis

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (453 )
5 star
 (159)
4 star
 (169)
3 star
 (80)
2 star
 (31)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
3.9 (424 )
5 star
 (151)
4 star
 (152)
3 star
 (76)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (17)
Story
4.2 (423 )
5 star
 (181)
4 star
 (162)
3 star
 (62)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-25-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    205
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    158
    69
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    18
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wait for the entire series to come out"

    I would have given this book a 4 star rating and maybe a 4.5 if that existed if it wasn't for the ending of this book. Granted, I know the author wanted to leave the reader with a cliffhanger but to stop mid action and declare end of story? If you are like me and need some sort of resolution, then wait for the series to be completed. At this writing there is a second book but ends in the same manner. I really did enjoy the story but to be honest, I feel a bit cheated - like the author lacked the confidence I would buy his next book unless he left the reader hanging mid air. That way he could be assured I'd buy the next book just so I could get resolution to the story.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 06-16-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2015

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    265
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    160
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    16
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wait! Huh? What?"

    At first I took this audiobook for pulp si-fi and intended to listen with a modicum of disinterest as I went through my daily rituals, ear buds dangling in their usual position. Then, as the penultimate battle approached, I went into serious listener mode. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. Not!

    The book ends without resolution and in the middle of a space battle where tactics (human) are pitted against overwhelming numbers (alien). What happened? Who knows? You have to buy the second book.

    Unlike Jack Campbell, who resolves the dilemma before setting up a new one for readers to ponder, McGinnis churns pulp like an episode of "Orange is the New Black." Want to know what happens…tough luck buddy…spend another credit.

    Well…not me…I am returning this wholly unsatisfying example of churn.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 03-26-14
    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 03-26-14 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    59
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not ready for prime time"

    If you like cheesy space opera where the hero knows better than everybody else, and just happens to find the perfect solution to all the problems (and if it isn't, you can count on quantum and nanotechnology to fix it), then you will like this book.
    I love well-done space opera. But the author has to make it work. This book didn't do it for me. The premise is great, but he just can't pull it off. I can't see people talking or behaving like that. I just couldn't believe the situation as it unfolds. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and I just don't care.
    I have to give the narrator credit, he read the book well. I would be willing to listen to him again, but not with another book by this author.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 02-14-14
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 02-14-14 Member Since 2010

    Alt-Mil-Hist

    HELPFUL VOTES
    102
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    65
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great premise, poorly realized"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Terrific concept. It harks back to the juvenile novels of the fifties and the young man who achieves space flight via a home made space ship or one discovered left by a long lost Alien civilization.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has made me want tom reread the Andre Norton Forerunner series.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Writing is very poor. People just don't think or talk the way the author depicts them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    He had a rough row to hoe making poor writing sound good. His various voices were hard to distinguish.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Not worth the credit. I boughten this because it was a fun idea,but the writing is so poor that I just can't seem to get through it. Needs to be rewritten by someone who can write in believable style and context.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David Hurwitz 07-17-14 Member Since 2013

    DaveH

    HELPFUL VOTES
    53
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    151
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Could Be Better"

    While the action is good, there isn't a lot else to recommend this story. It seems to be written for 10 year old boys and would be perfect to make into a mediocre movie. There is no subtlety to the plot; the aliens are unbelievable, and the dialog is pretty trite. Everything seems too obvious and simple as the plot progresses predictably from one point to another. The author has managed to take all wonder and mystery out of the universe, not an easy task. I'd like to know what happens in future episodes, having been stranded in the middle of a battle when the story abruptly ended, but probably not badly enough to continue buying the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Travis Houston, TX 06-18-14
    Travis Houston, TX 06-18-14 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    69
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Colonel Kyle Riggs... is that you?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Wayne McGinnis before, how does this one compare?

    Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.


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

    Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 01-22-15
    John NORTH EAST, MD, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Up and down and all around."

    So I have read all six books so far. This is an ok series or I would not have of course :) . For this book here are a few things I took in.
    1) Flow. The line of events gets skewed at times and it can get hard to track.
    2) Development. The characters lack any kind of real depth.
    3) What the? Who the? The book jumps around and then ends in the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers basically forcing you to read the next book.

    Overall the voice acting was good and there was enough action to keep me reading. Read it I think you will be glad you did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Garrie 08-17-14
    Garrie 08-17-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    237
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Felt excessively abridged"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To make this a 4 or 5 star book the author would need to have been less disjointed in both time and concepts. There were times I wondered if I had accidental skipped a chapter but when I checked it turned out that I had not accidentally skipped anything. The author wrote the book with jumps in where characters are in time and location that aren't big enough to be recognizable easily but substantial enough that you know it wasn't the next thing to happen.These disconnects between moments made this a very difficult book to try and finish.


    Has Scrapyard Ship turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I would not say that Scrapyard Ship has turned me off to the genre as a whole but most certainly has turned me off on the author, Mark Wayne McGinnis


    Would you listen to another book narrated by L. J. Ganser?

    I would listen to L. J. Ganser narrate again. I feel like he did a fine job with the material he had to work with, I just wish he had better material to work with. The only criticism I would have for Mr Ganser would be that he try to do the Narrative voice in something different than the main characters spoken voice since the book wasn't written from a first person perspective. While the tale only follows the main character the narrative lines are filled with He's instead of I's.


    What character would you cut from Scrapyard Ship?

    Any character that suddenly has a name but hasn't been introduced prior as being around and what makes them significant. Maybe they will become important later but the main character calling an alien by name amidst a firefight when the character had never been mentioned before just made this book feel more and more as if it was abridged or that I had missed something.


    Any additional comments?

    The concept was interesting, I wish the author would have done a better job for pulling me into a cohesive story instead of a jumbled messed.

    At the time I wrote this review the book was labelled unabridged here on audible but having listened to some abridged works this felt exactly like one of those, even if it was truly an unabridged representation of the text it left the same sour taste that an abridged book leaves with me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dean A Felix Centerville, MN, US 05-13-15
    Dean A Felix Centerville, MN, US 05-13-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Decent"

    This book did all it was supposed to do. It took you away for a few hours, helped you forget the everyday life, and let you think of other possibilities. It did all that, in fact good enough that it made me want to try the next book. If your looking for a life changer, you really need to think about the types of books your checking out. If your looking for a little fun and a little escape, give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cameron Stewart United States 05-08-15
    Cameron Stewart United States 05-08-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    32
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it."

    A fantastic fast paced book that didn't pause once to let you catch your breath. My only complaint is that I wish it had not ended on quite such a cliff hanger. Ah well I guess that will motivat me to buy the next book in the series sooner than later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 25 results PREVIOUS123NEXT
Sort by:
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    2/9/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "In serious need of an editor and some rewrites"

    I am surprised that this novel has been turned into an audio book as it needs a good deal of work to be a worthwhile read or listen. It is not a bad book but it is a somewhat modern version of the Perry Rhodan series. Hidden alien space ship, check. Advanced technology beyond mankind, check. Square jawed American hero, check. Blue skinned alien babe, check. Alien threat, check.

    The recycling of ideas is not in of itself a problem but the dialogue is in need or work and much of the descriptive prose to set mood and atmosphere is lacking. The result is a somewhat lackluster story with characters that don't grab your emotions and dialogue that frequently sounds a bit off.

    A few cracks of an editor's whip and some passes through a writers circle to mature the story would have been great.

    But, the biggest problem is that book 1 just ends with no fanfare or warning it just obviously continues in book 2 but it feels as if they just said oh 300 pages that's the end.

    The narrator does a good job with what he is given but some of the characters and especially the women just don't work but that might be attributable to the author's stilted use of language at times.

    Read it if bored and nothing else better is around but this is not one that I can recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.