He and the rest of the fearless Legion will soon discover that giant exosegs, slavers, and systies are just the beginning. Once before, the Legion faced the godlike, utterly alien and evil, Omnis, and drove them back at the cost of billions of lives. The future of humanity, all humanity, even the corrupt and decaying System empire, will soon be in the hands of soldiers of the Legion.
Thinker is only just beginning to comprehend the depth of his insanity.
Read by Bill Sebastian and a full cast.
For Mature Audiences Only: Explicit language and situational violence. Must be 18 years of age to purchase.
© and (P)2002 Timberwolf Press
"Heart pounding action. Mind blowing battles...adrenalin pumping...futuristic sci-fi masterpiece." (Midwest Book Review)
"An exciting tale....This is a great first novel, with a well-thought-out background and neat technological war toys." (Philadelphia Weekly)
This Audiobook is an "enhanced" reading/narration (main narrator with supplemental character qyotes supplied by other voice talent as opposed to an actual Audio "play" (much like Simon&Schuster StarTrek books)
The main narrator is OK a little dry, the others are wooden or play character voices "over the top" and silly.
The story is a butch homage to Starship Troopers
in fatuated with military technology, but little of the political theory of it's conceptual godparent.
The piece also has an adolscent sexual fixation on female chacters...obsessing about their legs or undergarments for no story purpose
While not terrbile (I was looking for bubblegum, not literature), in the end I found it directionless and somewhat dissatisfying
From looking at the other reviews, it's apparent this book isn't for everyone. Granted, it lacks the political depth of Starship Troopers but I don't think the comparison is fair. This book has you tagging along with a group of soldiers, day in and day out, and it's not much more than that. I found the battle descriptions quite exciting and vivid. This doesn't make it a bad book, but it may not be your cup of tea. There are not many deep discussions on any topic because the solders are there to fight not talk. If you're a fan of sci-fi action-war novels you'll probably enjoy this book, as I did. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
No, it's not the "great American novel," but it does what it intends to do. Tell a war story in space. Some have compared it to Starship Trooper without political depth. I don't think that's what the author had in mind. I listen to Audible books during my commute and I love SciFi/Fantasy BECAUSE I don't have to concentrate on the "political" issues or the story's socially redeaming qualities. It's FANTASY....it's imagination... it's fun!!
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
From other reviews, it's obvious that some people have drastically different tastes... Perhaps they'd prefer something along the lines of "Bridges of Madison County" and leave the Sci Fi Action adventure to those of us who enjoy it... This story rocks from one end to the other. Great sound effects, great imagry, great action. It's story is not complex, so Shakespeare fans, please look elsewhere. It's all action from the start to finish. It's all done as as if it were a war report from a soldier to a reporter, so the soldier sounds a little monotone, but he's supposed to be. The weapon imagry and the descriptions of weapons fire is awsome... If you like this, you'll also be the type who likes Bill Baldwins "The Helmsman" series done by the some of the same cast and uses many of the same sound effects that seem to the the trademark of Timberwolf Press.
I really enjoyed this book I gues mainly because of how different it was from my usual reading. And how well it was read very intresting and involving story about the life of a soldier I really enjoyed it, wish it would have been longer.
I enjoyed most of the actors' performances, and the story is a blast. I hope there will be a sequel, because this ends on a cliffhanger. This was a great listen while driving between my work and my home, some 200 miles apart. I didn't mind the two-dimensional villains, and found I could just accept whatever alternating silliness and quasi-profundity the author chose to throw at me. The names of the characters are a blast, too: Thinker, Priestess, Psycho, Valkyrie. If you liked the performances of The Helmsman and Galactic Convoy, you'll likely get a kick out of Soldier of the Legion.
PS. I followed this up with The Great Age of Discovery - another bunch of crazies running around tearing everybody else up!
This book has to be one of my favorite aduio books. The narration is fantastic and will keep you in suspense if you are a SCI-FI buff.
It has action, and romance that will make you put your ear piece close to your ear, rewind the book so that you do not miss a thing and turn up the volume.
Another comparable audio book is A Small Percentage.
I just wish Auduble had more from the same author.
If you are into comics without graphics this might be for you. It's poorly presented, has an unbelievably infantile story line, sexless, fawning interactions between the main male and female protagonists. The constant battle descriptions are even more boring and repetitive than the background sound track.
The book is written for a 10yr old. Every couple of minutes you'll hear a line so bad that it just makes you groan with pain. The audio production is as bad. It's ok for the protagonist to sound dull in a military novel, that's kinda stoic. The problem is the portrayal of all the secondary characters. Their parts are delivered with the rapid rehearsed sing-song delivery of an infomercial. It's hard to understand what the production director was thinking. Could it have been a friendly contest to see who could deliver the most awful work?
I doggedly made it halfway thru, but as the protagonist's chick problems became more severe, as a 4th grader might see the world of romantic entanglements anyhow, I just couldn't take it any more. Nothing was worth the torture. So the second half went unheard.
"A Cracking good book"
This is one of those rare sci-fi books that grabs you by the throat and won't let go as it takes you on a ride that is so beleivable that its chilling. The sentences are at time so short it leaves no fat and is pure descriptive narative. That imprints on your mind exactly what is ment to be convayed, this is a rare experiance indeed as not many sc-fi books reach those hights. A excellent listen of a book so well written and read it is begging for more of the same. It looks like that won't happen anytime soon though,a crying shame. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did. I highly recomend.
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