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Space Captain Smith | [Toby Frost]

Space Captain Smith

Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms. Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available.
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Publisher's Summary

Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms.

Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew - a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald - he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind….

©2008 Toby Frost (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc

What the Critics Say

"Frost's debut, a light-hearted interstellar adventure, focuses on a second-rate captain, Isambard Smith. Plucked from a desk job in the bureaucracy of the 25th century British Space Empire, Smith, whose attitudes are straight out of the original British Empire, is sent on a simple mission to escort Rhianna Mitchell from her home on the hippie planet New Francisco to the spaceport Midlight. Naturally the mission isn't as straightforward as Smith is led to believe and he finds himself making mortal enemies of the alien 462 and the evangelical Captain Gilead. Sudden scene changes leave the reader momentarily confused, and offhand references to pop science fiction culture are more clichéd than clever. An ironic sense of British rectitude nicely contrasts with the satire of 1940s space opera, but Frost never quite finds his voice or pacing." (Publishers Weekly)

"Gives the sacred cows of sci-fi a good kicking before racing home in time for tea." (Dick Maggs, director of BBC Radio 4's The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

A highly enjoyable read of daring-do and regular wit and humor." (James Roberts, Gatehouse Gazette)

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    Jason Rubino Riverton, New Jersey United States 02-03-13
    Jason Rubino Riverton, New Jersey United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Definitely up to Audible's Standards"
    Would you listen to Space Captain Smith again? Why?

    Yes. Its a light, fun, entertaining book filled with and abundant of humorous pop culture references.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Captain Smith?

    I found all of the characters to be instantly likable.


    What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

    I thought his understated delivery fit perfectly with the pace and style of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several times in this book I found myself laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated about buying this book because of the bad reviews on Audible, but I finally downloaded because of recommendation I've found on other sites. I am so glad I did, all three books in the trilogy are a delight to listen to. It's a lighthearted adventure that sucks in within the first few minutes. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and fun sci-fi adventures, I highly recommend this book and the rest in the trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    F. Shifreen New York, NY United States 08-12-11
    F. Shifreen New York, NY United States 08-12-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Space Captain Smith not up to Audible Standards"

    I found Space Captain Smith the worst book on Audible that I ever bought. It was amateurish, poorly plotted and a story that I had to struggle through to finally give up in disgust half-way through. I cannot understand how this book got through the Audible vetting process. I have bought over 100 Audible books and being number 100 is not a good place. The characters wooden, the plot hackneyed, the action not believable, the dialog ... trying to think of an adjective that describes the depth of it. Do not waste your money.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    toast84 06-12-12
    toast84 06-12-12
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    "I regret buying this"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The reaction this book sparked in me was 100% Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Could not even finish. I wanted to like this book but it failed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Grace
    London, United Kingdom
    8/14/13
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    "Funny, but a bit empty"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not very satisfying, fairly pat.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Catterall?

    Almost anyone. I would choose Steven Pacey as I have yet to listen to an audiobook read him that wasn't excellently narrated.


    Did Space Captain Smith inspire you to do anything?

    No, it's not that sort of story.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is a very light tale of space derring-do. Although there are a few moments that made me giggle - some funny pastiches of well-known tropes and other novels or films - mostly, I found the humour a bit simple, and the characters were hard to engage with, as they are just there to set up jokes, really.If you like Douglas Adams and are looking for something in a similar vein (but less accomplished, natch), then give this a try; it was okay, but I won't read another of his.The narration was a big negative for this book: for the prose narration, the reader used the sort of intonation you would use when reading a child a bedtime story, while some of the voices were wildly off their descriptions. Perhaps with a better reader, this book would have appealed to me more, as you need someone skilful to get the comic timing right.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Super-fun space adventure"

    I think I would describe this story as a bit like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but with a lot more guns and a heap more British Empire! It has a Douglas Adams type feel to the humour which I enjoyed and parodies a lot of well known science fiction properties.

    I don't think the narrator added a lot to the production - I initially had trouble getting in to the book because of it, but persisted because I'd been recommended it so highly. I'm glad I did, because once I got past my initial doubts I really enjoyed the story and will be looking to pick up the sequels when I can!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allan
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Space Captain Smith worth listening too ;-)"
    What made the experience of listening to Space Captain Smith the most enjoyable?

    In the first book Space Captain Smith is given his first ship and mission and with his odd ball crew have to go and collect a mysterious girl from a British Empire protectorate


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Capt Smith drinks Tea to get moral fibre


    What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

    It takes the first 15 minutes to get used to Clive Catterall's voice and the distinction between the characters


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The British Second British Empire protects the world


    Any additional comments?

    Toby Frost's Space Captain Smith is a great book to listen too,
    Incorporating, the very best of the ideas of The Flashman book
    And great humour with lots of contemporary references to major film block busters.
    In the first book Space Captain Smith is given his first ship and mission and with his odd ball crew have to go and collect a mysterious girl from a British Empire protectorate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrone
    Buckingham, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A must if you like to laugh!"

    What a fun listen. If you like Hitch hikers you will love this, but beware, it will make you buy the other two books in the series! You have been warned. Space Captain Smith is a Tea drinking (it gives you moral fibre) hero who also happens to be a jibbering fool arround females. His space companions are a renegade sex robot flight engineer, Polly Carveth and alien second in command who collects skulls of his victims, Suruk the Slayer (he wears most of them as trophy's). The crew battle "Alien scum" known as Ghasts under the banner of the British Empire.Smith's neimisis is worthy evil genius adversary who lives on a diet of pulpt minions. At times I laughed so much it hurt. The one liners in this book are a match for blackadder at his best and Polly's sexual innuendos are treasures. You must, must listen to this book. A truly funny space adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephanie
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    11/4/11
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    "Amazing!"

    I loved this recording so much I went out and bought the book, along with the rest of the series...Gloriously funny, fantastically implausible making it, and the characters, so very believable...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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