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Starswarm Audiobook
Starswarm
Written by: 
Jerry Pournelle
Narrated by: 
Lloyd James
Starswarm Audiobook

Starswarm

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Publisher's Summary

Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

One day, finally daring to ask the voice some tough questions, Kip discovers that his computer scientist parents implanted an artificial intelligence chip in his skull, which connects with a powerful mainframe computer via satellite. He also learns that his parents died under suspicious circumstances and that his very existence is a well-kept secret that will soon come to light - putting his own life and the whole of outpost Starswarm in grave danger.

©1998 Jerry Pournelle; (P)2000 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An extremely strong story....plenty of suspenseful action in a well-realized setting." (Booklist)
"This is one you won't want to miss. [A] taut, credible, fast-paced adventure story." (Science Fiction Chronicle)
"SF veteran Pournelle demonstrates his gift for traditional SF adventures in this coming-of-age tale that combines fast-paced action with...an appealing protagonist." (Library Journal)

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    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 10-21-07
    Robert Wakefield, RI, USA 10-21-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Well developed story"

    I have been listening to these audio books for many years while driving from site to site. This book was very good listening and the story was very well timed and keeps you listening for what will unfold next. Characters enter the story in perfect order and support the writer’s vision. Not like some I have read where the story line jumps and you cannot follow the events. This will entertain you and pass the time without you realizing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. York 09-05-07
    P. York 09-05-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Just Okay"

    Well, the storytelling was good. I was reminded of Heinlein, though perhaps it was because the narrator was one used for many of his novels. The biggest strike against it was its predictability. I had basically gotten the plot down very early on. Decent storyline, if basic. Same with character development. Technology wise it was mostly believable, though as is so often the case I felt that computers were too human like and humans not human enough. Still, I definitely enjoyed listening to it, though I was never challenged or wowed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sang herndon, VA, USA 11-05-09
    Sang herndon, VA, USA 11-05-09
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    "Easy listening but real flaws with the plot."

    I enjoyed listening to the recording until the mystery started to unravel and it simply did not make much sense.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 10-11-13
    Phillip 10-11-13
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    "Juvenille Fiction"

    I think I must have missed something. The "critics" say this was a fast-paced story. My lord, it was painfully slow. The biggest issues were the characters and their interpretation by the narrator. There is no emotion in the way the characters are presented, and Marty, who is always whining, is really annoying.

    I suspect this belongs in the juvenille fiction category, although I may be insulting this age group. It is written and performed (it seems to me) for a pre-teen audience. There is no emotion. The story takes so painfully long to develop and most readers would already know what's coming. Each step of the story is predictable.

    I am really curious who "they" (the critics) are. I no longer trust any of the first 20 reviews given on any book, which is a real problem for something that is new.

    I have this story a rating of two stars. I guess I was feeling kind.

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    Loyola CAMDENTON, MO, United States 06-01-11
    Loyola CAMDENTON, MO, United States 06-01-11 Member Since 2008

    A former accountant and staff trainer. Now retired, I enjoy knitting and weaving. I enjoy intelligent, insightful books with lead characters I respect. I deplore novels fille with gratuitous violence and depraved sexual behavior written to shock the reader.

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    "good story, annoying narration"

    This was a pretty good sci fi story - it kept my interest. However, the book seemed to take forever to finish. The narrator has lengthy pauses after every sentence and often, in the middle of a sentence. I would not choose a book by this narrator again. My disappointment with the listening experience caused me to lose interest frequently. I might read the actual book, though, especially if there were a sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 02-26-07
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 02-26-07
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    "fun"

    Fun, Had a good time listening. wanted more.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Peach and Zeke 05-08-07
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    "Interesting"

    An interesting read.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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