The first book in an action-packed new science-fiction adventure series.
Vulcan is a factory planet, centuries old, company run, ugly as sin, and unfeeling as death. Vulcan breeds just two types of native: complacent or tough. Sten is tough.
When his family is killed in a mysterious accident, Sten rebels, harassing the Company from the metal world’s endless maze-like warrens. He could end up just another burnt-out Delinquent. But people like Sten never give up.
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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)
The whole series is a masterpiece of science fiction, it deserves solid four stars, but narration by Jerry Sciarrio moves it to extraordinary FIVE STAR MASTERPIECE!!!!!
My only regret is that only book 1-5 are narrated by Jerry Sciarrio.
I'd never heard of the Sten series, and now I'm hooked. On the same level as David Drake, if you like War Sci-Fi, with the technical details to make it real, these guys are for you.
"community college prof"
I liked the characters and the basic plot-line, but there wasn't much character development and some of the novel's crises were introduced and resolved very, very quickly. It would've been a much better story if there was a bit more evolution of the story instead of a rush to reach the novel's climax.
Pretty much what I expected! Not bad, but not surprising, either.
I don't know that accents are the way to go, here. Every male character had a distinct regional accent...the Bronx guy, the Scotsman, the Englishman, the Aussie. Maybe work more on changes in register or range than going all out on giving characters accents.
It's a likeable enough novel, so follow-ups seem obvious.
The bad people (which is most people) seemed too cliche and callous. Some of the plot devices were too contrived (someone keeps a loaded flame thrower on his wall?) Maybe it gets better in the second half but I gave up mid-way.
I wasn't sure what to make of this book when I first bought it. But it held my intrest. I wounder what book 2 has install for me.
fun, intrigue, relief
the reader gives a great set of voices to help keep track of who is who.
this was a fun book from a great era.
It was not a terrible narration, just not very good. The narrator's idea of giving each character a unique voice tended to come down to assigning them random bad accents.
For those who've read the series: He gives Mahoney a bad British accent. That's gotta be some kind of sacrilege to commit on an Irishman. And apparently the Eternal Emperor is an Aussie now.
It doesn't ruin the experience altogether, but it does detract from what ought to be a fun military SF action-adventure. I probably won't get the second in the series, unless it's free or cheap. "Sten" is a better read than a listen.
I enjoyed the entire Sten series, so I thought it would be fun to re-visit them on audio. That was a mistake.
The reader was terrible, his narration was stiff and without inflection. Every time he mis-pronounced a word, I winced.
If you're interested in the story, seriously avoid this as an audiobook, and simply read it, you'll be much happier.
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