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Swarm Audiobook
Swarm
Written by: 
B. V. Larson
Narrated by: 
Mark Boyett
Swarm Audiobook

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

A novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson, Swarm is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war - and faced with extinction.

Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.

©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 08-20-14
    psnorb Northwest Chicago Suburb, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Loving Father

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    "First contact gone wrong done right."
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There have been audiobooks that made me stop and rethink my role in this existence. This book was not one of those kind of books. But it is very well written, very well performed, and a creative fresh perspective on the concept of first contact gone bad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No glaring flaws in concepts, fictional technology believable, a more realistic character portrayal. UNLIKE many series books I have read, you are not left hanging at the end. There was a logical break in the story line to justify the next book.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Each character had a unique speech pattern so that they were easily identified.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but why do you mention sitting. I listen while gardening, fertilizing the lawn, cleaning dishes, and removing old finishes from wood.


    Any additional comments?

    I read two other books by the same author that are very well written. Steelworld, and Dustworld that are worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Texas 08-18-14
    Steve Texas 08-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book!!!"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    Star Wars


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Riggs


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Aliens have arrived


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 08-02-14
    Matthew 08-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Sci-Fi Easy Listening"

    The title says it all: the book is easy to listen to. There is no ground-breaking sci-fi, no new ideas that will blow you away. The action scenes are well written but not too bloody. I found the book easy to while doing other things, and I look forward to finishing this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 08-02-14
    gardener97 Atlanta 08-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Could Not Finish"

    I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.

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    Laura 07-27-14
    Laura 07-27-14

    RETIRED LIVING IS WONDERFUL

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    "Great story for the young reader"

    This is good for the teen listener. Simple plot, simple characters. John Wayne styled Marine's go forward at all costs. Not to save America from the Japan invasion but save the entire world from extintion by the Mahines. I will not go forward with book #2

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    Amazon Customer 07-13-14

    Eclectic Reads

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    "Surprising character twists"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    The character development woven through the plot


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    The lost fleet by Jack Campbell


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way Kyle continues to figure out how to communicate with the ship and rag tag team of abductees


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-05-14
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "You have got to be kidding me"

    There's a whole lot of unbelievable here, and a great many unlikeable characters. Brain candy is all you can say for it. After readin reviews of the rest of the series, I'm done with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wolfje NL 07-01-14
    wolfje NL 07-01-14
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    "Mark Boyett makes most of a so-so story"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    The idea behind the story is a good one, but the way it's set out in the book makes me cringe. It feels like it's been written by a 16 year old who has just discovered girls ...


    Would you ever listen to anything by B. V. Larson again?

    I had enough halfway through book 2 and deleted it from my iPod.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favorite?

    Boyett is a good narrator - he kept me listening even though I got bored and irritated with the silly plots.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concept of the story in itself is interesting and has potential - pity really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 06-24-14
    Melissa 06-24-14

    I am into sci-fi and love a good British comedy.

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    "Space marines COOL. excellent narrator too."
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Tough. Detailed. Incapsulating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually loved the narrator's voice for this audio book. Very captivating to listen to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I teared up when his kids died.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They came in the night but not to probe us .... They came to find the elite of us to fight for the Universe.


    Any additional comments?

    Good GUY book, even though I'm a girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 05-28-14
    Lawrence Kinston, NC, United States 05-28-14 Member Since 2015

    I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.

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    "Man vs. Machine"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great Man vs. Alien technology story. Our hero Kyle Riggs is a computer science professor and farmer who is abducted by a alien space craft that puts Kyle through a series of tests that could end his life if he fails. This is a great story that kept me entertained throughout the entire book.

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  • Neil
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Flight of the Navigator for adults"

    Exciting within the first 5minutes and sets up a world that is gonna force me to spend all my credits til I've listened to them all. Narrator has great voice and tells it well. No two characters come across the same. To me, that is the difference between a good narrator and a great one.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Barton Upon Humber, UK
    5/12/14
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    "Swarm - I want to join up!"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this introduction to the Star Force series. I'd relisten to it again but I'm just enjoying the second book at the moment!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of the life aboard the ships and how the commanders learn to control the ships. Also, although it was military sci fi, the background details were excellent, how people lived and learnt to deal with day to day life.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Some of the planning of the battles, the logic for how things were worked out.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an excellent introduction to a series I think I'm going to love. Depth of characters and details of battle strategies made this a brilliant choice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    9/21/15
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    "great first book"

    Great first book. great story. like all the bv larsons books so far. looking forward to book 2

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ashley
    5/9/15
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    "Excellent"

    Really good. hooked straight away. A good fast progression. brilliant sifi idea. b.v larson legend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    5/4/15
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    "Another gripping Sc-fi from Larson"

    Listened to Larson's Undying Mercenaries series first, and some of the broader ideas seemed to have been copied from these earlier books. But that did not subtract from the thrilling story in swarm. Hooked now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    4/11/14
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    "Good start but needs work"

    This was an enjoyable listen and one that I would recommend but it is not without some flaws and quibbles which are relatively minor and don't detract too much from the main story. There are a couple of issues around the logic of the nanos and macros and with the nano ship Alamo's behaviour but nothing terrible.

    The biggest weakness of the story is the character development. The main lead character generally behaves in a believable manner and is a likeable character that you can follow and get behind. Most of the other characters in the story though are quite thin with little developed between the main character and them. The main female character has some potential at the beginning when they meet on the ship and when she is recovered but this is pretty much wasted as she falls into a rather simple adoring female role that borders on the uncomfortable. And, here is where the story falters the worst, with dialog and behaviour that while possible in the situation they are in seems a bit wrong footed. There were a couple of times where I thought the author was going to go into a full blown sex scene but fortunately the author restrained themselves and didn't veer into trying to write erotica or porn.

    Overall the novel moved along and you are able to develop a fondness for the lead character and a desire to read the next novel to see what happens to him and the universe he resides in. Hopefully, as the story advances so will will the writing and character development.

    The narrator did a good job and was able to convey the story well and create character voices that you were able to associate with the various characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Fantastic Introduction to the world of Star Force"
    What did you like most about Swarm?

    I liked the about of thought that had gone into character development, and how it made you thing how you react to the situations that arise in the book. Its difficult to say what i liked most without giving too much of the story away if your a fan of military science fiction, where humans suddenly have access to advanced technology you'll like it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The way the story plays out it does have you always wanting to listen for that little bit longer.


    Any additional comments?

    For me it was a little short I prefer to listen to books that are much longer, but thankfully this is the start of a series of books that I look forward to enjoying in an episodic manner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    bargoed, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Interesting concepts"

    I really liked how this book started out. It was quite a traumatic start and you felt very much in the dark as you went along with the main character. I hoped to have seen a bit more exploration on the inner workings of the ship and the ai but it took a slightly different direction. The narration was ok but some scenes felt a little spoilt with the narrator's feminine voice was being put on. I would describe this for someone considering as Flight of the navigator meets Halo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RMB
    11/12/11
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    "Gets going quickly and keeps the pace fast."

    Although clearly the beginning of a series there isn't too much scene setting or arc plotting (although you cn clearly see the hooks). The story starts quickly and keeps the pace fast (sometimes it doesn't make sense in terms of feelings but...). Well worth listening to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hassan Khan
    6/3/16
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    "B V Larson does it again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Swarm to be better than the print version?

    As is standard practice for a B V Larson series, this book works as a stand alone story whilst also setting up a hunger for the next book in the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The integration of AI and the exploration of interacting with it was well done.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Mark Boyett's naration style is easy on the ear and endears the listener to the story and character's even when the accents start to slip a little.


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

    They came for our resources, they came for us. Few would survive the trial.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, i hope the series maintains the high standard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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