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Swarm Audiobook

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer 04-02-14
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    "I resisted listening but an pleased I did"

    I've seen this series and reviews of it floating around for while now. I have been tempted to listen before but always decided against it.

    I finally took the plunge and was pleasantly surprised. The story was solid even though the characters were predictable and pretty shallow. The action was excellent and I was well entertained the whole time.

    This is a lot like watching a SciFi war movie, and was worth the time. I think I'll pick up the other books to listen to when I want something fun to listen to.

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    Doug Laursen 03-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Not my storyline but you may enjoy it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's basically one more "epic battle to save earth" If you like stories of war, death, strategy, all with a new setup, then this could be for you. It's just not something I enjoy.


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

    Not from this series. I'll check out his other series with an ear for a truly creative story.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was clear and made the point when needed. There are only 2 voice artist I really enjoy regardless of the story being told.


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    Robert Vincelette Milford, CT 03-23-14
    Robert Vincelette Milford, CT 03-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My First Audio Book! Pretty Good."
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    I probably wouldn't listen to this story again. To be blunt, the writing isn't spectacular. The story is original, however, and the protagonist is likable. I'm quite interested to get the next installment and listen to that.


    If you’ve listened to books by B. V. Larson before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't had any previous exposure to BV Larson's work in any form.


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

    Mr. Boyett's voice and overall performance made this story work for me. He projected just the right balance of conviction and reserve to Kyle's voice.


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

    Star Force: the Beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this story while working out on the treadmill. I generally listened in 30-45 minute interval and It seemed like a perfect match for that activity.

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    Ben Eau Claire, WI, USA 03-17-14
    Ben Eau Claire, WI, USA 03-17-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Great SciFi book for high school reader."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book was below average compared to most books I listen to. That said, it kept my attention and interest enough not to stop listening. I have no interest in investing resources in future books in this series.


    Do you think Swarm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe there are other books in the series. I will not read them....


    Any additional comments?

    As I recall, I bought the book on sale. It was worth a few bucks but would not have been worth a full credit.

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    Vernon 03-14-14
    Vernon 03-14-14
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    "I like a story that surprises me."
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    The story is original in the sense of the gravitas it conveys and realistic reactions to situations. I enjoyed Mr. Boyett's narration as always. His inflections are crucial to the pace of the storyline. The situations that occur don't have the necessary "happy results" and are not expected. Predictability in a story can make one put the book down prematurely...not this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The seriousness of the storyline and the moments of actions and levity are nicely balanced.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I truly enjoy his narration. His narration in the Troy Rising series was great and has kept me


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

    yes, unfortunately I had to go to sleep sometime and had to rewind to the parts I went into REM on.


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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 03-09-14
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Robocop clad like a "rebel" Captain America"

    When a professor in programming, Kyle Riggs is abducted by an alien spaceship that shortly before has killed his children, he doesn't know how his life would change. Using the simple 'hero's journey' motive (where someone goes on a quest that changes him completely) B.V. Larson introduces his Star Force Series in true Military SciFi fashion.

    In short Kyle Riggs ends up becoming a super soldier due to the nanites his not completely submissive alien ship injects into him. He also become part of the newly created 'Star Force' and becomes the master brain of strategy in fighting an Alien race called the Macrons.

    The whole story feels a bit like a Red Alert computer game being described with a lot of fighting and upgrades of soldiers along the way. The story also has the typical boy meets girl theme. In some way it is predictable, yet quite enjoyable.

    Mark Boyett does an excellent job in reading this story. He is a seasoned narrator that is a known voice in SciFi.

    The book is recommended for those who likes a straightforward SciFi adventure type story.

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    Camille Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-04-14
    Camille Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Insultingly Bad"
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    NO.


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

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    The idea behind Swarm is really interesting. The characters suddenly find themselves used as pawns in a battle between unknown adversaries fighting it out with robots. The character development, however, is so awful that I could only listen to half of the book. According to this author, men are so lecherous that contact with any woman will immediately result in objectifying her and a desire for sex. Apparently this is true even if the woman is trying to kill you, even if you just survived a murderous attack by multiple assailants by killing them, and even if you just witnessed your own children being savagely murdered. Yep, nothing says foreplay to this author like seeing your kids killed. And what of the ladies? Really no development at all. Because why bother…they're just there for our hero to stare at anyway. Really retrograde approach to sci-fi characters.

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    Amazon Customer 12-28-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining!"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Yes, great storyline


    What other book might you compare Swarm to and why?

    The Starfist Series, grounded in the reality of Humanity Vs....


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes, Gripping!


    Any additional comments?

    No, Well done!

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    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 12-26-13
    Amazon Customer PARKERSBURG, WV, US 12-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME!"

    Love this book. Action packed and really hooked me in. There are some unrealistic things but hey, this is fiction so I just enjoy the ride.

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    michelle m naugle 12-22-13
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    "Good story... for a teenage boy"
    What would have made Swarm better?

    More believable main character. Any other 3D characters, almost no character development for anyone besides the main. The female character is portrayed as an insultingly weak and stupid girl.


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

    no


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