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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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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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    Dan 11-22-13
    Dan 11-22-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a horror nut! Zombies in particular! Epidemics, end of all things! Also enjoyed Game of thrones very much!

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    "Great start to what looks to be a great story!"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great Start! Can't wait to get more!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The trials and tribulations the main character Faces.
    Despite his loses, his personal feelings & whatever urges he may be feeling.. He decides to start down a certain path although he knows that there's no possibility that the end of said rode is far from guaranteed except the knowledge that nothing he personally has lost will be returned to him. He moves forward, driven by unseen forces, things that make a Man.. A Man! I look forward to seeing where this man will end up landing.!


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

    Unsure but I can say this book had me excited from start to finish of this series of books I couldn't stop, always in the edge of my seat, always looking forward to listening time, rooting for my characters & worrying how things will play out.


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Seek out a Movie deal! If done correctly.. Allowing no external interference from "Tge Experts" this could be the StarWars of the new millennium if your given the freedoms to create the visual version of the world I'm sure is clear and crisp in your imagination.. I could see this becoming a icon if done right, you'll no doubt need to fight to stay loyal to your story but ask George Lucas what it feels like to have created such a complex universe for his dream to exist?! I'm sure he'll admit how many people wanted to change his story.. "Had great ideas", "Knows what the people want" etc.. Personally I'd rather stand strong behind my work & fail, then sell out to succeed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Frace Olney, MD 11-02-13
    Kyle Frace Olney, MD 11-02-13 Member Since 2013

    Going with the flow while we speed through the universe on a massive rock!

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    "Unique plot and a great start to a series."

    I was first drawn to this book because it had received a high rating from other listeners. The plot sounded interesting but I still didn't know what to really expect. My experience is that this book lived up to the high rating that it had received.

    The action began immediately. For a first book in a series it covers a lot of ground quickly. But at no point did I feel that we weren't getting the whole story.

    Part of what I liked about this book is that it's a Sci-fi with human and alien interaction type book but the main characters actions and decisions are similar to how I think I would react given their circumstances.

    I will definitely continue listening to this series and can't wait to see where B.V. Larsen takes it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clyde Dale 10-09-13
    Clyde Dale 10-09-13

    Clydesdale

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    "I really tried to like this series..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    All of it? I got up to book 4 but just could not finish it. It's hard to put a finger on it but I think it boils down to unbelievable characters, villains, and this alien nano-tech that might as well be magic. The whole story feels hollow and like a badly written episode of Star Trek. I've probably just been spoiled by likes of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as they set the bar way up there and Larson isn't jumping nearly high enough. Popcorn sci-fi.


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    Anders Denmark 10-03-13
    Anders Denmark 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Alternative story about battleing for survival"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    Yes. Because knowing more about the story, I would like to hear the start again. Also, great voice acting.


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

    Crow - I can really like the way he speaks.


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

    No. But that's my fault, not the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story starts a little weak, in my mind. Not boring, just a little too extreme for what I could believe. But getting past this, I started to enjoy the book a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 09-12-13
    Adam Gaithersburg, Maryland 09-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievable, but entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read the mixed reviews and thought I would give this book a shot. In the end, I didn't believe the premise of the book.

    The "artificial intelligence" ship was really stupid, and whoever came up with the "command personnel" tests was also really stupid. For such an advanced civilization, I just didn't believe that they would design or program a ship so poorly.

    The characters were kind of shallow, but the story moved along and I actually enjoyed the book in the end. It was an interesting take on an old concept.


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    Adam Vista, CA, United States 07-19-13
    Adam Vista, CA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2009

    I am currently an urban fantasy devotee. From Just fantasy to romance.

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    "Great story, poor production"

    I enjoyed the story, and the voice actor was fine. My pet peeve was done, and whispers were in low volume not stage whispers. Worse was there are many skips in the recording, which is the real reason for the low score on performance. The low score is for production values.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karlo Canada 07-17-13
    Karlo Canada 07-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Original!"

    I enjoyed this story because it is new and fresh. I got the whole series and the level of entertainment does not diminish.

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    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13
    Robert Mt. Pleasant, SC, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Interesting"

    Interesting story line, entertaining though some of the story has a few holes in it, it was still good enough to go on to the second one.

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    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 06-22-13
    Dustin GREAT FALLS, MT, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good start"
    Would you listen to Swarm again? Why?

    After reading the other reviews i decided to take it for a spin, i was surprised i liked it enough to give the second book a try.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way he introduced the ships form another galaxy seemed more natural then most.


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    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 06-18-13
    Robert QUEENSTOWN, MD, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn’t stop listening"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top three. Daemon by Daniel Suarez still ranks as my favorite, but this one certainly gave Daemon a run for its money. This book is very fast paced and very entertaining. It kept my attention the entire time. There was one section of the book when I had listened for two hours without even realizing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    I think the most memorable moment was the ending, though I won’t give that away for aspiring readers.


    Any additional comments?

    Though this isn’t the first time that a science fiction novel utilizes the concept of humans gaining access to alien technology and using it against other aliens, the execution of this concept was very original….as far as I know. It was refreshing to see a creative spin to this branch of military science fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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