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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrod South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 12-13-13
    Jarrod South Lake Tahoe, CA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Started off with a great idea"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the start - the idea of a nano spaceship - AI, programming etc. but it did not do a great job of maintaining the interest through the latter part of the book and I felt that the ending was weak. Needed more of a twist, something we did not expect - the ending felt like a last minute addition simply to herald in the next book.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think the characters were a little flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-12-13
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2006

    74 y o avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books

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    "Agreat start ot a series"

    I loved this book and will read on in the series. A great premise of two warring extra-terrestrials with the earth caught in the middle.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Milford, OH, United States 12-10-13
    Todd Milford, OH, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2015

    warcin

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    "The main character drove me crazy"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    I am not sure where all the love for this series comes from. I listened to the first five in the series before I just could not force myself to listen anymore. the main character is an absolute moron and I usually could not go 20 minutes before wanting to yell at the author about how stupid the guy was. Each book is just a continuous stream of him making the same mistake over and over that I could not take it anymore. Kyle always think he is absolutely sure he has everything covered and absolutely never does, and he never takes precautions that he could be wrong. This causes everyone around him to constantly die in job lots and people are still willing to listen to him.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elsie MacGregor 12-05-13 Member Since 2012

    Moo

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    "Pulp sci-fi at its best"

    This story has action, adventure, lust, and alien robots. I'm not sure why I liked it, but I couldn't stop listening.

    The main character is a computer science professor from Northern California who is forcibly drafted into service as a alien spacecraft commander. We follow along as the world is introduced to two different versions of invading alien robots and how a group of disparate thugs joins together to create "Star Force".

    There is plenty of action and political undertones as the governments of earth react to the threat of annihilation. As for the sci-fi aspects, the characters seem as bewildered by the technology as the reader/listener. The author doesn't dwell on the whys of the technology, but there are parts where I tuned out as he went into the hows.

    Overall, though, I thought it was an enjoyable start to a sci-fi series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shane DUNEDIN, New Zealand 12-04-13
    shane DUNEDIN, New Zealand 12-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Action, aliens, great characters !!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Once you start reading this book your hooked , its nice and easy to listen to with a great story and great characters , you don't have to be a syfy stalwart to like this !


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kyle Riggs !!! hes cool, laid back drinks beer ,beats up guys that brass him off, and doesn't get too emotional , he kills aliens , intelligent and great with computers


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    He does great characters accents ! its like your listening to a dozen different narrators


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a great shoot em up series with heaps of impossible scenarios just round the corner where things go from bad to worse , get this series its worth it !!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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