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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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    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


    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 2016

    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

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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

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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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    Cameron DARLINGTON, Australia 12-04-13
    Cameron DARLINGTON, Australia 12-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting idea, not great execution."
    What three words best describe Mark Boyett’s voice?

    Natural reading voice is great, attempts at accents are terrible.


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

    Mildly entertaining story line


    Any additional comments?

    The premise of this book, while not entirely original, was still quite intriguing and provided a good basis for quite an engaging story. The story failed to live up to its full potential though.

    The main characters were never really developed beyond a glossed over 2 sentence background story. The secondary characters didn't even receive that much attention. As a result there are no real personalities in the book to either like or dislike.

    The author tries to explain the motivations of Riggs (protagonist) but it feels contrived and mechanical. I was never really in sync with Rigg's actions and thought processes given what he was going through, and as such never became invested in the character. I found myself indifferent to the danger he was in. The relationships that develop are too convenient and feel 'set-up'.

    The narrative is clunky and just doesn't feel organic enough. There was no personality in the dialogue and it ends up feeling like listening to a computer talking to another computer. Which I suppose may fit with the situation, but it just doesn't make for entertaining or engaging listening.

    The narrators natural voice is great when voicing Riggs, however the accents were terrible and extremely off putting. It really made the character become nothing more than cardboard thin stereotypes.

    All in all it's an average audiobook, not great - but not terrible either.
    I haven't read the reviews on other books in this series, but there is definitely the potential that the author can salvage the story and produce more well rounded books in the future.

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    Stephen 11-29-13
    Stephen 11-29-13
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    "Very Corny"
    What disappointed you about Swarm?

    This book is written for a youngster.


    Has Swarm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, the logic is totally childlike and not up to date.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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