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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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    Andrew Smith Fresno, CA United States 06-17-13
    Andrew Smith Fresno, CA United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Highly addictive listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended. I have listened to over 75 Audible books and Swarm is one of my favorites.


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

    Mark Boyett has a dynamic voice and creates a believable and entertaining storytelling environment.


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    Andrew Knoll DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-31-13
    Andrew Knoll DOWNINGTOWN, PA, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Griping"
    What did you love best about Swarm?

    The action is basically nonstop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is fresh have not heard another one like this.


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

    Riggs is a great character. He is smart and idealistic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed that the man lost his children and carried on like nothing happened. A bit disappointing but I can see why he didn't linger on it.

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    Mario 05-27-13
    Mario 05-27-13
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    "Now this is what I call an original story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was pleasantly surprised how I quickly I was reeled into the story within the first two chapters and managed to keep the pace though out the whole story. I was so glued to this story that I ended up listening to it in one day and my impulse is screaming at me to buy the next book. Such a thrill!

    This story starts off on the right foot and then goes into overdrive right away. The characters are REAL and believable. I believe that if the author would have invested more time into some of the characters I would feel more sorrow but that's ok.

    I gave the story a 5 star performance except I hate it when male narrators have to voice female voices. That's just in general. In my opinion I think they should have had a second actress for that part.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh come on, what kind of question is that? Obviously Riggs is the man. (Riggs! RIIIIIGGS!!<---Lethal Weapon). Smart, cleaver and thinks outside the box. How could you not admire the man for who uses their smarts to win?


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

    Riggs, definitely. I would also add Crow to this due to his grim outlook on life.


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