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The Dark Between the Stars Audiobook

The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

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Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.

In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

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    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 08-09-14
    Trip Williams Upstate, SC, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2005

    Did you know you can put in a set of Ear-Buds, slap your Hearing Protectors over them, and Mow the lawn, Weed-Eat, etc, without your book being drowned out by engine noise? OR, you can just let the horses in the yard, and THEY'LL mow and weedeat (literally) FOR YOU!

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    "Crank It Up Again!"

    My wife and I both liked the Original "Saga Of The Seven Suns" Series, so I grabbed this book the moment it became available... It picks up about 20-25 years after the last book in the Original Series.

    MANY of the same Characters, same villains and threats, with new threats and plot twists thrown in... That may sound like "more of the same", and while I guess it is, it's not really... If you wanted MORE after the original series (which WE DID!), here it is, Cranking it all up again!

    I like that there's not a LOT of "Set Up" since the Author seems to assume readers have read the Original Series... He just gets right into "The Continuing Saga". The threats from the Original Series that were just hinted at, turn into REAL nightmares, even as old nightmares return to Haunt Humanity (and every other Race) AGAIN!

    Anderson is GREAT at juggling a LOT of Characters and Events, all at the same time, while "Keeping Things Moving Along At A Good Clip". Every time I think "NO WAY is he going to be able to keep on throwing in NEW problems, and NEW threats, and be able to control the whole story", but he DOES!

    Narration was VERY good!

    I just REALLY wish the "Compi-Companions" had a slot to plug in extra memory capacity, and a way to back-up their older memories and such so they don't have to delete their Memories if they need to load up instructions to learn to operate a new space craft, etc... Kinda breaks my heart for them to have to delete their Memories of an Owner's Childhood to make room for loading up a new skill-set.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-07-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "TASTE LIKE EYEBALLS BOILED IN URINE"

    Show me, Don't tell me.
    It is a little amusing, not long ago I read the last book in The Saga of The Seven Suns and at that time, I wondered, what if Anderson would work a little on character development? Maybe that is what he was trying to do in this book, I don't know. With real characters and no silly Elementals this might be good? Like John C of Dakota, I could only make it a little over two hours. This is the seventeenth book of Anderson's that I have read, so I knew what to expect. I did not need to waste 20 more hours of my life. Usually Anderson does not have time to develop characters, as he is in a rush to add more elements to the story. So, when he writes a book in which nothing happens for two hours, it is almost criminal. I feel he stole from me. Anderson talks too much, explains too much, does not show. Of those books only three could I recommend to others, that is a high percentage of failures.

    I am not sure what keeps me buying these failures, but I will show more restraint in the future.

    Good bye Mr. Anderson

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-24-14
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 07-24-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Space opera of galactic proportions"

    Andersen's The Dark Between the Stars begins 20 years after the finale of the Seven Suns Saga. Many of the major characters from the last saga are back with a whole host of new participants. This saga is done in the same style as the previous with each chapter focused on a specific major character (which totals to several dozen at least). While the intervening 20 years has been somewhat peaceful and idyllic, dark forces are gathering with the Illdyran boogeyman, the ShanaRa appearing as a manifestation of fundamental physics, but fearful of an even greater, more powerful, but unknown threat along with a new mysterious alien race.

    The sci-fi elements are pretty much in line with the last saga, although the new variations of intelligent lifeforms are even more exotic than the prior earth, air, fire, and water manifestations. Andersen is a master of the space opera, but of a more workingman's / blue collar variety. His characters are both endearing and quite engaging. Prior familiarity with the last saga is most useful for adequate background for the carry-overs. While there is a tremendous degree of plot development, book 1 ends abruptly with multiple irons in the fire.

    The last saga used two different narrators (both excellent), but this time out, a 3rd narrator is utilized. The narration is well done with a great range of voices, both male and female. The mood and pacing are expertly rendered which provides a steady even flow to an above average audiobook length.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Buffy 05-25-15
    Buffy 05-25-15
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    "Boring & Slow"

    Reminded me of a soap opera with too many characters with personal problems. It was not what I expected after reading the .... Saga of Seven Suns. Its almost like the editor wrote this one, or could have. I understand that there is a certain amount of set up that is necessary, but this was a bit much. I do like Mr. Boyett.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful, even if you've never been introduced. "

    Having never read the Element Wars novels, this serves as a great series primer. Cheers.

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    R. J. Thorne 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Sucker for space sci-fi"

    I am so happy to be back in this universe! Saga was an amazing series. To have some of the same loved characters here and then be introduced to new ones is awesome. The threat they now face is inventive. KJA is just fantastic at development. I can listen to his books over and over. Definitely pick this up!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    PeggyOrMargaret 03-08-15

    Christian Theologian and Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan. I especially like dystopian fiction.

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    "Back to the World of the Seven Suns"
    Would you listen to The Dark Between the Stars again? Why?

    This is an interesting and exciting story set in Spiral Arm, in the world of the Saga of Seven Suns. There are new characters and old characters, but the story is new. Even the old characters have new stories in their lives. One of the background races of the Saga of Seven Suns, the Shana Rei, emerge as a real threat. They return to the Spiral Arm, engulfing Ildrian and Human ships alike. But beyond their return is the emergence of a new power, one that threatens their very existence and drives their mad charge of destruction through the Spiral Arm.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Between the Stars?

    Humans and Ildirans keep a close watch on the Spiral Arm, vowing to be ready to respond together to the next threat. During war games together, they uncover the existence of a colony of Klikiss robots. As before, their presence activates the robots, sending them on a bloody rampage. Only this time, the robots are swallowed up by a gray cloud of entropy.


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

    This is the first Mark Boyett performance I've listened to. So very well done. All the strange names are pronounced the same as in the Saga of Seven Suns. There is no jarring change from the previous books and the excitement of the story comes through clearly.


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

    I would have loved to have been able to listen to this exciting and well told story from start to finish in one sitting. Alas, it is too long. Instead, I listened to it whenever I could, eager to see what would happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    A worthy successor to the Saga of Seven Suns, while standing on its own as a separate and exciting story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Peoria, AZ, United States 03-06-15
    Corey Peoria, AZ, United States 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"

    I love the way Mark Boyett takes a great story and brings it to life. He's definitely one of my favorite Narrators.

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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-08-14
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 06-08-14 Member Since 2014

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "Good Start"

    A very good start to what I imagine will be a fine new series of books in the sequel to the saga of seven suns. I wanted to rate this as a five star work, but found portions of the work, in some chapters, too repititious or redundant regarding some of the histories of certain characters, mildly annoyying, as if the listener/reader is unable to retain information.

    There are many new and interesting developments in the storyline and a few predictable plot manipulations, so all in all this was a good listen and worth the purchase.

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    Paul 02-08-15
    Paul 02-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Riveting"

    Good story to listen to while working, not cheesy and campy; nor highly detailed and weighted down with extreme long winded explanations. Highly recommended if you have read Kevin J. Anderson other series, Seven Suns.

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    9/21/14
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    "excellent listen"

    I thought this was an outstanding listen, especially for readers who have read The Saga Of Seven Suns series and are familiar with the characters and the back story. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • England fan 1
    England
    7/2/16
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    "Very good book"

    This is a well written and enjoyable book
    Mark Boyett is a really fantastic performer and it was because I have enjoyed his other performances that I came across this book.

    Thanks to all involved.

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  • Jaime Millard
    2/28/16
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    "Epic didn't realise how much id missed the saga!!"

    Really good highly recommended if u liked the saga. set 20 yrs after the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous Coward
    Ashington, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "Well read, less hard science and a bit of fantasy"
    Would you listen to The Dark Between the Stars again? Why?

    Maybe, I do find Kevin J Anderson a bit repetitive. When reading his books you can often speed read a whole page because it includes no new information, just a rehash of back-story from earlier in the book of from a previous book in the series. By book 7 of the Seven Suns Saga I had got quite adept


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Shorten it down - not the audiobook so much, the original story. Everyone must be getting paid by the word...


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

    He's consistently good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I'm rooting for Exxos


    Any additional comments?

    Where are the Wentals?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
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    "Good book well read"

    Good follow up to Seven Suns saga. I am Desperate for the next book in this series now and hopefully it be the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • carl
    7/7/14
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    "A truely epic book"
    What did you like most about The Dark Between the Stars?

    a great follow up to the saga of seven suns saga


    What other book might you compare The Dark Between the Stars to, and why?

    the saga of seven suns saga


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the destruction of the lava planetoid


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You thaught it was over, its just begun


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for the next book in the series, Anderson is a great author/ storyteller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barrie Moxon
    yorkshire UK
    8/22/14
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    "great book"
    What did you like most about The Dark Between the Stars?

    the format of the book, jupping from one storie to the next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    just a great listen


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

    more feeling out of the reader


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

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Can not wait for book two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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