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The Heart of Matter Audiobook

The Heart of Matter: Odyssey One, Book 2

On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space.
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On her epic maiden voyage, the NAC spacecraft Odyssey introduced Earth to the wonders of an untouched universe - and the unimagined horrors lurking in the black. Now the Odyssey’s second voyage will carry Captain Eric Weston and his crew back to a familiar battlefield, to face an enemy unlike any they have ever known. For on war-torn Ranquil, homeworld of Earth’s newest ally, the Priminae, the invading Drasin are but foot soldiers for a powerful unseen force. Unmasking the mysterious puppet masters means defying orders and venturing into deep space, a voyage only the Odyssey’s crew would dare undertake. But soon they will learn that some secrets are better left hidden....

Part old-school space opera, part modern military epic, The Heart of Matter is an exhilarating new sci-fi adventure, a pulse-pounding sequel to Into the Black: Odyssey One that will echo long after its thrilling conclusion.

©2012 Evan Currie (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Matt Maryland Heights, MO, United States 02-12-15
    Matt Maryland Heights, MO, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Really well thought out science fiction."

    I like smart sci fi. Nothing takes me out of the story faster than poorly considered "super science" or weird nonsensical economies that detract from the feeling of a well considered potential future. The setting of these books feels cohesive and smart. The action is well described and plotted and the narration is solid. Some of the characters are a little thin, but they play their parts well with basic sketches to tell them apart. Mr. Darcie does a nice job with subtle accents to further bring the characters to life.

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    TERRENCE P DUGAN Mansfield, TX, US 01-07-15
    TERRENCE P DUGAN Mansfield, TX, US 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "NACA ODYSSEY STRIKES AGAIN!"

    Moves the story at a well measured and engaging pace. On to the next installment! Good job well played Eric

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    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 09-05-14
    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Action packed"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of Matter to be better than the print version?

    I really liked the book. I found my self listening to it all day, and everywhere. I am hoping that the series will continue. It is brilliantly written with the right amount of technical information.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were believable. The hero of the book wasnt some whinny person second guessing himself all the time. He made a decision and stuck with it and in some cases hoping for the best. And it turned out good.


    What about Benjamin L. Darcie’s performance did you like?

    some of the charaters seemed to whine when they spoke. And Benjamin everyone that listen/ Reads Sci-fi knows what a HUD is you dont have to say H.U.D everytime it was, making me crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward for the series to continue

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    08-28-14
    08-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Edge of my seat!"
    What did you love best about The Heart of Matter?

    Suspenseful


    What about Benjamin L. Darcie’s performance did you like?

    Great consistent performance


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

    Had my on the edge of my seat while I was driving!


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    Alex 06-21-14
    Alex 06-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad writer"
    What did you like best about The Heart of Matter? What did you like least?

    The battles were well thought. I didn't like the way-too-long interruptions during battle narration. It makes me loose the mood and forget what was happening.


    Would you recommend The Heart of Matter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It would bore them.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator totally fails to build on the inertia of the action. Thrilling battles and short countdowns are ALLWAYS interrupted by REPETITIVE, long and irrelevant attempts to describe states of mind. It completely disengages the reader and breaks the suspense.
    Half an hour of stupid side comments for every few seconds of countdown? Come on...
    I think the writer tries to build suspense but it just bores you down.


    Do you think The Heart of Matter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?


    Any additional comments?

    Good story. Poor writing.

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    Ted Scottsdale, AZ, United States 05-23-14
    Ted Scottsdale, AZ, United States 05-23-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid rock climber and adventurer. Lover of sci-fi and Action-Adventure. Advocate of revolutionary thinking.

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    "Boring style of writing, particularly the battles"
    What would have made The Heart of Matter better?

    Instead of telling the reader what to think and describing the action sequences by narration, the author should have provided more dynamic interaction between characters. I simply could not maintain interest in the story, because it was too much reading about what happened instead of experiencing it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I found the first book in the series to be adequate, but not spectacular. This one was much less satisfying, to the point that I finally gave up on it nearly half way through. I simply didn't care what happened . . . which is NOT like me. I will turn to some classics such as Asimov and Walter Miller.


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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-05-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 05-05-14 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "Really has SF but not bad enough to be good"

    I liked the first novel in this series for the battle sequences. But his volume was tedious. If your going to read it skip immediately to Chapter 28. That's where the action starts and you won't miss a thing. This author uses every SF cliche out there. Almost to the point you start chuckling.

    The worst is the constantly changing effects of the technologies to make the scenes more exciting. An glaring example was when the human ship was tracking the enemy ship through space. The humans had the advantage of instantaneous travel but for some reason they could barely keep up. It made no sense. The book is filled with these. Sometimes a weapon blows a ship to pieces with ease. Later the same weapon hits it three times and barely damages it.

    There is also a lot of filler such as a ten minute explanation on how a persons computer consul operates by soft touches. You see my point.

    This book is drivel.

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    Tanya 04-30-14
    Tanya 04-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't Wait to Read the Next One"
    If you could sum up The Heart of Matter in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding, Riveting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very imaginative and he has brought into science fiction something new and different. It is totally different from anything I have read in science fiction and it is totally believable.


    Which character – as performed by Benjamin L. Darcie – was your favorite?

    The Captain


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

    Yes, couldn't put it down.


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    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14
    Carrie Turner Salt Lake City, UT United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Battle, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat..."
    Would you try another book from Evan Currie and/or Benjamin L. Darcie?

    Maybe. He can write well. I enjoyed his book one "Into the Black". Problem with this book is the repetitiveness of one battle after the next that doesn't really add plot in my opinion.
    The book even went into depth of training for a battle. The plot that existed was good, but there was very little of it between the constant battles.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Black Prism by brent weeks. My favorite categories are sci-fi and fantasy. Moving on to this because I LOVED the night angel series so I am going to try his lightbringer series.


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a decent narrator. I would say I liked his narration. He didn't distract from the story. I have 150 audible books so I have been through narrators I liked more and less. Benjamin held is own quite nicely though. I would listen to him again.


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

    when it actually had plot, the plot was very good. I will keep it vague so I don't give away spoilers, but I liked the details about central. Also the ending had some nice information revealed.


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    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-14
    thomas charlotte, NC, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.

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    "Enjoyed It!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart of Matter to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Solid, military Sci-Fi with some larger scientific and political elements thrown in - good story.


    Have you listened to any of Benjamin L. Darcie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought he did a great job, I enjoyed his approach to the material.


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

    I found the discussion of matter and the way it comprises the universe and can be manipulated to be fascinating. This book comes with a mini physics lesson, which is interesting and enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I will read he next book in the series...

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