Year 2076. The colonization of the solar system has begun. Engineer Jeff Baker and exobiologist Nicole Price find themselves on an exploratory mission. Destination: the Jovian moon of Callisto. As the two are about to land, however, their ship is compromised by a malfunction of its electrical system. Having reached the surface without serious damage, they are startled by the sight of an unknown spacecraft. It appears to have crashed. Baker, an expert in space flight mechanics, explores the ship and realizes it's like nothing he's ever seen before. He suspects there are only two logical explanations: it's either some secret government project or the ship came from another star system.
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The story might have been good. But I couldn't get past the reader. He sounded like an 80 year old man who hadn't gotten new glass in 20 years. Instead of reading a sentence at a time, he read one word at a time. And he emphasized the last letter of the last word of each sentence for an extra 3 seconds. I gave up after 20 minutes. I couldn't take it any longer. I returned the book.
Reading is a passion and an obsession.
This the first story in a science fiction trilogy.
I am unsure if I liked this book or not. I have mixed feelings about it.
This audiobook is narrated by Fred Wolinsky. Unfortunately, I found his narration to be extremely off putting. Although he read the story clearly, I found the slow pace of his speech and the drawl in his voice to be rather grating for my ear. I found myself switching off the book often to listen to something else, in an effort stop myself from grinding my teeth in irritation.
I normally do character breakdowns in my reviews. However, although I enjoyed meeting Jeff Baker and Nicole Price, I found them and the other characters to be rather one dimensional and lacking the spark that would have made them come alive for me.
The story is told through several points of view. It started off strongly; I love the description of the crashed spacecraft on Callisto's surface, the suspense of who the owners were had me sitting on the edge of my seat. Unfortunately, the story began to go down hill from there. The captain and crew of the Nabira (sorry, not sure of spelling) ship that rescued Jeff and Nicole, and their mission, felt a little dis-organised and had me feeling confused. There are also several unresolved loose ends that promise to be revealed in the later books.
I love science fiction, but this book left me feeling confused and dissatisfied. Although this book is only two hours and forty-seven minutes long, it felt longer. I love it when a book grips me and this one, sadly, did not. I am not sure I will continue with the trilogy in audiobook format if the same narrator will be used.
J.A. Hawkings has written an intriguing start to a science fiction trilogy. I cannot say for sure that I loved his writing style, as I found it disjointed and confusing. This, in my opinion, also affected the flow.
I cannot in good conscience recommend this in audiobook format, but suggest you give the print form a go if you love space operas or science fiction. - Lynn Worton
I honestly do not know if I would have liked the book if I read it in print so to not be unfair I am giving the writer the benefit of the doubt and giving him a 3 * rating.
The narrator of this book is so bad that I honestly cannot recommend this audiobook to any audiophile.
I do hope this is simply a matter of the narrator personally not working for me but I honestly doubt it.
As for the plot. I found it disjointed but it is probably because I switched off the book every few minutes due to the narrator.
Despite the monotone performance I was sucked into the story. I plan on getting the next story. This book left a lot on the table. I should wait and listen to other reads of the performer, I only rated performance a 3, but, by the end of the book I thought doing much better, maybe it was me getting used to style🤔
"Disappointing space saga"
Worst reading of a book that I have listened to. Very disjointed gave up half way
Unrelenting by Mike Shepherd read by Dina Pearlman book 13 so far a Chris longknife novel a very good space saga thoroughly well narrated
Very disjointed, did not able the listener to bond with story. Very unemotional telling of story
Story started to be interesting but the narrator spoils the listening
Don't use this narrator again, I certainly will not listen to a book narrated by him
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