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The Phoenix Descent Audiobook

The Phoenix Descent

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Publisher's Summary

The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.

But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity's survival.

©2016 Chuck Grossart (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Bergerhoo 08-26-16
    Bergerhoo 08-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Clever take on EOW premise."

    I enjoy cleverness, and the author's idea on this genre was clever. I don't want to give the storyline away completely, but the end the ultimate evil doer felt awfully familiar to the villain in a popular movie series.
    As a father to daughters I have encouraged and enjoyed strong female characters, and I can imagine the main character in this book being written as such. It was very disappointing to have her read as a bitchy, and sometimes mean character. The reader always makes her interactions with others confrontational, but then her internal dialog calmer. She is top of the class, best in the world pilot without equal but is read as someone very insecure and without inner strength, whereas the male counterpart is the opposite. This is the kind of thing I did not want my daughters to observe. As I would read the dialog, I would put a lot less stridency to her comments which would give her a lot more strength to match the merits she brings to the story. Unfortunately there were many times I just did not even like her the way she was read.

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    Victoria Roberts 02-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "entertaining and different"
    What made the experience of listening to The Phoenix Descent the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book because it had a different plot line to a lot of the other books i've listened to in this genre. i liked the characters and i thought the narrator did a good job. another review mentioned her male voices weren't amazing, which is true, but it didn't detract from the story.

    there were moments where i found myself thinking ahead and realising the direction the story would take, but also a lot of unexpected twists.


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

    I very rarely get the opportunity to listen in one sitting, but it was a book that i looked forward to getting back to more readily than some of the other sh** i've listened to lately.


    Any additional comments?

    definitely worth a credit, and I hope there's a sequel.

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    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 02-18-17
    Lana Lee Plum PORTLAND, OR, US 02-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Experiment gone awry or lost in space"

    Interesting tale of a navy pilot becoming an astronaut to the first mission flight to mars. The characters entertaining and the description of the planet fascinating. Narration was good.

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    Jerid 02-17-17
    Jerid 02-17-17 Member Since 2017

    I love my two little girls

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    "Great simple read"

    Nothing crazy here just a good post apocalyptic Syfy read / Listen !!!!
    Great Narrator as well.

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    H. Woodward idaho 02-13-17
    H. Woodward idaho 02-13-17 Member Since 2014

    Leah

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    "terrible narration"

    this woman's narration was terrible. I couldn't get past the men's voices. it sounded like she gave them all the flu..

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    Steve 02-07-17
    Steve 02-07-17
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    "Nothing new"

    Story is similar to other books, movies, etc and doesn't bring any originality to the genre.

    Narrator made every character sound as if they were crying and it detracted from overall entertainment value.

    There could be potential for a sequel, but I won't be following this author any further.

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    Regulus7 02-03-17
    Regulus7 02-03-17
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    "It was on sale, worth the sale price..."

    Ok, end of the world... zombie apocalype and space traveling astronaut in a time warp... whats not to like about that list of Sci Fi subject matter? So just for the subset of ideas it was a decent 4 stars. It is written in teen fiction english so its a breeze to listen even at 2 or 2.5x speed and I found the story to progress evenly and quite predictably. But hey... it was on sale on a 2:1 books for credit so heck... why not.

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    The Kindly One 01-31-17
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    "a heavy disappointment"

    this book seems ok.. but the writer has no idea of ANYTHING. a fungus can take over the body seconds after being breathed in?

    the infected cant be stopped with guns? no way for bullets to simply chew the bodies apart?

    did humanity somehow forget how to use incedenary weapons? flame throwers, tracer rounds, dragons breath shotgun rounds, fuck tons of weapons with the sole purpose of setting shit on fire??

    it never even occures to the astronauts to compare star positions to see how much time has passed?? old cities are completely unspotable from space unless there are lights? the remains of cities not showing up on IR scans, despite the fact concrete absorbs and holds heat amazingly well?!?!

    god damn it you wanna write scifi learn some fucking science!!!!

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    Dan 05-26-16
    Dan 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and interesting look at a future"

    I enjoyed the story overall although I really hate characters that don't fit the roll they play, i.e. a military raised NASA space pilot who acts like a spoiled child in demanding things. anyone who made it into those programs would know how to be political not brash and offensive to everyone. If they acted like that they would never have been promoted, no matter how good they were. other than that I truly enjoyed the story.

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    gordon 04-21-16
    gordon 04-21-16

    gm2376

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    "Slow start but worth the ending"

    Sort of hard to understand and listen in the beginning but as it pass the half way point it gets better glad I finish it the story can continue on the story line would be nice

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