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The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1 | [Stephen R. Donaldson]

The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.
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Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.

But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.

In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.

©1991 Stephen R. Donaldson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 10-18-12
    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2011

    Sloths!

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    "The Real Story"

    I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.

    This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.

    You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.

    Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 01-06-13
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 01-06-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Super Start!"
    Would you listen to The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict again? Why?

    I can't believe I missed this five part series. But, to be honest, its likely because I didn't want to pay the price for a six hour Book-1. Maybe I've learned a lesson about quality versus quantity (or maybe the price for the 1st book should have been discounted more).


    What other book might you compare The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to and why?

    I would compare this story to the Dune series. Maybe this because Scott Brick also narrated the Dune series; but, the writing style is also similar.


    Any additional comments?

    I already know I'll listen to the whole series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David West Chester, OH, United States 12-09-12
    David West Chester, OH, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Galactic Adventure into the human condition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to be better than the print version?

    the unabridged version is as good as, or better than the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict?

    The conflict of Angus and Nick at the space station canteena, the secret message and instruction to Morn.


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

    Yes, and I feel this is one of his signature performanes. I look forward to more programs read by Scott Brick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Gritty Reality of Humans in Space


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book back in the early nineties and had hoped there would be more stories to follow. This is an adult adventure that Disney cannot touch, I hope they don't touch. The only way to have this story made into any visual narration, would be to have the Japanese anime masters develope a series. (See Ghost in the Shell or Akira) Then again they wouldn't do it justice either. I look forward to listening again, but not too many times, I don't want to get burnt out on this story as i did with Bladerunner and Star Wars: A New Hope. I look forward to the next four stories. The Gap series still needs to have the fifth book, with Scott Brick, for me to add to my growing library. If I can discover another space adventure, it will have to stand up to my comparison of the Gap series, as my standard of comparison.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-16-12
    Greg Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2006
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    "There are series you remember(and ones you forget)"

    I read this series years ago, but it is one that really impressed me. The characters are truely memorable. I have read so many series that many (most) tend to blend into the background, but this is one where you only need to mention "Angus Thermopyle" and anyone who has read this will immediately remember this flawed character. So disgusting and so interesting. I am really pleased that this is available on Audible now. This series is definitely rated at least R for the rather graphic depiction of rape and sex, but that is just part of the story. This is book one of a really great adventure and a story you will remember. You remember the characters of Angus, Morn, and Nick beyond the story itself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Serenity HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-14-13
    Serenity HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Serenity

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    "Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic."

    This is an interesting story: it goes beyond the common plots and ideas of sci-fi: alien race invades earth, or youth struggles to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopia, etc. He introduces three main characters and weaves them together in a deranged mixture of treachery, avarice and corruption that slowly changes over the course of the series: he teaches that appearances can be very, very deceiving.

    Donaldson grabs you and then hurls you deeply into the twisted and damaged souls of his characters.

    I love it...but it got to be just too much: too much angst, too much navel gazing, too much self recrimination; it almost became like a soap opera: a really deep soap opera, yes...but still....

    Scott Brick did a great job at narrating; he captured the emotions so well, that I actually got tired just listening to two of the books...not bored by any means: just tired. I still would recommend the book for a sci fi lover: but if you have read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, then you might know what I'm talking about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-13-13
    James Springfield, MO, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2010

    New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.

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    "Your So Vain, You Probably Think This Book is"

    ABOUT YOU, DON'T YOU.
    I'm not sure dark is the way to describe this. The whole book is just sad. Some woman must have dumped Donaldson pretty hard. He can't write music, so he wrote this.

    There is nothing to like about any character in this book. It's not a flawed character typed book, it is everybody is evil type book. I have racked my brain trying to figure out why this book was even written. It has no redeemable value at all.

    The only thing this book is good for is the style of Scott Brick. He fits it like a glove.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi Maple Valley, WA, United States 03-01-13
    Heidi Maple Valley, WA, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I read epic sci-fi and historic fiction, good non-fiction science, classic philosophy, history and little bits of what blows through my ears

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    "Annoying narrator, good characters, thin story"

    I am not a fan of narrator Scott Brick, he is melodramatic. Donaldson is perhaps over-enamored with his connection to Wagner, but the character development is satisfying as far as it goes. This series should perhaps be collapsed into three books instead of 5. This feels like a novella.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kentaka Eureka, CA United States 02-22-13
    Kentaka Eureka, CA United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a Humboldt County fez wearing uni-cyclist that listens to way too many audio books.

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    "A very dark series"
    What did you love best about The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict?

    Not for the faint of heart. Stephen R. Donaldson takes you to some very dark places and uncomfortable situations. I love a book that stimulates some kind of emotion. In this case revulsion at what is done to the main character. But overall I'm three books in and I have no idea where this series is taking me.


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

    Same excellent quality that you would expect from Scott Brick.


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

    Yes, being only six hours I finished this book in one day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilton lenexa, KS, United States 04-23-13
    Hilton lenexa, KS, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Recording issues"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I've actually read the whole series, years ago. It is EXCELLENT. Wanted to listen again. And you may think my rating is unfair, but trying to get audible's attention.. the recording is painful.. perhaps I am too sensitive to high-pitch hiss, but they "s"'s in every word, every sentence "sizzle" at both high frequency and volume. This is an audio recording or transfer problem that is know in the industry, although I forget the term. If you listen in high noise environments like me (for example my car) you have to play fairly loud to hear the softer words.. at a reasonable volume, this makes every "s" uttered in almost every word hiss and almost hurt... listen to the sample.. play a bit loud if you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to (especially with earphones)....

    I'm hoping audible could do some post processing and fix this?!?! I'd really like to listen, but don't think I will.. will probably ask for my money back. Also, the next book in the series is similar :(


    Any additional comments?

    Audible..Please fix this recording!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ, United States 12-04-12
    Michael LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Scott Brick is the MAN"
    What made the experience of listening to The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict the most enjoyable?

    Dark story, narrator


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Angus "Thermo-pile"


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick is by far my favorite narrator. He is almost too good for this book. The guy just plain rocks!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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