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The Spaceship Next Door Audiobook

The Spaceship Next Door

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Publisher's Summary

The world changed on a Tuesday.

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while.

Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

Sixteen-year-old Annie Collins is one of the ship's closest neighbors. Once upon a time she took every last theory about the ship seriously, whether it was advanced by an adult or by a peer. Surely one of the theories would be proven true - if not several of them - the very minute the ship decided to do something. Annie is starting to think this will never happen.

One late August morning, a little over three years since the ship landed, Edgar Somerville arrived in town. Ed's a government operative posing as a journalist, which is obvious to Annie - and pretty much everyone else he meets - almost immediately. He has a lot of questions that need answers, because he thinks everyone is wrong: The ship is doing something, and he needs Annie's help to figure out what that is.

Annie is a good choice for tour guide. She already knows everyone in town, and when Ed's theory is proven correct - something is apocalyptically wrong in Sorrow Falls - she's a pretty good person to have around.

As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn't know it.

The Spaceship Next Door is the latest novel from Gene Doucette, best-selling author of The Immortal Trilogy, Fixer, The Immortal Chronicles, and Immortal Stories: Eve.

©2015 Gene Doucette (P)2016 Gene Doucette

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    FJB 09-06-16
    FJB 09-06-16

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    "I loved it!"

    There is so much to like about this book.

    1) The characters. Oh, they were so much fun to read about, especially Annie. I want to have at girl over for a movie marathon.
    2) The story. It is a scifi book and it is more than a scifi book. Kept me interested the whole way through.
    3) The humor. That was an unexpected delight. I found myself laughing out loud and giggling through several passages.
    4) Rated PG. Yep, a scifi book that kids can read. There was an innocence that permeated the story. I felt like I was watching a movie with my family, and we were all enjoying it without mope having to cover my kids' eyes and ears.
    5) The narrator. Oh. My. Goodness! Steve Carlson can voice act his socks off! His reading style caught me up into the story so well I would find myself looking around to make sure I wasn't actually in the story myself. And he captured the humor with just the right delivery. So well done!

    More, please Mr. Doucette!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy A 10-03-16
    Nancy A 10-03-16

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    "A space-ship lands in a small town..."
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    What a fun book. I love books that are full of interesting concepts and ideas.

    I expected the usual, spaceship invades, chaos ensues... This was different. Spaceship invades, nothing happens, until it does. The reason nothing happens is both interesting and important. When things do happen, it's also for both interesting and import reasons. I'd give a plot summary, but I don't think I could do better than the one listed without giving something away. I must say that I love the idea of a spaceship that lands and does nothing and it and the accompanying military guard simply becomes a weird footnote in the small town.

    The other reason why I like this book is that the characters make sense. They are often forced to deal with difficult and weird situations, but they deal with them in ways that I could see happening. The characters feel real, they each have their personalities and motivations I don't think I ever hit a place where I felt like they acted only to serve the plot. At the same time, the plot was well thought out and moved forward at a good pace (when I read a review or two online, a couple said that the plot bogged down a bit in the middle, maybe because I listened to the audio book version, but I didn't feel that way).

    Speaking of the Audible version, Steve Carlson did an excellent job reading this story. The characters were given a lot of life and each had a distinct voice, not always an easy thing to do, especially when the cast of characters include teen aged girls, government agents, space-ship watching kooks and more.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It's a good read and planted some good ideas to think about.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Shields 09-04-16
    Ken Shields 09-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Good & Funny Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Spaceship Next Door the most enjoyable?

    The story is very clever and it's very well written. I could relate to the characters and they spoke and acted in a way that made them believable. I guess maybe Amy was a little over the top, at times she reminded me of a young Einstein but her wit and sense of humor are very similar to mine and I really enjoyed her character.


    What about Steve Carlson’s performance did you like?

    I thought Steve was fantastic! He brought the characters to life! He also reminded me of Casey Kasem a little.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure how all these different genres would work together, but they did, and it turned out pretty terrific!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott W Warnock Willits, CA USA 10-11-16
    Scott W Warnock Willits, CA USA 10-11-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Hard to stop listening..."

    I rarely write reviews, but this was one of the most enjoyable books I have listened to. You know that when you miss the characters in the book, once you are finished, it was a great book. This was that kind of book. Thank you Gene Doucette!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lorriee 10-03-16
    Lorriee 10-03-16

    Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.

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    "A book for young adults."

    It's probably written for the level of 7th graders to possibly 10th graders. An okay story, with questionable science - I would not recommend it for adults or those who are looking for a plot for grownups.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    bagster Bellingham, wa 09-08-16
    bagster Bellingham, wa 09-08-16 Member Since 2012
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    "enjoyable"

    I did enjoy this book, I do beleive it is meant for young adults. At least that's my impression.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PORTLAND, TN, US 10-15-16
    Amazon Customer PORTLAND, TN, US 10-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Fun Book"

    What a great time I had listening to this book. Gene Doucette has a wonderful sense of humor and Steve Carlson's timing of this humor made me laugh out loud more than five times at least. I'm 50 and enjoyed it and sent it to my 13 year old daughter because I know she will too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert F Fuller 10-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a surprisingly great book"

    I didn't have time to look through my reading glasses so I just grabbed this and took a chance and I'm certainly glad I did very entertaining book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Paso Robles, CA, United States 10-01-16
    Christopher Paso Robles, CA, United States 10-01-16 Member Since 2014

    I love to read a well written book! Audible has made my life ever better by having process that allows me to enjoy a good book on the road!

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    "Very fun book"

    This is a well written book with a great new fresh idea for a story. What puts it over the top is the narrator. Well done!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josh Johnson Louisiana 09-26-16
    Josh Johnson Louisiana 09-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining"
    If you could sum up The Spaceship Next Door in three words, what would they be?

    A very enjoyable scifi story that does not take much thinking but the plot works well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It moved right alone and I did not loose interest.


    What about Steve Carlson’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job.


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

    Sometimes it was a little difficult to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for entertainment not for intellectual enrichment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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