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Alien Worlds Audiobook

Alien Worlds: Colonial Scouts, Book 1

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Trapped in a wormhole!

The Colonial Scouts are an elite group of explorers who seek out habitable planets for the Colonial Expansion Board. They travel through space via programmable wormholes.

Impani, a brilliant girl with a dark past, dreams of escaping the streets by becoming a Scout. Because she is homeless, she feels she must study twice as hard to get into the program. The day before her final exam, however, a transporter malfunction sends her jumping uncontrollably from planet to planet. Although the error could be corrected from inside the wormhole, the Board decides she is too young to understand that level of tech.

Will she prove them wrong? Or will she die on an alien world?

©2016 Roxanne Smolen (P)2016 Roxanne Smolen

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-04-16
    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-04-16 Member Since 2016

    If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "Very Interesting Concept"

    I thought this was a decent story with an interesting concept. I did find the technology to be a bit confusing, and the characters could have been a little more realistic, but this was an overall good story with some VERY creative and unique writing. The overall creative thought of the author is excellent, but I hope for a few improvements in the next book of the series (which I will very likely buy).

    The story centers around two cadet colonial scouts. This program sends two individuals to another world via a wormhole technology (that I didn't completely understand). The two scouts then survey the area for resources, threats, and notable plant and animal life, then return to deliver their findings. On a training mission, two cadets get stuck in a constantly jumping wormhole that sends them to planets in rapid succession. Facing constantly different environments and threats, the two cadets must work together to figure out what is going on and how to survive.

    Narrator did a good job in this book. It's always good when the narrator can switch between male and female voices effectively.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    mollyt 08-11-16
    mollyt 08-11-16
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    "Fast-paced sci-fi"

    Smolen's story is rapid fire and her characters are believable and sympathetic. The descriptions are detailed enough so the listener can truly see them, but still give the imagination room to grow. Impani and Trace are teenagers who are intelligent and resourceful, but still are vulnerable in an appealing way. The concept of the impellic rings is fascinating, and the author gives enough of a grounding in science to make it believable. It is sci-fi at its best, and listening to it gives it an immediacy that I liked. I also like that I can take the book with me in the car or walking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 08-10-16
    MJ Hollywood, MD, United States 08-10-16

    MJ

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    "Interesting Concept"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As I listen to books while doing other things, yes, it was time well-spent. Quick listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jennifer Fournier?

    Possibly. As this is the first book I've listened to narrated by her, I think her style of narrating would be better suited to another genre.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. As an adult, I do enjoy some YA novels, but I felt it was geared to a younger group than YA, or at least the younger age range of YA. Interesting concept with the uncontrolled jumping from one planet to the next, and the inhabitants that they encounter on the different planets is unique. The narration was fine, other than her style did not seem suited for this genre and there were a few times where I had trouble distinguishing between speakers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J 09-05-16
    J 09-05-16
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    "Review for alien worlds"

    The book may be interesting for very young readers. In my opinion no one over the age 10 would be captivated. The idea was a good one but didn't carry it off very well. The characters were not developed enough for you to care about them. The constant 'I love you, I hate you' that went on between the main characters became repetitious and boring.

    The jumping from place to place was the same each time and made me want to fast forward.

    The reader did a good job of making a humdrum story seem interesting enough that you believed something better was coming, but not interesting enough to want to sit through the next book of this series.

    This audiobook was given in exchange for a review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Hallett 08-27-16
    K. Hallett 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start, but imaginative worlds"

    I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest review of it. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It started slow, with very little character development. The storyline seemed mediocre at best, but as I listened, the two main characters came into clearer focus as backstory was disclosed. The author uses vivid detail in describing the worlds. Each world the team bounced to was unique. The ant world was the best developed. I would have liked to hear better description of the purple natives. I found it to be rather vague. There is also mention of other scouts ending up on the final world, and their belts being kept. Why did they keep the belts? Where are those scouts? Are they all dead? If so, how? I questioned the admittance of the main girl into the scout program, as she is very reckless throuout. I would have thought she would have been kicked out early, even though her ideas are good. There seems little explanation of this. Overall, it turned into an enjoyable listen, although the audio faded out some in places, which I found odd. I will give the next book in the series a chance to see if my questions are answered. I love YA books and would recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Kubier Moore, OK 08-25-16
    Patrick Kubier Moore, OK 08-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An Interesting Sci-Fi Story"

    Alien Worlds follows the story of young cadet scouts. The cadets are going through an academy to become colonial scouts for the government to further space exploration and expansion. The story is very interesting and a different take on young adult sci-fi, which does have a slight love story, if you want to call it that.

    I felt the writing was of a good quality and that the story progressed at a very nice speed. Some things about the story were irksome (how the characters acted for instance) however, I feel that it was appropriate due to their age in the story.

    The narration was good, but not great. There were 'different' voices, to an extent, for the various characters, however, there were also long pauses or odd sounds coming through the recording at various times.

    Overall, I do like the book, I think it will be a promising series. I look forward to completing said series as well.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    szyqbriteyes 08-24-16
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    "Action-Packed But Disappointing"

    I love seeing a woman/girl as the lead protagonist in my sci-fi/fantasy reads. So I really wanted to like this book. The concept was solid, even if some worlds were a bit predictable. There was plenty of action while the heroine (and hero) tried to get home after a disastrous failure during a cadet training exercise.
    But for my money, characters drive a story forward. Unfortunately, character development lagged far behind the action here. As written, the cadets were so child-like and immature that it strained the credibility of the book as a whole. If this was an e-book I'm not sure I would have finished it at all. I wouldn't seek out another installment.
    Which is why I have to give a shout out to the narrator, Jennifer Fournier. She gamely kept up a consistent pace without ever sounding rushed and did a solid job differentiating the many thinly drawn characters, young and old. Her narration was the best thing about the book.

    This book was given to me for free in exchange for an unbiased review through Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melisa 08-21-16
    Melisa 08-21-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Fast paced, not bad"

    The story moved at a fast pace (maybe too fast) and was interesting enough. It ended rather abruptly but it's part of a series so that wasn't completely unexpected. The characters seem much younger than the 16 and 17 year olds they are supposed to be, despite the fact that they are being sent to strange planets as scouts. Most of that was due to the way the narrator read I think. The narrator sounded like she was reading to very small children most of the time, over emphasizing everything. I usually enjoy YA and honestly this is not bad but I won't be getting the next in the series. Preteen girls would be a good audience for this, I think, but not older than that.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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    Sarah JS Fort Collins, CO United States 08-21-16
    Sarah JS Fort Collins, CO United States 08-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting technology"

    I am the mother of two young adult women. As such, I am clearly not the intended audience for this story. I agree with a couple of the other reviewers that this book read on the quite young end of the YA category.

    The impelic ring technology was original. The failure of that technology on Impani's and Trace's final scout mission and its repair was the most interesting part of the story in my opinion. I found the characters rather flat. There was the "orphan girl who needs to learn to trust in her own abilities," the "seeming bad boy who has a heart of gold," a bully, and a true friend. Character development was primarily exhibited in the two main characters learning to trust one another and so share more of their own personal histories.

    The narration was capable. Fournier certainly read the story with enough interest to keep up with the fast-paced story line and to hold my interest. There were a few sections of dialogue in which it was hard to determine which character was speaking.

    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 08-20-16
    Janet Pinehurst, NC, United States 08-20-16
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    "Imaginative Non-stop Adventure"

    Impani and Trace, Cadets in an scout academy, find themselves stuck in the final exam from Hell. Expecting a routine scouting mission in a semi-friendly world, they are forced to quickly adapt to new environments when their wormhole transport goes wonky and they are rapidly moved through a fantastic series of unfriendly planets. More importantly the two competitive and prickly teens, who don't like each other very much, need to learn to work together for survival, not only dealing with hostile environments with no food and limited water, but analyzing the malfunction that has them in a pickle in the first place. Fournier's nicely inflected and well paced narration moves the action quickly, Plot, writing style, and characters make this a fun listen for preteens and younger teens. I received a free copy in return for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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