Quarter Share is the first of Nathan Lowell's Trader's Tales, detailing the journey of Ishmael Horatio Wang ("call me Ishmael") from a raw, qu..Show More »arter-share, green newbie on the Solar Clipper Lois McKendrick, to the owner of a trading ship himself.
Quarter Share is not high adventure, but quiet pleasure. No one is in great peril, no wars or murders or shoot-em-ups happen. So if your tastes run to MilSF, this probably isn't for you.
What Nathan Lowell gives us is a a _good story_. One we can listen to and enjoy. Jeffrey Kafer's narration is good, with no over-dramatization and good pacing -- much in the style of the author's own reading of the book earlier as a podcast. Highly recommended, and I can't wait for the rest of the series.
Already heard it Paid for it anyway It's that good
I listened to the free podcast version narrated by the author. I liked it so much I paid for the audible version. Nathan Lowell is really a great ..Show More »narrator. His podcast versions convey a sense of emotion that made me feel like I was really getting the intention of his stories. Jeffrey Kafer brings his own flavor that agrees with the authors reading. Now I am waiting for the rest of the stories.
Adventure, not much danger but a story about a young man finding himself through work and building himself a life. Small if any drama. Some romance...Show More »r/> Not for people who want there daring do and fighting, or great drama. This story has a lot of feel good things happening. I particularly enjoy the decision making and building himself up. I like how everyone seems to want to help everyone else out, with a few rare exceptions. I like how he tries hard and gets rewarded for it. Others I know wouldn't enjoy this book because of the lack of down and dirty hard luck, bad times and heart wrenching realism making you reevaluate life. I like it because of that lack. Makes me feel happy. Easy listening.
Now in his 30s Ishmael has to confront problems in his marriage and other problems not related to sailing a solar clipper. Overall, older Ishmael is..Show More » a slightly more interesting and convincingly matured character, but the story is therefore slightly more character development and slightly less swashbuckling. I recommend the series, but would strongly suggest reading the books in order.
While each book got better I was and am appreciative of the way the full story unfolded in such an prepossessing manner, the authors narrative manner ..Show More »made for a simply irresistable tale....and one which I wish would continue for at least another dozen volumes in the manner of RiverWorld......