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  • Fluency

  • By: Jennifer Foehner Wells
  • Narrated by: Susanna Burney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,610

NASA discovered the alien ship lurking in the asteroid belt in the 1960's. They kept the Target under intense surveillance for decades, letting the public believe they were exploring the solar system, while they worked feverishly to refine the technology needed to reach it. Dr. Jane Holloway is content documenting nearly-extinct languages and had never contemplated becoming an astronaut. But when NASA recruits her to join a team of military scientists for an expedition to the Target, it's an adventure she can't refuse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fluency is anything but fluent

  • By D. Backshall on 07-15-17

This is barely sci-fi.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-15

First up, I liked the narrator. Good work, good voice.
Spoilers ahead.

The story, however, I found really annoying. Poorly researched. Irrational and petty characters. Throw in a few cliches. Tech introduced merely as a story convenience rather than with any coherent planning. I wanted to see them all die in an explosion, but unfortunately I missed out.

This is a romance, mills and boon, bodice ripper, that happens to be set in space. But only 1 sex scene.

This is a story of trained astronauts who break rules and act like dicks. And then get infected with a virus that makes them act like dicks.

This is a race with scheming enemies who use nanotechnology to kill. But they only program their sneaky bots to kill 1/2 the species on board ship.

It's okay if you suspend disbelief and don't think too hard I suppose. This story just annoys me.

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