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  • Interstellar Mage: Starship's Mage

  • Red Falcon Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ian Gordon Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Captain David Rice has a new ship, a new crew, and a new set of Jump Mages to carry him between the stars. All he wants is to haul cargo, make money and keep his head down. His past, however, is not so willing to let him go. An old enemy is reaching out from beyond the grave to destroy any chance of peace or life for Captain Rice - and old friends are only making things more complicated!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible narrators

  • By Andreas on 01-04-18

Good Book, Mediocre Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-18

If you are going to have multiple narrators then it would probably be better to have it sound like they are talking to each other instead of reading prepared speeches at each other.
Despite the lack of coordination between the two readers, the story itself shines through. Though maybe pick up a text copy instead of the audiobook.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

Good Story, Horrible Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Koban, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

No. No no no no no no no.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In a world where book narration is done in the movie announcer voice, Patrick Freeman leads you through a space opera about humanity's first contact with an alien species while making the journey about as enjoyable as dancing barefoot on broken glass.The narrator places peculiar emphasis on words that don't need emphasizing. His voice is grating an nasal, at times he uses unnecessarily elongated S sounds (even when not voicing one of the aliens). He often ends sentences by making it sound like he's asking a question. He does manage to do well on the dialogue, but every other word that flies from his lips is like a dagger in the ear.

Any additional comments?

The story itself is a good one, which makes me sad that I can't actually recommend this production. Definitely listen to the audio sample before purchasing the audiobook. If you can tolerate Patrick Freeman's horrible performance then purchase it. Otherwise, definitely buy the physical book and enjoy it without the headache.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful