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Chris Duemig

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Great story idea, poor execution.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

I listened to Solitude quite excited based on the storyline. It’s a fresh sci-fi idea and a welcome one, but the story has several major flaws that make it hard to listen to. Multitude is also a good storyline but suffers the same flaws. Angela is a physicist and an astronaut but the writer constantly makes her sound dumb and immature. NASA apparently has no quality control and every turn in the entire book starts with, “Oh shit!” from either character. The story is very easy to predict and you will know what’s happening far ahead of the characters which is frustrating. At times it seems the author never read the script out loud to see if it sounds like what two people might actually say aloud.

With all that said, much head shaking and frustration I did buy both books and will buy the third. It’s a good storyline, but I wish someone would have proofread it for scientific, engineering, and conversational accuracy.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Six books in and still good!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

If you’re looking at this you’re already invested in the story. Alanson’s universe has plenty of room to explore and he’s not rushing the story. If you liked the other books, keep on going!

Enjoyable yet too easy storyline

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The story is an original with fast action and good character development. The narrator starts off slow but does a good job at voicing the story. It’s enjoyable to listen to but I have several issues. The story is far too easy, every struggle a quick and positive outcome. The science of the story could have been researched better though I can suspend some disbelief in that regard. Overall an enjoyable listen but most definitely won’t be on my must read list and I may only listen to the next in the series if I can’t find a better.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Refreshing Sci-Fi

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I’m not sure how many space operas and military sci-fi books I’ve listened to but it’s quite a few. Planetside is a refreshing shift from the majority. It’s not about two civilizations slugging it out or technological wonders of the future but a story of investigation that happens to be set in space. Perhaps it’s due to RC Bray’s narration but it reminds me quite a bit of the surly humor and style of Andy Weir. R.C Bray’s narration lacks in variation for each character but he always makes up for it with perfect timing and a voice they is easy to listen to. Overall a must read (listen) for me.

68 of 73 people found this review helpful

A short but solid start to a good space series

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

At 6 hours long the first book was completed in an afternoon. This is my one complaint. Other than that it’s a solid book and a good series. It’s not very inventive in the universe it creates but is well written and perfect quick entertainment. Ive listened to several in the series (which are a little bit longer at about 8 hours each) and have no doubt I’ll buy the whole series. This won’t knock your socks off but it’s solid sci-fi space war entertainment and well narrated.

I wish I could rate it better

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Would you listen to Solitude again? Why?

No, Currently I'm half way through the book and have had to put it down twice. I'm really having a difficult time with a female astronaut, mission commander, and physicist constantly saying, "Shit, shit, shit!" Some of the science and reasoning has gaping flaws and believability is stretched making it difficult to listen.

Would you be willing to try another book from Dean M. Cole? Why or why not?

Yes. The story was a good idea and character development was pretty good. I'd give him another shot.

Any additional comments?

They story is a great idea and quite compelling. I would imagine others might not have the same pet peeves as me and would enjoy this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Outstanding fast paced battle sci-fi!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

The story is the best I've heard since the Lost Starship series. Excellent character development and multiple story lines to keep the listener off balanced and engaged. MacLeod Andrews is one of the best orators on audible. His spot on accents and inflections bring life to the characters and make it easy to distinguish even in fast action. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Similar to The Lost Starship

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

The story is very reminiscent of The Lost Starship. I won't give away the plot but the author did a good job with character development and basic storyline. The explanation of the story line gets quite confusing seemingly intentionally when it didn't need to be. The end of the book also seemed quite rushed reminding of a movie that's run low on the budget reserves. It didn't take the time to fully develop the wonder of it. I was certain through 3/4 I would immediate purchase the series but I'm no longer sure. Overall still a good story but nowhere near the Lost Starship series to me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great performance, good story, ok characters

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I would recommend this series to scifi readers. The story is not groundbreaking by scifi standards but is enough to keep me interested. My annoyances are with the character development. Most characters sound the same with different names. I barely know the main characters names. He also repeats phrases quite a bit "He cursed under his breath". And talking bouncing breasts of every woman they meet, etc. This is minor but annoying. The performance is outstanding. Full accents, dramatics, pauses, well done.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful