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  • Battle Cruiser

  • Lost Colonies, Book 1
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,066

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Hero

  • By Don Gilbert on 12-26-15

Somnambulant

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. They would have to be a Sci-Fi nut like me. I will listen to anything, once.

Would you be willing to try another book from B. V. Larson? Why or why not?

I have read B.V. Larson, Starfire, and strangely enough it had the same narrator. I listened to a clip, not the same guy in my opinion. I hope the hero of any further B.V Larson books has a few more street smarts.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I had to look up the spelling for my headline to make sure I spelled it correctly. That is the perfect word for the narrator. It sounded like he was sleepwalking and so did all of his characters.The hero of the book was upstanding, honorable and as about useful as a military leader as a sack of books. Not doubt he was based on the for God and Country type that lead the "Charge of the light Brigade. It was all I could do not to call him an idiot out loud while I was in public.

. will have to listen to the clip of anything I see his name on to make sure he is awake from his long winter's nap.Sigh!

Was Battle Cruiser worth the listening time?

It was 12 hours. It helps a long commute

Any additional comments?

The story was fine, it was just the main character's actions and portrayal that set my teeth on edge. Unfortunately, the smartest and most battle wise person in this story was the Beta, Shi. Who knew, she was supposed to be plodding and slow.

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  • Colony

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Tabori
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Island One is a celestial utopia, and David Adams is its most perfect creation - a man with a brain as advanced as any computer and a body free of human frailties. But David is a prisoner - a captive of the colony that created him - destined to spend the days of his life in an island-sized cylinder that circles a doomed and desperate home planet. Thousands of miles below him, a world trembles; its people cringe in terror and despair in anticipation of an impending apocalypse. And fate has cast one extraordinary human in the role of savior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex Classic Sci-Fi Thriller -- Must Read

  • By GH on 09-23-13

Could have benefited from an editor's red pen

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

I read the reviews before purchasing. However, none were obviously made by a woman or a person of color. I have read everything Ben Bova has written and have been a Science Fiction fan since I found used paperback version of "I Robot" in a desk drawer 30 years ago. However, I found I had to skip about 5-6 chapters detailing the race war and rapes in the cities. The plot was implausible and assumed that the revolutionaries were idiots without a plan. There was no explanation of their actions except murderous intention and no attempt to show them as anything more than caricatures This was not the worst. Once our heroine "Sherherazade" met the hero she turned from the revolutionary leader and light of the PRU to a simpering female who could be overcome by her lover grabbing her and planting a big one. He did everyrthing except grab her by the hair and drag her into the cave, YUK!
Somewhere near the end, the character become something more than cutouts. However, I found the resolution simplistic and naive. I won't even begin to talk about the narrator.
Every character sounded like an old " geezer". He would do better a a member of an ensemble.
Well, I am off to find my next selection.

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