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  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling and satisfying underdog space opera

  • By Elliot on 12-22-15

Gripping story, masterfully written and performed

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Once I started listening I couldn't stop. I burned through it in 1 day. Warship is a great beginning to the trilogy. The book has just the right balance of action, intrigue and character development. I just wish it were longer. I can't wait for the next in the series.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • With the Lightnings

  • RCN Series, Book 1
  • By: David Drake
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, David Drake
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 451

Daniel Leary is a lieutenant in the Republic of Cinnabar Navy with no money and no prospects since he quarreled with his ruthless, politically powerful father. Adele Mundy is a scholar with no money and no prospects since her family was massacred for conspiring against the Government of Cinnabar. Kostroma is a wealthy planet which depends on diplomacy to stay independent in a galaxy whose two great powers, Cinnabar and the Alliance, battle for supremacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master and Commander in Space

  • By E. Atkinson on 01-17-09

Very slllllooowwww start, but really throttles up!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Drake spends the first half of the book developing the hero & heroine characters. I started to skip to another series, but I'm really glad I stuck with it. Once the shooting starts, it's non-stop. Looks like I'm spending the next couple of months on another multi-book series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Earth Awakens

  • The First Formic War, Book 3
  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sets the Stage for Ender's Game

  • By Chuck on 06-23-14

This Prequel is Better Than the Ender Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-26-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is paced perfectly and the performance is the best I've experienced on Audible.

What other book might you compare Earth Awakens to and why?

Ender's Game and the entire Ender Trilogy. Orson Scott Card is a masterful writer who blends character development and action in just the right proportion.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performers of "Earth Awakens" turn the novel into a very real theater of the mind.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to it all in a single sitting, but it took three days for me to find the time.

Any additional comments?

This (and all books in the Ender's series) is the best Audible has to offer.