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Publisher's Summary

Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He’s also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble.

Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that’s not counting an occasionally telepathic spy....

Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They’re risky and they don’t pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception - and save the galaxy in spite of himself!

©2012 G.J. Koch (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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The new Hero of Space

Be ready to laugh till the tears come. Nap's nobility shines thru even though he trys to hide it. Great story with a lot of action and a cargo of laughs.
Andy Caploe really captures the flavor of the book.
Only down side - no sequals as of yet.

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Hilarious!

This book is funny enough that I could have laughed throughout most of it - except that the narration was so over-the-top dramatic and serious. Narrator did a good job with the voices, but the rest of the story - all the same - sloooooowwwww and dramaaaatiiiiiiic. That would have been great for parts of the story, but not for ALL of it. I still enjoyed the book, but the narrator made it hard to get going. Once I got used to him, I ignored him and enjoyed the story. Make sure to listen to the sample!

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Space adventure !

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate went above my expectations. If you are looking for a space adventure with humorous dialog, and if you like Serenity, this is for you. The Narration was pretty good to.

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So bad...

The reader was melodramatic, and that's as positive as this can possibly get.
Predictable, unlikable, stereotypical characters with nauseating dialogue. Couldn't even finish this one. I've seen better writing in bathroom stall graffiti. Avoid at all costs.

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This is probably the single worst "novel" ever

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one

Has Alexander Outland: Space Pirate turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Andy Caploe’s performances?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None, even the story line was poor and the writing style made it impossible to get into it.

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If there were a Rotten Tomato's edition for books, this one would be right up there. I'm not sure if the author was trying to be cute or capture a story telling style of the 40's or 50's, but this book makes the dated style of even the Lensmen Series look up to date and non-gender biased.

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Alexander Outland: Space Pirate

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'd enjoy the story line a little more if Outland didn't always think about getting laid.

Has Alexander Outland: Space Pirate turned you off from other books in this genre?

I got the book because of the story line. I'm sure others are a little less Dice Clay ish.

What aspect of Andy Caploe’s performance would you have changed?

He sounds like Andrew Dice Clay from Ford Fairlane and the writer makes it a combination between the Rock and Roll detective and Space smugler.

Was Alexander Outland: Space Pirate worth the listening time?

Getting past Alexanders horny-ness and the Dice Clay swag, it's a good story. Alexander started with a crew Hot gunnery officer, and mechanic. and an old man with a secret identity. Gathering to his crew as the story grows, he gains to his crew a mind reader that cooks and became a cook, co pilot robot made by his mechanic and the ships artificial intelligence was put in her/robot, and a soldier that had royalty history.

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I like adventure, this has adventure. I don't mind some comments on how hot the gunnery officer (Slinky), but to always toot his own horn on how much women love his sex even though they want to punish him. Alex is just a male slut just like the Rock and Roll detective. While something hot is working for him.

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  • Niall
  • 02-06-13

Amusing sci-fi action space opera

Don't get me wrong, Koch is no Douglas Adams, but this is a likeable, amusing sci-fi story which takes the idea of a character like Han Solo and runs with it. Personally, I'd ship out with Captain Outland over Solo any day, he's got the better crew and gets into funnier situations.



Essentially, Alexander Napoleon Outland is a rogue with a woman in every spaceport (usually several women in each one), despite the fact that the one he really wants is his weapons and security officer. She's called "Slinky" and I think that covers everything we need to know about her (though she's brighter than the name might suggest). Together with Randolf, their ultra-nerd mechanic, and "The Governor" they get dumped into a situation where they must outwit a pirate armada bent on taking over the galaxy. Of course, that's not a problem, but it's the getting there that's the fun part.



Oh, and along the way they pick up a copilot who happens to be a converted sexbot, a spy who happens to be a brilliant cook, a military officer who happens to have a universal communicator, and a self-aware scanner. You'll get the hang of it.

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  • tim
  • 10-04-13

poo

What disappointed you about Alexander Outland: Space Pirate?

biggest pile of poo I have heard ,thought it would get better,but sadly wrong

Would you ever listen to anything by G. J. Koch again?

no

How could the performance have been better?

read something different

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Alexander Outland: Space Pirate?

prologue to epilogue

Any additional comments?

none

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