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The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.
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©1989 WizKids, LLC (P)2002 Listen & Live Audio, Inc. and the Cutting Corporation, Inc.

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    3 out of 5 stars

If you read the book first you will be fine

I have every Battletech book written. I like the universe that has been created. I was very excited to see Audible had a great Battletech series for download. I do however like unabridged stories. I was happy with the narrator, he did a fine job, I was also happy with the production,some sound effects and scene dividing music.

I however was not happy with the way they chopped the story. In my view they left out parts of the story that would be critical to explain the motivations of the characters. They also did not try to explain how the mechs worked, or even really what Mechs were.

I would be very interested to see hat a person new to the story, storyline would have to say. If Audible could get the Battletech stories unabridged I would buy them all. IF youare looking for a short piece to listen to, that does not require a lot of thought by all means get this audio book, but do yourself a favour if you like it... go buy the print edition and read that.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Jason
  • KCMO United States
  • 07-09-08

Incomprehensible if not a Battletech veteran

synaubrey: You get your wish.

I've never read any of the Battletech series. I grabbed this selection (the collection) because Defiance Audio was the producer and I loved what they'd done with the Deathstalker series. I'm a serious audio-book "reader" (I used to work in the industry); I own well over 500 and have read far more, around 2-4 per week. With that having been said, I'm REALLY disappointed.

The narrator is decent, the production is quality, but the plot is so severely abridged that it doesn't make an ounce of sense. Think in terms of the way the later Harry Potters and Eragon translated into movies: no exposition, rising action, denouement. Just action sequence after action sequence with nothing tying them together, no back-story, no character development, nothing. I've no doubt that they hit every major plot point in the book, but they don't relate them to anything, even each other.

Further, I can't help but believe that this is not the first book or story-arc in the series, so what little plot is exposed appears to simply pre-suppose the reader already knows what's going on. I'm a little over an hour in, I haven't the foggiest clue what anyone's motivations are, why characters are being beaten up for their professions, why these big power-armors are blowing one another up in asteroid fields, why it's significant that Character A is in a wheelchair or that Character B is joining some "Prince's Guard" (or even what said guard IS).

I give up. This abridging editor should be shot. I can list the number of audio books I couldn't finish on both hands (and with my count, that's saying something), but this is garbage, plain and simple. The book may be amazing, the series grand, but you'd never know it from this example. If you like high-quality sci-fi, go get Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon or Simon Green's Deathstalker, but pass on this one. Maybe if they re-release unabridged.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean
  • Litchfield Park, AZ, United States
  • 07-31-12

Poorly abridged

What did you like best about Battletech? What did you like least?

With MWO coming out soon, my mech passion was running hotter than an AWS-8Q after an alpha strike. I was looking forward to revisiting this series, but having trouble finding them in print I turned to this audible version. Poor decision.

The abridging in this series is awful. The vast majority of character development, lore, and political intrigue has been removed. Battle scenes are well done & Christopher Graybill does an outstanding job, but in the end it's just a black & white pencil sketch of this fantastic universe.

Off to the library for me!

Has Battletech turned you off from other books in this genre?

No more abridged versions of audible books for me. Sadly, at the moment that means no more audible Battletech.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle scenes on Twycross were okay.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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horrible butchering of the book

The audio book leaves out huge pieces of the original book. These pieces are vital to the story and plays out horribly with out them. I will not be purchasing any more of this series.

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Abridged version

Lots of details are missed because it is abridged. I read the books back when it was new. I wanted to use this while I drove to and from work. Love battltech but I would suggest reading the book you will get so much more out of it!

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For. 2002 copyright, this is potduction is so 1980

1980s that it hurts. probably aimed at a younger demographic than yours truly..but so cringey.

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Good book, fewer sound effects

I dont know why they felt the need to add laser blasts and explosion sounds, doesnt add anything. That said, its a good read and worth the time for any fan.

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a truncated form of the story

narration was good, but large swaths of the story were missing. this is an abridged version of the book and I sorely wish it weren't.

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Great quick listen!

Only reason it isnt five stars is I occasionally got lost with characters and who is who? otherwise its a great performance by the teller.

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Abridged...but good

excellent book, battletech is always good and a really fun listen. I really liked all the additional sound effect audio, but...abridged. very short

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  • Jeffrey Baker
  • 10-04-18

Good, if abridged

While I enjoyed this audio book, much of the world building and character development seen in the print edition has unfortunately been cut to keep runtime down. The core of the story remains, but much of the flavour is missing.

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  • Tarjinder
  • 12-18-16

lethal heritage

another great book by stackpole I love the battletech series and this book and the performance were all first rate

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  • Marcus Wischik
  • 12-07-15

Pew! Neem!

For me, the performance was marred by intrusive and overly loud special effects. They would, at times, drown out the narrator.