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Cold Welcome

Vatta's Peace, Book 1
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Series: Vatta Universe, Book 6, Vatta's Peace, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (473 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction with this installment in a thrilling new series featuring the daring hero of her acclaimed Vatta's War sequence.

Summoned to the home planet of her family's business empire, space-fleet commander Kylara Vatta is told to expect a hero's welcome. But instead she is thrown into danger unlike any other she has faced and finds herself isolated, unable to communicate with the outside world, commanding a motley group of unfamiliar troops, and struggling day by day to survive in a deadly environment with sabotaged gear. Only her undeniable talent for command can give her ragtag band a fighting chance.

Yet even as Ky leads her team from one crisis to another, her family and friends refuse to give up hope, endeavoring to mount a rescue from halfway around the planet - a task that is complicated as Ky and her supporters find secrets others will kill to protect: a conspiracy infecting both government and military that threatens not only her own group's survival but her entire home planet.

©2017 Elizabeth Moon (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-22-17

Suspenseful

I had read the Vatta’s War series and enjoyed it. I just discovered Elizabeth Moon has come out with an addition called Vatta’s Peace. "Cold Welcome" is the first book in the new series.

Kylara Vatta is a Grand Admiral now and is returning to visit her home planet of Slatter’s Key. Instead, her shuttle is sabotaged. Vatta and crew are stranded in the icy waters of the South Polar Sea. The story then changes to one of survival. This is a much different situation than I was expecting from a science fiction story.

The book is well written. The characters are intriguing. The plotting is great and the story is realistic. I remember Aunt Gracie and her fruit cakes from the first series. She is back in this story. The story has lots of intrigue and suspense. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

The book is fourteen hours long. Brittany Pressley does a good job narrating the story. Pressley is a singer, songwriter and voice- over artist. She has won several earphone awards for audiobook narration.

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Weak revival

I loved the original Vatta's War series, though there were a few discrepancies throughout the books and Ms. Moon went a little overboard with people's issues with Kylara's love life and it's impact on politics and her ability to perform her job. The new Vatta's Peace seems to be taking this ridiculousness to a whole new level. As a former member of the military I found the way the people who were stranded with her, especially a member of her own staff, behaved in their situation to be completely ludicrous. I know Ms. Moon is an outstanding author after having also read her Paksenarrion series so I am really hoping she will reign in some of the more silly plot devices as she continues the series.

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Moon great as usual​, add Pressley and WOW !

Fantastic to see The Vatta series continuing with Vatta's Peace. Character development through the series continues with this work and the Admiral's years of experience is portrayed in the story very well. The addition of Brittany Pressley as narrator was a masterful stroke. After this book, in my mind, she has become the voice of Kylara Vatta.

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Not What I Expected, but Not Bad

What made the experience of listening to Cold Welcome the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narrator's performance, and there were multiple story lines that all came together fairly well in the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess I liked the main character, Kylarra, the most. She was competent and able to keep a cool head through all the terrible things going on around her, and I identified with her wanting to get away from her old life by the end of the book.

What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

The characters all had distinct voices that I was able to tell apart, even though I forgot their names I could at least tell when different people were speaking.

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

I couldn't listen to a fourteen hour book in one sitting even if I did want to, I'd explode.

Any additional comments?

I was honestly expecting more wilderness survival. Spoiler alert, but they seemed to pretty easily find shelter that had exactly everything they needed to survive. Still, I enjoyed the story and most of the characters. The Love Interest Guy whose name I can't remember was a bit dull. I didn't really care about the corporate espionage element, because like I said, I thought the story would have more elements of people having to survive in the wild on a strange planet, but overall it didn't really detract from the rest of the story. What really interested me was where all the prehistoric animals on that "uninhabited" continent came from. I mean, cloning probably, but why? I'd be open to reading/listening to the rest of the series when it releases.

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Unimpressed

I had trouble suspending disbelief on many key elements. Foremost, that people would live on a planet for hundreds of years without bothering to explore a continent. The utter lack of curiosity by the main characters regarding mysteries in the story was frustrating. The characters lacked emotional depth and conflict. The end was rushed and cut off in what felt like the middle of a chapter.

The performance for the audiobook was also lackluster. The reader seemed only to have two or three voices which all sounded the same and rather flat and monotone. The performance did little to bring life to the characters.

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very disappointed with storyline

I am very dissapointed in the logic of the storyline. Ending poorly written and rushed

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Disappointing follow-up to a great series

I love the first 5 Vatta books. I've read/listened to them all almost as many times as I have the Paksenarrion books. Elizabeth Moon isn't the best with character development, but she is an amazing storyteller, and is fantastic with combat, action, and developing realistic settings and worlds, both fantasy and science fiction. The details of being a trader while fending off baddies are realistic and absorbing. It is so very, very easy to fall into her books. But after the glory of the last Vatta book, this one is disappointing. No outer space, no ships, almost no action other than a fairly typical Cast Away type of survival story. The bits of science fiction that appear are very Deus ex machina stuff. Only about half of the book is from Kai's perspective: rest of the chapters are either by her Aunt Grace (who used to be amazing, but has slipped into cliche), Robertson (who's just sort of there), and Raff, who is annoying and I wish was written out several books ago. He's there to "rescue" Kai and promote a completely unbelievable romance.

There's another book building on the story from this one, and as I purchased it before starting on Cold Fire, I guess I'll check it out. But if the story doesn't improve, Into The Fire may be the first Elizabeth Moon book I don't finish.

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Fantastic series

I have listened to this book three plus times and love it more every time. I recommend it to anyone that likes Star Trek / Star Wars type movies or books you will love this book and the full series.

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A good book.

great job Elizabeth Moon as well as Brittany Pressley with a perfect reading voice. 5 stars

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Cold Welcome, Is Luke Warm

What did you like about this audiobook?

I had waited for this continuation of the the Ky Vatta saga, and was some what disappointed. Did the voice actor, director, or editors not listen to the previous books. Multiple times the actress pronounced words differently than the original actress. I also missed some of the banter between Raf and Ky. The Climax really quite boring as well. I was left thinking overall the book is enjoyable, but left me flat.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narrator pronounced some words much differently than the narrator in previous books in the series. She also just didn't give me the same excitement I felt from the original narrator.

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  • Vanessa
  • 05-01-17

God, I've missed these books!

Elizabeth Moon is one of my favourite authors and I was most definitely not disappointed with this one. The story was very good and I badly want to see that under ground base and work out what or who built it! Just like the rest of the series there was plenty of action without overdoing the techno talk, good characters and more then enough left unexplained for another couple of books. Hope we don't have to wait to long for the next one. 😁

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  • Mr. G.L. Lock
  • 06-30-17

Too long for what happens

Well written, well performed but a poor story. It might have made a short story but this was way too long.

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