• Distant Thunders

  • Destroyermen, Book 4
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (2,162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

After the battle in which the men of the destroyer Walker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage Grik, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commaner Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy - an island-nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

With the Walker undergoing repairs, Reddy already has a great deal on his hands. For the Grik will return, and Reddy will need all hands on deck to fight them off when they next attack. But Jenks's uncertain loyalties make Reddy question whether he can trust the man. As tension between the Allies and the Imperials mount, Reddy will come to realize that his suspicions are not misplaced - and that a greater danger than the Grik is closer than he ever suspected.

Battle stations! Listen to more in the Destroyermen series.
©2010 Taylor Anderson (P)2010 Tantor

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Very enjoyable - could have used more action

If you have enjoyed the other books in the Destroyermen series, you will certainly enjoy this one. We reconnect with the crew of USS Walker and her allies 3 months after the devastating, yet victorious, battle with the Grik. Everyone has been very industrious since that battle and the first two-thirds of the book is effectively a tour of all the industrious things different groups have been doing.

The final third of the book finally brings some serious conflicts and setbacks (and battles!) that have made the series so enjoyable. The Grik are in the background for most of this story, though there is no doubt they will rise to menace our heroes again.

Overall I did enjoy the book, but it mostly felt like a bridge between the prior three books and future books. That was OK with me because I enjoy the characters and the "lost world" aspect of their surroundings. I do expect the next one to have a lot more action as all the allies' industrious activities on the home front get put into high gear.

The narrator generally does a fabulous job with the voices - certainly not easy with multiple human and non-human characters. Though I though his vocalization of "Larry the lizard" left a bit to be desired - though that certainly didn't take away from a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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Incredibly Detailed

Throughout this series I have thought the details provided by the author regarding all manner of things have alternated between overly tedious to wonderfully enlightening. He gives a complete background on minor characters and gadgets the characters have invented. However, I have come to really appreciate the details. In this installment of the series the destroyermens' relationship with the 18th century Brits is developing into a story of its own. I have written in previous reviews that Audible should make the illustrations and maps that are in the printed books available as PDF files for audio book fans. I went to the Audible website's chat site and made that suggestion to an Audible rep who said he would pass it along. I hope that the suggestion is acted upon for this series and all the other books that Audible sells. But back to this story. I am happy to note that the quality of the writing is just as high in this fourth book as it was in the first. The characters remain a source of inspiration for their courage and ingenuity. The author is now delving into one of life's great questions - what makes us human? This question is reflected certainly in the author's presentation of the Lemurian "people", but now he has opened that box regarding the Grik and other reptilian species as well. I am anxious to see how this plays out.

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Exceptional Series

Taylor Anderson has built a framework for a neverending story, because he has succeeded in building an alternate world.

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  • CK
  • 01-21-11

Enjoyable but..goes nowhere.

This is the 4th book in this series I've listen to, and although I have my complaints (very repetitive dialogue, somewhat silly story) they have been a fun listen. Distant Thunders: Destroyermen however was a bit of a disappointment. The previous 3 books build up to the climax, the climax happens, and finally wrap things up while setting the scene for the next book. Distant Thunder however, is all build up, with a side show attached, and it doesn't even wrap up the side show. I am still looking forward to the next book, but I really wish this one had a good story arch in of itself like the previous three installments.

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    3 out of 5 stars

I like this series alot!

I bought this book because books 1-3 were great! However, #4 was slow compared to other 3 books and some parts almost put me to sleep. Still, it wasn't a bad book. Just not Anderson's best

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Great!

Just as good as the first three!!

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this tale is startind to become boring...

I bought this book, because i enjoyed the previous 3, now frankly i am starting to get boring. It is like reading the previous 3 books, but with a lot less action. Also, it becoming tedious in developing and i think the author is losing the scope of the story and he is more worried about introducing more characters/races/species so he can continue writing the same tale. I think this is the last one for me.

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EXCELLENT BOOK

I love these books, cannot wait for the next book to come out. This whole series is fantastic.

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Great Sequal

Another great story. I am enjoying the series and the development of the characters. The naration is still excellent.

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Destroyermen - Book 4 not up to par

The first two were good, plot moved along very good, character development was good, battle scene were compact and well carried out, Book three was a little more contrived and forced. Book 4, to wordy and contrived, could not finish the books.

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  • terry graham
  • 08-18-22

Going Nowhere Very Slowly

Books 1-3 were quite worth a listen but Book 4 just drones on and on. I'm about 6 hours in and thinking of returning this drab 4th book in the series.
Maybe it might pick-up later but I'm not sure I want to waste the time finding out.