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Publisher's Summary

At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself.

On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!

While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.

From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.

The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins!

©2010 Valmore Daniels (P)2014 Valmore Daniels

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Narrator ruined the book.

This narrator had some fun sound effect trucks that I hadn't in any previous books, but that didn't make up for lack of tone changes for characters, the the overly enthusiastic inflection while reading what should have been serious scenes, and making each character seem like they only had two emotions. This book would have been better if I read it myself, but the content of the story is still lukewarm. Nothing like The Martian or Synchronicity War.

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Could have been better if

I struggled with this one. The book excessively flowed a huge amount of technical facts which could have been better if the narrator was more involved in the story. Very dry, and read with intonation of a ten year old boy. Yes, even the gruff adults. Most memorable moments? The author was telling us about the feelings of a young boy crippled, walked with a limp and the onlookers oggled him as they passed by. But the narrator said the onlookers googled him as they passed by. Yep, Big boo-boo.

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New angle on the alien-coming-to-earth theme

I enjoyed the listen.

It had a unique take on the alien theme combining ancient earth cultures

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Mismatch of narrator vs. book

While the story is very intriguing, the narration is lacking fervor.
Narration is rather flat and lacks interest. the narrator has good ability to differentiate the characters however the storyline narration sounds like reading textbook history.

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Sound at chapter change enough to drive me nuts

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No The annoying sound at chapter beginning is awful (distracting)

What did you like best about this story?

Plot and story ok but drowned out with horrible new chapter sound

Would you be willing to try another one of Dave Wright’s performances?

Only if the new chapter sound is not there

Do you think Forbidden The Stars needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It would be nice, but I will not try unless awful new chapter sound is gone

Any additional comments?

Remove new chapter sound!!!

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Good Story, Irritating special effects

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

Don't buy the audio book, but buy a print edition. The story line is good except for too many details on measurements. Listening to strings of numbers being read over and over is boring. The "squeal" between scenes hurt my ears and had me dreading the end of a scene. The computer text read as "head in a bucket" was hard to follow. Possibly, a preteen kid might enjoy the effects.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No particular favorite.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Squeals and "head in a bucket" computer output.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Forbidden The Stars?

Detailed lists of numbers and formulas. I am a physicist and it was too much for me.

Any additional comments?

Buy the print edition. You skip the irritating special effects and can scan over the boring numeric details.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful