• Full Share

  • A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 3
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,118 ratings)

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By: Nathan Lowell
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
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If there was ever a time to "Trust Lois..."

The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.

Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship, and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he's been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader's Tale.

©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Creepy misogynistic comments ruin the story

I found Nathan Lowell's writing via a recent book The Wizard's Butler. I loved this book and recommended it. There were a few creepy-guy moments in the story, but I overlooked them. Last week I binged on the Smuggler's Tales series and really enjoyed them. Then I listened to Quarter-Share, very good sci-fi slice-of-life story telling, then I listened to Half-Share yesterday - which took a strange turn to sexualization of the female characters and an immature and painfully awkward writing of the main character. I read the reviews for this book, Full Share, to see if the author got something out of his system and got back on track with Full Share. Apparently not. I am only at the beginning of this book and he has already shared with his female boss the image of his co-worker in a dog collar and leash working on some slimy sludge cleaning with him and then we get to hear his thoughts as he watches his female boss walk away from him. Enough. I already bought the next book and will be returning that. Not sure if I will ever return to reading any of Nathan Lowell's books. I don't read science fiction for a perverted middle-aged man's thoughts to be shared. We have to put up with creeps in real life - I'm not spending my time and money to do so for entertainment.

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Feel good series

Adventure, not much danger but a story about a young man finding himself through work and building himself a life. Small if any drama. Some romance.
Not for people who want there daring do and fighting, or great drama. This story has a lot of feel good things happening.
I particularly enjoy the decision making and building himself up. I like how everyone seems to want to help everyone else out, with a few rare exceptions. I like how he tries hard and gets rewarded for it.
Others I know wouldn't enjoy this book because of the lack of down and dirty hard luck, bad times and heart wrenching realism making you reevaluate life. I like it because of that lack. Makes me feel happy. Easy listening.

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Ishmael Wang heads to a new chapter in his life.

"Call me Ishmael" is kind of the running joke of this series, which centers on crewman Ishmael Wang of the interstellar trading ship Lois McKendrick. This book is a transition book, as Ish goes through a huge life altering change at the end of the book, moving on to the next phase of his adult life. As with the other books, this is a very charactercentric book, since there are no battles, no aliens, just the characters.doing their duties on a trading ship. There is an emergency onboard that could have caused disaster, but the excellent response by the crew saves the ship from disaster. The characters are what make this series, and they are excelletly drawn out, with snappy dialogue, real human emotion, and a story that draws you in. As always, Jeffrey Kafer's narration is top notch, really bringing the characters to life with his warmth and snark! Any fan of sci fi should enjoy these continuing stories of Ishmael Wang.

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Im not into that Romance, sappy stuff

I enjoyed the problem solving of the Ship going thru the EMP, and the process of creating a computer program to visually see the cascade.
I liked how they got the crew member to change his work behavior by having the ship talk with him.
I liked the update to the astro plotting from cut&past to auto fill..
I could do less with the romance

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Classic Character driven Sci-Fi

More in the musing style of Heinlein than the action / event driven modern vogue, Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper series starts slow and lets you get to know the characters and setting naturally. Wonderfully engaging, one of the few series I revisit every few years.

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One of my favorite authors

To date this is yhe only book i have ever read to make coffee brewing exciting. I love the series and im happy it is coming to audible.

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meh...

it was okay, nothing special. I have to have minimum 15 words to submit review.

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This series is like reality television in print.

First off, I think the author does a magnificent job of character development and making his characters relatable...but,...the story doesn't go anywhere. There's not much in the way of escape value for a science fiction fan. I read the first two books because they were free and the third via an 85% off sale. I can't see myself paying for the next book because the characters just aren't interesting enough for a fourth book.

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Predictable and ownright cheesy

This story line has progressively degraded as the books “progress.” This one was so bad I was barely able to finish it.

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great series

second time for this series. gets better each time. waiting for time to buy. first time was podcast read by Mr lowell.

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  • Bob
  • 09-26-21

Entertaining - more of the same

Jeffrey Kafer does a good job of performing distinct characters and emotions.

The pros first. Here we have a shipboard crew story in space. The workaday feel is good. The almost mundane nature of separate departments is accurate from seagoing experiences. There is a sense of adventure and problem solving. The ship feels light and habitable. Some of the jobs are smelly and dirty.

Now the cons. No one has an off day. There are no difficult people that Wong cannot get along with. No bullies, no annoying jokers, no impatient or sharp supervisors. This is not a normal workplace. There is one lazy person and everyone gangs up on him.

There is no interpersonal conflict. Nor do the departments compete for resources. This is all fine
if you suspend disbelief.

Lastly - the unlikely. Ishmael seems to be exceptionally bright. He is likeable and women seem to fall into his arms. As well as exuding sex appeal he is good looking and fit. Then he is also incredibly lucky in his associations. Galaxy famous tailor? - Ishmael is invited in where appointments are limited. Senior ship staff put themselves out to keep him on board to the extent one wonders if they have any other tasks in work.

Put all that aside and this is an easy listen.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-07-17

Absorbing

Having now been completely hooked on this series, I’m finding it very difficult to put the book down, as evidenced by getting through 3 books in one week!

This series is a true listening experience and I thoroughly recommend it; it is well worth the one credit.

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  • Dawn
  • 09-02-16

Excellent Listen

I was so excited to get back to Ish and the crew. What a fantastic series this has been.

However, this was a great listen. There's so much going on here, with a new crew member coming aboard and the uncertainty of Ish losing his place on the ship. This novel defo has a much sadder undertone, and Jeffery did a fab job as usual, with all the characters and especially the woman, it amazes me how much each person really has their own twist and voice. I am in awe of what narrators do. But the amazing writing, and drinking and food also still makes me want to drink more coffee and find out how to make spicy beefalow :)

I really did enjoy the full journey though, and the fact that Ish and Bev get together is just perfect, I wondered of the three who he actually might end up with if the opportunity arose. At most points through this book, I kept thinking, come on, I'm routing for him... the ship and almost dying, wow, really great writing and really awesome deductive work from Ish and the crew to get to the bottom of that problem. A mystery I Was happy to follow, as I was with the problems they were having with the new crew member CC.

I was looking forward to the next one, but now I'm not so sure. And I have to say, I think the only thing with it that's bothered me is the preview chapters and then subsequent wanting to skip the first few in the next new book. I also got a taster of the next book, (book 4) before I cut the off switch. And I'm sad if there isn't anything really written of his academy days, I mean to skip 4 years of his life... seems a huge switch. Maybe it will work or not, but sigh. I really wanted to see what happened there too.

I am very much still looking forward to hearing the next book and following on with Ish and maybe Pip and Bev.... guess we'll see when I get there.

Thanks for the great entertainment this week already pre ordered the next :)