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Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,080 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws.

Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

Along the way, the Mobius crew crosses paths with the Black Ocean's vilest scum, from pirate fleets to criminal syndicates, and most law-abiding scum, including Earth Interstellar Enhanced Investigative Organization, ARGO high command, and the Convocation of Wizards.

Time and again, riches lie just out of reach, because for all the talents Carl Ramsey and his crew possess, they've also got an outlaw's greatest weakness: a conscience. 

Galaxy Outlaws is a collection of all 16 Black Ocean missions chronicling the adventures of the starship Mobius and her crew, along with six short stories. This series is the perfect cure for the Firefly Season 2 blues. It's what you'd get if The Orville took place on Serenity, or if Star Wars had wizards instead of Jedi.

©2017 J. S. Morin (P)2018 J. S. Morin

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Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

Wowza. This is one huge book collection. 87 hours is three and a half days. That is like starting on Monday and finishing on Thursday with no breaks. That alone makes it worth the singular credit that you spend on this massive tome of excellence. Oh, did I say excellence? Yes, indeed I did.

Let me Start off with talking about Naramore's narration. I've gotten to know him pretty well from the Sensation series by Kevin Hardman. I have long respected his work, and to be frank he is the reason that I found this book. I was looking through other books he had narrated, and found this baby. I was interested when I saw it was a complete collection, then I read the description and thought, "Holy Crap, this is right up my alley!" Then I saw how frikkin long it was was and realize what a steal I'd be getting. I said, hmmm cool story, Naramore, and days worth of listening. So I couldn't pass this up. Naturally, Naramore lives up to my expectations. He brings each character to life from the wiseacre captain to the drunk mechanic. You will really get to know them by the end of this book. When they are gone you will wonder where your friends have gone, because you will have logged some serious time. Enough time that you will feel like an honorary member of the crew.

Now as for the story, Morin brings this to life to a point that you will feel like the crew and their exploits really happen in a galaxy far far away. Of course you'll feel that way when you see they have a space wizard. That not withstanding this has more of a Firefly feel to it than anything else, since they are smugglers but in the same breath I could call this the extended crew of the Millenium Falcon sans Han and Chewy. Every character is interesting, and has a great back story that comes out during the series.

I will say that the writing is great, and there is action aplenty, and many a close call for the crew to narrowly avoid (sometimes not so unscathed). The plots are fast paced, and riveting in that they will really hold your attention. My problem was I had to keep shutting down, and not wanting to do so. It was hard to find a break or lull that I could happily quit for the night and not wonder what was going to happen next.

This is a wonderful series, and it is well worth the single credit it takes to buy it. I can't stress how fun and exciting the series actually was for me. If you like sci-fi or have the smuggler's blues then this is the series for you. This is for fans of Firefly, Star Wars, Star Trek, and even BattleStar Galactica. You will not go wrong with this series. Don't miss out!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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85+ Hours Of Grand Galactic Outlaw Hijinks!

And YOU think that you've got problems? --- Try having your three time ex-wife and former Marine as your ship's pilot, an oversized cat who's always looking for a fight as your security officer, a four handed alcoholic as your engineering officer trying to keep your patched together ship running, a naivete former priestess out to reform you and your crew of their evil ways, and the galaxies most notorious and wanted WIZARD as your not always so loyal crew who really don't take your position as Ship's Captain all that seriously. All as you just try to FINALLY latch onto that Big Payday while avoiding not only The Authorities, but the nefarious Major Corporations, Alien Empires, Crime Syndicates, Space Pirates, Wizard Assassins, and your own conman parents! = A Whole LOT of fun filled action packed adventures with a host of interesting characters in a very well imagined universe.
JS Morin has created one GREAT series, and Mikael Naramore does an EXCELLENT job of bringing it all to audible life!!!

DO NOT PASS THIS ONE UP!!!!

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Far more than I expected (and not just the 80+ hr)

Before I picked up this 80+ hour behemoth, I read a lot of reviews. Even the ones who claimed that it was substandard, said it was a great deal because they got 30 hours into an 80 hour series.

I'm going to go against half of this.

It's an amazing deal, even if you only get 30 hours into it... this is true.

But I'm going to go on record by saying that although this isn't A+ material, and I say that with all love because I really did enjoy this story, it averages at B+ (which isn't bad!)

Even better, that's an average. It does start off a bit awkward (but better than a lot of other audio books I picked up over the years), it has a small slump, in my opinion, around the 30 hour mark, the last half (and this is a FORTY HOUR HALF) is white good.

The author is an amazing world builder, and his characters are truly worth rooting for... even the not-so-friendly ones. ;-)

The narrator put so much life into these characters, it's hard to believe it's actually one person playing all those voices. Every character is extraordinary individual, and the voice acting is incredible.

My advice to you:. Get this. If you stay for the whole 83 hours, you will agree with everything I said above. It was well worth the ride.

if you only get half way through, it's still the best deal for an audio book I've ever seen.

And if nothing else makes a difference, I have listened to well over 200 audio books in the past 5 years:. this is the very first review I've ever written. It mattered.

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Great Story

These books are fantastic. hope you buy this big pack before any others. Unlike me. Kinda screwed on that one. But supporting the artist is the best thing I suppose. I really hate how this compilation is organized. Its broken down into 8 packets to download, and they are all in the middle of books. Its really jacked up. wish they had made it one giant packet.

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Epic episodic adventure, over 80 hrs of fun

Although inspired by the TV show Firefly, this space opera isn't a knock-off or fan fiction, it's an odyssey in space, full of characters to love and loathe, annoy and entertain through scores of adventures. It's the most value in hours of entertainment that I have ever gotten out of a single credit. My only advice would be not to binge listen too heavily, although the story as a whole progresses throughout all 83+ hours, it is a slow progression and if you listen to too many missions in a row it may seem a little repetitive in themes and character reactions. That aside I enjoyed the ride immensely and the only reason I noticed the repetition is because I didn't want to stop listening until I reached the end. So spend that credit, it's worth it (and no one is paying me to say that or anything) and then strap in and get ready to embark on an epic journey across the galaxy.

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An example of things that could have been.

What do you get when you combine a talented voice actor, an excellent premise, and a Firefly-esque atmosphere?

A book that should have been a lot better.

Don't get me wrong, it's not bad. There are parts that are genuinely good. Some amusing, some touching, some entertaining... but not as many as you'd expect. Of the 85-odd hours this book (series?) spans you're going to genuinely enjoy about a dozen of them. There are some likeable characters, there are some interesting characters, and there are some silly characters. Some of them grow and progress, others simply exist to fill out roles in the story. The characters all have that well-worn feel of familiarity however, and that isn't necessarily a good thing.

The pacing is odd, some parts get glossed over with little regard to events. Others draw out endlessly for no real reason. If you watched Star Trek: The Next Generation and thought the plot was complex and well thought out, you'll find this just to your liking. If you thought the plot was thin in spots with plot holes you can get lost for a fortnight in and as predictable as a Japanese train... well you'll find more of the same here.

All this may sound harsh, but the point is there was such a possibility here. The universe and concepts in it are excellent (if you ignore the giant holes and accept things as they are) but the big issue is that there wasn't more done with it. It's like entering a cooking show where the goal is to make the best macaroni and cheese and you make the box stuff and throw it on a plate in front of the judges. It's not bad, and will certainly do in a pinch... but it could have been much better with just a bit of effort and originality.

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Firefly but better

I really enjoyed this series. During the 50+ hours of these stories I kept thinking this is just is as good if not better than the Firefly series. At the end, the author even states that these books came about due to the abrupt end of that fantastic tv show. Even with some minor editing issues, I still give this 5 stars. The worst part of this book is that its over for me and now I have to find something new...

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What a great find!

Other reviews mentioned that this was somewhoat like the TV show "Firefly." "Okay, I liked that show . . . the home spun flavor of a cozy space craft crewed by a bunch of misfits - an old fashion western set in space." So if "Galaxy Oulaws" was like that, then I will probably enjoy it. But it was the whooping 85 hours of listening at the price of 1 credit that sold me. But other than the basic set up of a roaming space ship - this is not "Firefly" - this is much better. I could hardly "put this audio book down" so to speak. It is just nice to find something that is way more than I was hoping it would be. The characters are just great - fleshed out - so quirky and so funny. The word that just comes to mind when I think of this audiobook is Fun!.

It is a bit on the mature side with some swearing, some sex references, etc. Normally, I don't care for that in a book but here it is handled discreetly for laughs - I would call this a PG 13 book for the most part. And the narrator is real good Highly recommended.

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An Engaging Simple Read

What made the experience of listening to Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5 the most enjoyable?

I found this series to be a very enjoying, simple read. It has a nice scope of concept that I found very easy to engage with and very easy to listen to while I went about my usual responsibilities in life. That is something I really value in an audio book. While not as epic in scope as some other works out there for anyone who enjoyed Farscape or Serenity you will enjoy this omnibus. I have recommended this to my brothers and father.

What did you like best about this story?

What I enjoyed most was Mort! The magic system is pretty cool and his character development is great. He's kind of a barbarian Technomagus.

Have you listened to any of Mikael Naramore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to his other works.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Dark Magic, Dark Science and The Deep Astral..."

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Okay story

Any additional comments?

So far I've gone through 20 hours of this audiobook. I hate to disagree with other reviewers, but, this is not "like" Firefly. The ONLY thing it has in common with Firefly is: it's one ship with a bunch of misfit crew stuck together. That's IT. The story is okay, and I always enjoy listening to Mikael Naramore. If you can get past the one sanctimonious religiosity bulls*** character it's... okay.

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  • B.Watson
  • 05-08-18

Great story, loved it

This was brilliant. Really love it. The British accents need a bit of work in my opinion but wasn't even close to enough to spoil my enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic.

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  • lee
  • 05-17-18

WOW!

This series has been my listening life for nearly 2 weeks and now it's over... I'm not sure what I'm going to with myself! It definitely fills the gaping hole left by firefly but also leaves you wanting more.

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  • Marie
  • 02-12-19

This narrator should NOT try accents! 😂

I'm only on the 3rd book in the series but I'm struggling to keep going. the narrator is great with US accents but should stick to that. If he can't do anything English accent, why or earth did he attempt south African!?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-18

Amazing.

For anyone who loved Firefly, or just loves space pirate type stuff! Gonna listen to this straight away. Again. From the beginning. I'm sad it had to come to an end!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-18

simply amazing

loved the narrator love the author.. outstanding all round.. please hurry up with another epic... SOON...!!!

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  • Solomon Roller
  • 03-25-19

When are they going to make this a tv series?

What a great series! I loved every sector and could not stop listening. The narrator is very good at story telling and helping you distinguish between characters with the ability to change his voice. This has become my favorite!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-24-19

A Really big bang for your buck !

Great stories, great Characters and with Mikael Naramore the best narrator you could wish for in this 85 hour long tour de force.
I Enjoyed every minute of listening …… Deserving five stars and then some !!

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  • craig f.
  • 03-22-19

Utterly Fantastic

This was my first audio book. I didn’t know what to expect. I was drawn to it from my love of space faring sci-fi. From playing the video Game; Elite Dangerous. And from the link to Firefly.
As soon as narrator Naramore began, I was hooked - his talent for bringing Morin’s amazing characters to life was astounding. His vocal tone was perfect for what was to become an epic journey through “The Black Ocean”
I listened, in the car on my way to work, relaxing in the bath and pottering about the house and garden doing chores.
The cast of characters were extraordinary, with plots to match. I can’t rate this highly enough. Well done J.S. Morin and Mikael Naramore, together you’ve created a masterpiece. O7

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  • Smudger444
  • 03-21-19

vrilliant

this has been a craze SiFi but brilliant. its set a new level in listening. thank you. most enjoyable.

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  • Scott
  • 03-19-19

Just Amazing

It’s so easy to get to know the characters in this book. 84 hours later I’m left wanting another 84.

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  • Richard
  • 06-26-18

Loved it all.

Great stories with rich characters, good humour and excellent narration. Love Firefly? Han Solo? Pratchett? Guardians of the galaxy? You’ll love this.

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  • Charles
  • 03-20-18

Story is out of order

I have the set of books and the chapters are out of sequence. I have messaged both the publisher and the author, neither have replied.

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  • phoebe
  • 02-11-19

unfortunately not as advertised.

Unfortunately these books do not deliver. Being simplistic, stereotypical and superficial. A blue eyed & naive nun taps into her wild side? So uninventive.
It doesn't hold a candle to firefly, star wars or the other excellent examples of the sci fi genre. It can be a comfortingly easy listen at times, the general pace of story is good and plot lines improve slightly as you work your way through the books..

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  • Matthew
  • 06-22-18

Fantastic

You can really tell where this series gets its roots from. The first book felt like a Firefly fan fiction but after that it finds a life of its own. Fantastic characters and world building. Would be interested to see more books set in the Black Ocean.

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  • Valentino
  • 06-17-18

Best Narration ever..!!

The narrator goes above and beyond to deliver what is one of the best series available on Audible. .

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  • David
  • 06-03-18

Great listen

Fun, light escape from the world. Enjoyed the use of magic, and interaction between magic and science. Characters were also very engaging. Can’t get better value for money with number of hours included either!

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  • Matthew
  • 06-02-18

I cannot recommend this series enough

To say this series had me engaged and excited is an understatement. The structure is sometimes almost episodic giving it a sence of progression even when only focusing on a few of the charters.

Naramores performance is the best I've heard. He delivers clearly differentiated voices that suit there characters well. Not once was I tired of his performance in all 83 hours of the collection.

This collection is also great value!

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  • Brenden
  • 05-25-18

Loved this, got me out of my sword and wizards rutt

Getting tired of wizards and swords. Galaxy outlaws is a nice venture into future sci-fi. Think guardians of the galaxy but with an old school fire and brimstone wizard.
Really enjoying it, do yourself a favour this is a bargain 60+hours keeping me wanting more

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  • Rob Budden
  • 04-07-18

You have to read this great series

A great series great premise and characters. Really good narration worth a read. try it

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  • Douglas
  • 03-25-19

Masterful story and narration!

Loved the size of this story and Mikael the narrator has to be one of the best with his range of characters. From Mort's harrumph to Marie's snarl he had them all so real it was hard to believe that there weren't six actors in the sound booth with him!! Get it. Brilliant value and fantastic entertainment.