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Insignia

Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
Series: Insignia, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
4.5 out of 5 stars (340 ratings)

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More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom's drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone's been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he's offered the incredible - a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom's instincts for combat will be put to the test and if he passes, he'll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War III. Finally, he'll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom's always wanted - friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters - but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid's futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

©2012 S. J. Kincaid (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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YA Novel with Adult Appeal

I am an adult that was greatly entertained by this futuristic YA novel. There are some very interesting concepts within the story, and it had me hooked right from the first minute. The friendship interaction is great and held quite a few humorous moments that had me laughing out loud.

What you should know:
-This IS a YA novel and the complexity of the tale reflects that fact, but it IS a great story, and the young adult within myself enjoyed every minute of it!
-Well Worth the Credit, and I will be listening to this book again.

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Not what i expected...but no disappointment either

While i enjoyed this book it was unexpected, most writers would have followed the formula for a youth action adventure...not here, oh there were some parallels to the formula, but not in the way you'd expect.
I would even have written it differently, but i enjoyed it as it was.
This was more cerebral, psychological, moral, than i was looking for. I was shopping for a good shoot em' up sci-fi thriller. Again, i was both disappointed to not get was i was looking for, and surprised that i liked it anyway.
It was worth the credit.

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Contender Of The Best

This book is number 79 that I have read this year. I would put it right up there in the top five next to Ready Player One and Ender’s Game.

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Highly Entertaining!

If you could sum up Insignia in three words, what would they be?

Tongue. In. Cheek.

Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?

Vikram, definitely.

Any additional comments?

I was enthralled by this book very early on, and I only grew more and more intrigued and sucked in as it went on. Kincaid has managed to take a bunch of different colored thread and weave them into the friendship bracelet to end all friendship bracelets. The clarity of character, the wonderful pacing, the variety of conflict between Tom and the life around him... it just all comes together wonderfully. I cannot wait to get my hands on the other two books of this trilogy and continue with these characters' lives.


Insignia is a book I would have loved as a teenager had I read it at that age. Now, as an adult, I have a deep appreciation for what Kincaid has created. All in all, I just plain out think this is a great read.

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Ender's Game, White Mountains & gaming combined!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you liked Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card this book will appeal. Fast moving, mind tweaking and great character relationships that keep readers feeling attached. Dialogue is kid-realistic and suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat. Great read, fun ride!

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

Not that I know of.

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

Yes - but I did not manage it... walked around plugged into my phone while doing the dishes, though :-)

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amazing

I read the book ages ago and I couldn't remember the name but it's still mesmerizes me

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nice sf

realy nice sf similar to enders game, intresting view in young cyborgs life and his views on war

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Awesome

Absolutely amazing. I thought this book was going to be about video games but I was wrong. book was awesome and definitely going to read the rest of the series.

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Good story, Good reading, One minor complaint.

The story was incredible, same with the tripple hitting twist in thr final act. The only thing I saw that was shoddy was how Lincoln couldn't really show anger in his voice. it was hard to believe that it was anger until he said that it was anger.

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love Kincaid, great narrator

I have read Insignia in the past, maybe 4 years ago, and I knew I liked the series but didn't remember much about it. This is one of the few series of books I am willing to listen to after having read it before. I am not the kind of person to read or watch anything more than once, but this series is worth the listen through a second time.

The narrator, Lincoln Hoppe, is one of the better narrators I have found on Audible. His voice isnt obnoxious, he is animated but not over the top like some, and he uses slightly different voices for each character. About the only downside I found is the slight edits that were made to the audio files were clearly read in a different studio or using different recording devices. Such a subtle difference hit my ears fairly hard, but it didn't detract from the story in any way.