Into the Black

Odyssey One, Book 1
Narrated by: David de Vries
Series: Odyssey One, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This edition of Odyssey One has been completely edited and remastered to correct the typos and content issues that reviewers commented on in the original edition. 

Beyond the confines of our small world, far from the glow of our star, lies a galaxy and universe much larger and more varied than anyone on Earth can possibly imagine. For the new NAC spacecraft Odyssey and her crew, the unimaginable facets of this untouched world are about to become reality. 

The Odyssey’s maiden voyage is an epic adventure destined to make history. Captain Eric Weston and his crew, pushing past the boundaries of security, encounter horrors, wonders, monsters, and people, all of which will test their resolve, challenge their abilities, and put in sharp relief what is necessary to be a hero. 

A first-rate military science-fiction epic that combines old-school space opera and modern storytelling, Into the Black: Odyssey One is a riveting, exhilarating adventure with vivid details, rich mythology, and relentless pacing that will leave you breathlessly awaiting book two.

©2011 Evan C. Currie (P)2019 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Inconsistencies and lots of unanswered questions

Was an interesting book once you got past the inconsistency. The Colony crew lieutenant that they rescued was in an escape pod with a RADIO emergency beacon. Later in the read the planetary admiral was unable to communicate with the Odyssey because they no longer used Radio signals. The Drasin did use radio waves to send three pulse transmission which is also interesting or may prove so in later books.
There are a large amount of secrets still being withheld. And why was there a break in the colonies that created “The Others”? Why are the Drasin all of a sudden attacking the colonies? Why is the Drasin origin so close to earth?

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Great space opera

I loved the story. I had a bit of trouble following the characterizations the narrator used and sometimes confused who was speaking. Fortunately, I also have the print version and was reading that when I could and listening when that was more convenient. I'm eager to read the rest of the series now. Great non-cliffhanger ending with enough to tempt me to keep going!

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I’ve listened to this book a lot over several years; The new performer is great!

This book is one of my favorites to read and listen to. I enjoy the unique technologies and setting, as well as how the characters interact with both in compelling ways. It is a very different first contact scenario than those encountered in other sci-fi books I have read. I always found the performer, Benjamin L . Darcie, to be good despite the lack of an expected amount of... vigor in his performance. I decided to listen to the book again, through kindle unlimited as I usually do (is is probably my 5th listen in 3 years), and was surprised to hear a different performer. This performer, David de Vries, did a fantastic job! There is energy, emotion, and technical expertise throughout his performance, which really took my experience to the next level. The quality of the recording has also improved. I am pleasantly surprised to find that even my purchased audiobooks of this series, which I bought last year, have been updated to the de Vries version, so I can now experience familiar stories in a new way without additional cost. If you would like to try this book without using an audible credit, I recommend checking it out though kindle unlimited, as the entire series is available to read and listen to for $10 a month. This is cheaper than the cost of a credit, even if you don’t like the book. If you do like the book, you can binge listen to all the currently released books for $10 in that month instead of having to wait a month for your next credit or spend ~$90 on enough 3 credit packs to listen to the entire series (which is still ongoing). I hope you give this series a go!

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The narrator is extremely irritating

While this is generally a decent story, the narrator and his fake accents, was extremely irritating and distracting. Ruining what might’ve been an otherwise decent book.

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Re-recorded the narration.

I'm not a fan of the new narrator and his style. His tempo, pitch, and annunciation do not match what he's reading. It's really strange to hear. It's like you're being read a rom-com but the actual words are sci-fi if that makes sense.

Its to bad, I listened to the book a while ago and the narration was really good. It's what made me come back to listen again.

Its like "the Martian" all over again.

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The narration is horrible.

The narrator made this an impossible listen. sounds like just some random guy reading a book out loud.

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Rescue of Innocents

Excellent story of helping a group of people with a history of peace. While trying out a new drive system.

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Wait, who's head am I in again?

The story is very enjoyable, and the narrator has a good voice as well. The audio books big flaw is that the narrator /never/ pauses for when the Point of View changes to a new character. With using First Person for the entire book this makes things a tad confusing for the first few chapters, then you finally learn enough of what is going on to be able yo tell who's head you should be in based on what is happening and the degree of confusion decreases. It can still be a tad jarring whenever it changes to a new character, so be warned. I'm still planning on finishing out the series as audio books, so it isn't an insurmountable flaw.

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Uggh. Bailed after just a half hour!

I just couldn't take it. The narration is putrid and the writing sophomoric. I actually forced myself to listen to 45 minutes of it just so I could write this review. Audible wouldn't let me write a review until I listened to enough of this dreck.

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A bit juvenile

Decent story, good concept, unfortunately the writing seemed juvenile. Overly describing character to character statements and not enough description of environment to create a clear picture. Many of the reactions and responses from character to character seemed canned or stereotyped rather than developing good depth and characters.

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  • terence Leahy
  • 07-20-19

non-stop action

good science fiction story plenty of action the characters were good quite original storyline I read a lot of science fiction it was quite different

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-19

Brilliant

Really enjoyable book. Well narrated. Evil aliens verses stalwart Humans. Kept me enthralled. Will now buy book 2.

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  • V. Thurlow
  • 07-20-20

military future fiction

Good technical detail. However I wanted to skim over some of the fighting. An audible