Intrinsic

Narrated by: George Newbern
Series: The Terran Cycle, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Kalian Gaines has a secret; he just doesn't know it yet. He looks like us, he lives like us...but he is not one of us.

Kalian knows nothing outside of his mundane life teaching history on 30th-century Earth, until a day like any other triggers a series of events that will tie his fate to that of humanity.

A human handprint, embedded into a rock with alien script, is discovered on a moon that mankind has never set foot on. This discovery holds a secret, which will sweep Kalian into the heart of a conspiracy that has corrupted the galaxy for 200,000 years.

©2016 Philip C. Quaintrell (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Unexpectedly Brilliant

I'll admit to grabbing this book for three reasons, 1) the cover looked interesting (which made me look at it), 2) the synopsis sounded better than the average, and 3) I just really, really needed a good book.
Not the most promising of beginnings but Intrinsic delivered the unexpected. I was looking up Book 2 before i was half way through it. Again, great cover. The main character is likable enough, i spent the first half of the book wanting more info on him, then the second half realizing that more would have been too much. The story starts as one would expect: Aliens, Questions and a bit of "Why Me?" thrown in for a conversation starter, then goes from strength to strength after a rather earth shatteringly huge shock.
Honestly, if you are looking for something to sink your teeth into while you wait for the next Expeditionary Force novel or you just fancy reading something that doesn't orbit alien sex, drugs and more sex then this is a great choice. Plus, the cover art is pretty damn awesome.

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Superman Narrator

This was a well written, entertaining, and fun book. George Newbern is great as a narrator. I loved Justice League and Superman back in the day, and at first I couldn't place his voice. I thought he may be that guy from Wings. Then it hit me, "That's Superman!"

His voice is great for capturing the "every man". Loved it.

Can't wait for the next book!

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  • 05-04-18

Solid sci-fi thriller

A bit of Matrix meets space opera. I have already purchased the second in the series. The galaxy is a big place, but not big enough. I enjoyed the story. It’s not 5 stars but a solid addition to the genre. I am starting the next book right now. Good job all around.

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Differences between the ebook and audiobook are annoying.

Over all, this is a fun read. I like to listen while I am reading, and there are passages from the audiobook that read differently in the ebook. Aside from that, the reading is done quite well.

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Fantastic series with phenomenal voice acting

I've just finished listening to the latest book in the series, Heretic. I can honestly say it's one of my favorite series in recent years. Great characters, both serious and funny, as well as those who are serious but can sucker punch you with humor when you least expect it. There were enough big questions to keep you listening to find out what mysteries await you, but not so many that it became a confusing mess.

George Newbern's narration is top notch and should be held as an example of what good narration needs. Too many narrators read to you like they are trying to read a math text book, dry and emotionless. They can make the voices distinct, sure, but without the emotion behind the words, it just falls flat. I just passed on 5 series while looking for my next book for that exact reason after listening to the sample. I like books of Intrinsic's length or longer and I won't sit through dry, painful narration for that long, no matter the story. Newbern has none of these issues. He reads to you like he's actually experienced the events, speeding up slightly when things get exciting, or calmly when it's appropriate. He reads like he's feeling the emotions in the scene and in turn, we feel it to. My heart races when the action is hot, or breaks when sad things happen. More than once throughout the series I was yelling at the speakers "No!, DON'T YOU DARE!!" as if the act could change what was coming, so invested did I feel because of how it was done. Even little things like the small breaths you hear are natural and what a real person would do if they were there, and you find yourself copying it. The story is amazing and well done, but the MVP of this series is Newbern. 10/10 will read his other work.

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  • 05-04-18

Scene changes are disorienting

It was very difficult to differentiate between scenes with no pauses to indicate a change in perspective.

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Apocalypse from Outer Space

I really enjoy the author's first 2 books of the Echos of Fate series, giving each of them solid 5 stars across the board; however, I found a lot I disliked in this book. While the story idea itself held promise, the two primary protagonists weren't written in a way to make them all that compelling. There really wasn't much backstory to them and there portrayal came off rather blandly. The primary protagonist too often lapsed into repeated introspection. There was a rogue protagonist near halfway through the story who came off somewhat interesting but even there his participation was somewhat sketchy and too stereotypical.

Then there were the frustrating transitioning between story arcs that left the listener somewhat bewildered until half a paragraph into it. There was also too much time spent on providing extreme detail on all the different environs that were visited which slowed the pace of the story.

Lastly, the narrator came as nonchalant, further making it difficult to want to keep listening.

I'll not be continuing with this series.

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basic tropes 2 dimensional characters

..and your dad is narrating with completely improper inflection when he does use it. the story is just a bunch of characters copied from other stories. meh.

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Great story - kept me hooked and listening!

I thought this was a great book that was a lot of fun to listen to. I actually used up Audible credits too fast because I didn't want to stop listening even when at home and could find other things to entertain like Amazon Prime or depressing news (I really hate that but am addicted and can't seem to stop - wonder if there is a 12 step program out there for that addiction).

The negative reviews about problems with the author's physics concepts seem to miss the point. This is a sci-fi story used to entertain and as a diversion from regular every day living. One should use a bit of suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy the story.

A functioning interstellar space fairing society that has been in that state for around 200,000 years (in one case) or over 3 million years in another might come to understand things we never thought possible. For example, mathematicians today say that 10 different dimensions are mathematically probable in our universe - not just the 4 that we can experience ourselves. We truly don't know anything about other universes except that they are a also a mathematical probability.

I would also agree with so many reviews that say that the narrator for this book is great. Will use his name as a search tool for other great books to listen to in the future.

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Not impressed

The narrator is fantastic. Sadly however, the fun adventure just turns into an implausible fight between a few people with Superman-like powers, with implausible and ungainly spaceships.
--Boring.

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  • Sharon Barron
  • 06-10-18

Feel the force, Luke

Earth and its only colony are destroyed, billions are dead, but it turns out one man has the immense potential to connect with all matter and energy and bend it to his will, if only he could find an ancient, sage-like being to train him to use the force... err whatever it is... and defeat the dark clad being with the monster sized ship capable of destroying entire stars. Yawn.

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  • DENNIS
  • 05-04-18

ENTHRALLING WHEN AT IT'S BEST

IN MY TOP TEN OF THE YEAR SO FAR,STARTS FAST WITH ACTION AND MYSTERY COMBINED,SLOWS DOWN A LITTLE TOO MUCH AT TIMES TO FILL IN THE BACK STORY AND INTRODUCE NEW CHARACTERS,IF YOU LIKE SPACE OPERA YOU WILL LIKE THIS,HAVE BOUGHT THE SECOND BOOK.

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  • Poppey
  • 05-28-18

Yawn!

Gave up on this one eventually; a more boring book ...... which was not helped by the narration. In fact, it might have been more interesting if the narration had been better.

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  • Rick
  • 10-17-18

Fast paced sci-fi

Technically this is not a great piece of writing. The author breaks quite a few writing guidelines - for eg. telling rather than showing - and the character dialogue is so terrible in some parts it made me groan or roll my eyes. The first half of the story I disliked the main character - he was so thick. I get that he was used as a device to explain things to the reader, but we didn't need it spelled out for us so simply that made us think he is a dimwit. He did get better as the story went on, but then it was his love interest that frustrated me. For a soldier she acted extremely emotionally without thought for the greater picture of what they were trying to achieve. And Roland the stereotypical psychopathic soldier. Enough said about him. The three together reminded me of Han, Luke, and Leia. Not keen on the narrator, sometimes he changed voices for the same character in mid paragraph. But for all the story's flaws I followed it to the end which is more than I've done for some books. The plot keeps you engaged and I wanted to find out what happens next, or even if when I figured it out I wanted to find out how they would do it. The background story and universe is interesting, it has loads of potential for development, and there is LOTS of action. If you like your sci-fi in the style of Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy (without the humour) then you you'll probably find there is a lot to like about this book. I think it would likely make an ok movie. I won't be continuing the series, but I'm not sorry that I purchased this novel, it was worth my time.

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