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Navigating the Stars

Sentinels of the Galaxy, Book 1
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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“The answer is no, Lyra”, my mother utters her favorite - I swear - phrase. 

No means I have to travel with them to another planet - again. 

No means leaving all my friends 50 years in the past. Thanks, Einstein. 

Seventeen-year-old Lyra Daniels can’t truly blame Einstein or her parents for their impending move across the Milky Way Galaxy. It’s all due to the invention of the Q-net, which made traveling the vast distances in space possible - with one big caveat: the time dilation. But that never stopped Lyra's ancestors from exploring the Milky Way, searching for resources and exoplanets to colonize. What they didn’t expect to find is life-sized terracotta warriors buried on 21 different exoplanets...Make that 22.  

As the Galaxy’s leading experts on the warriors, Lyra's parents are thrilled by the new discovery, sending them - and her - 50 years into the future. Her social life in ruins, she fills her lonely days by illegally worming into the Q-net. The only person close to her age is the annoyingly irresistible security officer who threatens to throw her into the brig. 

After the planet they just left goes silent - meaning no communications from them at all - security has bigger problems to deal with than Lyra, especially when vital data files go missing. But that's just the beginning, because they’re not as alone as they thought on their new planet...and suddenly time isn't the only thing working against them. 

©2018 Maria V. Snyder (P)2019 Maria V. Snyder

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ANOTHER WIN FOR MVS

Gabra Zackman is one of the BEST narrators I’ve ever heard. I generally use audiobooks to fall asleep at night, and I always pick readings of stories that I love. Zackman does a PHENOMENAL job of bringing the characters to life! I’ve been listening to her readings for years and I adore her!

She truly does bring the characters to life.

As for the story, it starts out slow. MVS builds her stories so that you care about not only the main characters, but the minor characters as well. She does an amazing job of dragging the reader in and making you love the characters. And then that climax?!? You. Will. Be. Hooked. And waiting forbook two,

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Great story and superb narration

I thoroughly enjoyed Gabra Zackman’s stellar narration. Her voices are smooth and natural and effortlessly distinguishable. Looking forward to the next in the series. If you like good YA/Sci-fi you will love this.

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Fantastic book!

I picked up this book solely on the strength of a review written by a Goodreads friend, well that, and the blurb was very enticing... and I loved it! There's so many good things about this story that I don't even know where to begin!
The first thing that caught me up was the beginning and the perfect funeral, yes I did say perfect funeral! Well, that and the main character's (Lyra Daniels') sassiness! I just loved her from the very start...
While aboard the Star Ship, I found something else that added to my pleasure, the Captain, her crew, and that great big star viewing window! It all had a Nathan Lowell kinda vibe, and Nathan is easily one of my top 5 author's of recent years. Plus all the while, Lyra, in the interest of not being bored out of her gourd, kept everyone on their toes. The crew was even taking bets on whether or not she'd end up in detention (ship-speak for the non-adult brig)... Lyra has this great relationship with her parents, and they even knew when they had blown it, and apologized to her in order to make things right... Lyra is indomitable, and she won't be ignored, or constrained... Plus there's something vital that only she can do (ya' gotta get the book to find out what 😁)!
Gabra Zackman was the perfect choice to narrate Lyra's story, even if a character or two sounded a bit like Admiral Ackbar (think Star Wars...). Lol
So if you like space flight, that's maybe even a little reminiscent of Nathan Lowell's style, along with coming-of-age stories, sprinkled with ruthless, grave robbers, deadly aliens, and a centuries old ancient puzzle, you'll want to grab the book. Oh, and you're welcome... In advance! 

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Came for the Narrator, Stayed for the Story

I love audiobooks... but I admit my low attention span makes it hard to stay focused on books read by certain narrators. Nothing wrong with what they do, I just find myself daydreaming and have to rewind the last few minutes, regardless of what is being reading. It’s takes a special kind of narrator to keep me engaged.

I sought out Gabra Zackman based on a recommendation by the podcast My Favorite Murder, who highly regarded her work on “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.” The hosts were right, her voice is quite soothing. She achieves great range without resorting to over-the-top theatrics, a subtlety that made me listen intently. (This was especially effective when quoting the few one-liners spoken by the Golden State Killer, each sending chills down my spine.)

It is because of her that I came across this book. I’m not usually a fan of fantasy, but I got hooked on this one just from the sample offered by Audible. She really made Lyra come to life, almost as if she were standing next to me, sharing her incredible adventures. I was also surprised by how different she sounded with each character, to the point I wondered if other actors were involved. Sufficed to say I am now looking forward to the next one in this series.

As for the book itself: Navigating the Stars tells the story of a 17-year-old girl who is having a hard time adjusting to the

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Cannot Wait for the Next Installment!

This book was amazing to listen to with my eleven-year-old niece and nephew. All of us are ready for the next one. I could listen to this narrator every day. It was an absolute pleasure to listen to in every way. Such exciting adventures with Lyra!! Sometimes I use my nieces and nephews as beards for my deep enjoyment of young adult. But honestly, this is a series I will happily listen to with or without them. It's really fantastic! HUGELY RECOMMEND!!

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Audio galaxy adventure...

This is an early review as I'm still listening but felt compelled to write...if you're looking to delve into the universe in the future, with a rich cast of characters, a precocious protagonist and fast paced action and dialogue, this is a terrific listen. Kudos to the narrator for bringing it all to life! I'm new to Maria Snyder's writing, but grateful to have had her and this title suggested. I look forward to finishing Navigating the Stars and listening to the next book in the series!!

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Out of this world!

SciFi, mystery, romance...what’s not to love? The real treat is Gabra Zackman as narrator. She always elevates the listen and knocks it out of the park, er, galaxy once again.

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  • Steve
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 01-29-19

Loved this first book in a new series!

Really enjoyed this, and I can't wait to listen to the next book! Do we really have to wait a year for the next entry?!?

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Great First Book in a New Series!

As per usual, Maria V. Snyder has created fantastic characters and a gripping story in a very unique world. Gabra Zackman’s narration is nuanced and smart (as well as just a joy to listen to). I am a huge fan of the smart, brave, young female protagonist and will be recommending to my contemporaries as well as my teenage nieces and nephews. I can’t wait for the next books as this series unfolds!

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A great start to a new series!

I have always enjoyed Maria V. Snyder’s stories, and I always look forward to the next book! Gabra Zackman is a perfect partner who brings Maria’s stories to life ... Thank you for another enjoyable adventure that I wanted to keep listening to the very end!

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  • Petrina Clarke
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OmG

An perfect Narrated for an perfect book great job Gabra Zackman and to Maria V. Snyder cannot wait for the next Next Installment big thump up