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Orbus

The Spatterjay Series: Book 3
Narrated by: William Gaminara
Series: Spatterjay, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Will deadly secrets stay concealed? 

Old Captain Orbus commandeered a ship to flee Spatterjay, desperate to escape the violent planet. Orbus’ alien enemy, the Prador Vrell, is also moving on. The Spatterjay virus mutated him into something even more dangerous. And he’s hunting the Prador King himself - who sought to kill him, to bury the secret of their similar transformations. 

Orbus and Vrell clash in the Graveyard, a lawless zone where the Prador have seized a key space station. Official action by humanity or Prador would end peace, as a centuries-long cold war simmers. So Earth commands Orbus to destroy the station, even as the King recruits a monster to exterminate Vrell. But their actions will awaken an intelligence that annihilated civilisations, as it stirs after five million years.... 

©2009 Neal Asher (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Hard Sci-fi with a steam/cyber punk feel.

Although I somewhat agree with the other reviewer that it was certainly difficult at times to keep everything straight. I do love John Lee's narration work, maybe they had an intern do the editing and mix work.

Besides that though, this book is a bit of a departure from the previous two books in that it takes placed almost entirely off planet. The characters, the plot, and the settings are all done very well.

Although this book may not change your life, it is leaps and bounds above the normal rubbish Sci-fi literature.I would defiinitely recommend it, but be aware that the editing is a bit funky.

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  • Edward
  • Vancouver, WA, United States
  • 01-11-12

More Neal Asher Please!

What made the experience of listening to Orbus the most enjoyable?

Straight ahead, crisp storytelling. It was filled with creative mayhem, imaginative tech and cool characters. Even the bad guys were awesome and interesting.

What other book might you compare Orbus to and why?

Asher's characters are a lot like the warrior characters in Williams Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. Nobody will ever be as cool as Molly Millions, but a lot of characters in this book come close. In particular a certain war drone AI named sniper.

What does William Gaminara bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clean narration. Doesn't go overboard creating voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My thought on finishing this book was that was,

Any additional comments?

More Neal Asher, Please!

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Need concentration to follow

I listen to all 3 book in the series, they all have the same problem. I had to rewind an re-listen many time.
Need concentration to follow, this series is missing (audio) separation from one chapter or paragraph to an other. You are following what is happening at one place and now you are somewhere else, with different characters. If you had the book in end you could see that their is a switch, in this recording you have to focus a lot to follow those changes... Or may be I am a bad listener with over 500 book listening...

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Brilliant.

Neal Asher is demanding of his readers. His books require a certain intelligence. The rewards of this are interesting well thought out stories.

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Excellent book

A great read. Story starts relatively small but proceeds to encompass large events in a hurry.






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endless jim butcher templates and so little asher

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

original gritty interesting

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

made me laugh alot

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audible continues to produce and present cookie cutter sci fi and doesnt do any more of ashers works I wish they would change.

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  • Petteri
  • 03-24-19

An excellent conclusion for the serie

Solid Asher writing, nothing utterly new but neither dissappointing. A fluent, pleasurable, captivating story. 5 star voice acting.

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  • Ch3nz
  • 01-05-18

very entertaining

mutated crab-like aliens, ancient aliens, AIs, mutated humans. what more can u ask for? love Sniper!!!

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  • Anton
  • 04-15-17

The best epic space fiction I have experienced

If you love Ian M Banks, this will blow you away. I'm off to download the rest of Neal Asher.
He is now one of my favorites of all time.

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  • david
  • 07-07-14

Very well read and enjoyable story

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

Perfectly reasonable SciFi. Enjoyed it very much and the William Gaminara added a great deal to that sense of enjoyment.

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  • john
  • 12-27-12

amazing

Absolutely loved this book. The action was gripping and the science felt entirely plausible. I have read the previous two novels in the same universe set on the same planet, so had a basis for reading in the first place. But I think that this stands on its own, without the need for reading the other two. Also the narration seemed to have the perfect pitch to compliment the prose. I never felt that the wrong choice had been made, which is often a complaint I have in regards to audio books. All in all I recommend this and will certainly be looking for other Neal Asher books in the future.

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  • Bryony S Gordon
  • 12-09-18

I absolutely love this

I love this book just as much as I loved The Skinner and The Voyage of the Sable Keech. I really want to find out what other adventures Orbus, 13, Sniper and Gernard have as they did follow The Kings ship. Hopefully Asher will add to this series as there is so much potential, I love this story for a different reason then the reason I love The Skinner and Voyage of the Sable Keech. They have a more satisfying endings while this story is more about Orbus journey to sanity and to get over his past and the horror's he went through while on the way to Spatterjay and while on that planet.