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After being court-martialed by the Space Legion for ordering the strafing of a treaty-signing ceremony, multimillionaire Willard Phule receives his punishment: He must command the misfit Omega Company on Haskin's Planet, a mining settlement on the edge of settled space. At his duty station, he leverages his personal money and a knack for managing people to get the company to come together as a unit. Phule convinces the governor to leave the contract for an honorary duty up for competition between the Space Legionnaires and the Regular Army. The Army sends some of their most elite troops to take part in the competition, but Phule's company operates with their own unique tactics....

©1990 Robert Asprin (P)2017 Tantor

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always a favorite

I have been reading Robert Asprin books since I was a child he has an excellent command of language a good sense of pacing and great ideas for his stories I highly recommend this author

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A fun listen.

What made the experience of listening to Phule's Company the most enjoyable?

A nice book to listen to when you just want to relax and listen to something but don't want to have to follow it too closely. It was funny, fun, and performed well. No complaints worth mentioning.

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Refreshing

I first read this book over 20 years ago and could never find it in a library or book store after that. Then I got lucking and found the whole series at a used book store and even in my 30's I still enjoyed every long night reading these books. Then Tantor comes out of left field and makes it an audio book, not only that but a very well done version too.

The misfits of the Omega Mob are great and now that I can sit back and just enjoy their antics it's even better. Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen, it's lighthearted, intriguing, and funny. You won't regret it.

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LOVED the whole experience!

I was thrilled to find this Robert Asprin book finally made it to an audio version. I've read the book many many times over the years. The reader they chose was great! Looking forward to hopefully more books in this series brought to an audio format.

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Witty, fun, intellectual without baggage.

I am an “myth” enthusiast, Asprin’s other comical series, and though the setting is dipped in military flavor, it deliveries.

It’s definitely a story starter that alludes to more conflict it later books, but the lack of immediate threat doesn’t distract from the enjoyment of discovering Phule’s company.

The narration is excellent; the separate voices for each character are all expertly portrayed, and Robert’s use of different perspectives only enhance the experience.

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Relic of the past

Clearly came from the 90's. Certain character depictions were verging on prejudice. Can't recommend.

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This was a fun listen!

If You’ve tired of all the negativity going on out in the world right now, and you’d like a little escape and a chance to laugh, I heartedly recommend this book. If you are looking for a more gritty military sci-fi novel, then this may not be for you.

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Please continue with series!

I love this series of books, and hope the reamining books are added to audible.

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I had forgotten how good this is

I liked the performance. a really fun book.

the space marines are looking for a few good men and phules company aren't it.

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A lot of fun

I discovered years ago Robert Asprin while browsing paperback books at Shakespeare & co. The cheap covers didn't entice to go further.

This summer, I chose this book to change from my usual read.

What a good surprise! I recommend it.

This won't be hard scifi or high literature. BUT
- the narrator is excellent
- the characters are cool, well-defined and likable
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I really enjoyed this book a lot.

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  • 09-24-17

Brilliant Book

Any additional comments?

I came back to audible after finishing the book to find any other in the series to buy but unfortunately there isn't any more yet. I guess I'll have to wait. I loved the book, I was rapt in in the whole time. Too short for how good it was. I can't wait for the next one. I always like that kind of character, who is full of wit and act decisively in any situation.

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  • KK
  • 09-19-19

Brilliant

Military foolishness
I read the series years ago, and when I became a member of audible I regularly checked in the hope that I might find them.
The wait was well worth it., the narrator is great with excellent characterisations.
There is a touch of Terry Pratchett's discworld humour and riculousness
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-07-19

most enjoyable

it's been many years since i first read this however listening to the audible version brings new life to it

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  • J Reason
  • 03-31-19

A light-hearted, old fashioned, adventure story

This is a light-hearted, easy to listen to, upbeat adventure story. In many ways this novel is very old fashioned. Although it was written in 1990, many of the characters would be at home in a P. G. Wodehouse story. Phule's Company contains technology, and social attitudes, which feel a bit dated today, but its humor is timeless. The narration is excellent – the narrator uses old fashioned accents to read an old fashioned story.

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  • Michael
  • 09-27-18

Sexist

This author just can't seem to describe a woman without commenting on her attractiveness, her breasts or her bum. He does this constantly, even long after we've got to know the characters. It's relentless. Does he ever comment on the male characters shapely testicals or how attractive they are? Of course not. The author even does an honest to goodness no-homo at one point. I know this was written in the 90s but it really hasn't aged well.

Also, the story is about the 1% solving every situation by throwing money at problems. That side hasn't aged super well either.

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  • Sharon McDermott
  • 03-31-18

Fantastic!

Read this book back in the day and thought I would give the audiobook a go. I was not disappointed. The story was just as good as I remembered and the audio delivery by Noah was superb! I love Robert Aspirin’s books, each and every one, and listening to this felt like visiting old friends. I will most definitely be getting all that audible has to offer.

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  • James C Thompson
  • 11-29-17

blast from my past

get to catch up with the omega mob loved the books from way back. great easy listen.

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  • Mark Fox
  • 10-12-17

Audii Didn't Disappoint

Possibly my all time favourite set of books. Very enjoyable and easy to read. I've read and re-read them all and love the characters and style. This audio version is great. Please hurry and release the rest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-29-20

Pure entertainment

I truly enjoyed this book. The narrator did more than just read it, he brought it to life. I was sad when it ended because I wanted more.