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Asbaran Solutions Audiobook

Asbaran Solutions: The Revelations Cycle, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Nigel Shirazi was first in line for the chairmanship of Asbaran Solutions, one of the prominent "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies. First in line...until his drinking and temper caused him to fail out of college and get disinherited by the family.

Now he leads the life of a playboy, enjoying a stipend from the family to stay out of the way. But someone is out to get his family, and Nigel is all that stands between the hidden enemy and the destruction of Asbaran Solutions and the Shirazi family.

Nigel will have to learn to control himself if he's going to take the reins of the company, figure out who's behind the vendetta against Asbaran, and work out a way to stop them. But they've taken his sister hostage, and that makes him a very, very angry man!

©2017 Chris Kennedy (P)2017 Chris Kennedy

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    Joe 07-10-17
    Joe 07-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Every second word is f**k."

    I LOVED Cartwright's Cavaliers and this was a pretty good story too. I'm not even that picky about language but have you ever heard someone use so much profanity that you think "do you have more than 10 words in your vocabulary?" That's how I felt about this writer. Literally uses "f**k" 7 times in a single run-on sentence. Lame :/

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Czernovog 06-24-17
    Czernovog 06-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "acceptable military sci fi"

    Without spoilers, the story itself was good enough. Hopeless battles, sacrifice, stompy power armor, that good stuff is all here.
    I feel, however, that the experience was hampered by a mediocre narrator; characters all speak with one of two voices, neither of which is describably "female", and no attempt at all is made to portray characters who are stated to have accents, with accents. Some words are mispronounced, and the performance is simply lacklustre.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-18-17
    Mark 06-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I tried to like it. Seriously, I want to like it.."
    Any additional comments?

    I made it 1/4th through the book and gave up. The story might be worth reading a few times like I did with the first book but the performance was awful. The narrator was mostly monotone with all the characters, There wasn't enough variance in the reading to distinguish male from female or alien from human. It was not an enjoyable experience.

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    Ben R. 07-28-17
    Ben R. 07-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Story was like a 10 year old wrote it"

    Don't get me started on the performance, there was almost no inflection in his voice. The story itself was just... Bad. No comparison to the previous story. The characters made few decisions that make sense and they didn't feel developed at all. They make the same exact mistakes throughout the story. The story itself repeats itself, many of the scenes feel recycled. I'll never read a book by this author or read by the this narrator again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Morrilton, AR, United States 06-30-17
    Charles Morrilton, AR, United States 06-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "narrator killed it"
    What would have made Asbaran Solutions better?

    any narrator that wasn't as monotone as this one.


    How could the performance have been better?

    fire this narrator and make him go back to reading in church...so monotone


    Any additional comments?

    I tried!..really tried to listen..loved the first book..but man the narrator sucks.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    The Anime Adict 06-30-17
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    "What a flop"

    So I picked this book up because I enjoyed the first book in the series which was fun book and I deeply enjoyed. I saw it was a different author, but the same universe so I decided to take a chance, boy do I wish I hadn't.

    The Pros: what few of them there are, it takes place in the same universe and Cartwright's Cavaliers. It had a solid premise. There was a bit of insight into what was going on in the wider universe of the books.

    Cons: First the narrator, I usually don't complain about the narrator but this one was pretty bad. He'd rush through a sentence only to pause wordlessly for several seconds, then rush through the next to pause again. The effect is extreme annoyance.
    Secondly: while the plot had a good premise most of the story are the characters wringing their hands over how impossible their goal is.
    3: the characters all blend together with none of them really standing out, even though narrator did give each their own distinct voice. They just don't develop and don't have different enough personalities to really be different people.
    4. In several places the book takes the perspective of several different characters, most of whom all die in predictable ways. Once more the super robot suits and the elite merc. units the galaxy supposedly fears all die pretty easily and in mostly stupid ways too.

    In the end there were a lot more things wrong with this book and I really cannot recommend anyone buy this, just save your money for the next book in the series

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Fireball454 06-26-17
    Fireball454 06-26-17
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    "What a let down in the Revelations Cycle"
    What disappointed you about Asbaran Solutions?

    Not only did the story not have anything unique about it, the main character was a whiny hot head that couldn't hold my interest for 5 minutes. Plus, most of the characters that were worth liking (and few there were) got killed. In fact, most of the people were killed in this story, and quite needlessly. Poor character development, and way too much worthless introspection. Unlike the first book, there wasn't any interesting plot twist or even a unique concept presented like the Ragnar or Splunk were in the first of this series.

    Now, onto the narrator. Absolutely horrible. It was painful to listen to him. Almost felt like he was reading from an IBM basic language manual. So monotone, very little to no change in character voice, and nowhere near consistency in what the common characters sounded like in the last book. In fact, he presented the characters so blandly that it was very difficult to follow who was talking. No emotion at all. Never will I listen to a book again where his name appears.


    What could Chris Kennedy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Let Mark Wandry rewrite it for him. At the very least, get a better narrator. A new narrator may have helped a bit. Didn't love any of the characters, much less like any of them. He needed to develop them more.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of E. M. Carberry?

    Craig L. Good, the same person from the Cartwright's Cavaliers. At least the shared characters would have sounded the same.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Excessive disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope any additional installment in this series has a new author and a different narrator.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    jess 06-21-17
    jess 06-21-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I liked the book."
    Would you try another book from Chris Kennedy and/or E. M. Carberry?

    I don't believe that I would try another book by this writer or narrator other than for "The Revelations Cycle".


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Kennedy? Why or why not?

    Most likely not. I felt that the book didn't flow. In later parts of the book the port of view were thrown back and forth way to much. Also I don't feel the writer followed what had been set fourth in the first book.


    What didn’t you like about E. M. Carberry’s performance?

    The saving grace was that the writer felt the need to quote every person talking to each other due the lack of inflections of the Narrator.


    Do you think Asbaran Solutions needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. hopefully this stays a stand alone book, But I do hope that this book ties in with the over all story arc.


    Any additional comments?

    While I liked the book. This book really falls short of the first book. If the writer writes another book for "The Revelations Cycle" I would probable buy it. But I will say in closing, This wasn't the worst book I have heard/read. and I did get some enjoyment out of it. If you try this book just use a credit.

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    jason 10-15-17
    jason 10-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    "The writing is bad. The narration is worse"

    I enjoyed the fast paced romp style of the first book well enough to happily by the next installment. That was a serious mistake. This had to be a different author. This story is written by a 10 year old with an overly developed and really misplaced sense of badassery and machismo. The characters are hopelessly lackluster. The plot is entirely devoid of depth of any kind. And unlike the first book, where the main character grows into his role and proves himself, this main character remains an utter imbecile all the way through the very last scene. There is no point to this book.
    As far as the narrator goes? I’m pretty sure he’s somewhat illiterate. Unless he is intentionally mispronouncing words in order to make a point that is well beyond my intellectual ability to understand, he’s an idiot. Audible, please never allow him to narrate again.

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    Anonymous 10-12-17
    10-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Learn to write."

    Interesting story but very poorly written. Combat scenes dialogue sounds completely unrealistic.
    Note to the author, Don't give up but talk to combat veterans and learn how they actually talk in combat.

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    "The end of the Revelations Cycle for me"
    Would you try another book written by Chris Kennedy or narrated by E. M. Carberry?

    Sorry but no. It seemed to be rather pedestrian faire - flat, B-grade space opera. If you are new to the genre I would try Craig Alanson, Joshua Dalzelle or Joel Sheperd.


    Would you recommend Asbaran Solutions to your friends? Why or why not?

    No.


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