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Publisher's Summary

As a Mech Warrior of the Draconis Combine, Minobu Tetsuhara was bound by Bushido, a code that demands loyal service to the devious Warlord Grieg Samsonov. But when Minobu came upon a strange blue and gold Archer, Bushido also dictated that he not destroy the honorable but helpless warrior. And so he rescued Jaime Wolf. Minobu was then assigned as liaison to the Wolf's Dragons, one of the Combine's most elite mercenary units. But when the mercenaries refused to renew their contract with Samsonov, Minobu was instructed to destroy them. Now Bushido dictates that Minobu oppose his honorable foe, a man with whom he has served and who deserves far batter than betrayal.
Don't miss the rest of Battletech. You can also get this title as part of the Battletech Collection II.
©1988 WhizKids, LLC (P)2002 Listen and Live Audio, Inc. and The Cutting Corporation, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Christopher Graybill...does a great job adding tension to the numerous battle scenes." (AudioFile)

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    5 out of 5 stars

very nice

very nice it just makes me want to read more battletech

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An old favorite done well

WotB was the first Battletech book I read, and reputed to be one of, if not the best of the entire series. It's an excellent story of friendship, politics, betrayal, and self sacrifice.

This reading is much better than I expected, especially after the narrator gets 'settled in' he becomes more emotive. There are some scattered sound effects, mostly appropriate and enhancing the atmosphere. The scattered bits of music, aside from the final scene, tend to be loud and annoying, though.

The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars is because of how much they cut out. I understand wanting to trim the story down, but several of the cut scenes were not only crucial to the plot, but crucial for understanding the scenes that WEREN'T cut. In one example, two guys are conversing, and after a 'transition sound' they're fighting to the death. Obviously, something important happened between the two scenes @@

I'm a huge fan of the book and am very aware of what's missing, but if I wasn't this story would have only made minimal sense.

Thumbs up for performance
Thumbs down for hacking up the story

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Too much is missing

The abridged story is missing too much and appears to be almost incoherent at times.The abridged does not make logical sense.

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please make more

please make more of these the world needs them, what is life without mechs, thanks

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too much cut.

the novel was great, this is worthless. without the full text it loses coherence completely. way too many gaps because of being abridged. unfortunately, I doubt anyone will release a full audio version, but I'd rather put my phone down and read the novel than listen to this. a waste of credit/money

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Great novel only wish it was unabridged

Voice acting!music and sound were great I only wish there were unabridged battletech novelization on audible.

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Above average good b+

Like alI Battletech audio books this one is good story to listen to, but can also get confusing at times; since the abridge version of the novel skips out on some subplots and secondary character's development.

Over all I have enjoyed listen to this and other Battletech audio books repeatedly. Their great narration added with cool sound effects combined with compelling stories set in the 31st century are an usual goto when I want something to listen during long drives.

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  • Łukasz
  • Warszawa, Poland
  • 09-24-12

-1 Star for Abridged

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Must read for any Battletech fan.

What did you like best about this story?

Action intensive story with a little inside light on Wolfs Dragon and Draconis Combine

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

Great narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Surprising ending.

Any additional comments?

-1 star for being abridged

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    3 out of 5 stars

Abridged :(

I have listened to all of the BT audio books and this one was not abridged well. Fortunately I had read the paper back years ago, so I remembered most the story, but the sections that were cut out left me confused. I had to rewind a couple times to figure out what was going on. It's a good book and still worth listening too though.