Regular price: $24.95

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust. Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes...then opens fire. The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.

©1992 David Weber & Steve White (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    427
  • 4 Stars
    316
  • 3 Stars
    98
  • 2 Stars
    22
  • 1 Stars
    13

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    513
  • 4 Stars
    229
  • 3 Stars
    53
  • 2 Stars
    12
  • 1 Stars
    6

Story

  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    381
  • 4 Stars
    274
  • 3 Stars
    111
  • 2 Stars
    28
  • 1 Stars
    15
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Brian
  • Falls City, OR, USA
  • 03-12-16

An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.

Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 06-20-16

action packed space opera

Not sure if this is book one of the Starfire series or book two. Audible has it as book one and Amazon as book two. I enjoyed the Honor Harrington series; so thought I would give this one a try.

Weber is noted for his military science fiction adventures. In this book the Terran Federation is confronted by a new enemy that might have some relationship with a lost Terran fleet in the distant past. Weber tossed out some familiar names such as Manticore and Saint-Just, which were also used in the Honor series.

Apparently this series was written 1992 before the Honor Series. I do not think it is as well written as the Honor series, but I might go on and read book number two in the series. Marc Vietor does a good job narrating the book. Vietor is a Broadway Stage actor who is beginning to make a name for himself in science fiction audiobooks.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great Story

Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks in the top 10 among all the audio books I'v listened to so far, can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

I would compare this book to another book I like by Raymond L. Weil called Destruction. Both books are about a desperate human situation that must be overcome.

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

The narrator, Marc Vietor brings the book alive with his reading of the book. His voice characterization is great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have listened to this book in one setting, if I'd had the time. Couldn't wait to get back to listen.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Rewards patience. A genre stand-out.

I'm nicking the story half a star for the lack of promptly distinguished main characters. Calling chapter 1 a "prologue" might help some. The problem is that ch.1 introduces two characters, stirs your interest in them, then immediately kills them. (I don't think first-chapter ending revelations count as spoilers, do they?). And it's a while after that before you can figure out who is supposed to really matter in the tale.
But by the end--I think I have to say the Weber-White collaboration has created some characters I will long remember, and in this genre that's really saying something.
Admittedly, the characters are archetypes, but this is not a character-driven genre. (And what's wrong with archetypes, anyway?) It's not really about individuals--it's about civilizations, social upheavals, the evils people commit in the name of co-opted (and usually contrived) religion. And it's about courage, honor, faithfulness to duty, rising to the occasion, embracing responsibility.
I look forward to the next volume.

(Oh, and the battles... so many but so well done!)

I have to say a word about the reader: wow.
OK, so he can't quite tell the difference between an Irish lilt and a Scottish brogue, but the alien characters are so well read--no, animated. The fact that I'll remember them is much owing to Vietor's excellent work.

I look forward to hearing more Vietor as well.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

The start of something wonderful

Great in its own right, but most important for characters who are in the sequels.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Just AWESOME

it feels as if you're watching a movie with your ears. I've read the Shiva Option many years ago and for some reason I thought it was the first in the series and I was wrong but boy was I happy I was because now I get to enjoy all of them. this was an amazing experience and my introduction to Audible books and I'm going to stay with this from now on.You will not regret this so just do it already.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

David Weber always creates great stories

David Weber & Steve White have produced a great read. David Weber is an author that I have found to produce quality, classic era style, Science Fiction. High adventure, likable characters, reasonable science all combine to weave a tail worthy of rereading.
Steve White is new to me, but he is lucky to have David Weber as a mentor and writing partner.
Marc Vietor did a great job narrating with believable characters and great voices for the alien players.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Pay attention!

Make sure you're not doing anything too distracting, for you really have to pay attention to absorb the full impact of the story line, as it jumps from the perspective of many characters very quickly. Amazing and intense book, and if recommend to anyone who loves the genre.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Conflict in space on a grand scale

Crusade is aptly named as the space conflict takes place on a grand scale. Engaging story made enthralling by the readers vocalization of human and alien species. Intricately described space battles woven with warrior codes and strategic battle plans.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Solid

Want likable Heroes? Want Despicable villains? you've got them all in this classic well paced No Frills Syfy.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Poppey
  • 10-05-16

Endurance is needed

I kept going for 5 hours (and that was a bit of a strain) but had to give up.

This book started out quite well. However, as it went on, it was difficult to keep track of who was who as there seemed to be so many characters. This, in itself, spoilt the book as you never really knew where you were.

I tried to persevere, but gave up in the end as I completely lost track of what it was all about, if it was about anything, that is!