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Culture Shock Audiobook

Culture Shock: The Empire's Corps, Book 13

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Arthur's Seat had never sought a galactic role. A relatively new colony world, a mere 300 years old, the planet was always isolated from the galactic mainstream. But with the Empire crumbling after the fall of Earth and other planets taking advantage of the chaos to make their own bids for power, Arthur's Seat suddenly finds itself playing host to tens of thousands of unwanted immigrants, refugees who have been kicked off countless other worlds.

But as the planetary government struggles to integrate the newcomers, powerful factions plot to take advantage of the situation, and the refugees struggle to carve out a place for themselves, it becomes clear that the entire planet is on the verge of anarchy...and outright civil war may not be far away.

©2016 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Susan 04-06-17
    Susan 04-06-17
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    "Only for die hards I think"

    CG Nuttall is an autobuy for me. Love Warspite and Empire Core series, but as this is one of those offworlds stories (not Commonwealth) I think you can skip it. Not sure that it advances the universe as much as some of the other side stories have and frankly the overall story dragged- unusually for a Nuttall storyline. It does tackle a very relevant social political problem we are all dealing with- so the exploration of theory was interesting.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-23-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-23-17 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Interesting"

    The characters and story line of the Empire’s Corp series do not appear in book 13. Not sure if Nuttall is providing background material which will merge with his next book in the series.

    Arthur’s Seat is a relatively new colony world. With the crumbling of the Empire, the Imperial Navy is bringing fifty thousand unwanted immigrants/refugees to Arthur’s Seat. The story is the conflict between refugees and the planet inhabitants. The characters are interesting and the storyline is plausible considering the collapsing of the Empire. The refugees are the Forsakers, a religious group sort of like the Amish. Nuttall then explores racism and religious intolerance. The book is well written.

    The book is 12 hours long. Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating the book. Kafer has narrated all the books in the Empire’s Corp series. Kafer is a multi-award winning audiobook narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DH950 04-19-17
    DH950 04-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "2 HR STORY STRETCHED TO 11 1/2 HRS, NO CORPS IN IT"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone interested in a view of the effects of being stuck with taking in a bunch of foreign refugees who don’t want to integrate.
    I've liked most of the CORPS series. Pretty much only tied to the series by Earth's demise, no Marine Corps involvement. This was basically a maybe 2 hour story stretched out to 11 1/2 hours. Nuttall had a story, didn't know where to put it & was boring as heck for all but a few minutes.


    What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Kept it out of the Empire's Corps series. Reduced it to a short story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    About 10 1/2 hours into the book, cops were allowed to carry firearms & use them to eliminate the main threat.


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

    Very disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be asking for my money back on this one. If the series continues, I hope it stays based on the marines coping with the loss of the empire.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 05-19-17
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 05-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "discussion of timely issues"

    Unwanted refugees are thrust upon a peaceful planet society and conflict breaks out. What keeps this from being too too parallel to today's Muslim immigration issue is that the people were forced to leave their homes and relocate to this place. They are not trying to sneak in and commit acts of terror. They do expect to live as they have done, even though their lifestyle is diametrically opposed to that of the locals. There is a hint of powerful people making a land grab for the unspecified resources of their original home world, thus the resettlement. Also, the immigrants could just as well be Mormon or Amish as Muslim. The creed is not specific to any of these groups; it attempts to incorporate aspects of many different cultures.

    So the newcomers clash with the original settlers, and there are discussions on both sides about how each sees the issues. Although Nuttal's own political leanings do show through here, to be fair, he has done a good job balancing the arguments on both sides.

    If you want to hear a novel based on the conflicts between cultures that we are seeing in the news every day, then this is that novel.

    Jeffrey Kafer reads well enough, but he has little concept of contrast emphasis. He fails to place the correct emphasis in such sentences as "John ran to school while Mary rode her bike," or "John likes ice cream. Mary likes cake." He makes it sound as if the two parts are unrelated. There was also the unfortunate appearance of the non-word "swang;" but that's probably an author's error (although not isolated), not the narrator's.

    It's not a happy book, but it does give us a further look into the fall of the Empire. I just wish Nuttle would hurry up and get back to Stalker and Avalon and take down General Singh.

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    Keith Mcgregor 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Slow going"

    Realizing that Nuttal is trying to portray a galaxy wide narrative of inter regional strife, it's still hard to understand why this story is so labored. The narrative takes way too long to develop, which is painful because it is predictable. The book could be three chapters and still be viable.

    The narrator is great as Kafer always is.

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    Jerry Gambrell Wasilla, Alaska USA 05-03-17
    Jerry Gambrell Wasilla, Alaska USA 05-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Disapointed"

    Not bad, but not as good as the previous books in the series. Nothing about the corps mentioned.

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    Andrew McGee 04-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not worth the time."

    Culture Shock is a pointless collection of cliches jammed together. Even in text it felt like the antagonist was overacting his part straining credulity that anyone would follow such a character.

    Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job with a very weak story. If you are going to skip any book in this series this is the one to skip!

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    Ronald 04-29-17
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    "Not worth the price to keep!"

    Not the Empire Corps story line that I start listening to; high school thesis turned into another book in a series. Hope the next one gets back on track....

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    David 04-29-17
    David 04-29-17

    junkonly

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    "No Space Battles..."

    In the Empire's Corps series, this book is more like "Reality Check" and less like the other books in this series. More drama and politics than space and ground battles that I really loved in the other books. I think most people can skip this book entirely and still be ok.

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    H. Browning Osaka, Japan 04-28-17
    H. Browning Osaka, Japan 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun series' first sour note"

    The greatest crime of this installment of the Empire's Corp is that it was boring.
    The plot was transparent soapboxing and the characters were uninteresting.
    The previous side-stories in the series were never handled this badly.
    The Empire's Corp isn't great S/F; its "Men's Adventure" with a (previously) skillfully applied lacquer of S/F.
    Even if you adore the series, you can skip this one; save your credit. I know I'll be asking for a refund.

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    "Intense"

    This is one of those books you just cannot put down until you have finished it, which is why I got through it in a day.

    It can be quite a frustrating listen in part, especially where the government officials concerned; very reminiscent of today, I think - we’ll all go away and sleep on it and come back tomorrow.

    However, as with previous books in this series, it was addictive and I look forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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