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Damocles Audiobook

Damocles

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When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers. In Loul Pell, a young Dideto male thrust into the forefront of the historic event, Meg finds an unexpected kindred spirit, and undertakes an extraordinary journey of discovery, friendship, and life-altering knowledge.Told from both sides of a monumental encounter, Damocles is a compelling novel about man’s first contact with an extraterrestrial race.

©2013 S. G. Redling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Randy & Diana 12-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun, Exciting & Fascinating – Silly, Moronic"

    High Schoolish, 85% to 90% of the story was great, I enjoyed it and was enthralled, and then out of the blue it would turn in to a silly high schoollish event. Rolling around in the mud, throwing temper tantrum. At one minute they are highly trained professionals, handpicked for the mission then they are on. The next minute they are silly children acting out.

    Overall the story was interesting and i enjoyed, but it could have been so much more.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    bluestategirl Vermont 07-25-13
    bluestategirl Vermont 07-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Visit to a strange new world!"

    I've been reading a lot of contemporary sci fi lately, but few of the books are available on audio. So I was very excited to find Damocles, and it is amazing. The federation of Earth colonies get a message from The Set (the beings who seeded humanity through the cosmos), inviting a visit. The crew travels for seven years in statsis, until they happen upon an inhabited planet of humanoid beings. It's the first one they've found, so the crew decides to drop in for a visit.

    Damocles centers around the linguists' officers attempts to build a vocabulary with one of the inhabitants so that the two species can communicate. If you enjoy this kind of book, this is a very good one. It's charming and funny, dramatic and sweet. I loved it.

    The way the book ends, I'm hoping for sequels.

    Great performance by Angela Dawe who brought the characters to life. Nicely done.

    I also recommend 'The Gift' by Dave Donovan on Kindle. It was very good, as well.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dodes 11-23-17
    Dodes 11-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting premises with unpleasant narration"

    The story is exclusively about first contact - Trials, tribulations and a large focus on language. Some interesting ideas presented though at times I felt things dragged on a touch. The narration was not great - when she wasn't doing voices (for which I ended up longing for) I felt like I was being talked at, sometimes even yelled at. Drove me insane and I ended up listening to the last half at 1.2 speed to get through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 11-20-17
    Stephanie 11-20-17 Member Since 2002
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    "Good idea, poor execution"

    One big issue for me was the dialog. It made no sense with respect to the characters. It felt like I was listening to a bunch of high school students.

    The idea of the story line was very interesting.
    I wish the execution was better and the writing solid.

    Too many things felt like contradictions.
    Character motivations did not always fit.
    And for characters to be 'on a new world' and have to be
    educated on other's 'jobs' did not make sense except to
    drive the plot. Not done well at all.

    I won't get any sequels. The characters are 'too damaged' for me to care about.

    Although I WILL look for this Author again in a few years and hopefully will have better
    writing skills because the idea was good.

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    EternalStudent 11-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great premise, good performance..."

    I disagree with some important assumptions (things that could be easy or hard)...and find a lot of the later characters punch worthy to the point I might not finish this. Again, the frustration is to the point I felt the need to create a review on here (which is rare for me).

    It's hard for me to imagine ANYONE taking the mostly verbal abuse the main character took through this thing. Maybe I'm just not in the right frame of mind to believe these scenes as possible. I had to get up and walk around, punching the air a few times.

    Oddly enough I felt the exact opposite earlier on...a sort of joy that first contact could work out. It always seems like, in stories like this we're dead set on coming up with stuff to go wrong (misunderstanding that turns to violence, etc), and reasons people will screw each other over (oh, we need your water...die...). Guess we'll see how it ends soon (hopefully).

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    Kurt Schwoppe Alexandria, VA United States 11-19-17
    Kurt Schwoppe Alexandria, VA United States 11-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Captivating but Ultimately Unsatisfying"

    Damocles held my attention, but left me feeling like I had just wasted 10 hours. Interaction between the main characters, especially at the end, were weird. Attempted plot twists and dramatic revelations fizzled. Real meaningfulness failed to materialize.

    I did like the premise of this book. It started out being a detailed study of first contact between interplanetary species under challenging circumstances. But, not wanting to reveal any spoilers, nothing of substance was accomplished in my mind. It became an interplanetary bridge to nowhere!

    Maybe I am a flawed reader. We all want to be entertained, but I personally like a payoff in the end. It didn't happen for me here. So while Angela Dawe's narration kept me in the game, even her good work couldn't recovery the book. I give it 3 stars for mild entertainment and literary value, but consider those missing two stars as frustration points in that the book did not live up to its potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Webb 11-16-17
    M. Webb 11-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this book!"

    I didn't want it to end! The relationship between Maggie and Lule was so sweet and child like.

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    marcene 11-13-17
    marcene 11-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "waste of money"

    This may be a good , but I can't get past the the really bad narration to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-16-17
    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I couldn't get past the science faux pas."

    This may be a decent effort but salad I'll never find out.

    To the author
    I read a lot of sci fi and am a bit of a science geek as are many readers of the genre.

    The first serious gaff was the doctors comment indicating that a character should wait a light year.

    the second was the indication that one planet in a solar system was destroyed by a support novayet somehow the rest of solar system wad intact.

    this was pretty early in the bookand I was immediately turned off.

    the story was obviously geared towards young adults which is fine but you still have to adhere to known science in order to extrapolate from it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Damocles"

    not really in to this kind of books but it was suggested to me a over all very entertaining!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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