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From the USA Today best-selling author of Dark Space. A mission to another world could be our only hope....

The year is AD 2790. With space elevators and giant orbital fleets hovering over Earth, open war looks inevitable, and people are anxious to get away. The lines are drawn, with the Confederacy in the East and the First World Alliance in the West. In hopes of finding a refuge from the looming war, the Alliance is sending Captain Alexander de Leon to explore an Earth-type planet, code-named Wonderland, but at the last minute before launch, a Confederate fleet leaves orbit on a trajectory that threatens both the mission and Alliance sovereignty. The resulting power struggle will determine not only the fate of Alexander's mission but the fate of the entire human race.

ยฉ2016 Jasper T. Scott (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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This is not military sci-fi

What would have made Excelsior better?

Where do I start? On the plus side, the plot is interesting. On the negative, the author has no feel for the military whatsoever, and this book is mainly about domestic violence, not military sci-fi. Truly absurd dialogue between the primary character, a captain of a starship, and his crew. During the entire book, I spotted only two instances of his orders not being questioned. And the narration was one of the worst I have ever listened to, and I'm a voracious audio book listener. James Cronin's go to "other" voice is completely deadpan without any relevant inflection or feeling. I am truly sorry I wasted my money on this.

Would you recommend Excelsior to your friends? Why or why not?

I would tell them to run in the other direction, unless they are fans of domestic violence themed literature.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Patrick Croninโ€™s performances?

Not in a million years. James Cronin should stick to narrating non-fiction. He has no feel for characters and it is dumbfounding that he was chosen for this book. On the other hand, when you consider that the publisher also chose a military sci-fi cover shot, you get a sense for how lazy this whole production really is.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Excelsior?

No amount of editing could make this book readable.

Any additional comments?

I hate being negative about audiobooks. They are hard to write and challenging to produce on a budget. I have the utmost respect for the authors, narrators and publishers who transport me to other times and other worlds when I press the play button. But this book is a rip-off and an insult for people who spend their hard earned money on this type of entertainment.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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It kept me hooked

There were so many events throughout this book that made me awkwardly cringe. Most situations seemed unresolvable at first but the story played out wonderfully in the end, putting all my cringes to rest. Hence the power of great story telling! Such an incredible plot, and most of all; incredible lessons and morals to be learned from this. Awesome read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book! Interesting and exciting

so when I bought this book I had no idea it was a space book about war. There is some romance, action, says, intrigue, fighting etc. Although this is the first book I have ever read of this kind I highly enjoyed it. My one problem was I listened to it aloud and the reader would do some characters monotone and almost computerized flat expressionless voices. otherwise he was okay. It almost put me off listening to book completely but I finally got used to it. I did really enjoy the ending of the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good writing

Well written story and good narrative, but it is a little darker for my taste

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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difficult to listen to

the narrator has a "strained" delivery that I found nearly intolerable. I did finish this because the story. I found it interesting very early on even though it is a bit more soap opera than space opera. I truly hope that by 700 years into the future the term "my baby daddy" is a term only the rarest of historians remember.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great Book! Interesting and exciting

Would you consider the audio edition of Excelsior to be better than the print version?

Did not read the printed version

Have you listened to any of James Patrick Croninโ€™s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No,

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

YES, imaginative and very well written and structured. and the narrator does well with the different voices of the characters

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Worth suspending your disbelief

This story is a mixed bag for me. It has a nice arc and satisfying conclusion. It deals with hard topics like what is justified in war and the hard circumstances of chance and how that can lead to exploitation and abuse. It's a very human book.

I did have trouble suspending my disbelief multiple times but recognize there were Compromises to tell a good story. I didn't like that there were two protagonists because both stories felt somewhat incomplete.

Still, a solid story. Thanks

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  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
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Spare me the non-essentials

This was an interesting concept for a story, but was not an enjoyable listen. This was primarily because the author chose to bury the story under a mountain of non-essential drivel. there is about two hours of such bloat distributed throughout the story. Although the actual story was pretty good, I am not inclined to continue with this author.

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worst narrator ever. can't finish

I couldn't get past chapter 3. The narration is so awful. This might be a good story, but I won't ever know. The reading is like a second grader with a flat monotone. I am returning this one.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Little character development, irritating narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Hire Mark Boyett to narrate. I ground through the first five hours of Mr Cronin's performance, then raised the white flag in surrender.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jasper T. Scott? Why or why not?

Not sure. I'd be willing to try but man, the world development must be richer! More vibrant! We need to understand who the characters are. Where did they come from? Surely Alexander and Caty aren't the only people who have a life!

How could the performance have been better?

Several characters sound exactly alike! Max, and the doctor sound like an evil villain voice. What narrator ends almost every sentence with it sounding like a question? The rising inflection over and over again grates on my brain like sandpaper.No one else heard this?

What character would you cut from Excelsior?

Korbin. Total nonsense whining on and on about the poor whale! This is a space opera, not Save the Whales!

Any additional comments?

This book could use more description of the surroundings. What did the ship look like? What kind of engines? What are the damn colors in the ship? Anywhere?! Readers need to be transported to where the characters are. We need to feel like we're 'there', not just being read a flat lifeless piece of paper.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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