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Gemini Audiobook

Gemini

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to try a different sci-fi or you're tired of the same superheroes with the amazing weapons, then try a story about real aliens. How they live, love, and survive. They start as a naïve society that has everything, and when they ask a simple question, they are attacked and learn to defend themselves.

©2016 Raymond Perreault (P)2017 Raymond Perreault

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    Tim Dearing 10-13-17
    Tim Dearing 10-13-17
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    "Good story, narrator took a little getting used to"

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    A really good story which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Check the sample first however as the narrator will not be everyone’s choice.

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    Kindle Customer 10-09-17
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    "Very different"

    I enjoyed this book. It was different enough to keep you interested. I received this audio book for free at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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    Lori 10-04-17
    Lori 10-04-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall entertaining.....but"

    If you love new worlds full of descriptive details with a retro 1960's feel this is the perfect book for you.

    When you venture into space with the intent on discovering if there is other life out there you need to be prepared for the answer The Roag find this out the hard way. Curiosity can have deadly consequences.

    I have loved everything I have read by R.J. Perrault unfortunately this one fell a bit short for me. While I enjoyed this story and it was very entertaining overall I didn't like it as much as his previous books. It took quite a while for the story to really completely grab and hold my attention. I'm talking about 3 hours (chapter 7) into the story. Normally if a story doesn't fully engage me in the first hour or so, I throw in the towel.

    Overall the story is actually very good. Once you get past chapter 7 the story really picks up. I understand it is all done to immerse the reader in the Roag's world and establish this perfect Utopian life they all have and how that life is changed once their curiosity of whether or not they are alone in the universe is answered…. but all the details, details, details. Sometimes less is more. There is so much detail describing the world in which the Roag the story is bogged down in the beginning. Details about the rocks, the soil, the food, the plants, the travel system, establishing their lifestyles, connections to each other, their connection to the planet, etc. While all the different details are interesting and actually add to the story overall at the same time it was too much of an information dump all at once. Although it does show what a creative imagination and attention to detail Mr. Perreault has when it comes to his stories.

    This is the first time I have heard Ed Waldorph narrate a book. While he has several good qualities to his narration it was for the most part dull.
    The good - He has a nice voice. His narration is clearly spoken. He does have a couple of good character voices. His distinction between the 2 species made it clear which species was speaking.
    The bad- His narration is too monotone/flat. There isn't a lot of life or animation to it for the most part. There were times the narration had a bit more life to it but it wasn't consistent. Most of the characters sound the same except for a few. His narration doesn't always flow smoothly. I don't think he was the right narrator for the story. It needed someone who could handle all the different characters with a bit more animation and bring them to life.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

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    Jon 09-29-17
    Jon 09-29-17
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    "Good book but"

    I like getting the audible book sometimes and I did on this one . I did enjoy the book but could not stand listening to the narrator . He is the worst one I have ever listened to. About as boring as watching paint dry. I switched to my Echo and let her read it.

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    Catrina P 09-27-17
    Catrina P 09-27-17
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    "Not your typical sci-fi - Gemini"

    A great storyline. I loved learning about the simple lifestyle of the Roag and seeing how they needed to grow and adapt rather quickly to protect and preserve their way of life. I appreciated the fact that not everything was sugarcoated and happy as they learned to defend themselves. Pain and loss are a part of life.

    My one complaint was that the narration dragged a bit. I bumped the speed up to 1.25x and that helped.

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    Neesie315 New Mexico 09-26-17
    Neesie315 New Mexico 09-26-17
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    "May your soil always bear Jabon"

    This book has an interesting premise and reminded me of some of the early 1950's sci-fi books/movies. However, this interesting idea seemed to have gotten bogged down in a lot of minutiae.

    The Raog are a peaceful species and become curious about a possible twin planet. When they send up a satellite to find out if the planet exists, all of that changes.

    If I had been reading a physical book instead of listening to it on Audible, I would probably have skipped a lot of it. The first part was rather boring and read more like a technical paper on how to grow the Raog's one crop, Jabon. Also, it was hard to follow the story at times because of the foreign names and the author's style of jumping from place to place a lot without any explanation.

    The writing style was also more like a technical paper, without any flow or attempt to draw the reader into the story. And, why oh why, did Mr. Perreault feel that each and every time that a character left, they had to say, "May your soil always bear Jabon"!!!

    The narration was OK, but very uninspiring. I don't know if this is due to the style of writing or not. Mr. Waldorph was basically just reading the book aloud without any emotion attached at all.

    If you are a diehard sci-fi fan, especially of old style sci-fi, give this a try. I think that the whole story could have been a great novella, but seemed a little long in this format.

    I was gifted a copy of this Audible book by the author and chose to review it.

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    norman burlington, nc, United States 09-26-17
    norman burlington, nc, United States 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Story"

    This audio has a very interesting storyline. However, sometimes I felt that it wasn’t believable. I think a different narrator would have made for a better audio.

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    D. Backshall 09-25-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Complex character development and world-building"

    I love it when an indie author finds a way to take a well-worn genre and breathe some life into it. Ray Jay Perreault takes a classic 1960s-70s scifi theme and brings it into the 21st century. Reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert A. Heinlein, this novel delves bravely into the cultural motivations and sociological possibilities of an entirely alien culture. Is it exciting? I can't claim that it is. But is it interesting? Certainly.

    I enjoyed meeting and getting to understand the Raog people, just as much as I enjoyed learning about Valentine Michael Smith, when I met him in Stranger in a Strange Land. The bonus with Gemini was the refreshing lack of 20th century misogyny typical of those classic getting-into-the-heads-of-aliens novels, something this reader did not miss.

    As for the audio portion of this presentation, I'm sorry to admit I found the narration terrible. The narrator, Ed Waldorph, simply read, both slowly and painstakingly, which drained any possible energy from the story. As well, the version I heard had some intermittent background noises that were distracting. Given the chance, I would have preferred to actually read, as the complexities of the characters and world-building were lost in an almost disinterested style of reading.

    Four stars for the story, one grudging star for the narration --> three stars overall.

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    Norma Miles 09-24-17
    Norma Miles 09-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "May your soul always bear jargon."

    Ray Jay Perreault is a classic style writer of science fiction, his work building on character and ideas, challenging thought. This seemingly simple story is, in fact, a challenging tale of change, coexistence and love for others. In order to establish the original way of life on Varo, a planet seemingly circling a sun alone in the distant galaxy, considerable time is spent word holding, establishing the society and politics, agriculture and daily life. The inhabitants are a peaceful people, living in harmony with each other and their sacred soil, to which they will one day return, and which provides everything they need for life. Without personal ambition to rule over others, leaders emerge naturally chosen as needed, but, although respected, they are not higher in the social system, there is no divide between rich and poor and all are fed and housed and comfortable. Life is good.
    Then into this world comes a different, invading culture, threatening everything held dear. To survive they must face this new intrusion. To survive, they have to change. After the book's leisurely beginning, the pace increases as the people try to save their place on the planet.that has been their home and comfort back into the depths of time.

    Ed Waldorf's narration, whilst being steady and clearly given, is not inspirational, being rather unemotional and far too slow. Increasing the speed helps a little but, combined with some repetition in the text in early stages of the book, his performance could deter some listeners from going beyond this stage into the more action filled sections which follow. Which would be a great pity. This is a book well worth reading.
    My thanks to the author for freely gifting me a complementary copy of Gemini. I have read and enjoyed many of his earlier works, such as SIMPOC, and the other associated Virus stories. This one is different but still explores the nature of humanity - even amongst aliens.

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    Rabid Reader 09-24-17
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    "Clash of cultures"

    This is the unusual story of two alien races and the battle for survival between the peaceful Raug and the bloodthirsty race of Ora. Somewhat slow in the beginning, the story improves as it progresses with some great battle scenes and twists. In the audiobook I did find the narrators pace a bit sluggish and his voice was somewhat sleepy and flat, which compounded the slowness at the start of the book. This is not just a simple tale of good vs evil, rather a complex story of a cultural clash and the need to be able to adapt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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