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Marines: Crimson Worlds Audiobook

Marines: Crimson Worlds

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Publisher's Summary

Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes.

In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.

As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved.

Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy?

Now Included: A sneak peak at Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory. Read the first three chapters, immediately following the end of Marines in this Kindle edition.

Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory - Available Now!

Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012

©2012 Jay Allan Books (P)2012 Jay Allan Books

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    Everett Jenkins 06-30-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Got halfway through had to stop."
    What would have made Marines: Crimson Worlds better?

    The narrator needs work. I'm not going to say hes bad but its really hard to explain. Even when the narrator tries to put inflection in his voice everything comes across in a monotone sound. There are weird pauses to the point that it was driving me nuts and I couldn't get into the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Bower?

    Mark Boyett would have been good.


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

    Anger, Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the book so I cant comment on the story. I just couldn't get past the narrator style/sound.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James T WV USA 02-11-14
    James T WV USA 02-11-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dont waist a credit !"
    Would you try another book from Jay Allan and/or Jeff Bower?

    Definitely not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jay Allan again?

    Maybe if his writing improves


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Bower’s performances?

    Hell no .. maybe if i wanted some one to drone on and on with the same dull uninterested tone and cheap special effects till i fell asleep at night this would be a good one !!!!


    What character would you cut from Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    I had High hopes for this book .. I was sadly disappointed. I dont usually write reviews but i hope to save some other member from wasting credit on this.
    This book lacks action and likable characters. It is not even really a book, it is like the authors plot summary every thing that happens is vague and off stage. it reminds me of reading someones diary that doesn't like writing down the details.

    That said
    I love books by Johnny Ringo, B. V. Larson, Vernor Vinge, John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Joe Haldeman, Mike Shepherd, Larry Niven , Kristine Kathryn Rusch and C. J. Cherryh
    I hope this review will help you chose another book to down load !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KMAN WI 09-14-17
    KMAN WI 09-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "okay story. dry narration."

    The story is OK but the narration lacks in feeling. if you can get past the narrator the book is interesting. I like when it goes into the explanation out the various governments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alexander 07-18-17
    alexander 07-18-17
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    "meh book totally destroyed by performance"
    What disappointed you about Marines: Crimson Worlds?

    The story is told in the first person, it skips around alot and glosses over and elucidates parts of the story randomly. It feels like a poorly abridged version of a truly magnificent epic, or an author with ADD and an editor that doesn't look at the work as a whole.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I would be fine with that, but the narrator was awful. He sounds like the guy who narrated Freeman's mind, specifically whiny with no idea of how to pronounce words or string together a coherent thought. He over stressed pronouns like a sulky or excited 12 year old. Also, the word repatriate. I couldn't care less between re-pay-tree-ate or re-pat-re-ate, but repah-trEYEate is a non-starter. Also, a Komondor is a dog not a rank. Lastly, the only real vocal differentiation between characters was that of the Patron General, who is voiced as if he was a cross between Woody Allen and a DMV clerk, and the over-stereotyped Japanese observer (even though he is supposed to speak flawless English).

    All this, then the producer stepped in and decided it would be better if all A.I. and electronic communication sounded as if it was coming from a 1950s school PA system. Oh, and if it was supposed to be an actual PA announcement, they decided that the science of balancing out speakers was a lost field and you get the announcement doubled back on you.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can't tell, this mediocre story that has glimpses of being able to stand up and be three dimensional got pounded flat by a narrator that was both drab and overly hammy at the same time as well as a producer who just learned how to play with the fiddly things and sound effects on his mixer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew A Kuhlmann 06-23-17
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    "Jeff Bower... Never again..."
    Where does Marines: Crimson Worlds rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is alright.. Nothing special. A good scifi and space


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice pitches up and down without meaning to. It sucks and makes the narration sound cheesy and awful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It almost made me puke. This guy's voice sucks.


    Any additional comments?

    I won't listen to a Jeff Bowers narration again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17
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    "Great story good narrative. Definitely recommend👍"

    Everything was great as are all of the Jay Allan novels highly recommended. The narrative was OK. Good enough to picture different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory 03-27-17
    Gregory 03-27-17
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    "This first novel got me hooked on the series."

    If you like Space Operas, Definitely try this first novel and you'll be picking up the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos B. Boston, MA 03-14-17
    Carlos B. Boston, MA 03-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing storyline"

    Weak plot line, too predictable. Nothing new or interesting about the writer's version of the future. I'm sorry I couldn't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-02-16
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 11-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "The series story line is better than the books"

    These books are inconsistent. The overall story line of the series is wonderful and has kept me coming back through a couple prequels and this volume.

    However, there are serious problems in the writing. Although I loved Darius Jax in Tombstone (#.25), I didn't even recognize the name here in this book, and how he and Erik Cain became friends is never mentioned or developed. That is the first writing flaw--even the main characters are thin and forgettable. Other people are mentioned, many die, and who cares since we never knew them anyway.

    Another flaw in the writing is that there are all these tremendous battles full of courage and danger, and yet you cannot hear, see, or feel any of it. Stuff gets done but you don't care. You can yawn through it all.

    This particular book is confusing in that the publisher's description says it includes a peek into number 2, but you have to guess when the current story ended. There are 20 chapters, the first and last are Audible intro and Thanks for Listening, so 18. You will think that the story ends after chapter 11 when it says "I would return to Earth, but she would never set foot on Earth again." But there's another sleepy chapter that ends on the cliff-hanger, "We are coming for you now." Then the next chapter is About Super Powers, so you don't know if the story is over or not. You figure it has but there are still 6 more chapters listed! After the dry as dust Notes on Military Formations which includes a materials and capabilities list of the armored suits (seriously?), and The Western Alliance, we come to a chapter featuring Admiral Augustus Garrett whom we met and totally forgot in Bitter Glory (# .5). Then, with no clue that the book is now over and you are getting the sneak peek into #2, we get to listen to chapters 1, 2, and 3. You have to figure that out on your own. It's a sad commentary that these last 3 chapters were actually the most interesting part of the book (because they aren't part of this book.)

    Then there's the narration. The Audible reviewers here disagree on this one-- some really like Jeff Bowers, others don't. I don't. His voice is a great one when you have insomnia, which he probably couldn't pronounce. I am being harsh here, but narrators must be professional these days. Mr. Bowers can't seem to pronounce words over 3 syllables, and then he even adds syllables. Specifics: He pronounced "repatriation" as "REPpa- try-ation", "circuitous" as "SIR-kit-us", "intravenous" as "intra-veen-ee-us", and "mineralogical" as the astounding "minnie-airy-o-logical". Inexcusable.

    Mr. Bowers' reading voice and his voicing for Erik Cain are horrendous, he's even boring himself. His falsetto voices for the very few females in the story would better suit Smurfs or 3-year-olds. However, I did like his character voices for all the other people in the story, but there is so little interaction, you don't get enough of a break from his regular voice. I even checked twice to see if there wasn't a second reader providing those different characterizations.

    So, all in all, if you can stand the narration, and the many undifferentiated battles, and long descriptive readings, you should enjoy the story for the universe it is setting up. The premises are good, there're just too many disappointments in the delivery.

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    Amazon Customer Arizona USA 06-25-16
    Amazon Customer Arizona USA 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Narration is awful"

    I forced myself to get through about half the book. It was hard to do. Do you remember reading a book to a child or having someone read to you when you where small? I think you have the picture. It drove me nuts. I can't give any stars for the book because I found that none of the story really stuck with me. The star is for the narrative. I would have given zero.

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