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Out of the Dark Audiobook

Out of the Dark

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Publisher's Summary

Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.

Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed. His chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity - but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.

Then, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity…until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth.

©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Weber pulls off this conceit in audacious style with a focus on military-powered action that will thrill fans of his Honor Harrington series, and he keeps the pedal to the metal right up to the almost unbelievable conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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    David Fontana, CA, United States 11-28-10
    David Fontana, CA, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Why Weber, why that ending?!?"

    It was all good; a little heavy on details about weapons, but that's to be expected from David Weber, but the ending. It was like a Star Trek ending where they make up some technobabble to get them out of the fix they were in during the last 5 minutes of the episode.

    I have to wonder if he didn't intend this to be the 1st book in a trilogy and then decided it was just going to be a single book so had to be able to wrap it up after writing a good portion of the book.

    Disappointing.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    benjamin stirling 04-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The ending killed it"
    If you could sum up Out of the Dark in three words, what would they be?

    A good start


    Any additional comments?

    Look this is a good book. what stops it from being grate Sci-Fi is the ending plot twist. you'll like the book till then.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Epsilon9 09-08-11
    Epsilon9 09-08-11 Member Since 2014
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    "What???"

    Well written, well conceived, imaginative, entertaining, well narrated....then came the end. WHAT!!????
    How did we jump from science fiction to the metaphysical? Did Mr. Weber have to rush off somewhere and decided to close it up with whatever happen to be in his mind at the time? It's a shame because although he seemed to have written himself into a corner, there was a huge potential for a series in the same vein as the Honor Harrington or the Safe Hold universes. In short, the ending / solution completely spoiled -- even destroyed, what was up to then, a very good book.
    The narration by Mr. Charles Keating was one of the very best I've heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maximiliano 04-01-11
    Maximiliano 04-01-11
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    "Not worth the time"

    Too many guns review and technical details that do not add to the story, that it's week at most. The closing of the story is dreadful, out of the blue it crashes the whole book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    charles Edison, NJ, United States 01-10-11
    charles Edison, NJ, United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Not his best work"

    I love David Weber and have greatly enjoyed many of his other works. This one greatly disappoints. I did listen to this one, but did not know how he published this book.
    I look forward to other books by Mr. Weber.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tv guy 09-28-17
    tv guy 09-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Yes there's a twist but there's plenty of forshadowing "

    I first read Weber's short story of the same name in the Warriors 3 anthology, so I knew what I was getting into. And yes there is a fantastic twist that many people are not thrilled about. I find it fascinating, and first started guessing it might happen about halfway through my reading of the short story. If you have doubts see if you can't get your hands on the short story somewhere. Read the first few pages and see if you're hooked.

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    Keith 09-18-17
    Keith 09-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Super Fun SciFi"

    Sweetly satisfying science fiction from one of my favorite authors which could only have been made better by the anticipation for the sequel that will never arrive!

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    Rodney Howard 02-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great ending"

    What a twist I did not see it coming. Great endinng caught me completely by suprise.

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    Chris Daugherty 11-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great beginning. Pale ending."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, The end of the book suddenly lost the quality of the rest of the book like Mr. Weber just wanted to finish and get through with it, disappointing.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Weber before, how does this one compare?

    Fair to poor.


    Have you listened to any of Charles Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't think so.


    Do you think Out of the Dark needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, it could start with all the details left out of the end of the first, then get back on track with the human side of the struggle, preparing to go to war against the Hedgemony.


    Any additional comments?

    Vampires showing up just in the nick of time to save the earth after man did his best (that struggle and its sacrifices were the best part) magically protecting the earth from alien dogs (maybe he was thinking werewolves?) wasn't was I would call the correct ending. But it's not my book, maybe he wrote it for himself and didn't mean to publish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kayson Saint Albans, NY, United States 08-29-16
    Kayson Saint Albans, NY, United States 08-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great invasion story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend it. The great plot development.


    What other book might you compare Out of the Dark to and why?

    It remind me of the Sauron series. Human overcoming aliens and being under estimated


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favorite?

    The guy that I think kind of killed the ending. Do want to say but if you listen and see how it ends you will understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No Surrender.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the ending. it was a little out there and even if you was going to go that way it needed to be more developed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emma
    1/27/11
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    "Show me, don't tell me!"

    I've listened/read a few David Weber stories now and I've really liked some of them. The 'march upcountry' series, for example, I really enjoyed. That said, I have the same issues with many of his stories, and they were especially obvious in this book - the author goes into an awful lot of unnecessary detail! In some cases, this can be quite interesting; I learnt about making swords, what makes a seaworthy boat and how best to use pike-men in the 'march ...' series. However, in this book the author spends so much time discussing guns and tanks, using alot of jargon, that I tend to tune out as it becomes incomprehensible to me!

    He also spends the majority of the book telling the listener what is going on through large amounts of exposition, and not showing us. The events which are told as they are happening are very engaging and enjoyable, but too much of the action is skipped in favour of the events being told through conversations after the event.

    I didn't hate this novel (i did finish it, after all), but it was certainly hard work, self indulgent (naming the pets after two characters from another series? Not cool!) and could have been much better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    MACCLESFIELD, United Kingdom
    12/9/13
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    "DOGS FROM OUTER SPACE"
    Would you listen to Out of the Dark again? Why?

    Yes, decent sci fi story. If you like Footfall or World War In The Balance you'll like this. Basically David Weber read both these books then and combined them to come up with this...which is no bad thing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Out of the Dark?

    That would be near the beginning when the fighter pilots run into the Aliens and chaos ensues.


    Which character – as performed by Charles Keating – was your favourite?

    The Leader of the Aliens.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending...you gotta feel sorry for the Aliens


    Any additional comments?

    The end is kind of...well silly really. Wont spoil it but...made me chuckle. You'd think if you were going to invade a Planet you'd do a bit more research though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ariana
    Norfolk, United Kingdom
    9/11/11
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    "Loved it"

    Yes, it's very different to the usual David Weber, but very enjoyable for all that. I really enjoyed all the little hints and subtle jokes in this book, and I guessed fairly early on what the deux ex machina was, the clues were all there if you pay attention. I found it very satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Arnold
    UK
    2/8/11
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    "Ruined by a ludicrous ending...."

    A reasonably enjoyable story, with excellent narration.
    However the ending of the story is ludicrous and a complete let down. Its like the author gave up and decided to go for something silly for a bet.
    Might have well have ended with Harry Potter and Ron turning up and casting a magic spell to make the baddies turn in to hat-stands.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    hornchurch, United Kingdom
    8/7/13
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    "Really good"
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    Great sci fi book really enjoyed it.
    I hope there is some more books to follow it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Thetford, United Kingdom
    3/23/13
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    "Different but good"

    Simple put this book is about an race called the Shongairi who have conquered the earth and killed millions of people and this book tells the stroy of the people who fight back the end is different and not what you expect but it is still a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    St Peters, Australia
    11/3/10
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    "ummm no"

    Obviously draws some inspiration from America's 'War on Terror' which makes for interesting comparisons but the hugely, lengthy descriptions of earth weapons and the damage they could inflict becomes boring fast - I zoned out a lot during those parts as it was like listening to a technical instruction manual. And where the audience might like more description eg the aliens, their history and battle scenes the descriptions are pretty basic.
    I don't think the narrator was suited AND the ending - jeez ... talk about ridiculous ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    birmingham, west midlands, United Kingdom
    12/7/10
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    "great story not so great ending"

    When i first started it was hard to get in to the story. But once past the first chapters and the history lesson it really gets good. But VAMPIRES the really was know need.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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