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Paradise Audiobook

Paradise: Expeditionary Force, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise. But Colonel Joe Bishop warns that they might not like what they find, and they can't do anything about it without endangering Earth.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Christopher Steele 06-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Slowing down but still great"

    This series is full of laughs and Joe and Skippy share an entertaining relationship but it may be time to come up some new dynamics for the two. Grrr Joe how did you out smart me again is getting a little old.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    The Home Cook 05-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "This is a bridge Novel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    While the reading by R.C.Bray was excellent, I can't say that I enjoyed this story as I had enjoyed the first two books in the series. It bounces about from Paradise to Joe, To Paradise to Joe every few minutes. The first 5 hours was a chore to get through.


    Has Paradise turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. All series sometimes takes you in directions, or just seem to stall on certain events as the author gets his bearings.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't want to give away anything here, and I certainly do encourage readers to give this series serious consideration, but Alanson could have made this into a shorter story, and I hope the next book in the series will not stall out and become so repetitious as this one was.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great writing and reading"

    I have been waiting for this third book and it didn't disappoint! I have loved this whole series so far. Many times I literally laughed out loud.

    Best Sci-Fi trilogy I have heard to date and the reading and interactions between characters are done to perfection! Bravo

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "running out of ideas..."

    Loved book 1, book 2 seemed long winded but still had me and this book leaves me wondering if this saga is done with me. I enjoy skippy but he has become very meh... same old same old and Bishop's interactions with him have become underwhelming. Perhaps some more drama between the two...? Idk... I guess I want more elders... or introduce the superior species.

    Performance is in my opinion the best around. I Really enjoy Bray's work. He brings characters to life.

    I'm a fan of both Alanson and Bray. But book 1 is still the best by far.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    05-31-17
    05-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Repetitive"

    Narrator and story are great. I absolutely loved the first book and immediately bought the second because of it. The second was a bit too much arguing between Joe and Skippy and what seemed (in my opinion) to be a lot of added filler that did very little for the story. Because of this I was fairly hesitant to listen to the third but I really wanted to know what happens and unfortunately it is quite similar to the second book.

    I did enjoy how the book jumped to different perspectives of characters and even alien races however, I feel as though it was just filler for very mild plot influences. still way too much Skippy and Joe arguing about predictable crap that could be reduced quite a bit so the author could add more to the story. it's makes you want to scream get to the point several times

    I was really hoping the author would reach a point of the elders/Skippy making some headway. instead the whole book seemed to come to a disappointing end and a cliff hanger that doesn't really entice me to want to listen further. I really like the story I just wish there was as much action as there is talking/arguing.


    I just finished the first book of the Fear the Sky saga which is a kind of similar story line (minus the space travel) but I enjoyed that book much more and recommend it.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Neil 05-26-17
    Neil 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Space Opera out there"

    The series gets better and better with every book. The characters and the depth of the storyline are just magnificent. If you haven't purchased any of these books yet stop what you're doing and start, you won't regret it. Can't wait for the next one.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    James Beaverton, OR, United States 06-01-17
    James Beaverton, OR, United States 06-01-17 Member Since 2013
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    "I love the story but this one was lacking"

    This had a good story but seemed to be lack g something. Loved the ending and can't wait for the next one....

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    -A 08-06-17
    -A 08-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Serious lack of story progression. "

    Nothing new and interesting in this book. The author should have expanded more on the elders and higher order species... Boring rehash of prior books.

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    Eric 05-28-17
    Eric 05-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "he needs to show instead of tell"

    this series is growing stagnant. the lead protagonist are good but need more depth. the other people need to vary more, thay all look like extras in a star trek show. the story needs to show not tell.

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    Jake Fort Drum NY 05-25-17
    Jake Fort Drum NY 05-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Skippy is AWESOME"

    I absolutely loved this book. The author has forever ruined A.I.s for me. I want all A.I.s in sci-fi to have the Skippy attitude! Seriously it was a great story.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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  • stewart
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    5/23/17
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    "its skippy time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Paradise to be better than the print version?

    Craig Alanson is the master of sarcasm especially when its delivered by R C Bray, this is the third in a series which just gets better and better, the story keeps you going but its the interaction between Col Joe and his omnipotent little beer can is superb and when delivered with R C Brays dulcet tones brings everything to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    has to be Skippy the magnificent, no other character can be so sarcastic yet with a roguish quality.


    What about R.C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    i have listened to a lot of R C Brays work and this narrator is the best.


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

    how can you get moved by a beer can calling you a dumb monkey all the time lol


    Any additional comments?

    superb work by craig and R C dont keep us waiting for the other books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
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    5/25/17
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    "Skippy De Doo Da!"

    My oh my what a wonderful book. These are just such great fun. Powered by the thoroughbred that is RC Bray there are likeable characters, plenty of action and actually some reasonably clever popcorn sci-fi ideas.

    Of course there is also Skippy the vastly intelligent alien AI beer can through which most of the delicious humour is delivered. Highlights in this one include him giving Joe some "live" relationship advice and a little fashion parade including a false moustache which had me genuinely laughing out loud.

    At some point I have to believe that this might start to seem repetitive . . . no sign of it yet though!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Graham
    6/17/17
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    "Fun and enjoyable"

    Ive just listened to all three of the books on the trot. Found myself chortling and with a smile on my face for 40 hours, I really am going to stop reading negative reviews on Audible. This was everything I wanted in a series of novels pure funny escapism. And there is a fourth novel in paper or kindle form, hopefully to be on audible? Do I wait or get the kindle version? Mmm

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • AdmiredLuke
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    5/29/17
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    "Amazing listen"

    Being the third book in the series I was worried that the humour would start to get old. It's safe to say that this is not the case. Love listening to Skippy and the crew and can't wait for the next book in the series. Keep up the amazing work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Olivier
    6/22/17
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    "an alright space opera story"

    the constant repetitive smack talk from the elder AI spoils an otherwise relatively entertaining story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SCW
    7/6/17
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    "The amazing Skippy"

    Amazing again, when is book 4 ready? cannot wait and it cannot be left like that. Brilliant characters made me laugh out loud, people thought I was mad!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
    England
    6/29/17
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    "Much better this time around!"
    Which character – as performed by R.C. Bray – was your favourite?

    Joe, as always ;)


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book much more than the previous two, less of Skippy calling everyone Monkey's every third word, lots of action, a better plot with the story taking place in two locations. Not sure what the point of Count Chocula was in this book as he didn't have much of an impact but aside from that I was engrossed in this. Plus a cliffhanger? :(

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big G
    6/27/17
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    "Unexpected good"

    Wouldn't have been a series I'd have gone for but it came up and I'm so glad I've listened to the whole series. RC Bray brings the story and the characters to life. Col Jo and Skippy TM should be up there with Kirk/Spock and Luke/C3PO. Funniest sci-fi I've read. Ever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smudger444
    6/25/17
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    "A Fitting End. not quite."

    This was another great addition to the series. you think its all over. well think again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • david
    6/20/17
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    "a good listen as I expected"

    I did enjoy his book but it is starting to be a little respective but only just.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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