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Spindrift Audiobook

Spindrift

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Publisher's Summary

June 1, 2288 - Europe's first starship, the EASS Galileo, launches on its maiden voyage to investigate an unidentified object, code-named Spindrift, which is traveling outside our solar system. An object that may be alien in origin. The Galileo disappears soon after...

February 1, 2344 - The Galileo's shuttle returns to Earth carrying three surviving expedition members, who still appear to be the same age they were when they departed. They report that they have, indeed, made contact with an extraterrestrial race - and become enmeshed in a conflict that brought them face to face with the most apocalyptic force in the galaxy. It is up to Director General John Shillinglaw to piece together the puzzle created by these events - for the survivors tell their stories from their own conflicting perspectives. And the truth is more difficult to glean than it appears.

BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Allen Steele.

©2008 Allen Steele; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Jim "The Impatient" 08-02-11 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Should have been a novella"

    I stayed with this book because in the midst of all the unfunny jokes and the stupid characters, there was an actual good story. The telling of the story was just too tedious at times. If a character leaves a room and goes to meet someone in another room, you may get (he grabbed the door knob and turned it counter-clockwise, pulling the door inward he stepped into the narrow hall, walking at a brisk pace he noticed a smug on the wall ....) Boring detail that does not add to the story. Then the lead character is a scientist who is a mass murderer, who the author thinks we should like. He smokes pot so the narrator gives this genius scientist a surfer dude voice. This guy killed 30,000 people and tried to kill more and we are suppose to feel sorry for him because others won't include him in there circles. In the end the scientist does nine years for killing 30,000 people. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this?

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-24-11
    Peter Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-24-11
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    "Awful reader"

    I have been listening to audible books for more than 20 years - since you had to get them on cassette tapes (and they were called books-on-tape). In that 20 years, I've listened to over 400 books and have enjoyed nearly all of them.
    I really like Allen Steele's books. I enjoyed the Coyote series very much. To be sure, there are readers I have really liked and readers I did not like so much. But Andy Caploe is the worst I listened to in those 20 years. Though I like Spindrift so far (I'm about half through it), I'm not sure I can finish it because of the terrible reading. Many times, I'm not sure Mr. Caploe is listening to what he's reading or is even aware that the individual words are part of a sentence. The emphasis is frequently overly dramatic and even more frequently misplaced. The voices are also terrible. His English and Russian accents are laughable. Why he would chose to cast Ramirez - a highly educated, if somewhat flawed character - as a Southern California surfer boy is entirely beyond me.
    I have never stopped listening to a book because of the reader. Yet. I may be just interested enough in learning how the story turns out to push through, but I'm not sure I'll make it. I will be sure to never again get a book where Mr. Caploe is the reader.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ingar Linden, NJ, United States 03-22-11
    Ingar Linden, NJ, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not bad"

    I have never before agreed when others have whined about bad readers. Usually I manage to get used to the reader after a while. This time it was a lot harder than usual though. The narrator's rhythm is "unusual" and the voice acting leaves something to be desired.

    I did eventually get used to it and listen through the entire story. It is not bad. I liked it. I suspect I would have liked it even better if I was familiar with the Coyote Universe.

    Ideally I would have liked more exploration (of the unknown) and less preparation. The ending was not the best either, but all in all I enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Huntington 08-21-10
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    "Great author, terrible production"

    I've loved Steele's other Coyote universe books, but I couldn't finish Spindrift. The voice talent was just awful. The narrator and main characters were unimpressive at best, and some of the supporting voices - the main scientist in particular - were so whiny, overwrought, and just plain annoying that it was unlistenable. I hate to downvote what is probably a good book based solely on the reading, but do NOT purchase this audiobook. Get Steele's Coyote books in audio, but get this one in print instead.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    garret meridian, ID, United States 04-01-13
    garret meridian, ID, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "What a letdown."
    What would have made Spindrift better?

    I like the premise but the execution of the whole audio book was a huge letdown.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I think the narrator was the biggest draw back for me. His voices were not far from his own and after 6 hours his voice became very grating.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Damian Portland, OR, United States 03-29-11
    Damian Portland, OR, United States 03-29-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun story, peters out a bit at the end"

    I disagree with some of the other comments about the narrator. I liked his reading quite a bit, and thought it went very well with this kind of "hard science fiction." He only fell down on the voice of one character which is done as a bad Tommy Chong / 70's stoner impression--that just didn't work. (I think it's usually better when a narrator doesn't push "voices" and accents too hard).


    The book itself is a nicely paced space exploration story, very traditional and well worked out. Nothing innovative, but satisfying, until the final chapter or two when the story just kind of fades away. It might be because important revelations are being saved for other "Coyote" novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-22-10
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 03-22-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrible Voices"

    The over the top voices ruined this book. The stoner scientist voice was so annoying it was a fight to continue to listen. Save your credit. Get Chindi instead if you want the same story but written 10x better.

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    JACK 06-09-17
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    "An excellent depiction of human governmental bureaucracy's betrayal and stupidity"

    This is The story of man's first deep space journey to investigate an unknown transmission and its first contact with an alien civilization and the intricacies of deep space travel along with the shipboard romance of a young couple and the hardships they and the crew must endure to stay alive

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    Ron 04-13-17
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    "As someone else stated, this would be more appropriate for YA"

    First off the narrator had this odd, awkward speech pattern that made listening to the story difficult and frustrating. He did surprisingly better at speaking in character.
    The writing was tedious and sophomoric. As a previous reviewer said, the women characters had little depth, they seemed to just be descriptive "arm candy" for the male protagonists.
    I had liked this author's coyote books, so this was a disappointment.

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    Morton Northville, MI, USA 09-02-13
    Morton Northville, MI, USA 09-02-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Worth reading"

    I often wonder what it's like coming into a series mid-way and this book is set within the Coyote Universe. I probably missed a number of nuances but I wasn't confused. I suspect the backplot blew some of the storyline from Book1 but I'll probably read that sometime, too.

    I found this book to have a 'medium' pace with enough sub-plots and fractious characters. (Kind of like Dr. Smith on Lost in Space).

    I found the final chapters odd; the characters seemed to become completely difficult and argumentative and rude or petty. It didn't detract from the overall story, it just didn't seem reasonable.

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    "A story of first contact"

    I found this a most enjoyable story of first contact. It is well read and easy to follow. Some die hard readers of Science Fiction may be familiar with this type of plot and find little new, but I simply enjoyed it. I supposed it helped a little that I read/listened to the Coyote novels, but that is not necessary to enjoy this book. This is much more "alien" than the Coyote books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "First contact , very good version of what could happen"

    This story provides very interesting version of first contact. The background of us coming to think there might be so rhythms there, the scary find and trying to understand what we are seeing. The scared nature we all have the facility to exhibit as well as ... Well you'll need to read to find more

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