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It’s survival of the fittest in a brutal war of extinction!

Created in the gene labs as super soldiers, the Highborn decide to replace the obsolete Homo sapiens. They pirate the Doom Stars and capture the Sun Works Ring around Mercury. Now they rain asteroids, orbital fighters and nine-foot tall drop troops onto Earth in a relentless tide of conquest.

Marten Kluge is on the receiving end. Hounded by Thought Police, he lives like an ant in a kilometer-deep city. The invasion frees him from a re-education camp but lands him in the military, fighting for the wrong side. Star Soldier is the story of techno hell in a merciless war, with too many surprises for any grunt’s sanity. Star Soldier is a full novel, 82,000 words in length by Vaughn Heppner, Writers of the Future winner, Vol. IX.

©2010 Vaughn Heppner (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Worst narration I've heard from any audible book

I could almost not stand listening to this book because of the narration. The character accents were awful and the pace was too slow. The narrator was a huge distraction to the story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good book and the series only gets better!

Cons:
While I give this book a 3.5 I would highly suggest getting it! The series overall is an easy 4 or maybe a 5 (on the last 2 hours of book 6). The problem with this book is the story seems hopeless and there are quite possibly too many characters and a lot going on. Eventually towards the middle of the book and in all the others it focuses mostly on the main character.

Pros:
The narrator does a decent job in this book, as I've seen much worse, but he becomes top notch in book 2 and only gets better. You can tell every character apart without a problem; even the ones that don't talk much. This book as well as all others don't take much time getting into the action. The story isn't predictable and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the hell the main character and humanity go through. It has quite a bit of strategy (which i like the most) and more action and space battles than any book I've read.

If your into science fiction, space battles, and hand to hand combat; I would highly suggest getting this book and the rest of the series. I rank it up there with the star force and lost fleet series (so readers know where i stand), but the books are quite dissimilar. It is much closer to the star force series, but in a much crueler world where genetic superiors claim themselves as the rulers.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Great book! Worst narration!

Great book! Worst narration! So bad I debate the next book now which sucks but what do you do? Me? I am still thinking!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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too much vocal fry

sure, it makes the bad guys seem worse, but it also hurts the listener's ears. Does anyone really talk like that other than performers?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tekii
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 07-06-16

Story severely hindered by terrible narration.

Aside from the robotic painfully purposeful word by word reading, the rampant mispronunciations made this audiobook unbearable. After the part around chapter four about the invasion of Japan where the narrator said "new-cue-ler" no less than 25 times I had to stop listening.

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Love the story.. But...

Oh my god. Vaughn, how could you have this book and series in a tin can, horrible, but because I like your writing I'll listen to all of them. But PLEASE no more TIN CAN Sound.

Sorry got say what I feel. Great Series though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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As others indicate, Great Story - Terrible Narrati

This review is going to focus on the narration since this is an audiobook (and the story is fantastic). All accents, mispronunciations and minor attributes aside, the most frustrating thing about this narration is the speed at which he reads. I actually checked the audible app to make sure the speed hadn't been set to less than 1.0 by accident - it wasn't. The only reason i was able to continue with the series is b/c the app let me increase playback to 1.5 times normal, i highly recommend that if you want to listen to this at (for all other narrators) normal reading speed. This is actually the third series in a row i've listened to that had poor quality narration and, as i said, i almost refunded the book and stopped with the series. I'm sure this narrator was cheap but they still overpaid. if you set playback speed to 1.5x and can look past some very poor pronunciation and character voices, the story is well worth it, its a fantastic adventure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worst narrator ever

This narrator is terrible. Thought at first maybe he was mimicking a computer so fast forwarded to see. Nope. Just a terrible narrator. Book maybe good, but will never know.

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Great story, poor narration

I liked the story arc of the main character as he goes from a guerilla operation with his dad to a social misfit to an elite soldier.

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I loved the Social Unity experiment

I thought the narrator would be a burden to follow. Deep, almost too deeply voiced. He was overly dramatic and slow the first several chapters.

But as the book continued this improved. remained a slow speaker, but some good characters were uncovered.

The book is an interesting depiction of social unity. Humorous since it is an possible extrapolation of where we (the world) are heading politically.

God forbid that we ever tilt so far.

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  • Mrs. V. McDowall
  • 09-08-15

Robotic speech

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Different narrator

What could Vaughn Heppner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know as after 2 hrs the robotic speech stopped me from understanding plot and stopped listening

Any additional comments?

The narrator sounds like a speak and spell from the 1980 s

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  • Katy
  • 07-09-16

too gory and battle intensive

I couldn't finish it. too mired down in hopelessness,battle tactics and blood. both sides are evil, so there's no real hope for freedom. too grim an outlook for me. disappointing as i really enjoyed the 'lost' series written by the same author so was hoping for another good series start. but this is one series i wont be pursuing.

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  • Simon
  • 01-18-15

Narration spoiled it

I've read other books by this author, the invasion series, and loved them. I'm not into sci-fi but thought I'd give this a go.

However, I couldn't enjoy it as I did not enjoy the way it was read. It sounded too robotic for my taste, almost as if individual words had been edited together. Could just be me though.

I suggest that you listen to a sample first and see if you like the narration. If you do then this could still be a great "read".