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Swarm Audiobook

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

A novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson, Swarm is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war - and faced with extinction.

Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.

©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Dana R. Kolter 08-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This series is great. It got me hooked"
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Well thought out


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kyle Riggs


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is value added. Once I heard this book, I began to look for other things he has performed. He voice database is remarkable. He voice is soothing. My wife will listen to his voice when we go on trips without complaint.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good run .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Charlotte, NC, US 06-02-16
    Nathan Charlotte, NC, US 06-02-16
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    "great sci-fi story"

    this was a book that I didn't expect to like as much as I did. The title can be a little misleading when you think about swarm. However I was thoroughly pleased with this book and can't wait for the next one. Narration was great as well.

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    Ray 05-02-16
    Ray 05-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Story took a while to come together"

    I purchased this book mostly because of the narrator Mark Boyett and he did a great job. The story itself took a while to get me in but the narrator did a great job of keeping it going. Its a bit of fun and light listening and I look forward to where the story can go. The author has opened up a lot of possibilities. I thought it was longer than I expected with a few chapters after the big battles to work into the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 01-16-15
    G. Parish 01-16-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "What you see is what you get"

    Good military SciFi, but don't expect too much. It is engaging and interesting enough to encourage you to follow along for a nice adventure.

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    gardener97 Atlanta 08-02-14
    gardener97 Atlanta 08-02-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Could Not Finish"

    I just finished reading Steel World and Dust World and they were two very terrific books! So I got Swarm, the first Star Force book in the series and settled in for what I just knew would be a good time. Well, I have to say this does not feel like it is by the same author. This has more the feeling of a much younger author, just finding his style, but no, this one was published in 2010. The main character is so terribly self-important and so very chauvinistic to/about the main female character and big on fight/fight/fight with little story in there, well... I was not able to finish it. I think these books would appeal to a young, male audience. I was also appalled at how quickly he got over the deaths of his children, but this is a small, side comment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim EVANSDALE, IOWA, United States 03-03-14
    Jim EVANSDALE, IOWA, United States 03-03-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Reads like a made for TV SCYFY movie."

    If you were looking for just a simple time passer with sci-fi flair, then this may fit the bill. Not much depth, 2-d characters, but lots of action. The book kind of loses the plot and wanders too much mid way through. I'd like to learn more about the aliens in the story, but not sure I'd want to sit through another one to find out. Unfortunately, there are far better SCI FI stories out there competing for my time and attention.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Avihu Turzion Givat Avni, Israel 02-12-14
    Avihu Turzion Givat Avni, Israel 02-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Feels like a novelization of a GI Joe movie"
    Would you try another book from B. V. Larson and/or Mark Boyett?

    I will to give them a second chance. This book was horrible, but they might have wrote something good. I shouldn't hold a single book against them. But I will inspect that book more thoroughly before starting it.


    What was most disappointing about B. V. Larson’s story?

    The lack of character development. The main character starts flat and devoid of all emotion, and continues pretty much the same way. And no, losing loved ones is not an excuse to not having emotions.

    The disregard of the ways physical changes to the characters would affect their behaviour. After the main character undergoes a radical physical change, he acts the same. I would believe such a change would impact a person's character somewhat. But if that was the only thing wrong with it, I would have been more than willing to suspend my disbelief for it.

    Complete disregard to the ways warfare is conducted. For some reason the author thinks that if a certain faction is comprised only of computer equivalent devices they will operate the same way as his buggy computers at home. This is Independence Day virus scheme stupid.


    What character would you cut from Swarm?

    Sandra. As much as the story needed a female character, it could definitely do without this stereotypical buffoon. Her presence just strengthens the misogynism of the story because she is such a degrading stereotype, and she does nothing to advance the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise sounded very promising at first, and the fast pacing makes it easy and interesting to read, but this story doesn't stand on its on.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 01-27-14
    Michelle 01-27-14
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    "Hohummm"

    1st book in the series of 8. It was ok. The Narrator was really good, but everything else was boring. Kept finding myself drifting off onto other thoughts and would become lost of what was happening in the book. The plot was not very entertaining and at times was very predictable. If you read this don't bother reading the rest of the series. They are all the same right down to the same exact plot.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 05-24-13
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Solid and Mostly Original First Novel"


    I'm a bit more lenient with an author's first book, and this was a quick and enjoyable listen. It kept my interest pretty much the whole way through. It starts very unconventionally, which really keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. The main character gets abducted by an alien ship, has to pass several tests, and then gets put in charge and forced to fight another invading alien force. It feels very original since it could go anywhere.

    Then about halfway through the books really speeds up and devolves into a more traditional marine military sci fi. The author skips a lot of time as forces build up and alien technology is proliferated in order to fight a huge ground war, and most of the latter half is filled with bloody ground battles. This part is more disappointing as it loses much of its originality and actually feels like a different book.

    Then the very end puts on a twist that I didn't expect. I wondered how the next book would get set up and whether it was just a continuation of the battles we've seen. But instead something unexpected occurs and leaves a huge hook for future books. I'm interested to see where it goes from here.

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    Daniel Chappaqua, NY, United States 03-20-13
    Daniel Chappaqua, NY, United States 03-20-13
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    "Gary Stu Saves the Day"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If B.V Larson was a better writer. Brian Larson is a college professor and decided to put a perfected version of himself in a book. The problem was that he decided his fictional persona was always going to do the right thing despite that B.V never thought things out out. The result is a narrative littered with plot holes and terrible ideas that make the protagonist come across as an ignorant villain because he always assumes hes right (thankfully for him the narrative bends the universe to aid to his misguided attempts). To make matters worse everyone else fits into a one dimensional caricature with an IQ of around 80. The main female character enters the book nearly naked and only gets more 'seductive' from there and doesn't mind at all that shes just a shapely object. Elite troops the world over can't suggest better tactics or give incite to the unseasoned protagonist. Likewise the protagonist can spout off pseudo science that always seems to work but nobody ever corrects him that hes using the word theory for something he just thought up when hypothesis is apt.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mark Boyett did a great job with the many voices, each voice was unique and portrayed the emotions the character felt. Interestingly he also narrated John Ringo's Troy Rising which is nearly the same book only more political. Mark Boyett has a knack for suspense on even mundane things like giving programming code or making large mirrors.


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  • Leon
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    "Original idea"

    Great book can't wait for my next credit to get the next in series, I like the really original idea

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  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Great - fresh and ready scifi."

    Easy to listen to. Not a hugely taxing plot. Candyfloss Sci-Fi. But kept me well entertained. Not Lord of the Rings but when you want a slice of cake you dont want a 3 course meal.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/10/14
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    "Visual story telling great read"
    Where does Swarm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    From the beginning Swarm charges along a full speed, the atmosphere is spot on and desperate.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Swarm?

    The black surface of the ship has a personality of its own.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've started the Steel World books where Mark Boyett performs a different younger big ego character which comes across well, whereas in Swarm and Star Force he performs the slightly older lead just right.


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  • Mr Jon Ryan
    London, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Great book and easy to listen too."
    If you could sum up Swarm in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, engaging and smile.


    What other book might you compare Swarm to, and why?

    It's a bit like starship troopers but with robbots.


    What does Mark Boyett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    easy to understand.


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

    I wouldn't say moved but it did make me smile when the guy got his foot blown off and explained that the reason he still had a boot was because he found one. Only problem was that the boot was too small but not to worry as he didn't have a foot anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, easy listen, already started book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich M
    West Midlands
    6/28/14
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    "Good read with a few minor flaws"
    What made the experience of listening to Swarm the most enjoyable?

    I have listened a military based sci-fi book before, and whilst this has not me got me searching for them I have been put off them. I enjoyed the concept and the story development.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I thought the narrator did a great job and had an excellent voice for the military characters within the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I found it hard to take to the Riggs the main character in the book, and the way he reacted to situations lost a bit of realism for me. I would go into detail but do not want to spoil things by giving away important events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mara
    6/20/14
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    "Amazing book! Action filled sci-fi! Great narrator"

    It's an amazing book! Loved it from the very first "page" till the last!

    The story is great and original, very fast paced sci-fi novel, filled with action, aliens and cool technology. There is no moment you could feel bored. Couldn't put it down at all. Despite the fact that there is a lot of military insight and strategy in the middle of the book, it wasn't too overwhelming (even a girl like me was still interested). I guess it helps that the main character isn't a military person as well, so it's simple enough to understand his solutions and thinking. And the story has a lot of twists and surprises to keep you on the edge!

    And special love goes to the narrator - he is just amazing! The best I've heard so far! He really makes you feel the book on your own skin, the way he paces his talk, all the emotions he puts in the voice! And it's so easy to understand (very well pronounced and clear voice - English is a foreign language for me, so it's important)! The different characters also have different distinguishable voices. Great work!

    I'm already prepared to listen to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Fitzgerald
    coventry
    6/1/14
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    "Best read this year"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The reader was very good,reminded me of Ed Bishop.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gripping stuff from start to end,have got all the star force books now. Will get the audio versions too.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Boyett – was your favourite?

    All of the characters were good ,hard to pick out.Riggs I think


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did one Sat Morning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gery Lynch
    GLASGOW, United Kingdom
    3/26/14
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    "Great Start but fizzles out"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, it has a great idea regarding the 2 alien races but as the story continues it falls into the pulp sci-fi genre. It is a good pulp sci-fi.


    What will your next listen be?

    39 Steps by John Buchan


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Good atmosphere - certainly could feel the sense of claustrophobia


    Was Swarm worth the listening time?

    Mindless late evening listen - yes


    Any additional comments?

    Fair book - bit in same vein as "Forever War" but not quite as good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    3/9/14
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    "a decent book"

    the sotry is well told although there is the usual problem of men trying to produce femail voices to me they always sound wrong. other than that there where a few editing issuers with the recording words seems to jump or be cut off half way through this does not affect the story however can be annoying and gives the impression that the book may be abridged when it isn't (i assume as have not read the book in print form however audible says it is unabridged).
    over all a solid and interesting scifi story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
    1/29/14
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    "Hidden Depths"

    A great start to the series. This really sets the scene for a relatively simple story that then gets you thinking. I think it takes a real knack for words when a writer gives you simplicity and you can't help filling in the details. No overburdening with technicalities either and that makes a great adventure story. Iain M Banks did it in great detail, B V Larson does it with simplicity - both manage a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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