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The Gift Audiobook

The Gift

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Publisher's Summary

When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It’s clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price?

Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.

As the team races against the clock to divine their visitors’ complex instructions, they struggle with infighting and, ultimately, the question of what it means to be human.

©2013 Dave Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-15-14
    Freeman SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 09-15-14
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    "what a great hidden gem!"

    I don't understand how this only gets a 4.0 from some people! crazy creative and interesting!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-13-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2017
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    "This Gift is abit of a mess"
    Would you try another book from Dave Donovan and/or Jeff Cummings?

    Dave Donovan...I would give it a try. He has good chops and technical knowledge, and has alot of potential in this category of fiction. I certainly would not preclude him from my list!

    Jeff Cummings...sometimes comes across as trying too hard, but on balance a good performance with some pretty technical, or complex, dialogue. Again, not enough to preclude giving him another try.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It is clearly the beginning of a series, and as such the ending is rather open ended, esp. in the context of the amount of dedication we all put in to commit to the story. Thus, a neater ending would have been desirable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Try to be more natural and relaxed.


    Do you think The Gift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is clearly the beginning of a series, and the story does need conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    The reviews I read were alot more effusive than what I experienced. It was a decent listen, but didn't blow me away like it evidently did for other people. I liked if well enough, but was not in my top 25. Not even close. Recommended with reservations as noted.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Lana Charlotte, NC USA 03-08-15
    Lana Charlotte, NC USA 03-08-15
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    "Wonderfully Creative and Imaginative"

    I really enjoyed this book. it was engrossing and entertaining right from the start. Kudos also to the narrator, who did an absolutely great job with the subject matter.

    There seems to be an opening for a sequel and if that's the case, I can't wait for it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Moranda COLUMBIA, MO, United States 01-27-14
    Robert Moranda COLUMBIA, MO, United States 01-27-14
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    "YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gift the most enjoyable?

    fresh , different than the rest. cant put it down. im calling in to work to finish the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    ITS all good.


    What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

    he did 11/10 job. i will tweet to him


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

    there are several you will just have to try it.


    Any additional comments?

    you will love it. I NEED BOOK 2 NOW!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-26-17 Listener Since 2009
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    "Engaging"

    This book kept me interested every minute. now that the adventure had begun, I want to know where they go next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-01-17
    Christine Sandy Hook, CT, United States 09-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    This was a pretty enjoyable though predictable listen. Characters were not very developed, but the plot moved at a good pace and the narration was good. This author thankfully did not attempt to stretch out the story in an attempt to produce two books from one book of material (something that I am seeing more and more of these days), instead, he has left the door open to start an entire new chapter of the story. i will want to read that also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-09-16
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    "Nice start"

    This was a enjoyable audio book. looking forward to the next in hopefully will be a series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Shelton 11-05-16
    S. Shelton 11-05-16
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    "Just OK"

    It was interesting, but not an attention grabber that I could not stop listening to. I am glad that it was an Amazon book of the day and only paid $4.

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    Amazon Customer 10-26-16
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    "Great Story"

    Great story, well performed. The imagination needed for such writing is beyond me and glad to be able to read such quality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cheri 04-22-16
    cheri 04-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Reputations"
    Did Jeff Cummings do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found little difference between them except for the time the Boston Accent was used. Not familiar with it but to me it sounded authentic.


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

    When she called Jeff Dad


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book/audio. I liked the plot, the women's building friendship and the twists and turns. The over all story line was good however I some problems with the similar characters due to the narration. I would recommend as a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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