We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
Uncommon Purpose Audiobook

Uncommon Purpose: The Hope Island Chronicles, Book 1

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Following the bloody war between the Athenian Republic and the Pruessen Empire, an uneasy peace has settled over the region of space known as The Tunguska Fault.

The Telford family's independent trading vessel, the Belinda, is captured by Pruessen slavers and the crew forced into a life of brutal servitude. Their desperate bid for freedom succeeds but a tragic price is paid.

Years pass and Nathan Telford, fighting the nightmares of his past and yearning for revenge, joins the Athenian Navy. His first posting is aboard the warship Truculent, patrolling the northern quarantine zone beyond which lurks the Empire.

Answering a distress call from a beleaguered freighter, the routine mission becomes a desperate fight for survival. The Pruessans are once again testing the defenses of the Republic and this time they have technology far in advance of the last war.

It is left to Nathan, three untried middies, and a disgruntled petty officer to try and avert a looming disaster.

With their high-tech weapons rendered useless and facing overwhelming odds, Nathan risks everything on a brave, hastily conceived gamble.

©2015 Tickety Boo Press (P)2015 Tickety Boo Press

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (105 )
5 star
 (66)
4 star
 (32)
3 star
 (4)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.5 (98 )
5 star
 (60)
4 star
 (30)
3 star
 (5)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.6 (99 )
5 star
 (69)
4 star
 (22)
3 star
 (6)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Tiffany 09-06-16
    Tiffany 09-06-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    152
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    338
    289
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fantastic!!!"
    What does Keith Michaelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really brought the story to life.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is really a 4.5. I wish we could do half ratings. Love books that can bring out all the emotions while including tons of action. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd 07-29-16
    Todd 07-29-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    404
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A very good read"

    Wow just wow! Nicely done. Way to go on the why the main character is so driven and doing it in such a manner as to drive it home but refrain from being too graphic and leave some of it to the readers imagination. I look forward to listening to more of this series and any other books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 02-20-17 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    120
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    418
    344
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Military Scifi"
    If you could sum up Uncommon Purpose in three words, what would they be?

    Just totally awesome


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncommon Purpose?

    The time Nathan had growing up on the "ranch" or whatever were actually some of my more favorite parts


    Have you listened to any of Keith Michaelson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, Keith did a wonderful job of maintaining a balance throughout the narration - he managed to match and evoke the emotional content of each scene while continuing to engage the listener


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    R. J. Thorne 06-17-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    199
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    61
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wanted to listen straight through!"

    This story MOVES! This isn't like a lot of space themed operas where everything is on a single ship. They are space battles, colonies, opposing forces all vying for control, and young Nathan Telford, the last of his family, navigating currents of hate and forces he can't control.

    I'm looking forward to some of the forces introduced but not fully developed coming to fruition in the next book! Great concepts with some mystery that blends a bit of "magic" into what feels, at first, like a traditional space journey. Great universe!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy 08-16-16
    Jeremy 08-16-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    13
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Really great book."
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book. Held my attention well. The story was easy to get into. I recommend! I enjoyed this book. Story was well written and well red. I'd like to see more from this author. "This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dave de Burgh Pretoria, South Africa 08-10-16
    Dave de Burgh Pretoria, South Africa 08-10-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent Military SF!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Uncommon Purpose to be better than the print version?

    I'm looking forward to answering that question when I get to read the print version - the tale was that good, I'll definitely be reading the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nathan Telford, for sure. When we meet him he's young, brave and impressionable, and as he goes through the crises which begin to define his character we get to see not only the hardness in him which he has needed to cultivate to survive, but also his softer, deeper side. He's a well-rounded, believable character and I'm looking forward to continuing his journey is the second book.


    What about Keith Michaelson’s performance did you like?

    Keith did a wonderful job of maintaining a balance throughout the narration - he managed to match and evoke the emotional content of each scene while continuing to engage the listener, and I'm looking forward to listening to more of his narration.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    After a young man witnesses the destruction of his life, he focuses on building himself into the kind of person who will be able to pursue the revenge he seeks.


    Any additional comments?

    Truly cool Military SF - PJ is a wonderful writer capable of deep emotional communication and edge-of-the-seat action and tension. Highly recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kyle 06-25-16
    Kyle 06-25-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good mix!"

    Good mix of on and off world action. I suspect the author has previous military experience. Felt very genuine but not overly technical. I couldn't help feeling very in tune with the characters. Not sure if it was the writing or the outstanding narration. Probably a bit of both. Really hope the next book in the series is on par with this. Military sci-fi fans will not be disappointed. Coming of age fans will not be disappointed. Great escape from the daily grind.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nate "Don't bother me while I'm in another world" 06-18-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    108
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "5 stars"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Def. Good stuff, bro. No doubt. Started out well, ended on a high, waiting for next book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Uncommon Purpose?

    (Mild spoilers) The time Nathan had growing up on the "ranch" or whatever were actually some of my more favorite parts. Felt very real, and it was cool to see time on a planet for a good part of the book rather than only in space.


    Which character – as performed by Keith Michaelson – was your favorite?

    Nathan and Moe.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh at several points. That's always a good thing!


    Any additional comments?

    You might think from the cover that this book is about big battles in space, ship against ship. There definitely is some of that, but most of the action is closer in, more intimate. Hand to hand. Boarding parties, raiding. Very fun stuff, bro. Glad I took the chance on this one.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lori 07-30-16
    Lori 07-30-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    341
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    796
    658
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    9
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worth your time - really good story"
    Any additional comments?

    .5 stars
    Interesting, Entertaining and Enjoyable

    Revenge, redemption, secrets, guilt, family honor, hate and love, along with action, suspense, good vs evil, space battles and so much more all woven into a pretty darn good story.

    You can tell the story was well thought out and is well written. While I enjoyed the story overall there was just something missing for me. At the same time I would definitely read the next installment.

    Large cast full of a variety of characters, which in the beginning was a little confusing.

    You can't help but love Nathan considering his age when the story begins and his maturing during the story. At the same time a little more personal back round on the Nathan and the major characters would have been nice. What Nathan went through is basically just alluded to, it doesn't have to be graphic but scenes into his life while he was a slave or on the planet or in the hands of the Dr. would have helped develop his character more.

    Nathan has an extra sense that he calls "prep" . What is it? Is it from his immunity to the disease? From his time on the plague planet?
    The reference to times at the beginning of each chapter meant nothing to me, it
    would have been better if it had given the date and then said 3 years later, 4 years later etc.

    Keith Michaelson did an fantastic job with the narration. Nice pleasant voice. Even pacing in the narration. There were so many characters and he conveyed a fantastic voice for each one. As well as the emotions of the characters. Well done.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-21-16 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    178
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    674
    147
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "outstanding"

    Great book I I couldn't but it down the narrator was fantastic the whole book was I am waiting for book no two I received this book free from the author or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Book Magic
    8/1/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great start to the series..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Uncommon Purpose to be better than the print version?

    Yes definitely.


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

    Keith Michaelson brought the characters to life. and I recognised all his voices when they came into the story.


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

    Yes, when Nathan let it all go towards the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Miles
    7/24/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    ""Look at me. LOOK at me!""
    Where does Uncommon Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to, and read, a lot of science fiction books and would rate Uncommon Purpose amongst the top twenty percent of books in this genre. The reader grows up with young Nathan, the main protagonist, feeling his pain, his achievements and fully understanding his desire for revenge. He came from an independent space trading family, which lived and worked together on the ship, Belinda. Family was everything. When still a child, they were attacked by a Preussen vessel and Nathan, together with his entire family, was captured, brutalised and enslaved. Many died but, after years of subjugation, the survivors managed to escape only to die almost at once of a plague originally seeded by that same Empire Nathan was left alone, a young teenager with vengeance in his heart, the only one able to uphold his family's honour.He does not have an easy time as he trains to fulfil his self appointed quest.


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

    The narrator was, mostly, excellent in his reading, especially dialogue. There are a lot of characters encountered and, although not everyone had their own distinctive 'voice' it was always clear who was speaking. However, I disliked the rather gruff introduction to each new chapter, especially at the commencement of the book;, so much so that when I first started to listen, I doubted that I would be able to continue through the full twelve and a half hours. Fortunately, the story line was so intriguing that I decided to continue with it and found that this aspect of the narration only occurred intermittently. It is for this reason alone that I have reduced my rating to four stars overall.


    Any additional comments?

    I can genuinely recommend this book. It has excitement, frequent detailed fight scenes that do not become too drawn out and tedious, the depth of characterisation is good - as previously mentioned, the reader actually grows up with Nathan - ,and the unexpected is always possible. There are sparks of humour, too, Plus there is ongoing mystery: how did Nathan survive when his family died, and what is the source of his strong intuition? This alone will be sufficient to make me read the continuation of his story.I received a free copy of this Audiobook from Garden Media, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. The thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.