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Serengeti

By: J. B. Rockwell
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
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It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti - a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain - on her own, wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside. Then a scavenger ship arrives to pick Serengeti's bones clean. Her engine's dead, her guns long silenced; Serengeti and her last two robots must find a way to fight the scavengers off and save the crew trapped inside her.

©2016 J. B. Rockwell (P)2016 Tantor

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Only for people who aren't old enough to read

What disappointed you about Serengeti?

The story started out interesting, but devolved until it was at the level of a 5 year old. Most of the book is a supposed 10 generation AI talking to maintenance robots like they were Ewoks. The robots have to communicate VERBALLY with the Ships advanced AI. The AI can't interpret the flashing lights and beeps of the robots. Most of the book seems to be the AI trying to pry information out of the robots shen it could link in and take in a thousandth of a second. Stupid, stupid stupid!

Would you ever listen to anything by J. B. Rockwell again?

Never, ever, no way, no how!

What aspect of Elizabeth Wiley’s performance would you have changed?

Her performance was fine considering the material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

If you need something to put your toddlers to sleep, this will do it.

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A fun read Ta Da

This is a different and interesting story. Serengeti is a Valkyrie class Warship with a sentient AI brain. The AI ships are special. Their personality depends on the kind of spaceship they are in. They have complete authority over the captain.

Serengeti belongs to the Meridian Alliance fleet and they are at war with the Dark Star Revolution fleet. The two fleets have a battle and Serengeti is badly damaged and is on the edge of total failure. She was unable to evacuate her human cryogenically frozen crew and send a distress signal. Scavengers board the ship and Serengeti and her two robots must fight them off and save the ship and crew.

Rockwell made the AI and robots very humanized almost too much so. Had the feeling this book was written for young people. I had to suspend belief a few times but overall it was a fun book and a bit different from the usual space operas. The book was well written and the robots were cute. The book dragged a bit in the middle of the book.

Wiley does a good job narrating the book particularly between Serengeti and her robots. Wiley is an actress and an award winning audiobook narrator.

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