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Sovereign

Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (2,732 ratings)
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Our favorite moments from Sovereign

A trillion miles from home…marooned.
Micah finds his ship’s survival kit
My real home—Oregon…
A little walk wouldn’t hurt.

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Jeff Hirsch

About the Author

Jeff Hirsch is a Virginia native living in the small but mighty state of Rhode Island. He started out as a writer in seventh grade, when a teacher encouraged him to continue working on his craft after she was impressed with a homework assignment—he would later receive an MFA in playwriting from UC San Diego. Hirsch is now the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Eleventh Plague, The Darkest Path, 39 Clues: Breakaway, Black River Falls, and Unnatural Disasters. Sovereign is his debut middle-grade novel and his first venture with Audible. You can learn more about Hirsch and his work at jeff-hirsch.com.

Jesse Einstein

About the Narrator

Actor, filmmaker, and voice-over artist Jesse Einstein got his start at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, where he was a recipient of the David Dukes Memorial Scholarship for his dedication to the craft. Also an alum of the Atlantic Acting School at NYU and Upright Citizens Brigade, Einstein then went on to narrate audiobooks, voice national commercials, and take on television and film roles. Notably, he stars as Wes Whittaker in the audio drama Red Rhino and has acted in hit television shows including The League, Kroll Show, and Lopez. Einstein is also a filmmaker—he has produced internationally distributed content for Sky TV, Radical Productions, Jubilee Media, Rock the Vote, and more. For more updates, fans can catch up with Einstein at www.jesseeinstein.com.

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 02-01-19

Exploring strange new worlds

Micah travels with his parent's, planet to planet, exploring strange new worlds. Their exploration is paid for by a mining company looking for places to mine for resources. while arriving at a new planet, Sovereign, with its two moons, nicknamed Itchy and Scratchy, a meteor show causes Micah to be separated form his parents and be stranded on the planet. His parents will be back, once repairs are done, he just has to survive until they get there.

The story follows Micah on the planet - seeing strange flora, fauna and landscape - intersperse with background on his life from Earth - friends and family and how he came to be in space. It shows him reflecting on his life on earth and how he has been disappointed with space and wants to return to his old life.

While there is some tension built into the story by its premise - a strange world, with no clear way of knowing if Micah will survive or how he will get off - there isn't really much tension in the way it is told. There is no feeling of an overwhelming threat, no deadline (have to get somewhere by x time, or have to find food because only have x days of food left) that carries the tension. I never felt overly concerned about his survival, even when he is hungry, injured or stuck. Things happen, and they are interesting enough, but they didn't ever make me worry about Micah in any way. And without that tension the story somewhat plods along.

It does eventually start to build, but it took a lot longer than it should have. There is an interesting mystery along the way too. And the climax is actually really interesting and good. It just didn't feel engaging along the way.

I actually think almost all of the lack of tension comes from Einstein's narration. He doesn't vary during tense moments. He doesn't carry that tension or worry in his narration. The story is good, the climax is good, but he's just not engaged. He doesn't carry tension or excitement or mystery.

Jesse Einstein's narration is okay. He does simple voice changes for characters (when Micah is remembering conversations with them) but it's not creating characters with his voice. It is enough to differentiate speakers and what is going on, but little else.

It is a straight forward reading - almost no sound effects or music or anything over the top of the narration.

[If you enjoy this review please check out my other reviews. I review a lot of small press and indie books - support the small guys and you may find something new you will love]

119 of 124 people found this review helpful

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Good book for older teens and adults!

This book is the story of a young teenager who is the son of space explorers, whose parents goal is to find life on other planets. It is a well written story that will keep you captivated throughout the whole book. I do recommend this for older teens, as the story line switches periodically to past events without warning. You really have to stay alert to know what period of time they are in at that moment. I did recommend it for teens, but it is good for older adults to keep them on there toes! I just turned 60, and loved it!

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Great Read

The story was well paced and combined with the performance created a rich world that made me want to explore it farther. I’d love to hear more about Mica and his adventures.

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Good wholesome fun!

I found the story to be clear and creative. It was an adventure story without leaning on “good and “evil” to suck the reader in. It was simple yet still challenged the readers notion of reality. I guess that’s what makes it sci fi and fantasy! An enjoyable listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A really good story

While Aimed at YA readers, this is a story that will resonate with youth and adults alike. This would fit in well with the works of Robert A. Heinlein line of YA stories.

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Enjoyed this overall

I tried to listen to this book channeling my inner middle Schooler and I think overall it’s good for that age group. The story keeps moving along and kept me interested in what would happen next. I don’t like to criticize, but I will say the narrator mispronouncing dwarf really got to me. The w is not silent. He kept saying dorf. All in all, I would say it is worth a listen.

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1st book on Audible

I really enjoyed this book. More than I expected to actually but the ending left me a little let down (you be your own judge) definitely would recommend it

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Fantastic Journey

Loved the exciting journey this book takes and I can’t wait to share it with my kids!

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  • Wendy
  • Albuquerque
  • 02-03-19

Interesting tale

Interesting world-building. Enjoyed seeing Micah mature as he faced various hardships.
Narrator was good but sounded older than I would expect a 13-year old to sound.

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  • Elaine
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  • 02-02-19

really fun to listen to

It was really interesting. How was he going to survive? What or who would he meet along the way? The scenes were colorful and imaginative. I would like to know what happens next.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful