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Sovereign

Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (12,350 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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NOT like the Martian

The blurbs for this book compare it to the Martian, but that's misleading. This is mostly a teen coming of age story set in a Martian like setting without the "real-science" stuff that made the Martian a great read. So expect a lot of teen pining (and whining) that's not relatable if you are outside that age group.

The Universe the book is set in is interesting where ordinary people can explore the galaxy as contractors for a mining company, but it's not explored in any detail.

The voice acting is passable though the teen tone again makes it a little annoying. However that might just be me.

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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]

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bland. boring. forgetful

I didn't finish this book because of the weak storytelling and storyteller. I'd find myself zoning out. the book could not keep me hooked.

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The wrong person.

The voice of this story has fallen very flat. His tone is mono, his ability to put feeling into the story or convey urgency has taken a decent story and dragged it down. I could only make it half way through before getting fed up with a less than lack luster performance.

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Good Story - hours over detail

This has a good story embedded in it, but the author took chapters to describe a rock or a tree and did it over and over again.
There were also 20 or 30 "flashbacks" that really distracted from the main storyline. Could not finish the book.

45 of 51 people found this review helpful

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YA Sci Fi with a whiney main character

I enjoy YA fiction and sci fi so thought this was right up my alley. Very slow start, failed to gain my attention.
Some obvious nods to the The Ender saga (Formics, anyone?), but just doesn’t make the cut.
The most interesting part was the last few chapters, and this is fairly short so stick it out if you’re curious.

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Very slow story

I struggled to stay captivated by the story and narrator. I never finished the book.

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Painstakingly slow

Very slow and I find the protagonist to be extremely dull and unlikable. He whines about the most stupid things.

Big petpeeve is that the author somehow made being on a different planet so incredibly uninteresting.

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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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I had high hopes...

When I saw hatchet listed as one of the inspirations for this book, I was overjoyed to listen to it. Loving both survival and sci-fi, I figured it would be a match made in heaven. I was wrong. The story was cheesy and predictable, I guessed the ending after hearing the first chapter. You could tell the narrator was trying too hard because it lead to a distracting performance which took away from the story. Thank goodness it was free.

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