Spacers

Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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March 15th, Earth Year 2290

The day the aliens returned.

The memories are still fresh.
Of colonies burning.
Of millions dying in agony.

Fifty years later, we’ve built up our strength.
Using a wormhole, we colonized both sides of the galaxy.

It was the worst mistake we could have made.
Our enemy has returned and the wormhole has collapsed.

Commander Thatcher finds himself on the wrong side of the divide.
Separated from his pregnant wife by countless light years.

He’s just been given command of a light armored cruiser.

His first command.

If he ever wants to see his wife again, he’ll need to do the impossible.
To defeat this enemy, he will need to reinvent space warfare.

So that’s just what he’s going to do.

Spacers contains First Command through to the end of Free Space.

©2019 Scott Bartlett (P)2019 Scott Bartlett
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Great Sci-fi

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

TLDR; Space battles, aliens, and survival. If you enjoy space-battle sci-fi you'll enjoy this.

Quick summary (minor spoilers): You, generally, follow the Captin and crew of a space ship trying to stabilize a section of space after it is cut-off from the rest of the human empire.

This was a fun listen, a good cast of characters, and Mark Boyett is a great narrator. If you enjoy space based Sci-Fi (Space battles, aliens, etc) this is an easy recommendation,

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Corp power games against fearsome alien threat

I liked the world building in Spacers (a two part introduction to the Dawn Cluster). Pirates, corporate CEOs that rule planet sized corporations with alliances and intrigue and an interesting alien protagonist on the sideline.

The characters are well fleshed out and sometimes flawed but well presented in situations that are exciting and well paced.

The narration by Mark Boyett is fantastic and Scott has wisely used this talent to bring his new universe to light.

Very entertaining and will look forward to book 2!

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My First Scott Bartlett Book Was Amazing

Great space opera with thrilling battles set on a grand stage and high stakes. Thrawn meets Collapsing Empire with all the action and cunning of a Captain's struggle against the odds with the drama and chaos of political upheaval. Excellent characters caught up in a well executed story line with no shortage of adversaries and daunting obsticles. Performed very well by Mark Boyett, who makes it easy to listen to, follow, and has no low points in his delivery. Onto the next series for Scott.

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A Recognizable, yet Unique Sci-Fi Tale

Spacers has all the plot elements one would recognize from traditional sci-fi: An unbeatable space commander, an alien threat, and a young space crew with much to prove. Yet, author Scott Bartlett shows that he can take these traditional elements and take them in a direction uniquely his own. I would recommend Spacers to anyone, but especially to fans of sci-fi who are looking for something "new." This series is exciting and gripping, moving at a pace that feels natural and deliberate.

Without revealing any spoilers, I'll go into the plot a little for those readers who are still on the fence. In Spacers, planetary defense of fringe planets is contracted out to corporations, who compete against each other for government contracts. Commander Thatcher, our main character, retires from military service and joins one of these corporations, bringing with him his extensive military experience and acumen. When the wormhole connecting the fringe planets with the core planets collapses unexpectedly, Commander Thatcher finds himself in the middle of a corporation war that has broken out in response to the central government's inability to regulate the outer system following the wormhole collapse. Add to this a re-emerging alien threat and you've got yourself an epic tale.

Finally, where Bartlett really shines is in his appreciation for innovative war-fighting tactics. His characters are continually having to come up with new ways to defeat adversaries who are just as seasoned and have just as great of a desire to win. As the audiobook played, it was fun to ask myself again and again how his characters would fight what seemed like insurmountable odds. The war-fighting tactics employed by Bartlett remind me of those used in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a space opera anime from the 1980's. The attention to war tactics in Spacers makes this series truly delightful.

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Interesting story!

Like most military sci-fi books it has a familiar feel. At first it can seem almost sterile. However you do get drawn in, and become close to the characters. You start to care about them, and their survival. The story is an interesting one, and it does pull you in. The performer in this case is top notch, Mark Boyett is always top notch. I really do hope that this story continue on. I want to find out what happens next!

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EVE Online but with aliens

I am a recovering EVE Online player and this felt very much like a story written in that universe except with aliens. A lot of fun and a good balance of action and world-building. I look forward to future books.

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Too Easy for a military commander

Great story but I got say that the ships captain gets so easy out of situations. I hope for a book where great evil meets and equal good however I found a book about a great evil that is scared of a lesser good. I hope for book 3 if there is any for the good guys to be truly desperate that the win should be worthy enjoying.

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An Amazing Space Adventure

I really enjoyed this space adventure, it brought me thoughts of the expanse. I am really glad that this audiobook is both books in the series as they really are one complete story and belong to each other and continue right where book 1 ends.

I am going to look for more series from this author and narrator duo as they are a great team and made a good story a great story.

Note at the time of this review audible did not have chapter titles in the audiobook.

The book was provided for review, however, these thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This is a great listen!

I really enjoyed this listen. The story flows well, with just enough characters and plot twists to keep it interesting. The entire story flows well from book 1 to book 2, and I enjoyed the pace that the story built and played out. Looking forward to then next ones...

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Run of the mill Mil Sci Fi

Not a bad audiobook, but not great, lots of talk about tactics but none I can recognize or remember, characters are flat, one dimensional, the action is ok, unspectacular. I didn’t dislike the audiobook but I guarantee I won’t give it a second listen. There is better stuff out there for fans of the genre, I’ve got a library of 350 plus so I’m a junkie for all Sci Fi, if you are in need of a fix, then this title works

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  • Mark Say
  • 09-12-19

Really enjoyed this, can't wait to listen to more

First of all I received a review copy of this book.

Space opera isn't really my bag, I like space and sci-fi but have never read a space opera before and I didn't know really what to expect other than the brief synopsis.

What I got was a really enjoyable listen, it's just over 12 hours long and is made up of the first two books in the Spacers series. 12 hours was not long enough, I flew through the books and was on edge as I listened.

The books follow the career of Tad Thatcher from his days in the military end of space corps to his transfer to the private space corps and his rise within.

Scott Bartlett did a fantastic job of dramatising things that are happening in basically a single room, a spaceships flight deck. I imagined the Star Trek bridge when Bartlett mentions the CIC in his book and I think it's probably not far off the mark. He does a great job of explaining battles and breaking them down so that even whilst driving I can visualise what's going on. Plenty of other things happen of course and it's not all set on a single space ship but using that as an example.

Scott has created a few core characters that he builds up and they are all described to a point that I can see them in my mind's eye and the narrator Mark Boyett does a nice job with different voices and accents for the characters to re-enforce them.

I ended up really caring about the characters and so when there was any peril I was genuinely on edge about what would happen, this is when I know that a book is good when I care about what will happen next. I'm also a sucker for a heroes journey so seeing a few heroes emerge in this book was great.

I'm now invested in this series and can't wait to find out what is going to happen next.

My one and only criticism is the way the book ends, it's not quite a cliff hanger but it ends not unlike many of the other chapters do. Left me wanting more though. Hope the rest of the series is just as good

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  • david
  • 10-04-19

nice

I did enjoy this book but it did feel very samey. worth the read but won't be getting any more

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  • Placid
  • 09-25-19

Engrossing

This book describes the adventures of a spacer who is recruited to go to a distant galaxy to help bring order to a ship whose captain had passed away. It follows his adventures and rise as the entire area is turned upside down. This book is non stop adventure with many space battles as well as much intrigue. It never fails to satisfy.

This is a wonderful start to a series if the author desires.

The narrator is also outstanding.

This book is a two part book.

This book was provided free of charge in expectation of an honest review.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-01-19

Solid with its own unique twist

I recieved a review copy of this book. Its solid and packed with action. The universe provides a believable mix of corporations, 'pirates', national fleets, an aggressive alien race, and a secretive international fleet. This mix keeps things interesting as each faction has jealously guarded their own technological advances from all others. There is a unexpected twist at the end that adds to the unique feel of the book and will leave me waiting for the next one.