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Half the world is a wasteland; the other half is on borrowed time. 

The West has been devastated by epidemics, bio-terrorism, war, and famine. Asia has shut its borders to keep the threats at bay, and some with power and influence have already abandoned Earth. Now an escape route a century in the making - the Nomad mission - finally offers hope to a small town and a secret research centre hidden in a rural American backwater. 

Shrouded in lies and concealed even from the research centre's staff, Nomad is about to fulfil its long-dead founder's vision of preserving the best of humanity to forge a new future. But who decides who's worthy? The mission is now in the hands of a unique AI called Solomon, and an encounter with a band of military veterans reshapes his plans for mankind's future after the arrival of a scientist with a grudge threatens the whole mission. 

Don’t miss this breathtaking new series from New York Times best-selling author Karen Traviss as she explores the dramatic origins of Jason Anspach & Nick Cole’s Galaxy’s Edge universe.

©2019 Karen Traviss & Galaxy’s Edge LLC (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Disappointing

This was an extremely disappointing listen. None of the characters were interesting, and the dialogue was stilted. The lore is heavily retconned. I was really hoping for something that was consistent with Rechs, Casper, and Raina's past.

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what the hell? not galaxys edge. total retcon.

yeah not galaxys edge. suprising Jason anspach let this in. the US government is gone 100% because they asked Asia to nuke them for some reason because defoliants dont work except at the end of the book. So no NASA discovery of FTL and of course that means Casper cant join NASA, also no US Army so No Tyrus joining the Rangers. Solomon is kind of a neat character at first and then collapses into an idiot who despite being a super intelligent AI is out smarter by a bumbling CEO. the story is awkward and jerky. For some reason the only company left in the US was able to send people to another world created a SUPER intelligent moral AI and a wormhole but then quit preparing for the next phase or advancing wormhole tech "FTL" l. It doesn't fit, not Galaxy's edge. The story is ok to listen to on a free credit dont spend money on this.

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OMG the bombshell at the end!

Having Karen Travis's write this triology was the right choice. The Galaxy's Edge universe and lore has been by far my favorite Sci-Fi I have ever come across. It's a rich build with plenty of action, military, humor, and wonder all mixed together. So when I found out that the author of the Kilo-5 trilogy in one of my favorite Sci-fi universes, Halo, was writing the Nomad trilogy, I had to listen. The Best of Us is a brilliant story. Real and heavy enough to feel the high stakes the characters find themselves in but not so bleak and depressing as to take away from the wonder and idea of humanity finally settling the stars. Fred Tatasciore does an amazing job as well! A very good job voicing characters and bringing them to life, so much so that I'm going to be looking out for his other narrative work and see if anything sparks my interest. R.C. Bray has so far done all the main Galaxy's Edge books and I'd say Fred is right up there with him in performance value. I can't wait for the next two books to see how the beginnings of humanity's jump into the Galaxy turns into the empire that struggles with the "Dumpster Fire” we were introduced to at the beginning of Legionnaire. Can't wait for more Solomon, and to see how people find home and what comes of our special friends at the end. Your doing amazing work Karen. Glad you were the one trusted with this triology!

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How does this tie in?

I thought this was a Goth Sullus or Rechs origin story. Turns out it's just a way-too-detailed look at pre-colonization Earth. I might have slept through parts of it, but I didn't see the point nor were any burning questions answered. Also, the narrator is amazing, but the volume mixing and engineering is the worst I've ever heard. Loud then soft, weird splices, totally distracts from an already lackluster story.

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Not Galaxy's Edge

and that's fine, but if the frenetic action and combat mixed with SciFi is your thing, then this isn't for you. It's certainly not for me. It was ok for what it is, but I felt it was too drawn out, and honestly, boring. Will I get the next one? Yes, but only because I'm invested in the universe.

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How We Got From There To Here

Explore the origin of how we got to Galaxy's Edge in the first part of this new series.

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THE BLASTED EARTH!

I'll admit, at first I was nervous about a new writer playing in the Edgeverse, but Karen Traviss knocked it out of the park. Setting it on earth, after the light huggers left, but before the invention of F.T.L. was brilliant. It allowed her to tell a unique story in her own way without fear of bumping into any familiar charcters. Well worth it.

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This was a chore.

This was seriously tough to finish. The narrator, the story, the editing of the recording, all of it. I don't know what all goes into making an enjoyable audiobook but this wasn't it. I'm a huge fan of the Galaxy's Edge series and I was really hoping to get some cool backstory on the beginnings of this universe. I didn't expect it to be non-stop fan service or anything but damn, I would have had zero idea this was a Galaxy's Edge story if I hadn't looked at the cover. Whoever is responsible for this, please stop. Please don't make another one. I'm begging you.

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An amazing change of pace in GE

Kate Traviss did an amazing job of welcoming us into a new adventure in the Galaxy’s Edge universe and giving us new characters and a story that we can care about. My only complaint is with the production crew. I apologize that this count as a bad rating for Fred Tatasciore. There were at least 20 points in the book, more dense in some chapters than others, where there was retake of a line. The problem is the production team didn’t synchronize the volume of the retake to the before and after. This results in choppy parts with spikes and drops in volume. Fred did a great job reading it, but there is definite room for improvement in production. Looking forward to the next one!

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Niice.

Its nice to get learn the orgins of the colony that started it all. Definitely look forward to part 2

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  • 05-24-20

Can't wait for book 2

I love this book and I hope to see more in the series. The story left me wanting more. One improvement for the future would be to have a better audio team. Otherwise the narration was good and story amazing.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 11-26-19

Great beginning to Galaxy's Edge

I found this to be a well thought out, intricate and cleverly constructed opening book in what will be a great series. Full of the things that makes human beings weak and shallow but also showing us at our best in adversity. I liked the narrator- there is more to life than RC Bray people!! Really looking forward to what comes next.

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  • paul sparks
  • 11-20-19

Great addition to the GE universe

Nothing like previous books in the GE universe but very very good, highly recommended, great narration too

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  • Aidy
  • 03-16-20

not even sure its galaxys edge

this one is a struggle started out ok but fell apart fairly quickly. story is lack luster and for an all powerful near human moral AI he was out witted fairly easily by a not so quick witted CEO. in the end it just got a bit stupid and was boring, didn't really care much in the end and wish i skipped it to be honest. at 18 hours long its a bug book but could have been cut shorter characters are not very interesting and after been built up at the start they don't really seem to matter in the end and are all the same, it seems to be a very very startof the universe prequel type of book and has no bearing on the series, so much so that it could be its own stand alone series Audible production is also terrible sound jumps to loud then soft and audio jumps. its just all round not good Narrator is great though

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  • Ryan
  • 01-20-20

Great Story, Shocking Audio Editing

Okay so massive fan of the GE series. listened to and read most of the books. Why is it 3/5 Overall then you say? Well ... The Good: Story is great, for being a different author and writing style, but very much inline with the GE series. The narration is good too. Although R.C.Bray is a legend, Fred does a good job putting feeling into the story and makes the characters come to life. The Bad & The Ugly: The audio editing is RUBBISH!! Honestly if I was doing the editing on this job and I released this pile of steaming garbage I would seriously reconsider my profession. Reasons: The db level of the audio drops significantly so you turn it up then gets loud, then intermittently get soft, loud ,medium, soft ,loud, LOUDER, soft etc. It feels like the recording was done in different location with different mics and then slapped together. The end product is the audio equivalent of the elephant man. Just balance the damn volume levels and it would have been better. Use the same Mic and location and it would be great and EQ the thing for the sake of quality.

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  • Harrison
  • 03-31-20

good story

I really enjoyed the Best of Us, both story and narrator Tateshore are excellent. However, it is a very vague and tenuous connection to the principal Galaxy's Edge universe: I was hoping for a more thoroughly rounded origin story, but am not at all disappointed it hasn't all been revealed yet. to the contrary, I am looking forward to the next book in the Nomad series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-19

Best listen of 2019

Favourite sci-fi audio book of the year. Gripping from the first word. Great narrator, want to hear more of Fred Tatasciore! If we see some regular content, RC Bray might have some serious competition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-10-19

Promising start to a new series

Overall it’s quite good. It’s definitely a bit different from other galaxy’s edge books but is a nice slower entry to the world which leaves you keen for more. As others have said, some of the production is really jarring, I only noticed it in the first quarter of the book and then either forgot about it or it didn’t happen again until a couple of times right at the end. But don’t let the handful of dodgy moments of production put you off unless you really can’t stand that sort of thing. The book is well worth pushing past those moments, especially if you enjoy the galaxy’s edge universe.

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  • siofilisi p.
  • 11-24-19

I wish there was a follow-up book

Great story love integration of AI morality. My only hope is that there is follow-up books before and after sequences to the series.

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  • Jay
  • 07-27-20

Great story

I really enjoyed this one. The narrative was good, but the Aussie accent......needs work lol, it was a shocker! Really looking forward to the next in series, enjoying the whole Galaxy's Edge saga.

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  • Dallas
  • 06-25-20

Not quite as good as Galaxy's Edge

The narration is extremely stilted and i cringe at the attempted accents. I did enjoy this but i think anyone new to the series would struggle to finish.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-20

excellent introduction to the galaxys edge series

being a fan of the galaxys edge books i immediately picked this up. at first i struggled to come to grips with the story, setting and timeline but this was due to my own interpretation of what i believed had happened to earth. karen Travis delivers with excellent characters and an incredibly well done story that as far as I'm concerned is a hallmark of the galaxys edge series of books. This has made me excited to see where she takes this part of my favourite sci fi series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-20

Really liked the story, shame about the audio quality

I really enjoyed the story in this book. Unfortunately I found the quality of the narration and the voices sub par. In standard narration Fred Tatasciore had a voice that was easy to listen to. When switching to using voices for characters this was cringeworthy and hard to listen to, a mix between the Simpsons and Family Guy ensemble cast. Sorry to say (as an Australian) the worst Australian accent of all time. I also found the quality of audio editing very low. Very easy to hear a 2nd take

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-20-19

Great story, average performance

The writing was great but the performance was lacking, making it difficult at times to get into the story. I haven't heard previous readings by this performer but can't say I'll be seeking them out after this one. Some of the dialogue felt forced and awkward, but that may be due to the way it was read, rather than what was written. The performance made it hard to connect with the characters, and this was compounded by the problem that some characters sounded similar - especially more noticable when those characters would have a conversation with each other and I'd have to rewind the recording to work out which character was saying what line. Some lines of dialogue or narrative appear to have been either recorded at different times, on different equipment / locations, or have been mixed differently. It happens frequently throughout the book, but in the early stages it's highly noticable - within the space of a minute you can hear a number of different sounding lines play out, sounding disjointed and badly cut together. On the same note, some cut together lines clip slightly, whilst others have long, distinct, and at times awkward pauses. Accents and character voices are definitely not a strong skill for the performer, and most character voices came off more as a parent reading to their small child with an overly exaggerated "different" voice to the one reading the story, as opposed to fleshed out and unique performances. Of particular note: the Australian accents sounded more like a Simpsons parody (a mix of New Zealand, Scottish, South African, British, and random other accents) rather than a legitimate attempt at the accent. 4 stars overall because I still recommend the book for the story, but advise that at times the going is tough and especially cringe worthy if you're an Australian listener. Definitely had to force myself to power through this at times.

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