The Gavin Baller Collection, Volume 1

Narrated by: Steven Heumann
Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
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Gavin baller isn't a hero...but he plays one on tv.

The aliens who just arrived to kidnap him don't seem to care.

As Hollywood's number one A-Lister, Gavin has it all except one thing: a purpose. Now with extra terrestrials on his tail, an estranged best frien, and a beautiful protector by his side, this actor has to become the hero he's always pretended to be.

Join Gavin on this epic and hilarious adventure as he discovers that space travel is nothing like Captain Kirk or Luke Skywalker promised. Plus Gavin's forced to go toe to toe with a galactic tyrant ready to rain down death and destruction merely to avoid his own boredom.

A self-absorbed celebrity verses the biggest threat in the universe?

Yeah, this isn't going to end well.

Listen to the entire saga now!

The Gavin Baller Collection, Volume 1 completes the first trilogy in the series with:

  • Book 1: Hollywood Clone
  • Book 2: Empty Universe, and
  • Book 3: Galactic Kingpin.
©2019 Steven Heumann (P)2019 Steven Heumann

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Everything that makes sci-fi fun is in this book.

I was looking through a selection of sci-fi audiobooks that were listed for review. The title gave me pause and I thought to myself, 'I've got to check that one out.' The summary held my interest. The audio sample clinched my decision to request the book. I received a free review copy of the 3-book bundle. I now leave a voluntary review.

Book 1 is an aliens-come-to-earth story. Specifically. to abduct a human names Gavin Baller. This first book is also a chase-adventure story. Gavin gets pretty adept at running from aliens. Along the way, nuggets of world-building information are sprinkled in so that we better understand the motives of the aliens trying to capture Gavin. This first installment sets up the series very nicely. I especially love the dialogue; it seems so natural.

Book 2 is where the world-building really gets going. Gavin has stopped running and is now travelling through space. We get great descriptions of the people, ships and planets of the author's galactic creation. These descriptions put you right there with Gavin. We learn more about the political structure of the alien species' worlds as well. Plus: epic space battles.

Book 3 continues the experience of alien worlds and species. This book culminates with a final showdown (that I will not spoil, so no details). There are no cliff-hangers. You get a sense of completeness.

Moving on to narration, the author, Steven Heumann, is also the narrator. What an excellent decision on his part. Mr Heumann has committed whole-heartedly to conveying every action, every reaction, every suspenseful moment and every emotional moment to the fullest. We are travelling along with Gavin on his journey of discovery. This performance rivals any others I've listened to and betters many of them. Great job!

This book appeals to more than just the sci-fi fan. The universe the author creates is alien, but not so alien that we can't find comparisons in our own environment. It will appeal to those willing to let their imagination go along on a well-written, well-described ride. Let Steven Heumann take you on this fun adventure through the galaxy. You won't find a better value than this 3-book, 22-hour epic. I could listen to more of Gavin's adventures.

Highly recommended.