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The Liberation of Earth

Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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In the timeline next door, Earth has been occupied by the Amphibite Empire since the Teddy Roosevelt Administration.

Winston Carmichael, a Sergeant First Class in the human soldiers of Earth, is getting out and going to University. He wants to join the higher caste and make life better for humanity, but his hatred of the Empire might be too much for him to sit quietly and play ball. Now he has to decide if he's going to work for the Empire he hates or join the rebels and become a rough rider.

©2019 Derwin Lester II (P)2019 Derwin Lester II

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Short but sweet

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. I'm already looking into other books in the series.

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Good things come in small packages

I really enjoyed this book. While it is only 2.5 hours long there was a depth of character study. The character's back story was handled in a very smart way. Unlike the other reviewer, I enjoyed the sound effects and thought they added to the story.

The narration was fantastic. With this medium, the narration being on point is essential. I expect big things from Jason Sprenger.

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Interesting Take on how to best defeat Oppressors

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
The Liberation of Earth was an entertaining story. I judge short stories a bit differently than long books. I tend to think of them more as in the terms of a movie, if I’m entertained for a few hours it’s a good short story. The Liberation of Earth was able to keep my attention and tell an interesting short story. Although it’s Sci-Fi and there are alien overlords the story really comes down to two main characters with different views on how to overcome oppression and tyrants, one choosing violence and the other trying to go for a peaceful solution. Although the sci-fi elements were there you could remove them and probably tell a similar story. Overall this was an interesting read with some unique outtakes on how to best defeat tyrants. I would have liked a bit more closure, but it sounds like one of these characters may be used in other books in alternate universes which could be interesting to read.
Jason Sprenger did a good job narrating and voiced the characters well. The sound effects were a little odd but in some parts they added to the atmosphere of the story.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 05-31-19

Alien invasion

Interesting story of an alternative time line where Earth has been conquered by aliens during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.The plot is placed 100 years after the invasion and is centered on the differing solutions of two friends to the problems caused by the alien control of Earth. The sound effects detracted from rather than enhanced the narration, but the narrator did an outstanding job.

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An Impossible Decision

This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Sohm Kapila, which runs 10 hours and 3 minutes.

I really enjoyed this book,which was an engaging supernatural steampunk mystery. I'm going to start with the narration, and then move on to book features.

The book was definitely suited to being made into an audiobook. It was written in first person, and it felt like it was being read by the main character. When characters spoke, it was extremely clear who was speaking. Each character was read with their own different vocal characteristics. Accents were used for some characters, most memorably the second most important character, Alison. None of the accents or other voices were stereotyped or irritating.

The book built tension well. The narrator conveyed that tension well. I felt emotionally invested in the characters as they experienced their adventure.

The worldbuilding was very well done. You step into a world that is distinct from our own, built with elements that are familiar. There is steam-based technology and magic. Both are well developed. There isn't an information dump for any element of the world, you get small pieces of information over time, as you need them. You never feel lost.

One feature of the book that I liked was it's progressive view on gender and same-sex relationships. The book doesn't have romantic elements. But it's clear, as the book progresses, that some characters are in same-sex marriages and it's considered so normal that it's not worth discussing.

The plot isn't predictable. You move between settings as it progresses. I found myself surprised at multiple points of the book, but never felt that the story had jumped off the rails. I don't want to go into details of the plot, as my own enjoyment was increased by not knowing what was coming. The two main characters, Susan and Alison, grow and develop over the course of the book, with distinct personalities. You come to identify with Susan especially.

I did find that the book seemed to be written to be book one of a series, or at least I think so, from the ending. There were elements that were less resolved than I would expect otherwise.

Overall, this book was very enjoyable with a narration that really contributed to my enjoyment of the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-19

unfortunately not what I thought

unfortunately after reading the blurb, I used this month's credit to get the book. but I don't like it one bit, I'm not a fan of the story line at all, and can't get into it.