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The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict

The Gap Cycle, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
4 out of 5 stars (485 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.

But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.

In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.

©1991 Stephen R. Donaldson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic.

This is an interesting story: it goes beyond the common plots and ideas of sci-fi: alien race invades earth, or youth struggles to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopia, etc. He introduces three main characters and weaves them together in a deranged mixture of treachery, avarice and corruption that slowly changes over the course of the series: he teaches that appearances can be very, very deceiving.

Donaldson grabs you and then hurls you deeply into the twisted and damaged souls of his characters.

I love it...but it got to be just too much: too much angst, too much navel gazing, too much self recrimination; it almost became like a soap opera: a really deep soap opera, yes...but still....

Scott Brick did a great job at narrating; he captured the emotions so well, that I actually got tired just listening to two of the books...not bored by any means: just tired. I still would recommend the book for a sci fi lover: but if you have read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, then you might know what I'm talking about.

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A Bit Too Depraved For My Tastes

Stephen Donaldson is very good at telling a story about a truly wretched man, a half-crazed female captive and a would-be hero and Scott Brick's narration provides an excellent voice in which to explore the demons and passions that each character are both tortured by and benefited from.

Regrettably, the cruelty and perversity explored in the novel was not something I found any inspiration in.

Note: I did find the author's honest discussion on the haphazardness of tuning in his muse. In addition, his telling of Richard Wagner's music dramas was likably appealing.

I'll not continue on with the series,

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  • Cody
  • Bellevue, NE, United States
  • 10-18-12

The Real Story

I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.

This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.

You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.

Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.

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Darker

I read one of the most upvoted Reviews of This Book and it Disturbed me a bit. The review or stated that stories should be uplifting and happy and heroic. And that's bullshit. It's not real that's the problem with superheroes and the like, that would never happen it doesn't work that way. This is a very dark series. So if you want nothing but kittens and unicorns don't read it. But it's nothing if not real and honest and so human

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Super Start!

Would you listen to The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict again? Why?

I can't believe I missed this five part series. But, to be honest, its likely because I didn't want to pay the price for a six hour Book-1. Maybe I've learned a lesson about quality versus quantity (or maybe the price for the 1st book should have been discounted more).

What other book might you compare The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to and why?

I would compare this story to the Dune series. Maybe this because Scott Brick also narrated the Dune series; but, the writing style is also similar.

Any additional comments?

I already know I'll listen to the whole series.

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  • Heidi
  • Maple Valley, WA, United States
  • 03-01-13

Annoying narrator, good characters, thin story

I am not a fan of narrator Scott Brick, he is melodramatic. Donaldson is perhaps over-enamored with his connection to Wagner, but the character development is satisfying as far as it goes. This series should perhaps be collapsed into three books instead of 5. This feels like a novella.

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  • Dave
  • Liberty Township, OH, United States
  • 12-09-12

A Galactic Adventure into the human condition

Would you consider the audio edition of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to be better than the print version?

the unabridged version is as good as, or better than the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict?

The conflict of Angus and Nick at the space station canteena, the secret message and instruction to Morn.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and I feel this is one of his signature performanes. I look forward to more programs read by Scott Brick.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The Gritty Reality of Humans in Space

Any additional comments?

I read the book back in the early nineties and had hoped there would be more stories to follow. This is an adult adventure that Disney cannot touch, I hope they don't touch. The only way to have this story made into any visual narration, would be to have the Japanese anime masters develope a series. (See Ghost in the Shell or Akira) Then again they wouldn't do it justice either. I look forward to listening again, but not too many times, I don't want to get burnt out on this story as i did with Bladerunner and Star Wars: A New Hope. I look forward to the next four stories. The Gap series still needs to have the fifth book, with Scott Brick, for me to add to my growing library. If I can discover another space adventure, it will have to stand up to my comparison of the Gap series, as my standard of comparison.

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Your So Vain, You Probably Think This Book is

ABOUT YOU, DON'T YOU.
I'm not sure dark is the way to describe this. The whole book is just sad. Some woman must have dumped Donaldson pretty hard. He can't write music, so he wrote this.

There is nothing to like about any character in this book. It's not a flawed character typed book, it is everybody is evil type book. I have racked my brain trying to figure out why this book was even written. It has no redeemable value at all.

The only thing this book is good for is the style of Scott Brick. He fits it like a glove.

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All Tell, No Show

This felt like an essay. The viewpoint of the story is the authors, not the characters. The narrator was over dramatic and annoying.

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No likable character

I read the Thomas Covenant books when I was in high school and liked them then. I have always wanted to read this series too. Well, I don't know if I matured or this book just sucked. But I don't think I will read any more in this series.

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