• The Void War

  • Empire Rising Book 1
  • By: D. J. Holmes
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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The Void War

By: D. J. Holmes
Narrated by: Liam Owen
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Publisher's Summary

It's the year 2465, 200 years since the stars were opened to humanity by the invention of the shift drive. So began the First Interstellar Expansion Era, catapulting humanity into a deadly race for the limited resources of navigable space.

Now tensions between the human nations are threatening to boil over into open hostility. Into this maelstrom steps the exiled Commander James Somerville of the Royal Space Navy. Banished from London to the survey ship HMS Drake he is about to make a discovery that may change his fortunes and throw Britain into a deadly war with its closest rival.

©2015 D. J. Holmes (P)2015 D. J. Holmes

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God Awful Reader / Ripoff of Ark Royal Series

This book is a ripoff of Nutall's Ark Royal series. This author even uses a lot of the same terms. The super metal premise is dumb and unnecessary.

The reader reads every sentence like he's reading copy for a radio commercial. It is super annoying. I had to stop. Couldn't listen to the whole thing. Maybe the story is good but the reader was too annoying. Plus, he mispronounces "politburo" and his Chinese accent is like something from a bad 1940s movie.

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Looking forwatd to the next book in the hopefully long series.

The universe that The Void War is based in is very fleshed out and interesting. Its a little bit of a slow start with the amount of names there are but you start to be able to pick out who is important before it becomes so crazy. You empathize with James, throughout the story understanding why he does what and what he believes it will accomplish. The references and little trickles of info you get about the other parts of the explored human universe is fascinating and make you just want more. The author even has a map of explored space up on his Facebook so you can visualize where everything is happening. All in all I would recommend this book to any dedicated sci-fi fan.

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LOVED this space opera !

Where does The Void War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an amazing first audiobook in a series, from D.J. Holmes, that follows adventures of the British commander James Somerville in space. Unlike many other sci-fi books that are look-alikes, the author used some innovative terminology to describe space warfare and included a very complex political situation in a story. The book is packed with action, very well written with nicely developed characters. It is highly entertaining and I recommend it to all the space opera genre lovers.

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Great Scifi Space Opera

Great story about a captain that finds himself in a war between China and the UK in the distant future. Amazing action sequences an phenomenal narration. Great way to pass the time!

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Great sci-fi space action audiobook

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a fan of mostly anything that involves action in space (movies, books...) and this audiobook was a pleasant surprise that exceeded my expectations. It is a fast-paced space opera with a perfectly developed story and believable characters that I liked. I also loved the way the battles were described and how the author imagined space exploration would be. If I could, I would listened it in just one sitting, now I can't wait for the next book in the series!

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good book

I enjoyed the book lots of action good story line not too many characters to be overwhelmed.

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narrator hard

story ok, but narrator hard to listen to. got 2nd book on a 2 for 1 & hope next won't be so hard to get past narrator to enjoy story.

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great series

great series, I've read/listened to the whole series. So far twice through 4or5 of the books.
I'd recommend the whole bunch. There are 2 books in the series that to me do not measure up and are just average. But that's because the series has set a high bar. I picked this book up around the time the 2nd came out and have always been on lookout for new releases.

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I hope other sci fi authors take note

This is the first series I have read where earth has intersteller travel and several nations are exploring the stars. The politics in this series is right on. Very good series overall.

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Boring

Not a bad book it just wasn't for me
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  • Kevin
  • 06-21-16

The Void War

Thoroughly enjoyed the book. I thought the narrator was good too, but really should have been British.

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  • Mr A Baker
  • 08-09-20

I like this story

You have the old earth empires in space. You have a captain who has things he wants to do not just a place holder for the readers POV with this we learn the ropes of the world, policticaly and more importantly we learn the limits of the tec. The ships are cool but with interresting FTL limits that creates the settings for our space battle fields, gives problems for the characters to use or mitigate. The story leans on the politics to get the moving but keeps everything together with character story. The best part is there are more in the series.

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  • Ian
  • 01-03-19

Naval adventure in space

This book is a good old-fashioned naval adventure in space and you have a dashing captain this book is a good old-fashioned naval adventure in space and you have a dashing captain some amazing spaceships little to huge space battles with love and heartbreak good guys and villains what more do you want.

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  • Martin
  • 06-29-18

Worth a read

The overall story was okay, but the author did at times get bogged down in technical details which slowed the pace of the story.

for me though, it was the narrator I struggled with most. His narration didn't flow and was at times out of time with the story which was off putting.

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  • Poppey
  • 03-10-16

Disappointing

This had the makings of a good book. However, almost all of the characters were English or Chinese and whoever thought an american voice could carry the storyline off really did not think this out.

The book was terribly let down, in my opinion, by the narration.

I like to do some of my listening when I go to bed in the evening. However, I fell asleep and missed the ending. I was so disappointed, I couldn't bring myself to go back and replay it.