To Fire Called

A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 2
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (1,074 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A dead ship returns to the Deep Dark with a live crew.

Captain Ishmael Wang finally gets the Chernyakova out of the yard and embarks on a voyage into the Toe-Holds where the Confederated Planets Joint Committee on Trade has no authority. Where the law is whatever you say it is as long as you can enforce it.

Where he learns that some will do anything to hide their secrets and everybody has a secret.

©2017 Nathan Lowell (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Great as always but ...

If you are this far into the series it doesn't matter what I say because like me you are addicted and have to know what's next. This is a great story but compared to the others in the series it felt lacking, however I see it as a necessary building block for the story as a whole and worth the listen.

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Prefer Author Narration

After hearing the original podcast read by the author, it is a bit disheartening the trend did not continue. Lowell brought a depth to Ishmael Wang that is sorely lacking without his narration. As for the series itself, great character and plot development, good reference to prior material, and reintroduction to several subplots & characters round out a great addition to original series.

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Great story, abrupt ending

What made the experience of listening to To Fire Called the most enjoyable?

The latest installment of the tales of the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper follows the same overall easy going slice of life as the previous books, you're not on the edge of your seat reading/listening to this series, you're relaxed in an arm chair on a lazy Sunday afternoon drawn into the world and don't want to leave. The only downside is leave you must, and like with many of its predecessors the book ends abruptly and it feels like I missed out on at least 3 chapters.

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Another great story cut short by Jeffery Kafer

I love all the Nathan Lowell's Stories. I got hooked on these books when I first found the versions that Nathan had narrated on podiobooks.com. When they became available I also purchased the kindle books. After listening to the sonorous voice of Nathan Lowell, it is a total let down to hear the Performance of Jeffery Kafer. I think Jeffery was an incredibly poor choice of narrator for this work. If I had any other choice, I wouldn't listen to the narrations by Kafer. I understand that Nathan doesn't have the time to narrate these himself with all the projects he has going, but I think it would have been better if Audible had worked with him to find someone that more closely matches his presentation. I absolutely will not purchase any of the original series narrated by Jeffery Kafer as they are no match for the narrations that Natan performed. I'm undecided if I will purchase any of the future books performed by Kafer.

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disappointing

very disappointed in this last book. especially with the last couple of chapter's. the author would go in to exacting detail describing a meal but one word about what happen after the attack. I felt like he was just ready to be done with the series and phoned it in. my advice would be to just stop with Owner's Share and not waist your money on these last two books.

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If you like boring books this one is for you.

I slogged through the previous books in this series about Ishmael wang, he went from an insufferable Mary Sue and transformed into a flawed boring character. It took me about six months to complete this book because it was a chore to get through. Had the author cut out all the parts about shopping, fashion and meals the book would be about 1/3 of its length.

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More here than you think

This a nice subtle tone story and the narrator does a great job. You will note that the theme is a broken man pulling himself out of loss and depression. The narrator makes a change in inflection from time to time that match’s the pass of the story. The author has from time to time said what happen if corporation take control of space and as Ishmael climbs out of depression and starts to see the universe again we start to find out. This has been another good glimpse into the world but now I want more...

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Another excellent Solar Clipper story

In To Fire Called, Nathan Lowell continues the story of Ishmael Wang, and Pip, as they take the renovated Chernykova into th the deep dark. The narration of Jeffrey Kafer is excellent, and adds to the enjoyment of the story. Highly recommended.

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good listening

love the series of the Golden Age of the solar clipper. definitely makes long trips bearable and the time go fast.

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Nathan has done it again!

I absolutely love the idea of his solar clipper. I also think that Ishmael is an awesome character. I wish that I could be him, but then I wouldn't be me.

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  • klarzy
  • 09-21-17

The stage is set.... now for the finale

all paths lead to iron mountain.....
I only regret not hearing Nathan's voice to finish the series

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  • Sue
  • 10-01-20

Continuing ishmeal tale

Love this author, this narrator and the main characters in this continuing story. The main entirely human main character gives a flavour of an entirely honourable and vulnerable man overcoming the continuing adversity hitting him. The story continues and engages. Highly recommended.

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  • Rosaleen
  • 01-05-19

Jumping in (s)pace

I loved the first Solar Clipper novels with their mix of space theatre, domestic detail and likeable characters. To Fire Called has a good mix of these elements but there are jumps in pacing and storyline that make it more challenging as an audio experience. In my ears, Audio narrative needs to carry the reader on a tide of story. I don’t want to realise that something has possibly been foreshadowed or implied two chapters (or more) before so that hunting around and back tracking is needed in order to ‘get’ the plot. The last few chapters in To Fire Called included a couple of major jumps that left me dissatisfied - can I be bothered to find out how a character has returned, why the story refers to an unexpected location and why threads are left unresolved? Probably not.

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  • Gareth
  • 08-12-18

BRILLIANT! more please...

BRILLIANT - more please! I hope there are more solar clipper adventures in the pipeline soon - Nathan Lowell is fantastic!

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  • Mad Gnome
  • 11-25-17

the story continues

the second book in the second series and it feels like the story is only just beginning! looking forward to the next instalment.

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  • Mr. G.L. Lock
  • 11-25-17

Excellent series

This is a great story from an excellent series of books. I hope the author keeps up this universe.

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  • James C Thompson
  • 11-20-17

continuing the tale

loved these books since I first listen to quarter share.. this one keeps up the story if a little less direction than the share series. they are a great listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-17

awesome cant wait for the next one

oh wow!!! i tought i knew what was coming but am baffled and i hope the next part comes in audiobook soon 🤘🤘🤘🤘

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-17

Excellent installment

Ish is back on form as we reach a dramatic conclusion with the most tension felt so far in Trader's and Seeker's Tales series.

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  • Poppey
  • 10-11-17

Love this series

If you're looking for an all action sci-fi, then perhaps this series is not for you. However, it is one of those series that reels you in and, once hooked, you have just got to carry on.

Hopefully, the next instalment will not be too long in the coming.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-24-18

Next stop Diurnia..e

Great to see Ishmael wrestle with his demons & win. Some of the phrasing & pronunciation in the delivery were a bit odd, but the story made up for it.

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  • JAMIE
  • 04-14-18

Great Second Book

If you could sum up To Fire Called in three words, what would they be?

Excellent continuation of the story , lots of secrets revealed . It will be a nail biting wait for the next instalment .

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Mr Kafer's voice is very professional but i much preferred Nathan Lowell's reading of the original 5 stories from Podiobooks .

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I prefer to make my listenings last as long as I can with these shorter stories.

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  • Darren lock
  • 01-14-18

What happened

dont want to write any spoilers bloody good untill last two chapters i was left with my jaw open and hands in the air you know .the what the hell just happend stance not happy at all better ne another book to explain not happy at all.