• Udo the Warlord

  • Worldship, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Gayou
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (215 ratings)

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Udo the Warlord

By: Joshua Gayou
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
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Publisher's Summary

When war comes to the Worldship, all bets are off.

Udo is chosen to be named count. The title comes with the wealth and privilege he's always wanted, but he has a nagging feeling it will be more trouble than it's worth. 

Things become complicated as Hanman, counselor to Ditmar the King, coerces Udo into informing against Gerold of the Four Fires, Ditmar's chief general in the war with Walhaz. Udo resolves to play this part to the best of his ability but is soon horrified when that same general convinces Udo into informing against Hanman. Even worse, both of these men seem openly aware of the other's scheming and each seems pleased to play Udo against the other, with the newly elevated count ill-equipped to handle all the intrigue.

A surprise assassination carried out in the Ditmar's very own fortress causes the king to act fast. The army launches with all haste for Walhaz, including Udo, the giant Riese, Gerold, Hanman, and thousands of other soldiers and nobles. Landing in enemy country, Udo must now navigate a war he does not understand along with all of the earlier troubles, and in the meantime, he remembers the commandment from the goddess Ing: He must look after his brother Riese even though Riese seems to have very little interest in being looked after.  

Experience the brutal and unforgiving sequel to Udo the Digger, a science fiction and fantasy into a wild adventure that will amuse and surprise even veterans of both genres. It's perfect for fans of Arthur C. Clarke's Rama, Horizon Zero Dawn, Aurora, and Book of the Long Sun.

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Was Mr. Bray busy? Or pissed at you?

What the F man? I didn't even look at who was narrating the book, as I just assumed R.C. Bray was reading this one as well. This dude is terrible. It's like he's whispering through a mouth full of aquarium gravel. Trying real hard to get through this. I loved the first book. I think you might want to pass on this dude for any of your future books. just my opinion though.

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UDO me wrong

I loved book 1. This "sequel" or whatever you want to call it is just a rambling mess. Udo goes off on page-filling (not page-turning) ramblings which lead nowhere. There are plot lines that collapse or are forgotten or are inane. Udo meets characters who have as much depth as a dinner plate. Udo's "arc" is completely meaningless -- he learns nothing, time jumps to provide perspective without any explanation for how he acquired the "knowledge" or insight. Plus the book throws the reader into the deep end of the pool from page one without any prologue or even a few pages of context to help guide us in this "journey". The fact that RC Bray bailed should have been fair warning. Hanman sounds like the comic Paul Lynde.

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New Narrator for a Reason?

At first reading other reviews I was a bit put off hearing of the switch to a different narrator. I decided to give it a chance and it honestly was a struggle with the new voice for the first few chapters. He sounded as if I was listing to Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) of the Matrix tell a story. After a while I tended not to notice as much and enjoyed the story a great deal. I think at the end of the book during Udo's last few minutes of thoughts he gives a reason for the change in Narrator, at least one that makes sense to me, I will not spoil it for those that have not listened yet but it could be the whole reason for the change. However, it could just be that I am wrong and Mr. Bray was either not available or just not chosen for this book. Either way I look forward to the next installment.

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I had a difficult time following

I had a difficult time because you choose to use a different Narrator. It’s far less enjoyable for me. Why would you not use R.C. Bray for your other books? Bray does such a good job changing his voice for each character. It makes it so easy to differentiate between characters. I wish I noticed the change before purchasing the next book in series.

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Why.... I just could not listen to mr. Smith for..

I just could not listen to mr. Smith for one more second.

Ps. Loved the first book!

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awesome story. meh narrator

the story is awesome. the narrator presents a completely different character from book 1. he did a good job but RC painted a better picture

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Don't change the Narator!!

First book was great, I was really looking forward to this book but since they changed the narrator I cannot listen to it. Just bad.

Don't start a series with characters with voices of one person and then in the next book have the characters have totally different voices. I am doing something I never do and returning the book.

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  • 07-19-21

I’ll be honest i’m a little bummed.

Man!! I was really trying. I was so excited to listen to this one since I loved the first one so much. Honestly I have loved everything this author has come out with. Just something about Bray and Gayou works so well. I was really bummed to find out Bray was not going to be the narrator for this one. I decided to still give it a try but I think I will need to get this in print. It was really hard to transition to the new narrator.

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  • 10-17-22

Bring back bray.

Bray brought life to this series and I feel baited and switched that he didn’t read this one.

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So very bad!

I gave it an hour, but there is nothing. Nothing but the mindless drabble from some fried out city crack-head - or at least that what it sounds like! I regret giving this book a chance. Can I get my money back?
Jesus Christ! So bad!

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  • James
  • 08-26-21

An unbearable change of Narrator

Like pretty much everyone else I love R C Bray and Michael Kramer. But the switch between the two is jarring, the difference in intonation and charisma is so stark that it has completely ruined the second instalment of this series for me. Udo is barely recognisable and the writing just feels so different from the first book. I think I’ve racked up five hours trying to get past this issue but I just can’t shake it.

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  • David
  • 09-04-21

Great,but without Bray it is flawed.

Story was fantastic but without Brays narration it wasn't upto the standard of Udo The Digger.

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  • Len
  • 08-20-21

The difficult second album

Slower than the first... Got bogged down in parts and was, frankly, a bit boring..I loved the first book. The second was.... The difficult second album. Unsure why as Gayou's commune series was fantastic all the way through. Pity they changed narrator as.. RC Bray was great. Michael Kramer is.. A bit too ponderous for Udo..

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  • Harvey
  • 11-06-21

Udo the god?

Brilliantly written, hats off to Joshua Gayou, I wasn't sure about the change in the narrators as RC Bray is one of the best in the industry but Michael Kramer came through and I was transported into Udo's world. If you enjoyed the 1st book you will really enjoy this. highly recommend it.

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  • Ian
  • 08-15-21

Excellent second act - We now need a good ending

Firstly the performance. I was a little disappointed when I noticed that RC Bray had been replaced, but Michael Kramer's performance was excellent - truly first class. A definite rival to RC Bray for Audio book narration and someone I will be looking out for in the future.

The story so far seems to be the telling of how an everyman is set to become some sort of religious icon but there is a massive twist being hinted at. If this type of story doesn't normally appeal, don't let this put you off. it's a thoroughly compelling story told in thoroughly compelling way.

I love Josh Gayou's writing. It triggers your imagination and puts you right in the middle of the action without every little inconsequential detail having to be written down (unlike some other authors). It's a real skill and one that JG has refined in his last few books. This is a fairly long book series (compared to others) and normally I would be begging the story to 'Get on with it' But not with JG. Too damn good.

This book is clearly the middle act in a 3 act story. Don't expect an ending here. It's a massive set up for what I hope is a compelling ending in book 3. And you must read book 1 first otherwise this one will not make any sense. In fact the only reason I have not given this one 5 stars is because it is only the middle act. 5 stars are reserved for those books with a satisfying ending

So a cracking good listen - very funny in places - can't wait for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Amazing story so far, good characters interesting

good Narrator and Interesting growing story. I look forward to seeing the next stage of the book. amazing ending so happy. good culture on other natives.

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  • Su-Anne Lyons
  • 07-24-21

Get some!

hard to start without Bray but well worth the perseverance.
full credit to narrator who had a most unenviable task.
thank you Mr G for another multidimensional
masterpiece.
Out Fucking standing!

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  • Warren
  • 11-20-22

I must be getting old

Interesting story but too much profanity for me. Would a God feel the need to swear?

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  • Craig
  • 10-11-21

A lost storyline

The author has totally lost his way with the story, the characters and the endless self-reflecting waffling of Udo.
In the first story Udo was a strong character with a hard mind, here he is reduced to a uncertain indecisive mouse, all within the first few chapters.
There is so little story in this book that I begin to wonder if it is actually some other book whose characters have been converted into fitting this sequel.
It will also be the last time I carry on to a second book of a series that has a change of narrator

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  • John - Brisbane
  • 08-03-21

Loved it

Loving this series so much, the change in narrator isn't an issue both are great. I was impatient for answers at the begining of this one but then became absorbed in the story and basically didn't stop listening until it was over. Feeling a bit empty now! The next one please Mr Gayou :-)