Warstrider: Warstrider, Book 1

Narrated by: David Drummond
Series: Warstrider, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
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In the twenty-sixth century, humanity is at war with the Xenophobes, and the planet Loki is the next battleground.

Dev Cameron joined the military to fly a starship but is rated unsuitable and grudgingly accepts an assignment with the ground forces, piloting a massive walking tank (a warstrider). But Cameron may yet get a chance at glory when he makes a discovery about the alien foes that could change the course of the war.

©1993 William H. Keith, Jr. (P)2015 Tantor

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This one is tough to listen to.

Would you try another book from Ian Douglas and/or David Drummond?

I've enjoyed Ian Douglas' work in the past and that's why I tried this one in spite of poor reviews. While I might try another book by Ian, I won't try any more from this series. As far as David Drummond's narration, it was horrible for this book. While Ian created a world that is greatly influenced by Japan, the narration was done with what sounded like a Scottish Pirate.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ian Douglas? Why or why not?

yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Bad accents and intonation made everyone sound scared and panicked

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I listened to all but the last hour or so and just couldn't stand it anymore.

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Did you enjoy Starship Troopers?

What disappointed you about Warstrider: Warstrider, Book 1?

Using Heinlein's battle-bot shell concept of Starship Troopers, but not with anywhere near the depth of story, detail, scope by Heinlein.

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S l o w, slow, a little b e t t e r....

In the beginning, I had to keep backing up to re listen because my ears were working but my brain kept trying to nap! Finally, I began to sense there might be a story evolving but it was halfway thru the book! I didn't like the protaginst's smart mouth attitude which abruptly became charismatic boy wonderI The overuse of Japanese titles and traditions bogged me down with all the translations. The narrator was a "C" but in fairness, he didn't have much to work with. I'd advise the listener who wants a developing plot, rounded characters and some action to keep looking.

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  • 08-06-15

pretty good story but with a major flaw

the author uses loads of Japanese words/phrases/labels. it drove me nuts! Just use English nexttime! !!

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Boring

Being a sifi fan I must say this book is quite boring. Lots of details describing planets and aliens but little about the people. This makes the story less exiting and in fact boring to read.

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Marginal

I did manage to listen to the entire book, barely. Hated the narration but the story really bogs down when a fortuitous ally shows up and then gets really boring as the nature of their common enemy is disclosed. Could have been much more with a better reader and less of a yawner of an ending.

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wait for it ........! give it time starts slow

Your best bet with this book is to wait about 20 minutes at that point I think he settles out and starts telling the story

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Horrid narration

I've read the series multiple times and very much enjoy it. I read the reviews saying the narrator was bad, I assumed they were hyperbole. They were not. I will make sure to avoid any audio book with David Drummond as the narrator.

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exceptional read by Ian Douglas

I absolutely loved this book. I've read all of what's available for the Star Carrier series and also could not recommend them enough.

I was in awe getting to experience the author's imagination and enjoyed the emotional waves felt as Dev had moved through his life, disappointment, excitement, luster, power, anger, all of it was there, other emotions that I currently can not put into words.

Thanks, can not wait to pick up book two!

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Strider

It was a book that I had a hard time following. The story seemed to jump around a lot. I felt it was a science class lecture.