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Publisher's Summary

It’s one kid versus an entire band of space pirates in this cosmic middle grade caper from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.

Zero is just one of 20,000 people aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet set to be colonized. The journey is over a century long but luckily, everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe and sound asleep during the trip. Everyone that is, except for Zero, whose pod has malfunctioned, waking him up a hundred years early. His initial excitement in roaming the ship alone quickly turns to a heart-stopping interstellar adventure when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and take the colonizers hostage. With everyone he knows fast asleep, it’s up to Zero to think fast and find a way to stop them - all on his own.

The full cast for this production includes Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Betsy Hogg, Josh Hurley, Jonathan Davis, Jennifer Van Dyck, Chelsea Spack, Charlie Thurston, David Shih, Eunice Wong, Eddy Lee, Allyson Johnson, and Polly Lee. 

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©2018 Dan Wells (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Publisher's Summary

It’s one kid versus an entire band of space pirates in this cosmic middle grade caper from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.

Zero is just one of 20,000 people aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet set to be colonized. The journey is over a century long but luckily, everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe and sound asleep during the trip. Everyone that is, except for Zero, whose pod has malfunctioned, waking him up a hundred years early. His initial excitement in roaming the ship alone quickly turns to a heart-stopping interstellar adventure when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and take the colonizers hostage. With everyone he knows fast asleep, it’s up to Zero to think fast and find a way to stop them - all on his own.

The full cast for this production includes Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Betsy Hogg, Josh Hurley, Jonathan Davis, Jennifer Van Dyck, Chelsea Spack, Charlie Thurston, David Shih, Eunice Wong, Eddy Lee, Allyson Johnson, and Polly Lee. 

Experience this title in immersive 3D audio by setting your download quality to High within the app. Headphones recommended. For more, browse our entire collection of 3D audio listens

©2018 Dan Wells (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

About the Creator

Author Dan Wells is known for his work in adult horror, including the bestselling John Cleaver series, and his young adult sci-fi series Partials and Mirador. Zero G is his middle grade debut. Wells cohosts the Hugo Award-winning podcast Writing Excuses, an educational audio show for aspiring writers. In addition to his work in writing full-length novels, scripts for stage and screen, short fiction, and game fiction, Wells edited the essay anthology Altered Perceptions to help generate awareness about mental illness and raise funds for the mental health organization Bring Change to Mind. He currently lives in northern Utah with his wife, six children…and more than 400 board games.

Photo by Michael Bacera

About the Performer

Listed as one of AudioFile’s "Best Voices" in 2015 and 2013, Audie, Earphones, and SOVAS award-winning actor Emily Woo Zeller's work includes years of animation dubbing and stage performance as a dancer, singer, and actor. She won a Tristan Award for her work as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and a Roselyn E. Schneider Prize for Creative Achievement. Her acclaimed audiobook work includes narrating Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, Gulp by Mary Roach, and The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang.

About the Performer

Margaret Ying Drake discovered a passion for voice-over early in her acting career, specializing in children's voices. Her work includes voicing Butterbean in Nick Jr.'s Butterbean's Cafe and various characters in Nickelodeon animations, toys and games for Scholastic and PBS, and radio commercials. Margaret studied theatre at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and has worked in theatre, dance, commercials, and film, most notably in the award-winning indie They Look Like People and 2018’s The Rusalka. Playing the role of Zero in Zero G is her first venture into audiobook work.

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Passengers movie with space pirates

Earth has discovered two planets which could sustain human life, and have built two generation ships to take 20,000 people to each planet. Zero and his family (his parent's worked on creating the generation ship) are part of the 20,000 who will board the ship and be put into cryostasis for the 105 year journey. But 28 days into a 105 year journey, as the ship goes through the Kuiper Belt, Zero wakes up to find himself alone on a giant ship. Alone, except for the space pirates living in The Belt who are trying to steal parts off of the ship. Can Zero stop the pirates, and work out how to get his cryopod working again?

While this is on the surface a kids story, it is well told and engaging and good for the entire family. Kids will enjoy it, and adults probably will too. Adults won't have to endure it.

The science in this book is good, but also easily accessible for all ages. It easily describes things like the lack of set direction in space (the enemies gate is down!) and how asteroid belts work (not like star wars where you weave between rocks that are always clashing together), without descending into information dumps. The science is built into the story.

Main narration is performed by Zeller, with the voices for each character done by other actors. So each individual character has a very distinct voice. The multiple voices are seamlessly integrated together, and sound really good. There is minimal sound effects or music. It is used but it is light and subtle touches, so enhance the production but not overwhelm it. There are other effects such as doing slight voice echos when Zero first wakes up and is searching a empty space ship alone - gives impression of space and emptiness that really adds to the atmosphere.

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Perfect for riding alone or with the family

It’s difficult to find books I can listen to when my 5 yr old is in the car with me. This is a really good and very cute story. One of the best audible Originals I’ve heard recently and definitely one of the better free ones.

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Entertaining

I haven’t been a huge fan of the free originals so far, and I figured with this being upper MG, something I don’t usually read, I would continue to be disappointed. However, I was wrong. This book was well-written and expertly performed. It’s the first of the free originals that I would’ve paid for.

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Zero G

I picked this one up because I already owned many of the choice for this month’s free picks. I LOVED IT!

This is great for kids and adults! As an adult, I found it really entertaining! The voice acting, music, and snark from the ship’s navigator were great!

Kid or adult, I think anyone who listens to this will have fun with it!

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Perfect for Children

As an adult I fornd some part annoying but when I thing of young children I can see them engrossed in the suspense and adventure of the story. All performances were wonderful.

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love it!

more more more.... my son asked me for 2. my son is 14 and I still begging him to read more books. this one did it for him.

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great listen with my son

This was the first full audio book with my 8 yr old. He loved and it gave us something fun to listen to in the car on the way home from school. He really got into it and wanted to listen every time we drive somewhere until it was over.

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Adorable Family Friendly Adventure

Characters were well done, and story was a good blend of simple, funny, and thought provoking. Obvioisly intended for a young audience, but I found it enjoyable to listen to with my kids as well. Nice listen for a car trip.

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Great cast and sound design!

I love the way this sounds! The cast is great, and with the narration, it is really easy to follow. The story is funny and exciting. Great for the whole family!

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Wonderful

Absolutely loved it. Reminds me of Passengers. Made me smile all the way through. I want to hear more

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Great fun for kids

My 7yr old really enjoyed it. We listened together and I (45) enjoyed it just fine. Amazon says it's for teens and young adults. I think not.

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  • 12-03-21

Fun story for all ages

Loved the protagonist, villains a bit cartoony, fast-moving and very entertaining story.
Voice-acting excellent!

A perfect, cheerful story to listen to during dull and gloomy days.

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  • Kirsten Moseley
  • 08-27-21

Amazing!

This story is AMAZING! I recommend this book to anyone who like space, pirates, space pirates and zero gravity!

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  • Mrs Joanne Hulme
  • 06-29-22

Listened 10 times each like the first

Absoloutly amazing, Dan Wells has outdone himself with this incredible story.highly reccomend this great book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-22

I loved it

but it was a bit scary I mean like the music don't u think?

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  • simon davis
  • 02-19-22

glad there's 3 books (mabye more)

I love the voice actors and that they stay the same during the books (if they don't I never really look sorry)
glad there are more books and that the story might not be over!
can't wait to see if zero and ... well read the book and find out!!!!

books

number one :zero g
number two :dragon planet
number three : stargazer

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  • sharon
  • 01-13-22

Brilliant love it my son keeps going back to this story

This book is aimed at preteen’s, its well written informative and fun. The actors are well placed with convincing dialect. The music and the narrator are very easy to listen to.
The storey takes you an adventure through space from planet earth through the solar system. The experience of the sleeping pods is very believable. My ten year old has listened to this several times over the last 12 months at bedtime to fall asleep too.

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  • Alex
  • 01-10-22

I loved this book 🥰

The story was amazing and there was plenty of action. The story had plenty of tense, but exciting parts and chapters. Once you are about 10 minutes in, you'll be hooked, unable to resit finding what's to happen next.

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  • Rachael
  • 12-14-21

Brilliant 👍👍

Refreshing and funny I do recommend 👍👍
No swearing 👏👏 The cast was all good actors too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-13-21

Great storyline

My son loved this story and as a whole was well written my only issue was the odd occasional swear word that featured.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-22

Pretty spacey

This was a great book but the only problem is that the first hour is boring because there are no problems other them him waking him up until the pirates come then it’s cool

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  • Vincent King
  • 04-22-22

something different

I guess this book is for the young kids but this old bugger enjoyed something different got a giggle the narrator was excellent

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-22

great

This is a great story. My kids loved it. The music is a bit loud in parts.

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  • Vijayanthi Chintamaneni
  • 01-26-22

This book is amazing

This book is a great story for kids all ages. The book is narrated well by the full cast and the background music.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-22

Excellent for 9 yr olds

My 9yr old son loved it. Was supposed to be for nightime story but found him listening the next day. Didn't mind it myself. Onto the rest of the the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-22

Awesome!

One of the best stories we’ve heard in this genre. No holes in the plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-21

Kids loved it

Action, on the edge of your seat - 9 year old
it was awesome - 7 year old
I loved when they saved it - 4 year old