Zero G

4.5 out of 5 stars (728 ratings)

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About This Audible Original

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.

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

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Zero gravity makes for excellent pranks.
Welcome aboard the Pathfinder
The only person awake on the entire ship

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"A fun listen. My whole family listened to this and enjoyed it very much. The story is funny and adventurous—something for everyone.” "

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About the Author

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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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 12-07-18

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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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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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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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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Charming and inventive!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The cast of narrators did a beautiful job and created as clear a world as any movie producer could have.

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Great story

Realy masterfully performed by both writer and cast of narrators loved every second of it

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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 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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we need more!!

There definitely needs to be a follow up on this hook. the voice actors were wonderful. I couldn't help but be swept up in this incredible fantasy.

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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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