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  • Ark Royal

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Itry not to be harsh... but...<br /><br />

  • By thefinn on 22-07-2018

Interesting and addictive.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2016

While the story is fairly standard it's cultural placement and modern traditionalism increases it's interest. Also the story provides the required adventure, intrigue and military framework to satisfy most readers.

A point to note here is that I am an English born Australian embued with the traditions and accents expressed. This may challenge some reader's but if you enjoy Patrick O'Brian or the Hornblower stories this may interest you.

I look forward to the next and future editions of this series.

  • A Call to Duty

  • Book I of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Growing up, Travis Uriah Long yearned for order and discipline in his life...he two things his neglectful mother couldn’t or wouldn’t provide. So when Travis enlisted in the Royal Manticoran Navy, he thought he’d finally found the structure he’d always wanted so desperately. But life in the RMN isn’t exactly what he expected. Boot camp is rough and frustrating; his first ship assignment lax and disorderly; and with the Star Kingdom of Manticore still recovering from a devastating plague, the Navy is possibly on the edge of budgetary extinction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Counterpoint to the "modern" navy.

  • By Frans on 31-05-2016

Counterpoint to the "modern" navy.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

As a book it's place in the honorverse is as a contrast. Readers familiar with the previous series books will recognize attitudes and issues. But that navy with it's polish and sophistication is absent. A very much smaller organisation, fewer ships and people, less support and less confident.

This story offers a fresh view into an established universe. Using a seemingly ordinary, somewhat boring character as a fulcrum to explore political, social and personal issues. By simplifying the technology and geography the emphasis shifts to behaviour.

Overall I would recommend this book to any reader. Especially those already invested in the Honorverse.

  • Existence

  • By: David Brin
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Robin Miles, L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps. An hour after he grabs it and brings it in, rumors fill Earth’s infomesh about an "alien artifact".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Kim on 01-11-2018

An interesting view.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-2016

Looking at the end of this world by local or external means. This is an exploration of our motives and actions when confronted by an answer to one of the big questions. It also explores the social, political and economic effects.
Well written, very good performances and high production values provokes a high recommendation. This story is complex, involved and uses a plethora of characters. This book may need more than one reading to catch all the details.