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Publisher's Summary

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her.

A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet. The lost colonies have survived - but the reunion isn't going to be a happy one. Our descendants are vastly superior in the art of warfare. Worse, there are other beings undreamed of beyond the human frontier: strange, unfathomable...alien.

Battle cruiser Defiant, the first capital ship to darken Earth's skies, is tasked with exploring new passages to the younger planets. Old Earth must reunite with her children...but can humanity survive the inevitable conflicts? Captain William Sparhawk, determined to follow a path of honor and truthfulness, dares to rise to the challenge. Battle Cruiser is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.

©2015 B. V. Larson (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Battle cruiser

was a very easy listening book .It had some uos and downs, the narrator was very clear and easy to understand. rhe story was pretty easy to follow but interesting enough to get you roped in.

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A good read

Not quite the suspense and punch of other books by the author but a good read none the less.

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2 dimensional

The narrative is stereotypical and Disneyesque. The characters are clichéd and the dialogue is wooden. The Narrator managed to make the hero sound constantly panic stricken.

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  • Simon
  • Hendra, Australia
  • 07-02-2016

Punching the refund button after an hour

What would have made Battle Cruiser better?

Better narrator to start. Sounds like a copycat of other stories.

Navy Pilot, son of rich parents don't approve of him in the navy. I stopped when he spotted a beautiful girl after being summonsed to earth by his rich father.

What will your next listen be?

Not sure

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Edoardo Ballerini?

anyone

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

Refund request

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  • Dimitar S.
  • 06-01-2016

Nice story

The author delivers amazing story as expected. The narrator is also good but i prefer when it`s done by Mark Boyett.

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  • John
  • 12-07-2016

Bit samy, samy, as Star Force.

Bit samy, samy, as Star Force. I read all these. and loved them. but this was too similar. Mr Larson you need to come up with new ideas.

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  • MarkM-D
  • 31-05-2016

Good storyline

This book is worth listening to, but you have to get over the narrator first. Shame it lets it down.

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  • GobiD
  • 07-03-2016

Awful Narration

The story is passable, another BV Larson novel with cutout characters and reasonably predictable plots. It's a little like visiting a well loved roller coaster, all the twists and turns are as you expect but it's still fun to ride.
What makes this a car crash of an audio book is the narration. I dislike giving negative criticism but just now and again one comes across a piece of work that defies logic and explanation. I dare say that Edoardo Ballerini is a talented narrator, but his delivery of this novel was completely ill judged. Almost every character voice was ridiculously melodramatic. The lead character was made to sound like a standoffish, entitled, prig. Any humour was completely missed at every opportunity, and some of the voices were mystifying, they would be saying one thing but the emotional delivery was saying something completely different. I started listening to this on a long car journey with my brother and we had to keep pausing the book as we couldn't believe the awful delivery. The only reason I listened all the way through was to hear if there was a plot twist to justify his delivery. That'll be a refund methinks.

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  • Martin
  • 09-07-2016

Need to stick with it

First few chapters were slow going and I'm not a big fan of way its written in the first person. that said, once my personal issues were removed and the story got going I grew to enjoy it.

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  • Hani Mohammad Al-Shakks
  • 25-05-2016

entertaining but ...

b.v. larson has much richer stories in terms of story arcs and characters including star force and undying mercinaries series. with that said this story was just fine. not as good as the mentioned series but still fine. the narrator was not as good as mark boyatt but again he has done an ok job in my opinion. My biggest issue with the narrator was that some character voices can not be distinguished from one another.

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  • S. Morris
  • 02-05-2016

Simplistic But Accessible Sci-Fi

I had just completed reading the lengthy and fairly heavy Fear Saga and so decided it was time for some lighter fare. I spotted Battle Cruiser from B V Larson and having read and very much liked both the Star Force and Undying Mercenaries series of books from this author, I decided to choose Batlecruiser as its premise sounded interesting. Given just how much I've liked Larsson's other work, I didn't bother reading any reviews prior to opting to purchase this title and despite the narrator being different from the previous Larson books listened to in the form of Eduardo Ballerini, I decided to get this book.

Having been used to the excellent Mark Boyett's narration, I did find it a little strange to be listening to a Larson book from a new narrator. however, this was offset by the fact that this was a totally new and unconnected story to the other two series' of books from Larson I'd read so in a way helped mark this story as something totally new. Ballerini's narration is crisp and competent but he lacks the range of character voices which means that several male characters sound identical. he is also less able to render convincing female characters too but that is less of an issue. The thing that struck me very quickly into reading this story was how clipped and odd the key characters dialogue is. William Sparhawk, his voice and the way he speaks and often acts is rather reminiscent of a 1930's action hero. it seems rather incongruous to hear lines delivered in quite such an old fashioned style. To further bolster the image I had in my mind of said 1930's story, I found most dialogue to be rather simplistic and lacked sophistication to the extent that I had to wonder if this story was either written for a younger target audience or was deliberately penned like this as a tongue firmly in cheek adventure rather like the old Flash Gordon serials. I half expected Sparhawk to come out with something like "You're a cad and a bounder sir!" . This story is quite far removed from the much more visceral, gritty and often foreboding stories from Larson which makes me further believe that this book was intended to introduce a younger audience to Larson's works.

I still found this story mildly interesting and will follow the series if nothing else if not to see how things pan out. I can't say this is a bad book but it is quite far removed from Larson's other work that it might not appeal to the more hardened Larson fans out there. Given just how sophisticated children are these days I would say that Battle Cruiser might be suitable for somewhere around a 13 year old to get their first taste of an accessible story that will ease them into the other, darker science fiction out there.

If you're in the market for some "sci-fi light" or have not tried a book of this genre before and just want a gentle start in this field then Battle Cruiser might just be for you. if you're a fan of books in the Undying Mercenaries series from Larson then you probably will not like this story so could give this one a miss.

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  • grant
  • 11-03-2016

quality

loved it . great story. I could picture the characters in my head . well read 5* .... If you love Sci fi it's a must .

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  • ParBoiled
  • 22-02-2016

Flew by !

Story' s absolutely brilliant, the book feels like it finished in thirty minutes! I would recommended!

Par

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-07-2018

Brilliant

This audiobook was brilliant, excellent story and great narrator. I will be listening to the others in the future.