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Reality Check

The Empire's Corps, Book 7
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Empire's Corps, Book 7
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
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None of them wanted to leave Earth. It might have been nightmarish, but it was all they knew.

Gary wanted to concentrate on his exams in hopes of leaving the CityBlock and its bullies far behind. Kailee wanted to become an actress. Darrin merely wanted to live. But when the three teenagers win a competition, they find themselves taking the trip of a lifetime, a voyage to a colony world where they can see how the colonists live.

Meridian is very different from the dark and dismal CityBlock, a place where they can make a new beginning. But it also houses dangers, dangers that their education on Earth didn't even begin to prepare them to face, dangers governed by the cold equations of survival. And when disaster strikes, they find themselves forced to fight for their lives - or die, alone and unloved, thousands of light years from home.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • Falcon
  • 25-05-2015

Different

Definitely a different pace then other books in the series. What's really concerning though is the education system of the empire is similar to the direction the American education system is going....with the larger concern being over rights and not responsibility. Balance of both rights and responsibility is key.

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  • Maxster
  • 29-05-2015

Reality check for Mr. Nuttal... This story sucked

What did you like best about Reality Check? What did you like least?

The narration was up to its usual quality.
The story line didn't impress me. I am use to the characters making a huge difference on a cosmic level, but not this time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Empire's Corps, Book 8. Hopefully that one will be a better read than this one.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was good, and there was not much not to like.

Do you think Reality Check needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes it needs a followup book to hopefully wash away the sour taste that it left in my mouth,

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  • Chris Hernandez
  • 02-11-2019

It's an okay book.

You have to be willing to look past the Fox News style narrative away the beginning of each chapter. The author seems to write from an ultra right conservative narrative. I'm not sure whether he is a conservative politically and writing from that point of view or if he means for his characters and the narrative of the book to seem to have c9nserb.c ative/libertarian pov.
The constant berating of people gets very old very quick though.

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  • thymespace
  • 16-12-2017

Deep

This has been one of the harder books for me to listen to in this series. Mostly because I cannot imagine being these teens. I had to keep reminding myself that if I had had the same upbringing this would be how I would think.

Looking at the overall theme for this it is rather sad to realize that Christopher Nuttall has taken the darker aspects Of our society today and expanded on where these are going to take us if left to fester. I was waiting to see how this book would tie in to the rest of the series. I look forward to continuing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2016

Overall good book but .........

I like the character developement. Great story line but seemed out of place for this series. Just not in keeping to the same vantage point.

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  • K. Winter
  • 10-08-2016

Nothing like the other books

Do yourself a favor and skip this one it's nothing like the other books in the series. It goes on and on about the now defunct education system on earth that was destroyed. Made it through 6 chapters before giving up. Quite boring and unlike the other books.

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  • GGodman
  • 11-09-2015

Ok least favorite of the series so far

And continues to next book, not me favorite by a long shot. Will still finish the series but glad this was not the first book, would not have continued.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 16-06-2015

Not a nice story, not really

I have been enjoying the series, and really like the previous volume, The Outcast (The Trader Queen), and had high hopes for this one too. But, even though it is well written, I did not like how events unfolded. I was doubtful at first when 4 students from the same school are chosen by "contest" for this vacation on a colony world. I get that it's a find-your-true-self, coming-of-age story, but it is not a nice story. It is not one I would ever want to read again because of the several awful people, the total fraudulent set up, the many deaths, the deaths of random innocents just to force certain characters together, and the events that transpired. I didn't even like the wholesome good guys. The "justice" wasn't even satisfying, and a bit too late. Just sort of skipped over the lasting effects of those events, didn't you, Mr. Nuttall.

This is a morality play on today's youth, the American education system, the Welfare system, entitlement, wacko survivalists, total ignorance of how things work, politicians who keep the country careening into destruction. We already got that from the other books.

If you like the series, you can give this one a skip, and wait for another one about Stocker's Stalkers.

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  • John Doe
  • 22-05-2015

What happened!!??

Would you try another book from Christopher G. Nuttall and/or Jeffrey Kafer?

Yes

What could Christopher G. Nuttall have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not made the first several chapters so boring

Any additional comments?

I do not understand what happened to this series. I could not continue listening to the soap opera style story line of this book. Maybe the book would have gotten better but the first several chapters put me to sleep.

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  • Neil Stott
  • 25-05-2020

Absolute worst book in the series

This series was about Empires Corps. If u expected to read about them in this book ... forget it ... and if I have to listen to so much more pontificating from “Professor Leo” well spare me the pain. If he said the Empires education system was broken once ... he said it 50 times and we leant all we were ever going to learn in the first 5 chapters. And talk about boring ... it took 10 long long chapters before something remotely interesting occurred.

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  • Matt
  • 21-01-2016

One Of The Best So Far

Didn't expect to enjoy this one going by one or two of the reviews but it turned out to be one of the best in the series. Its also very thought provoking.

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  • Poppey
  • 11-03-2017

Good Storyline

Another change of pace. This was an interesting break from the main theme and could well be listened to as a stand alone book. Again, well done.

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  • Alex
  • 09-08-2015

An objectivist morality tale

If you could sum up Reality Check in three words, what would they be?

Heroic, didactic, entertaining

What other book might you compare Reality Check to, and why?

Fountainhead for teenagers

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favourite?

They were all slightly one dimensional, I assume that was intentional though and the value was in it's moral lesson about the flawed nature of humanity

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, yes

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  • sir_helsing
  • 21-05-2015

Thank you audible for credits

This is not a bad book, but it certainly isn't on par with the other books in this series. To me at least this book seems to drag at parts. That is at least until towards the end where a lot seems to happen in a relatively short amount of the book.
This book is ridiculously overpriced especially for the amount of time of audio that you get for your money. But as always the narrator is pretty good, but he does better at subtlety than distinct accents.

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  • Allan
  • 24-07-2015

Really slow story

I was looking forward to reading this book as a gone through the rest of the series but I was very disappointed in how slow the story one for long normally I would go through a book like this into there is this one has taken me nearly two weeks to get through because I kept on getting bored I'm going doing something else.
Not a book I would recommend.