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Publisher's Summary

"Dune meets Battlestar Galactica, with a pinch of Asimov thrown in for good measure."

Earth has been destroyed, the entire solar system turned to dust by a cataclysmic event known as the Fracture. Now, the last survivors of humanity live on vast arkships drifting through the Cluster, doing what they can to survive in a hostile ever-changing environment.

When the arkship Obsidian is attacked, Wynn awakes in an escape pod fleeing from a huge space battle, unable to remember who he is. Hunted by a killer robot, the forces of a rival arkship, and the Church of the Infinite, Wynn must survive long enough to unlock his lost memories, discover who is behind the attack and take his revenge.

Arkship Obsidian is the first in an epic new series from acclaimed British writer Niel Bushnell.

©2017 Niel Bushnell (P)2018 Niel Bushnell

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I like it, but the writing is jilted and there’s no expression in the way people react it’s just bland monologue a lot of the time.
The narrator was a bad choice, has no inflection of emotion. Is too focused on the annunciation of each word so there’s odd pauses and a bit monotone.

Still enjoyed it despite that, wouldn’t listen to it a second time unless it had a decent narrator like Luke Daniels or someone else.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 18-02-2018

Earth is gone, humanity is in danger

The last full sci-fi book series that I read was We are Legion: We are Bob. So, you can see my bar was raised really high for a new sci-fi series to start with, and Arkship didn't disappoint me. Bushnell does a great job creating a setting in which Earth is gone, and the remains of humanity cling precariously to life in large interplanetary vessels. As always happens, humanity is not satisfied to have survived complete annihilation, but sets about becoming insular and aggressive to other survivors.

Bushnell has a punchy writing style, that comes at you like a comet. His cdharacterizations are intense. I would swear that I have met some of his characters.

Robinson is outstanding here too. He keeps pace with the story, and his voice won't let you go when things are happening. The only criticism I have, and it is a small one, is that I think he needs to work a little more on female voices. Jeff Hays and James Marsters, for example, do incredible jobs with their feminine voice characterizations. I think with a little more work he could be a mjor player as a narrator. That isn't tosay the rest of his work suffers, or that his vocalizations suffer. That is not the case. The story still flows well with what he does, and I am only nitpicking.

I think Bushnell and Robinson make a great pair. They go together like puzzle pieces, each one locking the other in, and keeping the story flowing. Once I got started I didn't want to stop (darn you real life!); the story is really good and you will assuredly want to listen to the next one as soon as you can. Happily, there is a sequel coming, so take heart and get ready to hit this rollercoaster again.

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  • jimdmcd
  • 02-04-2018

Arkship Obsidian Book 1

Arkship Obsidian is for fans of Science Fiction/Fantasy. The writing is good and above the level you might expect. Mike Robinson the narrator brings the package together with his fine reading of the story.
A fast paced story you will need to focus on.

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  • D. Sturgeon
  • 20-03-2018

Great Story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This is a very well written story with excellent narration. I loved it and you will too.

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  • Trisha
  • 14-03-2018

Space adventure

You wake up without your memories in the aftermath of a battle. That's what happened to the main character. He was so relateable that I wanted to follow his story and kept listening to the book until I was finished. I love to listen to books while I'm at the gym and I stayed a lot longer than I planned just so I could keep listening to the book. The story flowed really well and the narration was amazing and kept a perfect pace. I really want to listen to the next book and I hope the narrator stays the say because I thoroughly enjoyed him. This is a great listen if you enjoy Sci-fi.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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  • Pam C
  • 03-03-2018

Very good!

Arkship Obsidian is a very good book. I was captivated with the story from the very beginning and it held my attention clear to the end. Actually, I was disappointed that it did end...I wasn't ready to move on. I loved the fantastic descriptions of the ships, how they worked and, especially the 'ship's' personality. Lexicon has a very entertaining personality. I enjoyed the story of each character and was saddened when some didn't make it. I would have liked to have more background on what happened to Earth and the other planets. I felt that was the only thing missing...hopefully, those explanations will come with the other books in the Saga.
Mike Robinson does a very good job of narrating the story. His way of speaking, the rise and fall of the narration, has a good flow. His character voices are right on, in my opinion, of their personalities. I am always impressed when a narrator is able to do that.
I enjoyed the entire experience.

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  • Wanda
  • 24-02-2018

The future

I have never really been interested in sci-fi but for some reason this book had my attention from the beginning to the end. Reading the book and watching a show on TV set 250 years in the future makes me realize its a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there.
All the war ships fighting its worse in the future but at least they still have romance. This book had a little bit of mystery murder romance mind erasing hatred and an asteroid that had been hollowed out and people were living inside like it was earth.
I received this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.

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  • Jean Metcalf
  • 08-02-2018

Great Roadtrip Book

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book during a 10 hr. drive to Michigan. It definitely made to time go much faster, and the narrator of this book was easy to listen to. The story line drew me in quickly. I became invested in the characters almost immediately. If you like sci-fi I'd say it's worth your time.

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  • Oded
  • 04-02-2018

I am awestruck!!!

This book is amazing, it did something that no other book have done to me before, by this I mean that from page one I was hooked, I couldn't stop listening and I want more, it's such an excellent story, I can't wait for the next one to get released.
I really praise the author, even my favorites books took a few chapters to pull me in, this is a first for me a real masterpiece!
I fully recommend this book, trust me you won't regret it what so ever.

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  • Ginny Aybar-Flores
  • 08-06-2018

Another world unlike we know.

Earth is no longer around and a whole new civilization rules. Like all civilizations, there are ups and downs, good vs evil and this novel has it all. Am not a biggie of Sci-Fi but this one held my attention and the ending had me wanting more. The author did a great job writing this story, you could picture everything he wrote, the narrator did a fabulous job with the telling and am sure the author will use him when book 2 comes out.

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  • Heather
  • 15-05-2018

Good Sci Fi

I was given this audiobook for free in exchange for a honest review.

I was looking for a new sci fi listen, I listen to a lot of Star Wars/ Star Trek. Arkship Obsidian filled my need for new sci fi. Good characters; plenty of action. Mike Robinson did a great job as well. Production quality excellent.

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  • James
  • 18-07-2018

The classic sci-fi you've been looking for!

If you're looking for heart stopping action full of intrigue and mystery, then look no further. 
The book throws back to classic sci-fi adventure in the best way it possibly could, with quirky characters, explosive set pieces and a plot that sinks it's teeth into you and won't let go.
The audiobook version was read clearly and gave each character their own unique sound, despite it only being the voice of one man, Mike Robinson.