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Skyward

Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
Series: Skyward, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. 

Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. 

Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul. 

©2018 Dragonsteel Entertainment LLC (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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He’s done it AGAIN!


Another thoroughly enthralling new story with new characters with new powers within a new world filled with new enmities. How does he keep on coming up with such new stuff! I’ve read everything this author has and he never ceases to surprise me.

I loved every minute of it. Couldn’t stop listening. Thank you once again Brandon for writing something so epic that gets you “out of yourself” to reach to higher heights of glory- and yet- is still so accessible for readers both young and old.

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Listen to it

I am a more of a Fantasy reader rather than SIFI! So this was a pleasant surprise and well worth the the day I spent listening.
Brandon Sanderson knows how to enthrall his listeners.

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Nothing complex, just good story telling.

An easy listen from start to finish, a good story with great narration. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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Amazing

This was a great book, can't wait for the next one. Give it a try it's worth it.

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Enjoyable all the way through!

Engaging story (especially after the first 2-3 hours), likeable protagonist with an interesting cast of characters and more action than I'm accustomed to from Sanderson.

The narrator, Sophie Alfred, spins a great yarn. It's a brief tale compared to Sanderson's other work but the story benefits from it.

I would happily listen to narrative of Skyward Flight again. With any luck a sequel is planned.

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Sanderson’s genius flawlessly performed

Brandon Sanderson is one, of if not, the greatest living “Universe builders”. He has done it again, creating an immersive, complete and engaging world filled with interesting characters. However, it’s Sophie Aldred’s masterful performance brings this story to life, with a warmth and humour that reminds you how great an audiobook can be.

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Brandon Sanderson 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

I know I'm on to a good audiobook when I get out of my car and leave it playing whilst I'm cooking dinner, then lie in bed not sleeping because I can't stop listening to it

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Are you sitting comfortably

Don’t make any plans to move after starting this book because when you do you won’t be able to leave it until the very last sentence is finished A truly great ride.

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Great performance, average story

It’s not really young adult fiction so much as a late 1970s or early 1980s idea of children’s science fiction (think Nicholas Fisk). The story is kind of engaging, but everything is so one dimensional.

I will continue with the series (which I suppose is all Sanderson cares about), but with the feeling that this could have been so much better if he’d spent some more effort painting the characters rather than the physical flight manoeuvres.

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Amazing!

I had doubts but by the end... goosebumps! Too good! Cannot wait for what's next!

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  • Andrew Ford
  • 10-11-2018

Another Sanderson Gem

I purchased this book on pre-order and started listening immediately upon it's release. I have read most of Brandon Sanderson's work, I find him one of the most compelling story-teller's in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. I was not disappointed with Skyward, it's a page-turner through and through.

Of note is the wholesome nature of this story. It is suitable for young teenagers and above, with a deceptively simple narrative that nonetheless highlights Sanderson's ability to polish a story to its essence. The character-work is front and centre, in true coming-of-age style. However, it is the world-building that occurs during the story that truly captivates and speaks to the compelling series that this first book introduces us to. That said, every word in this book is purposeful, with no wasted time to establish details. Skyward gives the reader an intimate and personal viewpoint from which to grasp the context of a galaxy-spanning story. I look forward to listening again when Skyward 2 is released (Sanderson has apparently already drafted the next in this series).

The audio performance was also well produced. Sophie Aldred voices the protagonist brilliantly and does a solid job with the supporting roles as well. Her narrative delivery manages to draw you in, allowing the listener to feel the emotion of the protaganist whilst sustaining the sense of immersion throughout fast-paced action scenes.

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  • PJ
  • 07-12-2018

very young adult, stretches credulity at times

the narration is top notch. story concept is brilliant. plot etc are extremely young adult no layers and complexity. serendipity in the story sometimes stretches credulity.
would still recommend for the concept and the narrator.

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  • Constantin P.
  • 14-11-2018

Entertaining and surprising story

Brandon Sanderson is a long time favorite for me and this story did not disappoint. It felt slightly different from his other works but by no means less entertaining. To me it felt like i was listening to a star wars movie being narrated. And I absolutely loved that. The one thing i disliked about the book is that i wished it would have been longer.

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  • philip
  • 12-11-2018

anime af

its attack on titan meets how to train your dragon. in space. ten outta ten.

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  • chantelle
  • 21-12-2018

Loved it!

Fresh interesting take on humans living among the stars. Once again Sanderson’s characters draw you in. Simply a great read.

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  • Yoel
  • 14-12-2018

Great!

An excellent story. A really superb narrator. looking forward impatiently for the next book in the series.

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  • Hans-Olav Bråtun
  • 24-05-2019

yet another story...

...where the ruling group can't think logically worth a bleep. good story with a good character, but entirely unbelievable considering the plain idiocy revealed about the leaders late in the book.

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  • Xander
  • 09-05-2019

young adult expeditionary force?

it is fun, the world is interesting , the characters are a bit shallow, but not unexpectedly so.

the book and story work and I enjoyed listening to it... but m-not is no Skippy...

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  • Anton
  • 17-04-2019

Strong writing and even stronger narrating

I enjoy Sanderson's books, the man is a veteran writer who knows what he's doing, so it's easy to recommend another one of his books. But, Sophie Aldred should be highlighted for an extraordinary narration, making a good book even greater.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2019

WOW

What an amazing book!!! I didn't want it to end!! I absolutely love this book.

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  • TomzMullen
  • 18-12-2018

What a fun story - highly recommended

From the descriptor, I didn't think that I would enjoy this book but as it had been recommended, I thought I would persevere. Well, I'm so glad that I had. While I see myself as a 'serious' SF fan I had overlooked a gem of a story. It's just absolute fun and so well narrated that I would have to give 6 not fiver stars. Its pure SF in the Flash Gordon style. I found it refreshingly engrossing. Thank you so much for a great story beautifully narrated. I'm so sorry that it has ended.

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  • Robyn
  • 14-11-2018

Sanderson sci-fi magic

Brandon Sanderson's world building and magic systems have put him up there with the best in the fantasy genre. This is sci-fi. - there is no magic system. Instead we're treated to the Sanderson imagination unleashed skyward.

It does read a little young-adult, but I wouldn't see that as a negative. This is easily one of those books which could be enjoyed by a family together on a long journey (no cringey-turn-the-volume-down scenes). No bad language ("Scud!" is as bad as it gets), no graphic sex scenes, no bloody violence (although there is death through battle - it is sensitively managed) - instead you get likeable, interesting characters and a well conceived plot. And despite trying to work it out all the way through the book, and my many guesses at the reasons things were as they were....I didn't come close! It's a good ending, while still setting things up nicely for a sequel or two.

A very well spent credit and another contented Sanderson fan.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-2018

fantastic fantasy

loved it, is there another book out or on its way? can't wait for it

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  • Mr
  • 12-11-2018

Slightly juvenile but entertaining

For me this reads as young adult sci fi. Was enjoyable and almost had the feel of ready player one but lacking the fan fiction cheese.

Really enjoyed the narrator after Sanderson has been so reliant on his go to pals in the past.

The plot is interesting and does not follow the usual plot of the protagonist possessing powers that make them untouchable (though towards the end I can see that trope coming back)

Overall not a bad book.

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  • Craig Hanson
  • 30-11-2018

brilliant

This book may be aimed at young adults, however I have absolutely loved it! @BrandonSanderson this would make an amazing Anime!

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  • GGM
  • 30-11-2018

Action all the way !!!

Gripping sifi tale with epic dog fights !!
And no dreary political ramblings that can normally be found in a Brandon Sanderson novel.
There are lots of memorable characters with brilliant names and Sophie makes such a good job of doing all the different voices there is no way that you can get them mixed up.

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  • Dan
  • 09-03-2019

Narrator could benefit from accent training

the terrible accents by the narrator made any non-english characters extremely annoying. including Scottish m bot

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  • mrs.v.preen
  • 13-01-2019

Entertaining

It was refreshing to read a different storyline even though a little childish ☺

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  • TDuncs
  • 05-01-2019

Sanderson continues his descent

Generic characters, unimaginative plot and pathetically unoriginal. The protagonist is unlikable and the universe uninspired. I genuinely felt I was wasting my time listening to this. The narrator makes the already childish storyline seem more so. If Sanderson became more cliché I will give up altogether. Mistborn was great, hard to believe this is the same writer.

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  • Guðrún Pétursdóttir
  • 15-06-2019

Absolutely fantastic

Brandon Sanderson has done it again. Being a writer that mainly writes within fantasy genre he jumps feet first into the more difficult genre of science fiction and lands perfectly, I have no complaints having been putting this book of for a while since I was not sure about the premise for it and I was pleasantly surprised by it. Sanderson has a talent that not many sci-fi and fantasy authors have an that is he can write conversations that are fun and believable, and makes the characters distinctive from one and other, only one author I am aware of has this talent and that is J.K. Rowling.

Mr Sanderson I hope we get a sequel I feel that there is more to this story to be unravelled.

If you are fan of Sanderson buy it. If you like sci-fi buy it. If you just in enjoy good writing buy it.