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That Which Other Men Cannot Do

Frontiers Saga, Book 15
By: Ryk Brown
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: The Frontiers Saga, Book 15
Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New forces grow.... Old friends are lost.... New alliances are forged.... Old weapons are made new....

With political unrest growing, the Alliance must rush to rebuild their fleet and expand their sphere of influence before their support runs out. But when the Jung up the ante, the Alliance must turn up the heat.

Captain Nathan Scott and the Sol-Pentaurus Alliance must put everything on the line to save the Sol sector once and for all.

©2015 Ryk Brown (P)2016 Tantor

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Unbelievable!

Need the next book ASAP! Was shocked by the ending, looking forward to the next book...

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  • Jean
  • 10-03-2017

Gripping

It is sad to see this series come to an end. I must say the ending is less than satisfying. Maybe that means there is going to be a spin off series.

Captain Scott wants to attack the Jung and destroy their ability to attack Earth again. Admiral Galiardi is against expanding the war beyond the Sol system. Captain Scott and the Alliance are again thinking outside of the box for a solution. I found that I had to pay attention during battle scenes as Brown had the Arora jumping, but coming out of the jump he would switch to a fighter or the Celestia. The author kept this style up throughout the book as a way to move quickly between various components of the fight. The Jung battleship, the Alliance, acquired in the prior book and rebuilt to include a jump drive goes into battle action in this story. The ending was most unexpected.

I enjoyed the gunship factory and the Princess’s engineering feats. I also enjoyed, for the last time, the superb space battles and all the various characters that are like old friends to me. When will I again hear “The jump flash passed over the bridge”. I do hope Brown will continue this series in a spin-off of some type.

It is about fourteen and half hours long. Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job narrating the series.

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  • J.M. Geurts van Kessel
  • 09-10-2016

Illogical with a stupid ending.

Glad to be done with this book/series. The story has become as thin as paper.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-2016

Plot Convenience > Plausibility

I felt the overall story was quite engaging, if not confusing at times. The structure seemed a bit odd where the fist half of the book the Alliance dominated the Jung and the second half of the book tried to make up for that imbalance. Some spaceship chase sequences were particularly implausible where two experienced pilots get put to shame by a newbie soldier recruit.

Jessica is still being possessed by some sort of madness. The only plausible way the to explain her continued uncharacteristic behavior is perhaps to come up with a rationalization that she might be an abuser of stims or some other performance enhancing drugs which could explain why she's acting so strangely the last couple of books.

Personally I was looking toward a cathartic ending but there's a cliffhanger instead.

Overall however, I felt too many story arks were in this book were filler and that detracted from the overall scheme of things.

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  • Civil Critic
  • 31-07-2016

Narration continues to be just awful

The story is ok. But the narrator just doesn't distinguish his characters and they are mostly all very ponderous and dull. The only two male characters that have a different voice are Josh and Loki. I can't even hardly pay attention to the story anymore because the narration is so boring. I just returned this audio book. I have decided I'm not going to ever find out whether Earth defeats the Jung.

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  • Al
  • 19-04-2016

Narrator

The story was sometimes hard to follow. Narration of the story sounded like the narrator was READ ING a script most of the time. Not saying the narrator was a terrible narrator, just that perhaps this type of story didn't match the narrator's natural demeanor.

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  • Douglas E. Noll
  • 08-04-2016

Ryk Brown has matured as a writer--best yet

From the first book in the series, I was hooked. Besides the great story lines, Brown has deftly matured his characters through the crucible of war, battle, and survival. Some mature faster than others, but all are growing in depth. This latest installment keeps the characterization on the same track. I would have never imagined at the beginning of the series that Nathan Scott would mature into a thoughtful, careful leader who, at the end, makes the tough calls. This is worth every minute of time. I also compliment Jeffrrey Kater. I did not care for his reading in the beginning. However, he too, has matured in his craft and listeningf to him is enjoyable.Thumbs up to the team for this one. Bring on the next.

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  • Matthew
  • 06-04-2016

by far the worst ending & worst book in the series

worst of the series very unsatisfactory ending. had high hopes for the ending of the series only for it to fall flat on its face. last chapter just felt like the author gave up and came up with a random ending like he was sick of writing anymore.

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  • Anders
  • 01-04-2016

A great end of the first 15 books!

What made the experience of listening to That Which Other Men Cannot Do the most enjoyable?

The story just gets better and better. When the alliances are growing and they finally managed to find the Jung's home planet. As the underdogs Captain Nathan Scott and his alliances manage to attack the the Jung at their home planet, but it has consequences.

What did you like best about this story?

The end of the book. When Captain Nathan Scott try to establish a truce between the Alliance and the Jung.

Which scene was your favorite?

The battle for Nor-Patri

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end of Tanna.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for the last 15 books!

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  • Sean
  • 10-04-2016

Awesome!

Another great book in the series. Hope the series continues. Great narrator as well. Reccomended

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  • Matthew A. Gregory
  • 09-04-2019

the series is great but ...

I have been listening to and highly enjoying this entire series for quite some time. well there have been a few very silly gaps and blunders by the author it hasn't been a travesty of fantasy crammed into science fiction setting.

this latest book in the series, however, has made some very serious ones. I don't think the author truly appreciate s enormous scale of a solar system. he is talking about a nearly destroyed home system of the Jung as though a few hanfulls of ships (less than 100) would be enough to patrol or secure a system against attack.

The volume of space would be around 1.40e+40m^3. you could put a million ships into that space with more than a light minute between them.

I realized sci-fi doesn't have to be perfect, but it does have to be internally self-consistent. books that are not movies, you can't aim for the uneducated masses targeted by movies. at least get an idea of how much space you're talkin about. it doesn't have to be exact oh, it just can't be ridiculous.

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  • Darren
  • 03-07-2016

A brilliant end to the first part!

I have enjoyed this series very much and the last chapter of this episode gets you I can't wait for part two!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2019

great book

gripping continuous story very impressed so far with the series .. can not wait to see were it all leads to in the end , highly recommended

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  • Grant McDougall
  • 06-10-2016

The Saga continues

What is there to say? More of the same as the war with the Jung heads towards a denouement. If you have enjoyed the series do far you won't be disappointed.

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  • Krzysztof
  • 28-05-2016

Great saga!

It starts as any other sc-fi... But ends like the best (with of course steady increase throughout the entire 15 books :)). At the beginning I had mine doubts but those disappeared faster than snowball in hell as story unfold. Overall 5 star listen to me.