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  • The Forever, Books 1-2
  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (357 ratings)

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The Forever

By: Craig Robertson
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
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Contains books one and two of The Forever Series.

Jon Ryan is irreverent, cocky, funny, and walks with a swagger. He says what he means, he says what he wants to, and, in fact, he says what needs to be said.

The cocky fighter pilot turned astronaut is also Earth's only chance for survival. The planet Jupiter, thrown off orbit, will destroy Earth in less than a century. Jon volunteers for the most ambitious, desperate mission ever conceived: His consciousness must be transferred into an experimental android host, where he'll live an immortal - and lonely - life. Jon's only companion on his 50-year voyage is his ship's irritable AI.

After successfully journeying for decades and locating a suitable human resettlement, Jon begins to discover the wonders life can hold, including the power of family and, for once, true peace. But no good deed, or good man, goes unpunished.

The US president wants him dead and is willing to sacrifice his own people to eliminate Jon. An alien species has vowed a holy war to eliminate all humans, either on Earth or wherever they might run. Only Jon can protect humans from their enemies.

With the best planet for colonization ruled by an ancient, malevolent species, there may be no hope for humans in a crowded galaxy. The limits of human technology may not be sufficient. The limits of Jon's endurance may not be enough. His endless enemies may prove to be unstoppable.

Jon may have forever, but does humanity have any future at all?

©2016 Craig Robertson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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It’s so bad! But strangely good.

The story is like a mix between Space-Top Gun and Futurama. Like a B grade sci fi that you can’t stop watching.

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Deadpool/Ryan Reynolds style space opera !

An OK listen but just could not shake the Deadpoool or Ryan Reynolds style attitude of the main character. Off putting in way. Not sure if having Ryan do the audio would have been better or pushed it over they edge.
Possibly a narrator with a completely dissimilar voice would have prevented the connection it made in my mind. OK story though.

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Fun low tech sci fi

I've read a few android/cyborg books now, and enjoy the genre. This was a little different - funny, irreverent, more like 50s pulp sci fi with modern day humour. The science is iffy and secondary to the story. The protagonist Captain John Ryan is likeable for the most part, but a bit dim. I'm not a fan when the reader can figure out what is going on and the hero cannot, I find it frustrating, and this happens in lots of situations. It IS part of his character though - most people around him are smarter than he is. The narrator does a great job of the voices and telling the story.

It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I listened to it. I didn't like it enough to continue the series beyond the first book though. As far as android/cyborg stories goes I preferred the Bobiverse series, the Murderbot Diaries, and the Imperial Radch series to this. Perhaps just a choice of style.

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Godawful childish story

Not a patch on the expeditionary force series of books.. I only bought this because those were ok hoping to get something equally good, barely finished listening to it, I must have been in a masochistic fugue

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So so

Unfortunately, I have been ruined Craig Alanson read by RC Bray. This is so so. Had potential but never really gripped me. I persevered but the story line got thinner and more implausible. More character development would have been helpful.

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No thanks

Maybe it gets better, I gave up after about 3 hours. Ridiculous ideas, poorly expressed. Narration was fine. I recommend Bobiverse instead.

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Amazing story and top notch narrator

My favorite books are the ones which don't spend an entire page describing what a room looks like and just focuses on the story at hand, this is one of those books. Every part of this story was exciting and fun. Can't wait to start the next in the series!

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just bad

I returned this book cause I couldn't get past the poor science fiction, sexism, ridiculous characters and bad dialogue. For books that deal with these themes like adults, try the Bobiverse or Expeditionary Force.

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OK

First of all, not a bad read. However, there are some big issues with the narrative and the plot:

1. Across the book, the characters either find or are granted, assets that help them not only defeat their foe but utterly stomp them into the ground. While satisfying to read, this sometimes means they are not actively defeating the problem through their ingenuity and acumen, rather than by utilising capacities they are bestowed by others.

2. The book is rather macho. Of course, there seem to be a couple of strong female characters, but they all end up either leaning upon a man at the end, or turn into maternal figures delegated to motherly pursuits, and have absolutely no resolving capacity in the central plot or its resolution. It is as if the females are there to be politically correct, and not much else.

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3. Universal translator - The protagonist meets an alien for the first time, and the alien says two sentences and wham! The AI solves their language perfectly... Please, where are cultural context, evolutional biological nuances, and all that?

4. The protagonist mates with an alien from a completely different biological and evolutional background, and has two children... ummm... right.

5. Alien cultures who see our protagonist for the first time, and mind you this is the first encounter they have with any sort of alien, take it like they are meeting a foreigner from another country in their world. Weird that they are all so jaded.

6. The entire story reads more science-fantasy than science-fiction.

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Despite these glaring inconsistencies, still a fun read between more serious titles. If you are giving a break between your Cixin Liu and - say Iain Banks - and need a few hours to tone down the sci-fi, without still leaving the genre, this might be good for you... or - OK for you.

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Absolutely terrible

I don’t say this lightly, this is the worst thing I’ve ever read (or listened to). It is only my morbid curiosity on how bad it could get which meant I finished it and boy it superseded any and every horrible expectation I had at every turn.
The main character’s personality would only make sense as a villain but no he’s the one dimensional toxic masculinity version of a hero.
The protagonist John is supposed to be funny and arrogant but really it’s just constant intolerable humourless banter. Women are either hot and without substance or annoying or both. John is gods gift to women but that only works because the women are written only to swoon at his frankly cringey behaviour. What is supposed to be read as smooth frankly gives me second hand embarrassment for the author. It additionally makes me question what the author thinks of women?
I haven’t even touched on the plot line because I wouldn’t know where to start, it’s so bad. How was this even published?

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