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The Forever

The Forever, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Series: The Forever Series, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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The Forever is a two-parter story, containing The Forever Life and The Forever Enemy.

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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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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Always a risk when starting a new series

I liked this book and am looking forward to listening to more. I’ve liked other similar books in the past like expeditionary force and this one was good. I feel like it was a great start and great finish with a bit of a dull middle. But overall I found it quite a great story with a few spots that literally made me laugh out loud.

Yes I recommend reading 👍

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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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  • FBI Van
  • 26-04-2019

Extremely well done

Extremely well done and performed. I found the story a little dark or morbid at times. I wanted a little more humour & tongue in cheek.

Not to my taste but many others would greatly enjoy this!

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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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solid story, but a bit predictable

loving the story and humor.
the story gets let's down by obvious events which the main characters miss the point. even though they are supposed to be highly intelligent.
but a solid story which I am enjoying.
and read really well!

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  • Ian McCurdy
  • 04-09-2018

Pass if you want smart sci-fi

This is not the Bobiverse. The protagonist wanders from planet to planet encountering a variety of dumb aliens. This isn't to say that they all lack intelligence, just that they all act very stupidly.
The AI companion is sufficiently toxic and stupid that you wish it wasn't part of the story... until it inexplicably becomes cooperative during times of stress.
The protagonist just bounces between scenarios with no apparent growth, but doesn't need it as every malevolent space-faring species can be overcome with a very small bag of tricks.
Perhaps I needed to suspend disbelief and take it as the comical space romp that it was written to be, but I just didn't enjoy it.

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  • Nicholas
  • 06-08-2018

Ridiculous. Predictable. All Ex Machina.

Avoid This book.

This book feels like it was trying to ride the coattails of "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" Very similar ideas that are poorly executed. AS well as a lot of other "inspired" ideas from much better novels.

To start, The Protagonist is suppose to be one of mankind's "best". He is one of a few astronauts selected to find a place for humankind to relocate and save the species. So, that being said, it is ridiculous for him to be so ignorant of many obvious solutions to obstacles in this book. One of the major problems is, is that the author writes himself into a corner by providing the protagonist with too much over powered equipment. Going into spoilers a bit here, but this needs to be said because of how ridiculous it is. The first alien race the protagonist encounters, is what is essentially an alien god race. They don't want to "help" the humans and just want to be left alone. They wont use their almighty alien god magic to help humanity or provide them with knowledge on how they can be saved because morality is strictly a human concept that they themselves don't have. Instead for some asinine reason, they decide to give the protagonist a multipurpose device that will tell him the details of anything it touches and can use threads like octopus arms and is super strong so it can get him out of most problems with a bit of imagination. This device, if anyone tries to study it, will self-destruct so no one can replicate it. They also provide him with a super alien gun so he can protect this device so no one can steal it from him and what? study it and replicate it? But isn't that what the self-destruct is for? The Protagonist also never likes using his super alien space gun because he rather "save" it as his ace in the hole and doesn't want anyone else to know he has it.

He then gets captured by an alien race, with inferior technology, and yet, he doesn't want to use his alien tech to escape because that would be too easy and this book needs tension. Instead the author spends like 3 chapters with him running away and ultimately realizing. Oh. Duh. I can just have my ship's A.I. Pilot the shuttle for me and come rescue me(His super intelligent A.I. did not even think of this). There is no reason for him, an astronaut, who early in the book claimed to have studied every knook and krany of his ship before they launched and knows ALL of its features, forget this one detail that woulda saved him days of hassle. no. and the fact that the A.I. didn't think of it, is also just absurd.

Also he visits a planet where there are varying populations of aliens that look like different earth snack foods. <---DUMB.

ALso ALso. He gets Alien god exmachina'd 3 times. they randomly gift him with soooooooooo much tech. It is absurd they still tried to evacuate earth instead of saving it. Given the technology they had access to. I could list a dozen ways they coulda saved earth and never had to evacuate the planet at all.

ALso Also Also, The president in the future is some insane super dictator. And the protagonist, instead of using his magic unbeatable alien tech to stop him, He lets the human resistance struggle with fighting him and focuses on his own problems.

Overall, The book has no real tension since the protagonist has ultimately, no weaknesses and power that no normal being can contend with. The only tension comes from the author forcing what should be smart characters, to act dumb and limit themselves only because the obvious easy solutions woulda made this book 1/3 it size.

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  • Kevin
  • 11-08-2018

Not so great...

Let’s start with Galaxy Outlaws was way better if your looking for a fun sci-fi crew of misfits and Expeditionary Force has the AI you need to hear. This book has a weak plot with huge holes in the storyline. The main character’s banter is reminiscent of deadpool if deadpool was written by a 14 year old. Finally there is a heavy and unnecessary political slant.

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  • Weston M.
  • 17-05-2019

It started off well

It was good until it started throwing political propaganda down my throat. I was hoping for a science fiction story, not a CNN op-ed.

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  • Michael
  • 22-02-2019

Magical fix to all problems & grotesque side plots

When I read SciFi, I anticipate an engaging story, discovering new things and overcoming hard-fought challenges. I also want as little unnecessary drama and objectional material as possible. The Forever is almost exactly the opposite of this formula. Here are the reasons why:

All challenges, especially hard ones, are quickly and easily resolved with a miraculous future technology which becomes suddenly available. It really takes all of the fight and anticipation out of any difficult situation. It's like playing your favorite video game with cheat mode on. It gets boring really fast without the challenge.

To me, a large part of the story is seeing the character develop, how they change over time and becoming something better through experiences. It seems to me that in this book the character never changes. Instead, it is more of a wild fictitious history of his travels than an engaging story.

The plot jumped around and didn't seem to flow in an overarching direction. Imagine reading a book about fishing and then the focus switches to boats and the types of motors they have, then shifting to snorkeling. They all have to do with the ocean, but they are all kind of mashed together without any flow or purpose. It isn't what I was expecting or hoping for.

The characters really had shallow relationships. An example of this is when a character passes away (one close to the hero). The hero's response didn't seem connected to the situation. Sure, he said he was sad, then jumped to other trivial things in the next instant. It had the feeling like a person saying "I'm sad that happened." Then in the next moment saying "Well, what's on TV?" To me, this cheapens the loss and makes the hero seem flippant and not connected.

The story delves heavily into politics, even using recent president's last names. I can understand some politics, but the heavy focus takes large portions of the book realy detracted from what could have been. What made it worse for me was that he constantly bashed the USA. (I live here, and I love this place.) I realized it is just a story and it is in the future, but to me, it came across very abrasive.

The political leaders seemed juvenile and ridiculous. There is no circumstance where a leader like this could realistically control a group of children much less a nation. Given what this leader does and says, even children would rise up and overthrow him. Not only were they unrelatable, but they were grotesque. I mean that literally. Their actions, words, and ideas were simply disgusting. It strongly detracted from the actual storyline, and my thumb got sore from hitting the "Skip 30 seconds" button.

In the end, there are portions I really liked, but they were mostly at the beginning and then less and less as the book went on. I felt as though I was blindfolded eating a meal. At first, the food was interesting and delightful. Then, out of nowhere someone kept slipping unpalatable, boring or disgusting things in. I was looking for a great series, and I was very hopeful when I saw all of the sequels. Now, the thought of going through all those books makes me cringe inside.

If you are looking for some great books try The Lost Fleet, or Synchronicity Wars.

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  • Kate Gasaway
  • 19-10-2018

Visionless and chauvanistic

This book is frustratingly awful. The characters don't have a lot of emotional depth and you don't really want to root for any of them. The main character has so little intelligence, emotional and otherwise, that listening to his thoughts and actions is painful. Luckily for him, the enemies he runs up against are similarly simple minded. I was hoping for some kind of a twist, but nope. One of the main character's many sons gleefully suggests genocide at one point and his father is proud of him for it.

The female characters don't fare much better. Our only view of them is from the main character's perspective, and that's pretty limited. The women in the book all fall into solidly stereotypical roles: mother, caregiver to children, nagging housewives, victims to be raped, and people to be tolerated and placated.

I love science fiction and read and listen to a lot of it. It's not all amazing. A lot of it is just pretty ok. This is downright terrible. Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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  • E. Gerry Murray
  • 22-10-2018

Fun, but...

A fun, delightful story for science fiction fans, right up to the point where the author thought it was wise to insert his political opinions into the story, something I find highly annoying.

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  • David Howell
  • 20-08-2018

was great fun until...(spoilers}

current political references were thrown into the story. also painting the United States in such a negative light during the OBVIOUS propaganda push (UN=global agenda being the good guys) really put a sour taste in my mouth. if the authors had but left it pure science fiction and not unashamedly name dropped current political actors, it would have been an enjoyable story. I, and I'm sure many others like me, enjoy this genre to escape our realities, if only for a brief time. so to interject such a blatant propaganda theme into the story completely diluted it. the narrator was great tho. he was the only reason I was able to slog through its entirety. he made this crap bearable... please give that man a raise. I'm off to get my money back... and I don't recommend spending yours on this.

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  • Michael
  • 06-08-2018

Yes, It's Worth Your Coveted Audible Credit...

Truly a very enjoyable read - It should be classified as a Space Opera with a dash of "We Are Legion" thrown in. Broad of scope, this epic listen crosses the decades of time and space, and offers a wildly fun ride with a diverse cast.

So, take out your wallet. Pull out your Audible credit. Blow the dust off of it, and use it on this great audio book.

It's well worth it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-2018

Maybe less political attacks and more story.

The political commentary detracts from an interesting story. It would be one thing if it were woven into the story, but it feels like specific political jabs are inserted at the last minute and don't make sense in context.

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  • Harvey
  • 11-10-2018

Scott Aiellos performance saved the day!

Overall good audio book keeps.your entertained, a few far fetched sections but the narrator helps it to keep it moving. I will purchase the second book as I'm intrigued as to what's going to happen to John and his Brood.!

Not has well written as the Bob series but still worth listening to.

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  • Gary
  • 09-11-2018

sorry . but no...

a pale version of similar concepts and characters already out there.. not often I dont finish a book, but this was one of them.. characters were thin and uninteresting.. by the time I got to the fishy aliens I had lost interest and just found the whole thing annoying.. sorry to be so scathing but this was the third book in a row i had struggled through (different authors) and it is putting me off trying new authors...

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  • Roy Abbs
  • 15-11-2018

Purile Nonsense

Purile Nonsence... But an easy listen on a long car journey. Wouldn't recommend otherwise. Well performed

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  • Peedy
  • 14-11-2018

Not great but far from bad.

I just feel like a lot was skipped over. The narrator perfect. The characters where likable. The story could of been so much more. Parts could of been expanded and probably this one book could of turned into 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2018

Half Effort

Very lazy writing and much better options with similar actual storylines. Little emotional investment and a lot of hurried jumping to plot points

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  • Ahmed
  • 18-09-2018

I do not understand this book.

Ok I would describe the main character as Deadpool in space and complete lovable idiot.
stories interesting but I do feel like there was no plan is just write what ever came to mind by the author.
the audio narration performance was very good. it was one of the main reasons I kept listening to it and the other being hate unfinished story.
the most annoying thing about this book was the logic or the lack of it. No consistency at all frustrating.
Even with all that said its not a bad book.
I would give It 2 and a half stars many be to 3 stars all depending on your mood.

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  • Craig Dennis
  • 09-09-2018

Great narration but parts of the story seem rushed

This reminded me of Expeditionary Force with the humourous and sarcastic nature of the main character and banter.

It's also really frustrating that the characters seem to miss glaringly obvious plot points for many chapters.

I really enjoyed the narration and the sorry has some great character development but all of the perilous situations that build that character seem forced with Ex Machina solutions seemingly plucked out of thin air.

Overall I still really enjoyed it but I'm not sure if I will listen to the second book.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 22-10-2019

Too much I didn't like I'm afraid.

For me a book is about characters, and I found the main character massively annoying. I honestly couldn't tell if the author wanted to make the character unfunny while cracking "jokes" of if he meant him to be funny but failed in writing something that was legitimately funny. I could not help but compare this in some ways to the Expeditionary Force series that started with Columbus Day around the same time this book came out. Both have a lot of MC talking with AI, but while both try to be funny only one manages it for me. Add to that the main character comes over as a hyper arrogant, rude and foolish. For someone with supposedly two phd's he is really dumb and can't see something blatantly obvious when it is smacking him in the face. He is rude to every alien species he meets regardless of if they are deserving of it first. He treats all AI's like he is their automatic boss, even when he meets a super advanced one of a hyper advanced race. Honestly, in reality this moron would be turned into a pile of ash by someone just because of his mouth.

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  • 5880stuart
  • 02-10-2019

And entertainment series book free

It was a great book and I would recommend it to a friend highly entertaining

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  • Gerry Sutton
  • 22-09-2019

Fantastic!

Amazing, very funny, looking forward to the rest of the series! Scott Aiello's story telling is sublime!