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Titanborn

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Bounty hunter Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right.

After three decades working for Pervenio Corp, chasing wanted offworlders and extinguishing riots throughout the solar system, Malcolm Graves has seen it all. If the credits are there, he's the man for the job. But his latest assignment doesn't afford him that luxury. 

A high-profile bombing on Earth has the men who sign Malcolm's paychecks clamoring for answers. They force him to team up with a strange, cyber-augmented partner who's more interested in statistics than instinct and ship them both off to Titan. Their assignment: hunt down a suspected group of Titanborn extremists who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth's corporations. 

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated...and much more personal. 

Check out USA Today best seller and Nebula Award-nominated Rhett C Bruno's thrilling first audiobook in a gritty and innovative science-fiction series perfect for fans of The Expanse and Blade Runner

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Critic Reviews

"RC Bray is perfect as Malcolm Graves, a gruff, no BS character who fights his enemies almost as hard as he fights his own demons." (Michael Mammay, Audie-nominated author of Planetside)

“[Rhett C.] Bruno expertly weaves action, capitalism, smuggling, fragile alliances, and revolution around the hard choices of a life-worn man who regrets always following orders.” (Publishers Weekly

"Riveting, nonstop action. A compelling look at a dark future." (Jack McDevitt, Nebula and Robert A. Heinlein Lifetime Award-winning author of Seeker)

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Total love

This book was so good. It was funny, emotional, action packed and imaginative. I love the characters and the world so much. The world was expansive and had tackled social and economical issues that is reflective of what we have today. The narrator is brilliant. I knew RC Bray before, having read the Martian before this so I knew I could trust him to give the book justice. I highly recommend this book to readers who love “the Expeditionary Force” and “the Martian”. It will not disappoint you. One of my top fave sci fi books of all time.

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  • Bryan
  • 08-02-2019

Great Mystery Sci-fi

Firstly, let me just say I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning I thought it was a bit slow but the characters were well done and I personally thought the ending was great. There were a couple of plot twists and some people will see them and some won’t. Overall, this was a great book.

Alright, so this book as touted as ‘like the Expanse’ and I’d say this is a fair assessment. The world built by the author has a very Expanse feel in that there’s the ‘earthers’ and then the ‘ringers’, similar to the expanse having the ‘inners’ and ‘belters’ (and nearly identical animosities). I particularly found the reorganization of earth cities into long metropolitan strings to be very unique and also made a lot of sense for a potential society.

The protagonist himself is sorta similar to the Expanse’s Miller - he’s akin to a bounty hunter who has made a lot of mistakes in life, drinks to much and only really lives for the job. The book flashes back to how he got this way and while Malcom (protagonist) lives a less than stellar life, you do end up caring for him.

Without getting to much more into it, the supporting characters are also themselves unique and well written. The book itself is part of a series but the second one is about a different set of characters (according to the description) and the way this book ended, a reader could realistically read only this book and feel they had completed a story if the thought of beginning another series is a bit daunting.

Overall, again - highly recommend the book for anyone looking for a shorter mystery sci-fi.

And as always, R.C. Bray provided a fantastic narration with consistent characters and an ever present enthusiasm for the story.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 05-02-2019

Harrison "Malcolm Graves" Ford needs to happen.

Hollywood! Where are you? This is the movie waiting to happen. Bruno delivers a gut-punch with Titanborn and R.C. Bray helps it go down like proverbial medicine with a spoonful of anthrax. What a great read. Beautiful and gritty all at once.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-2019

Refreshing SciFi series!

R.C Bray does it again with amazing narration of another great SciFi. excited for the next!

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  • Daniel O.
  • 13-02-2019

Excellent story and narration!

This was an enjoyable listen - on par with previous works I've enjoyed by Rhett C Bruno (e.g. The Circuit). If you've read/listened to the previous incarnation of the book/series ("Titan's Wrath" - no longer available) this is still worth your time, especially with the superb narration by RC Bray.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jas P
  • 07-02-2019

Outstanding Story and Narration

The incredible artwork of this title speaks volumes if you look closely at the intricate detail, but it will make a lot more sense at the end of this outstanding Sci-fi thriller, that has elements of the Original Blade Runner, with a gritty Dystopian feel to it, and Malcolm Graves as a 30yr veteran Collector, someone who takes contracts to find and return their targets, either dead or alive for sums of money. Graves is one of the best, but only Pervino corporation know of him really as they are the one’s that pay his contracts. Long ago Graves chose a Political side and went with Pervino, seeing them as the bigger fish in the pond so to speak.
This story is partly a history of Graves life as a Collector – key points that have made him the man he is, both the good and the bad – but it is also the start of a thrilling tale, the chase of conspirators of a bomb planted at ‘M’ day events on Mars, at which Graves just happens to be at, and is a First Responder, making him not only an eye witness, his extensive history as a ‘Collector’ and Investigator, and his ties to Pervino, the operators of the platform, makes him the perfect person for the job.
Whilst book 1 focuses the story from Graves point of view, we get to learn about the history of Earth, about how a meteor struck the planet, nearly decimating the human race, and there were two streams of survival, those that stayed on Earth and rebuilt, and a small group, under a man who would later be seen as a legend and hero, Darien Trass, who launched to Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons and set up a colony there. Those that survived there, thrived under Trass’ guidance, and soon created a thriving colony. It was nearly 300yrs later that the 2 groups would make contact again, when Earth had recovered enough from ‘M’ Day as people came to know it to send someone to the Moons of Saturn to reconnect with their ‘lost’ colony. Those on Titan had thrived in that time, had grown and adjusted, not just mentally, but physically, adapting to the cold, the gravity, growing taller with each generation, thinner under the gravity, able to do things no Earther could do in Zero-G.
However, it came at a deadly cost. When those from Earth arrived, they inadvertently brought with them a plague of bacteria, much like the first white explorers did to many of the native tribes, and within weeks, those on Titan became deathly ill. Earthers soon moved in, taking control of ‘Everything’ as the ‘Ringers’ as they became to be known, were quarantined for their ill health.
The world building in this story is phenomenal, with so much depth, creating a truly intricate Story you can just get lost in. Between the rebuilt Earth, to the rings of Titan, and many other places in between, there is a fascinating history of both the life that Graves has led as a Collector, and we see this in all its gritty, raw and powerfully realistic levels, from the underground, to the higher echelons of power. Through Graves eyes we also get to see what has become of Titan, and this is even more sensational than Bruno’s reimagined Earth.
Graves himself is perhaps the most striking part of the story though. Although it is hard for the Author to escape that stereotypical typecast of the brooding hitman with no real connections, and a drinking problem, Bruno has made Graves his own, as he surprisingly intelligent, not just street smart as you would expect, but he has a lot of emotional intelligence as well. The introduction of a younger partner, not just the usual painful rookie, but a ‘cognitive’, ‘Zhaff’, who is a highly trained protegee, with cybernetic implants (he seriously reminded me of a Borg at times), made for a very interesting partnership. Zhaff’s character is a fascinating addition to the story, making Graves have to re-evaluate his entire existence, adding so much to the story.
This is an exceptional piece of writing, Graves Character is equal to or better than Deckard as he is the more mature version. Zhaff makes for the perfect partner, bringing out the best in Graves, making for some brilliant character writing, set in what is a unique Dystopian Future, and an utterly fascinating look at a possible future of the Earth and Titan. The Story itself is not just a Sci-Fi tale, but an edge of your seat thriller, with some inventive, realistic tech, that will have you guessing until the end.
With a short story of Graves past coming (The Collector), and a sequel to Titanborn coming in the very near future (Titan’s Son), now is the time to get on board with what is going to be the series of the year.
The other exceptional part of this Audible story is the Narration. If there was a Narrator and Character born to be linked together, it was R.C. Bray and Malcolm Graves. Titanborn is such an outstanding book, it just needs to be read, but when you listen to it being read by Bray, it adds an entirely new dimension to it. Bray is a Legend as a Narrator already, with so many titles under his belt, but listening to him do Malcolm Graves, it was like his voice was made for the role. He gives such depth to Graves, such an extra level of grit, and at times passion and at others, sheer determination, that it is like Bray is actually living the role.
No one Narrates like Bray, he is just so good, easily one of the best Narrators that exist today.
Titanborn was outstanding already – with Bray’s Narration – it just reaches a whole new level beyond exceptional.
This will be the best buy you make all year.

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  • Prelot
  • 19-02-2019

A Bounty hunter that reminds me of James Raynor

A well thought out tale with plenty of action a dash of tragedy and a handful of intrigue. I've read enough books to figure out where it was going to end (though not quite the way I expected it to) that it wasn't a complete surprise but it was a welcome conclusion to the first book of what I can tell is a very well written series. I enjoy familiar mixed with the unexpected and this delivered nicely. I must also praise the gravely voice of R.C. Bray as it was most excellent in portraying the characters in the story. If there had to be a tv show or a move I'd hope they'd refer to his voice for the main character. It fits almost too well. Overall the story will pull you in and you will see what the character sees. Just enough is left to the imagination and the right amount is provided for you that you can almost pretend you are the main character. I will be returning to this story at a later date and more than likely continue it in the next books though this one can stand alone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-02-2019

Loved it!

This was great. Great characters, great premise and exciting as hell.

Love the main character and his sidekick. Classic mismatch.

I think this will become a great series and can't wait to read more about this universe and the politics. Get more cool action and more backstory to the characters.

Pre-ordered the next one and the short story 'the collector'. Can't wait.

And I won't forget - RC Bray - excellent as always. Defenitly my favorite narrator.

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  • J. Maner
  • 17-02-2019

AMAZING NEW WORLDS

The main character is interesting and compelling. This book has really descriptive passages which make one feel, see, and even smell everything that is going on. It is extremely intense. In some ways it reminded me of Blade Runner and in other ways The Expanse. I am definitely going to purchase the next book!

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  • @TrevorHikes
  • 16-02-2019

Best New Audiobook Of the Year 2019

Bray is a noteworthy narrator but the big surprise is the story. Action packed with interesting characters. This is the best book I've listened to so far this year. Maybe last year too.

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  • Daniel
  • 16-02-2019

Quite the ride!

Great characters and a fast paced story that keeps you interested. Very interested to see where the series goes from here.

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  • Dustyfox
  • 12-02-2019

Very enjoyable.

This book was done in one day...it flowed, was great listening to and I really enjoyed it. Pre-ordered book 2 same day.

Craig Alanson tends to make me want to listen all in one go and now titanborn.

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  • Scott R
  • 12-02-2019

Gritty Narration at its Best


In a different lifetime humanties corporations control the future of the human race after a near extinction event has shaped the course of the human race.
But its the all too human natures of the rich and poor that make this such an enticing story and allows for the purpose of our MC a "Collector. "
sedition and terrorism force a new political battle for survival between an oppressed people and a greedy corporation that employees out MC.
Heavy on the grit and world weariness of the Collectors way of life ,and given the loss of Humanity he once owned his portrayal as a jaded bounty hunter type ( think Blade Runner) then you can imagine the life and scenes involved. This like the Film is a bit light on the intricate tech anf past but focuses on the Hunt and the MCs feelings and thoughts during this instead.
This may not suit everyone but as the cover suggest is heavy on the characters development with a few sarcastic comments and dry wit which does give the talented narrator quite a bit to play with.
Given the number of times I have read this as a book including the latest release this still makes for a good listen.
Using RC Brat to do this works very well as he is a talented narrator and he is suited to this role immensely. The females could be a bit better but the play between an assigned trainee and himself is great.
This is a worthwhile listen which is sure to make me check out further upcoming stories.

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  • J.K.L
  • 08-02-2019

Ending wasn't for me.

I was really enjoying this book, but the ending left a sour taste in my mouth. Don't think I'll continue the series.

R.C. Bray was an amazing narrator as usual though!