Sunday, December 14, 2014

A week since last update

and I have read a fair few books and listened to some great audio books.

Mostly though I've been getting ready for Christmas and my trip across to Essex to see my middle son and his Wife-to-be. Roll on October 2015 to be able to call her daughter for real.

I don't usually do more than rate audio books but today I want to recommend one I've been listening to lately.

Audio Book: Koban, Book 1 Written by: Stephen W. Bennett Narrated by: Patrick Freeman Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
BLURB: We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion and the end of wars. We disbanded our military.
Then the Krall found us.
The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the galaxy, through annihilation or enslavement of every opponent.
Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall are testing humans for fighting capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have other species. They have slaves, and we're poor tasting meat animals, so we fight or die. The Krall will use us, if worthy, seeking physical perfection through attrition of war, one planet at a time.
Growing weary of our failures in testing, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our species. A ship carrying bio-scientists is captured for combat testing. The choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters quickly, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination.
But the Krall are only half the problem. We must survive Koban's gravity and superfast animals. The tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast and powerful for the Krall to face. Our solution is genetic: If you can't beat them as you are, become human rippers.
The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.

My Review: The sound effects really enhanced the listening enjoyment of this book but mostly the storyline had me hooked. So much so that for once I was carrying my Kindle Fire on dog walks and whilst doing dishes etc. instead of using my laptop to listen to it. Since then I have started to listen to Book 2 Mark of Koban and it threw me at first as it has a different narrator and no sound effects, but again, the story is so intense that it soon made no difference and yet again I am carrying the Kindle every where so that I don't miss a moment of the story.

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