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Crusade Audiobook

Crusade: Starfire, Book 1

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Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust. Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes...then opens fire. The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.

©1992 David Weber & Steve White (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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    Poppey 05/10/2016
    Poppey 05/10/2016
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    "Endurance is needed"

    I kept going for 5 hours (and that was a bit of a strain) but had to give up.

    This book started out quite well. However, as it went on, it was difficult to keep track of who was who as there seemed to be so many characters. This, in itself, spoilt the book as you never really knew where you were.

    I tried to persevere, but gave up in the end as I completely lost track of what it was all about, if it was about anything, that is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Brian
    Falls City, OR, USA
    12/03/16
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    "An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!"
    Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.


    What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

    Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • ADB
    Midwest
    24/04/16
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    "Rewards patience. A genre stand-out."

    I'm nicking the story half a star for the lack of promptly distinguished main characters. Calling chapter 1 a "prologue" might help some. The problem is that ch.1 introduces two characters, stirs your interest in them, then immediately kills them. (I don't think first-chapter ending revelations count as spoilers, do they?). And it's a while after that before you can figure out who is supposed to really matter in the tale.
    But by the end--I think I have to say the Weber-White collaboration has created some characters I will long remember, and in this genre that's really saying something.
    Admittedly, the characters are archetypes, but this is not a character-driven genre. (And what's wrong with archetypes, anyway?) It's not really about individuals--it's about civilizations, social upheavals, the evils people commit in the name of co-opted (and usually contrived) religion. And it's about courage, honor, faithfulness to duty, rising to the occasion, embracing responsibility.
    I look forward to the next volume.

    (Oh, and the battles... so many but so well done!)

    I have to say a word about the reader: wow.
    OK, so he can't quite tell the difference between an Irish lilt and a Scottish brogue, but the alien characters are so well read--no, animated. The fact that I'll remember them is much owing to Vietor's excellent work.

    I look forward to hearing more Vietor as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • a. Taylor
    15/04/16
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    "Great Story"
    Where does Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in the top 10 among all the audio books I'v listened to so far, can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.


    What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

    I would compare this book to another book I like by Raymond L. Weil called Destruction. Both books are about a desperate human situation that must be overcome.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator, Marc Vietor brings the book alive with his reading of the book. His voice characterization is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have listened to this book in one setting, if I'd had the time. Couldn't wait to get back to listen.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    20/06/16
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    "action packed space opera"

    Not sure if this is book one of the Starfire series or book two. Audible has it as book one and Amazon as book two. I enjoyed the Honor Harrington series; so thought I would give this one a try.

    Weber is noted for his military science fiction adventures. In this book the Terran Federation is confronted by a new enemy that might have some relationship with a lost Terran fleet in the distant past. Weber tossed out some familiar names such as Manticore and Saint-Just, which were also used in the Honor series.

    Apparently this series was written 1992 before the Honor Series. I do not think it is as well written as the Honor series, but I might go on and read book number two in the series. Marc Vietor does a good job narrating the book. Vietor is a Broadway Stage actor who is beginning to make a name for himself in science fiction audiobooks.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MuchLikeASir
    Canada
    28/05/16
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    "Interesting concept, poor execution!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No I would not, Although the general story was interesting, as were some of the Characters, The overall writing was not very good. During the story it moved along and it was passably enjoyable, however that was more due to the narrator than the writing. He did a fantastic job. The writing itself was devoid of any real description. Ships were described by a class, no visual cues as to the shape, design, or function of any of the items, ships, or characters is present. Its all a vague notion to the story, which jumps over time randomly.


    Has Crusade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I enjoy Sci-Fi and Space Operas, but this book left me very disappointed. It has similar characters, and the same idea as most other David Weber novels, a religion based on a lie violently oppressing other groups, one of the members voices concerns and abdandons it for the rationality of modern man, on and on, the same formula as the third part of "Empire from the Ashes", same as the Foundation series, and others of his books. Boring rehash of the same ideology.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A wide range of Accents and Voices that help to cover for the unoriginal writing and bland descriptions.


    Did Crusade inspire you to do anything?

    To be more careful of what books I purchase, to avoid wasting my time. I tried to give it a fair shot but ended up very disappointed.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nathaniel Perkins
    Boston, MA
    03/11/16
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    "Dull. Confusing. Little to latch onto early"

    It's the same sort of military pulp that I expect from Weber only not as good as Harrington and not as politically interesting as Safehold. Was hoping for another series to dig into and gave up after a few chapters. It has a predictable setup and the confusion over whether this was book 1 or book 2 didn't help my decision to drop it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Labor Lawyer
    Atlanta
    07/09/16
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    "Gave it a 5 because covered multi volumes in one"

    I've read better versions of the space opera/military genre but I thoroughly enjoyed resolving a war in one book. I love the multiple volumes by Drake, Weber and others, and the detail. But this was a fun quick read/listen. I've enjoyed my last few quick reads such as Scalzi's work. Now back to longer stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KarenB
    Western NY
    03/09/16
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    "Crusade"

    The story begins a bit slowly, but then goes quite fast. Great adventure! A pleasure to listen to.k

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vickie Redmond
    Grand Rapids, MI
    24/07/16
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    "new enemy but defeat after defeat after defeat...."
    Would you try another book from David Weber and Steve White and/or Marc Vietor?

    yes, the next book is much better. At least it has hope and victories


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    some hope


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    fast forwarded too much of it, it was depressing me extremely. might try again someday

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debra
    18/07/16
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    "As always very good."

    Listen to this one before In Death Grounds and Shiva Option. You get a good background on the principals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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