Hank is a thug. He knows he's a thug. He has no problem with that realization. In his view the galaxy has given him a gift: a mutation that allows him to withstand great deals of physical trauma. He puts his abilities to the best use possible and that isn't by being a scientist.
Besides, the space station Belvaille doesn't need scientists. It is not, generally, a thinking person's locale. It is the remotest habitation in the entire Colmarian Confederation. There is literally no reason to be there.
Unless you are a criminal.
Because of its location, Belvaille is populated with nothing but crooks. Every day is a series of power struggles between the crime bosses.
Hank is an intrinsic part of this community as a premier gang negotiator. Not because he is eloquent or brilliant or an expert combatant, but because if you shoot him in the face he keeps on talking.
Hank believes he has it pretty good until a beautiful and mysterious blue woman enters his life with a compelling job offer.
Hank and Belvaille, so long out of public scrutiny, suddenly find themselves the epicenter of the galaxy with a lot of very unwelcome attention.
©2013 Steven Campbell (P)2014 Steven Campbell
Not exactly a work of literature, but lots of fun and the hours fly by. I'll definitely be getting the sequel, on the full understanding that it will be much of the same. I hope.
I most enjoyed the story itself and how it flowed with Hank, was a really easy and enjoyable listen.
When Hank fights the Dredaled by having it punch him down the street.
Definately Hank himself, I fell as though he truly capture the essence of Hank.
It was indeed.
Looking forward to listening to the rest of the Hard Luck Hank books.
"A bunch of genres crammed into good fun"
I didn't rate this five stars based on literary value. It has next to none. I rated five stars based on sheer enjoyment. This book is just plain fun! Based against a sci-fi backdrop, you'll find fantasy, noir, crime, comedy, and a light smattering of romance.
And the narrator was about as perfect as could be for the voice of Hank. But he didn't slack off on the other voices, either. Male, female, species, race, and life station: This guy represented each one independently and entertainingly.
This book will not change my life, but it did help me enjoy it a lot more.
"Fun Sci-Fi Humor"
Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.
As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.
"A new favourite author of mine."
My favourite thing about Screw the Galaxy is the believability of the dialogue. I want a story that takes me away and puts me in another galaxy. I don't want space poetry, just an awesome kickass story that makes me feel good. Screw the Galaxy did just that and I found my self laughing out loud everyday.
I really can't decide. The book has such a smooth progression with multiple climaxes.
"Haaank... duuuh..." - Liam's performance of Hank is stellar. He sounds EXACTLY how his character is described, and matches the dialogue effortlessly (or so he makes it sound that way at least.). However, Liam does lack variation. The characters all sound very different from hank, but women and lesser characters tend to sound similar to each other. That being said, Liam still seals the deal with this story. His delivery is outstanding.
An excellent lighthearted combination of "science fiction, comic book, detective noir, and deadpan humor" that left me wanting more.
"Irreverent Sci-Fi Gem"
First before anything else, Liam Owen, deserves some sort of award for his performance of Screw the Galaxy. Liam draws quite a bit of inspiration from Patrick Warburton's candace, nailing Hank's narrative, while giving a depth and variety for the rest of the cast. Generally I'm not a fan of post-processing voices, but for a few particular aliens, mild effects are used sparingly to add to the gamut of alien voices, making for one of the best produced audiobooks.
The story follows Hank, a well-liked and impartial contractor despite being an oafish quad-barrel shotgun wielding goon with violent tendancies in a backwater crime ridden space station. Hank constantly downplays his intelligence but manages to sharp enough to generally navigate through tricky situations.
Screw The Galaxy is humorous, even drawing a few outloud chuckles as I listened. Its a fun listen, albeit fairly tame for a book about a space station of gamblers, gangs, casinos, prostitutes, small time drug dealers and contraband. The story flows well, from introduction to Hank and his world to his soon-to-be adventure and while some of it feels a bit predictable at times, there's a pretty good twist.
While it'd probably make for a decent read, its hard to separate Steven Campbell from Liam Owen's perfect delivery.
The only quibbles is the very end could have used just a few more pages as it's a bit unclear on the status of a few things, and the title "Hard Luck" seems wrong as despite Hank getting smacked around, seems to have pretty decent luck but I suppose "Pretty decent Luck Hank" doesn't have that same ring.
"Suck it! Suck Face!"
I love this stuff! Authors that don't take themselves too seriously are a treat to listen to. This was a fun story. It wasn't terribly fast paced, or slow, and the best part about it was just enjoying all of the little things along the way. This type of story is more about enjoying the journey than dashing to the end. Hank is a laid back heavy with a generally positive disposition and a level head, even when its getting hit with bullets.
"Random story with a fun main character."
It is tough to find the right kind of funny when it comes to audiobooks and even harder when it comes to humorous sci-fi. I took a chance on this one and while I do like Hank himself the overall story was just lacking. Steven Campbell tells a meandering tale that fluctuates between interesting and mind numbing and Hank's humorous outlook on life just wasn't enough to carry the day with this one.
Hank is a mutant and his special power is that he is pretty much indestructible. He leverages this to his advantage on the space station Belvaille, which is in a nowhere part of space. Belvaille being inhabited by a bunch of criminals has a number of mob bosses who often disagree with each other and Hank finds himself well suited to be the go between to keep the peace. He happily leads his life here until all of a sudden Belvaille becomes the focus of the entire Colmarian Confederation. A myriad of almost random events occur resulting in Hank needing to repeatedly save the day despite his lack of qualifications to do so.
I thought Liam Owen did a good job with the voices and his portrayal of Hank seemed to be a good fit for the material. Unfortunately I don't plan to continue the series which is a shame because Hank really is a fun character; however, one good character just isn't enough for me.
"A Fun, Fast-Paced Listen"
I enjoyed Hank and how he dealt with the variety of characters. Hank knows he's tough but not totally indestructible and not the sharpest tool in the shed. But he gets things done, his way, in his own time. I enjoyed Hank's commentary and remarks. They made me smile and a few made me laugh out loud.
At first the voice didn't seem to fit Hank as depicted on the cover. But once I got into the story, I didn't notice and it worked pretty well for me.
I laughed a few times.
Although the storyline 'appears' to meander a bit, what happens gets woven into the plot as it advances. In any case, the characters and situations Hank has to deal with are entertaining from beginning to end.
I saw other reviews that said that this book was good, but don't expect great writing. I disagree. The author writes the story from Hank's viewpoint, narration and all, and NEVER breaks character. Liam Owen's performance reading this book is so perfect that I found myself speaking like Hank throughout the day. He really understood the character and his delivery was incredibly funny. Better yet...this series continues and gets better as it goes along. I've read the first three books and can't wait til the others are available on audio.
Thank you to Steven Campbell, to Liam Owen, and to Audible. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this series.
"Yet another good book ruined by a bizarre narrator"
This was clearly narrated by a space alien. I'd rather listen to Siri or Stephen Hawkins read this story. I'll avoid this narrator like the plague.
"Funny from start to finish in a deadpan, sardonic"
way. If you liked the movie Army of Darkness, this is written with a similar tone of voice throughout - kind of smart aleck and sarcastic - yet intelligent.
There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, but basically it's a wry viewpoint and the inner voice of the guy that keeps chaos down, is a more brilliant negotiator than he looks, and has a way of enforcing negotiations to get them accepted and kept. And, he's old in years, but not in body. So old that when he and another old timer on the space station try to reminisce they have a hard time because there's too much they've done, and they've forgotten a lot more than they can remember. The plot isn't intricate or deep, but there are enough twists and turns that it never gets dull - there's plenty of action going on all the time.
A fun listen, and the humor was good and stayed "on" from start to finish. The actual book is written smarter than the cover art implies, and I had held off buying because I didn't want to listen to something juvenile. But, it's actually pretty wise and has good observations on humanity and human behavior laced throughout.
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