We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Scout Force Audiobook

Scout Force: Kelly Blake Series, Book 1

Regular Price:£19.39
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Book one in the Kelly Blake series: The future looks bleak for wrongly cashiered, fighter pilot phenomenon, Kelly Blake. His redemption comes as he is recruited into the elite and secretive Scout Force. Follow Kelly's adventures as an officer in the Galactic Republic Fleet's Scout Force, protecting humanity's frontiers from human treachery and the onslaught of the expansive and hostile K'Rang Empire.

©2011 Rodney L. Smith (P)2015 Rodney L. Smith

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
5.0 (2 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.5 (2 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 04/03/2016 Member Since 2012

    cat fosterer

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book pity about the narration"

    I have been waiting for this series to be moved to audio for a while the books are greatly enjoyable. This is let down by the poor narration, no inflection, heightening of suspense mainly a monotone I hope these areas are addressed in the next book as it spoils what could be a very enjoyable series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Vernon
    ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States
    03/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nariation is seriously flawed"

    II don’t know if the playback speed was intentionally slowed down or if that if just the way Mr. Word reads. I found myself constantly waiting for the next word to come out. It was almost as bad as listening to someone read a children’s book except most readers of children’s books have a lot more range of voices for the characters. Increasing the playback speed to the next fastest setting helps a little. The story line is a bit juvenile in places but still good enough that I would listen to the next in the series if Mr. Word is not the narrator. Mr. Word as narrator is a definite “do not purchase” flag for me for any future books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Straub
    31/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    "Narrator killed the story."

    I have never given up on a book , not once...until now. I have even listened to Tom Wopat Narrate and it wasn't as bad as "The Word" narrating, sadly I couldn't do it. I tried to get into the story but just couldn't follow along. There is absolutely no character distinction, he just drones on and on and on.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Joyce
    05/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tried 3 times to listen to it. I then returned it"

    Story has promise but not with this narrator. I will probably buy the hard copy to read it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sootahcris
    14/02/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Somewhat sophomoric story, TERRIBLE narration."
    Would you try another book from Rodney L. Smith and/or William "Bill" Word?

    Yes, the story had promise. I just hope this is Rodney Smith's first (or one of his first) book(s).


    What was most disappointing about Rodney L. Smith’s story?

    The story reads like it's a wish fulfillment of his juvenile (or current) daydreams.

    The main character gets somewhat screwed in the beginning, but that of course turns out to be a good thing. He gets somewhat bullied by a superior officer but later gets his absolutely spot-on sweet-sweet revenge. Every attractive female in the book (despite the character describing himself as being "nothing to look at" and "not bad, but had never considered himself that good looking" is not only attracted to him - but very aggressively pursues him. On top of that, they're all OK that he doesn't want to be monogamous and are all OK with him dating around. Then, of course, there's the thinly veiled hint towards the end of the book after the girls meet one another (and all think that each other are soooo great) that he's probably going to wind up with a foursome out of the deal.

    Additionally, over all there's no real conflicts for the main character to overcome. For effectively the entire book everything goes his way, all the time. He's the smartest, and best and etc, etc at everything. His superiors also immediately recognize this and give him all the kudos/rapid promotions/etc.


    What didn’t you like about William "Bill" Word’s performance?

    Everything. There's little discernible difference between the various character's voices. Females are read in a slightly higher pitch, but that's about it.

    Mr. Word's reading of the story is soooooo rote and robotic, with unnatural sounding timing and what sounds to me like an over-enunciation of nearly every word. Add to that a near lack of emotion (or what I'd think a computer would sound like if it were trying to emulate what an emotion sounds like..)


    Any additional comments?

    Decent start to a series given all my caveats. Hopefully the author's writing matures more and they use a different narrator going forward. Alternatively, maybe Mr. Tin Man narrator will get a heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nell
    rayville, LA, United States
    22/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "good book bad narration"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    he cant read........ he knows the words but cant read


    Any additional comments?

    this might be a better book than i rated it ,but the narrator was so bad you could not tell.
    i have had other books with him narrating and it had to get through them.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    15/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator has got to got"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I liked the story a neat blending of old and new Tec.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William "Bill" Word’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!


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

    yes but had to stop because the Narrator made it sound like a Dick & Jane book


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    Doreen, Australia
    05/01/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good Story, Uptight Narrator"

    Despite the reviews complaining about the performance, I decided to give it a go. I enjoyed the story, as it's fun and shows potential for a good series.
    Unfortunately I agree with many other reviewers - the Narrator, Mr Word, is not right for the job (at least not now). Mr Word's delivery is, most of the time, so unusually mechanical that it sucks the life out of it! He... pronounces... each... word... so... clearly... and... precisely....., that he forgets that he's telling a dynamic story to a group of eager listeners! I get the impression that he would read a workshop manual very well! Sadly this isn't a workshop manual! It's such a shame, because he has a really great voice and on those few occasions during "Scout Force" when you could tell he was starting to relax, the story flowed very nicely...but it just didn't last.
    If Mr Word could relax more (perhaps a stiff drink would help!), it would make the "Scout Force" series much more worth the listen! Keep working on it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Smokey
    26/12/15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Decent Story. Terrible narration"
    What did you like best about Scout Force? What did you like least?

    It is obvious that Audible and Amazon allow full on shills for reviews.

    There is no possible way anyone with ears could comment positively on this narration.

    Odd pauses and weird pronunciations. Sometimes I wonder if 'Bill' is a native speaker of English.

    Try reading the story before you record it. Did you record this in one take?

    Dear Authors, picking bad narrators reflects poorly on you.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony jenkins
    29/09/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book with poor narration"

    I love the series however the narration was the worst that I've ever heard. I'd ask for a refund if I was the author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bookaday
    14/07/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "narration???"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I have read this book and the rest of the series, was looking forward to a relaxing listen on commute but the narration was abysmal!, mispronunciation of words, weird inflection, almost as if a new English speaker was sounding out the words to the story. Absolutely the worst narration I have ever tried to struggle through, couldn't make myself finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.