Reality is sometimes not what it appears to be.
Dr. Albert Snowden just wanted to be there for his niece, Emily, after the loss of her father. Being abducted by aliens, and then rescued by a mysterious being known as Evaran, has made that difficult. Despite their situation, they try to make the best of it while traveling through space, time, and beyond with Evaran and V, Evaran's trusty mobile artificial intelligence. With the use of Evaran's time-traveling ship, the Torvatta, they will try to maintain timeline integrity while dealing with the challenges that brings.
This box set contains the first three books in the Evaran Chronicles. If you like science fiction, time travel, technology, and adventure with a space opera bent, then this series is for you.
©2016 Adair Hart (P)2016 Adair Hart
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"Great collection of stories!"
Take 3 amazing novels about a singular and unique protagonist and this is what you get. I already had the 3 books but couldn't resist getting the collection. Love being able to listen all in one long set. Highly recommend the set. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Worst. Narration. EVER."
The story was good, so good in fact that I suffered through all three audiobooks to learn it.
This was my first book narrated by Michael Pauley. I will sample stories by read by this narrator before I ever buy one because if all his narrations are like this, I will wait to read the book instead of listening to the audiobook version.
Imagine every sentence or paragraph in an entire book read ending with a breathless "ah" (as if the narrator is shocked at something) before a pause for breath. That is how this book series sounded read by Pauley. It was so distracting I nearly stopped 3 chapters into the first book.
Pauley also had terrible accents, emotional inflection for characters and generally sounded like a robot voice - like what you would hear in an Anonymous video.
"Adventures of Evaran, Dr Snowden, Emily and V"
This book is comprised of 3 books in the Evaran series. The books are The Awakening, The Fredorian Destiny, and The Purification.
Book 1 is relatively short compared to the other two. We are introduced to the main characters, Evaran, Dr Snowden, Emily Snowden and V. We also learn about of some of the technology that is used frequently.
The Fredorian Destiny takes place approximately 3 months after book one when Evaran comes to visit Dr Snowden and Emily and they ask to travel with him. They decide to visit Kreagus, home to the dominate, and likely most powerful, race in the region. The Fredorians are former slaves that were kidnapped from earth and the Ambassador ends up traveling with the group to fulfill a Fredorian destiny. Of course things are never as simple as they plan.
The final book in this set is The Purification. While on the ship, a timeline update occurs and the team determines that a group called the Purifiers has nearly killed off all aliens and given technology to humans. The team goes back in time to try to undue the timeline update and to determine who is responsible.
This audiobook is roughly 30 hours long and I'll admit that it took me much longer than I anticipated to finish it. I enjoyed the stories, the characters, the conflict and technology but sometimes I'd take a break and read something else before returning to this one.
I really enjoyed the narrators performance and the production. His manipulation of his voice to create artificial/computerized voices was very good. I would definitely listen to another story narrated by Michael Pauley.
The 4th story in the series is already released but I think I will wait for the audio version before I read it. Thanks for an entertaining story.
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“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review." When I listen to Michael Pauley he draws me into the characters and their emotions, bringing life to the story. Adair Hart has such talent, and it shows in the Evaran Chronicles. I love having the full story in this box set offering.
"A poor man's Doctor Who"
Evaran a time travelling alien who picks up people (let's call them.... companions) and brings them onto his "bigger on the inside" space ship to travel throughout the universe solving problems in history. As has been mentioned in a few other reviews this is effectively a rip off of Doctor Who. Not even a well disguised ripoff. And not an overly interesting on either.
Add to that the first book actually has almost none of the promised time travel adventures. It's a straight up "we are trapped on this ship with aliens and have to fight them to get out" story. How the humans get trapped on the ship is told in a bland re-telling by another character, because the humans don't actually remember. It badly fails the "show, don't tell" idea. The next two books pick up in terms of story, involving some time travel hijinks and adventures.
The writing itself is generally bland. Easy to follow by hardly engaging. 20 minutes after reading a section I had already forgotten most of it, beyond the broad strokes, because nothing was memorable. No clever writing. No real sense of urgency or excitement to the events, and no tension building elements like foreshadowing. It was just.... beige. At no point did I care about any of the characters, and any deaths or injuries were met with a muted lack of response from me.
Michael Pauley does okay with the narration. He does voices and emotes well for the characters. His pacing is generally good although in places feels off. At times he sounds really bored, but I'm not 100% sure that isn't me projecting onto the narration. It probably would have been a 3/5.
The thing that really drags the work down is the sound production. It is all over the place. There is music... sometimes (in some action scene there was 'action' music behind it, to make it more tense. But that only occurred one and the practice was dropped, not to be used again in the book). There is sound effects... sometimes. It's all applied unevenly, with no apparent rhyme or reason. And then there is distortion effects added to some character voices. Some work, but most don't. The one that really stood out for me was an Emperor (I think) who had a weird echo effect added. I assume it was supposed to make him sound powerful but all it dd was was make him sound like he was a long was away and sound rather ridiculous.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Vast Sci-Fi Rollercoaster Ride"
“The Evaran Chronicles Box Set: Books 1-3”, written by Adair Hart and narrated by Michael Pauley, contains three of the four currently released books in the Evaran Chronicles series. The three books in this set could be read as standalone stories. However, they are much better if one reads them in sequence as each book plays off the others. There is also a very good prequel available which I would highly recommend because it adds additional content to the series. I was very happy I read it first. As others stated in their reviews, the series is a blending of Star Trek, Dr. Who (mainly), The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Quantum Leap; which in my opinion is not a bad thing. If you have enjoyed any of these type of shows, I believe you will like this rather lengthy series consisting of ~707 pages or just shy of 26 hours of audio.
The books could be classified as a lighter science fiction space/time travel opera. The stories take the reader on a rollercoaster ride of action, adventure, emotional highs and lows, along with several strange worlds. Even though the books are like others in the science fiction genre, the author does a fabulous job of creating unique and interesting worlds and creatures that inhabit them. We also are introduced to some new ships and technology not seen in other books of its type. Evaran, like in the prequel, is a selfless creature doing what he can to protect the innocent from those that would desire to do them harm. He is soft spoken, but as with Dr. Who, nearly every creature in the multiverse fears being on his bad side.
At times the book can be confusing due to the element of time travel, but the author does a decent job of keeping the reader engaged so this is less an issue than with other books. I also like that the author included both a prologue and epilogue for each of the books helping tie the series together. I found the updates given to ‘V’ over time an interesting part of the story as one would think that a time traveler would have already included those functions from the start; but I liked the additions. I thought the use of nanobots and how they were used along with their effects refreshing; and even more interesting is how some of the book’s characters embraced them.
I enjoyed the subtle audio enhancements added to the books like introduction music at each chapter, some lighter injected sound effects, and computerized voice of the robot; V. The narrator did an exceptional job of differentiating the book’s various characters which can be difficult for such an extensive set of books. The audio was clean as I did not notice any artifacts while listening; no swallows, no volume issues, no page turns, etc. Michael Pauley is no veteran to audiobook narration with over 215 books at the time of this review, and he does a fantastic job with this series as well.
I would highly caution young readers as each of the books contain vulgar language that may not be appropriate for all ages. There are some scenes containing more adult humor and sexual subjects involving aliens and a few innuendoes. The strong language is rather consistent throughout the books, but the sexual content is not as prevalent or in one’s face.
After listening to the prequel and the first three books in the series, I will be listening to the fourth book, along with any others in the series as they become available, because they are well-written and narrated books that nearly anyone could pick up and enjoy. I wish the author had used less vulgarity as I could see the series being enjoyed by a younger audience if this were the case.
Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
"What if Doctor Who wasn't so British?"
I absolutely loved this set of books. It reminded me of Doctor Who, if he talked like Data and had a bit of a badass quality. There wasn't too much science as you sometimes find in this genre, but it wasn't dumbed down either. There was plenty of action, and although some of the characters weren't quite human, they were very relatable.
As for the narration, it was spot on. I never had trouble distinguishing between characters. There was also a great sense of urgency to his voice during appropriate moments in the storyline. Heck, I even liked the use of musical score. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Very much Doctor Who and I loved it"
I had no idea this listen would hearken back to whispers of Doctor Who. I love that series and just got all warm inside when Evaran, with his companions, had that Doctor Who vibe.
I thought the narrator was excellent! I'm not sure how he was able to narrate the two artificial voices but color me impressed.
This was a long listen so it took me awhile but with all three books in one, it was totally worth it. I loved books one and two the most (two more than one), and though I liked book three, I was so heartsick for Emily that I could not enjoy it.
All of the alien encounters in all of the books were intense and scary and the narrator was very good at portraying a 'type'. The big, bad and nightmarish were thus and those that were fun and flirty shown through as well. Kudos narrator!
The sound effects were off-putting initially but only a tad. They weren't intrusive and were more used as segues.
This was a really good, albeit long, listen!
"data Brazil and who"
I received this book free of charge for an honest review. I enjoyed this actuality, Evaren was like doctor who in a way with aspects of Nathan Brazil, all wrapped up in the clinical shell of data from star trek. may try to find more in the future.
"Narration made it difficult"
I liked the premises of the book, how can you go wrong with a book that mixes in the Dr. Who element in this epic space opera. However it took me forever to get through the book!
I have a love/hate thing going on with the narrator, sometimes he does well and then sometimes he struggles, I think maybe the length of audiobook was a little too ambitious and there wasn't nearly enough energy from him for this book. Maybe I'll buy the book sometime in the future.
This audiobook was given to me to me at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review, thanks, Audiobook Boom!
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