When I like someone, I kinda follow them, so when I saw that Jeffrey Kafer posted about a new sci fi. I was like, Oh, yes please!
I did lear..Show More »n that it wasn't the usual kinda sci fi I read or have started to listen to, but that didn't mean I did not enjoy this.
The author Nathan Lowell has really done something different here. This is a very character driven book with people you can soon fall in love with. The main character Ish, has just lost his mum in a tragic accident, and with no parents and no job he's about to be forced off planet, so he takes the first thing offered to him because he's no choice.
The kid finds himself on the Lowis, (sp) and embarks on a very different way of looking at things, something no one on the ship has seen before.
Ish soon makes friends with the people in his department, Cookie and Pip. Even though he shows Pip up, he finds time to actually help the other youngster, and they become not only friends but partners in crime too, getting up to all kinds of trading adventures.
Pip, however, isn't having much fun, after losing everything he had in a trade gone wrong, it's the captain and Ish that help him here, and they begin to form a co-op with the ships best interests at heart.
The narration from Jeffrey is great, he's perfect in first person POV and the inner mind of a youngster finding his feet, not only with the fleet, but amongst other people is interesting and very well done. Jeffrey delivers a lot of emotion with hardly any effort and all the characters come alive. I was especially fond of Bev and Dianne. :) even Francis and Cookie. :)
I do think that there should have been a little more conflict for Ish on the ship. Although he's never been off planet before, the people he meets, all seem a little too nice. Maybe that's because Ish himself is just so nice, he never seems to fire up over much, doesn't really grieve for his mum, and I think I'd really like that, even if it wasn't in the first section of the book, but defo towards the end. The closest we get to that is when he remembers packing up on the planet, and moving to his new quarters, (but I'm not sure if that was actually in the second piece, as there was a few chapters in there for free.)
I am really interested in seeing what the gang does now though with their trading empire. I wonder what can go wrong, and what other relationships are going to form. It seemed Ish was starting to become attracted to some of his female friends on a different level, he kinda doesn't mention that from the planet. about his other friends, or any potential girlfriends.
Thanks for an awesome new series to follow, and I look forward to more! :)
It was nice to be back with Ismail and the crew of the Lowis and I really did enjoy everything that happened here.
Jeffrey Kafer, does an ou..Show More »tstanding job with the character voices and emotion he puts in. He's a joy to listen to, (so much so I have the complete Exodus trilogy on at the moment now too haha)
I must admit though, I wanted this book/listen to be a bit longer, or in this one something to go wrong, even if it were an environmental problem, but it didn't and I honestly think that was the only thing letting it down here. Just not quite enough conflict. Of course, that being said, this series really isn't like anything I've ever read/listened to before. It's not the gun toting action packed Sci Fi SO where aliens invade and everything goes wrong, so it was kind of nice for there to be all internal character developments here.
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One of the many great things about listening to Ismail is the facts that we're watching and learning more about him with every episode, shocked to hear he wasn't a virgin, as I thought he would have been for sure, but I was okay with it.
This book focussed on his new job, the people around him which we really get to know a lot better here and in his own developments. There's a new crew member on board, and Ismail's caring nature brings the very hurt Sarah into her own. I'm glad of this, but again I think there was just a little bit to much of a 'good thing' here, most people who are battered, used and abused carry a fair few more demons than the author lets rip here, and either she's going to blow up in the next book or she really should have had an episode to counteract all the good that goes on.
The trip to the tailor was very interesting, they went in as friends but came out as more. I can see that. 3 young eligible women cooing over an 18 years old in his underwear... lol must have been a sight to see either way, but there's lots of growth here, and it fits for their relationship.
I do wonder though if Ish, is actually really sorry that he and Big B can't get together, or one of the others, or is he just not sure at all what he wants... there's still so much room for him to grow and do things, I wonder.
The fact he's questioning his own life here, is also very good and I'm glad he's also the people around him who care about him to make him question himself. I think he is destined for more, and having not read the books, I'm only guessing. But the mention of the academy and becoming an officer... ooooo squee. I can totally see Ismail Wong a Captain of a great ship! go Ishmail!
Anyway, just those two little cravats. But can't wait for more :)
I was so excited to get back to Ish and the crew. What a fantastic series this has been.
However, this was a great listen. There's so much go..Show More »ing on here, with a new crew member coming aboard and the uncertainty of Ish losing his place on the ship. This novel defo has a much sadder undertone, and Jeffery did a fab job as usual, with all the characters and especially the woman, it amazes me how much each person really has their own twist and voice. I am in awe of what narrators do. But the amazing writing, and drinking and food also still makes me want to drink more coffee and find out how to make spicy beefalow :)
I really did enjoy the full journey though, and the fact that Ish and Bev get together is just perfect, I wondered of the three who he actually might end up with if the opportunity arose. At most points through this book, I kept thinking, come on, I'm routing for him... the ship and almost dying, wow, really great writing and really awesome deductive work from Ish and the crew to get to the bottom of that problem. A mystery I Was happy to follow, as I was with the problems they were having with the new crew member CC.
I was looking forward to the next one, but now I'm not so sure. And I have to say, I think the only thing with it that's bothered me is the preview chapters and then subsequent wanting to skip the first few in the next new book. I also got a taster of the next book, (book 4) before I cut the off switch. And I'm sad if there isn't anything really written of his academy days, I mean to skip 4 years of his life... seems a huge switch. Maybe it will work or not, but sigh. I really wanted to see what happened there too.
I am very much still looking forward to hearing the next book and following on with Ish and maybe Pip and Bev.... guess we'll see when I get there.
Thanks for the great entertainment this week already pre ordered the next :)
I love this series and had been looking forward to having my own copy of this again, it's just a crying shame that the narration is dire. The same voi..Show More »ce is used throughout without any hint of inflection - which makes it difficult to pick up character emotion (a key part of the story and character growth). It's not the worst I've ever heard, but it's pretty close, sadly
This is a great story set in the golden age of sail, urm, solar clippers? The protagonist is totally clueless, yet completely brilliant and thrown straight into a terrible situation which looks to be completely out of his control to do anything about. And I'm not just talking about the fact that the coffee tastes just like burnt engine oil...
I got to admit, I was excited to get this delivered. I have so far really enjoyed this series. It's unique and has a real character driven plot. ..Show More » I just wasn't so sure on this one. I mean Ismael had has troubles as usual, he's now made Captain of the worst ship in the fleet. And his usual demeanour and way of dealing with things, soon helps sort the motley crew out. But, I guess I'd have liked more person conflict, more head bashing or just something. It just seemed too easy for him.
I think that because of his maturity here, we get some real insight into his deeper worries, his marriage, his concerns for real safety of his ship. And that goes in line with things that he asks them to do and helps them with.
I won't leave spoilers, but it really is worth a listen, I think Ismael and his crew are up for lots more adventures, this whole series was more mature, with more problems, but also some very good solutions. :) Well done everyone on the Agamemnon. I look forward to more from both the author and narrator.
I really loved this audiobook! There are quite a few reviews that say how bad the book Is. Well it's not the book they dislike, it's the choice the au..Show More »thor, Nathan Lowell made. I think he was very brave in choosing the path he did. Yes it's not conventional 'happy ending' but the story does continue, in away. This arc has finished but we still follow Captain Wang, in his next adventure, in Ashes Born, A Seeker's Tale From The Golden Age Of The Solar Clipper. So the happy ending for Captain Wang may happen.
Going back to this book, it's slightly different to start with, but it doesn't disappoint. I thought we were going to be in port for a long time, but we got back to space quickly. I loved how he became a owner, how he made his choices, how he has grown up over the years.
I really like the length of the chapters how you can listen to one chapter in a break at work or two chapters just before bed (it's hard to listen to just one!) Also the full length of the book was a treat as it was longer than normal. It's the type of book you don't want to end but you also want to know the whole story.