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A Learning Experience, Book 1

Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Series: A Learning Experience, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

Earth is not alone. There is a towering civilization out in the galaxy, far greater than anything we can imagine. But we are isolated from the galaxy...until now.

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

To Steve the captured starship represents a great opportunity, one to establish a new civilization away from Earth and its increasingly oppressive bureaucracy. But with the aliens plotting their revenge and human factions suspicious of the new technology, it will be far from easy to create a whole new world....

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Rednecks in space!

I found the opening scene of country guys from Montana being abducted by aliens initially amusing and initially thought that the story was being told with a heavy dose of irony. It dawned on me that the libertarian and reactionary views being espoused were meant in all seriousness! The narrative took on ridiculous proportions when we were asked to believe that a small group of gung-ho gun-toting guys could capture space ships, establish colonies on the Moon and Mars, defeat the Taliban and contact other galactic species all within the space of a year! I only persisted to the end ( increasingly irritated) because I'd paid for it! I shall not be purchasing the sequel!

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30 mins in and Nooooo thanks!!!

To come away from listening to an author like Craig Alansonc then to start this tripe.... you appreciate what writing and editing skills really are. Awful!!! Badly - so badly written. Terrible character descriptions and unrealistic behaviour, lots of missing obvious detail (Zaharia does the ship look like? What were the characters doing while it descended? Sitting? Standing? Hopping on one leg???) I thought this was a real author but must be self published dross. AVOID if you like real scifi books by real authors.

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Moroninc, red neck dross.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different book.

What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

This is a cringe worthy crawl through a red neck teenager's mind.
Let me count the offences it caused me.
1. It’s full of anti gun control crap.
2. Every leader in the book is male, even the sodding aliens are patriarchal.
3. Brothels seem to be an acceptable solution to calm male troops. Quote "there are plenty of desperate women on Earth" oh that's ok then!
4. Being Islamic or from a country where Islam is predominant is, out of hand, grounds for suspicion.
5. The idiotic idea that all politicians are liars and full of self interest is, again out of hand, bounded about.
6. The idea that all lawyers are evil is given the same childish treatment.
7. The biggest female character is a doctor but not really because all doctors are so terrified of being sued (by the evil lawyers and the evil families of the deceased) that they hate their jobs, so she decided to become a vet! I'm not joking it's really in the book.
8. Anyone who dares to protest about anything is a whiner.
9. The idea of political correctness is made out to be some kind of great evil, dividing society.
10. All forms of law enforcement are nothing but a hindrance to the gun totting good ol boys who make up the main characters.
I could go on, and there is a lot more, but what's the point.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel – was your favourite?

Does it matter, the fact that he managed to keep his voice straight was quite an achievement, unless he came from the same special community as the author. But he did manage to make them all sound a bit stupid which was, in hindsight, genius.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The actual story wasn't terrible, it got 2 stars for a reason.

Any additional comments?

Please listen to something intelligent, or just take this as the comedy, red-neck, self congratulatory, rubbish it really is.

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Another disappointment

I was hoping for escapism with this book but it was not going to happen. I put up with the glaring lack of depth of character for the protagonists and kept hoping things would improve. Unfortunately when the story started involving the Taliban and Afghanistan I lost the will to listen. I wanted escapism not realism mixed with a badly written story. I listened for nearly five hours before giving up so I think I gave it a good try before deciding it was rubbish.

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Excellent.<br />

Really enjoyed this book, the story was realistic without loosing the excitement that comes from a space adventure. Good characters and the narrator did a good job of keeping them separated.

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just say no

I love sci-fi and therefore one expects, possibly, to suspend belief more than other genres. I have read hundreds of novels; some skip detail or make assumptions in order to push the plot along or to purposely leave intriguing gaps. Some are very simplistic and make their point through that approach.

Occasionally there are novels that I just can't get along with but I can see that someone else would appreciate.

Then there are, thankfully, a few that I can't believe have been released into the wild. I'm sorry but this is one of those. Try it if you want; maybe my I just don't get the joke but if this is meant to be serious then spend your money on something else. There's a lot out there and time is too short to waste.

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Great fun

As many have said, there’s some slightly flag wavy USA chanting in there, but it’s a great book and I was genuinely excited book 4 has just come out, so happily came back for my 3rd re-listen!

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Excellent

Read book 1, 2 and 3 all excelleny
Why isn't book 4 available?
review not long enough blah

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rampant libertarianisn<br /><br />

the heavy handed pulpit thumping against all things government added to the complete lack of even a vague scientific framework made this a perfect Trump manifesto.. only finished it to have the chance to review it and warn the unsuspecting away.. stay away!!!!

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A morons book.

Couldn't finish it, clearly written by an pro gun American nutter with a limited imagination.

Poorly narrated by a gentleman with a droning voice and difficulties with his pronunciation.

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  • Frank Hegar
  • 18-03-20

Snowflakes need not open

Very good story without the political correctness that makes so much Audible content nauseating. A few parts are a little formulaic, but even those don't take away from being enjoyable.

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  • Wade
  • 17-02-17

SJW"s will hate this book. so i loved it.

cant wait to get into the next book. if your a independent thinker then you might enjoy this book

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  • Alton J Henley
  • 12-08-16

Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

What would have made A Learning Experience, Book 1 better?

I wanted to love it I really did, the concept is awesome. But the endless prosletyzing was exhausting. Everytime I was getting into the story, I was pulled out of it about by the author talking about the MSM, the uslessness of the government, and the rapaciousness of lawyers. Topics I at least sympathize with him on, but MAKE IT INTEGRAL TO THE STORY. Just mentioning the character hated working in medicine because (insert political viewpoint here) is jarring.

Whew.

Sorry about that.

What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

the preaching

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  • mallen15
  • 10-04-19

Refreshing step away from political correctness

I have always loved sci-fi, but it always caterers to a certain political view. Christopher Nuttall combines masterful science fiction with right of center political view (US right of center). Love the story line and can’t wait until I dive back in.

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  • Greg Costello
  • 03-08-16

Trying so hard to finish

well the whole idea of the story was awesome and I couldn't wait to dig in, then it became very clear very fast that Nuttell was instead of writing a great sci fi novel, he was writing his anti establishment, anti American,anti everything manifesto disguised in a sci-fi story. It just got worst and worst to the point that I could almost picture him just writing away with a pissed off look on his face & it completely took away from what could have been a really fun story. Also, the repetitive he said,she said,Steve said,she said,Steve said... geeze. I'm really dissapointed, I was really looking forward to this story. Do yourself a favor & skip to last chapter & the prologue literally sums up the book without Nuttall's personal gripes,hate & reasons why he lives on an island far from Western ideology. Overall I'm very dissapointed.

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  • B. Riddick
  • 06-02-17

excellent new series by Nuttall

Christopher Nuttall is an obvious libertarian with a political style reminiscent of Heinlein and a writing style all his own.

the rate of advancement of the humans in this book seems a little far fetched, even for Sci Fi but then I don't read Nuttall for hard science fiction, I read his stuff as brain candy.

And as candy suppliers go, he beats Willy Wonka hands down.

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  • Carrie
  • 19-08-16

Mary Sue, we're so lucky we have you.

Luckily for the human race, Steve Protagonist is the one who encounters the aliens and is able to come up with a plan to save us all.

The main character at least does have a bit of an arc. The things that annoyed me the most about him in Chapter 1 are the self-revelations that change his way of thinking (a little) during a few of the Pivotal Conflicts at the end of the book.

Secondary characters change their personalities to fit the story, For example, the wife who is fierce and independent... except when suddenly she's not. The protagonist's children are also very convenient non-entities who disappear entirely for most of the book.

Events happen in far too short of a timeline to seem realistic. Spaceships and tech, sure. Unrealistic human interactions...? Nope.

Oh, well. It's a fun enough romp, I guess.

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  • John 100
  • 02-06-19

great concept for a story

I will not be listening to the other installments, the original concept of the story changed, now the next 3 books are gynocentric, before it was neutral and libertarian in nature. but this installment was very good. so I recommend it, but I do understand the author and why he made the next books as he did, he wanted his work published and that is how you survive in this business you go SJW.

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  • Troy
  • 11-05-19

Loved it

As a veteran, the bureaucracy was spot on. I totally related. The narrator's performance got better as the book went on.

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  • R. King
  • 23-10-16

Fun popcorn for individualists

This is not literature for the ages, but it is fun listening for those that still believe in self-determination or are just sick and tired of the current politically correct environment. If you are now thinking "what politically correct environment" then this book is probably not for you.

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