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Aces

Book 1
Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
Series: Aces, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Children, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Summary

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been.

When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want, because once the thieves have the artifact, they're not leaving any witnesses.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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Should be a movie

Great book. Excellent descriptive narrative. I already see the movie. Highly recommend for scifi lovers.

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Home alone in space. Without the Christmas.

And with 120% more Thino's. I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing where the next book in the series take the story.

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Really enjoyed this entry to another Craig Alanson story

This definitely has the making of a great series and could take us anywhere in upcoming books. The kids voices were a little frustrating at times but I got used to it after a short while. Some parts of the story were a little predictable but I like the easygoing way manner in which the story was written.

Definitely a fan and yes I have the expeditionary force T-shirt.

I dare the author to introduce a shiny beer can relic into his book. Even if it is discarded, a skippy cameo would fit well here without the annoying little beer can talking. Eg somebody finding a beer can and discarding it.

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Home Alone in Space

This is a well performed book, and overall it is well written. Despite it mostly concerning a pair of children versus a band of pirates, as they set traps and foil their plans, it was an engaging listen. You are left at the end though realising that nothing much has happened, and it all ties up in the most cliched way possible.

There is an alien device involved, but it is never explored which felt like a wasted opportunity and just an excuse to write more books.

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Slow and unfulfilling

The story starts of with promise, but as we venture into the body of the book, nothing much happens for 4 hours and boom pirates Then the leading characters who are kids that are stuck in space come up against a trained band of thugs. The children manage to out smart them on every turn, bit far fetched!. I may have be the wrong audience for this book. May be more suited to a younger audience who are starting out on Science Fiction. Very Disney.

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a nice surprise

wasn't expecting to enjoy this but it grew and has potential. Well done to Auther and Narrator for creating a genuine sifi Swiss family Robinson esc and bringing it to life.

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Good read

I'm fast becoming a Craig alanson fan boy read all his books and got them all on audible can't wait for more and aces is just as good as his other offerings.

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kid friendly sci fi.

It has a kid friendly vibe to it in the way it has been written. Like a young adventure book. It feels like this could be an animated movie very easily. A great little story with lots of personality. enjoyed it alot.

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not too bad

I found it too long in places and slow to the point. I feel it's more for the you Get generation

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Enjoy it ver much

Slightly different from my normal listening, a lighter more entertaining listen and try the next in the series.

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  • tosbanzai
  • 20-04-18

Tough for this EXFOR reader to get through

I read this book because I loved the author’s series, EXFOR, AKA Expeditionary Force.
EXFOR is humor-packed, and this book doesn’t deliver much comedy relief until the last third of the book. I don’t understand why this was done. It makes the pacing kind of wonky and was tough to adapt to when you’re used to getting humor in each chapter from Craig Alanson.

The story was decent enough but the lack of humor of the majority of the book was a real let-down. I kept waiting for the funny parts, until they finally started...

Note to the author:

Please stick to keeping humor /comedy-relief throughout the book; it doesn’t need to be as dense as a trans-dimensional beer can cramming in an entity the size of a small moon, but at least put some it in every chapter, okay? Even if it’s a brief laugh, it _matters_. You’re good at it! Your serious stuff isn’t bad but the humor makes it so much more enjoyable.

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  • chris wessells
  • 02-01-18

great book and great performance

Craig alanson is one of those rare occurrances in sci fi and fantasy... no matter what he writes its always great. He is no CS Lewis, Robert Jordan, TS elliot, Tolkien, Orson Scott Card or Jules Verne (and so on) he is Craig Alanson! Out of all the books in my audible library he is always one of the first authors i remember when offering up recommendations or searching for new books to listen to. I enjoy his books just as much as one of the classics, poetry/prose and just as much if not more then many of the more current works available today.

A well written (and narrated) book will transport you to another place. Craig Alanson and MacLeod Andrews do that here in only the way they can!

Macleod Andrews did a great job. I now have one more name to search when it comes to narration. Often times the narator is just not given enough credit but can absolutely "kill" an audible release even if it is the greatest book ever written... in this case he gave it life and a dimension that ray porter, time Gerard Reynolds and Nick poehdel could not have achieved so masterfully as MacLeod Andrews did.

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  • Rebekah M. Konet
  • 27-01-18

if you like his other series you won't like this.

i really love the authors other series but this book seems to miss on that magic. The characters lack dimension and the story is like a space version of home alone. I really tried to give it a chance bit halfway though and all I want to do is return it.

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  • Patricia
  • 16-01-18

This author never disappoints!

Although this book was aimed at a young adult audience, it is a FUN adventure for anyone who loves science-fiction and great characters. You might also enjoy this author’s Ascendant series. If you are an adult just discovering this author, be sure to check out Craig Alanson’s exceptional and addictive Expeditionary Force series narrated by the great RC Bray, for which readers need a 6 star rating option!

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  • Michael Potter
  • 12-02-18

Young Adult, but too cliche and dumbed down

Performance was ok, but the characters and dialogue were far too low level. My kids felt that the story was too dumbed down for them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-18

Too much like Scooby-do, "those pesky kids"

What did you like best about Aces? What did you like least?

It was kinda of fun, too much like a Scooby-Do episode. "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids"

Has Aces turned you off from other books in this genre?

I liked the Expeditionary Force books, this was just written for kids. You could always guess what would happen next.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

He performance was great, maybe a little cartoon-istic at times.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe with the grand kids.

Any additional comments?

Not what I expected

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  • John
  • 16-03-19

A good book for younger readers 7+

actually like this book. but the story was a little too simple. the vocabulary was simple. and the two unlikely Heroes we're very relatable

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-18

Story not as good as other Alanson work.

Story is mediocre but has potential. Good that the kids aren't overly precocious... a plus. The narrator's attemts at character voices though are simply terrible. The kids sound whiney. Seriously gets on my nerves.

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  • SteveK
  • 12-06-19

Just For Kids

Anyone older then 10 will be bored .
The pace is slow and story filled with allot of meaningless fluff.

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  • shoshidge
  • 17-12-18

Good for kids

Predictable, loaded with cliches, my ten year old loved it though.
Like a lot of mediocre sf, it imagines a future with interstellar space travel and other wonders, but is culturally reflective of the USA circa 1990.
It served well enough for a family road trip.

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