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Black Swan Antithesis

Black Swan Planet Trilogy, Book 2
Narrated by: David Swanson
Series: Black Swan Planet Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humour
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Summary

Raka Varoule survived the events of Black Swan Planet and returns to Earth, but things have changed. What has happened to the people he knew and cared for, and is Marco still wearing assless chaps? Find out in Black Swan Antithesis.

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Entertaining follow-up to the first book

While this is part two of a series, it stands on it's own merits and does not expect you to have read part one in order to enjoy this one, although obviously you should since it does add to this book and is also a very enjoyable read/listen too.

This book opens several decades after the end of the first one, albeit this jump in time does not affect Raka since he was in a stasis escape pod the entire time before crashing back on Earth in Australia, while aiming to reunite with his long-time friends he also gains a couple of interesting characters that add to the eclectic mix that makes up the supporting cast of these books.

The narrator has again done a very good job, his choices of voices and accents serve to enhance rather than distract from the story and his overall performance gave the impression that he was comfortable with the material and characters.

Overall, this was an entertaining book in its own right, a strong addition to the series and will probably turn out to be a good platform for the conclusion.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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A gentleman doesn't order beer.

Following directly on from Black Swan Planet, this book can, however, also be read as a stand alone.
Like it's predecessor, Black Swan Antithesis is a full on, manic adventure, this time to save the backward planet of Earth from the attentions of the mega powerful Empire.
When his stasis pod plummets to the surface of a backwater of planet Earth, Rocca emerges some forty years into the future, no time at all having passed for him. He makes a new friend and is reunited with old compaions, all still as crazy as before, and together they work to make Rocca one of the mounts famous celebrities in the world (if you want to know why, like Rocca did, too, you'll have to read the book).

Black Swan Antithesis is one of those rare beasts: a truly funny S.F. action thriller : funny both in ideas and happenings and the characters themselves, as well as what is said between protagonists. I especially enjoyed the very early in the book concept of someone playing free style didgeridoo, the intro to Hotel Calfornia. The whole is a bizarrely swirling kaleidoscope of an adventure covering several years, schemes and personalities.
Narrator David Swanson somehow makes sense of it all in his bravado reading, with full individual voicing for all of the characters, great delivery: intonation, clarity and pacing as well as obvious enthusiasm for his text. It all adds to the enjoyment. My thanks to the rights holder of Black Swan Antithesis who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Refreshing, silly, funny, with battles both big and small, recommended to all S.F.fans (especially those with a warped sense of humour). Roll on volume three.

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  • Kingsley
  • 25-01-19

A fun continuation

After the events of 'Black Swan Planet' Raka has survived and is living on Earth. But he suspects that Marco also survived, and wants to draw him out before he can do more damaged. So he decides the best (or possibly worst) way to do this: make a spectacle of himself, become rich and super famous, so that Marco just has to come out of hiding and find him. Thus begins 'Black Swan Antithesis', a fun continuation of the series that sees Raka, and Marco, travel Earth and the galaxy again.

Like the first book this is a fun, if not slightly juvenile in humor, romp. It's engaging and entertaining throughout, keeping up a high pace, and providing some fun satire. I think the humour in the first book was generally sharper, but this book is still really enjoyable

Narration by David Swanson is really good. He provides a large number of character voices, filled with emotion and excitement. He brings the book and the characters to life. He is well paced, clear and enjoyable to listen to.

A significant character in the book has a link to blue grass banjo music, and a small section of banjo music is included in several places. I'm often not a fan of music played over the audiobooks, but the use of it is done to further the story (plus also to some comedic effect) and it is not overdone or overbearing. Despite my usual dislike of music in audiobooks, I actually found it to be an enhancing element for this book.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • Cindy
  • 17-01-19

Saturday Night Live in Space

I liked that it started with some background from the 1st book the, Black Swan Planet.
Some folksy characters, some crazy, some sane. Throw in some action and it was overall a good listen.
The narrator on the other hand was excellent. A great range in characters, his voice was clear and expressive. Easy to follow.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • syfyreader
  • 02-01-19

Super fun read!

I liked Antithesis at least as much or more than Book 1- Black Swan Planet! The story of our unlikely hero Raka continues, and his adventures include some new characters in addition to some from the first book. Just the right amount of over the top comedy and adventure! Even if you haven’t read the first book, check this one out! David Swanson does a great job with the voice work giving life to each character!

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 07-03-19

Even better than the first

Great characters in another epic space adventure! The plots are insane and the writing style is reminiscent of Hunter Thompson which the reader channels as well as the author. More please!

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  • eris
  • 04-03-19

Very entertaining!

Having not read the first book I was concerned I might not get into the goings on of this book, but fear not this stands on its own. It definitely has made me want to go and experience the first in the series because this is a funny and thoroughly enjoyable story. One of the many things I liked a lot about this book is it covers a wide span of time and scale and has more than a condensed little adventure going on. The writing is funny throughout and has some very unique and creative scenarios and implementation of classic things that would happen in a book like this. The narration by David Swanson is very good and I really enjoyed his take on all the characters and his performance of them all. I look forward to the next book in this series and going to read the first.


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  • TU
  • 19-02-19

Good stuff!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought this was a great follow up to book 1, but it has enough background that you could start with this one pretty easily. It has a very snarky and humorous style that I really enjoyed. The narration was well done, too. I would definitely recommend this to fans of Monty Python and the like.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 12-02-19

Great continuation of this series.

I just love this series. This audiobook read is like watching the movie: Monte Python. It's hilarious and the humor at times is very deep, which requires reading at least two more times over the next couple years. I highly recommend this audiobook. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • mhsneon
  • 25-01-19

Entertaining continuation of a great story

Excellent continuation of the first book, but could be read stand alone. The characters in this book, especially Raka, makes you feel like you are there with them experiencing what they are. Most of the future tech in this book is believable making it seem like a story that is based on a possible future. The book made me smile and feel sad. I can't wait for the next episode.

Additionally the narration was excellent with easy to differentiate characters and no errors.

I received a free review copy of this audio book at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 25-01-19

wonderful

I read the first book in the trilogy and I enjoyed the book very much and this one didn't disappoint the story continues in a very interesting manner the narrator was great and overall it was a great listen
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