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Catalyst

Tribari Freedom Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Megan Green
Series: Tribari Freedom Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
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Summary

For a week, Brek Trigan has left behind the frigid nights and icy days of life on the mining colony he calls home. He's on holiday to his ancestral planet, and he finds a sparkling, welcoming world of riches and warmth.

But the longer he remains, the more he begins to see cracks in the glistening façade. When civil unrest erupts, Brek's plans for a peaceful getaway are dashed. Suddenly he's drawn into a conflict that will change the fate of his people, whether he wants to be or not.

©2019 Rachel Ford (P)2019 Rachel Ford
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good

very short tale and not too exciting, maybe better with a male narrator but it was ok xxx

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Liked the Story not the narrator

This is almost like a teaser book at just under 2 hours long. The story opens up pa vivid world which offers lots of routes to explore. I wont go into the plot as it is a very short book and would end up giving it away. I am looking forward to jumping into the next one. Although I wasn't keen on the narrator as the books are all relatively short around the 5 hour mark I think I will get through them as the story appears to be very good so far.

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Enjoyable

This is an enjoyable story, but I do believe that audiobooks are better when the narrator is of the same gender as the majority of the characters.

Almost all the characters in Catalyst are men, so I feel that a male narrator would have been a better choice. However, the book ended on a great cliffhanger, and I am definitely interested to read the next part.

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Good start to the Tribari Freedom Chronicles

Enjoyed to book in general, though initially I wasn't sure where the story was going and at the end of the very short book I was still uncertain. I has raised my curiosity in the next books.
The enunciation of the narrator was quite irritating and distracting though.

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Not sure.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I'm not sure if I liked this 1st book in the serise.
I couldn't really get into it, it didn't grab my full attention. totally honesty I didn't get what the story was all about. it does end on a cliff hanger.
The narration is really good.

please remember this is only my opinion.

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  • MR
  • 06-09-19

Great story

This was different to what I normally listen to but i really enjoyed it, it is well written and the story setting is an interesting one.
The narrator takes a little getting used to, but its fine after 10 mins,
The only reason I have marked this down slightly is that it is so short but once you get onto books 2 & 3 things really get going and make it worth while.

Please note that I was given a free copy of this audiobook to provide a non-biased review

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wonderful book

well written can't wait for the next book
Great and exciting beginning of a new series.
must read or listen too

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Book 1

Great and exciting beginning of a new series. The characters are written in believable way. I enjoyed every minute listening to this audio book.

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  • Geoff
  • 11-06-19

Working man's dreams

Having to work and support my own family I can relate to the main character. He wants to do good by him and his company but the reality of the world doesn't always fit his dream. I like the book, even though it discusses some depressing ideals.

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  • Michael Parker
  • 04-04-19

A great start!

A nice little morsel to start this series off. The author brings the world and its situations into view with ease. I look forward to seeing where the story goes from here. The narration is well done with great timing and delivery.


I have received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Margaret
  • 01-12-19

Parallel story

This is the fifth book I’ve read/listened to by this author, and second of this series. What a different style story from her Traveling Taxman Series!
I previously listened to book 3 of this series and am writing this review after completing the series.
This book follows a pivotal character, Brek. He goes back home from vacation after he has a chance meeting with Grel and winds up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Once home he has to deal with an issue at work that tests his morality. The outcome helps set the base for his future decisions.
This has the feel of a prequel when the story contained has pivotal background information for the main plot, but it is actually a parallel story. Brek’s story crosses into an event in Uprising: Book 2.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Megan Green ) and I would listen to another. Yes, she has slight speech impediment, but I did not find this to be an issue. Like some other narrators, it just took a bit to get used to. I enjoyed this book more than the first I listened to.
Her character voices are, for the most part, distinct. She performs the book more than she reads it.
There is some static in the background of the audio. It was a bit disruptive. It depended on which earbuds I used if I could hear it or not.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.

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  • Nomi
  • 30-11-19

👍🏻

I did enjoy this series. It’s a bit to political for me to really get into it. Maybe because it felt a bit to real. Rachel Ford’s artistic world building makes it easy to get sucked into the story. Pretty dark and gritty compared to her other series I’ve read. I did like that.

Not fond of the narrator. I’d prefer to read the book over listening to this narrator. She has a lisp and it’s just too distracting to enjoy the book.

-I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.-

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  • G C
  • 20-11-19

EXCELLENT!

Excellent Prequel! The narration was great! The author did an outstanding job introducing this series. This was my first book by this author and I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • norman
  • 18-11-19

Powerful

The story of Brek, a miner, is a powerful introduction to the issues and setting of the Tribari Freedom Chronicles.

I received a free review copy of this story and am voluntarily leaving this review

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  • Janeleadfoot
  • 18-11-19

Great💛

Great start to the Catalyst Chronicles, clear concise world  building, action through out and main character who I could connect with.  

Interesting choice to use a narrator with a lisp, once I got stopped thinking of Monty Pythons life of Brian I really enjoyed the story and the narrator did a great job of different voices. 

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • murphyfields
  • 15-11-19

Good start but too short and unsatisfying ending

I am writing this review after almost finishing book 3. So far, as a whole, I really like the series, and I can now see where this book fits in with the rest. But I have to rate this on its own merits, and I find those a little lacking. But just remember, that if you keep on with the rest of the series, this book makes much more sense. I guess that you could say that this book is much better in hindsight than it is when you are actually in the middle or end.

So starting with the good...I like the writing. The style is clear, good choice of words, interesting characters, good flow. I was interested and wanted to get to the end to see what would happen. The narrator was engaging.

Now for the down sides. The book is short...really short. And overall it felt like nothing much really happened until the end. And I did not like the end...far to abrupt. I wanted to know more, or at least tell me if there was nothing more to know. Early on in the book, I really noticed the strong S sounds from the narrator, to the point that they distracted me from the story. I would be listening and think there goes another bunch of Ss (esses?). I noticed this less as the book went on, but early on it caught my attention more than the story, and I tend to think a narrator should be unnoticed as much as possible. Finally almost all of this story was taken from a male perspective, so having a female narrator just did not seem to fit.

With all of this, I still rate this book as "Pretty Good" (3 stars) (and once combined with the other books, my rating goes much higher).

I was given a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for a fair and honest review, and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • B.Shoe
  • 13-08-19

Short but good

I was given a copy of this book for an unbiased review.
This is a great beginning to a series. Though short it is very good! You get a view into a new world. Well written!

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  • chieftwidgit
  • 04-06-19

Good start but short

This is the story of a miner named Brek. He had worked hard all his life starting as a child to become a valued member of the mining team. He maintained the machinery that was used to drill tunnels. The story starts as Brek takes a vacation to visit the world of his parents birth. He becomes involved as a protest group causes trouble and is arrested when the authorities use brute force to put everyone down who is in the area. He is later released and quits his vacation early.

Upon his return to work he discovers that the people who were supposed to be in charge of maintenance had not done so and he is tasked with trying to catch up. When a failure occurs he refuses to send end children to their death and attempts to resolve the situation himself. He is in the work area during a quake and is trapped. His bosses determine his rescue would cost too much and decide to abandon him to his death. At this point the story ends.

This story ended prematurely without resolution. Somewhat disappointing in this respect.

The narration was satisfactory.

This book was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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