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A chance encounter with a strange beast sends Idiom Lee into a galaxy, teeming with life and trouble. Can he bring a little humanity to an utterly cold cosmos? Find out in this epic space opera adventure.

©2019 James Peters (P)2019 James Peters

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It's never simple with you, is it?

1895, and Idiom, riding his horse Leroy towards the Rusty Anvil in search of a poker game, is attacked by something like a gigantic bear. Leroy doesn't make it. It's the start of the reluctant attorney's adventure somewhere in space with the same shapeshifter 'bear' named Gin and several other very disparate alien creatures who look on Idiom as an uneducated idiot, and barely tolerate his company in their endeavors. The aliens are viscious, original, good natured monsters who dislike everyone - and are a great team. Lots of action, fun, excitement and even laughter as some of earth's absurdities are examined and found -peculiar: like one creature riding on the back of another, once it has been 'broken' and given shoes.

Told in the first person by an overly optimistic Idiom, his part is beautifully portrayed by narrator David Swanson, who is a wizard at accents and character voicings, incorporating an echo sound into that of one of the odd aliens. His pacing is good, his good rumoured reading infectious and all is good with good intonation and adherence to the sentiments of the text. An excellent performance.

My thanks to the rights ho!see of Cold Cosmos, who, at my request, free!y gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. So many so called comic space S.F.Books fail to live up to the hype they are given. This one, however, does. Great fun and I'm looking forward to book two..

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short and sweet

cowboys in space, decent sense of humour and a full storyarc. what more can a listener ask for?
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Syvandrius
  • 29-11-19

Half Western, half space opera, entirely AWESOME.

To make a comparison, stylistically Cold Cosmos is to science fiction what the Dresden Files are to fantasy. That is to say that Cold Cosmos uses the tropes of the genre to tell its own fun, action filled, tale and never takes its foot off the gas, or boot out of the stirrup.

Fun loving, passionate narration takes an already action packed story and turns it into something exceptional, you'll become invested in Idiom Lee and his adventure in short order due to David Swanson's impassioned narration.

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  • Quella
  • 26-03-20

Ride'em Space Cowboy...

“Cold Cosmos” is the first book in the “Last Night on Earth” series which appears to be the start of a new and exciting space opera. The book is a zany, fun, satirical and overall humorous blending of science fiction story with a western flair woven in for added interest. The book is authored by James Peters, and if have enjoyed one of his other series, “Black Swan Planet”, then you already know what you can expect from this one as well. The audiobook’s narration was wonderfully performed by David Swanson who has also previously performed a few of Mr. Peters other works. I can say honestly that I very much enjoyed the pop-culture references, vivid analogies, and other quips of humor which this author is able to pull off without their use becoming rapidly old. If you are one who enjoys a good western or a good science fiction, I think you will find this story a great blending of the two along with plenty of wit, loads of banter between characters, and an adventure that feels new and grand. If this summary sounds interesting, I recommend you pick up the audiobook on Audible and give it a listen.

What I enjoy the most about the works I have listened too of Mr. Peters’ is his ability to craft a complex story with intricate characters while still having a comical veneer. The book is initially presented as an amusing and light-hearted tale when you read the publisher’s summary and from the book’s cover artwork, but it is much more. I’m not saying that the author misrepresents his work, not at all. I’m saying that many will pick up this audiobook initially to listen to something more fun and entertaining, however as they listen, they will be drawn more into the story and characters along the way. It becomes less about the fun and more about the comradery and adventure.

This book contains many unique while somewhat familiar characters such as skin walkers (a form of witch-like creature), goblins, ghouls, and even a rather unique transforming bear like character. Funny saying such as, “It felt like 10,000 spiders crawling across my cheek” are vivid and memorable. Also, some of the fun little sayings like “it tasked nothing like chicken” had me laughing at times I would not have imagined. Be careful while listening in a quiet place as you may find yourself being told to leave. The author threw in some references to digestive issues for those who like a bit of potty humor as well.

Once the story moves outside of our planet, we are educated on null space technology which is a form of light-speed travel device allowing for intergalactic travel. We begin to learn more about our character through a number of flashback sequences throughout the audiobook. These flashbacks provide us with some childhood memories which are important to why the character is the way he is. Here we are also introduced to SARGE which is the ship’s quirky AI computer system; it has issues of its own as do most of the characters in this party of western space adventurers. Yet, we are shown how important friendships and relationships are as the group would not have succeeded without each other coming together toward a common goal.

Because this is a continuing series, the main plot is still not fully resolved at the end of this audiobook. An author needs to make money to feed himself and family. Many sub-plots and other details are resolved making the book feel complete. This way, the listener feels some satisfaction listening to the story, yet there is a hope of more to come. Our main character early on realizes that upsetting the horse gods is a bad thing and the consequences remain with him for some time.

The audiobook’s narration was performed well. It was overall very well done, and the audio was clean of any production artifacts. Voicing the many complex characters was pulled off without issue. For me, the book’s reading pace was a bit faster than expected, but it can easily be address by the speed setting in the application. There were some added sound effects, but these were not overly used throughout the book. I would have liked to have had a bit less effect tied to a given character, but this is only a preference on my part.

For parents and younger listeners, be aware that the book contains some mature material revolving around alcohol, prostitution, and gambling; it would not be a western if it did not. I have to give the author kudos for not lacing this book with the use of vulgar language. I do not recall any use of profanity at all from start to finish. Some light crude humor, but apart from the above, I would consider the book to be rather clean and could easily be enjoyed by younger teenagers and above.

In summary, the book was entertaining while providing a deep storyline and characters. The tale included enough unique aspects by blending science fiction and western motifs which works surprisingly well and at times felt normal. The author did a good job of keeping the audiobook clean for younger listeners even while including some of the more common activities (drinking, gambling, etc.). The story had some slow periods, but many of these were offset with the puns humor, and pop culture references. If you are looking for a new series that is fun and still contains a deep story, you might want to pick up this audiobook and give it a listen.

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided at no cost by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for non-bias review

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  • Adam J. Whitlatch
  • 03-12-19

YEEE HAW!!!!

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

Okay, let me start off by saying I LOVE SCIENCE FICTION WESTERNS!!! I grew up on shows like Bravestarr, so any story that puts cowboys into space is right up my alley.

The story starts off normal enough, with our hero Idiom Lee fighting bear-like creatures and cheating at cards, but soon the story blasts off, and Idiom finds himself in WAY over his head in an adventure reminiscent of Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly.

I'm hooked, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series. I just hope the entire main cast returns for the sequel!

David Swanson's performance (and it IS a performance, not a simple narration) is stellar! The only place it's lacking is in his female voices, but I'm willing to let that slide considering the amount of accents and vocal effects he juggles in this production.

If you're hankerin' for a good ol' rootin'-tootin', six-gun-shootin' space opera, this one's for you.

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  • Backlash
  • 01-12-19

a Cowboy with Aliens

Taken from Earth to the stars, this cowboy finds out that the universe isn't all that different, with hustles and rustlers and bad men that need to be stopped. just dont drink the milk. I liked the characters and the story was a RIP-roaring yarn. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • syfyreader
  • 27-11-19

Strap in for a wild ride!

Engaging story and great voice work! I loved the different styles for all the characters as it really brought them to life- especially Sarge and Jekto! Although this is a relatively short book, there was no shortage of character development and exciting situations. I couldn’t wait to get back in my car to listen again, and was sad when it was finished. Looking forward to the next adventure of Idiom and the crew!

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  • Cindy
  • 19-11-19

A space opera in the making!

A lawyer/gambler in space meeting new friends. Making a great team of kooky characters.
This narrator has an awesome range of voices making the characters come to life.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 28-07-21

next!

Can't wait for the next one. Love his Hunter Thompson craziness! Excellent space opera and funny! Great reader too.

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  • Erik
  • 31-01-21

Cowboys in Space!

This story begins in the wild west. The protagonist is Idiom Lee, an attorney/gunslinger who I warmed up to right away. He's attacked by an alien monster, meets a shape-shifting alien, and finds himself unexpectedly brought into outer space where he has to work as a mercenary to pay off his debt.

Idiom is the quintessential fish-out-of-water, though he does acclimate to his new situation as well as can be expected of any cowboy in outer space. His naivete is charming as he doesn't know most of the terms and concepts involved in space travel.

The narrator was a perfect pick for this story and did a great job of bringing the different characters to life.

I thoroughly enjoyed Cold Space and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys comedy science fiction.