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Chronos Ring, Book 1
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

In the far future, mankind lives safe and secure behind the Chronos Ring - an automatic defense system that encircles the area of space occupied by human beings. The Ring keeps out all of humanity's enemies - in particular, a vicious race of reptilians known as the Parsnaak.

On the outer fringe of human-occupied space is the planet Muse, an entire world dedicated and established as a colossal museum - a storehouse of antiquities and relics from the ancient histories of both men and aliens. There, Ian Lotus, a man with his own mysterious past, has chosen to live in deliberate obscurity, harboring secrets that could reshape mankind's destiny.

Now, the impossible has happened: the Chronos Ring has been breached - rendered inert - and Lotus finds himself no longer able to hide in the shadows as he becomes the object of a massive interplanetary manhunt. However, his problems go well beyond simply being the most wanted man in the galaxy. There's also the approaching Parsnaak invasion fleet to deal with, as well as an enigmatic, extra-dimensional being of immense power who, for reasons unknown, wants Lotus dead.

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A complex universe full of the possible

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely ! Ian Lotus sure has his hands full in this book.After the Chronos ring is breached he cant hide in his life of obscurity anymore and is thrust in to a crazy whirl wind of sci fi gold.This whole crazy adventure starts because of the Parsnaak and the breach of the defense system that protects humanity for sure but I think the main story here is Ian Lotus and his secret past.He cant Hide in the shadows any longer and humanity needs a hero,so what if that hero is the most wanted men in the system haha. There is action,history,secrets and a view of future politics that is very well written and executed.It is full throttle from the start! I loves how we started the book off on the Parsnaak ship.Sometimes a series feels like it had the potential to be epic. This series feels just like that.It certainly puts a lens on humanity.There are insightful nuggets that I hope pleasantly surprise you as they did me.

Have you listened to any of Mikael Naramore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I would again in a heart beat. Mikael Naramore was superb . His enactment, tempo, and changing speech patterns for each individual Mikael is distinct and engaging. I do not believe the print version is any less compared to the audiobook but I will say Mikael Naramore adds a new dimension to the novel that cannot be appraised enough and would suggest to any reader to give the audio version a try.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.I stayed up til 4 am listening is was so enthralling.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator. This review is my honest opinion.

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A great beginning !!!

The beauty of this book is in its simple language that the author Earl E. Hardman have used writing this enjoyable story, easy to follow without complicated brain breaking hard to understand Physics and words. Coupled with the narration of Mikael Naramore nothing can stop it from being a great audible series. All I see is a true potential !!! I do recommend this audiobook for all. I believe that my review was honest even so that I got this audiobook for free.

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Unexpected

The story starts with the bad-guy aliens bypassing an "impenetrable" barrier and then being told to kill some guy as part of bargain. The guy turns out to be quite tough to kill and there seems to be more to him than meets the eye. Of course there is the obligatory female "love interest" who is also more than she seems. The story takes a turn that I didn't expect and I wasn't totally happy with it. I don't want to give any spoilers but it seemed almost a monty-haul deux ex machina kind of solution. I received a free copy of this book and chose to write a review.

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A bit predictable, but still a lot of fun!

**I was provided a copy of the audiobook on behalf of the author and the narrator via audiobook boom** I thoroughly enjoyed this wild ride! At first I wasn't particularly keen on this, but as I kept listening I just found myself wanting to know what crazy thing was going to happen next! The narrator did a brilliant job of distinguishing who was who, and Earl E. Hardman has done a phenomenal job regarding the characters and the very interesting world! I look forward to listening to book (which I already have!)

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ok

this was an alright book but lacked the excitement I was expecting, I admit to feeling a bit lack luster afterwards xxx

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  • 18-12-19

Ian is such a typical guy!

Until now, none of Humankind's enemies have been able to breach the Chronos Ring. But the Parsnaak have been given the key by a mysterious benefactor, and all he wants in return is for them to kill Ian Lotus. Ian is just as mysterious, but even he doesn't know all his own secrets and he is about to discover the source of his strangeness. I enjoyed the story, there was lots of action and the narrator is great. For all his strength and intelligence, Ian is such a typical guy. Super smart but turns into a complete idiot as soon as a pretty girl comes along!

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A good start

Although I like harder Sci fi this was a enjoyable novel a good start to the series.

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  • MR
  • 01-08-18

Great action scifi

I really enjoyed this story, the action flows without being over the top. All of the characters are likable without being annoying and I genuinely want to carry on following this series. The narration was great as usual from Mikael Naramore providing distinctive voices without sounding silly. please note that i was provided a free copy of this audiobook to provide a non-bias review

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"The shape of things to come."

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A most enjoyable romp to save humanity set some time long into the future.
Surrounded by an engineering marvel, the Chronos Ring, which is an impregnable defensive barrier through which no enemy can pass, humanity has been able to expand and prosper for decades knowing that alien invasion is impossible. But then the impossible happens: four Parsnaak ships are somehow able to pass through the barrier unhindered. Without any other defenses, the whole of mankind is likely to be enslaved and destroyed when the main Parsnaak fleet arrives. There is only one hope: repair the Ring. And only one man who can do it, Chronos himself. But he hasn't been seen for over half a century - or has he? Even if he were to be found, what could be do with so little time remaining?

Amusing, action filled with a fair amount of feasting, the reader follows the adventures of tall, dark and handsome Iain Lotus as he is persued across space, accompanied by the attractive, and persistent, Monica Starsong. The narration is well suited to the text, with Mikael Naramore's brisk but warm reading echoing the nuances of the novel and voicing each protagonist clearly and differently from any other. He really gets into the character of Lotus.

No deep thinking needed for this story. It is simply an amusing romp with fights and thrills and fun. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of this enjoyable book, via Audiobook Boom.

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A Strange but interesting sci-fi adventure

I really want to know about this setting, it's history and some of the characters in it. There is so much that has happened in this setting that are just hinted at. Different alien races, spaceships, wars, spies, politics all for the most part in the background. The book flows well with good pacing and is always interesting even if Lotus feels like he has a bit of plot armour protecting him.

Mikael Naramore is a great narrator and I would highly recommend anything that you see their name on, they provide another excellent performance here with great character voices, emotions and the ability to pull you into the events of the book much more than simple printed words ever could.

From start to finish I very much enjoyed my time listening to this book. All in all Earl E. Hardman has crafted an interesting rich world with an engaging story that was well worth the listen. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.



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  • cosmitron
  • 13-07-18

A good quick story.

With a good performance by the Narrator and a interesting plot this is a fun read. It has a good group of characters that will keep most listerers entertained. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Laura Henderson
  • 01-08-18

immensely entertained

This is perhaps my new favorite lesser know sci-fi books this year. the narrator kept me intrigued with how fluid he made the story and characters. The plot was fantastic and im dying to get my hands on book 2.

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  • Tiffany
  • 28-12-17

EON: Chronos Ring

This book was so much fun to listen to. I was engaged from the very start. I've listened to this narrator before and he has not disappointed me yet. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 10-10-18

FUN SCI-FI!

The Chronos Ring keeps everyone safe... for now. Even the elusive Eon Lotus, who spends his days on the planet Muse, which is a ginormous museum. The, the Ring is breached, and all hell breaks loose, and Lotus is smack dab in it. Not to mention the Parsnaak! Those reptilian devils! Fun Sci-Fi listen, it's a wild ride and I enjoyed it :) Definitely want to hear more! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Please take a moment to click the "YES" ("Helpful") button below if you found this review helpful :) Thank you!

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  • Capn Mac
  • 03-08-18

A Good Space Romp

Eon Lotus is your average antiquities expert at a Museum on the remote planet of Muse where he enjoys the protections The Chronos Ring provides while keeping out of the limelight and far away from the machinations of Galactic politics. That is, until a laundry list of important people show up at his Museum for a gala event and all hell breaks loose. Soon, Eon finds himself running for his life with a sidekick he didn’t ask for and nigh-invulnerable enemy close on his heels. I could tell you more but I took a Sacred Vow of the Yellow Calf. Reminds me of some of the space operas I used to read as a kid in the 80s. All in all, pretty standard sci-fi fare with a sense of humor, interesting characters and non-stop action. My only complaint is that just as the story was getting interesting, it ended, thankfully, not with the cliffhanger I was expecting but still with room to continue the story. I will most likely check out part two when it's available. I enjoyed listening to the narrator. Naramore kept the story moving at a good pace and has great comic delivery. I didn't have any problems discerning the different characters from their voices, my favorite being Nick. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bikram Agarwal
  • 04-04-17

Passable.

I've been listening to a lot of books since the last month and it helps that this book is on a shorter end. I wasn't bored by this book but I wasn't entertained either. The writing style felt immature and childish at several places. There weren't any really tense moments or any situation where I was on the edge of the seat. Pretty meh, tbh.

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  • D M Reynolds
  • 11-04-20

Space adventure with a hint of magic

Well, maybe it’s not magic... just super advanced aliens? Action, adventure, family drama, evil villains, ...would definitely read a sequel! I received this book for free

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  • JJ
  • 10-04-20

Fast paced short read with lots of potential

This was a very short read compared to the books I typically listen to (5 hours vs. 12-18 hours), so I found it to be a very fast paced adventure. The characters were interesting and the plot has a lot of potential as the series goes on and more is revealed about everyone's background. However as a reader I didn't feel any deeper connection to the characters feelings or emotions. Throughout the book I didn't really feel like I knew or understand the MC and therefore felt like his relationships with the other characters were lacking. It wasn't enough to ruin the experience but it did feel like some parts of the book were rushed in their descriptions and that a longer book length (7-8 hours vs 5 hours) would have brought a bit more excitement and clarity to the story. This was my first time listening to narration by Mikael Naramore and I felt like he did a fantastic job. Great range with male and female characters, and every character felt unique with no repeats. I could clearly tell who was speaking during each scene. Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 because of a great performance and exciting plot, but felt that a lot of the scenes could have been slowed down and not glossed over. Disclaimer - Per my request I received a copy of this audio book for free and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • BT
  • 06-04-20

Fast paced and doesn't bloat the story

I was given a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review. This book was very enjoyable. It borrows heavily from other books/movies, but snippets rather than whole sections. However, it does lean heavily on tropes.  The main character is moderately developed but leaves a lot of the back story in shadows. The "secrets" of the main character are parceled out in little pieces, with many instances of "I'll tell you later" or switching scenes as exposition is about to happen. None of this is necessary wrong, but it has been so over used in every medium as to create strain from eye rolls. Having said that, this book is the perfect length for a story like this. It is fast paced, direct and to the point. It has a story to tell and it tells it. It does not meander and drone on. It has about 5 hours of narrative to tell and it takes about 5 hours to tell it. My biggest problem with books like The Expanse series is there is about 8-10 hours of book in a 20 hour package. Eon does not make this mistake. There are, however, a lot of concepts that are borrowed from other works. I saw elements of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones, etc. I won't go into the reasons, because it would spoil plot elements, but I found myself going through and sections spurring memories of other works. This took away from the book, in a way, as not only are the elements more developed in the other works (being more important to the plot of those stories), but I wanted more original thought from the author. This is an adventure style book, fast paced and to the point, so don't expect much out of character development. Characters are who they are and there is little nuance to them. In a longer, deeper book this would be a huge draw back, but fits this book just fine. The plot, as well, is fairly simple. The book jumps directly into it quickly and then it runs almost all the way until the end. Settings, are skimmed over, as are most detailed descriptions. The voice narration by Mikael Naramore is well done. There are few characters but the narrator differentiates between them fluently. The limited amount of female characters also have passable voices and don't sound overly odd. It was a fine performance. This is a short book, that doesn't stop doddle on the way to the end. Characters, plot and settings are all fairly simple and don't get in the way of the pace. The narrator is fairly good and doesn't take anything away from the story. I will likely keep en eye out for more books in the series.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 31-03-20

Another Fantastic New Adventure Series

I have experienced most of this writer's works, and this particular episode is again one that excels in the ability to draw your full attention throughout the complete tale. Yes, Earth and other planets are again facing annihilation, and again a hero emerges, one that had helped in times past. As conflicting reports are sorted out, the hero and his small crew, fight against an almost unbeatable foe.