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Firefly: Big Damn Hero

Firefly, Book 1
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Series: Firefly, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

The first original novel tying into the critically acclaimed and much-missed Firefly series from creator Joss Whedon

The Battle of Serenity Valley was the turning point that led the Independents to their defeat at the hands of the Alliance. Yet the Browncoats had held the valley for weeks against all odds, before being ordered to lay down their arms. Command stated they refused to send in airpower because the ground war was "too hot". But the soldiers who were there insist that was not true....

While picking up a new cargo on Persephone, Captain Malcolm Reynolds is kidnapped by a bunch of embittered veteran Browncoats who suspect him of sabotaging the Independents during the war. As the rest of the crew struggle to locate him, Mal is placed on trial for his life, fighting compelling evidence that someone did indeed betray them to the Alliance all those years ago. As old comrades and old rivals crawl out of the woodwork, Mal must prove his innocence, but his captors are desperate and destitute, and will settle for nothing less than the culprit’s blood.

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If you’ve got a sequel we’ll read it, don’t much care what it is, but very pleased that it was good.

What I can easily imagine as the plot of an episode but extended into a book. The characters, for me, are all who I think they should be captured effectively and in keeping with the originals. Everything seems to fit the original verse and I didn’t get jared out of the story by anything contradicting or seeming out of place. I like the Narrator, he does a great job with the characters. Firefly book series, a tall order, but done good. Shiny.

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Can't take the sky from me

Shiny firefly lives again there was some nice lines about things that happened in the series made me smile, and it felt like the verse was alive again, I've already pre ordered the second book was good to have the crew back and getting into shenanigans, browncoats for life.

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The Glorious Return Of Firefly!

Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove - Original Story Concept by Nancy Holder Informational Note: I am reviewing this audiobook release of my own free will and with no additional incentive. However I have previously had contact with the narrator of this audiobook prior to this review and it is thanks to them that I knew an audio version existed. It’s time to get out into the black as part of pre-Christmas fun! Let’s see how the crew of a certain Serenity - Firefly class cruiser - are doing. Firefly was very much a TV show that I fell in love with many years ago despite it only lasting one TV series and a sequel movie which was only greenlit after the much higher than expected sales of the DVDs. The easiest way to describe the show is a western in space which follows a group of various personalities on a transport/luggage vessel and their various attempts to avoid the attention of the authorities. The show was devised and masterminded by Joss Whedon, creator of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV series and writer and director for the first two Marvel Cinematic Universe Avengers films amongst other things. That might already tell you if you’ll like it or not! Firefly: Big Damn Hero by James Lovegrove based on Nancy Holder’s story concept is the first of - to date - four novels set inside the Firefly universe. Rather than being a continuation from where the movie ended the novel and audiobook is set deep into the TV series. The story is as follows: The Battle Of Serenity Valley was the end of the war for the Independents - The Browncoats. Some Browncoat veterans are set in their mind that the battle could have been won. The war with The Alliance turned. That they were betrayed. And they know who by. Captain Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds of Serenity. While on Persephone for a small job Mal is kidnapped by some veteran Browncoats - including some old friends and old rivals - who are convinced he betrayed them at The Battle Of Serenity Valley. Worst of all? It certainly looks like SOMEONE gave them up. But who? Will Mal be able to prove his innocence in front of this would-be lynch mob and will his crew be able to rescue their captain while having to deal with problems of their own at the worst possible time? This audio release is very true to the spirit of the original Firefly. James Lovegrove has expertly found the inner voices of all the characters exactly how I remember them. Mal has his smooth talking manner with the appropriate level of sarcasm, ship pilot Wash is as jokey and playful as ever while his wife Zoe is appropriately serious and menacing when required. Ship mechanic Kaylee is just as much a sentient ball of hope, sunshine and positivity as she ever was and the same goes for the other crew members I haven’t mentioned. It feels so good to hear a new story with these characters after 15 years. I’m smiling as I type this just thinking about it. Part of the reason for this is that the series of novels of which Big Damn Hero is part is being consulted on by Whedon and fellow original TV writers Nancy Holder and Tim Lebbon. So this isn’t like some other tie-in merchandise or novels where the original teams have no involvement. James Lovegrove and the other people involved have brought ‘The Verse’ back to life! The story is gripping and quite the page turner. You genuinely wonder what’s going to happen next? Who will show up? How will the crew get out of this one? This old space western has more than a few shots left in their six-shooter! I will admit however there is one problem with this story for new arrivals. As much as I and some other fellow Browncoats may love the tale it is set quite far into the TV series and makes numerous references to events that occurred and characters that appeared in the TV show with only a little explanation to catch you up or remind old fans of the show. There are attempts to explain or explore more deeply some of the previous events that are particularly relevant to the plot such as The Battle of Serenity Valley or some other examples but a lot of information is referenced with little or no explanation for newcomers. In short if you listen to the taster of the audiobook and this sounds like your kind of thing? Or if the very concept of a space western following some interesting rogues sounds appealing? Watch the TV show first or you could find yourself ever so slightly lost. The narrator for this release is James Anderson Foster who has admitted to being a self-confessed Browncoat and it shows in his narration. His voice is perfect for this setting. Be it a dignified sounding preacher, an long suffering mother who has had more than her share of bad luck or an ex-Alliance officer with some hidden secrets, they all sound like they walked out of the TV series. They could have easily been part of a would be series two or three if things had turned out different. Long story short? To use Firefly slang...his narration is gorram shiny! As I stated above I may have a small amount of bias but it fits. His narration belongs. My personal favourite narration he does being for either Shepherd Book or the ‘interesting’ River Tam. I just hope it won’t be long before I hear his voice again alongside the Serenity crew. In conclusion this story is quite the shindig! I hope that this audio release does well so we get some more Firefly adventures in book and audio form. And hopefully it can persuade some new people to join the Browncoats! It’s time to go out into the black once again. Sayonara! Nephrite

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Felt like I was back in the verse!

The characters are written very well and the overall story fits into the known story very well!

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A well rounded effort and great Mal centric story

loved how it referenced the original episodes, great to have some Mal back story. Really looking forward to more like this. never going to see them on the screen again so this is as good as it gets.

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Fits well

A good continuation of the series, captures the voices of the characters well. I enjoyed this and will be getting the next books

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Firefly as good as slways

if you loved Firefly on the TV youll love this story. All the characters, all the advetures and all of the verse is here and undiluted.

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Shiny, let's be bad guys!

shiny, really captures the characters we know from the film and TV show. More please!

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Makes me miss the series more :(

Faithfull reconstruction of the characters and some good mackgroud for Mal. Overall a good story with plenty of action. Looking forward to the next one.

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Loved it but...

Who is the big damn hero? Book? Mal? Vera? Also when will we find out why book has such alliance privileges? Other than that, really enjoyed it and will buy the next one

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  • Adam
  • 06-12-19

Take me out to the black!

I loved absolutely every minute of it! It was like getting episode 1 of a 2nd season... an episode that was over NINE fantastic hours long! We get some new information and insight regarding some crew members, but nothing not in keeping with established canon (thank you for having Joss Whedon involved!) - overall, it was great! The narrator did a good job of capturing the unique "sound" of each character, without trying to impersonate or "sound" like the actors that made the characters famous - and while I'll admit I would have preferred Nathan Fillion as a narrator (I mean, c'mon - right?) I think the narrator did a great job, and I hope they keep him for the whole series (and I hope the series never ends)! Browncoats forever!

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  • Aaron G.
  • 13-05-20

Still Flying

Once upon a time there was a TV show. Got cut down before folks really had a chance to appreciate it. Now there's Star Wars and Star Treks even a funny doc with a time machine. But when I tell you that little crew of 9 on board a rinky firefly class went down as my favorite piece of fiction I want you to understand my full meaning. Now I know what you're thinking, hoping for more Firefly is a long wait for a ship don't come. And you'd be right. This ain't the genuine article. Little too much talk of what was rather then creating more. But before long you'll get the vibe of where the tale is really goin. Guess I'm too harsh a judge on this particular text but only cuz I love it so. Could have been better? Sure. But it's awful lonely out here in the black. Nice to have something on my horizon. Might not be much but it's enough.

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  • Powell
  • 29-12-19

Shiny, let’s be bad guys!

I truly enjoyed this trip back to the “VERSE.” In The author brought in backstory, advanced characters like Shepherd Book, used iconic dialogue from the series, and told a fun tale. If you are a fan of Firefly, you will enjoy. I eagerly await the next installment. Zoë Washburne : Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing? Shepherd Book : Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.

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  • George
  • 14-02-20

Like fanfiction from the writer's room

It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good. The story overall is solid. It drags a bit at times, but not much and not for long. Some of the references to the show feel a little shoehorned, but others feel natural. The dialogue for each character feels right on the money for the most part, with a few deviations. You can tell the author is a Browncoat and loves the show as much as the rest of us. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narration is fantastic. The narrator nails Malcolm Reynolds and mimics the intonations of the rest of the crew surprisingly well. The narrator is either a Browncoat himself, or knew the importance of the characters and did his homework. Either way, he pulls it the hell off. I highly recommend it to any Firefly fan or fans of scifi western.

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  • Mike C
  • 13-02-20

I tried to set a low bar, but it still not there

I knew when I got this it was risky as I LOVE firefly, best TV show ever. The characters, sound, and cadence is so much of the series that trying to put it in an audio book is a challenge. I wanted to give this 1.5 stars, but decided to round up. I may be being slightly unfair due to my high sights for the series, but I most definitely did not enjoy it. The story was pretty weak and a third of the book was the author describing scenes from every episode from the series, from Jayne's hat to Wash's dinosaurs to where Kaylee bought here pretty dress to different actions they made. While I like the tie in, it was too overt for me as if the author was trying too hard. I won't go into the story with any spoilers but it had enough depth for a 44 minute episode, not 9.5 hours of audio. The narrator also failed for me. He was not awful, but his voices did not work for me (perhaps as they are already in my head) and I really found them annoying. Most characters sounded VERY similar, yet had enough added to make it hard to listen. If it could not be better, I would have preferred no attempt and he let me supply my own. Overall for me, a complete disappointment despite the good reviews.

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  • Dreya
  • 04-02-20

I REALLY wanted to love this book

...But I didn't. I found myself tuning out through portions of it and generally waiting for it to be over. It has all the characters we love, but they are not quite the same. Different enough to make the story NOT be a part of the cannon that is Firefly. I don't know how else to explain it. If you're a fan of the 'verse, definitely give it a listen, but don't expect to be immersed and in love like you were with the show and the movie. I can only give it a shrug instead of the five stars I wanted to give.

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  • Benjamin
  • 01-02-20

Returning to the well...

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a confirmed browncoat, and more time with these beloved characters is a good thing. That said though entirely too much time is spent in this title repeating and describing events from the series. No one listening doesn’t know those episodes backwards and forwards. We didn’t need a recap and definitely not dozens of them. Just tell a good story and drop the overbearing references.

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  • luke
  • 26-01-20

Love the idea...Couldn't finish it...

Before I send this back, I figured I had better bring these ratings back down to earth. I know a lot people do not rate books before they return them.. please do so... Everything about this book–except the concept–is weak. Okay, the writing is "alright".. but the author is trying to parallel the show so much, he has no room to be creative and let characters breathe. Careful with this one...I gave it the extra overall star for its cover–the best part about the book.

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  • Nobleone
  • 13-03-20

Extremely disappointing

Let me start by saying that I absolutely love Firefly. I own 2 dvd sets (1 to loan out) and also bought it again when it came out on blue ray. I would consider myself a huge fan. This audiobook makes me sad and I am shocked that it is officially affiliated to Firefly. The story is cringe worthy and be prepared to constantly roll your eyes at the plethora of regurgitated show references. The narrator didn’t help the bad story either. He seemed to struggle with the “space western” drawl. I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-20

If you want more Firefly then get this book

This book IS Firefly, it just is. Not only is it canon to the world of Firefly, but the story, tone, characterization, and everything else are done in such a way that it could have been written by Joss himself.

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