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In Ashes Born

A Seeker's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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Summary

An old friend. A new course. A deadly ship with a secret cargo.

Ishmael Wang returns to Port Newmar, but ghosts from his past have followed him. His old shipmate, Phillip Carstairs, offers him the opportunity to track down the man who killed his lover. The catch? He must take command of the Chernyakova, a ship that still stinks of death and haunts Ishmael's nightmares.

Together Phillip and Ismael begin a journey into unknown reaches of the Deep Dark to bring back the man who killed Greta.

©2015 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Ishmael Wong sails on.

I have, years ago, had the very great pleasure of listening to the author, Nathan Lowell, reading the preceding Trader Tale stories himself when they were podcast. He is a wonderful narrator and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his caramel voice. Jeffery Kafer is a fine narrator and I almost got used to his "black coffee" tones, he certainly has a great range of voices and his female characters sound very good. But for me, Nathan is the voice of Captsin Wong.
Having got that off my chest let's consider the Tale. At the end of the previous book; "Owner's Share", tragedy had visited our erstwhile Captain and left him bereft just when we all thought he was happy. Thank goodness Audible have released this book and put me out of my misery! It's clearly the start of a new phase of life for Ishmael Wong and I, for one, am cheering him on and look forward to seeing what happens next.
If you haven't already, do listen to the preceedung books, this is a stand-alone story but it will be better appreciated heard in sequence. Narhan Lowell has a fine gift for making a future of Solar Clippers and interstellar travel so very plausible, its a pleasure for me to slip forward in time to this reality. There are no aliens, but tbe author describes real humans with familiar quirks and foibles, machinations and sneakiness, all set in a possible future. Our hero is very likeable and innocently wise, and his story is not yet over.

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Catharsis after Owners Share

This was the therapy Ishmael and I needed after the ending to Owners Share. Building to another great story.

After the author's narration of Traders Tales this performance jars. In particular the female voices didn't feel natural, undermining what in Traders Tales were very strong characters.

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Disappointed it was not read by Nathan Lowell

All of the Nathan Lowell books have been great. However this is badly let down by Jeffrey Kafer. Nathan Lowell was many times better at reading his own work. Even trying to take into account that the characters voices had changed. This was just not as good.

I listened to the original trader's talk titles about 10 years ago . Then again recently. I was very pleased to discover these now works I had not previously noticed. So equally displeased with the lack of continuity in reading . And the lowering of the performance quality.

If Nathan Lowell read these himself I would happily pay more if that is the problem. Great stories either way. Well done and many thanks to Nathan.

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The Solar Clipper Returns

Ishmael Wang is back and Lowell continues his story. I was so sad when I reach the end of the original books and am happy to be part of the continuation.

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amazing return of a great series

this book grabs you in the feels. picks up from the previous series perfectly and makes you want more.

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Another Fantastic Chapter of the Life of Ishmael Wong

I’ve listened to all six preceding stories of the life of our protagonist Ishmael Wong and I have pretty much loved each one.
With Nathan Lowell’s handling of these books I know I’m getting a quality story. What makes them really stunningly crafted is the fact that rarely does something hugely dramatic happen. In Ashes Born is no different. It’s just the next part of Ishmael Wong’s life and I was hanging on every word! In another writers hands none of these stories would work. Lowell keeps the same pace, tone, and quality of the previous six novels.

This is a solid continuation of this story, and I am looking forward to the next chapter in the life of Ishmael Wong.

I will just say I was worried about having someone other than Nathan Lowell narrate this universe, but Jeffrey Kafer got it absolutely bang on perfect!

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I wish Nathan was the narrator

The story is great, but this series isn't the same without Nathan as the narrator. I found someone else narrating completely changed the dynamic of the book.

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Fantastic series - Nathan Lowell is brilliant!

An excellent story, full of humanity and every spectrum of it. I hope there will be more!

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Narration was good. but missed Mr lowell voice. wangs feels like an old friend, looking forward to the next book

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Struggling with Narrator

To me it just wasn't as enjoyable all the previous audio books I've listened to from Nathon Lowell . The narrator just wasn't very good . Sorry! ☹️🤷 but unable to finish.

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  • Arieh Sochaczevski
  • 07-12-16

Strong new beginning

The traders tails series was fantastic all the way through. This series has a bit more action to it (so far), but maintains the overall feeling of the other.

Ish is back with Pip, and only fun will follow... for us readers, at least.

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  • Tavis
  • 14-12-16

Great book. Looking forward to more!

I began listening to Nathan's books when he was reading them himself. I loved the way he narrated and knew exactly how each character would be feeling at the time. I wasn't sure if I'd like the new reader and I didn't at first. Given time I've grown to accept him and I'll say he did a great job with the book. All I request now is...... more books, Mr. Lowell!

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  • Christopher Tyler
  • 17-12-16

On the fence

After listening to Nathan Lowell narrate his other books, I was excited about the story, but this narrator did not do it justice. He mispronounced many words, and sounds like he's narrating a old crime story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-17

Good as usual, but....

Nathan Lowell is a great inspirational writer, but I liked the series read by him. This guy just didn't do justice to the characters, especially Ishmael.

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  • Robert
  • 30-12-16

Looking to the next book

I will be listening with my sponge in hand. The story was written and told in a manner I aspire to one day do myself👍

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  • Suzanne
  • 07-12-16

Listened twice in 1 day when released!

What made the experience of listening to In Ashes Born the most enjoyable?

Love the characters, callbacks, humor and tears.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In Ashes Born?

Reunion with first mate. (no spoilers)

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose from.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed frequently, cried a few times.

Any additional comments?

My favorite ship was in Owner's Share, but it's always fun to visualize them all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-12-16

love the story

Love the story the voice talent not so much. Its the perfect continuation to the trader's tales.

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  • Benjamin
  • 09-12-16

Great Listen!

Gosh now I want the next one. I was afraid of being disappointed by the narrator as I'm used to listening to the author but that wasn't the case at all. What a great book!

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  • William L.
  • 15-05-20

Super comeback!

I was enthralled by Trader Tales years ago. This comeback did not disappoint. Excellent story. Great narrator. No needless unnecessary cursing or sex, just great tale telling. No mindless repetitive galaxy war space opera drivel. A real story. Kept me engaged. Took me away from this crazy covid-19 zombie apocalypse. Looking forward to more. A real authentic author. I don't write many reviews, this hit home with me. Bravo! BZ! - WML, US NAVY RETIRED

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  • Mandi L Creguer
  • 11-07-18

Love Nathan Lowell!

I love the Solar Clipper series. This one is no exception. my only critique was with the reader. He has a bit too much vocal fry on the ends of his sentences, was a rad monotone, and noone told him the correct pronunciations of some of the places and characters. In summary, he's no Nathan Lowell!

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