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Nomad

The Nomad Trilogy 1
Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
Series: The Nomad Series, Book 1, The New Earth, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Something big is coming...big enough to destroy the entire solar system...and it's heading straight for Earth. That's what Dr. Ben Rollins, head of Harvard's exoplanet research team, is told by NASA after being dragged out of bed in the middle of the night. His first instinct is to call his daughter and wife, who are vacationing in Italy: Something is coming, he tells them, a hundred times the mass of our sun. We can't see it, we don't know what it is, but it's there. They're calling it Nomad, and it's coming fast. In just a few months, the Earth may be destroyed.

The world erupts into chaos as the end approaches - and Ben discovers that his wife and daughter are trapped in Italy. The key to humanity's survival may rest in the final answers he pieces together in the midst of his frantic scramble to find his family before Nomad swallows the planet.

©2015 Matthew Mather (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Matthew
  • 09-02-16

She'll be coming down the solar system!

Where does Nomad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top third for sure. For a dystopian themed book, this one alot going for it. Family drama, tribal issues, science, there is a great deal going on here.

What other book might you compare Nomad to and why?

Gosh, the nuances of this one make it unique. Any of the "something heading for earth that will kill us all off" genre would fit. That said, this one is complex and has ( in particular ) family relationships that add to the story and make it a fascinating listen.

What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

He was consistent, creative and added intensity to what might otherwise be some dry science sections. A wonderful clear and powerful reading.

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

I almost did.

Any additional comments?

For the genre this live in, this is a very rich and satisfying listen, with a strong balance of science and drama. It is the start of a series as well, and I look forward to continuing the adventure. Highly recommended.

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  • Nickal16
  • 07-01-18

Female lead character is annoying!

I tried this book twice because the idea sounds great, and I read another book by this author,Cyber Storm, and it was fantastic, but this book is not. The characters are annoying, and I did not like the narrator’s voices.

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  • Sally Filler
  • 25-03-17

Overall interesting

Where does Nomad rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About in the middle. The premise is good but then the author HAD to start in on the whole government conspiracy theory.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ok but very disappointed with this whole penchant for the evil government

Which character – as performed by Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

Masara

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No particularly

Any additional comments?

It is a good story WHY RUIN IT with all the evil government conspiracy garbage

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  • rightinlight11
  • 10-05-16

Surprised at the enjoyment

I never read these type books. I'm a cozy mystery kinda girl. When I got the audio of Nomad so inexpensive, I said, "meh, why not listen". It started slow for me and that is probably cuz I was expecting not to enjoy it. And soon enough, I couldn't stop listening. I could feel each characters perspective to the Nomad crisis cuz the writing was great. And surprise, I enjoyed the story. I understand it's not out of the realm of reality for a Nomad situation and I'm intending to enjoy every day and leave this earth being warm, listening to music, wearing my shades laying in a grassy field...safe and secure :) Thanks for the unusual story. I will be getting the next installment.

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  • JH
  • 15-04-20

Excellent

Really enjoyed the work that m Mather put into the scientific accuracy. It’s clear that that is something that is important to him as it if to me as a reader. Great plot and twists. I actually wish he would ha e developed the science more. Maybe even spend a little more time on it. But that’s nitpicking a bit. Can’t wait for the next 3 parts. As to the performance, I thought this would be a a great opportunity to use a male and female narrators it. But still a very good performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-19

Two hours too long.

The Nomad part of the story was good but the subplot was so slow and did not seem like it was ever going to end. It just kept going on and on. Could have done with some serious editing to come to a conclusion faster.

Btw, what was the significance of the yin-yang symbol on the guy's "special" cell phone?

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  • Southern girl
  • 30-07-19

Armageddon by asteroid.

The narrator is very good in this book - I loved the feeling he put into the story. I really love this book. It's a different version of Armageddon the end of Earth. The characters were fleshed out pretty good. Sometimes they seem childish and sometimes they appear to be worldly but then I don't know what I would do if the world was coming to an end.

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  • Maisha Elonai
  • 18-11-18

Amazing research — now close your eyes

Mr. Mather is a well-researched writer. My mind boggles at how much effort he has put into his stories. I am honored to be on the receiving end of this work.

I do see him falling into the writer’s dilemma of loving the concept a little bit more than the story. It’s not a consistent flaw or I wouldn’t have rated this book 4 stars, but when Mr. Mather departs from his action sequences, he becomes so enmeshed in math and science that the three primary characters explicating that work begin to sound identical. The characters turn into flat explanations of how astrophysics really could work this way, which temporarily limits their depth and distinction ... and realism. The deliciously thrilling pace of the book slows down in lieu of a scientific argument.

Any good story needs a solid skeleton of world building (or in this case, cosmos building). In the same sense that Tolkien’s elves needed a language to seem authentic, Mr. Mather’s story needs science as its keystone. But an author also needs to trust their reader to suspend disbelief and fill in the blanks on their own. That is Mr. Mather’s weakness, and it forces readers to adopt a high tolerance for science.

Good thing I love SCIENCE fiction. Holy snickerdoodle, this was a fun book. I reveled in the multiple plot lines, recurrent themes, and epic visuals. The results of Mr. Mather’s research worked into action was jaw-dropping. I just bought book 2 of the series and can’t wait to read what happens next.

By the way, if you haven’t read Nomad yet, be sure to stay tuned at the end for Mr. Mather’s afterword, if for no other reason than finding his YouTube video. (Don’t watch it until AFTER the book!) Super fun stuff.

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  • EricSchoon
  • 21-08-18

Good physics, o.k. story

I enjoyed the physics of the improbable events in the book as well as the explanation of the research that went in to the 'science' at the end of the book. Performance was good, clearly understandable and engaging. The characters were a bit flat, I felt, though. I did not end the book and immediately snap up book 2 (like I do with some other series) but will wait and see if I care about the characters enough in a couple weeks to see what happens to them.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 12-08-18

Wow, what a ride!!!

Nomad by Matthew Matter and narrated by Keith Szarabajka is one terrific thriller! It hooked me right away and it didn't stop at all! There were lots of stories going on inside the bigger story . It wasn't like the fact the Earth was in danger wasn't enough, there are more thrills added to this that really kept the suspense high. Great characters, plot, twists, suspense, science, and action going on that made this book special! Very unusual danger that is heading toward Earth. To be a movie too!
The narration was excellent!! Great performance!!!