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Barbarians at the Gates Audiobook

Barbarians at the Gates: The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire, Book 1

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The Federation has endured for hundreds of years, but now it is dying, killed by the corruption and decadence of the Senate and the rising power of military warlords. The shipping lanes are coming apart, the colonists are revolting, and outside forces are pressing against undefended borders. Now, as one warlord makes a bid for supreme power, the entire edifice is on the verge of falling apart. Two officers, bearers of a proud military tradition, may be all that stands between the Federation and total destruction.

For Admiral Marius Drake, there is no greater cause than the survival of humanity's prized unity. For the young and ambitious Roman Garibaldi, the growing civil war offers a chance of promotion far beyond the usual boundaries. Together they will save the Federation or die trying. But with the Senate suspicious of any competent commanding officers, their success may condemn them to an inglorious death.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    14/10/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    This is a new series based on the same basic idea as the other series that of a collapsing Empire. In this book the Federation is collapsing and warlords are staking out their territories. Our protagonists are Admiral Marius drake and Lt. Roman Garibaldi.

    The book has more naval action than most of the other series by Nuttall. I have read enough of Nuttall’s books now to be amazed at his imagination. As this is the first book in the series Nuttall is building his baseline for the series. I enjoyed the space combat and the tactical strategy of commanding a fleet.

    I noted the Italian names and the title and thought Nuttall is playing with the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Overall I enjoyed the story. The narrator is new to me but Time Gerard Reynolds did a good job narrating the book.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Trudy Owens
    Orem, UT, US
    18/10/15
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    "the best way to become king is to not want to!"

    This is an interesting world Nuttal has created. There are some freaky aliens mentioned but they do not really enter into the story. This is all about internal affairs, corruption at the core. And the straight firm bold ones who take it on. This may be the prequel or setup to The Empire's Corps, but maybe not, although it seems there is about 2,500 years from here to there, so it could be. But, maybe they are not related.

    The first part of the story is a bit like so many others in that our young graduate is prematurely thrust into captaincy due to the death of all 19 above him. They have gone out to deal with a rebellion in the ranks. The second part of the story is about them coming back to deal with corruption at home, and the focus switches to an admiral. In summary, like this, it sounds like Campbell's Lost Fleet, but it is worked differently. It's okay. There is side-switching, treachery, surprising alliances, sudden betrayals. The morality play condemnation of current society, politics, and education is visible, but not so blatant as in Reality Check (the one Empire's Corps book to skip).

    The story line is pretty good; the core of the tale is interesting. The characters are a little thin, and the point of view suddenly changes to that of other characters you've never heard of. And then they die. There is also a lot of author talk that gets dull. And Nuttal uses pithy quotes from "history books" to preface each chapter as he does in his Empire's Corps books (which are much better than this).

    The narration is okay, the Scottish and Hindi accents being the best. It doesn't match up to the works of the best narrators, but it was not confusing or maddening.

    This is an acceptable book, but doesn't seem as good as Nuttal's other things. Nevertheless, seeing as how there is a second installment, I am going for it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sally Filler
    03/10/15
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    "Enjoyable storyline"

    Overall good story well performed. Reasonable predictions about far future although some political assumptions seem a little far fetched. I suppose the author had to develop protagonist and antagonist from somewhere, has to be the evil greedy aristocracy. I look forward to book two.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick Grace
    11/07/15
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    "Great fun!"

    Story was good and the listen was even better. Not the best space book ever but worth the listen.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • luke davison
    14/08/15
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    "exelent book, highly recommend it if you're a fan"

    exelent book, I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the honor Harrington series.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lovell
    26/07/15
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    "Excellent military sci fi"

    I will continue to listen to this author and narrator, please do not change narrators.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/01/17
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    "Military Sci Fi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the honor Harrington series


    What did you like best about this story?

    It all was good


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is new to me but Time Gerard Reynolds did a good job narrating the book


    Any additional comments?

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    Sandy Hook, CT, United States
    03/08/16
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    "Meh"

    I lost interest in the characters and their plights. This story just did not resonate with me and I found myself not paying attention to what was happening. I simply did not care.

    I can see how some folks would like this story, but I was not one of them.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mike From Mesa
    Mesa, AZ
    16/09/17
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    "Another great story from Christopher Nuttall"

    I first encountered Mr Nuttall's books with the first book in the Ark Royal series and was impressed with the solid story, the cast of regular and believable characters and the depth that Mr Nuttall gave to the background for the series. He created a situation that was believable, characters that were human, with all of their human flaws, and kept the tension in the books up until the end. At that time I had not seen other books by Mr Nuttall, but he now has three pages of books available on Audible and I was a bit concerned that such prodigious output might have a negative effect on the quality of the stories. Fortunately I did not need to be worried.

    This series deals with the decline of the human empire some 2000 years in the future and the parallels to Rome are unmistakable, although perhaps a bit over-drawn. The Senate is corrupt and filled with power hungry politicians who will do anything to stay in power, the world has become an extension of the divisions you see in the United States and in parts of Western Europe and Australia, people feel their concerns are not being listened to and things are starting to fray badly. With some of the colony worlds rebelling the story centers on the efforts of the military to keep the failing Empire together.

    This book is unlike other books by Mr Nuttall that I have read in that there is a lot more time spent on war and space conflict, but the character development that has kept me coming back to Mr Nullall's books is here as well and the main characters, as before, are interesting and fully believeable. Some of the villains are a bit overdrawn and I found the ending a bit too pat, but the story is solid and very interesting. While this book is complete in itself I was interested enough in the characters to immediately buy the next novel.

    In short, another winner by Mr Nuttall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Maryland Heights, MO, United States
    01/04/17
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    "Big Scale Interstellar War"

    This was an enjoyable read. Lots of space battle action. Not too much pontificating on political systems word made up space physics. There are relatively few point of view characters, but they are flushed out decently enough.

    TLDR: If you like military sci-fi, you'll like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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