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Explorations Audiobook

Explorations: Through the Wormhole

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Publisher's Summary

It's 2052 and the first known wormhole appears in lunar orbit. Earth sends a ship to investigate and the future of space travel changes forever. The Solar System develops in many ways over the centuries, but one thing remains constant; the wormholes continue to appear. Join many of today's most exciting indie science fiction authors as they chart a shared universe and future-history, each telling us stories of: Explorations: Through the Wormhole.

The complete list of authors includes: Richard Fox, Ralph Kern, Stephen Moss, Josh Hayes, Shellie Horst, PP Corcoran, Chris Guillory, Rosie Oliver, Charlie Pulsipher, Jacob Cooper, Jo Zebedee, PJ Strebor, Thaddeus White, and Stephen Palmer.

©2016 Woodbridge Press (P)2017 Woodbridge Press

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    DENNIS SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom 18/10/2017
    DENNIS SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom 18/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "GOOD COLLECTION OF STORIES"

    GOOD VARIETY OF INTERESTING STORIES SET AROUND A CENTRAL THEME.GOOD INTERESTING NARRATION.WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE BOOKS LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer London 03/07/2017
    Amazon Customer London 03/07/2017
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    "More hit than miss, but an annoying narrator"

    As has been mentioned on the Amazon page for the written book, this anthology has some great stories in it, but also some that didn't measure up. I was expecting the wormholes to be a central part to the stories, but some seemed to throw it in as an afterthought. Overall it is a good anthology and worth a read. I would recommend getting the e-book.

    The narrator, however, annoyed me. I found his tone and style off-putting and will try to avoid listening to something by him again. So I can't recommend the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • R. J. Thorne
    United States
    20/01/17
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    "Worthy Collection!"

    Normally not a sci-fi guy, but here and there I delve into it. I found this book because of Jacob Cooper. I love his fantasy books. Then, I saw several other big names. I loved Stephen Moss's fear saga. Richard Fox is well known for his military sci-fi, though I've never read one of his books. Ralph Kern appears to have some clout in the genre as well. I hadn't heard of the others, but I've found a new TBR/TBL list thanks to this anthology.

    All the stories herein are unique. Ralph Kern opens the book and sets the stage with The Challenge. It was exceptionally well done, and I think the narration did a lot to convince me to keep with this. I'll review that separately, but the characters were genuine to me and I appreciate the voice talent. PP Corcoran's story was perhaps the most unique as it doesn't feature a wormhole, but it still a great short that showcases some skill. I won't go through each of them, but I will say my favorites were PJ Strebor's Flawed Perspective, Charlie Pulsipher's Webbed Prisms, Jacob Cooper's Anathema, and Stephen Palmer's A Second Infection. I really did enjoy Stephen Moss's story as well, though it felt too long. Surprisingly, I thought wouldn't like AI Deniers by Rosie Oliver. But her usage of a news caster to show a lot of what was happening "off paper" was clever.

    Anathema (Jacob Cooper) and A Second Infection (Stephen Palmer) both have elements similar to each other. I guess I kind of liked the "sentience" idea of certain...things. Trying not to spoil much. Oh, and I really did LOVE the characters of Lost Colony (Josh Hayes), including that freakish sarcastic monkey (Michaelson's voice for him...yeah awesome), but the story ended a bit flat.

    Many of these stories I would like to see expanded. Great beginning threads.

    Overall, I'm rating this 5 stars. I think the stories on their own I'd give 4 stars as an aggregate, with the unsocial stories ranging from 3-5 stars. The reason for the 5 stars overall in Michaelson's performance. Even with some mediocre material he knocked it out of the park. Proof again that a narrator helps (or kills) an already good story. I swear the man has a vault of a thousand voices. Ive listened to a couple other of his performances, each very good.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • erobbins33
    24/08/17
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    "Awesome!"

    I'm a fangirl of Charlie Pulsipher's Lost Shards series, and I went into this box set thinking it was going to be fantasy with sci-fi elements. I was happily surprised that the opposite was true. This was believable science fiction, along the lines of Felix Savage. All of the stories kind of flow from the same basic story, which gives this the feel of a kindle-worlds sort of gathering. The narrator was engaging, and the stories were all awesome, though the one about the 2nd moon was a bit confusing, at first. All around, five stars!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lone Mopper
    Brookfield, WI, United States
    27/02/17
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    "Fantastic Collection"
    What did you love best about Explorations?

    I can honestly say that I enjoyed each story in this collection, they all centered around the common theme of Wormholes without sounding the same, it was pure joy to the ears!

    I was especially pleased with the story "Janus", of course if you look at the moniker I use you might understand why a involving my own personal, minor deity works for me.


    Any additional comments?

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

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ed
    25/01/17
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    "Liked it!"

    Always a little nerve racking getting into an anthology...so many different styles and stories that you might catch schizophrenia! This was a great mix. It did have lots of different stories, but you can also just skip around to your favorites without feeling bad.

    Stories:
    Favorites: The Lost Colony, Through Glassy Eyes, Anathema, Personal Growth.
    Liked: Webbed Prisms, The Challenge, Here Then Forever, Flawed Perspective, Dead Weight.
    The rest were fine, just didn't do much for me. One was just...weird. Won't single it out. Maybe I just need to listen to it again. Still, I didn't find one that I really disliked, which is waaayyyy rare in an anthology of 14 stories! There is a sequel coming up that I will pick up.

    Narration:
    Mr. Michaelson did fantastic overall. I WILL look for his other work. I think every character had a unique voice all his/her own. I think he could read tax records and make them interesting.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Douglas Van Aartsen
    Iowa
    23/03/17
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    "Well done anthology"

    I like this anthology . Explorations Through the Wormhole was well done by many different authors. each author was given the same universe to create their story. This led to a good plan for an anthology because you knew some of the background before you started the story. some of the stories I like better than others but all of the stories for good. you would do well to take the time to listen to this anthology.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • PLBabe93
    03/01/18
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    "TOP LEVEL STORIES AND EXCELLENT NARRATION"

    With 14 different stories, I can't even imagine the effort it would take to narrate such a varied collection of characters. Michaelson proves he merits the praise he's received. Performance and quality of production are of the highest level.

    Ok, the stories themselves. Ralph Kern sets up the whole anthology with a great opening story where the initial wormhole is discovered. While not all the stories are directly related to wormholes, they are always there on the fringes. There are several stories that are self-contained, others feel like natural lead-ins to longer stories, some of which I'd love to see further developed.

    Stephen Moss's end cap to the collection is long but so well done. I went back and listened to that one twice. Also, stories by Richard Fox, Jacob Cooper, and Josh Hayes really left me thinking about their plot lines. Some great humor in Hayes's story. Cooper's feels somewhat reminiscent of James SA Corey's main crew. Stephen Palmer's was the eccentric and probably a bit too deep for me. All in all, the awesome thing about anthos is the ability to simply jump from story to story, no need for a long time commitment, and get a great splash of enjoyment. Looking forward to the next installment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • D. Horn
    Ann Arbor, MI
    30/01/18
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    "Good stories/poor production"

    While I greatly enjoyed these stories, they were somewhat spoiled by the production. There was barely a second between one story and the next which made the title of each story sound like part of the previous tale. If there was an actual pause after the conclusion of a story, the reader could briefly process it and it would be more clear that we were moving on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zach
    Smyrna, GA United States
    20/12/17
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    "How did this get published?"

    I rarely write a review. This writing is primitive. The characters are the thinnest pastiche. Regarding the story, I am completely stunned. To say it’s elementary would insult the superior imaginations of grammar school children world wide.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Eggert Sigurðsson
    06/11/17
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    "The narrator killed the story"

    The narrator killed the story.
    I lasted 20 minutes.
    Star faring innovating technology geegs shouldn't sound like a nervous old granny.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • DobieChuck
    Colorado
    09/11/17
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    "Hard To Get Into"

    Couldn’t get through the whole thing, even though there were some decent stories... Narration ruins any possible enjoyment... Blandly dull, and am astounded that some find the performance superior... A computerized voice woulda had more expressiveness, and as a blind listener I think I’m qualified to make that distinction;). Maybe a better narrator coulda done it for me, but alas I shall never know... Returned...

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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