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The Legacy of Shadow Audiobook

The Legacy of Shadow

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Penumbra, a haphazard city of outcasts, rebels, and malcontents, has floated around a dead planet in a backwater system for longer than living memory can recall. Its towers abandoned starships melded to an ancient, mysterious core, Penumbra is the last remnant of chaotic individualism in a galaxy where conformity to the will of the all-powerful Galactic Council is paramount. Dropped into this dangerous mix are Marcus Wells - a Human of Earth who has squandered his potential to live a life of least resistance - and his adventurous friend Justin. Immediately entangled in local politics and targeted by a vengeful representative of the Council who is determined to drag the city back into the fold, Marcus has a choice to make: continue following the path of least resistance and allow Penumbra to fall, or show these aliens what a truly determined Human can accomplish.

©2016 Vincent Rospond (P)2017 vincent rospond

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    Norma Miles 18/09/2017
    Norma Miles 18/09/2017
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    "A squid driving a Prius."
    Any additional comments?

    Justin wanted a little adventure, a break from being a businessman which is how he and friend Martin find themselves being pursued by a sore loser who had gambled away all his money and a rather stunning necklace, thrown in at the last minute, to make up the bet. A necklace which was to give them far more of an adventure than either of them could have anticipated.
    This is a terrific story, initially establishing the characters of the two men and their easy relationship, great dialogue, then moving later into more frenetic fight scenes. Plenty of assorted aliens, too, none of whom are glad to see a human. (There is actually a glossary of the various aliens represented within the Galactic Council at the end of the book, giving brief descriptions of their appearances and temperament)..Very interesting to see the internal changes which come about for Martin. Fun and fast moving, the 17+ hours of this audiobook passed all too quickly.

    The narration was excellent, Ray Greenley reading fluently and clearly, well paced and with just the right range of intonation as the excitement grows. His voicings of the various protagonists was also clear, with a range of vocalisations spread throughout. It is definitely his reading which, in part, at least, made this such an enjoyable listen. Although the story is complete, it is obvious that another Shadow novel is to follow.

    I have deliberately said little about the storyline to avoid any spoilers: it is not an elaborate tale of itself but has an interesting basic idea which is elaborated and woven into an exciting book, unusual in context. My thanks to the rights holder, from whom I was gifted a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I spent a very enjoyable few hours in the author's world and was sad to leave Justin and Martin behind.

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    27/08/2017
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    "Great start to what should be a fun series"

    It picked up the pace pretty quickly after the inevitable slow burn that all books that start a series seem to have. The characters were really interesting and realistic (if that makes sense when discussing imaginary alien races) without feeling like they were just re-skins of cult classics. That said I loved all the little nods to other Scilly-Fi characters and series. I really enjoyed the way the author played with foreshadowing and red herrings to allow the reader/listener to guess at some parts and still be surprised by others. The narrator does a good job with putting a consistent character to all the races and gets better as the book goes on (I just prefer more of a John Lee style).

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  • Brian Berman
    Lewiston, ME United States
    06/08/17
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    "Deep insightful Sci-Fi with a twist,"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Legacy of Shadow to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know I didn't read the print version. I only listened to the audio version but it was well voiced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world setting that puts the primary protagonists on the back foot is a new take on humans in space.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Greenley – was your favorite?

    Justin. A great foil for his friend and a way to help ground the experiences of Marcus against for the reader.


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

    Revelation of ancient human history on the galactic scale as hinted about through the novel. Sense of dual personality riding in Marcus also proves interesting through the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Couple moments that feel a bit dues ex machina but appropriate to continue to expand the story out. Some foreshadowed items left off the table and hopefully to be explored in a future book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    18/09/17
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    "The Legacy of Shadow"
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    3.5 stars
    Overall an entertaining, engaging and enjoyable listen. On the one hand the story overall is really good and very entertaining on the other hand it dragged at times throughout the story for me especially in the beginning. It's interesting and enjoyable yet there where times when it wasn't holding my attention. I struggled with it for the first couple of hours. It's not a non-stop action kind of story. The story unfolds slowly, building as it goes along, but it's a slow steady build. It took me until about halfway through to really be pulled into the story. Once the story really gets moving it pulled me in and held my complete attention until the end.

    It is creative and full of detail with a large cast of original creatures/characters at the same time after a while they kind of all blended together in the beginning. It took a while to remember who was who.

    Thrust into an unbelievable situation with the fate of the galaxy on your shoulders, this has become Marcus's reality. When everyone around you hates humans and wants you dead, who can you trust?

    Ray Greenly did a great job with the narration. Nice voice that is easy to listen to for long periods of time. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Really good character voices. Even his female voices are good. He was able to bring the characters and story to life. Very enjoyable.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    Houston, TX, United States
    10/09/17
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    "Promising and disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Legacy of Shadow? What did you like least?

    The idea and setting were interesting, and I wanted to learn more about the setting. There is much potential.

    Unfortunately, so many of the characters and different races seemed to be shallow sketches. One of the lead characters is cowardly and moody. Another is cowardly and hates humans. Another makes friends easily and is good at building networks. One of the races is thugish, not very smart, and a bit dog like. There isn't much depth beyond those brief sketches.

    Finally, the central conceit that everyone hates humans but no one is willing to say why nor is there any written record is simply unbelievable. If *everyone* hates humans, surely there would be someone willing to expound upon the history or there would be many, many histories, novels, mythologies about why humans are so reviled.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Craig Gallant? Why or why not?

    I don't know. I really wanted to like the book more because I like Craig's podcast, but this book was a bit of a struggle to finish even though it was pretty predictable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator could work on expanding his range and making the characters' voices more distinct, especially the female ones.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BuildItLikeBeal
    10/09/17
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    "More, more, I want more!"

    This was a fun story for me! Two ordinary guys thrust into an extraordinary sci-fi adventure! It integrates many unique characters from species across their galaxy that all coalesce into a community, the only community, that allows them to live the way they choose to live without the intrusive governing influence felt everywhere else. The story throws the two men into a situation in which they are immediately despised and hated by pretty much everyone and have to figure out a way to survive an ever growing lethal conflict that they have unwittingly become the center of.

    If you like stories that thrust themselves upon your imagination with strange alien beings and technologies, starships, wormholes, ancient AI's, alien cultures and prejudices, powerful artifacts, harrowing chases, and purple skinned beauties, you'll like this story! And like me, you may even like it a lot!

    I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Concord, NH, United States
    28/08/17
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    "Good read with some new Scifi ideas"

    Good summer SciFi read. The characters were cool, the story had some great action, and even though there were some things that were predictable (not necessarily in a bad way) it had plenty of little surprises.
    I thought the narrator misplayed a few moments, but he did a great job with bringing the characters alive.
    The story has a beginning, middle and end, but you can tell there is room for another installation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HD
    Crestview, FL
    28/08/17
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    "Fun and exciting sci-fi story."
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    I really liked the characters in this story. I also hope the author will continue this saga of Penumbra. The story had me trying to guess what was going to happen next and of course I was wrong most of the time. The narrator did a fine job. I recommend this audiobook/book to anyone that enjoys sci-fi with aliens. I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy that I requested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tracie Poling
    24/08/17
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    "A refreshing and truly original concept"
    Where does The Legacy of Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I hope that the author continues in the same direction with his follow up books, if so this series will rank in the top 5 of my most favorite


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked how original the plot to this story was. I don't believe I've ever came across a story like it. The alternative history was fascinating. I do hope the second installment delves deeper into the historical aspects.


    What about Ray Greenley’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator seemed very knowledgeable of the book. So many times in other books narrators sound as if it was their first time reading the story. His characters were distinctive and recognizable, and was well understood.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    UGH! HUMANS!!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book from the narrator free thru AudioBoom for a completely unbiased review. Thank You it was an unexpected pleasure, I will be watching for the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Newton
    23/08/17
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    "3.5* - held my interest throughout"
    Any additional comments?

    Interesting archeological sci fi story, worth reading. The narrator did a great job; I could easily associate his tone and style with the main character. The book wound up with pretty clear indication that a sequel is forthcoming because some loose ends remained untied.

    There were some predictable and convenient plot elements that helped move the story forward along with some things that regularly niggled in the back of my mind as I listened to the book. For example, there were a few instances when the story switched into the present tense for a sentence, then switched back to past tense - I didn't understand why the author did that, so it distracted me somewhat. Also, at a very basic level, I didn't really understand the main character's commitment to his new role and his 'lack of guile' (as the main bad guy would say), considering that pretty much everyone around him was hostile and viscerally anti-human. The main characters reminded me in many ways of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Yoda, and Han Solo - particularly during the final third of the story. Finally, I wasn't quite sure why the necklace responded only to the main character and not his best friend as well (although perhaps the author let us know and I missed it in the story). These aren't major complaints, but they're why I didn't give full stars to an otherwise great story. I was particularly intrigued by the story about the history of Earth, which was explained later in the story. The author was quite effective in whetting my appetite for the sequel to this story.

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Arlington, KY, United States
    18/08/17
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    "Excellent listen"

    This was a very interesting and exciting listen. The narration was excellent. The prologue was a bit confusing until the very last of the book and then it made perfect sense.

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    15/08/17
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    "Very good!"

    Great narration by Ray Greenley, his voice does great to not take away from the story being told and isn't a distraction allowing the authors words and thoughts to be easily enjoyed.

    The writer has a good grasp on the language and paints a vivid fantastical world for the listener to submerge them self within.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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