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Summary

Starship engineer Anailu Xindar dreamed of owning her own ship, but she didn't find the courage to actually go for it until she was forced out of her safe, comfortable job. She goes shopping for a cheap, practical freighter, but she ends up buying a rare, beautiful, but crippled luxury ship. Getting it into space will take more than her technical skills. She'll have to go way outside her comfort zone to brave the dangers of safaris, formal dinners, a rude professor, and, worst of all, a fashion designer. She may even have to make some friends...and enemies.

The Sculpted Ship is set on the outskirts of an interstellar empire where FTL travel is commonplace but intelligent robots are rare and expensive. Though the Iris Empire has stood for 1,000 years, a talented individual can find plenty of opportunity. But the nobility of this empire guards its privileges jealously.

©2017 Kevin M. O'Brien (P)2017 Tantor

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Tightly written, a good premise... but it sounded like it was written for teenagers, rather than adults. Also, it took an awful long time to get going. Halfway through and I was still wondering what the story was about, apart from buying a ship. In fact, it felt like the first 200 pages of a 600-page novel - we hadn't really had the adventure yet.
Decent performance by Ms Eby, though I have to say, not all the males need to sound like jovial teddy bears. Maybe just read the words next time, instead of acting the parts?

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  • sylvia jaramillo
  • 28-10-17

Great

Loved it the ship reminds me of the Imperial Cutter from elite dangerous. Great listen

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  • Robin
  • 10-12-17

Good story line poor execution.

While the narrator has a pleasant voice and does accents, she sounds the same in very calm scenes or action packed scenes. Had trouble staying awake. That being said, I really can’t tell if this is a good book or not. I really like the story line but sometimes felt I was in a fashion magazine nightmare. Very much considering putting it back on the shelf. It’s a shame.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-02-18

Very good story

I have enjoyed the audiobook The Sculpted Ship. The performance was very well done, the plot was interesting from beginning to end and overall it was well worth listeningto.

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  • George
  • 24-11-17

Delightful

I love this first novel by K. M. O’Brien. I female protagonist is working her way through life not aware of the destiny that awaits her. I can’t wait for a sequel.

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  • Jess
  • 13-11-17

Absolutely cannot wait for next book!!!

The Sculpted Ship begins the adventures of a very relatable female character with realistic supporting characters in a wonderful blend of sci-fi imagery. I cannot wait to see what the amazing ship is fully capable of and what these now endearing characters happen into. I cannot express how happy I am to have a well written female hero join the ranks of a male dominated genre. Well done on the voice talent too!!