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Shadow of Eternity

Fallen Empires
Narrated by: D.C. Newman
Series: Fallen Empires, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Six thousand years ago, my ancestor fled the world that we had called home for millions of years because of a foolish war based solely on religious ideology, which should have long since faded into our past. 

We thought we had found peace among the stars, and instead, we found only enemies. Now war rages in the Orion arm of the galaxy, and while we have our back turned, an ancient and evil enemy has returned.

©2018 Jeremy Charles Spires (P)2018 Jeremy Charles Spires

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Decent concept and a solid baseline for a series

Picked this audiobook up when the author suggested it in the expeditionary force group page and told the author I will keep an open mind. As even he is aware of the poor narrative performance and poor narrative performance is fair criticism in my opinion, more on that later.

So without further ado.

First Sci-Fi book or audiobook rather, that I've come across that attempts to answer existential questions and ramifications of Aliens being creators of humanity and how things may transpire. Also somewhat depicts what could happen if morality and ethics no longer formed guiding principles to the rule of law and interpretation of religious texts.

All encompassed within a story that appears to have been written in mini stories.

It does leave a few unanswered questions which maybe addressed in future books but who knows - Such as how did a carrier get flunked and attacked from behind if they are technologically superior than their foe?

Never the less, Still a decent concept and solid baseline for a wide spanning series of books.

Story: 4/5

Now to the bad points of this audiobook, primarily the quality of the narration. The narrator is so so, not suited to voicing characters but non fiction books. As all the characters sound flat and emotionless due to the monotone of his voice.

Secondly, either he used a very crappy mic or amplified the vocals after recording as you can clearly hear the hissing everytime he spoke and it is migraine inducing thus making the whole experience extremely unenjoyable. It needs a complete re-do and either the narrator needs to invest in better equipment or speak louder as amplifying vocals to the extent the static hissing can be heard is an absolute no go.

Narrative performance 2/5:

So minus 1 star for character portrayal. Another for the crappy audio and the last deduction complete lack of tonal variation between characters as they all sound the same.

Plus 1 star for the lack of constant deep breaths taken, shows time spent to digitally edit the recording. The other for at least making the characters be somewhat not completely lifeless.

Overall 4 stars (average of 3 between the story and narration + 1 star for solid writing).

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  • RE
  • 27-07-19

headline says optional, but it still requires one?

Story was pretty good, typical main character is bigger and badder than everyone else. The narrator though wasn't that good.

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  • S. Seigel
  • 31-05-19

Great Story, Abysmal Narrator

As an author Jeremy Spires rocks! I sure hope he can get this book re-recorded quickly as I think he’s going to be a fast mover on Audible.

D.C. Newman needs to listen to some top fiction narrators like Jim Dale and R.C. Bray. He MUST realize that good narrators KNOW their story well—they have studied what they’re reading enough to 1) manage diverse characters’ voices, 2) express believable emotions, 3) handle pacing, 4) nail all pronunciations, and 5) have zero problems with common usage AND genre/story jargon. It’s not okay to upload a clunky, cold reading—EVER. If he has any experience, I assume Newman has been a non-fiction narrator in the past. His narration was almost as much fun as my A/C circuits class...(huh, maybe Dr. Robinson missed making his fortune narrating bedtime stories!)

With a better narrator this would easily be 5-stars overall.

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  • Bridget
  • 23-10-18

Cannot wait for more.

Negative first. The narrator needs to work on tone and inflection to better portray the emotions of each moment. During the narrative he's fine, but the more emotional or comedic times not so much.
Given that this was Jeremy's first novel it's quite good. Even better than many novels I've read recently. I know his skills will continue to grow as he writes more, and I look forward to following along. I must add that Jeremy's military service shows through his writing. The lingo and fast paced action oozes with a real world feel and only embellished enough to show the differences in the genetically modified heroes and to make good SciFi. Give it a go, it's worth the time and money!

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  • jblack2005
  • 31-05-19

Strange

I listen to audio books daily and this has to be the absolute worse ever, honestly i think it was written by an 8th grader.
Anyway good luck trying to follow along.

Jim

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