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Beautiful. Magnificent. Indestructible. These are the plaudits given to the luxury space liner as it sets forth on its maiden voyage to distant vacation planets.

Onboard, far below the decks of the rich and famous, is an unhappy, forlorn janitor named Chuck who mops and sweeps and dreams of, one day, becoming a captain and piloting a great spaceship such as this.

©2020 Vernon L. James III (P)2020 Vernon L. James III

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Good story, couldn't get on with narration

I think in book form this would be a great story, there's a little touch of Lister from Red Dwarf in the main character. I just couldn't get on with the 'hail fellow, well met' cheeriness of the narrator. It's a no comment on their skills, the reading was clear, but having a book read to you is a personal thing and I couldn't concentrate on the tale. He sounded, for any other Dwarf fans, like the character 'Confidence'. And that gets wearing. I had to speed it up to x1.25 as it was already slow. If I see this on Kindle/paperback I will definitely give it another go.

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A happy misread on my part

When I first got to this book, I thought it was the Little Shop of Horrors, not ship, but even so, I was enthralled in the story and Hannibal Hills does a wonderful job narrating. There were moments at the start where, admittedly, I got a little frustrated, but his narration style is perfect for children's books, he puts so much into what he reads aloud and each character felt like their own and I did thoroughly enjoy his performance throughout.

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  • Deedra
  • 03-11-20

Little Ship of Horrors

In space,Chuck is a janitor with big dreams.His day dreaming gets him into trouble at times.One day he slams into a newbie and knocks a potted plant over.He takes a wee piece and tends it,until it gets out of hand.This was a terrific twist on the familiar 'Little Shop' tale.I loved it!.Hannibal Hills was a brilliant narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jordan Wolfe
  • 21-05-20

A great twist on a classic tale

First and foremost, I must confess that I am a theatre nerd, who LOVES little shop of horrors. This unique take on that tale did not disappoint. I love how amazingly inept, yet fantastically charming Chuck is, narrated beautifully by Hannibal Hills (in fact all of his characters were so consistent and fun to listen to). His bumbling around, while his love interest Violet is the actual brains of the operations (at least in the plant area) was a nice differentiation from the original tale. I did want more of the ignorant and villainous humans, especially the leech like second in command and lecherous captain. This is a brilliant and exciting take, beautifully narrated and produced, on a story we Rick Moranis fans have loved for years. PLEASE listen to this book.

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  • NewAudioBookReviewer
  • 21-10-20

Loads of Fun!

Chuck is a janitor on a luxury space liner – much like a luxury cruise only in space. His job is to clean up after the crew, staff and famously elite guests. He finds all kinds of stuff being discarded. It is a faithful day when he comes across a small neglected houseplant – a houseplant that he takes under his wing and nurses back to health. Thing is the plant and Chuck strike up a delightful friendship – with Chuck reaping the benefits at first – newfound confidence, a girl friend, and respect. Soon it becomes evident that the plant is way more than a mere houseplant and its plans are deadly. The author, Vee James, provides a hilarious and fun adventure. Well written, the dialogs are steady and cohesive. The side interaction between Chuck and the “transporter” are noteworthy! I couldn’t wait to hear how the transporter was going to torment Chuck next and where he was going to wind up. Each character was well developed and kept the story flowing smoothly. I especially enjoyed both the transporter and the grown “Plant” General Sherman. Both their interactions with Chuck provided entertainment which also highlighted differences in interactions and roles within the society of the ship. James provided vividly rich and detailed descriptions which enhanced the story perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Hannibal Hills narrate the story. He was perfect as Chuck. His voices for each character were distinct and fit in with who the character was. I thought his performance was clear and well done. He managed to project the right level of intonation for each interaction. He successfully assumed each character well. From beginning to finish, the story was well done. I realize this is a rendition of a popular horror-comedy-romance tale, but it is still refreshing and different. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys sci-fi, romance, comedy, horror and fun in general! Disclaimer: This Audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias, honest review.

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  • TheAudiobookReview
  • 08-09-20

Cracker of an Homage

I picked up this cracker of a story and listened through it in a couple of sittings (life annoyingly getting in the way as it does). The author, Vee James, lists his favorite authors include Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Christopher Moore and you feel their influences throughout this tale. Anyone who has ever heard of or watched “The Little Shop of Horrors” can probably take a good stab at what this humorous homage to the Rick Moranis 80s classic entails… and they certainly won’t be disappointed. The plot ticks along at a cracking pace with plenty of chuckles to be had throughout. A cast of bumbling characters mostly blind to the obvious dangers around them, support our hero Chuck and heroine Violet as they seek to save the crew, the ship, and a planet from an overgrown, blood-thirsty houseplant. The stakes rise as the plant grows ever larger, taking over more and more of the spaceship. As it grows, so does its hunger, and soon the disappearance of crew members doesn’t go unnoticed. Chuck is forced to realise that perhaps the plant he tended to since it was a seedling may be up to no good. Narrated by the talented Hannibal Hills, the 6 hours or so it took to listen to flew by as he drew me deep into the plot. His vocal performance was excellent, giving unique voices and the right inflections which brought this story to life. I’m sure I’ll be looking at other books he’s narrated. Overall, a great sci-fi romp that puts a new spin on the theme of the original movie, and one that I’m very happy to have stumbled upon. I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook, and have left an honest review.