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The Worldship Humility

Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,113 ratings)

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About the performer

Colin's theatre credits include Translations (The National Theatre); Gloria (Hampstead Theatre); Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe); Our Private Life (Royal Court); A Prayer For My Daughter, Vernon God Little (Young Vic) and All About My Mother (The Old Vic). Colin's television credits include Humans, The Living and The Dead, The Fall and Merlin. His film credits include The Happy Prince, Legend, Testament of Youth, Island and Waiting for You.

Colin will play the lead role in upcoming film Benjamin which premiered at London Film Festival this year.

About the Author

A beard-keeping, caffeine befuddled, dog owning writer, and currently one of the top authors in the UK, with over a million books downloaded. He is the creator of The Undead. A self-published series that has become a cult hit with a readership that defies generations and gender. He is also immensely proud for his Extracted series. A world-wide best-selling time-travel series now optioned for a TV series by a major LA based media company. He hides his face because firstly, his beard is very ginger, and secondly, he's still involved in law-enforcement.

"My main love in writing comes from pushing ordinary people into extraordinary situations and seeing how they react, and in so doing, you see the pure goodness of unselfish acts and how only by working together can people ever really achieve everything they need."

- R.R. Haywood, on the impact of the post-apocolyptic setting.

"“Sam hacking the 3D adverts in the retail zone"
A scene from The Worldship Humility. Illustrated by Andrei Pervukhin.

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Good- but again no ending

It seems to be a common thread.. I listen to a book by RR Haywood, am thoroughly engrossed, then all of a sudden, it's over with no real ending.

I did enjoy this book, but again was thoroughly frustrated by the lack of a full ending. RR can write good plots, but perhaps gets bored as he is writing the last two chapters. And it p*sses me off.

So for now, i'm going to park any new books by this author into my 'nothing else left' corner...

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Pop Muzik!

There's no doubt that everyone is going to be talking about this, this is the audiobook equivalent of 70s pop music at its zaniest! Haywood has, in my opinion, gone one better than even the excellent Extracted series! In his ragtag fleet of Homeships, he has managed to bolt Judge Dredd's Mega-City One on to the bottom of something like the environment of The Fifth Element. Inside that, he's put together a set of characters ranging from the most desperate and lowly to the upper echelons of a very twisted society.

Yasmine and Sam are unlikely heroes but their struggles with everything from sex-addicted policemen to personal shyness are a joy to behold. The whole thing is infused with Haywood's fast-becoming legendary humour and is brought to life with a bravura performance from Colin Morgan. Haywood presented him with a bizarre challenge with his zany and wildly varied cast and Morgan does a fair impression of one of those old one-man bands as he voices everything from Russian gangsters to English snobs, military women to Chinese detectives.

This is an absolute humdinger of a modern sci-fi heist with mischief, comedy and drama running through its veins in equal measure!

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Dumb Entertainment

Enthusiastically narrated, but unfortunately lacking quality writing.
The characters seem not to have any real depth, the plot is predictable and the drama contrived. The main protagonist's vulgar and childish rants don't inspire any enjoyment and simply detract from an already shallow storyline.

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Lots of good bits, but flawed.

I enjoyed Haywood's Extracted series (also very good but flawed) and wanted to read this. I bought the audio version as there isn't a Kindle version available. On the whole I would rather have read it myself because I could have skimmed the dull bits. However I really enjoyed Colin Morgan's narration, it was always clear which character was speaking, which is sometimes a bit of an issue in audio books. Plus he managed to shoehorn at least 20 different Northern Irish accents in there which was delicious to listen to.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the science part of the sci-fi was a bit suspect and added for plot convenience rather than because it's likely or even possible in the future. Women were oddly presented, apart from Jasmine they didn't seem to be self-aware at all, they were very shallow and whiney, whereas the men were more about introspection and trying to understand themselves and their future.

My biggest problem with the book is that it just stopped, there were so many story threads completely unresolved, I know there will be more books, but still it felt like the end of a chapter rather than the end of a book. Some of the characters had weird personality changes near the end that just felt wrong (particularly Chang and Janey).

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Boring and immature

I had hopes for this book and as I started listening I was getting into it... Until it just turned into a silly story. ×SPOILER*
I don't see how after a couple of days a guy who sells porridge is having such a massive party with high profile guests. It's porridge. Not even real porridge?! Totally lost interest at that point. The characters are immature for their supposed age and all the sex talk between the characters seems pointless. Being around the age these characters are I wouldn't act like that to seeing a naked person. It's like they are teens that haven't had any experience of being an adult. I couldn't picture the ship very well (all I could think about was my local mall) and it just didn't fit. Especially the lower levels as to me it appeared like a market with slum housing mixed in but on a spaceship. It just doesn't work in my mind. Won't be reading/listening to the rest. Some of the accents are highly annoying. It's good that there are a lot of voices but after a while I couldn't be bothered to remember who some of the characters were and where they fitted in the story.

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Never went anywhere

Ending was incredibly poor, rendering the rest of the story pointless. Most characters felt flat with only the reader creating any resemblance of depth. Story felt childish yet was dashed with adult themes. Never quite found its identity.

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It’s Ben , safa and harry in space..... and it’s awesome

Let’s not beat around the bush, the lead characters aren’t just similar to the extracted series characters ... they are them... like exactly them.

Don’t be put off though , because this book really works! Great story, great humour throughout and great interaction between the (very familiar) characters!

Colin Morgan really brings the story to life, great narration!

More of the same please!

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excellent

I only bought this title because it was a daily deal. I absolutely loved it.

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best ever

I have found my favourite author, what a brilliant book. I cant wait for the next installment. I usually listen in my car whereby I have found myself parked up at home not going in till the chapter finishes!!!!

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Loved it!

Loved the performance of characters. Written well and allowed me to visualize the scenes easily. Great story and lots of humour too.

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  • GovContractor
  • 30-03-19

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: Entertaining story which really isn't SciFi but rather just takes place in space. Very good voice work and character development. Especially liked the character development for the Red Head (already forgot her name) who was not just a typical social outcast due to 'Mean Girls', but also contributed by having self destructive behavior that strives to throw her back into isolation. Not your normal 2 dimensional stereotype.

The Bad: Colin Morgan does some outstanding voice work but I almost stopped listening 2 minutes in. I never wanted to punch a voice in the face as much as I did the 'reporter'. The substance of the story is a bit depressing too once you consider how humanity reacted and built upon after this Lifeboat situation. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. I get that he wants to stress a mindset but he does it too often. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. (see what I just did?) Lastly, there is a terrible event in the past that is referenced a few times which never is explained. I understand this will be a trilogy but there should have been something tipped by the end of the book.

Overall: If you are looking for substance this may not be for you, but for me I found it entertaining ( I listened twice) and will buy the next book once it comes out. It's like watching that 'bad' TV show that everyone complains about, but everyone watches each week. Consider it a guilty pleasure. Overall Rating: 3 Porrages with Jam.

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 03-02-19

My 1st "6 Star" Rating in Two Years--fun, smart

Some books are great because they introduce a new sub-genre. This book is about world ships leaving the Earth on a long, long voyage after a cataclysm--so it is not new ground. Some books are great because they touch us with their connection to the plot and characters that stirs deep feelings and thoughts. This is a good, fun plot and has engaging characters, but it will not move your interior world. And then there are the books which hit just the right combination of humor, dialogue, story and performance -- they just feel great. This is a longer book (14 hours) which manages to feel great even though it treads somewhat familiar ground. First, if you enjoy classic science-fiction, the author's insights and voice feel like going home to a well-liked and well-enjoyed place. Second, you will enjoy the characters. Third, while it presents a mystery, an exploration and surprises, it is not too sweet or too dark.

I would also like to note that this book was done to be performed. It is an Audible-Only book. The narrator is perfectly matched to the book -- and pulls off a performance that is almost worth the listen. While being very different, the perfect match between performance and story reminds me of Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, or some of Charles Stross' earlier books.

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  • Rich L
  • 06-03-19

Long on character development, short on plot

Some parts are laugh out loud funny. But you can only deal with so much character development. Many times I felt like screaming "I get it already. I know what this character is like. Can we please move on!" This is obviously destined (needlessly) for a Trilogy when it could easily have been a fantastic single novel. The narrator is excellent and the plot, once they eventually get to it, has the makings of an excellent story. I just don't think I can spend another 2 books (i.e. 26 hrs) waiting for the author to finally get to the point.

60 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

Good Story, Even Better Narration

Action from start to finish. The story is well-written, and the characters really grow on you. But it's really Colin Morgan who makes this story worth listening to. He has the perfect voice for narration, and the number of different voices and accents he can perform is staggering, enriching the story and bringing the characters to life.

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  • Principal Skinner
  • 05-04-19

Not sci fi. Audio problems.

Just because it's set on a spaceship does not make it sci fi. Also the narrator's voice varies from taking under his breath to yelling. Prepare to keep one hand on the volume the whole story. Finally, the repeated "big boobs" descriptions in the character development is juvenile and gratuitous. If you're looking for real sci fi, look somewhere else.

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  • Tech geek
  • 13-03-19

Not really sci-fi but a drama in outer space

If you're looking for cool science which is an integral part the storyline this is not your book. If you want a cozy drama set in outer space it's not bad. Great narrator!

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

Stupendous narration

Colin Morgan narrating as brilliant as ever! He narrated so many different characters with accents and tones. He voiced one character Moses so brilliantly that I thought it was another actor Phil Davis but it's all Colin.
The story itself is amazing. R. R. Haywood has done a fantastic job with the words, the plot and the characters. Everything about the book is intriguing.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 09-07-19

Terrific

Entertaining story and excellent narration. It kept me glued to my headphones.
I can't wait for the next book ( at least I hope the story continues).
Note: There are many rave reviews, and sometimes a well reviewed title can be trashed by a particularly bad review, at least for me. In this case another reviewer complained about "info dumps", so I was prepared for a lengthy lecture on the background of the story. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The information you need to get up to speed is presented by a character that makes perfect sense, and later is integral to the story. The efforts by the author to get you up to speed are well done. It's a shame to see potential listeners scared away by this.

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  • Alun
  • 22-02-19

Wow

Fun story but “beware” no holds barred when it comes to sex, language and expletives!

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  • Rich
  • 15-03-19

I gave up

I'm seriously starting to question the validity of these reviews. I got this one based on the rave reviews I found for it. And almost asked for a refund immediately.

The book starts out with an info dump. Didn't even attempt to disguise it, just started with a podcast for a history class. Great job of weaving the background of your universe into the story. The phrase "show, don't tell" exists for a reason. This opening info dump is especially egregious since the author does this same dump, of the same information, THREE times in the first hour and forty-five minutes. I use that time point because that's when I gave up. It took that long to complete the introduction of the two main characters, and then we meet the captains from the viewpoint of a third character, where we are introduced to the intrigue I'm guessing is what will be driving the plot.

Yes, that's right, the first plot element isn't even introduced until nearly TWO HOURS into a fourteen hour audiobook. 14% of this book is dedicated to three repetitions of the same historical infodump, a backstory infodump of one of the main characters prefaced by the not-eye-rolling-at-all "and the memories came flooding in," what felt like an eternity of the other main character trying to cheer up a little kid with a hacked advertisement, but the kid (un-named) wasn't paying attention. This was, no kidding, 30 minutes of irrelevance.

Not worth the credit.

117 of 134 people found this review helpful