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The Worldship Humility

Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)
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Editor's Review

"This was such an entertaining story. I was worried it would be too sci-fi for me but it leans more to an action packed heist, only set in a futuristic world with a new set of rules, vividly crafted by the author. I love R.R Haywood’s storytelling and the colourful personalities he brings to life through extreme situations. This many-layered plot and the engaging narration by Colin Morgan meant I couldn’t stop listening and definitely can’t wait for the next one!"
- Carly, Audible Editor

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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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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Seriously Sassy Space Opera!

I loved everything about this and as entertainment goes, it doesn't get much better. This is not just life on a spaceship, this is could be life anywhere, class structure, poverty, crime, elitism, wealth and from that we get our delicious mix of characters that range from every walk of life.
A foul mouthed theif with dreams of one big payday, a nerdy geek who's best friend is a "suicide booth" , a sex addicted dirty cop, a grumpy down on his luck cafe owner, elitist captains, dodgy politicians and a psychotic pimp and his gang are just a few of the characters you will meet and see cross paths in this wickedly clever space romp with lots of heart.
Oh I didn't forget that this is a story about finding a new home planet and that people are getting murdered to hide secrets and that they are all heading ultimately into disaster because of conspiring backstabbing politicians.....and it all starts with a probe and little bit of "code" but to find out more you will just have to listen.
Nobody does banter quite like R.R Haywood and this natural and often funny interactions between his characters makes for a great listen. I also quite enjoy the throw in of the odd stereotype with regards to people of different countries like the British ship having to be a "HMS" rather than a "Worldship" and it being full of pet dogs.........because the truth is we Brits do like our four legged friends!
The narration is by Colin Morgan is top notch and he breathes life into every character and with multiple accents, he was very well cast for this intrepid adventure.
This is a riviting story and I can't wait to see what happens next on Worldship Beijing and Worldship Humility. Bring it on Mr Haywood......your audience awaits!

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Wow

Loved it absolutely loved it can't wait for the next one absolutely brilliant wow just wow

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Good characters

I love j wood because you invest in the characters you want them to do well. Great humor throughout.. and really we’ll preformed you would think there was more than one person reading

Can’t wait till the next one

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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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The future never sounded so good

Absolutely excellent start to the trilogy. Starts like most 'Earth destroyed, must find a new planet' stories but quickly changes pace once the main characters meet. A refreshing change, its all about the plight of the people than sci fi jargon, of which there is enough to keep the listener interested. Its very funny in parts. The author has carried this across from his other brilliant books.
Colin Morgan is a revelation. He totally brings the characters to life and has a huge portfolio of voices.
Highly recommended!

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Another smasher

Another fabulous book and loveable characters

Colin Morgan ...divine! Can’t wait for the next instalment.

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I grew into it

I wasn't convinced about the writing initially, but with funny dialogue and good characters it really grew om me and I'm definitely looking forward to the next instalment.

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Excellent story beautifully performed

A fantastic book and brilliant characters. Couldn’t put it down. Really brilliant narrator! Actually laughed out loud many times. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to any sci-fi or space opera fan.

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love this author, love his books.

this is well worth a credit. yet another fantastic story read by an amazing narrator. I can't wait to read/hear the next one in this series.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Janet Haynes
  • 10-02-19

This was fantastic!

This is my second audio book . I almost cancelled my subscription because the first book's narrator kept putting me to sleep. You won't sleep with this one. Colin Morgan does a phenomenal job of making this book come alive. It was hard to believe that it was just one man doing all of the voices of the different characters. As you might guess, I highly recommend this audio book!! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-19

How many voices can you play..!!! How lovely😊

I'm very happy. It seems several Colins talk to me at once in various people's characters. He acts even female characters really well. I hope that I can listen to more his works in the close future.

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  • TK2.0
  • 16-02-19

Haywood has the most enjoyable characters.

Huge fan of extracted series and see the same likeable and funny characters in this series. Too many really likeable characters to name one. very enjoyable read. I was hesitant from the off choice of narrators. He has a very heavy accent. Odd choice. His range of voices is pretty incredible though and did a great job. Outside of the Harry Potter Jim Dale reading this was the best range of male and female characters I have heard. Good book, good narration skills. Sad it ended with so little resolved and so many loose ends.

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  • w.s.
  • 13-02-19

Can't wait for the next one!

That was an awesome story! Please write more and record more. I really loved it!

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  • BuckeyeOrDie
  • 05-02-19

Great characters

RR Haywood has a gift for creating enjoyable characters and dropping them into painfully awkward situations. And thank goodness for us! This new release is no exception. The setting and world-building are a departure from his other series, but I’m liking where the story is going and I’m intrigued by the possibilities. The tension doesn’t seem to get as thick in this book as in his others, but it seems we’re still early in the eventual story arc. If his other works are any indication, Haywood will be ratcheting up the nail-biting (and the humor) in future episodes. And I do hope there are future episodes.

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  • alba
  • 02-02-19

More Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan shows such range in voices that you forget he is reading all of characters. Get him to read a few more audibles and you have a new customer.

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  • Jimmie V. Wooten Jr.
  • 20-02-19

Love this author!

Loved this book! I absolutely love the way this author develops his characters, especially the strong women. I'd read the ingredients on a cereal box if this author wrote it!