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Quarter Share

A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 1
Lu par : Jeffrey Kafer
Durée : 7 h et 44 min
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What if we sent freighters instead of frigates?

In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive?

When Ishmael Wang's mother dies in a senseless accident, he's given a choice: leave the planet on his own, or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.

Find out what Ishmael must do to earn his Quarter Share.

©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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  • Global
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it just draws you in

Loved it. It's one of those narratives that just draws you into the the main character 's daily life aboard a starship freighter, along with his mess mates and Ann entrepreneurial spirit.
A good narration too, with subtle characterisations.

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  • Marc
  • 29/09/2016

Nathan vs Jeffrey

I downloaded these stories some time ago directly from Nathan's page. They were free, so I gave them a chance and was pleasantly surprised at how the story carried forward.

*** This is not a cut at Jeffrey. His performance was nicely done. However, Nathan's reading was exceptional. I was surprised to find that you hadn't used his.

I have no personal experience with the civilian side of nautical service, but think this might be a good rendition of the merchant marine concept taken to space faring. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Nichol
  • 25/05/2016

An Easy Listen

Where does Quarter Share rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am a big fan of all of the Tale's from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, and Quarter Share was my introduction to this universe. This was the first time I've seen a slice of life style story set in a sci-fi world. Normally, if there are spaceships there are either aliens, and/or war. And those stories have a place in my heart, but until I first listened to Quarter Share, I had no idea I even WANTED a story about the day to day life of a furturistic merchant marine. Now I've looked for others, but have yet to find one that compares to this series.There is something timeless about the story, so that, if not for the occasional tech, and science talk, Ish's story feels like it could take place in any time or place, be it today, or 200 years ago.Also, the further the series goes along, the more you feel like your looking at the early years of some great and important figure, and learning how he found his ideals and beliefs.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the timelessness of the story. I also like the spirit of cooperation this story inspires. Ish doesn't set out to change the spacer culture, or to make Pip a better crewman. He just wants to learn, and to make things better for everyone, and it's recognized by others, and people generally respond to it positively.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ish and Pip begin private trading, and ultimately organize the co-op.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Our Journey Through The Deep Dark

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  • bluestategirl
  • 23/01/2017

Excellent Narration / Fantastic Book!!!


Quarter Share is intelligent, well written, tells a familiar yet original story, and has a fully fleshed out main character whose story you'll care about. (It was also perfect for me over the last few chaotic months when all I wanted to do was stay in bed with the covers pulled over my head while the world went to hell in a hand basket. Hello Hell!)

However, if you are not anxiety prone, and want a action packed sci fi to read, move along -- this isn't it. This is the nuts and bolts of life on a merchant space ship with all the attendant excitement of visiting ports of call and making deals on cargo. Our guy is bright, works his way up the chain of command with alacrity, and he has nice friends. However, very little happens beyond that. No wars, aliens, romance, or even disagreements between the crew -- like watching spiffy paint dry on the prow of a really pretty ship. NIce, but really, there are more interesting things to read if you are so inclined.

So of course, I've already bought book 2! (It's looking to be the start of a crazy 4 years, and I need my sleep.)

Younger guys might really like it since it does have a Horatio Hornblower thing going, without the whips and the scurvy.

BUT -- And I'm embarrassed to admit this -- this is an edited version of this review. Originally I wrote the following: ". . . this book was NOT helped by Jeffrey Kafer's "Joe Friday, just the facts, mam" delivery. His monotone precision was a literal yawn, and his blank blandness added zero emotional nuance. It's a shame really. The MC is 18 when it starts, so a younger, more enthusiastic performance could have added much, including the sense of a real young man's life being lived."

WRONG. After reading the entire series (and it's a nice long one), and listening to Jeffrey Kafer's performance in every book, I am convinced that the series wouldn't be as great as it is without him. Consequently, I have placed a dunce cap on my head and spent some time in a corner contemplating the mistake of first impression reviews..

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: For everyone!

Fun Fact: I was on the Exxon Valdez in 1989 (not kidding). I traveled with my ex on the ship from New Orleans to Houston, where we disembarked before it continued on to infamy. I learned that living on a merchant ship was a weird half-life situation full of tedium, monotony, unrelenting engine noise, vibrating metal walls and floors, and ok food. In short: dreary. So, like the characters in this book, getting off ship to relax in port was the ONLY thing keeping the crew sane. Just saying.

But what most people don't know about that particular ship is that the big oil companies lobbied Congress to pass a law allowing companies like Exxon to ship their oil in the cheaper, lighter, single hulled tankers, like the Valdez, to save profits. So, instead of the safer double hulled tankers that they used to run -- that single hull tanker split in half and dumped it's cargo.

So of course they blamed the captain.

Thanks Congress!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11/05/2016

The delightful start to an enjoyable journey

Quarter Share is the first of Nathan Lowell's Trader's Tales, detailing the journey of Ishmael Horatio Wang ("call me Ishmael") from a raw, quarter-share, green newbie on the Solar Clipper Lois McKendrick, to the owner of a trading ship himself.

Quarter Share is not high adventure, but quiet pleasure. No one is in great peril, no wars or murders or shoot-em-ups happen. So if your tastes run to MilSF, this probably isn't for you.

What Nathan Lowell gives us is a a _good story_. One we can listen to and enjoy. Jeffrey Kafer's narration is good, with no over-dramatization and good pacing -- much in the style of the author's own reading of the book earlier as a podcast. Highly recommended, and I can't wait for the rest of the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23/09/2016

Good But Not Nathan Lowell

What did you love best about Quarter Share?

I adore these stories. I've listened to them for years and I own the hard copies! The overall story line would have to be what I love most.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ishmael is the main character but I have always loved Cookie.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jeffrey Kafer?

Yes.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Like I said, I love these books. However, I feel that Audible/Jeffrey Kafer dropped the ball a bit on the recording details. I have listed to Nathan Lowell's performance of these books and Mr. Kafer is mispronouncing many of the names and descriptive words. I would have hoped that the performer would have talked to the author of the book to see how to pronounce the "odd ball" items. It kills me to be expecting "Roo-by-a" and hear "Roob".

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  • peter van ettinger
  • 10/05/2016

a coming of age in space story

Where does Quarter Share rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this books ranks in the top 10 percent as far as books that I have read

Who was your favorite character and why?

my favorite character is pip the reason why is I have a hard time identifying with the main character Ishmael but Pip is me in many ways. this is a coming of age story and the struggles this secondary character goes through are the same types of struggles I would have,. pip also has my sense of humor and reacts to problems in the same way I would react.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jeffery kafer does a good job. I have listened to before reading The empires Corp series by Christopher gnutella.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no...

Any additional comments?

I first listened to this book six years ago. the author had released it free on the internet and actually read the book himself. I am excited to see it on audible and in print because it truly is science fiction of a different type and does not fit the stereotypical science fiction story, there is no climatic battle or life changing story in fact you will spend most the story waiting for the story to start unable to put it down because the book begs you to continue reading till you get to the end and realize you want to hear more of this authors work.

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  • M. Pannenberg
  • 27/10/2016

Nice easy story without drama

It's a pleasant listen. Nothing ever goes wrong and everyone is nice to each other. I can only imagine that this is because it should really be the first part of a larger book.

What really bothers me is that the book is advertised as over 7 hours long, but when you check the chapters you'll notice the last one is 1 hour by itself. Turns out that's the preview for the next book. That just feel underhanded and scammy. I like the story but am not sure I want to support this practice by buying the rest of the series.

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  • Anne Reiswig
  • 31/01/2017

This book is a great start to a great series.

What did you love best about Quarter Share?

This book reminded me of Robert Heinlein's earlier works. Not a bunch of blood, or violence. Just a good old fashioned adventure that kept you reading.

What did you like best about this story?

The main characters were well written and fun.

Any additional comments?

We ended up buying the whole series and it was all fun to listen to.

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  • Elliot
  • 30/01/2017

A review of the series:Bildungsroman - IN SPAAACE

I bought this book because I enjoyed Jeffrey Kafer's performance in the Starship's Mage series (which I highly recommend if you like the Solar Clipper books, by the way).

I have now listened to every book available in this series, and I recommend it to anyone who likes creative fiction, coming-of-age (Bildungsroman), romance, space opera, naval stories, sci-fi, well I guess anyone really.

I disagree with those who think Jeffrey Kafer's narration isn't enthusiastic enough. He presents everyone in a believable matter. He doesn't ham it up. I mean, the stories take place on ships that have an air of formality that is almost military in nature. Given the adaptability of the protagonist, it's not surprising that he adopts a deliberate way of speaking.

Okay, now I really have to say something in particular after listening to every Solar Clipper book. I sometimes feel like the series should really be called "An Amateur Food and Coffee Connoisseur's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper; Also People Eating." Seriously, I have never encountered a book series that had so much plot revolving around meals and coffee. If Nathan Lowell didn't make sure the protagonist had a jogging fixation (and later Tai Chi), he would be 300kg by the end of the first book.

The protagonist, Ishmael Wang, really is very likable, even if he is a borderline Mary Sue (Gary Stu?). Nonetheless, you will still find yourself rooting for his successes. I'm impressed with how the author is able to convey modesty so compellingly through a character who is rather naturally talented. The series so far follows Ishmael's life from the age of 18 to 40, which isn't at all middle age in this medically advanced future. The character ages well and in a believable manner. Almost all of the characters have real depth. Moreover, the author should be applauded for their gender and sexuality awareness.

I appreciate how the advanced science, technology, and engineering is portrayed. The author doesn't get too hung up on it, and he finds a way to describe these elements within the framework of the plot. I believe that this really helps the reader understand the concepts even better than most alternatives. You will find yourself having no trouble orientating yourself in this theoretical future. The only thing I wish we know more about is the planets. Unsurprisingly, most of the story takes place on ships or in orbitals. It isn't until the next series that the author even hints at what's going on planet-side in most cases. Earth is only mentioned in passing as Old Earth. It isn't encountered at all. We have no idea where it is in relation to the star systems visited. This is a bit reminiscent of Hyperion.

Give the book a shot. If you end up liking it, you'll be in for a nice long ride.

Thank you Mr. Lowell for your efforts in creating this universe. I look forward to the next edition.

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  • D.B. Cooper
  • 28/06/2016

need the next 4 books

i would buy the next 4 books in 4 minuets. if you are looking for more like this lois mcmaster
bujold vorkosigan saga is a great series.it is so nice to see character based science fiction coming back.

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