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Space Captain Smith

De : Toby Frost
Lu par : Clive Catterall
Durée : 7 h et 6 min
Prix : 11,08 €
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Description

Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms.

Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew - a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald - he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind….

©2008 Toby Frost (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc

Critiques

"Frost's debut, a light-hearted interstellar adventure, focuses on a second-rate captain, Isambard Smith. Plucked from a desk job in the bureaucracy of the 25th century British Space Empire, Smith, whose attitudes are straight out of the original British Empire, is sent on a simple mission to escort Rhianna Mitchell from her home on the hippie planet New Francisco to the spaceport Midlight. Naturally the mission isn't as straightforward as Smith is led to believe and he finds himself making mortal enemies of the alien 462 and the evangelical Captain Gilead. Sudden scene changes leave the reader momentarily confused, and offhand references to pop science fiction culture are more clichéd than clever. An ironic sense of British rectitude nicely contrasts with the satire of 1940s space opera, but Frost never quite finds his voice or pacing." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Gives the sacred cows of sci-fi a good kicking before racing home in time for tea." (Dick Maggs, director of BBC Radio 4's The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
A highly enjoyable read of daring-do and regular wit and humor." (James Roberts, Gatehouse Gazette)

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  • Jason Rubino
  • 03/02/2013

Definitely up to Audible's Standards

Would you listen to Space Captain Smith again? Why?

Yes. Its a light, fun, entertaining book filled with and abundant of humorous pop culture references.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Captain Smith?

I found all of the characters to be instantly likable.

What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

I thought his understated delivery fit perfectly with the pace and style of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several times in this book I found myself laughing out loud.

Any additional comments?

I hesitated about buying this book because of the bad reviews on Audible, but I finally downloaded because of recommendation I've found on other sites. I am so glad I did, all three books in the trilogy are a delight to listen to. It's a lighthearted adventure that sucks in within the first few minutes. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and fun sci-fi adventures, I highly recommend this book and the rest in the trilogy.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Ijw
  • 21/06/2015

Space Opera with British Humor

My neighbors must wonder why I am snickering as I do yard work. This is the book that kept me smiling as I pulled weeds in 100+ weather.

This is the kind of space opera I like: quirky, sly, tongue-in-cheek, 'don't take yourself too seriously'. Our hero, Smith, is a little ego heavy; clueless, but well-meaning. He has an alien sidekick, and android female pilot. The potential girlfriend is a flower child! (Google the term if you are too young to know what that refers to ;) .) Characters lean toward stereotypes, some from old war movies, but everybody has a back story and the sly humor makes them likable, each in their own way. Even the villains are entertaining.

The characters and plot are loosely patterned after Saturday afternoon serials from the movie houses of yesteryear, with lots of references to 'pop culture' (i.e. movies; don't miss Casablanca). But don't worry if you don't catch them all, I'm sure I didn't. The story is written in the naive style of the '40's. However the book's voice is subtly self-aware. The humor comes from playing with underhanded, sneaky exaggeration of the stereotypes. Many sacred cows are slaughtered.

The narration is very good. I could only fault it slightly for being delivered in soto voice. But that is a quibble. The narrator does know how to deliver this kind of humor. (Some do not.)

To achieve humor and sustain it for a whole novel, I think, is an under-appreciated skill. The humor is subtle. That is, the reader has pay attention to detail. For instance our hero, Smith, while infatuated with the potential love interest, totally misses the signals that she tries to send indicating her interest. The author was able convey that nuance in a warm, human tone, without demeaning either of them.

I've read all three audiobooks, now, and can say the author didn't let me down. I would put it in the same category as "Starship Grifters" by Robert Kroese, "Willful Child" by Steven Erikson, and "Emperor Mollusk vs the Sinister Brain" by A Lee Martinez.

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  • F. Shifreen
  • 12/08/2011

Space Captain Smith not up to Audible Standards

I found Space Captain Smith the worst book on Audible that I ever bought. It was amateurish, poorly plotted and a story that I had to struggle through to finally give up in disgust half-way through. I cannot understand how this book got through the Audible vetting process. I have bought over 100 Audible books and being number 100 is not a good place. The characters wooden, the plot hackneyed, the action not believable, the dialog ... trying to think of an adjective that describes the depth of it. Do not waste your money.

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    1 out of 5 stars
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  • toast84
  • 12/06/2012

I regret buying this

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The reaction this book sparked in me was 100% Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Could not even finish. I wanted to like this book but it failed.

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  • nemo42
  • Berlin, Deutschland
  • 15/08/2011

Very British!

Captain Smith is thrilled to finally command a space ship, but his new assignment turns out quite different than he expected. Soon he must defend himself, his motley crew, and indeed the second British Empire itself from aliens, fanatics and even hippies. All that with little more than a strong belief in common decency, waxed mustaches, and a stiff upper lip. But of course an officer and gentleman rises to the challenge - if it occasionally results in savage mayhem, well, these blokes had it coming, hadn't they?

Toby Frost's imaginative story has everything you expect from a space opera, and is chock-a-block full of SciFi genre references - can you spot them all? Clive Catteral also does a brilliant job of bringing the quirky characters to life.

The book is still hilarious the second time. All in all well worth a try, and I hope there will be more of this soon!