Seventy years ago, the interstellar supercarrier Ark Royal was the pride of the Royal Navy. But now, her weapons are outdated and her solid-state armour nothing more than a burden on her colossal hull. She floats in permanent orbit near Earth, a dumping ground for the officers and crew the Royal Navy wishes to keep out of the public eye. But when a deadly alien threat appears, the modern starships built by humanity are no match for the powerful alien weapons. Ark Royal and her mismatched crew must go on the offensive, buying time with their lives And yet, with a drunkard for a Captain, an over-ambitious first officer and a crew composed of reservists and the dregs of the service, do they have even the faintest hope of surviving....
And returning to an Earth which may no longer be there?
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Von Christian Esch Am hilfreichsten 20.07.2015
At the very least, it's the worst military SF book I have ever listened to. First, the basic idea does not make a lot of sense. Why the hell should very nation in the world decide to build huge numbers of military spacecraft that seem unable to survive one shot from any weapon? Well, I tend to allow one peace of ballonium for any story. If the author had been able to produce a story with that, I would have been fine. But he did not.
His characters are cardboard, there is no social or personal tension in any way (well, the aristocratic second in command has several seconds of doubt about his drunkard and loser (but very capable) captain, but taking one shuttle flight with him, he of course becomes No.1 fan of him. And the unhappily married fighter ace of course falls in love with the young hotshot fighter Pilot (you know, 200 years in the future, men and women have common showers and not enough room to sleep alone, but regulation forbid any kind of sexual contact).
Well, of course I don't only read military SF for personal development (who is?), but actually, the battle scenes are even worse. Not only does everyone (humans and aliens) fight on a level that would have any ten-year-old kid with a computer in tears (laughing or crying), but we are treated to wonderful descriptions on how the spacecraft need time to accelerate, only to have them park their spacecraft from the highest speeds at the blink of an eye.
The dialogues are wooden and repetitive to the extreme.
I was not amazed with the quality of the reading, either, but that might have been a thing of accents.
Von Roman Am hilfreichsten 14.09.2014
Was braucht dieses Hörbuch, um für Sie zu einem 4- oder 5-Sterne Hörerlebnis zu werden?
Flache Geschichte, Charaktere und Dialoge. Manche Klischees sind so dick aufgetragen, dass man schon wieder grinsen muss.
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