Forging Zero

  • by Sara King
  • Narrated by Liam Owen
  • 18 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Legend of Zero begins the epic journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs in a post-apocalyptic universe following a massive alien invasion of Earth. The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence.
Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine-chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie. But first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

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Production issues and some immaturity but fun

GACK! Stop with the sound effects, Please! (more on that later)

This is the second Sara King book I've read, and like the first one, I found it very creative, very descriptive, and the prose well constructed. So why isn't it a great book? There's something very amateur about it. There is very little respect for many of the characters. Oh sure the protagonist gets treated with soft gloves, and one or two of the author's favorites are consistent and enjoyable, but the rest are furniture and their personalities change as needed. Like the other King book, this one doesn't shy away from some issues of sex in it's characters -- but also like the other book, much of what is described is painfully juvenile. I would expect scenes like that written by a 14-year-old, not an adult woman.

As to some serious production issues -- although Liam Owen does a solid job and has great range for characters, some of the attempts to add effects to the production were really annoying. They had some kind of bell/tinkle effect between sections, I suppose to signify the change from one section to another as some authors might do with a line of asterisks or something. Not a horrible idea, but it was done much louder than it should have been, out of nowhere and louder than any of the text being read. It was jarring and annoying. The use of sound chamber effects (like an echo chamber) to cover certain things said were more distraction than helpful and were often out of sync. Another production issue is that when the various chapters were patched together, not enough empty space was placed before the new chapter number was read. So the last sentence in one chapter would end, and with almost no pause at all -- not even as much as for a sentence end, suddenly you'd hear, "Chapter 23..." like there wasn't even a period after the last sentence. It was just poorly managed and should be re-done.
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- Andrew Pollack

That Chimeā€¦

Great story with a great voice performance. With that being said there is a chime used in this production that is loud, brash, and terrifying when not expected. The first time it sounded I almost crashed my car. It had the same effect on my wife...
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- Robert A Dean Jr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-2013
  • Publisher: Sara King