Barbarians at the Gates : The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire

  • by Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Series: The Decline and Fall of the Galactic Empire
  • 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Federation has endured for hundreds of years, but now it is dying, killed by the corruption and decadence of the Senate and the rising power of military warlords. The shipping lanes are coming apart, the colonists are revolting, and outside forces are pressing against undefended borders. Now, as one warlord makes a bid for supreme power, the entire edifice is on the verge of falling apart. Two officers, bearers of a proud military tradition, may be all that stands between the Federation and total destruction.
For Admiral Marius Drake, there is no greater cause than the survival of humanity's prized unity. For the young and ambitious Roman Garibaldi, the growing civil war offers a chance of promotion far beyond the usual boundaries. Together they will save the Federation or die trying. But with the Senate suspicious of any competent commanding officers, their success may condemn them to an inglorious death.


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This is a new series based on the same basic idea as the other series that of a collapsing Empire. In this book the Federation is collapsing and warlords are staking out their territories. Our protagonists are Admiral Marius drake and Lt. Roman Garibaldi.

The book has more naval action than most of the other series by Nuttall. I have read enough of Nuttall’s books now to be amazed at his imagination. As this is the first book in the series Nuttall is building his baseline for the series. I enjoyed the space combat and the tactical strategy of commanding a fleet.

I noted the Italian names and the title and thought Nuttall is playing with the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Overall I enjoyed the story. The narrator is new to me but Time Gerard Reynolds did a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Narration obscures material

Incessant pointless random changes in inflection, pacing, and intonation are a constant distraction.

The book itself is a less mature product than 'Empires Corps' series (which was quite good).
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- norb "I listen to audiobooks."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-30-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios