Crusade : Starfire

  • by David Weber, Steve White
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • Series: Starfire
  • 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Spacers call the warp point Charon's Ferry. No star ship has ever entered it and returned since a vengeful Orion task force pursued a doomed Terran colonization fleet into it in 2206. Almost a century has passed. The fiery hatreds of a quarter-century of warfare between the Terran Federation and the Zheeerlikou'valkhannaieeee, the cat-like species humans called the "Orions", have eased at least a little. The "Grand Alliance" forged by the need to fight side-by-side against the genocidal Rigelians remains, but there are those on either side who continue to hate, continue to distrust. Now the strength of that war-forged alliance is about to be tested. For Charon's Ferry is about to give up the secret of its dead. A ship has emerged from the deadly warp point at last. A ship which responds to the challenge of an Orion star ship using ancient human communications codes...then opens fire. The holocaust of interstellar warfare has been ignited anew, in a bloody crusade to free Holy Mother Terra.


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Customer Reviews

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Not up to David Weber's Honor Harrington standards

The only comparison to the Honor Harrington series I can make is the recent ones where many uninteresting characters talk constantly about things that are supposed to be very important but you can't seem to care about them because none of the characters are relateable or interesting enough.

The best impression I can give you is this book is dull. I listen to many books and there are some that even after a couple of listens (not back to back) will hold my interest, like a good movie worth watching again. This book made me keep checking how much more I had left and resent a large portion of that time. The biggest hint of David Weber I got was the analogies thrown around constantly. Early Honor Harrington had good analogies, if sometimes a bit too many of them. This has mediocre analogies pitched at you by a machine.

I wanted to like this, I really did. It was just too hard to slog through it and still find it enjoyable.
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- Sheldon

An OUTSTANDING Story Line Excellent Military SF!

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

Up at the top, David Weber is a premier Military SF writer. These books were written about 15 years ago, and Crusade, In Death Ground and The Shiva Option were the limit until Exodus came out, which marks a different turn to the series.

What other book might you compare Crusade to and why?

Written with the same standard as the best Honor Harrington books. Great character development. You come to really like and respect Admiral Anton and Admiral/Senator/Former president Anderson. The interplay with Kathara the orion with Admiral Anton is very interesting as 2 different views of Honor and culture clash.

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

I don't recall ever hearing him but he is an excellent story teller, giving life to this favorite series I have waited so long to be able to hear.

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

"Intrigue, Suspense, and a Battle of Epic Scale across the Stars" This series would be an excellent basis for a TV series or a movie series. There is enough time and depth to make a series of movies that would be very entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Starfire is a great series I cannot emphasize enough. It was a great read when they first came out, and I have waited years to hear it. The storytelling by the narrator is full flavored, with great character development and clear audio clues as to who is which character. An excellent rendition of an excellent book!

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- Brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios