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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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

Rewards patience. A genre stand-out.

I'm nicking the story half a star for the lack of promptly distinguished main characters. Calling chapter 1 a "prologue" might help some. The problem is that ch.1 introduces two characters, stirs your interest in them, then immediately kills them. (I don't think first-chapter ending revelations count as spoilers, do they?). And it's a while after that before you can figure out who is supposed to really matter in the tale.
But by the end--I think I have to say the Weber-White collaboration has created some characters I will long remember, and in this genre that's really saying something.
Admittedly, the characters are archetypes, but this is not a character-driven genre. (And what's wrong with archetypes, anyway?) It's not really about individuals--it's about civilizations, social upheavals, the evils people commit in the name of co-opted (and usually contrived) religion. And it's about courage, honor, faithfulness to duty, rising to the occasion, embracing responsibility.
I look forward to the next volume.

(Oh, and the battles... so many but so well done!)

I have to say a word about the reader: wow.
OK, so he can't quite tell the difference between an Irish lilt and a Scottish brogue, but the alien characters are so well read--no, animated. The fact that I'll remember them is much owing to Vietor's excellent work.

I look forward to hearing more Vietor as well.
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Book Details

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