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I feel this series was more of a military Sci-Fi than a Space Opera. I get that there is no hard science for their space travel, and the many species of characters, even though genetically human based, it was still a lot of Military Training in each book. In fact, each book had an expanded section of Military Training. It was interesting, and very accurate, as the author spend a lot of time in the marines. It shows. Here is my review for each individual book:
1 - This isn't my typical Sci-Fi read. It seems the world is already established, and I kind of just jumped in. That being said, it was easy to get interested. I like the diverse characters, their unique traits and the exploration they go on. As it turns out, they find something they don't suspect, and need to work together as a team, just as they had back in training camp together, to overcome the threat. It's a great tale of friendship and love, and I'm looking forward to finishing the rest of the series.
2 - Another great book in this series. I was happy to see them return to the last planet. I liked the internal politics keeping them apart, it was suspenseful and fun. I think the resolution happened a little too easily without much explanation with cats just being cats and pwning everyone. However, I will say, I love the attitude of the cats in this book. It reminds me of Jim Butcher's new Steampunk series. Cats are the true intelligent species in our galaxy. They sure act like it!
3 - Another enjoyable tale. The two highlight characters of the series were Cain, and his wife. I was happy to see the resolution between them in this book. I really loved their relationship in book 1, and was frustrated when he held onto his former girlfriend. However, after meeting the former girlfriend in book 2, it made a lot more sense, and made me connect with her as well. I can see his choice was hard, but ultimately, I feel he made the right choice. I loved this book, the action. It was sad to see some of the characters fall, but it was well done. I feel the meeting with earth was a little glossed over, with no real resolution at the end. I imagine it's a piece of the puzzle for a larger series at work, but still unresolved for a trilogy, which was a little frustrating. And same with the unresolved politics back home. Other than those unfinished pieces, I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy.
Listening to the audio book of this trilogy, I will say, the narrator is way too slow. When I changed my mp3 player's speed from 'normal' to 'fast' it made a HUGE difference. Fast speed is definitely the pace you'll want to listen at, especially with the military style the book is written in. It gives it that fast pace feel, which the narrator at normal speed did not. When I set the audio to fast, he sounded perfect.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Cygnus Space Opera: Books 1 to 3 to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the printed versions.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cygnus Space Opera: Books 1 to 3?
I particularly enjoyed the discovery of the source of the robots. The introduction of Billy-Joe-Bob to "Boxy".
What does Chris Abernathy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The tone. Chris puts a lot of effort into making sure that the narration of the books is done well, and conveys the emotions of the characters wonderfully.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The books made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions. Brutus in particular.
Any additional comments?
Great stories, narrated well. A great team for creating audio books. I hope to listen to more in this series.