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Publisher's Summary

When Earth is rocked by evidence that extraterrestrials may have seeded human DNA throughout the universe, a one-way expedition into deep space is mounted to uncover the truth. What linguist Meg Dupris and her crewmates aboard the Earth ship Damocles discover on Didet - a planet bathed in the near-eternal daylight of seven suns - is a humanoid race with a different language, a different look, and a surprisingly similar society. But here, it’s the "Earthers" who are the extraterrestrial invaders, and it’s up to Meg - a woman haunted by tragedy and obsessed with the power of communication - to find the key to establishing trust between the natives and the newcomers. In Loul Pell, a young Dideto male thrust into the forefront of the historic event, Meg finds an unexpected kindred spirit, and undertakes an extraordinary journey of discovery, friendship, and life-altering knowledge.Told from both sides of a monumental encounter, Damocles is a compelling novel about man’s first contact with an extraterrestrial race.
©2013 S. G. Redling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 06-05-13

What did I tell you about that pie!?

What made the experience of listening to Damocles the most enjoyable?

I've never listened to a book narrated by Angela Dawe before, but I think her performance on Damocles is one of the best I've experienced from a female narrator. The hang-up in most cases are the character voices and that can make or break the audio performance. I think Angela did an awesome job with all the voices (even the males) and it added to the enjoyment of the story. I've listened to some narrations where it totally ruined it. Kudos to Angela Dawe!!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Damocles?

The first-contact scene playing out. The headline of this review is a nod to that scene. That's all I'll say about it.

What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Again, the character voices. If a narrator does a good job, it totally adds another dimension to the book - and she did! I read some of the book on my own (thank you Whispersync for Voice) and it can be a little hard to read when working through the parts where they are trying to understand each other's language. It was much more enjoyable listening to it (for me) than reading it to myself.

Any additional comments?

I like first contact stories and this was enjoyable. Enjoyable enough that I finished it in two days which is rare for me (maybe a first.) There were some parts of the story where I rolled my eyes (a bit too silly) and some parts I would have liked explored more. Some of it was too un-realistic in my opinion. But hey, it's not my book. What I LOVED the most was the telling of the story from both viewpoints, the local Dideto and the alien Earthers, AKA "Urfers." Sometimes this viewpoint would just flip flop as the story continued, but most of the time it would rewind and re-tell the same scene from the other viewpoint. This was cool! Very cool actually!! All-in-all it was a fun story, had enjoyable characters, it flowed well, and I really liked it. That's what matters most, right? I highly recommend!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Kathy on 01-11-14

Swimming against the current!

I thought I loved science fiction and first contact stories, so I figured I would really like this book, especially with all the glowing great reviews. Not so.

It just did not grab me at all. There was none of the mystery and spine-tingling excitement you would expect at first contact with an alien species. We are told they evolved from burrowing animals, yet they are SO human-like. How did that happen? So we land on their planet and go about trying to find a way of mutually communicating. My dog understands more words than the Didetos learned during their brief encounter with us as the aliens. The great majority of this story involved very simplistic talking and sharing of very simplistic ideas. Almost nothing happens except a few misunderstandings that evolve into almost nothing. We hear endlessly about their very sensitive finger pads and their thrumming. It is mentioned over and over again. Then, it is time for us to leave. Minor crisis in finding minerals which is quickly remedied and we take off.

Why did we land? What did we learn about this species? I am sorry but I want-need more than this to entertain me. I need a bit more action and certainly alot more mystery! I would not read any further science fiction by this author. The narrator did not add to the listening experience--she too was just unimpressive.

So bite me! I told you I was swimming against the current.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Louis Hall on 04-13-17


Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, there is nothing new in this book. It is predictable, and a bit boring.

How could the performance have been better?

Personally I found her voice high pitched, and irritating. It was unpleasant to listen to. The character acting was bad. Strange choice for an audio book.

Any additional comments?

I love sci-fi, I read and listen to a lot of it. This is not worth your time.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Brendan on 05-06-17

could get past the character accents

tempted to say hell no, avoid, terrible audio, apparently it's a good book. 2 words remaining

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 02-16-15

What a great surprise

Wasn't sure what to expect with this novel - but wow, what a great surprise!!!
This book is well worth getting, and re-reading two or three times, just to giggle with glee all the bits you didn't "notice" the first time (not that you have to do this, but I did just for fun)

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