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I shall say right out front, that I received a promotional copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
I will further say, that I plan to spend one of my own credits when the talented Ms. Klett and Mr. Sutherland release the next book in audio.
Perhaps I was a lost cause from the start. I adore a good scifi. I adore a new clever take on faster than light travel. I adore a military scifi (especially naval). I adore sailing and tall ships. I adore a smart, tough female protagonist refusing to let patriarchy define her.
And I adore a well intonated British accent.
"Into the Dark" would have had me from the third page... even if it WEREN'T a darn good story.
Horatio Hornblower, Honor Harrington, Sassinak, Kylara Vatta, Keladry of Mindolin, a bit of Nicholas Seafort...
if Mr. Sutherland isn't familiar with all these series, he damn well ought to be, for it's hardly a ground-breaking genre... but why should it be? Sutherland's story is well-paced, plausible, amusing and somber by turns. Alexis Carew is a fine inheritor of the reluctant, or perhaps humble, hero mantle. Her demeanor is charmingly modern, her disinterest in the trappings of expected behavior admirable, and her interaction with others totally credulous.
I was charmed.
The book is also, in many ways, absurd.
The mental gymnastics required to shoehorn Tall Ships into interstellar space are... daunting. BUT, by God, Sutherland managed it, and I was willing to buy the whole line of nonsense... and smile. It IS absurd, but... I found myself shrugging and saying "well, and why not?" Sails and rigging and cannon and broadsides, and 18th century British naval discipline alongside FTL transit, and colony disputes. I laughed, I shook my head in astonishment that I was OK with it.
And I was. Completely.
Elizabeth Klett is charming, well paced, and clearly in tune with the material. Her cultured British accent at times both at odds with the content, and yet perfectly tuned to set the stage. The production is clean, the audio quality top notch, and I applaud her performance. I look forward to more.
Do treat yourself to this one. If you are a lover of Sci Fi, if you are an admirer of strong female characters who simply (to quote a recent meme) "give absolutely zero ^#$(*&" about what the world expects of them. If you love a good naval romp, or if you just want to have a fun time in a fanciful yet gritty world...
Buy this. Buy this immediately, and enjoy.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
I TRULY enjoyed the Story of the young Alexis Carew and her innocent tough kid willing to take on the unknown to attempt to save her family properties while not just falling inline to the unfair status quo laws.
The Story gives you more of a European or British style of how young people are a bit more grown up a little earlier in life, at least where it counts.
Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job reading this first book in the Story of Young Miss Carew.
I did not expect to enjoy this book nd thought it may be a good listen for my daughter but I couldn't put it down.
I hope my daughter grows up to be as tough, sharp, responsible and respectable as the young lady in this book.
Good Show Lass!
I am a single 40 something guy with a daughter who's Audible library is pushing 400 books and hope to write something worth publishing one day. Audible needs a single section or chat room because I read so much I don't have time to date.
"Reading can take you anywhere you want to go without leaving your home"
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Where does Into the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Fun exciting and not too deep
What did you like best about this story?
I like a strong female lead charector and the combination of old wooden ship navy tradition with a sci-fi theme worked well
What does Elizabeth Klett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Well modulated voice and good diction
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
It's a woman's life in the royal navy!
Any additional comments?
Pretty much a modern version of Horatio Hornblower, which I like. Bought into the dark on a whim and liked it, listening to Mutineer now and have just downloaded The Little Ships. Will there be any more?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is great fun. Alexis joins the Royal Navy as a midshipman on the spur of the moment and heads off into space aboard a sailing ship at a time when GIRLS don't join the Navy. Lots of adventures, excitement, laugh out loud humour and the scene is set for a - hopefully - long series. I already have book 2, can't wait to start.
Narration is good, though it seems odd hearing an English accent speaking some very American phraseology, and there are one or two rather odd pronunciations, but overall, an excellent job, clear diction, each character well defined, without the awful gruffness of some female narrators with male characters.
All in all, an excellent listen.