King David's Spaceship

  • by Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by Rob Dean
  • 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 3013.
The imperial navy has invaded Prince Samual's world....

The superior weaponry of the CoDominium Empire has brought unity to the Samualans - at the cost of their liberty.
Their last bid for freedom is to create a space program. But the knowledge to build a starship is extinct.
Colonel Nathan MacKinnie, leads a daring raid to steal these secrets from the planet of Makassar, where the key to space technology is guarded by Temple priests.

MacKinnie battles across the universe, to wrest away the knowledge left by the first settlers who traversed the void of space from a planet called Old Earth. To live in peace they must fight for ancient secrets. To gain their freedom they must build....

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New Perspectives, Writer Solves Everything.

I am a love it or leave it kind of person. I don't have time to waste on a mediocre book. This book does not disappoint. It is just as well written as all the other books by Jerry Pournelle that i have read. As I listened to the book I kept thinking of problems the characters would have to overcome. Sometimes those problems are overlooked by writers to make the book flow. Not only did every issue I thought of as an obstacle get addressed, but done so in a believable way. I am particularly impressed with how engrossed I was by the story, as told by the natives, so quickly. All the other books in the CoDominium universe that I have read were from the Imperial view. When I looked at the audio book for the first time I didn't think I would enjoy it as much, since the book is told from the local's viewpoint. The opposite could not have been truer. I really enjoyed getting this perspective and seeing arrogance and superiority where I had not previously thought about it. Great new depth on the CoDominium verse for me.
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- Travers R Body

Not a lot of science in this science fiction work

Where does King David's Spaceship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the worst, yet not the best. Probably the middle of the pack.


How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The storyline was fine. It just could've used more techy stuff interjected into the story line. Also, I might've expanded on the ending. But, I can't say more without spoiling it for others.


What about Rob Dean’s performance did you like?

Fine. He sure has a gravelly voice compared to some other readers I've listened to.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really and no. But, very few books make me have those kinds of reactions.


Any additional comments?

I've seen different references that this takes place either chronologically before, or parallel with Mote in God's Eye, so I decided to read this one first, and am now working on Mote. What will be interesting to see is if there is more back story in Mote, which was sorely lacking in KDS

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- robertjm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios