• King David's Spaceship

  • By: Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Rob Dean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 12-19-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4.3 (67 ratings)

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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....
©1980 Jerry Pournelle (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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By Travers R Body on 08-10-15

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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By Amazon Customer on 10-08-17

Delightfully entertaining.

My family loved it. Now my family wants me to see if there is a second book!

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By logan on 07-12-14

Great self-contained story

Would you listen to King David's Spaceship again? Why?

Possibly not right away, but definitely in time. It is a perfect example of well written and performed science fiction.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Malcom Dougal- he has such a clear sense of noble purpose, yet is willing to do anything to see his goal realised. The dichotomy makes for a very interesting character in the brief glimpses we get.

What about Rob Dean’s performance did you like?

His narration brings out the sense of desperate determination present in all of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes , as the aspects that deal with protracted periods of time are outlined with key points , it gives it a real sense of pace, making it difficult not to get swept up in.

Any additional comments?

Well conceived story arch, that ties up all the loose ends and feels like a fitting conclusion to the characters journey.

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