Lieutenant Commander Alexandria Novastra is set the task of determining if the legends about a powerful device that is supposed to guide humanity and civilization are merely myth or based on some reality. Much to her surprise, she learns that the legends are based in truth.
It is only then she learns that the device is addictive. She realizes that she cannot turn this device over to her commanders. Military minds and all-consuming, potentially-destructive powers do not make a good match. She reluctantly accepts that she needs to drop out of the system to protect the device and humanity. To do that, she enlists the aid of a crafty ex-con.
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An excellent listen - you'll want to read it, too!
I don't listen to many audiobooks so I don't have a lot of comparison to go by. However, the other experiences I had were very static next to this one. It includes all kinds of bells and whistles: music, sound effects, and (best of all) a variety of character voices. Though my audiobook experiences have been minimal, I'd say this touches on all the fronts an audiobook should touch on for me. And, hopefully, for you, too.
One drawback to audio - you don't see how names appear in writing. So, as not to butcher the name of the individual I found most endearing, I will choose not to share it. However, in hopes of creating a little bit of mystery, I'll give you this clue: Pleasure Planet ;)
In one of the early chapters, there is a whole segment that describes reentry into a planet's atmosphere. There are plenty of great segments in the book, but that was one of the first to make an impression on me (the first of many).
Wanted to: yes. Able to: no. For my own listening habits, I did not find it one that I could listen to all at once. There is a lot of content in each chapter so I feel like it may be better if you enter the experience intending to listen in chunks.
While reading this, I was very impressed by the detail in it. The characters and the setting are developed in the most exciting and complete ways, ways that you almost exclusively see in science fiction. The author demonstrates their strong comprehension of the genre they were writing in. If you enjoy Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, then I suspect you will find "On a Sphere's Edge" thoroughly enjoyable!