Slingshot : The Starchild Series

  • by Robert G. Williscroft
  • Narrated by Trenton Bennett
  • Series: The Starchild Series
  • 13 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Slingshot is a love story - about a man, a woman, another man, another woman, some gender bending...and a machine, the largest ever built.
Slingshot is a mystery - about a missing aviatrix, a conspiracy, a true-believer. Slingshot is an adventure - about following a dream, the ocean-deep, outer space. Slingshot is about constructing the first space launch-loop, stretching 2,000 km between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific. It's about high finance, intrigue, unlimited ambition, heroism, fanaticism, betrayal...and about opening space to the common person.
With a cast of 69, Slingshot takes you from Seattle's world financial district, to the ocean bottom at 5,000 meters off Baker Island, to the edge of space 80 km above. You play with dolphins and battle sharks. You fly and sail and dive, you work and play and love across the vast panorama of an equatorial Pacific being put to leash to serve humanity's surge into outer space.
While its accurate science and precise engineering will appeal to hard science fiction buffs, Slingshot's major focus is the grand journey, the opening of outer space to the common person by men and women who loom larger than life as they work, play, and love.

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Detailed descriptive and precise wordsmithing

What if space travel was made affordable for every single person on the planet?  What if space travel could be proven to be eco-friendly and safe? Would you go?

Slingshot: The Starchild Series written by Robert Williscroft is a multi-faceted book.  It will appeal to science fiction, romance, adventure and conspiracy enthusiasts alike.

This is a story about one man’s dream to build a launch loop that can send anyone and everyone to outer space affordably and eco-friendly.  The building of the launch loop is amazingly detailed and the building of the sky tower is an action packed adventure.  Each step of the book from the idea to the design to the building is realistic and made more so by Williscroft’s detailed descriptions.

Furthermore, Williscroft brings in all the people involved – the divers, the Mohawk high iron workers, the misguided environmentalists, machinists, dolphins, construction workers, hi-financers and more.  He shows you small slices of their lives – what they do, how they love, where they come from and that they all share a common dream.  The story talks about the doers and the behind the scene people who make everything happen but who are nothing more than mere shadows.  Williscroft allows these people to shine in this book – they are the heroes.

Williscroft brought this idea to life through his attention to detail, his descriptive and precise wordsmithing.  His story flows smoothly albeit very detailed.  He develops his characters with great care and a fullness that leaves the listener connected to the story line and characters.  Williscroft immerses his listener fully into the story and keeps them there throughout.

Several twists at the end will leave the reader gasping and stunned; it is a story that should not be missed by anyone who enjoys science fiction and space travel!

Williscroft’s attention to detail, at times, became a bit overwhelming but I would say it was necessary to make it realistic.  This is an epic audiobook of 13 hours but I found myself having a hard time shutting it off.  My attention was being focused and held firmly enabling me to visualize the launch loop and experience the adventure and the emotional toil the ending takes.

The narrator, Trenton Benton performs the audiobook very well.  He is talented in the different characters he portrays.  I found his performance enjoyable and pleasant.  My only dislike was a good portion of his female voices which were too high-pitched making them sound unprofessional and too young.  However, I thought he did a great job.

There were no issues with the audio production of this audiobook.  Everything was clear and concise.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

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There is a great deal of redundancy and verbiage that I feel clutters up the story.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Already accessing. Fire on the Flight Deck! Just a break from space!


What about Trenton Bennett’s performance did you like?

Man, he nailed it. Not perfect, but some of the voices he gave to characters, in particular the females, was VERY impressive. TB is a clearly and up and coming Audible talent!


Was Slingshot worth the listening time?

Yes


Any additional comments?

I was provided this audio book by the author in exchange to this unbiased review.

That said, this book definitely "grows" on you. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and for all it's sprawling and conceptual flaws, it sniffs around the start of a rather interesting series.

Recommended with those reservations.

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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2017
  • Publisher: Robert G. Williscroft