Space Captain Smith

  • by Toby Frost
  • Narrated by Clive Catterall
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms.
Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew - a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald - he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind….


What the Critics Say

"Frost's debut, a light-hearted interstellar adventure, focuses on a second-rate captain, Isambard Smith. Plucked from a desk job in the bureaucracy of the 25th century British Space Empire, Smith, whose attitudes are straight out of the original British Empire, is sent on a simple mission to escort Rhianna Mitchell from her home on the hippie planet New Francisco to the spaceport Midlight. Naturally the mission isn't as straightforward as Smith is led to believe and he finds himself making mortal enemies of the alien 462 and the evangelical Captain Gilead. Sudden scene changes leave the reader momentarily confused, and offhand references to pop science fiction culture are more clichéd than clever. An ironic sense of British rectitude nicely contrasts with the satire of 1940s space opera, but Frost never quite finds his voice or pacing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gives the sacred cows of sci-fi a good kicking before racing home in time for tea." (Dick Maggs, director of BBC Radio 4's The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
A highly enjoyable read of daring-do and regular wit and humor." (James Roberts, Gatehouse Gazette)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Definitely up to Audible's Standards

Would you listen to Space Captain Smith again? Why?

Yes. Its a light, fun, entertaining book filled with and abundant of humorous pop culture references.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Captain Smith?

I found all of the characters to be instantly likable.

What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

I thought his understated delivery fit perfectly with the pace and style of the story.

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

Several times in this book I found myself laughing out loud.

Any additional comments?

I hesitated about buying this book because of the bad reviews on Audible, but I finally downloaded because of recommendation I've found on other sites. I am so glad I did, all three books in the trilogy are a delight to listen to. It's a lighthearted adventure that sucks in within the first few minutes. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and fun sci-fi adventures, I highly recommend this book and the rest in the trilogy.

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- Jason Rubino

Space Captain Smith not up to Audible Standards

I found Space Captain Smith the worst book on Audible that I ever bought. It was amateurish, poorly plotted and a story that I had to struggle through to finally give up in disgust half-way through. I cannot understand how this book got through the Audible vetting process. I have bought over 100 Audible books and being number 100 is not a good place. The characters wooden, the plot hackneyed, the action not believable, the dialog ... trying to think of an adjective that describes the depth of it. Do not waste your money.
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- F. Shifreen "Transendit"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-29-2011
  • Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc