The Expedition : The Expedition

  • by Loren Robinson
  • Narrated by Maynard Villers
  • Series: The Expedition
  • 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Astronauts Jim Parker and Michael Murphy, aboard the space shuttle Charger II, were wrapping up a routine mission. Just prior to re-entry, they encountered a mysterious cloud bank in space and were never heard from again. Two years later, a metal box was unearthed at a construction site in St. Louis. In it was a previously unknown, yet apparently authentic, journal of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition: written by astronaut Jim Parker. Did Parker and Murphy alter history, or did they save it?


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Not what it seems

If you are looking for a great time travel book--this ISN'T it! From the description of the book that I read before buying it, that is what I thought I was getting; an innovative story about modern technology, space flight, a trip into the past, and a struggle to return to the future. In reality, the book is a historical novel documenting the two and a half year Lewis and Clark expedition that began in 1805, with just the slightest, uninspired sugar-coating of science fiction sprinkled throughout the the book. If you like historical novels (I don't), then you will probably like hearing this book as it plods rather tediously through meeting after meeting with friendly and unfriendly Indians, buffalo an elk hunts, idyllic, G-rated romances between white men and beautiful Indian squaws, and the like. I don't know how accurate the book is in its portrayal of the Lewis and Clark expedition--I don't remember much about it from my high school history book of fifty years ago--but I presume that the basic facts are accurate (excluding the two accidental time-travelers from the future who happened along for the journey.) So if you always wanted to know the details of what occurred on that historic expedition (I could have done without that knowledge myself)--this book is for you.

The narrator was ok, but the quality of the recording was poor--at times it sounded as if it were being recorded in an echo chamber, and at other times you could hear each time the recording was paused or edited during its creation--usually once or twice every sentence.

In fairness, I must say this--despite my negative comments, the book did hold my interest sufficiently that I never considered not finishing the book. Hence my 3-star rather than one-star rating.

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- BillNapoli "At age 72, I have been an avid reader all my life, and am especially interested in Sci Fi, Action, Spy, and Detective books."


Nothing redeeming about this. No reason at all to use the time travel card on this one. It added nothing. You might as well call it a very poor story about Lewis and Clark's expedition. Neat concept, poor execution. I had to fast forward through several hours of it and even then it was a bore.

Poor audio quality as well. I read this same complaint about another Books In Motion presentation and would be hesitant get another one. It was really annoying.
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- R. Hatley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2007
  • Publisher: Books in Motion