The Frozen Sky : Frozen Sky

  • by Jeff Carlson
  • Narrated by Darrin Revitz
  • Series: Frozen Sky
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Something is alive inside Jupiter's ice moon, Europa. Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics. Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of scientists descends into the dark... where they confront a savage race older than mankind...
Based on the award-winning short story, The Frozen Sky is a new full-length sci-fi thriller novel from the international bestselling author of Plague Year.

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Frozen Sky by Jeff Carlson is the first in a series by the same name. Alexis Vonderach is among the crew that is sent to investigate potential evidence of sentient life on Jupiter’s moon, Europa. When her two companions are killed, she realizes that there is more to be found than anyone first thought. Alone, she must traverse the ice moon attempting to survive as she interacts with creatures that no one thought existed, until she can be rescued and attempt to forge a new path of understanding and communication with these strange new creatures that are trying to kill her.

This novel deals with issues that are timeless in hard science fiction with regards to alien life. Carlson does a fantastic job of laying out all the different issues that come up, including misguided curiosity, ethics, and the fight between politics, commerce, and scientists. He also touches on artificial science, the challenges of small crews living together in confined areas in space and even women in science. One aspect of the novel that I really enjoyed was the features of and any interactions with the alien species. Alexis’ quickly realizes that she doesn’t really know what she’s dealing with and I really liked that. There was no clear superiority implied from her and she is the champion for the alien creatures. The novel is also packed with action, which was exciting. While the alien life, the technology, and the larger brush strokes surrounding the ethics involved were fantastic, the actual character building in general felt a little flat to me. Most of the characters were interesting enough, but there were a lot of them and the only ones that came into sharp relief were those that Alex interacted with frequently. I especially didn’t like the romantic relationships and Alexis’ preoccupation with her interaction with her male colleagues. I felt that it was forced and could have been left out for some more in depth relationship building among the different characters instead.

Unfortunately, the narration by Darrin Revitz really made me frustrated with this novel and tainted the story for me. I think a narrator used to using accents would have done a better job. There were characters from a lot of different nationalities and hearing the different accents would have helped a lot, especially, because it was extremely difficult to follow who was speaking at times. The production quality was okay. There might have been a few skips in the audio, which is not ideal. I would recommend this novel to any science fiction fan, especially those who enjoy space-centric settings and high level issues about interactions with alien life.

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I don't even know if I can finish this book.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Maybe a better reader.......it's hard to tell which is worse, the reader or the story itself.


Would you ever listen to anything by Jeff Carlson again?

Maybe, even the Beatles had a boring song......probably not this boring though.


How could the performance have been better?

The reader is just not any good.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Frozen Sky?

The whole first 23 chapters was pretty mind numbing with unrealistic technology and useless detail with no point of reference to the actual universe that has been created for the story.


Any additional comments?

Two thirds of the way and I am still not getting on-board. This may be my first Audible book I don't finish in 10 years.

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- steve "I read and listen to books as much as possible."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-28-2013
  • Publisher: Jeff Carlson