The Interstellar Age: The Complete Trilogy : The Interstellar Age

  • by Valmore Daniels
  • Narrated by Dave Wright
  • Series: The Interstellar Age
  • 31 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Forbidden the Stars At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead. There is no trace of their young son, Alex Manez, or of the asteroid itself. On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone! While studying the alien marker, it begins to react. Four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet. From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space begins!
Music of the Spheres
The technology for interstellar flight exists through the power of Kinemet, but the key to unlocking its code lies in a thousand-year-old scroll left on Earth by an alien species.When the ancient manual is stolen before a full translation is completed, Alex, Michael and Justine scramble to recover it.Along the way, they stumble on an interplanetary conspiracy and uncover a secret that shatters their view of life and shakes the very foundations of our existence.
Worlds Away
For a thousand years the Kulsat Armada has ravaged the galaxy searching for the lost legacy of an extinct race of technologically advanced beings. They destroy anyone who gets in their way.Now they have turned their attention to Earth and are gathering their forces for an invasion.Justine, Michael and Alex each hold a key to stopping the enemy, but they are worlds away from each other, and they are running out of time...

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Most Helpful

Good series, and priced right

Nicely put together story with characters you like. The writing is simple but the characters are real. What I like best about the books is that Audible offers all three books in the series for the price of one credit. Please Audible start doing that more frequently for the older Sci Fi series!
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- Gary

Enjoyable story. Good narration. Horrid production

The Interstellar Age is an enjoyable read, with a few missteps along the way. Set in the late 21st century Earth has set up a lunar station and are out mining and exploring the galaxy. Space travel is still fairly slow, although much quicker than current travel, taking 6 months to head out to Pluto. The various countries of Earth still exist in a shape similar to what we know now, but have all incorporated to become a series of large companies - America Corp, Canada Corp etc. (and yet it doesn't appear to have ever been mergers of these companies. wouldnt poor 'companies' be swallowed by rich ones?)

And then (which is the story this book follows) someone discovers the trick to light speed travel and the universe is opened up.

In many ways (the child character, the space mining, and other things) this book reminds me of Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston's Formic War series (prequels to Ender's Game). The central idea of the book - there are aliens out there and they are leaving markers behind to help us move forward - reminds me of 2001 A Space Odyssey. Overall it presents and enjoyable and interesting story of space travel, political (corporate?) intrigue and survival.

The 2nd and 3rd book in the series (also part of this set) continue the Orson Scott Card feel in some ways, but no necessarily the best ways. The 'science of space travel' in the book end up in a not dissimilar place to the space travel in Card's Xenocide or Dan Simmon's 'Rise of Endymion' both of which I enjoyed but found extremely silly.

Stylistically there is no one style to the book – it switches between general 3rd person narration, to reports, to news broadcasts, to 1st person diary entries, back to 3rd person etc. The continually switching does not harm the book, but it does make it a little strange. Some of the styles work better than others, such as some of the 1st person diary entries don’t feel like they ring true.

Other minor issues exist throughout that drew me out of the story – some of the technology is much more advanced but much feels less than we have now. At one point it is mentioned that a character can give verbal commands to a computer but the computer cannot respond verbally. My phone can currently respond verbally to commands, so in 80 years from now I would expect that computers could do. Another thing like this was the cars on Earth – no automation or self-driving. Someone was getting picked up by their wife. Another had to work out the best way to get around traffic.

Each book skips forward a decade or so, but we don’t see much change in technology really.

A news report mentions that religion doesn’t exist anymore, something I cannot imagine being slightly a realistic prediction for 80 years’ time. It not really explained how or why all governments are incorporated, it’s just said and we are supposed to take it as a given. This is again something I cannot see happening in 80 years. These two things, to me, don’t make sense in light of where we as a society currently are and where we have come from, and the way humans act and think.

Still, the issues aside, I enjoyed the book.

And then we come to the narration. Dave Wright does okay. He generally gets inflection right (although one point there was a line a character said followed by the narrator saying something like "his voice dripping with sarcasm", yet Wright hadn’t actually delivered the line sarcastically.), he provides different voices for characters and provides a range of accents.

However the audio production is horrid. Between each chapter and each change of scene within a chapter there is an R2D2-ish beeping noise. Highly annoying and made me struggle to actually continue. When reading what the computers says (which, remember, isn’t said aloud but just displayed on the screen) he uses a distortion to make it sound robotic. 100 years from now and they can't make a non-robotic voice? My phone or GPS doesn’t sound robotic now. There were many other things like this throughout the book - effects and modifications that were annoying, drew you out of the story or just plain didn’t make sense.

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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2014
  • Publisher: Mummer Media