The Phoenix Descent

  • by Chuck Grossart
  • Narrated by Lauren Ezzo
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2025. Astronaut Caitlyn "Sif" Wagner and her team emerge from stasis to discover that their Mars mission has gone terribly awry - the crew has run off course in space and, they suspect, in time as well. Their damaged ship returns to an Earth reduced to overgrown cities and blasted terrain. Yet humans have somehow survived, living in caves, foraging at night, returned to a tribal existence. Sif meets Litsa, the fiercest warrior in her tribe, and learns a horrific truth: the planet is overrun with the Riy, a swarm of spore-releasing revenants intent only on spreading their infection.
But even as Sif and Litsa unite in combat, they soon realize that the battle against the Riy is only one stage on which they must fight the war for humanity's survival.


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The story was interesting. However the characters were terrible. The main character, who is supposedly a navy pilot, acts like a 10 year old the entire story. It didn't help that the reader was terrible at character voices. I normally give males a pass on female voices and females a pass on male voices, but there wasn't a single voice that was well done in this reading. The story had potential, but fell way short. The reader is a good narrator, but a terrible voice actor.
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- DominusEbad

Clever take on EOW premise.

I enjoy cleverness, and the author's idea on this genre was clever. I don't want to give the storyline away completely, but the end the ultimate evil doer felt awfully familiar to the villain in a popular movie series.
As a father to daughters I have encouraged and enjoyed strong female characters, and I can imagine the main character in this book being written as such. It was very disappointing to have her read as a bitchy, and sometimes mean character. The reader always makes her interactions with others confrontational, but then her internal dialog calmer. She is top of the class, best in the world pilot without equal but is read as someone very insecure and without inner strength, whereas the male counterpart is the opposite. This is the kind of thing I did not want my daughters to observe. As I would read the dialog, I would put a lot less stridency to her comments which would give her a lot more strength to match the merits she brings to the story. Unfortunately there were many times I just did not even like her the way she was read.
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- Bergerhoo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio