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I rarely purchase audiobooks under 7 hours, mainly because I like to have the time to get into a story, but I'm glad I decided to get this one.
The story focuses around an officer who mans a deep space survey vessel. He has outfitted the ship with botany labs for growing his own food, has a chicken coop, and has programed an advanced ship AI who is his only real company. When his ship is attacked by pirates, he must copy the AI and hide her so that the pirates can't use the small military ship for themselves. The pirates end up cutting the ship into pieces to make the most profit from it, taking key components like the botany labs, engines, and sensors. Rather than be sold into slavery, the main character agrees to become an unpaid member of the pirate ship's crew for several years (and work off the amount they would make by selling him). His expertise in science and engineering makes him a valuable asset to the pirates and he becomes the ship's official Science Officer.
Throughout the rest of the story, the character is conflicted about his decision to work for the pirates, and gradually makes plans for his future escape.
When on an away mission he must make a decision of whether to save the lives of some of the pirates, thereby upholding his morals and earning their trust, or letting them die and get what's probably coming to them while increasing his chance of escape.
I thought this was a well thought out short story. I was pleased to find there is actually a sequel to the story, which I now intend to listen to as well.
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I couldn't do it. I genuinely tried to get into this story, and for all I can tell it's a good book with decent writing--I think. The narrator, while he does try to do voices (props for that), is stuck in a captain Kirk -esque speaking pattern, where he makes every word its own sentence. The resulting monotone and repetitive, mind-blowingly dull cadence was too much for me to deal with.