- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Peter Cawdron
- Audible.com Release Date: March 21, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J5PNXFA
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Xenophobia Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is a story of first contact gone very wrong. The plot is complicated, with a lot of things going on at the same time. I found it engrossing, to say the least. While there is no lack of action, there is also a great deal of exposition, all both informative and entertaining, and woven into the story very well. There's a lot of food for thought here. Sadly, I doubt that our current civilization would perform any better than the populace portrayed in the story. If we can't get along with members of our own species, how could we possibly get along with another race? The cynicism and distrust displayed here are all too real in our society. Sometimes fiction is reality in a very thin disguise.
I liked all of the characters, and enjoyed the way they related to each other. And I've got to say - "Combat Barbie" made me laugh a lot.
Overall, an excellent read - and an ending with some hope.
A huge high five to this indie author for the 'finger wagging' I've seen him aim at fellow indie authors: the gist being "Pease hone your craft and don't put out substandard prose just because there is no one in your way." Quite right. I've read some amazing indie novels and I applaud those who are disciplined enough to put out a manuscript without an editor hovering and nagging. But I am sad that so many of these authors seem to miss the idea that writing is an art that has to be learned. It's sad to read a great first draft, full of typos and other distracting mistakes - a book that could have been brilliant but was released prematurely (out of ignorance or arrogance).
Cawdron is either paying a professional editor or he is a true writer in every sense of the word. His work is compelling and his technique gets better and better with every book. More over, his first publications were leagues better than most independent books. I have great respect for this author and will continue to look for his next work, and the next one, and . . . Bravo!
Perhaps I’m over-explaining myself—all I’m saying is that the protagonist, a young doctor working in a war-torn third-world country—and her UN-assigned military team of protectors—have more than their share of drama unfolding throughout this book. The introduction of some kind of First Contact, late in the story, was superfluous in terms of good story-telling. The woman’s struggle is as much about the human condition as anything else—quite gripping, all on its own—and, as I said, the realism of this story only adds to the sense of alienness concerning the visitors from the sky, when they finally appear.
As a child of Clarke, Asimov & Co., I have no set requirement for literary excellence in my science fiction—though when I come across it, as I have done here, I’m very appreciative. What I do demand is that there be, if not originality, at least uniqueness to the concepts or the science—and that is also here, not so much in the ingredients of the story, but in the interactions of the various players and in the frustrating of comfortable assumptions and expectations.
If a combination of the movies “Tears of the Sun”, “Rescue Dawn”, and “Super 8” sounds like something you’d enjoy, then Xenophobia is right up your alley.