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INTO THE BLACK AUDIOBOOK REVIEW *SPOILER FREE*

Feb 23, 2021 0 comments

INTO THE BLACK ODYSSEY ONE
Into the Black

Series: Odyssey One, Book 1

By: Evan Currie

Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie

  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins

Audiobook Review *Spoiler Free*    

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Performance and Production 

Into the black is read by David de Vries, but the version I bought a couple of years ago is read by Benjamin L. Darcie. The voice here seems to be on the soft side, for a group of elite war harden veterans, and other military officials. This tends to blur into a reading is presented but does not feel engaging. The production of into the black is good with a few longer breaks in the sound at the start of the audio but is not noticeable later in the audio. 3 out of 5. 



Story 


Evan Curry presents us with a first contact story following earths first interstellar star ship the Odyssey. Eric Weston is the captain of the Odyssey and former leader of the Arch Angel air superiority fighters a legendary fighter wing from the recently completed world war III.  Along the way the Odyssey runs across a human like alien species that is under genocide from an alien species of ledged. Eric Weston and the crew of the Odyssey will not sit by and watch as whole planets are destroyed by the new alien species. 


Into the Black is a Military Science fiction novel by Evan Curry, that is executed well in the combat actions and the setup of the universe. The technology is an interesting mix that shows how obvious ideas from one species could be revolutionary to another species and how those technologies can be best used. The tactics of space combat give a mix of submarine and fighter jet style that is unique and when Evan Curry moves to ground combat it is exhilarating and at time hilarious. I give the story a 4 out of 5 and is one of my favorite series to return for another listen. 







Overall 


Between the narrator and the story line not matching up, the audiobook can sometimes sound like a Retirement home trying to fight through a deadly space battle but have not fully woken up from their nap. This could have easily been a great audiobook, but the narrator choice did not fit the story. 4 out of 5 




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