Paradise: Expeditionary Force Book 3 – Audiobook Review with Audiobookworm Promotions

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Author: Craig Alanson

Narrator: R.C. Bray

Length: 15 hours 53 minutes

Publisher: Podium Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Expeditionary Force, Book 3

Release date: May 23, 2017

Synopsis: While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed “Paradise”. The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise. But Colonel Joe Bishop warns that they might not like what they find, and they can’t do anything about it without endangering Earth.

THE REVIEW

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve been hooked on this series since I heard R. C. Bray’s performance of the first book “Columbus Day”, (Click here to read the review of that audiobook.)  As part of a book promotion blog tour with Audiobookworm promotions, I received free copies of the first three books.  Receiving those books free has in no way influenced my opinion of the book.

I cannot stress enough how much I love listening to R.C. Bray perform this book.  It is full of funny quips and silly banter between the two main characters Joe Bishop and Skippy the Magnificent ancient alien A.I.  While this book would have been amusing to read, it is so much better as an audiobook.  I have to admit that my copy of the audiobook had a few glitches where the sound got a little wonky, not anything that stopped me from being able to hear it just an electronic sounding.  Unfortunately, I’m not able to say for certain that this was a flaw in the quality of the book or if it was because I was streaming the book on my laptop and was an artifice of wi-fi lag. 

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The writing in the series has progressively gotten better since the first book and now instead of rating the audio performance at five stars and the writing at 3 stars, I would absolutely give the writing four stars all on its own.  Hopefully, this trend continues, and the rest of the series will continue getting better.

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One thing I have to address, is that ridiculous things happen in this series.  Off the wall ridiculous things that made me laugh out loud, and the heroes seem to be lurching from one bad situation to the next and just scraping by on sheer dumb luck and Deus ex Machina.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good read and a great listen, it just might annoy some people.  I loved it, because, I am a cheesy sci-fi connoisseur.  Suspension of disbelief for the sake of entertainment is my lifeblood.

I would like to also point out that there are a lot of books in this series and they are pretty pricey.  However, Audible has a thing they do where they discount the first several books in a series if you buy them as a bundle.  It popped up while I was listening to the second book and is available for Audible members. 

There is also a discount for Kindle Unlimited subscribers for books four forward (as of the writing of this post) which will allow readers to purchase the audiobooks at about a quarter of their list price after they download the eBook on Kindle Unlimited.


Tour organized by Audiobookworm Promotions

Tour Schedule

Book One

Feb. 25th:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 26th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Feb. 27th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

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Feb. 28th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 29th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 1st:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Character Profiles)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 2nd:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Book Two

Mar. 3rd:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Author Interview)

Mar. 4th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, *Narrator Interview)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 5th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

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Mar. 6th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 7th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)

Mar. 8th:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 9th:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Author Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

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Book Three

Mar. 10th:
Delighting Delilah (Review)
The Real Audiospy (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
The Writing Train (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 11th:
4 the Love of Audiobooks (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Dab of Darkness Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
2 Girls & A Book (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 12th:
Eileen Troemel (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Super Booked! (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Krit’s Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

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Mar. 13th:
I’m Shelfish (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Audiobook News Blog (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Books, Tea, Healthy Me (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

Mar. 14th:
Willow Writes and Reads (Review, Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
Jazzy Book Reviews (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)
Teatime and Books (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 15th:
Nesie’s Place (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
A Wonderful World of Words (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt)

Mar. 16th:
The Clipped Nightingale (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)
T’s Stuff (Spotlight + Audio Excerpt, Narrator Interview)

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