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Read By: Nicol Zanzarella, Amy Landon, Greg Tremblay, Soneela Nankani, Natasha Soudek, various narrators Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Embers of War Series Release Date: June 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781982526603

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18:51 minutes

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01:21 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

08:31 minutes

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Publisher Description

From BSFA Award–winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war

The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organization dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn’t know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz, and Childe find themselves at the center of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight …

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“It takes a village in this space-opera audiobook, the first volume in a new trilogy that examines the impact of war…The five narrators alternate chapters, voicing the rescue mission’s captain, an intelligent warship turned rescue vessel, a war criminal turned poet, a disillusioned spy, and an alien mechanic who can’t figure out these humans. The commonalities that come through their stirring performances are world-weariness and regret—and, in the end, hope. This series shows great promise, with its detailed surface barely scratched in this intriguing first novel.”

— AudioFile 


  • “A nice blend of hardware and humanity…with elements of today and a logically projected far future…Leaves a group of enthralled readers hungry for more.”

    — New York Journal of Books
  • “This is a true space opera, full of suspense, and mystery, and stuff blowing up real good—but it’s the humanity of Powell’s vision that truly makes it something special.”

    — Barnes&NobleSFF.com
  • “A smart, funny, tragic, galloping space opera that showcases Powell’s wit, affection for his characters, world-building skills and unpredictable narrative inventions.”

    — Locus magazine
  • “A quintet of narrators brings Powell’s magnificent space opera to vivid life…It’s a bold, ambitious story, with shifting points of view and multiple far-flung locales, and the audio adaptation would probably have been a mess if it had been the job of a single narrator. The team of five distinctive voices keeps listeners oriented—each of the narrators creates an easily recognizable character—and helps us know when the setting or POV has changed…An elegantly constructed sf story, beautifully written and expertly narrated.”

    — Booklist (audio review)
  • “A book dominated by strong women, hairs-breadth escapes, interpersonal conflicts, and ultimately, the dogged determination of human beings, and others, to become better versions of themselves.”

    — Sci-Fi magazine
  • “An emotionally wrenching take on life in a war-torn far future…The pace picks up as the threads begin to come together, leading to an explosive finale with strong series potential.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “A big book that hits all of the buttons that make space opera one of my favorite genres—a cold war ready to turn hot again, Big Dumb Objects, interesting and thorny interstellar plots and problems, and a set of compelling characters (including, memorably, an excellently depicted ship AI) caught in it.”

    — Tor.com
  • “Fast, exhilarating space opera, imaginative and full of life.”

    — Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Time


  • A Tor.com Reviewers' Choice for Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

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    " The constant switching of narrators - some good & some bad was distracting. Liked sentient ship. Chase explanation was very thin. "

    — comet, 1/26/2022

About Gareth L. Powell

Gareth L. Powell is the author of five science-fiction novels and two short story collections. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, book one in the Macaque Trilogy, was the winner of the 2013 BSFA novel award. He lives in Bristol, England.

About the Narrators

Nicol Zanzarella is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a theater and television actress. She has appeared in productions of Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, The Winter’s Tale, Cousin Bette, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and many others.

Amy Landon, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice artist and classically trained actress with numerous film, television, and off-Broadway stage credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, which she also coaches and teaches, and she is happy to find her lifelong obsession with books pairing up with her acting and vocal work. Her narration of Texts from Jane Eyre placed as a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Humor Narration in 2016.

Greg Tremblay is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.

Soneela Nankani is an award-winning narrator with over three hundred titles in many different genres including Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, and Nonfiction. She has garnered sixteen Earphones Awards, nominations for Audie and SOVAS awards, and was recently awarded AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Honor. Her audiobooks have been featured in Best Audiobooks lists by AudioFile magazine and the Washington Post, among others. In her spare time, she loves to read (yes, really), learn languages, try new recipes, and travel. She lives in the DC area with her husband and two mischievous daughters.

Natasha Soudek was raised in the South, speaks native German, lived in Berlin and Vienna, and finally settled in the Lower East Side of New York City. After honing her stage presence by studying acting and playing hundreds of live music shows (singing and playing bass), she moved to LA to record with Channel/DreamWorks and act on TV. Her voice is as distinct and memorable as the range of characters she’s played on-screen.

Luke Daniels, winner of sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and a finalist for the Audie Award for best narration, is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction. His background is in classical theater and film, and he has performed at repertory theaters around the country.