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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,231 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Weber Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781427210623
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The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability--the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force encountered a world whose so-called "sentients"--"humans," they called themselves--were almost as bad as the Shongairi themselves, it seemed reasonable to use the Shongairi to neutralize them before they could become a second threat to galactic peace. And if the Shongairi took a few knocks in the process, all the better.

Now, Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, more than half the human race has died.

Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize scattered survivors without getting killed. And in the southeastern US, firearms instructor and former Marine Dave Dvorak finds himself at the center of a growing network of resistance--putting his extended family at lethal risk, but what else can you do?

On the face of it, Buchevsky's and Dvorak's chances look bleak, as do prospects for the rest of the surviving human race. But it may well be that Shongairi and the Hegemony alike have underestimated the inhabitants of that strange planet called Earth... in David Weber's Out of the Dark.

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is an excellent book! The audio book on CD which is reviewed here is even better. I thought it was thoroughly entertaining, rewarding, absorbing and thrilling...There will probably be a sequel and it will be eagerly anticipated... A highly entertaining novel. It's a page-turner from start to finish or, as in this case, a CD swapper. There's been lots of invasion stories since the beginning of Science Fiction but this author puts it in a modern context in a very competent way and I would be hard pushed to find a better story on the market at the moment. Definitely recommended! SFCrowsNest.com

  • “When I enjoy reading a novel – as was very much the case with Out of the Dark – my appreciation only gets stronger after listening to it. BookLoons.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/14/2014

    " David Weber is hit or miss as a writer. This one is a hit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Gibson | 2/2/2014

    " Red Dawn with aliens. And...well, I'll let you discover the twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Schreier | 1/30/2014

    " Had trouble getting invested in the characters at first. Ending is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Merrick | 1/21/2014

    " Count on being surprised, this book is an exceptional space thriller! Weber takes an unexpected turn and brings the aliens to planet Earth. After a surprise attack with kinetic energy weapons which destroys half of the population, the aggressive carnivorous aliens demand that the humans accept their fate and become slaves to their superior technology and will. The humans fight back against impossible odds, angering the aliens who then threaten to destroy the rest of the earth. Humanity is saved by the one piece of Earth's history that the aliens hadn't counted on - and it really bites them in the end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 1/9/2014

    " Usual well written Weber story. Aliens invade earth, bit-off-more-than-they-can-chew story. Very like some Heinlein crossed with John Ringo (without Ringo's very right wing slant on things). Still, a bit of a hymn to gun ownership - potential alien invasion being a good reason to encourage the NRA, of course. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alpha | 10/7/2013

    " This was going to be a 3/5, but the end was a total WTF twist that came out of nowhere. Otherwise, it was pulpy and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evan Doty | 9/28/2013

    " Aliens and vampires. So. Awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hank Rogers | 5/27/2013

    " Hated the ending!!!!!! It killed the book for me... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Rooker | 5/10/2013

    " A good 1st Contact novel with a surprising twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/23/2013

    " I am not into sci-fi, but this book was okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 3/16/2013

    " Good read until the end. The Epilogue needs a major re-write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 7/11/2012

    " Without spoilers: Too much weapon and military details... and the end looks as if the author run out of ideas... The scenario was promising, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel Dion | 7/10/2012

    " (Spoiler alert)It was a very entertaining read and I would have given this a better rating,but the ending kind of spoiled the whole thing. and the story is very similar to the World at war series by Turtledove. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven hunley | 7/7/2012

    " "Out of the Dark" is amazing it was pro American and insulted the middle east, russia, and china in the aspects of there military "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kent | 6/4/2012

    " I liked this book until the last ten pages when it "jumps the shark" and abuses the reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 7/16/2011

    " Meh. Got tired of muzzle velocity and impact energy after the 47th description of someones gun. Boring. And no real hard concepts to try to wrap your mind around and slow down the reading pace. Oh wait, that's not good either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilfred | 6/12/2011

    " Although it was nice to read a new Dunk and Egg story, none of the stories really stood out and grabbed me. All were quite predictable and unremarkable. Sadly including the Dunk and Egg story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/25/2011

    " I've only read the Diana Gabaladon story which was good but not her best. I love Lord John but wanted a little more from the story. At some point I might read the others... library wants it's book back now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darin | 5/13/2011

    " Only one short story was weak, "The King of Norway". It was kind of run of the mill. I didn't like the characters and didn't care about what was going to happen next. The other stories were so good that it made up for the one weak one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bibliophile | 5/12/2011

    " Mostly just reading for GRRM Martin's "Hedge Knight" novella, though the stories by Saylor and Hobb (about ancient Rome and Carthage) were good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/11/2011

    " It's taken me a while to get through this, what with one thing and another!

    But....on the whole enjoyed them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanyn | 4/5/2011

    " Have only read Lord John and the Custom of the Army short story of this anthology.
    5/23 These short stories are centered around the theme of war and warriors- not really my thing, but I am enjoying breaking up longer reads with some short stories. Liked Songs of Love and Death better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/27/2011

    " Not to split hairs, but only some of the stories are about warriors. That being said, another good collection of short stories and novellas.

    I Loved the third installment of Hedge Knight, The Mystery Knight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherdnerd | 2/15/2011

    " Only read one chapter in this anthology - a Lord John short story "The Custom of the Army" - and did enjoy it. Got this just for this story. I'll eventually get around to reading the others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/14/2011

    " I just got this from the library to read the "Lord John Grey" story in it by Diana Gabaldon, which was quite entertaining, with moments of excellent humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/16/2011

    " The mix of stories in this anthology was really interesting. "

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About the Author
Author David Weber

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington space-opera adventures are New York Times bestsellers and can’t come out fast enough for his devoted readers.  He lives in South Carolina with his wife and their three children.

About the Narrator

Charles Keating has won three AudioFile Earphones awards for his audiobook narrations. His credits include works by P.D. James, Mark Haddon, Charmian Hussey, and Terry Brooks. He is British actor of stage, screen and television in addition to being an audiobook narrator. He has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played Rex in ITV’s celebrated Brideshead Revisited miniseries, and had roles in television shows including Sex and the City, Another World, All My Children and As the World Turns. In 2001, he played the role of Carney/Oscar Wilde in the Lincoln Center Theater Performance of A Man of No Importance, and in 2007, he played the role of Clement O’Donnell in the Guthrie Theater production of The Home Place.