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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Flynn Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Author Michael Flynn is a Hugo Award finalist and Robert A. Heinlein Award–winning science fiction writer. He has here written a space opera with stunningly successful results. The January Dancer tells the fateful story of an ancient prehuman artifact of great power and of the people who found it.

Starting with Captain Amos January, who quickly loses it, and then the others who fought, schemed, and killed to get it, we travel around the complex, decadent, brawling, mongrelized, interstellar human civilization that the artifact might save or destroy. Collectors want the Dancer, pirates take it, rulers crave it, and all will kill, if necessary, to get it. This is a thrilling yarn of love, revolution, music, and mystery, and it ends, as all great stories do, with shock and a beginning.

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  • “An epic tale of adventure, intrigue, suspense and mystery…The plot evokes old-school space opera with its whirlwind pace, immense scope and twist ending, but cutting-edge extrapolation breathes vivid life into this universe of scoundrels, heroes, and romantics.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With Stephan Rudnicki’s deep, lively voice masterfully delivering the narrative, the story comes alive and keeps the listener engaged throughout…Rudnicki does well with the layered storytelling and carries listeners along as the narrative shifts from one character’s perspective to another.”


  • “Stefan Rudnicki narrates with his usual expertise, adroitly affecting slight voice changes that communicate character when voicing dialogue.”


  • “Michael Flynn has crafted an epic space opera in every sense of the word. His layered story has a large and distinctive cast of characters, and a fully realized intergalactic space-faring society that is remarkably complex. The careful plot contains story lines that jump organically among character points of view. Stefan Rudnicki’s clear, concise and richly dynamic reading starts strong and gets progressively stronger as the story continues; it is an excellent representation of Flynn’s story. The listener will find it quite difficult to step away from this very enjoyable audiobook.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by April | 2/12/2014

    " I read this first in a series second... something I don't normally do... and I am kinda sorry I didn't wait to read the second one. Both very good stories, and can stand on their own, but to have read this one first would have shown the unfolding of the worlds and the characters much better. I kept grinning because I knew the Fudir more intimately than I should have and knew his ways instead of learning them... however, I am very glad I read them both. Very good stories, wonderful characters and a very engrossing world. I'm loving Michael Flynn. Five out of five and I can't wait for the next in this grand, old fashioned space opera! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Chris | 2/9/2014

    " I know I'm going against what most people will probably say about this novel. The writing is excellent, the characters are interesting, and the plot while not entirely new is interesting to say the least. The problem I have is the entire book reads like a literary exercise that takes more joy in the form than the content. I struggled to read it and only found myself interested as I reached the last quarter of the book. It was when he finally seemed to unleash the story, give up on the tricks and just let it tell itself. For the ending alone I would say read it, but I know I couldn't slog through it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 2/7/2014

    " A great sci-fi tale, with fascinating characters and an exciting story. Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff | 1/28/2014

    " I found the narrative style of this book annoying. The book's telling seemed overly oblique to me. Eschew Obfuscation. Also, the info dump of the first 80 or so pages didn't engage me. Maybe if I had read the book more quickly, in larger bites, I would have had a different take on it. I liked the story. I liked a good portion of it. I just got bogged down by connections I was slow to make. "

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