• A Fallen Empire Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4,224 ratings)

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A Fallen Empire Omnibus

By: Lindsay Buroker
Narrated by: Kate Reading
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Publisher's Summary

A fighter pilot on a mission to reunite with her daughter. A cyborg soldier on a quest to regain his humanity.

Mortal enemies during the war, they must now work together to salvage a 70-year-old freighter and navigate the gauntlet of pirates, scavengers, mercenaries, and other pitfalls that stand in their way after the fall of the largest empire mankind has ever known.

This omnibus includes Star Nomad (Book One), Honor's Flight (Book Two), Starseers (Book Three), as well as the short story, "Starfall Station".

Star Nomad was a nominee for the Goodreads Readers' Choice Awards and also made Amazon's Top 20 list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016. Start the adventure now!

©2017 Lindsay Buroker (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Popcorn space opera

This omnibus contains books 1-3, plus book 2’s epilogue is a 1.5 hr novella. Moreover, there’s a prequel and a novella labeled book 1.5 currently free in Audible Plus. That’s 3 books and 3 novellas for 1 credit.

The series itself falls between (shiny) Firefly and (comicky) Space Team. This feels very YA, delivering only redshirt death and largely bloodless violence. Indeed, much of this story is lacking in detail or depth. If you want vivid descriptions of characters, plot, or tech, you’ll be disappointed. For example, Leonidis is a cyborg, yet after three books I still have no idea if he has small metal bits like Borg Seven of Nine or has majority metal limbs like Cyborg in Teen Titans.

Still, if you color inside the broad brushstrokes, it’s fun to see the formation of a Firefly-lite kind of family amid the cargo ship Nomad. There’s snark and adventure enough to give good matinee listening.

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EXCELLENT. WELL WRITTEN AND PERFORMED

Fantastic space opera. I love the protagonists. Lots of action and a little romance thrown in. Alisa, the fighter pilot of the Alliance and Leonidas, the cyborg colonel of the empire had to work together to get to their goals. Along the way they have to escape from their enemies. A very well written series with witty dialogue , intrigues and politics in the mix. A boxed set of 3 books is really worth the credit. I will be continuing book 4 and I hope book 5 will come out soon.

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Disappointed by the Crude Humor

I like clean science fiction and had high hopes for this author based on other reviews. Unfortunately, this has a lot of crude humor. Don't get this book if you are looking for clean literature.

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Fun, not a narrator fan...

The story was enjoyable, but the narrator’s style is weird, like she’s not fully aware of what she’s actually reading.

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Meh.

What would have made A Fallen Empire Omnibus better?

I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters. They lacked depth and seemed superficial and predictable. I tried to hang in there but after a few hours I still did not care about the fate of the motley crew.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lindsay Buroker again?

Perhaps.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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A writer worth reading, excellent narrator

I had not found a lot of women SciFi authors I liked since Andre Norton changed her focus. I know they are out there and I may have been lazy looking for them. Buroker has created interesting characters, a solid plot line and set the hook for me wanting to see where the adventure goes. It may have gone a bit far with what the character calls "inappropriate" jokes but that is coming from myself who jokes at inappropriate times. I suspect I'll buy the series. I don't think she will let me down.

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Few stories have everything. This does.

I enjoyed everything about this series and hope for more. I love the captain snd care deeply for the motley crew. Three cheers for a continuing adventure.

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tiresome romcom

I would not have started this series and actually purchased two of the books if I realized that it was going to take eight books to complete. Each book is fine if you enjoy: run fight capture, run fight capture, repeat ad nauseam. It's just too slow in resolving the problems and too long in filler material as they careen across the galaxy fighting everywhere they go.

Of course real romance takes a while to develop but it needs to be more nuanced than this.

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Way too much snark

There aren’t any characters in this book that I would care to spend any time with: 1) a captain who who can’t resist any inopportune moment for lame snark 2) a talented ship’s engineer who oozes negativity 3) an airhead security officer/cook 4) a secretive passenger whom the captain has overheard suggest her murder, still she keeps him aboard 5) a sullen, dangerous, enemy, cyborg passenger on a personal quest, the nature of which, remains unrevealed by the end of book three. 6) an airhead passenger who is into drugs,meditation, and chickens.

I’m curious, but not enough to continue.

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Really good!

Great character development, good movement and adventure in the plot. In the selection of narrator? Superb!

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  • Johan
  • 01-31-21

Fun space adventure

Interesting characters and fun story set in a universe with a lot of tensions. It is enjoyable with a lot of humor. Quite a few things remind me of the TV show Firefly, which in my opinion is a very good thing.

Picked this up mostly because it's read by Kate Reading to be honest, and I was in the mood for a scifi.
I am completely sold now and will definitely continue this series and look into other books by Buroker.

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  • Azure Teal
  • 10-07-19

great world building and interesting characters

I am now 6 books in and I just wanted to come back and review this series - its great and I see my self buying all the books in the series eventually.

This series reminds me of "The Emperor's edge" series by Lindsay (only the best steam punk series of all time) which was available as an iTunes podcast for free - I never understood why the whole series isn't available in an audio format but there you go...
- exciting locations
- clever escapes
- larger political plot

I think I love all the dialogue between Alisa and the engineer its sass on sass and therefore just awesome.

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  • miss s.l.m.r. hackman
  • 10-19-17

Generic

The main problem with this book was that a number of plot twists were recognisable from other books/films of the same genre - which loses the originality feel. Other than that the characters were fine and it is a lighthearted listen,

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  • Mr. M. Mazourov
  • 01-03-18

very well written and performed

good books, very easy to listen to and follow the plot. if it was not an omnibus, I guess the individual books may have been of somewhat lower content/price ratio against similar titles, but as it is - very good listening for not very much money.

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  • goldy77
  • 03-29-19

Fantastic syfy series.

Great storey telling and naration is excellent. the I'll be buying the rest of the series.

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  • Schaeffer
  • 08-25-22

Clever, witty and fun

Very witty and made me chuckle often ! Good fun good characters. I need the next book now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-06-22

Good, easy listening and not hard to follow

Space Age saga. Entertaining but not too heavy. This has Good characters and easy to follow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-22

firefly meets star wars I loved it

excellent narration, my only complaint was the books are a little short for me. can't wait for more

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  • nora jones
  • 11-19-22

Please sir can I have some more

Suffering from bouts of inappropriate humour myself I really enjoyed the hero’s relentless inability to shut up. Fabulous characters, great story and sub plots, excellent reading. Looking forward to book four

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-30-22

Not for me

I'm not usually a fan of soft science fiction, so I'm not sure if this is a common theme across the subgenre. However the author does have a habit of over-explaining new topics instead of introducing them naturally throughout the first few chapters. This left me, as a reader, feeling patronized and, as a result, I didn't get past the introductionary section of the book. I'm not sure if it gets better after that but I'm not willing to spend the listening time required to find out.

The narrator did however manage to do a passable job so there is, at the very least, that redeeming quality.

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  • Jonathan Alger
  • 01-31-19

Loveable but not Memorable

Young adults si-fi.
Narrator was my favourite part, I think she spiced up the intrigue.
Fairly funny, Satisfying action & gadgets, angst free.
Could almost have been a Firefly fanfiction.
Set in the same universe maybe?
Only negative thing is the romance the hero never resolves, but obsesses over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-22

My new favourite author

Awesome sense of humour. Very likeable characters. Great story. Well read. Cant wait to read/listen to more by Lindsay Buroker.

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  • kelly withers
  • 11-20-22

Painful

Badly written and voiced by the love child of 90s computer voice, and those people who put fulls stops and claps in between everyword.
Just, don't. It's so bad.

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  • Ritual
  • 11-19-22

A good space opera series, not great but good.

Decent characters with a decent space opera storyline. The voice actor was also good, once again not great but she did a good job with the material (much better than I could do). 3 books and a bonus story at the end of book 2. This was on the Audible Plus Catalogue for free, I imagine it was to wet your whistle into reading/listening to more but I think I'll leave the series here. A genuine good book, not great or excellent but good non the less 3 stars.

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  • Lesley Wade
  • 11-19-22

Enjoyable

Amazing I have enjoyed this the first three episodes of the story so far and I’m looking forward to continuing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-18-22

new fan

As the cover said you get hooked!!

looking forward to more of this series and author 😀

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  • Shane
  • 08-19-22

This was really good listen while in lockdown

I didn’t know what to expect when I started this but once started it was really hard to put down

Great listen, easy stories will keep an eye out for the next in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

three books in one

Was expecting something a little better, but I will continue with the series to see if it picks up!! As ever, Kate Reading does an excellent narration!was expecting something a little better exclamation however, being narrated by Kate reading wasn't too bad

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-15-22

All around a good story

I liked it a lot. The Narrator was clear and followed the story well with some good character voices well acted.

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  • Peita Ball
  • 07-28-22

A surprisingly entertaining read

Kate Reading as a narrator sets you up for a good time every time.

The story itself is engaging and entertaining. You're not solving world hunger here yet you will laugh and cry.