• Ashen Stars

  • Exile, Book 0
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (473 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Captain shielded by his mother’s rank. An enemy determined to buy freedom with blood. A battle no one expected to fight.

Captain Isaac Gallant is the only son of the dictator of the Confederacy, his career slowed by a dozen measures to protect his reputation and safety alike - but he has no intention of being a pampered child. He is determined to do his duty. An attempt to force his crew to acknowledge their own duties puts his ship in a unique position to intervene when an overwhelming rebel attack is launched on one of the Confederacy’s most critical facilities. The rebels didn’t expect to fight anyone. The Confederacy didn’t expect Isaac Gallant to fight at all. All of them were wrong.

©2018 Glynn Stewart (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Enjoyable short

Short - less than 2 hour, detailed account of the 1st (major) battle in the dictator's son's lackluster career.
Accounts well for himself considered everyone had beeen sheltering him from any chance of being in a precarious situation.
Done in fine fashion, as al this author's stories are.
This was covered, from what I remember in another book, but this short gives an expanded look into this piece of action & I think will be enjoyed by any fan of rhe series.
Loved getting a great freebie like this woth my membership!

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A short story that suffers from its lack of details.

This qualifies as a story outline with some outline points having more clearly defined points but generally lacking a coherent storyline. The author didn’t do a bad job but doesn’t give enough to ever convince you to care about the characters, decide who is the good guys vs the bad guys, and clearly hint where the story might go. To that end it is fortunate it was short.

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Made it 7 minutes before I ended it.

Glynn Stewart is a very good author. That said, starting a story with a very boring dialog didn’t hook me in (why should I care - that has to be in there pretty close to up front). Narration was okay but the spoken words didn’t match the emotion/tension/dynamic of the written. Words being read.

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Listened in between books 2 & 3

36yo male listener, fan of sci-fi and fantasy novels. I listened to this one in between the second and third books, because it was in order of the posted publication date. I felt it was great timing, because I already knew many of the characters and it was interesting to see them in a prior setting.

This short story essentially gives a quick take on a battle before the series. It sets the stage of the main character’s change of heart towards their family, government, and gives the reader a little more perspective on how the characters came to be where they were in the beginning of the series. Short and action packed, I think I actually enjoyed this short story more than the first two books.

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great introduction

having read the books. I was looking forward to hearing them. and this book is a good introduction to the series.

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It's worth it.

It's really short, however it is worth the listen. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Very entertaining.

Great plot, good narration. Time well spent. Go ahead and hit the play button. Enjoy!

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Ashen Stars rocks.

G. Stewart's fantastic book Ashen Stars, enhanced by the narration of J. D. J. Jackson is a must listen to for sci-fi fans. The coming to power of a starship captain, fighting against to all odds and coming out victorious while having his belief in his government clouded with doubt is a story worth listening to.

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An enjoyable listen

A nice change of pace in the sci-fi spectrum. I thought this was just fast paced enough to keep you entertained. I really did like the twist
I would like a whole series based on this novella.

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Short intro to this story

Want to know what happens next. Short and sweet intro into an interesting story line

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  • CJSILV
  • 02-26-21

Great 👍

Loved the book great book series I highly recommend listen to it and the rest of the books

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  • Berenice
  • 05-14-22

not impressed

very short novella i like glynn stewaer this tho not so much may be better read than being read to.

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  • Karlby71
  • 03-17-22

Free

In my Opinion maybe Stewart should find something but space epics it’s a Genre that is already filled with brilliant story tellers.

The Epics of “Honer Harrington” in 10 almost independent books or “Kris Longknive” in I don’t know how many books (around 25) would be a lot use of time and money !

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  • Tezza
  • 11-05-21

Brilliant

This was absolutely brilliant. Was perfect Glynn Stewart story. The action detail and narrator fantastic

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  • Bob
  • 10-21-21

Oddly cadenced speech, similar voices

I am sorry to say I found JD Jackson's voices very similar. There were odd spaces in the sentences. Both of which made listening difficult. for me.

The story was also very flat. I did not get any sense of naturalism. It felt like a newspaper article.

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  • paul rushton
  • 10-20-21

it's OK. a bit slow

this book has all the making of a start to a great series. just need to flow better.
time will tell.

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  • Ian
  • 10-16-21

A very good start

This is a short story very short but it hooked me very fast feels as good as David Weber and Richard Fox.

I’m definitely going to read the whole series

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  • P Flynn
  • 05-31-21

excellent story

great little story, firs in nicely to the bigger picture. how things had been shaped.

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  • Craig
  • 03-01-22

I would have preferred a story of resistance

I would have preferred a resistance story than a solo hero plus he was just plain wrong