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Publisher's Summary

When Van Tudor returns to his childhood home, he inherits more than the family farm.

His grandfather used to tell him fantastic stories of spacemen and monsters, princesses and galactic knights. Little did Van realize, the old man's tales were more than fiction; they were real.

Hidden beneath the old barn, Van’s legacy is waiting: a starship, not of this world. With his combat AI, an android bird named Perry, Van takes his first steps into the wider galaxy. He soon finds that space is far busier and more dangerous than he could have ever conceived.

Destiny is calling. His grandfather's legacy awaits.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with USA Today best-selling author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert in this galactic quest for glory.

©2021 J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert (P)2021 Podium Audio

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holy smokes

If you're in the mood for classic adventure-style scifi, this is what you've been waiting for. It feels like classic scifi. The humor and worldbuilding are top notch. No dumb politics or messaging. Just good old fashion scifi with fun characters. It's exactly what we need right now. Classic escapism. Thank you.

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Story had potential... then comes the narration

The narration of this story should win a prize for the most gravely monotone voice of the year. it was so bad that there was a conversation involving an AI, a woman and a man... I thought it was a weird monolog.
killed the story for me

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Backyard Starship

Backyard Starship tells the story of a guy who finds a spaceship in his grandpa's barn. A simple premise that proves to be anything but.

It's a story you probably think you already know, but it's far more interesting than that. The initial premise is just to lure you in, but the longer story is full of worldbuilding and awesome characters. If you ever saw the Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers shows, this is a lot like that, with a hero you love to read or watch exploring and witnessing stuff you could only ever dream of. It is pure wish fulfillment, but it is done well.

Give it a shot and see what you think. It is well worth the credit.

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Mishmash of Intergalactic Mehhhh!

Nothing all that novel to be found in this title. Boy finds spaceship = boy finds space allies = boy becomes space cop = boy fights space bad guys = boy finds corruption in own organization= etc etc...

Okay that much I can deal with since it seems to be the set-up for many of the books in this genre. But, the lack of humor, compelling plot, characters I could root for, or wonderment (minus a few compulsory, "can't believe I'm in space lines and earth is a flea in the greater scheme of things" sentences) just made this a meh offering.

It's my fault since I bought close to 21 titles during one of audible's sales, many from this author and others in a similar vein. I was on a J..N Chaney kick after enjoying the Ruins of the Galaxy series.

So, I ventured deeper into his prolific library. Chaney writes a ton, so kudos on knocking them out. Some are gonna be better than others. What really killed this listen for me, was the narrator. He just made the main character seem pissed off all time. All of the dialogue coming off as sarcastic and disdainful. Robbed the book of any lightness or "hey, I'm in space solving mysteries with freaky creatures, isn't this awesome?!". Rather, the main character came off as a d*ck, I was hoping would cut off his own leg with his uber sharp moonsword, by accident. Narrating is incredibly hard and I don't want to be too harsh but this rendition did the story no favors.

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My favorite scifi book of the year

Hands down, best story I've seen all year. I read it first on kindle and then picked up the audio as soon as it released. Holy cow, the narrator knocked it out of the park. Great stuff, guys.

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Juvenile drivel

This could have been such a good story.
Unfortunately it never manages to grow any wings and escape the fan fiction level. I have read better stories on PBE boards.

The narration and the pain of having wasted money on this drivel are the only motivation to muck through to the end.

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More please

I have read nearly everything J.N Chaney and Terry Maggert have written but “Backyard Spaceship” is, in my opinion, their best collaboration yet.

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not for me.

this seemed like the author was trying to write a slapstick comedy for television. I think if he would have left out much of the humor what was supposed to be humor anyways and move the story along a little bit faster I could have hung on. but by chapter 8 I was done and deleted it from audible.

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Very good book

This is a fun listen. I enjoyed it a lot. I think it is a fantastic start to a series and I am excited to listen to the rest of the series.

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this one exceeded all my expectations.

this was recommended to me by a friend and at first I thought it sounded kinda cheesy. but I was wrong this is a good story with an interesting plot and good characters I am glad I didn't snooze on it if you have got this on your "to get" list you should totally grab it its a credit well spent.

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  • Shaun
  • 07-22-22

ehhh almost....

I think I might get this to read instead of listening to it on here as the story sounds good but the Narrator is bland as hell. Everyone speaks in the same voice so following any conversation is difficult and it constantly pulls you out of the story.

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  • lee
  • 09-28-22

up to book 5 and it is going strong

It's a little bit of a shaky start but the series gets better and better as you go through the books. There are moments where you will be sad, moments you won't be able to stop laughing and where you hang on every word the narrator says.

I can 100% recommend this book.

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  • Robert Price
  • 07-12-22

Fun Adventure

What I liked best were the characters because they made it possible to relate to situations that were totally imaginative. The storyline resembles others that I've read but it retains a freshness about it thanks to the author's universe much less unfamiliar. I look forward to reading another.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

listen to it it's good

I have listened to alot of books that have similar themes, then I seen this book. I listened to the sample then bought the book. the story is great, the characters are going to keep growing in an expansive and evolving world. this is my first review on here

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  • P. G. Thorneywork
  • 04-06-22

gentle space opera

ok for young teenagers, but a found it a bit wanting for adult consumption - sorry

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  • David O'Brien
  • 04-28-22

great entertainment

I loved it. was great to listen to on my long car trips. can't wait to listen to further adventures of this crew of " law keepers".

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-03-22

a different twist which I enjoyed

it took while to get going but overall I enjoyed this book. the narrator voice meant I turned it off a few times or rewound because he hadn't kept my attention. character development great and I have pre-ordered next in series.

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  • The Grim Reader
  • 09-24-22

Solid sci-fi

This was my first Chaney/Maggert audiobook. What to make of it? It started strongly, got better, but for me it fell off towards the end. I like the characters, and the narration is solid. I'd invest more time in this series, but I'm hoping for a little more action and excitement in future adventures.

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  • marian
  • 09-17-22

Different

Started off thinking that I wouldn’t like it was quite drawn with the voice of the narrator but I ended up reading the end and I think I’ll get the next in the series and see what it’s like so overall not a bad book she get into it

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  • Timothy clare
  • 09-15-22

a wild ride

great story. excellent character development. narrator is easy to understand. looking forward to the second instalment.

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  • Joash
  • 08-16-22

Interesting universe and synopsis but written like a teenage novel but with more mature themes.

I really liked the universe and the general story line but it was ruined by bad delivery.
I was intrigued at the beginning but soon became annoyed by the writing style. I endured to the end hoping for a payoff and was ultimately disappointed.
It reads like cringy teen age fiction.
Main character basically has world transformed overnight and from there is amazingly skilful/lucky. All problems are overcome by introducing a new item or unknown skill that one of the characters suddenly has.
The main enemy is rather vague and never seems like an immediate threat. And the main characters never directly interact with them.

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  • Rocksteadykiwi
  • 08-10-22

Excellent

I thought that this book was brilliant. It was well written, and I loved the humour that was sprinkled throughout the dialogue. I recommend getting it, and I am moving on to the second book in the series after writing this. A book that takes you with it, transports you to different worlds and makes you want to read more. A last thought, the narration was top notch Jeffrey, it was very clear, natural and suited to this adventure. I can see why you were chosen for this project. Thanks to all....

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  • Barbara Stow
  • 07-26-22

Could not get interested - bad narration.

Sorry had to give up on this one. The narrator 's voice was just so grating I couldn't get into the story. First time that has happened for ne.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-22

This is an interesting little adventure....

Almost a domestic version of an original story, with the problems of household budget and shopping.

A fun little adventure of a man discovering a deceased grandfather's secret which leads him into interstellar adventure.

Some people don't like the narration, although when you realise the book is written in a deadpan, slightly sarcastic and matter-of-fact way, then you realise the narrator got it spit on.

And the style is like that of a 1940s detective novel, so it fits.

anyway. I enjoyed it and listen to it often.

iI look forward to further instalments.

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  • Kimgardener
  • 03-22-22

Backyard starship

The most fun scifi ever. Excellent future tech presented in an everyday manner with financial overlays

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