• Dark Space

  • Dark Space Series, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Chris Chambers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (81 ratings)

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By: Lisa Henry
Narrated by: Chris Chambers
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Brady Garrett needs to go home. He's a conscripted recruit on Defender Three, one of a network of stations designed to protect the Earth from alien attack. He's also angry, homesick, and afraid. If he doesn't get home he'll lose his family, but there's no way back except in a body bag.

Cameron Rushton needs a heartbeat. Four years ago Cam was taken by the Faceless - the alien race that almost destroyed Earth. Now he's back, and when the doctors make a mess of getting him out of stasis, Brady becomes his temporary human pacemaker. Except they're sharing more than a heartbeat: They're sharing thoughts, memories, and some very vivid dreams.

Not that Brady's got time to worry about his growing attraction to another guy, especially the one guy in the universe who can read his mind. It doesn't mean anything. It's just biochemistry and electrical impulses. It doesn't change the truth: Brady's alone in the universe.

Now the Faceless are coming, and there's nothing anyone can do. You can't stop your nightmares. Cam says everyone will live, but Cam's probably a traitor and a liar like the military thinks. But that's okay. Guys like Brady don't expect happy endings.

Contains mature themes.

©2012 Lisa Henry (P)2020 Tantor

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An Intense Sci-Fi Story and Amazing Narrator!

Lisa Henry's Dark Space trilogy is intense and fascinating with a very hot relationship between Brady, a dirt-poor refuge who's trying to survive the military and his fear of the Faceless, and Cam, an officer and the poster boy for the military who was taken by the Faceless and assumed dead. But now he's back, and nothing will be the same for either of them as their lives become entwined by Faceless technology and the Faceless themselves.

Chris Chambers does a great job with all the voices in this story and his voice for the Faceless, Kai-Ren, is so creepy and perfect for the character! My favorite was his voice for Cam, so calm and steady and solid. I highly recommend this and can't wait for book two!

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Great story. Great narration.

This was an emotion fueled sci fi story. The plot was interesting, and I enjoyed the insight we gained from seeing the story from Brady's perspective.

The narration was nicely suited to this story, and I look forward to the next one.

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Fascinating mental connection!

This story just kept pulling me in further… there’s a kind of constant tension, and then there’s a breakthrough, and I kept asking myself, "Just where is this going to go?" It’s an extraordinary backdrop, the technology which creates the connection between the two main characters. Their ongoing discovery of each other is fascinating, and then there’s the interactions between them and those around them. The obstacles they face come to a head at one point to such an extent that I began to have doubts about my favorite Goodreads reviewer: “He couldn’t have led me into a book that ends like this, could he?” 😊 No, he didn’t ! My faith in his reviews happily restored, I still wouldn’t call it an HEA, though…more of a HFN. In fact, I was so spellbound by the story, I had to jump into the second book before I could get my thoughts in order enough to write about the first one.

I think what hit me most was the link between Brady and Cam. How cool would it be to have a connection like that!! The story evolves to help show both the pros and cons of such a situation, especially between these two! The development of their physical relationship felt believable, real. A fascinating read!

AUDIOVERSION: I liked the narrator’s voice. The inflections and emotions in his voice could have been a bit better in a few places, in my opinion. In particular, I found Cam’s voice kind of flat, although perhaps that was intentional.

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Just Okay

I looked at so many reviews and everyone seemed to love it and give it 5 stars but so many times I had to stop because it wasn't holding my attention. it was well written but the story just wasn't really for me.

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A unique story compromised by profanity

The premise and skeleton for this book are strong enough to carry it to the end, but I expect people will be split whether they want to continue the series afterward.

I LIKED
The performance of the narrator is a tremendous asset to this audiobook, and although i can think of several other narrators who could have done similarly good (in some cases even better) jobs, a bad or mediocre performance would have made this unreadable for me.

I enjoyed the premise. The telepathy adds an interesting layer. The world-building is commendable.

I DID NOT LIKE
Entirely too much use of the "F*g"-bomb. I can only listen to the MC, and the crew around the ship call them "f*ggots" so often before it becomes campy, outright cheapens the material. I suspect the author was trying to create an environment hostile to our protagonists, but that's not how you do it. Just sticking that word in and then leaning on it is lazy writing, a little offensive, and naive. It's also unbelievable that we've reached a point in the book where space travel is now reality, yet people still care about sexual preferences?

The MC goes from saying the same word to only days later giving hand jobs in the shower. This is embarrassing on its own, trivializing preference, and turns it into a choice to be flipped on or off. Of course, there are beautiful things about the relationship, regardless of the genesis. But the insta-love is not matched by the comedic level of adolescent acting grown men so bigoted they use the F-bomb whenever they can. Stop making the environment adversarial. There's enough drama between the Doc and the ranking Officers, in addition to the impending Faceless contact. You don't need that nonsense out in the hallways. It's jarring, and there's no reason I should have heard it half a dozen times in an hour of reading.

SHOULD YOU READ THIS?
If you like MM, and you like sci-fi, definitely! If you don't like MM, you'd probably still enjoy it, as long as you don't mind the male love interests. If you're not a sci-fi fan, I think you can still get into this. The most frequent displays of sci-fi/fantasy are accessible enough that you could still have a great time.

As a sci-fi/fantasy fan and MM fanatic, I might be shelving this series. I definitely am in no hurry to read the second book. But they'll be in my Wishlist for now. Despite its shortcoming, I DID enjoy the read, if not a bit jarred.

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Amazing!

Amazing story! I love the voice acting; I couldn't stop listening! I'm definitely picking up book 2.

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DNF. I tried but it was a no go.

The book started off well, but then started to drag. Also, the MC Garrett was super annoying.

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Exciting Story & Very Creative

I knew it was going to be fantastic, and I'm so glad I did it in audio. Chris Chambers does a marvelous job. The voices he uses for Brady and Cam are perfect, and he succeeds in keeping up Lisa Henry's fast and steady pace.

Exciting and very creative - just don't listen to this audiobook and not expect to need the next one ASAP. I had it downloaded before I'd even finished this one.

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Great audiobook listen

story/plot was excellently woven. performance was outstanding. could hardly put it down. can't wait to listen to more books from this author.

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  • Pixiebell
  • 05-30-20

Dark Space

Dark Space is a masterful Sci-Fi Romance written by Lisa Henry and narrated by Chris Chambers.
The futuristic world building and character development is intelligently and well written, the pacing perfect and main characters believable and likeable.
There is a darkness and sense of foreboding throughout the book, with the threat of the “Faceless” and Kai-Ren in particular, on the horizon, but if the return of the lost hero, Lt Cameron Rushton, is to be believed, peace may be an option. But it all hinges on lowly recruit, Brady Garrett keeping him alive as his “temporary pacemaker”, Cam needing touch to survive.
I loved the growing connection between Cam and Brady, biomedical and emotional, the sex was hot too.
I can’t wait for book 2 Darker Space.
Chris Chambers did an excellent job narrating, bringing to life the characters and the story, especially the atmospheric feeling of the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-21

Extraordinary

I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’m not a big sci fan but I love the author. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters drew me in from the beginning. Great plot and characters alongside excellent narration made this an enjoyable listen.

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  • Mel68 🐣
  • 08-20-20

An amazing space opera

A quite incredible story of alien invasion, love, understanding and overcoming hardship, heartbreak. I've completed the whole tribology in 3 days and the entire story is quite breath taking..