• Flight of the Javelin

  • The Complete Series: A Space Opera Box Set
  • By: Rachel Aukes
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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Flight of the Javelin

By: Rachel Aukes
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
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Publisher's Summary

Get the Flight of the Javelin box set, featuring all three books in the Amazon best-selling series. Space opera action perfect for fans of Jay Allan, Jennifer Foehner Wells, and JN Chaney. 

Fifteen years into a 20-year voyage, war veteran Captain Throttle Reyne is looking forward to taking a break from dealing with malfunctions, glitches, and the hassles of monitoring a thousand colonists in cryo-sleep.

But when her colony ship breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Throttle and her crew must leave the colonists behind to search for help. They find a ship that's not only missing a crew...it's clearly not from their star system. 

It's the discovery of a lifetime. All they need to do is tow the mysterious vessel back to their colony ship for further study, and Throttle won't ever have to work again. One problem. While they're away, the colony ship is stolen - with the colonists still on board.

Throttle gives chase to a lawless star system on the outer rim. To get their colonists back, they must take on the pirates and ganglords who will do anything - and sell anyone - to make a buck.

They play dirty. But Throttle and her crew play dirtier.

Don't miss your chance to experience this space opera thrill ride in this special edition omnibus. Fast-paced, action-packed, and full of unforgettable characters both human and alien.

Books included in the set:
Book One: Black Sheep
Book Two: Free Station
Book Three: Rogue Planet

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"Complete set" is a misnomer.

With about 2 hours left in the 3rd book I realized this will rush to get finished or will not be the last book in the series. I'm glad the ending wasn't rushed but I'm disappointed that the series is not complete and according to the authors website she hasn't started book 4 yet.
The story was highly enjoyable and the performance was excellent.

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And the stakes keep rising.

Since I already reviewed the first 2 audiobooks individually, I'll touch on the last one here. Great voice acting - she really sounded like a young girl when needed. Skip the epilog if you don't like cliffhangers. Has a bit of a problem that I don't know the solution for - conversations involving several people have a lot of ".. said" which can get annoying.

I was given this audiobook for free and have voluntarily left this review.

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Shooting, hand grenades, fighting, pirates

Title represents much of Javelin’s story, various groups shooting at each other beginning to end.
Would have enjoyed a future based imaginary adventure with technical science details, however this story has little more than a variety of fight/ skirmish scenes.

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Really fun, Space Opera!

This was a really fun Space Opera, and a perfect, adrenaline-charged romp! It's got fast pacing, and a ship captained by a kickass protagonist (Throttle). Throttle's ship breaks down in the middle of the "Dark". Nowhere really... and no hope of rescue. Right away we realize how special Throttle is when she's doing laps around the deck. She falls and tweaks one of her leg braces, only noticing that she's cut her leg when she sees the blood... yeah, an old spinal injury...
And then there's the Pirates, a ghost ship with an AI, and a Space Station where lots of shady deals go down! If that's not enough to titillate you, I really don't know what will! The book reminds me a little of the works of Nathan Lowell, Jennifer Foehner Wells or Rebecca Chambers 1st book... the way they write about the crew, and the camaraderie. But there's also a space battle too!
To top it off you have Emily Woo Zeller doing a Bang-up job of narration!
You're definitely gonna wanna get the boxed set because all 3 books are dynamite!
You'll be able to see all my reviews under the individual titles!

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Great series.

This is a great series for those that are fans of sci fi, that want it to free or mostly free of vulgarity. i greatly enjoyed listening to it.

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Very enjoyable 💚

Each book progressively got better and it was good to begin with. Great story, imaginative writing and narration was soot on. I'm looking forward to what happens next.
I was kindly given a copy of this audible book at my request and am voluntary leaving a review thanks Aethon audio

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terrible

characters are painfully one dimensional. Protagonist's Mary Sueness is insane. as in a paraplegic woman regularly knocking out thugs in a single blow. some of the story ideas are pretty ok but I couldn't enjoy it past the writing.

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Very good, with a couple flaws

I read a few reviews before starting this, and I guess this is in response to a couple of them. This is a very interesting, if somewhat flawed work. I feel like it's merits outweigh it's flaws though.

I like that the lead is a woman with a disability. It's the god damn future, so why not, and I enjoy getting a new viewpoint now and then.

I also just enjoyed the characters interacting. I love A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and while I wouldn't put this quite on that level, it still has that feel of being about people doing stuff and being together, while in space. Life is so much more than just saving the world for millionth novel.

The action was engaging, it was always interesting to see what might come next. People came up with solutions, heroes got hurt and suffered consequences, it never felt like what people was doing didn't matter, even if they did need a friend to swoop in and save the day at the last second.

The weaknesses aren't really overwhelming. The author could use the word "said" like 80% less. That would be great.

As a trilogy it doesn't have the most triumphant, everyone stands and gets a medal from the princess end. I read in other reviews that there was supposed to be another book, but I'm not surprised there isn't. The story of the Javalin as it was is over, and while there's huge, nearly insurmountable, problems ahead, it's hard to imagine the current crew having a deciding part in the whole affair. Sometimes we aren't actually the main character in the universe.

I guess my finally comment would be that with such a large cast of characters, some of the voices used to differentiate the minor ones are... a little silly. Not deal breakingly bad, but noticeably not the best I've ever heard.

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Sum good with potential

Audible: narrator's character voices are excellent, but the voice used between the characters talking sounds hushed, rushed & tension filled...
Alot of book 📖 for the "0n sale" price, like taco-bell.
The good parts of the story is connected by "unrealistic BS" even for a syfy fantasy

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Closer to screenplays than books

This still gives good value for a three book, space opera run. However, this runs like a screenplay. Screenplays are outlines that gets right to the dialogue, with minor plot points/directions (exit stage left). Screenplays then rely on the visuals of the actors, costumes and sets, along with differing voices, sound effects, and clever dialogue to take a story concept from interesting to full package. Unfortunately, here there isn't much clever dialogue. The visuals, backstories and universe are thinly written. The plots are
TV level-straightforward.

After three books, I couldn't tell you the color of any characters' hair or skin (except that the A.I. has an Irish brogue because...? no reason). Most characters have 1 quality and only any backstory if its necessary for the story. Throttle: bum legs and veteran (and the leg issue is ignored and contributes nothing by book 2). Burke: former pirate (no, none of his former days are ever described). Chief Rue: Grizzled old guy. Eddie: tech schlub. Mutt: ruthless gutter-rat king.

I liked the concepts and plots, and give the author props for being willing to sacrifice major characters, but all the way through and I never came to care for the characters, victories, or losses. Contributing to the bland picture was the narration, which played like the annoying volume control issues between TV shows and commercials. I've liked Ms. Woo Zeller in other books (and she does a phenomenal kid voice in book 3), but she has this tendency to whisper the story, then yell the dialogue, then whisper the story; depending where I kept the volume the narration either lulled me sleep or hurt my ears.

Finally, there's a Flash Gordon epilogue in book 3 that sets up an apparently never forthcoming book 4. Frankly, not sure I'd listen to a book 4 unless it was on sale or part of another 3-pack.

For better military action with a legless veteran, go with books 2-5 of Extinction Cycle by N Sansbury Smith (books 1-6 can be had in two collections, and the series ends at book 7, but the original arc of five books is the best).
For space opera, stick with the Firefly series or try the Fallen Kingdom series by L Buroker (little campier, but a lot more engaging).

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  • mark pemberton
  • 10-11-22

Excellent work, well thought out story

Enjoyed the work, characters and narration. All up to good standards.
The story carries you along, and the characters have enough depth to make investment in their efforts worthwhile.
Emily Woo Zeller performs the tale well, making subtle changes when required for character or storyline.
A space opera about the discovery of an AI ship with a history, by a group of characters striving to do the right thing, but willing to cut corners to do it.
The author isn't afraid to dispose of characters, but even those not involved in the main narrative get a good development.
The story develops across the 3 books shifting with the main protagonists in good style.
Well worth a read.

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  • Tony Lane
  • 04-28-22

Great book

I enjoyed listening to the book. It felt like I was in Emily's own room because I could hear a clock in the background while I was listening to the story

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 03-10-22

Epic

Great book with a addictive story and character and with great narration can’t wait for the next one

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  • Plaucho
  • 11-02-21

A bit of a let down after the Fringe books

I was hoping for a decent continuation of the fringe series of books, I'm not sure if its just the somewhat mediocre narration that let's it down or the story its self.
overall not a bad listen

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  • Flutterbi
  • 07-26-21

More to come?

Although this says it is a complete series books 1-3 the last book leaves you wondering if there will be another book, if not it was left with a lot of unanswered questions. I did enjoy the series and the narrator was quite good. This is a typical space story, captain - ship - crew and battles along the way. Plus 3 books for 1 credit is a bargain.

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  • Jennifer Deeley
  • 06-10-21

Great can't wait for the next book

Great stories and performance and it leaves you wanting more can't wait for the next book :)

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  • Mr. R. Flatters
  • 05-31-21

The three books where well read by the actor

I like the space of the three books and the way the actor created the characters was well thought out. I look forward to hearing book 4

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  • Ballamannin
  • 05-30-21

Simple but flowing space story

The performance I gave 5 to as it is generally fine, I only give less on the whole if it really grates with me, this did not and sometimes it is very much a personal preference.
The story if fairly straight forward but engaging, it flows well and draws you along, it is not majorly original if you listen to a good amount of SciFi but that is no bad thing. It is futuristic but not fantastical science and that is a part of it which I like life in the deep dark is still a struggle. Care relationships and characters are generally good and you can relate to them. The salvage, revenge aspects are straight forward and it does feel like you are getting an insight to the daily life of the characters which I liked. Overall I did enjoy it and would say it is worth a listen. Once I have gotten through my backlog of titles I would be happy to consider another book from this author.

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  • dunpony
  • 05-22-21

really enjoyed this one

good story with strong female lead. Although it's a series each book could stand alone - no cliff hangers though each book does set the next one up. Loved the narrator!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-26-21

interesting take on an old story

followed all stories with interest, eager to see what happens next, not bad reading,

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  • robby hill
  • 06-03-21

riveting reading Couldn't put it down.

Absoluly Brilliant haven't done much work over the past few weeks or watched the TV