• Match Game

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 14
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8,310 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For years, the ancient alien AI known as Skippy (the Magnificent, don’t forget that part) has been able to do one impossible thing after another. What is his secret? It’s simple: 100 percent Grade-A extreme awesomeness. And also because he had never been faced with an opponent of equal power. Until now.

This time, he might need a little help from a band of filthy monkeys.

©2022 Craig Alanson (P)2022 Podium Audio

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What a let down.

Story rambled on for a bit in the beginning. Got really interesting and exciting when they reveal the actual plan then just kinda peters out.. what a disappointment. I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long and it just…kinda sucks.

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Tired and Stale

Don’t waste your money or Audible credit. Full disclosure, I did not finish this installment of the Expeditionary Force series and I am annoyed Audible won’t let me return the title. It’s more of the same and I don’t consider Skippy’s latest tricks as growing a character. I’m surprised it took me so long to finally tap out on this tripe. The disappointment has been building the last few novels.

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1-2* reviwers suck

i completely enjoyed the book top to bottom and very easily holds my attention

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same book as the last 13

garbage writing, 95% useless filler.
story had potential but the author is too greedy and ruined it

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Fantastic.

Don’t listen to the naysayers. They are just whining because they have no creative talent and can’t write their own book.

This was a fantastic book. From beginning to end. I enjoy some of the interactions of the crew and the banter from skippy. Kept my attention all the way through. Can’t wait until the next one!

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Slow burn then it’s on fire

So not much seems to happen for 3/4 of the book and there’s the usual “banter” but it all comes together in the last quarter and things which happen earlier start to make sense. You won’t want to miss the end even if you find yourself skimming the middle. The next book is the last one and I’m really going to miss Skippy and his favourite human.

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Production is garbage on this one…

The story is filled with little asides, such as the scrunchie incident, but I don’t mind those. I enjoy the interaction between the characters. RC Bray is fabulous as always. My only complaint so far is the production. The audio skips and repeats and pauses a lot. I’ve never been disappointed with an ExFor story, but this falls short just because it is absolutely annoying with all of the breaks.

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Not up to par but still good in it's own right

if you are looking for this book to majorly advance the larger story or see a truly epic cat fight between two AIs, then you will be disappointed. Parts of the story drag with extraneous filler, but the banter is top notch as always so is still enjoyable. This book has a few "woke" moments that seem forced and out of place, thankfully they are quick asides. Alanson continues to fall into the trap of immediately scrapping any trick Skippy learns. Evolve your antagonists, stop devolving your protagonist. Lastly, more Beetles... we need more Beetles

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This meeting could have been an email.

Warning spoilers..I have LOVED this series. I have been waiting for this for a long time. I re-listened to whole series getting ready for this and I feel like if I had only listened to first and last few chapters it would have given me all the info I needed. Something like this should be a middle of the series book setting up several more book not the second to the last. No in-depth info about the AI’s history no info about the elders or the shield or the elders enemy’s. Book 14 we would running thru pay offs from the other book and setting up for the big fight in the last book. It just felt like I was in a tv show that was trying to make more episodes to keep making more.

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Slow Start, Amazing Finish

I don't leave many reviews but feel this is warranted for anyone that may be on the fence about listening to this book.

As several reviews point out, there are some parts in the beginning and middle that appear to be mostly unnecessary, however there are some parts that seem unnecessary and later turn out to be important so....

I was sceptical going into this and now the next book can't get here fast enough. it was definitely worth the ride to get through to the end. It really starts to pick up a little past the half way point and the finish is just excellent.

As always, RC Bray is brilliant. I often forget there is only one individual narrating when I listen to him.

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  • Jean Claude Ard Van Pierre
  • 06-15-22

Worst of the series so far

Story suffers in this one and is a little disappointing considering the length of time we've had to wait after a brilliant book 13.

1. Way too much waffling, no one cares about going for breakfast, doing yoga, Skippy sending love letters that never gets mentioned again or any of that bs.
2. No story progression until right at the end, you could zone out with this playing and not miss anything.
3. No one cares about the Mavericks. Literally, wasn't a fan of Maverick books, didn't care about the characters, it's all about Skippy and Joe, would have made this book better if they'd just all died.

When it did get going, the betrayal of the Mavericks character went absolutely nowhere too. Could have dived into more about the galactic shield, or even had this be book 15 and make the actual book 15 about the galactic shield, as I fear book 15 will just be about the battle of the AI's and forget about that plot point entirely.

Don't get me wrong, I still like the book, I've enjoyed this series like nothing else I've ever listened to, but after 14 books, it's getting a bit stale. The banter between Skippy and Joe is literally the same every time and there was A LOT of filler banter here. "Oh no not karaoke night" "Oh no not another opera" "Oh you little s##t head" etc, you get the point.

I'm hoping this is just because it's the penultimate book in the series and 15 is going to go all out, go out with a bang, wrap up the whole damn thing. Because if we get another one of these books, it'll probably be more disappointing than Game of Thrones season 8! Sorry Craig, massive fan but this is a 19 hour book that could have been 9.

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  • JJ
  • 06-12-22

Slow, Same & Inconsistent Sound

I absolutely love these books but this one just felt... meh. It took well over half the book for any proper story progression and the first half was filled with a lot of repeated jokes (word for word). It reminds me of a US TV series where there's just a different roadblock after every solution to fluff things out. Don't get me wrong Bray's performance was good as ever but something really wrong happened with the sound balancing - it's up and down throughout.

it's a good book but really took way too long for it to add to the series in a meaningful way - especially with this being the second from last

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-22

perfection

another quality installment of the skippy and Joe show. or book or whatever. oh shut up!

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  • jason
  • 06-09-22

TTA!

Amazing book! Couldn't stop listening ! !

Can't wait for Book 15 ! !

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  • Per Vejbirk
  • 06-10-22

Good but not the best in the series.

Like rest of the books in this series it's pretty solid and R.C. Bray is once funny and awesome in his narration. The story do suffer a bit from being the second last book in the series. Sometimes it just feels like it slogs on and on and on. While at other time so much happens at once that it feels almost overwhelming. As mister Alanson is rushing to tie up all the loss ends and set the stage for the final show down in Book 15. (Which I am SOOOOO Looking forward to!)

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  • D. Marsh
  • 06-24-22

Bobby Ewing would be proud of this backtracking.

If you've got this far you'll be not surprised by the format or the at times the one sided battles that can now occur, now the monkies are so powerful. Most species have lost any character depth bar the beetles, who are admittedly quite interesting. Desperate situations do occur however, but unusually even the reader is kept in the dark this time, with a retrace of the storyline in a Bobby Ewing shower scene rehashing moment Things are getting close to the end now and unless the author can move the main characters (including a hampster, lisard, bettle and kitty), To the surface of a remote ringworld say . Te next book it will all be the last, which will be a shame as the new series promoted at the end just isn't my thing. ie wisards in a dog ☹️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

damn

Craig, bray. you get your fine selves to the UK and I'll personally buy you beers.
epic story
epic voice
epic skippy.

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  • S. Morris
  • 08-12-22

What Is There Left To Say?

Allanson is on top form here yet again despite this being the fourteenth in the Expeditionary Force series. As ever, the legend that is R.C Bray narrates. For those familiar with this series, there's not too much I can say in the praise department as I've said it all before when reviewing prior books in this series. When books are consistency this good, it's hard to come up with something that can help someone decide whether this is for them. As mentioned, anyone already familiar with these books will need no encouragement from me, other than to say that this is another superb story.

There, job done. Perhaps my shortest ever review :)

Oh, my keen ear picked out a rarity, perhaps something not heard before ... some typos. yes indeed, despite there being a proof reader credited, an error here and there got through. Rather ironic, when you consider that prior to a proofing credit on his books, Allanson's prior stories, if I recall rightly, had zero such typos. I wished I'd made a note of them, but one I do remember was hard to miss. Instead of saying "Elder AI," we get, "Elder I." Of course, I would not mark down a book for something like this, not unless the story was riddled with errors.

Oh, I also wonder if the ending of this book, the cliff hanger revelation, signals the end game of this series. I hope not, but it was just a thought.

Read and enjoy ... I certainly did!

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  • Stephen Bennett
  • 07-31-22

A true “ripping yarn” couldn’t put it down!

I don’t often write reviews as just not that kind of guy but this series of books has been really really fun and enjoyable. If you want to step away from the everyday then this might be the series for you. The interactions between Joe and Skippy are memorable and have also really enjoyed how the other characters have evolved over the series. In this particular book I really enjoyed the transformation of Bilby - I won’t give any spoilers but the last couple of chapters are just a rip roaring ride and Bilby truly came into his own. Looking forward to book 15 with a tinge of sadness that it will be the last in the series. Thank you Craig Alanson for being brave enough to give up the day job and share with us all the weird and wonderful stuff that goes on in your head. I hope that one day I will be brave enough to try a “fluffer nutter”!

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  • dean thurman-kingham
  • 07-28-22

great as always

a great read and a nice twist at the end. once again great characters

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

Craig and RC Bray what's not to love

This space "opera" just gets better and better. R C Bray could read a phone book and make it sound exiting, but when you add the genius of Craig Alanson we get something very special.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-08-22

hit out of the park.

so constantly awesome 👌. gotta ❤️ it can't what for the next chapter in the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-22

Can’t get enough of this series!!

I absolutely love this series. I can’t get enough of it. R. C. Bray does an amazing job at narrating the story. I will be very sad once this series has finished, I believe there is one final book coming based on what I’ve read online.

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  • Andrew duce
  • 08-01-22

Fantastic as always

Absolutely love this series and cant wait to listen to the next book, R.C.Bray makes this book come alive and all the characters has solid backgrounds and development.

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  • m trevethan
  • 07-31-22

Always Top Notch

entertaining stories for the whole family, every time. great for those really long car rides

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-29-22

It's getting boring again

I've been following Bishop and Skippy since the beginning. It feels like this space soap opera will never end. I was hoping it would be the final book

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  • Barry
  • 07-25-22

more twists than ever ! perfect.

I loved it... as I knew I would. if only Skippyhasyourmoney was real then I'd be all in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-22

another great yarn!

better be another book coming or I will start a riot! trust me I have friends that are still pissed that firefly was cancelled! We will unite to save Skippy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-22

keep going lets see were this ride stops

this has been a long series but i am left wanting moore so keep going lets see were thos ride stops

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  • Dave Purse
  • 07-07-22

Great

Cannot wait for Dec 22 and book 15. I just love the dialogue and humour and naturally the plot. These books have helped me through a particularly tough time in life via the sheer enjoyment of books I can escape to. And, isn’t that what books do, help us escape? Thanks craig for writing books I can enjoy without having to think too hard.