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Publisher's Summary

A laugh-out-loud, action-packed space adventure series from the author critics are calling "the unholy offspring of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett".

When petty criminal Cal Carver is locked in a cell with a deranged, semi-naked cannibal, he suspects his life has hit its lowest point. He is mistaken.

Abducted by aliens and whisked across the galaxy, Cal is thrown into a team of misfits and criminals and sent on a top secret mission for the president of Space. And that's when everything starts to go very, very wrong....

This bundle collects the first three best-selling adventures of Cal Carver and the crew of the dread ship Shatner, by multi-award-winning author Barry J. Hutchison:

  • Space Team
  • Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle
  • Space Team: The Search for Splurt
©2016 Barry J. Hutchison (P)2020 Barry J. Hutchison

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Absurd. Irreverent. A damn good time!

Imagine, if you will, a 7-foot-tall "valley girl" werewolf. Growl, like, fur shur. That is a sample of the alien cookie dough that is Space Team. With a nod to Star Trek & Galaxy Quest, Barry Hutchison has assembled the weirdest, funniest action figures you couldn't wait to rip out of their blister packs. Phil Thron's performance is among the best I have ever head! Great Fun!

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Meh. Lots of meh.

Returned it before finishing. Just couldn’t roll with it. Narrator does a great job and the story had potential. The main character is too juvenile to be believable and there were several repeating obvious SJW cringe talking points worked in. Normally, they try and pass this kind of stuff off as “young adult” fiction. The truth is, it’s just bad writing with unoriginal solutions to half@$$3d problems. It’s fine for background noise, just not engaging otherwise.

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  • 07-20-21

Laugh out loud

A great genre-aware send-up of space opera fiction. A fine cast of characters with plenty of failings each and action sprinkled throughout. No overpowered characters here, all leaning on each other despite distrust and snarky banter. Wrapped up with feel good endings, this is a solid choice for fun.

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Is it a slapstick comedy or a horror?

The story will jump back and forth from juvenile slapstick humor to depictions of torture and horror. Either could have made for a good book, but together, it is something that is targeted at kids, that you would never let your kids read.

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I wanted to like it…

Too predictable and certainly not Douglas Adams. I wanted to like them, but character development and world building were flat and very anthropomorphic. Won’t ask for credit back, but couldn’t recommend.

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Guardians of the Galaxy meets Futurama

Glad I got the collected adventures, it was a nonstop cliffhangers from the second to the third book. I am looking forward to the next few books as well. The MC is nonstop quaky and enduring, for a guy that lost his his entire planet and species. This is like a cross between Guardians of the Galaxy and Futurama. So far it is a great series with loads of laughs and witty satire.

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Galaxy Quest meets Austin Powers

I have to be in the mood for silly spoofs of Star Trek, goofy pop culture references, and juvenile physical comedy. But, when in the mood, this omnibus hits all of my absurd funny bones. Narrator Thron’s exaggerated, pulpy portrayals are phenomenal, from valley girl sounding werewolf Miz to Mech the smart or strong cyborg. There’s translated cussing of the “what the flonk” variety and zero actual nooky, but there is a lot of teenage-level boob-jokes or ball-gags, so I’d rate this as for teens and up. By book 3, the PG tone changes a bit, where heads explode and torture is described instead of merely fading to black. But, it’s all still of the John Carpenter Goes to Mars variety.

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everyone said Its funny

Eeryone said it was funny so I would thought I would give it a try. It is funny to be sure.

But it's all so gruesome and has elements of horror in it. I dislike that so much. I mean why does science fiction have to have Horror in it? Couldn't we have had a story without that? I'm sorry I used my credit.

The narrator is GREAT

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Grinning ear to ear

These books are so hilariously entertaining. I enjoyed every bit of it. The characters are wonderful, and the situations they find themselves in had me cracking up. Phil Thron is also now one of my favorite narrators.

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Fun fast listen

Any book that makes me laugh out loud gets a special 5 star. humor is a bit juvenile at times, so you gotta have a certain sense of humor, but if you're good with a little slap stick and body humor, this is amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-20

An Unmissable Collection

Space Team has been one of the greatest listens on Audible I've ever had the pleasure of having, it's smart, funny and absolutely worth your time. It's helped me through this unfortunate quarantine more than pretty much anything else which is ironic now that I think about how the story begins.
Don't miss out, pick up this collection and get enough hours to last at least a few days listening.

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  • david forbes
  • 01-28-21

Sci fi comedy gold

Red dwarf,firefly,suicide squad,let's go to prison,evil dead ect if u enjoy listen to this book your in for a treat the main character is 50% wise ass 50% crazy and a whole lotta funny, chuck in a weregirl princess a bad ass mech and the worst/best pilot ever plus everyone's favourite slime shape-shifting life form and you start to get a idea of the kind of misadventures this space team are all about .........enjoy i did

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  • Mr James Lenthall
  • 10-22-20

Space paced space fun.

The Sidekick's initiative was my introduction to Barry J Hutchinson's work. Much like that and Phil's narration, nothing dissapoints.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-13-22

Bored after half an hour and it doesn't get better

This book starts off with a severely obnoxious and childish protagonist, but then does a really fascinating trick (It's subtle, so you may miss it): It proceeds to never, ever, EVER, even slightly, waver AT ALL, from doubling down on this IDIOTIC, fucking JABBERING FOOL of a protagonist, as he falls and ricochets his way across the Universe, learning nothing along the way. In dedicating itself to its own internal nonsense it manages to remove any shred of importance on any of its events, because literally every scene is the guy going "Huh" and "Oh shiny", and the solution is always to let this random fool who cracks lame jokes and knows nothing bumble his way out of it again.

Douglas Adams this ain't.

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  • Paul Sutherland
  • 08-29-21

Must be funniest series I have read.. fantastic

Loved it, have blasted the first three books. Looking forward to the rest.. Can't believe I haven't heard of this series before now. do not miss this.

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  • Chris
  • 07-17-21

Awesome

Absolutely loved it. I listen while at work with my headphones on. So I have looked a complete idiot standing there laughing most of the day. Good story narrated really well. I have got some serious listening to do with the rest of the books.

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  • alan duff
  • 04-20-22

Epic fun in space

loved it all 3 books are brilliant.
the story is a bit predictable but it's so well executed it's not a problem.

Well rounded characters and a sense of fun built in to them.

lots of warmth and laughter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-22

Review this !

Read a review saying how bad this was so much so I had to sample it then I bought it absolutely great listening! Left wanting more

Think for yourself only your opinion matters

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  • mark sellick
  • 02-02-22

Written by a 10 year old?

The reviews are great, the books not so much. I lasted till chapter 12 and nothing had even happened. The main character thinks he’s funny but he isn’t, not one bit! I’m sure some will love it but not me.

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  • Craig J. M. Thomson
  • 10-20-21

Totally Brilliant.

I purchased this book as I was looking for a new author. This book was recommended as "If you like Terry Pratchett you'll love this."
Tbh I decided that I didn't like the main character within 2minutes of listening. However I decided to stick it out and see how things went. By chapter 2 or 3 I was completely captivated and couldn't wait for my next opportunity to listen. Within a few months I have devoured all of the follow up books in this series.
The humour is fabulous and the science'y bits are few, and don't require a degree to understand. In fact they are written as if a human idiot such as myself can follow with ease.
Well written and narrated brilliantly.
As an avid Pratchett fan I can honestly say I think Barry J Hutchison is on par, if not better.

Note to Barry - Write faster! 😁

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  • Aaron F.
  • 10-12-21

Hilarious and entertaining

Loved it. great mix of sci fi, comedy and action. excellent narration. unbelievable value to get 3 stories of this quality for the price of one!

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  • LyndalP
  • 03-12-21

Loved it

I recently found out about Space Team on a social media site - and after reading the comments - decided to give it a go.
The books don’t take itself too seriously- and I loved that. Great adventures with quite a few unexpected turns and plot twist. I particularly love the banter between the team. As the books went on, I found myself really falling in love with each of the characters on the team - even Squirt.
Think of it as a fabulous cross between Guardians of the Galaxy & Hitchhikers GTTG - a good rollicking time to be had.
The narration is exceptional - and now has me looking for other works read by Phil Thron.
Do yourself a favor - and get it!

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  • ben
  • 01-16-21

So much fun.

A great story and well read. Just couldn't put it down, was non stop laughs. Definitely a series i'll be recommending.