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An original novella set in season three of The Orville—straight from the pen of Seth MacFarlane, creator of the beloved sci-fi TV show! When Captain Ed Mercer and the crew of the U.S.S. Orville come face-to-face with one of humanity's most vile ideologies, they must solve the moral conundrum of who to hold accountable for evil deeds real… and imagined. Occurring just after episode 308, this is the Orville like you've never seen it before.

©2022 Seth MacFarlane (P)2022 Hyperion Avenue

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Nazi story not worthy of spending 3.5 hours on

Long winded to such a degree I kept skipping around after three chapters going,”So where is the Orville in all this?” Also how do they plan to put this put this Nazi story into a 1hr movie- episode makes me wonder if I should watch the show anymore. Again appropriating the genocide of the Holocaust to satisfy its over preachy ends It premise is a computer turns the child left in its care (via the running simulation) but it’s premise is based on the assumption that who ever created the simulation would create this as an outcome leads one to believe like so many recent ideas coming from the minds of Americans that Nazism wasn’t as bad it was merely a way for Germany to feel better… and that in the end he becomes a baker and lives a productive no longer Bigoted mind set. So typically Americans and Disney. I just wish I could have gotten the time I wasted and the money on this back. If I could have given less stars I would have the only good thing about it is Bruce Boxlitner narration.

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The World Needs More Orville

Awesome story! it's a shame they were unable to film it due to the COVID pandemic but at least I got to hear the story from the amazing voice of Bruce Boxleitner! An interesting ethical dilemma with the strong characters of one of my favorite science fiction shows. I hope they release more novellas in the style! The world of The Orville has so much potential to expand in future seasons and in print!

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🙄 Not TRULY an Orville story

The Orville crew are minor secondary characters and are not part of the early chapters. They have little impact on the plot and their roles could have been accomplished with nameless characters. Their presence seemed tacked on just to call it an Orville story. Not essential for fans of the TV show. 🙁

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crappy story. unrelated to The Orville series.

wish I had my credit back. not related to the Orville tv series. total junk, thanks Seth.

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superb... I love the Orville

love this world. I love the series. I totally enjoyed having an episode in this format, as it's possible to have the thoughts of the characters as well as my internal visualization (using my knowledge of the characters from watching the series )... this , as a social commentary, is superbly written. I remember reading Primo Levi's autobiography of his experience of being in Germany and interned in a concentration camp, and being deeply moved at how he gave his understanding of his view of the everyday German and the way they made their choices which led to them becoming prison guards and the choices that they made. this episode reminds me of the complexity of 'grey' we have to process as being part of a society, and how we can have both distaste and compassion for people simultaneously ... great read... totally recommend it.

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Perfect Orville, perfect sci-fi!

Seth manages to give you the greatest elements of classic sci-fi in that familiar way he has which always seems to entertain us with all of his work. He drops us straight into the action and then leaves us wondering if we hit the wrong button. Not to worry, all will be made clear and the story is nothing short of brilliant all the way to the big reveal. Speaking on behalf of Orville fans everywhere, please give us more of this!

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The Orville is story telling at its finest.

Thought provoking story. I don't want to give anything away. If you like the TV show this is better.

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Thought-Provoking Morality Tale

Nearly the first half of this takes place in the 20th century Europe, in nazi times, among nazis, about nazis. And I have a feeling that there may have been a lesser number of disappointed readers/listeners (growing ever impatient as to why there was no sign of the Orville or any of its crew, as the story progressed) if that fact had been made clear, in advance. Still, the absence of that foreknowledge is hardly a valid reason for a person to give it a bad review. Same goes for personal impatience. The first half needs to be what it is for the story to work. And work it does!
This would’ve been one of the more powerful episodes of the show, had they been able to film it. As it is, it remains powerful and thought-provoking. There are layers upon layers of moral complexity to unpack here, befitting the growing maturity of “The Orville” as a show, and of course “Star Trek” before it.
Well worth a listen.

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Not what I expected

Without giving any spoilers, let me say this is a thought provoking story that asks us to consider the ramifications of what is possible with advanced technology, especially when the outcome was inadvertent. This is good sci fi.

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Great story, great voice, great value

To quote the beginning of my review for the Kindle version, this story spoils the series up until season’s 3 ‘Midnight Blue,’ although I heard some reviews that it’s supposed to be after ‘From Unknown Graves.’ You’ll still enjoy the show and book if you enjoy them out of order, just be warned.

That said, what I wrote for the Kindle version can be applied here (I'm not sure if Audible counts Amazon links as external so I'll just say look for the review on the Kindle page titled 'Sympathy for the lost episode') so I’ll summarize: great sci-fi story and great addition to the Orville canon.

As for this audio version, Bruce Boxleitner has a great voice. I’ve only seen him as Alcuzan, the president of the Planetary Union in multiple season 3 episodes, but I've heard his name thrown about and I liked his work on the show. Whoever decided he should be the narrator for this clearly listened closely and knew his voice would be great for the 3 hours and 5 minutes needed for this recording. Just a great voice to listen to and he spoke clearly and steadily enough for an audio book.

If I have any negatives, it’s only in comparison to other audiobook narrators; the ability to play different roles. It’s not even his acting ability, it’s just the technical/art of copying other characters’ voices. He gets the emotions of every character, but I could always tell it was the same guy for everyone. For examples of a narrator making each character unique, listen to Star Wars: Dark Disciple (Marc Thompson, who is a near match for several characters, ESPECIALLY for Count Dooku) and Star Trek: The Return (William Shatner, who I surprisingly thought was better at other well known Star Trek characters than Kirk).

That said, even Mel Blanc would have a hard time voicing all the characters featured in this story and, short of this featuring a separate actor for each character (up to and including The Orville’s main cast), I can’t ding this too harshly for that. (Amazon needs to allow 1/2 star ratings for customers). If you prefer audiobooks or want to listen while doing other stuff, especially if it’s during an Orville rewatch, I’d recommend this over the Kindle version.

That said, as the price for both together is a measly $7.50, I highly recommend both just in case you’re ever in the mood for one or the other. The price point, compared to a lot of other audio book prices, makes this an EXCELLENT test subject to see if you want to get more into audiobooks. Even if you decide audiobooks aren’t your cup of tea, you’re only out < $5 (audio by itself) and still got to listen to a great sci-fi story, part of a great sci-fi TV series, read by someone with a great voice. Highly recommended :)

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  • gary
  • 07-25-22

brilliant

awsome orville story, narration is great I was a little confused at the start thought I'd bought the wrong book but around chapter 8 it all made sense I hope seth writes some more

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  • Keith Harding
  • 09-15-22

This should have been part of the TV Series

Brilliant on all counts!
Others have said that could have been longer in length?
But then I think that it might not have had the same impact.
I was totally absorbed for the whole of it, even though like others I thought it was not "The Orville" to start with.
But I was totally drawn in to it to the story.
Well done to all involved.

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  • EmmaCastiel
  • 08-29-22

Love this story

love this story thank you; I do wish there was Seth would read a version of this.

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  • Joe Mingay
  • 08-28-22

What an addition to the Orville

Would have made a fantastic and dark episode of the Orville I don't think we've quite seen to this extent. Seth has done an amazing job with the show and I hope he (or someone else) will continue to add to the stories of these beloved characters!

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  • Jonathan KS
  • 08-28-22

The perfect Holodeck story. Sorry, env. simulator

The Orville in season 3 reached new heights if sophistication making it now superior in many respects to the TNG, DS9 and Voyager era. This story is a perfect example. The most ingenious Holodeck story imaginable.
Holodeck episodes were always sort of a joke in the days when Star Trek was still Star Trek which made one question the Union's ability to come up with less than laughable safety protocols.
Unlike many of those cherished Holodeck episodes from the 90's, this story was profound and thought provoking and an example of one of the aspects where The Orville in becoming superior to the series that inspired it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-22

Seth Mcfarlane can do no wrong.

The best accolade I can give the Orville is that I have on more than one occasion forgotten I wasn't watching star trek and for a spiritual successor you couldn't ask for anything more.

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  • Aran
  • 08-20-22

Could have done with another hour…

Great concept for a story and would love to have seen it as an episode. Could have done with about another hour of content to explore it further.

Love Bruce but he’s not a skilled audiobook reader, accents/voices were dreadful and there were very clear ‘re reads’ spliced in. Would much rather have heard this as a full on audio drama production with a good guest as Otto/Adam and the actual cast reading their own parts.

All that said.. I enjoyed it and #savetheorville #theorvilleseason4 #moreoeville

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  • Cpt Hooker
  • 08-16-22

I was confused what was going on and then...

I love the show and decided to give the books a chance and I wasn't disappointed, I was confused on how this was to do with the orville but then the moment clicked and it all made sense. Excellent all round.

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  • Kim Sharpe
  • 08-11-22

Seth MacFarlane us one very gifted man.

just finished listening to The Orville Sympathy for the Devil. Beautifully read by Bruce Boxleitner.
Being a massive Star Wars, Star Trek and Stargate fan I was very apprehensive about the new show The Orville. But I loved it and desperate for more of my Orville fix, after watching the season 3 finale. I turned to Audible and found this little gem.
The story was excellent. Although rather confusing at first. what on earth were we doing in pre WW2 Germany. But Mr MacFarlane is a superb story writer. As seen in some of the fantastic episodes he has written for tge Orville.The finishing touch was using Bruce Boxleitner to narrate. I never thought of him as a narrater. But he brought the book and characters completely alive and had me hooked.
I'm now left with everything crossed for Disney to pick up the Orville for a fourth season and if he has time for Seth Mac Farlane to write another book or even a screenplay for a film.

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  • tracephil
  • 08-04-22

Truly amazing

wow, an amazing story read so beautifully by the awesome Bruce Boxluetner. Seth MacFarlane is a pure genius, such a talented writer, I will look forward to more of his audio books, absolutely love the Orville and this audio book is truly awesome

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-22

brilliant

even if you have never watched the show this story is amazing. 2 words

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  • Luke
  • 08-07-22

Brilliant

Honestly brought tears to my eyes, would love to see it made for the big screen.

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