• Wistful Ascending

  • Hybrid Helix, Book 1
  • By: JCM Berne
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Wistful Ascending

By: JCM Berne
Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
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Publisher's Summary

The il’Drach have conquered half a galaxy behind the civilization-ending powers of their mixed-species children.

Half-human Rohan, exhausted by a decade fighting for their Empire, has paid a secret and terrible price for his freedom.

Now retired, he strives to live a quiet life towing starships for the space station Wistful. His most pressing problems are finding the perfect cup of coffee and talking to a gorgeous shuttle tech without tripping over his own tongue.

A nearby, long-dormant wormhole is opened by a ship full of angry refugees, and the many eyes of the Empire focus uncomfortably on Wistful.

As scientists, spies, and assassins converge, reverting to the monster the Empire created is the surest way to protect his friends. And the surest way to lose them.

©2020 Joseph Berne (P)2022 Joseph Berne

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Wow

This book has nostalgia written all over it , Little nuggets are sprinkled throughout the book.
in this case the audio with A great narration from Wayne Farrell !!
Between space bears ..love boat and A scene that reminded me of the first Iron Man movie.
In some aspects Rohan is a superhero but I’m not calling him Superman ! I’d rather call him Clark Kent cause Rohan Doesn’t need the alter ego and cape! He doesn’t need to bring attention to himself or his past.
He’s just a local tower at a space station called Wistful!

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Fantastic!

I am generally not a fan of sci-fi, but I loved this book. One I got into it, I couldn’t stop.

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A Fun Sci-Fi Read with a lot to offer!

*I received a copy of the book from the author for an honest review*
Wistful Ascending was a treat to read from start to finish. The book takes its time to establish bonds between its characters but it not afraid to turn to the grimmer implications of power and trying to change. I struggled to get my own feelings on the character straight by the end as well as some of the consequences in the read, but that made it all the more compelling. I wouldn't consider myself well-read in sci-fi, but there were ideas in the book that were novel to me.
You should probably read it if you like: Bearstronauts, The Iron Druid Chronicles, powers
Consider avoiding if you don't like: Amber Ale, characters with high competency and confidence

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A Must Listen Sci Fi Galactic Superhero Adventure

Adventure, love, and a dark past that could destroy his future. Rohan is a hybrid tapping into energy within himself that makes him one of the most dangerous warriors, practically superhero (or villain) like, (Lances, as they are called in this star system) to cross paths with. He's retired to a space station A.I., older than his ancestors, named Wistful working as a Second-class Tow Chief to stay under the radar and escape his past self, and practice his mantra to control his anger and be nice going forward. He's done some things he isn't proud of, but his character is likeable and enjoyable to listen to. His morals are tested when the black hole opens near Wistful throwing his obscure existence back into chaos, and he even meets an attractive love interest that makes his task of keeping his past in the past even more difficult.
I think the prologue is unnecessary, and makes listening to the story quite difficult since it's a bit chaotic to understand what is happening through audio, but ignore those first few minutes, and the rest of the story is engaging and a must listen. You'll find yourself making time you didn't originally allot to listening to your audiobooks a priority, so you find out what happens next. Love this start to Rohan's journey, and can't wait to listen to more!
If you love sci-fi adventure, superhero stories, and even a bit of romance, then you'll devour this audiobook with pleasure. Absolutely a fun listen!
The narrator did a terrific job with this book! He was enjoyable to listen to.

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personal fantasies

devolved into authors alien sex fantasies. the power portions and space travel are fine but it could have been great without the smut romance

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Wonderful in every way

The description of this book does not do enough. Yes, it provides some details for some aspects of this story, but it just isn't enough. In fact, after having finished Wistful Ascending, I just don't think any description could possibly do enough to explain the sense of wonder that the reader will feel once they finish it. I am quite simply stunned by the imagination and skill of the author to craft this tale. I just don't know how he was able to combine small, slice-of-life elements with epic battle scenes so seamlessly. There are wonderfully small, intimte moments between friends mixed with supremely powerful beings and monsters. I just don't know how he pulled it off. But, he does and I cannot recommend this story highly enough. It is so much more than a superhero story and you owe it to yourself to dive right into it. You won't regret it.

Regarding the audiobook, the narrator did an excellent job of telling me this epic story. Wonderful all around.