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Publisher's Summary

Their world isn't quite what it seems. It might not be a world at all...

Udo's biggest problem isn't being a digger (that's low class), or staying drunk (that's damn expensive), or avoiding the Dwergaz (they're monsters), or even pissing off the supposed Gods.

It's that his reality...well, it isn't what he thought.

And now, he can't even afford to drink because his so-called friend Nicz is cutting into his business, digging up tin, iron, and copper. So Udo forms a new plan: clay. After all, clay jars are used to store everything: meat, herbs, and, his personal favorite, ale.

But in his hunt for clay, Udo drills too far, is captured by the Dwergaz, and brought to the goddess Ing - or what he believes is a goddess. As Udo digs deeper into his world, and not just by digging holes, what he discovers is far beyond mountains and gods and monsters.

There may be other worlds beyond his. Worlds surrounding other stars. In fact, his own home may not be a world at all.

Udo the Digger bends the tropes of science fiction and fantasy into a wild adventure that will amuse and surprise even veterans of both genres. It's perfect for fans of Arthur C. Clarke's Rama, Horizon Zero Dawn, Aurora, and Book of the Long Sun.

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I am confused.

The story went no where. I have no idea what I just listened to. I no longer trust the 5 star reviews.

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Not even close to his first mastpice All Gifts

The first 4 chapters he spends all the time in character development it's boring. Not to mention he talks about drunkenness getting laid prostitution and use profane language.

It seems like Jason Gayou was writing this book to fulfill a contractual obligation and to piss off the editor in the process.

I would not recommend this book.

Bray is fantastic as usual and I'm sorry that he had to read and record this unprofessional drivel.

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Meandering and plotless.

11 hours in and still no plot or character arcs. Disappointed in Gayou. Returning unfinished.

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Really bad

I was so excited when I saw that Joshua Gayou had a new book and series so I jumped right in. I LOVED the Commune series but this was a disappointment that I struggled to finish. The Characters are underdeveloped, the world is shallow and the story is uninteresting.

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  • YL
  • 06-17-20

10 Hours In, No Story In Sight

I gave up waiting for the shift from world building rambling to a story. It seemed like around 11 hours in there was a glimmer Frankenstein or Grapes of Wrath in space, but I just didn't care anymore, exhausted by the meandering build up that had taken longer than many complete novels.

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A book with no point or story arc

I don’t get the good reviews. The first few hours were treacherous and I’ve fallen asleep from boredom so many times to this book. Aside from a few funny Dick jokes, I don’t get it This world Udo lives in is nightmare and the author tries to explain some greater gods or forces in act with zero effort. Can I have 6 hours of my life back

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Still looking for plot

I don’t get the 5 star reviews. It never really made that much sense to me. The ending was just plain weird. As always R.C BRAY was just awesome

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great narration and book

honestly I loved the book. I had a deep bond with the donkey. The donkey was my favorite character of the book. I think about him a lot. I pet random donkeys I see around. Just to tell them they are good boys. But about the book. I honestly have no idea what it's about. I loved it though. look forward to the next part.

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Recommend to Gayou and Bray fans

I think what Joshua does best through all the books I've read, really comes through in this book. He is very good at writing about people. This book is no exception. Interestingly as you read, you start to have new questions about Udo, his pantheon, his world. And things are cleverly revealed, and new questions are created. I look forward to the next book in this series a lot. And Rc Bray does a fantastic job and proves he is one of the best narrators time and time again.

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Haven’t been disappointed yet!

So far every book these two have put out has been a zinger. Keep it up guys!!!

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  • Petal
  • 06-22-20

Builds towards an interesting hook..!

Ok fair warning. This is a tale and a half. It’s a slow burner, and Udo takes a while to become likeable. But suddenly you’ll find yourself laughing out loud at his antics, cheering him on, and wishing him luck.
And then, suddenly, there’s a strange happening. You gasp, rewind 30 seconds. Yes you heard it right, but what on Earth does it mean?!

Take the time to dive in to this one, I can’t wait for the follow up now... well crafted Mr Gayou.

And once again, RC Bray’s narration is simply stellar.

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  • Roger
  • 06-18-20

The only good thing about this Book is RC Bray

R C Bray is one of my favorite narrators, and as I think he brings books to life, and you get the feeling that he actually really enjoyes reading the books.......
that being said, you cant bring a lifeless book to life no matter how good the narrator is. Lacked that hook that gets you to continue.... bores the crap out of you explaining all about udo, hook me first then explain Mr writer.....Another book I gave up on after several chapters.....

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  • Bev carmody
  • 06-01-20

God Damn

Already wanting the second book, Great bit of writing. So easy to fall into the story, so many hints for what is to come. Loved Udo, so many problems, loved his character. Not normally what I would read, but being that the great R C Bray was narrating, gave it a go, so pleased I did.

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  • Geoff May-Byrd
  • 05-27-20

excellent

Great story, loads of references towards what's to come. leaves you intrigued.
well done Mr Gayou again and not forgetting Mr Bray as well.
well worth the credit, hell, I'd pay full price for this one!!

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  • HughesyMK
  • 12-12-20

Some people must simply have more patience than me

I realise that there are a number of 5* reviews for this book and it may be that there is a story in here somewhere but, for me, I listened for almost four hours and learnt that Ugo is a digger and society treats them as lower class citizens. He likes to get slaughtered and laid, preferably at the same time. And, not sure if I mentioned, he’s a digger. That’s it, in four hours. I was just about to jack it in when a story emerges, but one so horrifically hard to fathom or even grasp the character expansion that it was the final straw for me. I’d have probably preferred for just the drinking, shagging and digging to continue but, as it as, five hours invested, it’s a refund. If you manage to buy and finish it, please, for the love of God, explain it to me.

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  • david
  • 12-08-20

good old bray

if it wasn't for rc bray i would of given up. It went off on tangents and waffled way too much and the end was ?????

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  • Ben Johnson
  • 08-27-20

In a word, awesome!

To begin with, I couldn't really work out where the story was going, seemed just to be about Udo and his struggles. Don't get me wrong, this was great, as I love the character, love how real he is, love how "matter of fact" he is and felt for him during his total shunning by all around him. And then, when the story began to unravel, it only got better and better. Can’t wait to listen to the next book now as I am purely hooked and have so many questions! The writing has a way of informing you of fact without as much as telling you directly, leaving you to come to the assumption of what Joshua is trying to make you realise yourself if that makes sense? Needless to say, R.C. Bray was his usual awesomeness also, in fact he seems to be getting better and better in his narration, having followed him for several years now, loving the increased range he seems to now have with different characters; case in point Reise and Geffen. In a word, awesome!

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  • Bbilly
  • 07-23-20

worth a listen

Great story love the format as a retelling years after the fact and a very cool world with lots of potential

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  • Andrew Banning
  • 07-20-20

Astounding

Absolutely amazing story and read by the best narrator. Couldn’t stop listening! Can’t wait for the follow up

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-19-20

Excellent

Really enjoyed it, Gayou is genuinely gifted at stroy telling, And bray is amazing again!

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  • Skyla1
  • 06-08-20

Fantastic

This was an insanely good listen, I loved the characters and the story. I'm really looking forward to the next one

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  • John - Brisbane
  • 08-07-20

Loved it - Brilliant story

I don't often write reviews but will for this. I got this one without reading anything about it and am so happy I did, I have read many generational /star ship books, from Rama to the forgotten series and loved them, this is told from quite a unique perspective, by a man who has been brutalized his whole life since he was very young, living in a brutal world. Some reviewers say the language used is crude and unnecessary but I think it fits the character perfectly. Sometimes crude but Author creates a beautiful descriptive narrative. Some say they are sorry the reader of the audio book had to read it because it's crude in places but I recon he loved it because it is so different and expect its one he'll remember if asked. I haven't the words to explain how well the author uses words to paint a brilliant story. There are a couple of hints dropped through out the story of a bigger picture. I had to pause and go back when "log insertion" was dropped unexpectedly, I think he wrote this with it being an audio book in mind, he refers to the listener not the reader a couple of times and the guy telling the story... Damn he's good. The combination of the brilliant story and the brilliant story teller... Magic. I'm going to get his other books now.

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  • Jayltee
  • 07-15-20

Never gets started

Unlikable character I could not listen to any more, made worse by the fact that very little happens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-21

Bit of crass slog at times

The first 3 hours was pointless and seemed more like padding. The scence setting could have been done much more concisely.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-20

wow simply wow

never have I listened to a book that made me ask so many questions from the beginning to the very end, not the annoying questions that tickle the back of your mind but with questions that may or may not lead to amazing possibilities and discoveries. That may not make sense but I'm not one for words so you'll have to listen to find out and make up you own mind. brilliant as always Mr Rc bray. On a final note its absolutely excellent that Mr Joshua gayou can be so diverse with his writing from commune (also a brilliant series) to this book I find myself in awe of his writing skills. thank you both for the escape and adventure.

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  • Ben
  • 06-02-20

Interesting

I loved R.C. Bray as always and after seeing that he recommended this title I thought I’d give it a go and was not disappointed. The story is totally different from the book cover but it is laying the foundation towards a big reveal hopefully in book two but hints are given away towards the end and all is not what you think. Highly recommend this book.