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Need suggestions for science fi and fantasy AUDIO books
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:53:40 AM »

I'm currently looking for some audiobooks to keep me sane at work. I'm close to finishing the GoT book series (and sorely disappointed...) and I need something for my breaks and lunches. I'm looking for either a "soft" sci-fi series, with starships in it or a fantasy series, something with dragons in it.
Game of Thrones book series disappointed me greatly because instead of it being a more adult version of Eragon that I hoped it was, it was instead a medeival version of days of out lives with a ton of politics and characters few joining storylines and covered with a thin dusting of dragons and wolves that barely get mentioned...

Some things I'm looking for in both genres:
-Action and adventure.
-Little to no political
-Few to one main character
-long running and or a complete series

For the sci fi series itself:
-Needs starships (Big surprise there, eh?)
--Something like that of starsector. Something crewed by a small group of characters, but at the same time not just be an oversized fighter
--DESCRIBED Starship battles! Not blow by blow level of detail but not stuff that cops out with stuff like "we took them by surprise so they surrendered" BS
-No Star Wars, Trek, or Stargate please. EU or otherwise.

For the fantasy side:
- Dragons. It needs to have dragons.
-- And not the "special mounts" or them being side characters at best. I'm looking for something close to that of the Eragon book series.
-Something meant for adult audiences, but it doesn't need sex or such. It just needs to be written for older readers.
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Re: Need suggestions for science fi and fantasy AUDIO books
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2020, 11:29:14 AM »

The Deathstalker series is good, clean fun.
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Re: Need suggestions for science fi and fantasy AUDIO books
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2020, 06:35:29 PM »

Fantasy recommendation:

It's not particularly "adult", but not also specifically for kids or anything (link for discussion of adult content and appropriateness thereof), but the Dragonriders of Pern (by Anne McCaffrey and children) series has been around for a while.

It obviously has dragons, which are sentient and bond with their riders from hatching. The books start out fairly straight fantasy, but as the (massive - started publishing in 1968, most recent entry by original author's daughter was 2018) series gains more entries, some of them dig into the history of the setting where it gains more soft sci-fi elements (no starship battles or anything though). For your purposes, I recall the original books not having too much politics and not an overwhelming cast of protagonists, with action/adventure mostly being about surviving and exploring their world - the series isn't about war. It's been a long time since I read these and I only read the earlier ones, so I could be somewhat mistaken in the ratio of action/politics, but that is what I can recall.

To get into it, I'd go with either the original trilogy: Dragonflight/Dragonquest/The White Dragon, or the Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonhall/Dragonsinger/Dragondrums. Apparently The White Dragon incorporates some of the characters in the Harper Hall trilogy, and the author recommended that people read those three before The White Dragon, but I don't think that sticking with one trilogy would make things too confusing.

If you do like those, the later books are a mixture of direct sequels to each other and standalone novels, and tend to bounce around in the timeline of the setting - the series isn't a single long tale to be read in one specific order only.

Sci-fi "recommendation":

The Honor Harrington (by David Weber) series is 14 novels, with additional series/anthologies in the "Honorverse" by Weber and other others. The series is about an officer who goes from commanding one small starship (a frigate or something) to an admiral. In high school I tried to pick this up, probably somewhere in the middle of the series and got through about one and a quarter books before getting bored due to what I described at the time as "too much politics" (enjoyed the first one I read).
In my adulthood I have since read and enjoyed GoT, and also have read a (possibly abridged) graphic novel of the first Honor Harrington book and found it to have plenty of action/adventure (spending sufficient time on battle specifics) and not much politics. As a result, I am not sure you'd actually like this but it may be worth finding out more information on. I'd probably tolerate it a lot more now than I did back in high school myself.

Addendum:
Should you decide that dragons aren't actually all that important, I can recommend a handful of things that are definitely adult due to the violence/matter of fact brutality in the setting, have lots of well explained action, and not much politics (protagonists are small players in a big world, so politics is something that largely happens to them, not something they take part in).
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Re: Need suggestions for science fi and fantasy AUDIO books
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 12:45:38 PM »

SciFi: Listend to "Alien Wars" a while ago. Started it cause of boredom but found it quit good in the end.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4psZedzuF6g (German audio sample)
+1 main character and a some important ones for story reasons  :o
+not about politics as far as I remember
+for me it was an exciting story
+4 "books" each about 10h of listening
-story is done with a little cliffhanger (open end) -> but not that bad as some others)
-dont know if available in english :(
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Re: Need suggestions for science fi and fantasy AUDIO books
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 05:22:59 PM »

SciFi: Listend to "Alien Wars" a while ago. Started it cause of boredom but found it quit good in the end.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4psZedzuF6g (German audio sample)
+1 main character and a some important ones for story reasons  :o
+not about politics as far as I remember
+for me it was an exciting story
+4 "books" each about 10h of listening
-story is done with a little cliffhanger (open end) -> but not that bad as some others)
-dont know if available in english :(
Looks cool but the possible lack of english translation kinda puts me off. Will maybe look for it later.

Fantasy recommendation:

It's not particularly "adult", but not also specifically for kids or anything (link for discussion of adult content and appropriateness thereof), but the Dragonriders of Pern (by Anne McCaffrey and children) series has been around for a while.

It obviously has dragons, which are sentient and bond with their riders from hatching. The books start out fairly straight fantasy, but as the (massive - started publishing in 1968, most recent entry by original author's daughter was 2018) series gains more entries, some of them dig into the history of the setting where it gains more soft sci-fi elements (no starship battles or anything though). For your purposes, I recall the original books not having too much politics and not an overwhelming cast of protagonists, with action/adventure mostly being about surviving and exploring their world - the series isn't about war. It's been a long time since I read these and I only read the earlier ones, so I could be somewhat mistaken in the ratio of action/politics, but that is what I can recall.

To get into it, I'd go with either the original trilogy: Dragonflight/Dragonquest/The White Dragon, or the Harper Hall trilogy: Dragonhall/Dragonsinger/Dragondrums. Apparently The White Dragon incorporates some of the characters in the Harper Hall trilogy, and the author recommended that people read those three before The White Dragon, but I don't think that sticking with one trilogy would make things too confusing.

If you do like those, the later books are a mixture of direct sequels to each other and standalone novels, and tend to bounce around in the timeline of the setting - the series isn't a single long tale to be read in one specific order only.

Sci-fi "recommendation":

The Honor Harrington (by David Weber) series is 14 novels, with additional series/anthologies in the "Honorverse" by Weber and other others. The series is about an officer who goes from commanding one small starship (a frigate or something) to an admiral. In high school I tried to pick this up, probably somewhere in the middle of the series and got through about one and a quarter books before getting bored due to what I described at the time as "too much politics" (enjoyed the first one I read).
In my adulthood I have since read and enjoyed GoT, and also have read a (possibly abridged) graphic novel of the first Honor Harrington book and found it to have plenty of action/adventure (spending sufficient time on battle specifics) and not much politics. As a result, I am not sure you'd actually like this but it may be worth finding out more information on. I'd probably tolerate it a lot more now than I did back in high school myself.

Addendum:
Should you decide that dragons aren't actually all that important, I can recommend a handful of things that are definitely adult due to the violence/matter of fact brutality in the setting, have lots of well explained action, and not much politics (protagonists are small players in a big world, so politics is something that largely happens to them, not something they take part in).
I love you and yet hate you right now. This is just about what I was looking for! The fun part will be finding the audiobooks online
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