Inhumanity Quest
T. Ray Gordon
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Inhumanity Quest
T. Ray Gordon
narrated by Richard Sellers
Richard Sellers Productions/
Apex Audio Theater
Unabridged CD - 1 hr.
2005
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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When the spaceship Trinity comes under attack from humanityís deadly enemy, the Caden, the crew is nearly wiped out. Officer Michaels must figure out how he is going to survive, being the only person left after the devastation. But Michaels soon discovers that, while he may be the sole human survivor onboard, other life-forms haunt the corridors. He first encounters On, a female robot sent to the ship as a back-up plan. The government originally sent the spaceship out with Dr. Klaus to stop a cataclysmic event that would cause widespread devastation throughout the universe. On and her team were sent along to monitor and aid the situation should anything run afoul. However the assault on the ship left On, the sole survivor of her crew. On and Michaels must figure out how to save the universe and if possible, their lives. Can they win against the monstrous and malicious Caden?

In this audio-dramatized format, Inhumanity Quest plays out like some pulp science-fiction story, and that is certainly part of its charm. Within this one-hour production, Gordon paints a vivid picture of the protagonist, Michaels, helping listeners to identify and empathize with him. The storyís time progression seems comparative to the actual length of the piece. In other words, the story itself seems to have progressed in about an hourís time, which makes it exciting and intense as well as a little overwhelming. Though this story stands well by its own merits, sequels or maybe more stories of Michaels would prove entertaining. Gordon provides great depth to his universe without using too much exposition but uses situations and characters to naturally flow and deliver clues and pieces to the story.

As a first production by Richard Sellers Productions, Inhumanity Quest is quite impressive. Richard Sellerís narration maintains a smooth consistency and cadence, keeping listeners enwrapped and entertained for the entire duration. With several other voices rounding out the cast, the quality of the actors and actresses proves rewarding. The light musical background magnifies the energy of the production without making it overly dramatic. The tight cohesion of the sound allows listeners to enfold themselves in the story without distractions.

Inhumanity Quest does a lot in its brief performance. A modest story by science-fiction standards, this audiobook will grab your interest within minutes of listening. Time and attention to detail have helped to make this a memorable and enjoyable listen. One will certainly look with anticipation to further audiobooks from Richard Sellers Production.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Lance Eaton, 2005

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