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Homefront

An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
Written by: Craig Alanson
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (181 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A full-cast performance of a thrilling new episode in the New York Times best-selling Expeditionary Force series.

After the latest mission of the starship Flying Dutchman, Earth is safe not just for a year but for hundreds of years. The ship’s weary crew wonders what they will do with their lives in peacetime, but the enemy has other plans, and there is danger on the Homefront.

Starring Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, and everyone's favorite AI, Skippy the Magnificent, alongside a full cast. Includes plenty of pew-pew-pew, original sound composition, and maybe some singing by R. C. Bray.

Produced by Odd Origin Media and Dagaz Media
Executive Producer Greg Lawrence
Story by Craig Alanson
Script by Craig Alanson and Jack Bowman
Talent Director William Dufris
Sound Director Fred Greenhalgh
Associate Producer Casey Turner
Dialogue edited by Jack Bowman
Sound design by Jamie Mahaffey/The Mix Room and O'Shea Creative Media
Music by Jeroen Grommen 

Check out exclusive bonus content at homefrontaudio.com.  

Full cast includes Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Peter Berkrot, Kym Dakin, Bill Dufris, Corey Gagne, Nimo Gandhi, Emily Grotz, Dalton S. Kimball, Austin Ku, Daniel Logan, John Dalton Logan, PJ Ochlan, Lisa Renee Pitts, Christopher Price, Michael Rafkin, Lisa Stathoplos, Casey Turner, Jennywren Walker, Marjolaine Whittlesey, Ashanti Williams, Jonathan Woodward, and Collin Young.

©2019 Craig Alanson, Dagaz Media, LLC, and Odd Origin Media Inc. (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Solid Shmaybe!

I love the series and was looking forward to this but the story is not as strong and title has questionable production values. Sound effects and music overwhelm dialog often. This is s little too overproduced for my taste. I can listen to it on a quality Bluetooth speaker but off a vanilla Echo Dot it’s impossible to hear the story in parts.

I love the concept of an audio play but they still need to focus on the story and dialog, cut way back on the background noise.

In a nutshell, as a fan of the series I find it hard to recommend but it’s probably still worth a go. I just hope this is NOT the direction this series is headed or at least they figure out the right balance of background noise and dialog for future titles. Hopefully they might remaster this title and realize most people aren’t listening to this in a Dolby Atmos theatre.

Maybe it’s just this particular monkey that can’t handle the magnificence of it all...

Perfect casting for Nagatha however!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Interesting addition..

A interesting addition to the series. Some very cliche moments, some funny nods to certain movies and shows. Overall good, but the audio was at times hard to hear over the music and sound effects.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Big fan of series, but wasn’t for me...

While I’m a huge fan of the series, I’m actually going to pretend most of this one didn’t happen.

For a 6 hour entry, it took a long time to get anywhere. On top of that this format of audio drama, did not help in the manner. It just came off too cheesy. And I don’t mind cheesiness at all. But there were some performances that simply were not good. Not sure if this is what the aim was or not to be honest.

It was also a little difficult to hear character voices in different accents than we have been used to. Take Nagatha for instance. She used to be the stuffy upper crust British accent. Not in this one. I can understand and appreciate change, but this one bugged me a lot.

The Lizard’s dialogue also felt a little forced and overdone to me. Not sure what the goal was with them, but it just earned some groaning eye roles from me.

Overall, it’s “okay”, but this isn’t one I would listen to twice. Unlike all the other books which I’ve given several passes listening to them.

It was something different and it may not be for everyone (me for example), but who knows... maybe you may enjoy it. Give it a shot if you’re an Expeditionary Force fan. I’m still willing to help support Craig Alanson, for all the good work he’s written. Not forgetting R.C. Bray as well, for bringing this series to life like no other can.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lacked chemistry and flow

I have enjoyed the series so far, however this performed adaptation is not very good. It is risky to try to bring a story to life on the screen, small stage or audio recordings. There was not much chemistry between the characters especially Margaret Addams and Joe Bishop. What was that?! Also, the casting of Smythe, Addams and a handful of others did not do the characters justice, underwhelming. The story was hurried as well. Apologies, but I did not care for this.

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Too much fancy sound effects

Decent story, and the change of format was nice. The sound effects and music were sometimes distracting from the quality of the story. Also, please give back Simms, smith, and pool's voice.

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Waste of time and money

After thoroughly enjoying the first seven books of the series Homefront was an incredible disappointment. It felt like I was listening to a kids cartoon on Saturday morning. Many of the voices were greatly exaggerated and comical to listen to. In this case comical is not a good thing. If there is a next volume please stick to RC Bray as the narrator.

Also, why only six hours in length? The other volumes in the series fall in the 15 to 17 hour range. I strongly felt that my money was not well spent given my perception of the value received. On second thought perhaps a shorter volume is good thing. I would not have been able to endure anymore than the six hours that was provided. Get back to the original format of the first seven volumes!

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Hope this isn’t a going to become a regular fixture of this story.

RC did fine on his own. The actors playing adams and smythe are very annoying. So is their dialogue.

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way too much background noise!

at times I couldn't even understand what was happening because there was so much background noise. also I found that there were aspects of the book that did not stay true to the original characters. I feel like it would be best to view this as a fan fiction of what had actually happened. oh wait, this was fan fiction!! it was told through Skippy vision xD Skipping gets like, 2.5 stars on his version of the story

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Distracting

The story is good but I definitely didn't need all the background music or sound effects. All it did was take away from the story. If I wasn't such a big fan of the series I would say I'd stop buying these books. They've clearly got Alanson on a timeline to keep pumping stuff out.

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  • Ron
  • 2019-06-21

excellent audio drama

more books should be performed this way, it's a lot of fun.

note: be sure to read the proceeding books first

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  • Rialtus
  • 2019-06-18

Great effort with potential, not the best executed

There are many who are confused by this, so I feel I have to break it down, Barney style. Let's first start with the fact that this isn't an audiobook. It's a drama special. If you go into this with the understanding that this is more like a radio drama and not a book being read to you, then you would be correct. Not sure why some monkeys are having a hard time understanding that this isn't a book, but there you go.

The Good: Well, it's another ExForce story, and R.C. Bray is involved. If you've made it all the way up to this point of the series, you already know generally what to expect. If you thought this would be a great jumping on point for this series, you'd be seriously mistaken. Also, Podium is trying out something new with this audio drama. We have to given them credit for that. I think generally their work show promise, and would consider listening to their future audio dramas if it lines up with my interests.

The Bad: To be fair, some of the audio choices weren't the best. Especially at the beginning, some of the background audio was distracting music where is should (in my opinion) have been more ambiance noise. That seemed to thankfully taper down as the drama moved forward, but then pops up jarringly a few times later. Also, the over-dramatic voice work to emphasize action was ... well, over-dramatic.

The Meh: I guess I have to say this... I don't think they used all the guest actors to their full potential. I think the work that Zachary Quinto did was good. Kate Mulgrew was a daring choice for Nagatha, but with little voice change, it didn't pay off for me. It sounded too much like Captain Janeway, not like an old British woman... er, AI. The voice actor playing Smythe didn't quite do it for me. And Adams, while I think cast well, doesn't giggle as much as portrayed I think.

When I go through the series again, I'll listen to it. It wasn't offensive, but it wasn't the best. Will I go out of my way to specifically listen to this? Not likely. This was decent enough, any my six hours weren't wasted.

129 of 136 people found this review helpful

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  • Sean3576
  • 2019-06-18

Good story but too much everything else.

I liked the idea of the story, but it got lost in all the audio effects. Sometimes it was hard to hear the narration over the noise.

I love the series and never tire of listening to them, I can't wait for the next installment.

78 of 83 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew S. Cyree
  • 2019-06-19

great story to many sound fx

loved the story and performances. the background noises were a little too loud and at sometimes distracting from the story itself. still worth a listen if you can ignore the music and finger snapping haha.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-06-19

Sound mixing was quite poor.

I get that this is an audio drama and not an audiobook. I have spent many hours listening to old radio audio dramas and they can be wonderful.

But this? At several points, all I could hear was a cacophony. During those times I should have been hearing dialogue with backgound noise/music. What I got, upsettingly frequently, was noise with dialogue that I couldn't understand in the background somewhere. That should not happen.

I love Skippy. I genuinely enjoyed the story. Mulgrew as Nagatha really fit to me and I loved hearing her cut loose. RC Bray, as always, was fantastic. In fact, each of the actors performances was wonderful with a couple of notable exceptions.

But what can a performer do when their performance is drowned out after they gave it?

I, sadly, can only recommend this with warnings attached.

38 of 44 people found this review helpful

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  • Grant M.
  • 2019-06-30

way too short.

fun size isn't! if I am going to skip work and listen to a tail of such epic proportions I don't want to have time to do laundry after!
other than it only being a quicky it was awesome. let's put together a star team and "Misery" Mr. Alanson to expedite a few more books. I mean really I have seen him on vacation on his Facebook page. We are all dyeing here.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Joshua
  • 2019-06-26

Great Story, Great Voice Acting, Over The Top Foley

Instead of the sound effects adding to the story they covered it and made it difficult to hear the fantastic story and voice work.

Don’t let that stop you, but be prepared for it when you start listening.

Without spoiling it, I will give you a hint. Listen to this like you would watch a Marvel movie.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • dustin tinoco
  • 2019-06-30

Awesome but with annoyance

I really liked the full cast, especially with actual female voices instead on dudes trying to sound like females. Even though R.C. Bray is spectacularrrrrrrr, male actors performing for female characters sound like flamboyant sissies (no offense). We turned the book off 3 times for the GD finger snapping and some of the music. Overall with the “good” sound effects and the story, it was magnificent. Wish is was 18+ hours.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Denae
  • 2019-06-19

Overproduced

I have loved all of the books in this series and RC Bray has been amazing, which allowed me to develop the characters in my head. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really impresses with the format of this selection. It seemed like a lot of the detail was lost for me with all of the production sound effects and extra voices. Hoping that they go back to just Bray for the next one.

54 of 67 people found this review helpful

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  • John Hawkins
  • 2019-08-18

Kind of jokey but in a fun way

this was my first time hearing an audio book performed in this manner but it was actually very good. some parts were a little over the top and jokey sounding, almost like a Saturday morning kids cartoon but all in all it was still a great story that put you right in the middle of the action.

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  • D.A.
  • 2019-08-05

That was fun!

Made in a old radio serial style(like a movie or tv program with just audio and no visual) this was a fun scifi adventure based in the ExFor universe by Craig Alanson. It even prominently features Colonel Joe Bishop, Skippy and other main characters from the series. I don't think I would like the rest of Alanson's works presented in this fashion vs the contemporary audiobook format of reading a book. This was still a fun experiment with music and sound effects that's still enjoyable even to those who haven't read the other books. Familiarity with the other books does give the listener plenty of references, however.


RC Bray and the whole cast *sell* it. They really bring it to life. 5 out of 5.



****SPOILERS*****




So minor spoilers ahead: in the third act I thought the AI duel was a bit tedious. Essentially two tinny stuttering voices repeatedly babbling at each other. Like Max Headroom gets locked in a logic loop with a dalek. It goes on for 5 or 6 minutes and I was over it half way through the first minute.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful