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The Fringe Series Omnibus: Books 1-5 in the Fringe Series

Written by: Rachel Aukes
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
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The first five thrilling novels in the Fringe Series are now available in a convenient audiobook bundle!

Featuring galactic conspiracies, epic interstellar missions, and three rebel captains at the front of an interplanetary war, this explosive collection includes the following titles:

  1. Fringe Runner
  2. Fringe Station
  3. Fringe Campaign
  4. Fringe War
  5. Fringe Legacy

War looms on the horizon.... After the colonization of Mars and Europa, it took us fewer than five generations to reach beyond our solar system and colonize new planets capable of supporting human life. Power struggles have made a galactic war inevitable, and only an old mail runner, a space pirate, and their ragtag crews can prevent it.

©2019 Rachel Aukes (P)2019 Rachel Aukes

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what a good story line and narration. great job all around. must listen to this.

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  • Daniel Delgado
  • 2019-07-01

Very Enjoyable Series

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

This series plays out much like a television series. There are plots and subplots that are examined, with interconnectivity that takes multiple books to play out. Even then, this omnibus only includes the first five books, and it is obvious that there are several unfinished story arcs at the end of book five.
The books are well written and involve complex plot lines. With six different worlds to visit, each with different histories and effects in its inhabitants, Rachel Aukes did a fine job of explaining them with ample details. The colonies’ desire for independence and the efforts of the two lead worlds to deny them is clearly reminiscent of the US colonial plight, though to an exaggerated level. In that regard it definitely appealed to me.
The performance from James Anderson Foster was strong. He voices many of the characters uniquely, making it clear who was speaking throughout. He performed all aspects well, giving life to the narrative sections as well as to the characters.

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  • Tracie Poling
  • 2019-06-26

Great series!!

Fantastic story line. I hesitate to try and compare to anything else. Maybe a cross between Star Wars and Firefly??
It has it all. Action, intrigue, love and loss, family and humor. I can’t want for the series to continue!!!

The narrator was perfect! This was my first audiobook with Mr. Foster as narrator but hope it’s not the last.

I received this audiobook free at my request for an unbiased review.

Thank you for the opportunity to listen it was my pleasure..

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  • Spooky Mike
  • 2019-08-15

Solid Space Opera

This was an epic journey. Given that this is the omnibus, it takes some dedication to get through the whole tale, but it is well worth it. You get thrown into the story without a lot of context but it picks up quickly as you meet the players and you soon realize there is a war coming. There is lots of action and excitement as you would expect for your typical space opera. Only listened to the omnibus, but I think that is the way to go. I think each book stood up on its own, but go straight for the whole thing.

The characters are fantastic, and you get attached to them fairly quickly. There is a lot of character development and it is difficult to pick your favorite, Reyne. The overall story is great, somewhat typical, but the characters really make the story. In a good versus evil story where you have an expected outcome, characters are what make the story. This was exactly that. The characters in my mind, with all their little nuances and history really bring this opera to life. I felt connected to all of them and felt like I was sitting next to them while listening.

This was an epic journey. Given that this is the omnibus, it takes some dedication to get through the whole tale, but it is well worth it. You get thrown into the story without a lot of context but it picks up quickly as you meet the players and you soon realize there is a war coming. There is lots of action and excitement as you would expect for your typical space opera. Only listened to the omnibus, but I think that is the way to go. I think each book stood up on its own, but go straight for the whole thing.

The characters are fantastic, and you get attached to them fairly quickly. There is a lot of character development and it is difficult to pick your favorite, Reyne. The overall story is great, somewhat typical, but the characters really make the story. In a good versus evil story where you have an expected outcome, characters are what make the story. This was exactly that. The characters in my mind, with all their little nuances and history really bring this opera to life. I felt connected to all of them and felt like I was sitting next to them while listening.

I know a lot of people want to compare this to Firefly, but I found that it was more of the oppressed fighting the oppressors with some people in-between. Seemed to me more like many other great stories. Fans of Firefly won’t be disappointed though. I just heard this a different way and really liked the rebellion against the oppressive elite. There is a lot going on, so it is easy to get sidetracked, but stick with it. A very specific plot line that I think is important to hear and think about.

James Foster sold this series. He has a great cadence, and did each character voice perfectly, although I really liked his non-character narration voice the most. His reading voice lulls you into the story and keeps you buckled in. He does have a wide range of voices for the characters which truly brings them all to life. All you need to do is lay back, close your eyes, and let James tell you this story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Lomeraniel
  • 2019-07-08

Entertaining Space Opera

The human race has expanded their horizons and now their destiny is tied to six planets far from the Solar System. They are governed by The Collective, but only people from two of the six worlds are considered citizens. The colonists, who live in the other four planets are forced to pay high taxes to the Collective, while people on the main two planets live the good life.

This is the story of an old captain and his crew, who survived the old war, and get the wheels in motion to start a new revolution, perhaps giving a fair chance to the colonists.

I thoroughly enjoyed this series, which reminded me a lot of Firefly. I especially liked the political intrigues, the conspiracies, and the newly formed alliances. I think the cast of characters was also quite interesting, each one with their particular baggage.

There are five books in the series, and I enjoyed some more than others. It took me quite some to get into the story, and I think it was mainly due to the lack of descriptions. I think knowing more about the scenes and the characters would have helped me to get hooked more quickly. For instance, we know little about the characters’ appearance. We know that the captain may be old because we read again and again about the pain in his joins, but we only get to know his age in the third book. It is the same with the rest. One of the characters is in a wheelchair, and another one has terrible scars on his face, but we don’t know a lot about how any of the characters should look like. I don’t really need a lot of information, I know readers need to exercise their imagination, but I could have done with a couple of clear characteristics about each character to file them separately in my mind. It happened the same with places, situations, and actions. I think I needed to ‘see’ more clearly how things were and what was happening.

Probably because of this, I felt detached from the characters and events. There were situations of enormous emotion, but for the life of me, I could not feel it. I felt the rhythm a bit slow on occasions. I enjoyed the story, it was entertaining, but I did not find it gripping.

James Anderson Foster’s narration was excellent. This is the second time I have the pleasure of listening to a book narrated by Foster, and he does a wonderful job interpreting the characters and using a compelling tone to keep the listener interested. Subtle variations helped to differentiate characters, and all in all, the narration improved the whole experience.

I would recommend this series to anyone into the genre, and also people nostalgic about Firefly. The worldbuilding was good but the story was not very original. Still a decent read.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 2019-07-05

Awesome Sci-Fi

This series reminded me of Firefly with the Anti-Hero crew. I enjoyed the adventure and the ride it took me on. Added plus it that you get the whole series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Seamus
  • 2019-06-18

Excellent Science Adventure

I started listening to this five part saga with absolutely no knowledge about the story. However, I had already really enjoyed a bunch of Zombie books previously from Rachel Aukes, so I just went for it!

Well guess what?
Tis a blast from start to finish, with tonnes of twists 'n' turns, terror + tears, terrific trials.... & troubles!

T’was a sad day when the story ended, but perhaps Rachel will bring back the Fringe Series for another round? Certainly hope so!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-17

Compelling sci-fi saga

The Fringe Series Omnibus delivers everything you'd want and expect from a compelling sci-fi saga. A ragtag group of rebel underdogs struggling to survive under the oppressive boot of a superior force. It features a solid cast of well fleshed out characters (both good and bad), solid fast-paced action, and an engaging story. And James Foster does a great job with the narration. Not to mention getting the entire saga bundled together makes it a heck of a deal.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • EricSchoon
  • 2019-06-16

Compelling Saga in one bundle

I really enjoyed these books right from the opening scenes to the ending. This Omnibus makes for a tidy little space operate with all the pieces you want to see - bad good guys, good bad guys, space battles, snarky heros, and some underdogs finding the way to the top. The journey has plenty of ups and downs and side stories to keep all 5 books entertaining and engaging. The worldbuildiing was good, resulting in an universe I would return to if additional books came out.

Now, the obligatory, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • steve salas
  • 2019-09-30

Great book

Great book, waiting for the next book in the new series the performance was outstanding felt a real connection with the characters

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  • DB
  • 2019-09-02

Interesting Space / Sci-fi Saga

This five book series in quite long and well worth a listen if you need to have a story playing in your ear most of the day (like me). At 25 hours, this series is a bargain. The character development is good and the multiple story lines keep you listening as does the excellent performance by Mr. Foster.

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