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The Light Brigade

Written by: Kameron Hurley
Narrated by: Cara Gee, Jackie Sanders
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the Hugo Award­­-winning author of The Stars Are Legion comes a brand-new science-fiction thriller about a futuristic war during which soldiers are broken down into light in order to get them to the front lines on Mars.

They said the war would turn us into light. I wanted to be counted among the heroes who gave us this better world.

The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back...different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief - no matter what actually happens during combat.

Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on.

Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? Trying to untangle memory from mission brief and survive with sanity intact, Dietz is ready to become a hero - or maybe a villain; in war, it’s hard to tell the difference.

A worthy successor to classic stories like Downbelow Station, Starship Troopers, and The Forever War, The Light Brigade is award-winning author Kameron Hurley’s gritty time-bending take on the future of war.

©2019 Kameron Hurley (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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cool story, but the reader was a bit flat

Definitely worth a purchase for the story alone, but the readers voice was very flat, lacking nuance from one character to the next. There are sections of dialogue where you can't really tell who exactly is speaking because the performers voice is so similar from one character to the next, and there's no way to distinguish which person is speaking at any one moment as a result. otherwise it was a pretty good reading and I would still recommend the purchase.

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  • jlmj
  • 2019-03-27

wow!

just finished listening and find it hard to come up with words to describe the impact. here's some: thought provoking, visceral, funny, enthralling. this is a time travel story that totally hangs together. it's devastating at times in its critique of end-stage capitalism and the politics of fear. a scary story but ultimately an optimistic one.

as an added bonus, the audio performances are top notch, especially the interview interludes.

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  • Michael R Lynch
  • 2019-03-20

Good

First time reading this author. Overall I really enjoyed this book and finished it in two days of driving my truck. Story was fresh, narrator was awesome, and you really felt the weariness of the main character as the story progressed. The characters didn’t feel flat or filler but really felt part of the story. I recommend this book.

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  • Jaime T.
  • 2019-03-25

Good stuff! Really enjoyyed it

First of all, I'm a fan of Cara Gee and was super happy to hear and see that she was the narrator of the story ( check her out on The Expanse). Back to the book, this is my first Kameron Hurley book and I'm very happy to say that I will be looking forward to her next one. Very interesting concept to a story and very much enjoyed it. Check It out.

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  • Tommy
  • SUWANEE, GA, US
  • 2019-04-21

Interesting grim war tale

I am not going to lie, I bought this audiobook to listen to Cara Gee and was not disappointed. But the story was interesting, too and I liked the ending.
I met Cara later . She is a wonderful person and if you haven't seen her in The Expanse, you should.

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  • John Stewart
  • 2019-04-18

a must for the modern world

if you want to change the world for the better of humanity this is great inspiration

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  • Dave D
  • 2019-04-18

Spoiler free review

Its an interesting journey with lots of twisting turns and drops that end in a cul-de-sac. Not for readers who cant ignore a time paradox. The ending was too disappointing for me to recommend. The production was fantastic along with Cara Gee's performance.

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  • Bret K.
  • 2019-04-10

Well written, disagree with author on socialism

Well written, disagree with author on socialism and find the concept of corporate oligarchy laughably implausible.

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  • jason
  • 2019-04-03

The perfect story I never expected to get.

If you crossed a thought provoking story such as "Handmaid's Tale" with the best of modern sci-fi, such as "The Expanse," or "Starship Troopers," this is the mind-blowing story you'd get.

I now count "The Light Brigade," as one of my top three favorite books beside "Fahrenheit 451," and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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  • shoshidge
  • 2019-03-30

Good stuff

I enjoyed this, Heinlein comparisons are apt, especially for the early, boot camp phase of the story, it also borrows from Orwell and all of the great time travel stories, good narration too.

There are some strange aspects to it though.
The story is a dark, dystopian tale of pointless genocidal war, environmental destruction, corrupt leaders, amoral, reckless scientists, sadistic boot camp instructors and cannon fodder infantry brutalized into obedient killing machines, but a majority of the characters, over two thirds, good and bad, are female.
Call me old fashioned, but I just can't believe that a future so dominated by women would be so aggressive, militarized, technologically hubristic and callous.
If the author is making some kind of feminist point here I don't get it.
Also, everyone seems to be bisexual in this future, and the author keeps you guessing as to the gender of the main protagonist until the very end for some reason
Otw, it's great military SF.