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The Worldship Humility

Written by: R. R. Haywood
Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (219 ratings)

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About the audiobook:

The Worldship Humility is the start of The Code trilogy, written exclusively for audio by sci-fi author R. R. Haywood. Narrator Colin Morgan brings the colourful characters and treacherous escapades of The Worldship Humility to life, a gripping space adventure which will appeal to fans of Ready Player One, Bladerunner and Haywood’s previous best-selling works, Extracted and The Undead

Summary:

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors set off after planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. 

On the Worldship Humility, Sam, an Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters. 

Petty thief Yasmine Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored. Growing up in the Elfors, the lawless lower levels of the ship, has seen her surrounded by violence and squalor since birth, and now she wants out. She wants to escape to the luxury of the Ab-Spa on top of WS Abstinence, where they eat real food instead of rats and synth cubes. 

Meanwhile, the sleek-hulled, unmanned Gagarin has come back from punching out ahead of the fleet in the ever-continuing search for a new home. Nearly all hope is lost that a new planet will ever be found, until the Gagarin returns with a code of information that suggests a habitable planet has been found. This news should be shared with the whole fleet, but a few rogue captains want to keep the information to themselves and colonise the new planet. 

When Yasmine inadvertently steals the code, she and Sam become caught up in a dangerous game of murder, corruption, political wrangling and...porridge, with sex-addicted Detective Zhang Woo hot on their heels, his own life at risk if he fails to get the code back. 

About the author:

R. R. Haywood is the author of Amazon UK’s number one horror series The Undead, which propelled him into the top 20 best-selling Amazon authors in the UK. Haywood is a Washington Post best-selling author and both the Undead series and the Extracted trilogy are Audible best sellers. 

About the narrator:

Colin's television credits include Humans, The Living and the Dead, The Fall and Merlin. His film credits include Benjamin, The Happy Prince, Legend and Testament of Youth. Theatre credits include Translations (The National Theatre); Gloria (Hampstead Theatre); Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe); Our Private Life (Royal Court); A Prayer for My Daughter and All About My Mother (The Old Vic). 

©2019 R. R. Haywood (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Colin Morgan as a narrator is not for me.

I just started to listen to the book and I simply can't continue, the story might be ok but I just can't stand the narration by Colin Morgan, his style is simply incompatible with me.

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One if the most enjoyable books I have read this year!!! Superb!!

Firstly, the story is gripping right off the bat. The character growth is paced perfectly urging you to continue for a thirst to know more with a dialogue to match. His world comes to life as realistic and within the grasp of possible and so completely relatable and truly intriguing.

Secondly, the outstanding performance of Colin Morgan supersedes any of the other British narrators I have listened to to date (I have listened to over 40 sci-fi books in 1 1/2 years). His diverse and accurate depiction of the characters almost makes you forget that they are all performed by him, alone. I will, definitely, research more books he has narrated. He has made an excellent story, superlative Well done Mr Morgan!

All around excellent on all counts except I am deeply disappointed that this is the only work that he had completed and sincerely wish for more.

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completely enjoy this.

The story is fun, human, I laughed aloud several times, the audio reader is brilliant

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I enjoyed it. But it's not for kids

They story's okay, the characters a bit exaggerated.
More violence and sexual references than I'd prefer.

From a science and technical point of view, the few hints about the the backstory and the major challenges that Humanity has to overcome for this story to work were a little bit farfetched. I don't think this detracted from the story though.

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unexpectedly enjoyed

at the beginning, it was slow and boring. however once the story picked up the pace, it's was quite enjoyable. I heard this is first book of series. I can't wait for next book.

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Lots of Fun

This isn't my usual subject but I got it for Colin Morgan and he didn't disappoint. All those characters and all those accents .. it was fantastic. His natural Northern Irish accent has such a sprightly lilt to it that it kind of injects a hint of humour to the narration that keeps it all lively and fun to listen to. There was a lot going on but the story moved right along and wasn't hard to follow .. in fact, it moved so quickly, I was a bit taken aback when it ended with no kind of resolution. Obviously there are more books to come so, hopefully, we can get more information on what happened to Janey and Sven and all the people left behind on the Humility as well as following the exploits of Sam and Yasmine. If Colin Morgan performs them, I can hardly wait.

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Excellent book, even better narration!

Definitely not the book I expected, but in a good way. entertaining and we'll written and tied together with some of the best narration I have ever heard.

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awesome throughout

You will enjoy every minute of this book and the performance. Brilliantly written and had me hooked from the get go.

I can't wait for the next book.

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Cool world

I’m sorry to all the undead fans but I hope many more of these books get made

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different

I was not a fan at first. for the first bit of the book (aprox the first 1/3) the writing style seemed a bit like a tween sci-fi novel. But it changed almost noticeably. It ended up becoming more refined and such. Characters really grew on me. All in all it was enjoyable. lucky I stuck through the first part though. The first portion was almost painfully slow for me but as the book went along the action built up and became intense and nearly non stop.

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 2019-02-03

My 1st "6 Star" Rating in Two Years--fun, smart

Some books are great because they introduce a new sub-genre. This book is about world ships leaving the Earth on a long, long voyage after a cataclysm--so it is not new ground. Some books are great because they touch us with their connection to the plot and characters that stirs deep feelings and thoughts. This is a good, fun plot and has engaging characters, but it will not move your interior world. And then there are the books which hit just the right combination of humor, dialogue, story and performance -- they just feel great. This is a longer book (14 hours) which manages to feel great even though it treads somewhat familiar ground. First, if you enjoy classic science-fiction, the author's insights and voice feel like going home to a well-liked and well-enjoyed place. Second, you will enjoy the characters. Third, while it presents a mystery, an exploration and surprises, it is not too sweet or too dark.

I would also like to note that this book was done to be performed. It is an Audible-Only book. The narrator is perfectly matched to the book -- and pulls off a performance that is almost worth the listen. While being very different, the perfect match between performance and story reminds me of Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, or some of Charles Stross' earlier books.

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  • Animated Puppets
  • 2019-03-30

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: Entertaining story which really isn't SciFi but rather just takes place in space. Very good voice work and character development. Especially liked the character development for the Red Head (already forgot her name) who was not just a typical social outcast due to 'Mean Girls', but also contributed by having self destructive behavior that strives to throw her back into isolation. Not your normal 2 dimensional stereotype.

The Bad: Colin Morgan does some outstanding voice work but I almost stopped listening 2 minutes in. I never wanted to punch a voice in the face as much as I did the 'reporter'. The substance of the story is a bit depressing too once you consider how humanity reacted and built upon after this Lifeboat situation. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. I get that he wants to stress a mindset but he does it too often. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. (see what I just did?) Lastly, there is a terrible event in the past that is referenced a few times which never is explained. I understand this will be a trilogy but there should have been something tipped by the end of the book.

Overall: If you are looking for substance this may not be for you, but for me I found it entertaining ( I listened twice) and will buy the next book once it comes out. It's like watching that 'bad' TV show that everyone complains about, but everyone watches each week. Consider it a guilty pleasure. Overall Rating: 3 Porrages with Jam.

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  • Rich L
  • 2019-03-06

Long on character development, short on plot

Some parts are laugh out loud funny. But you can only deal with so much character development. Many times I felt like screaming "I get it already. I know what this character is like. Can we please move on!" This is obviously destined (needlessly) for a Trilogy when it could easily have been a fantastic single novel. The narrator is excellent and the plot, once they eventually get to it, has the makings of an excellent story. I just don't think I can spend another 2 books (i.e. 26 hrs) waiting for the author to finally get to the point.

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  • James
  • 2019-07-09

Terrific

Entertaining story and excellent narration. It kept me glued to my headphones.
I can't wait for the next book ( at least I hope the story continues).
Note: There are many rave reviews, and sometimes a well reviewed title can be trashed by a particularly bad review, at least for me. In this case another reviewer complained about "info dumps", so I was prepared for a lengthy lecture on the background of the story. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The information you need to get up to speed is presented by a character that makes perfect sense, and later is integral to the story. The efforts by the author to get you up to speed are well done. It's a shame to see potential listeners scared away by this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-02-11

Good Story, Even Better Narration

Action from start to finish. The story is well-written, and the characters really grow on you. But it's really Colin Morgan who makes this story worth listening to. He has the perfect voice for narration, and the number of different voices and accents he can perform is staggering, enriching the story and bringing the characters to life.

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  • Tech geek
  • 2019-03-13

Not really sci-fi but a drama in outer space

If you're looking for cool science which is an integral part the storyline this is not your book. If you want a cozy drama set in outer space it's not bad. Great narrator!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-01

Stupendous narration

Colin Morgan narrating as brilliant as ever! He narrated so many different characters with accents and tones. He voiced one character Moses so brilliantly that I thought it was another actor Phil Davis but it's all Colin.
The story itself is amazing. R. R. Haywood has done a fantastic job with the words, the plot and the characters. Everything about the book is intriguing.

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  • Alun
  • 2019-02-22

Wow

Fun story but “beware” no holds barred when it comes to sex, language and expletives!

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  • TK2.0
  • 2019-02-16

Haywood has the most enjoyable characters.

Huge fan of extracted series and see the same likeable and funny characters in this series. Too many really likeable characters to name one. very enjoyable read. I was hesitant from the off choice of narrators. He has a very heavy accent. Odd choice. His range of voices is pretty incredible though and did a great job. Outside of the Harry Potter Jim Dale reading this was the best range of male and female characters I have heard. Good book, good narration skills. Sad it ended with so little resolved and so many loose ends.

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  • Principal Skinner
  • 2019-04-05

Not sci fi. Audio problems.

Just because it's set on a spaceship does not make it sci fi. Also the narrator's voice varies from taking under his breath to yelling. Prepare to keep one hand on the volume the whole story. Finally, the repeated "big boobs" descriptions in the character development is juvenile and gratuitous. If you're looking for real sci fi, look somewhere else.

64 of 73 people found this review helpful