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  • Ascension Series: Volume I

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 21 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Summary

Contains books one, two and three of the action-packed space opera Ascension series.

They’ve been watching us for hundreds of years. Now they need our help. Earth is not safe. 

Zack is good at finding things, but when he discovers a global conspiracy, life as he knows it is over. Sometimes, the truth doesn’t set you free. It traps you instead. 

Kept secret for 60 years, the discovery of an alien signal forces an unlikely team to investigate a mysterious structure discovered in the furthest reaches of the solar system. 

Join the crew of the Athena, Earth’s most advanced spaceship on the ultimate journey beyond our wildest imagining. 

©2016 Ken Lozito (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Great Story, irritating narrative

If you like the word “said” you’ll love this author, I was grinding my teeth by a few chapters in...I’d love to know the rest of the story but honestly do I want to put myself through the agony.... no!

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  • Ed H.
  • 11-03-21

Clearly written for the Jr. High School age group

There is a good story line here, but it's clearly written for the junior high school listener. The science in this scfi story is very basic, and often clearly wrong, but that didn't bother me as much as the juvenile attitude of the astronauts. When astronauts in the book are snickering at the name of the planet Uranus, you get a clear sign of the intended age group of these books.

The books never stray far from the junior high romances and flirting and jealousies between the astronauts. They meet alien life for the first time, yet the biggest thing on their minds is who likes who, and "why didn't I tell him I liked him when I had the chance". And when they meet a new alien race, purportedly far more advanced than humans, this advanced alien race insists on a physical challenge - a foot race across the valley, in which the loser dies - because the alien has been offended by the human.

So, although there's a good premise here - a good overall storyline - it's clearly written for the 14-15 year old age level.

I also need to comment on the narrator. When he is speaking as a character, he's very good. But when he is the third person narrator telling us what's going on, he is very passive and boring. The descriptive word "soothing" comes to mind, but why would the narrator be using a "soothing" voice in a high action, tense situation? It just didn't work.

Unless you're a young teen, I'd stay away from this series. (I made it thru 10 hours of the 21 hour 'Publisher's Pack books 1-3" and couldn't go on.)

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  • Joseph
  • 01-02-21

The romance ruined this for me

See review title. The romance just felt so forced and annoying. I thought it was going the mature route of the two realising they'd grown and changed from their past selves, but then i basically feel Lozito's hands reach into the story and force these characters together for 'reasons.'

It shouldn't matter given the setting, but it's made such a big deal that you can't ignore it.

Really frustrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-01-22

Awesome!

I'm 32, a super geek, very into computers, sci-fi, and space exploration.... And I loved this first volume!

Some may comment on the romance being childish, and the immature jokes made by the crew. I think it gives a human factor to the astronauts. We tend to see them as always business, trust me, they are not. I know many military pilots and they are big kids most of them. Astronauts are all almost all former military and very similar. In that line of work you must keep things light or you'll lose your mind. Ken does an excellent job of showing this side of them.

The story is fantastic and builds upon itself very well. The narrator is great! The characters are dynamic and evolving, something you don't find very often in literature today.

I say bravo Ken! Keep it coming!

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  • Walter William Turns
  • 09-08-21

Enjoyed very much

Listened while driving from New York to Texas.
Good storey
Well narrated
Would recommend

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  • bert
  • 21-02-21

love it

i like thé starting Point in our near Future with not too many fancy or crazy stuff. and then the story moves forward from there on.

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  • LarryP.
  • 03-03-22

Juvenile Drivel

The writing is bloated, the dialogue is stilted and the characters collectively are dumber than a bag of rocks. Run away....fast.

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  • Sheila R.W.
  • 30-01-21

A Sci Fi Ooera

Great storyline. Very descriptive in details that helped create colorful images. A journey I totally enjoyed. It was over too soon. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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  • T. Herman
  • 11-12-20

Good Story Concept, great characters

Ken always creates interesting and compelling characters. This is great lightweight sci-fi, like the trashy romance novels my wife likes, but the aliens are all creatively designed, the challenges compelling, and as an audio book that you can listen to while multi-tasking, it's an engaging "read" and a great performance. I probably wouldn't bother spending the time to actually read this on paper, but i drive a lot, so it keeps me occupied (at a price).

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  • gregg
  • 02-10-22

Needs work

This narrator needs to stop repeating the identity of every character after every sentence.
By the second or third chapter we have a pretty good idea of who is saying what. We do not need the constant he said or she said. That is the most annoying thing a narrator can do.

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  • Nisse
  • 14-09-22

It's a literal cheese fest

If you like pastiche laying it on thick from both author and voice actor, this is for you.