Listen free for 30 days

  • Banishment

  • The Forgotten Empire, Book 1
  • By: Raymond L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Banishment cover art

Banishment

By: Raymond L. Weil
Narrated by: Liam Owen
Try for £0.00

£7.99 per month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy Now for £22.89

Buy Now for £22.89

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

From USA Today best-selling Author Raymond L. Weil comes the first book in a new military science fiction series.

Can Earth save the Human Empire?

The Confederation consists of the seven oldest races in known space. They control a vast section of the galaxy. All races in that part of the galaxy are subjects of the Confederation and forced to obey the Confederation’s laws.

The Human Empire is well aware of the Confederation and has been careful not to intrude upon Confederation space. However, now the Confederation has decided the Human Empire has grown too large and needs to be brought under control of the seven races.

Warfleets are dispatched, and soon massive space battles erupt throughout the Empire. Can the Humans survive or is the time of the Empire over?

©2020 Raymond L. Weil (P)2020 Raymond L. Weil

What listeners say about Banishment

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Bad bad bad.

I don’t normally leave neg reviews, but WOW…

Narrated by Zap Brannigan and Troy Mclure’s love child, who doesn’t know how to pronounce basic astronomical features. (I’m looking at you kipper belt) SO annoying I nearly threw my phone on the floor.

Then the story is badly written, the lack of character depth and missed opportunities to flesh out the combat/story with some actual emotion is criminal.

Then, even as a fairly hairy bloke, the female characters where HORRENDOUS! ‘Oh I might be a multiple degree carrying lady, but thank GOD there’s some dude here to fall I love with’. For me, this was the tipping point from ignoring it and moving on to leaving this review. I’m Genuinely shocked this made it past an editor in this day and age.

Given everything above, I’m actually more disappointed with the producer and editor than anyone, this shouldn’t have made it to publication in this state.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kyle
  • Kyle
  • 29-08-20

Horrible narrator.

Like Troy Maclure from the Simpson, but for hours. Couldn't finish the book. That bad

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-09-20

How bad could it be?

Wow! It was bad, the narrator was terrible. The story is good and I look forward to reading the series. I only hope that the awful narration doesn't stick in my head as I do.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-05-22

Don’t want your time

Couldn’t make it past the 4th chapter. I found the most boring history book I had, to be more entertaining than this.

Story line to predictable, character’s are dull, your glad where there killed off.

Performance is just bad, just had to stop.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Petter Kjellander
  • Petter Kjellander
  • 18-02-21

Mixed bag but mostly a bit flat.

I listened to the entire book because I wanted yo know how it finished. I was however irritated almost all the way through. The speakers voice was bland and unenthusiastic. The sound editing is amateurish. But sadly the worst thing is the lack of detail in the story. The story is very linear and frankly seems to discount human psychology entirely. Possible major plot twists are simply ignored by method of "and everything worked out fine."
I am vaguely dissapointed.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dave Sosko
  • Dave Sosko
  • 19-11-22

It’s pronounced keye-per not kipper (the English fish breakfast)

The narrator is terrible. He should just stay with his normal voice. His various character voices are really bad. From terrible pompous quasi British accents to bad dork voices. He also uses the wrong inflection on words and sentences. Oh yeah I’m sure Earth governments will just fall in line with a monarchy from the stars - yeah right.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dale
  • Dale
  • 27-09-22

Couldn't get past the Narration of this book

The story seems ok, but kinda jumps around a bit. At one point, a character is in one place, and the next, he's with his son and explains a secret plan in front of the enemy captors. The narration.... well..... can use a bit of work.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-22

Not worth your time.

So... Its a bad book. Very bad. I managed to listen for about an hour and I had to stop. There are just so many ex machina moments. Starclusters that have lost communication to and from, but somehow the characters know what have happened in those starclusters. Starships that manage to move from one starsystem to another in an instant. At one point the heroes gets captured and talks about a secret plan right in from of their keepers. Everything is explained, instead of acted out, like the characters dont interact. Its the narrator that acts as a puppetmaster. It reads as a story from 5th grade.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for C. Dausch
  • C. Dausch
  • 02-04-22

Good Story, Terrible Narrator

Unfortunately the horrible narrator ruined this for me. I would like to see how the series progresses, but I see the next book in the series is narrated by the same person, so its a no for me. If you have a different narration experience then me, give the series a shot. It might be worth it.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Singha Simon
  • Singha Simon
  • 10-02-22

The plot held promise

The first thing that hit me was the performance.. the constant referring to the Kuiper belt as the Kipper Belt was Jarring! to say the least not to mention imagining a space ship hurtling towards a British smoked fish nomaly eaten for breakfast!! Its so easy to just google Kuiper Belt and it will give you the correct pronunciation but instead we have to listen to Kipper Belt endlessly repeated, which leads me to the repetitive dialogue did the Author forget he had already described an event on the previous page of was this an effort to pad out the word count to come up to the publishers requirements, one could easily have shaved a couple of hours off the book just be deleting the repetition. The plot did hold promise but the performance appeared too simplistic and the story fell short to the point you had fleets engaged in combat for the defence of a homeworld but no mention of any preplanning or Wargaming was in evidence beyond one fleet being in a cone formation and the other a globe ( straight out of EE Doc Smiths "Triplanetary" ) so Military Sci Fi fans will be disappointed here.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Keith
  • Keith
  • 03-01-22

Good Story/Bad Narration

It's a great Book, however the Narrator seems to think he's reading to a Kindergarten Class. Plus he didn't know how to Say "Kyper" Belt mis-pronouncing it as The "Kipper" Belt over & over which was annoying. The story however is good enough that eventually one can get past all of that & enjoy a good story.