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The Sojourn

By: Daniel Orrett
Narrated by: Larissa Thompson,Emily Serdahl,Laura Faye Smith,Ben Prendergast,Stephen Trafford,Matthew Kaufman,Lelia Symington,Tim Parker,Full Cast
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Summary

The Tantalus Cluster is the fragile cradle of humanity.

Adrift in the divide between galaxies and surrounded by the vast emptiness of the intergalactic void, the Tantalus Cluster is the only home humanity has ever known.

Desperate and facing starvation, humanity’s only hope is a strange nebula that has suddenly appeared beyond the edge of the cluster. Its shifting clouds may hide a source of salvation for the people of Tantalus, but time is running out.

Signing on to the ambitious Avalon Expedition, Privateer Captain Cassandra Farren will face the shadows of both the past and future as she leads her small crew into the unknown in a last, desperate bid for the survival of the human race.

Directed and produced with careful scientific consultation, The Sojourn captures every detail of life aboard ship, from the sounds of the smallest airlock seal to the largest space battle. Featuring a full cast of veteran voice actors, backed up by high-quality sound effects and an epic original soundtrack, The Sojourn is a unique and striking audio experience.

Starring Larissa Thompson as Captain Cassandra Farren, Emily Serdahl as Director Elizabeth Ancelet, Laura Faye Smith as Tamara Melari, Ben Prendergast as Mathias Croft, Stephen Trafford as Inquisitor Castian Vadric, also featuring Matthew Kaufman as Lieutenant Jasper Ravi, and Lelia Symington as Empress Valendra the Sixth. Written by Daniel Orrett, sound design and audio editing by Kennedy Phillips, music by Sam Redfern.

Transcripts available here: www.thesojournaudiodrama.com/transcripts

Patreon: www.patreon.com/thesojourn

Website: www.thesojournaudiodrama.com

Twitter: twitter.com/TheSojournHQ

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheSojournHQ/

Discord: discord.gg/rppU77f

©2020 Spacedock (P)2020 Spacedock

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Simply a stellar debut!

I originally backed this project on Kickstarter, and I'm more than thrilled to finally see it here on Audible. As an audio drama and not a "regular" audio book, there is no narration, the entire story is told through dialogue, music and sound effects, and as far as I'm concerned, the performances are top notch. The story has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing while the world-building even in this first volume is out of this world, if you excuse the pun. Daniel Orrett and the entire crew have really delivered a remarkable debut. I can't wait for Volume 2. Fair Winds!

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  • 31-01-21

Excellent. Original

A breath of fresh air in sci-fi. If you are thinking the Star Trek/ Star has franchises have grown stale this is for you.
I’m sure this has the potential to grow and grow. It will end up with a tv series like the expanse

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Deep and original

Some fiction is wide and shallow, this setting is not huge, but it has depth and that depth matters to the plot and to the characters. There is unfolding backstory to the character that haunts them, a past war that still leaves scars and open wounds.

For the matter of the technology and the setting, I do quite like it. Space travel is harsh, unforgiving and terrifying.

The voices and the sound effects are excellent as well.

All in all, I'd like ten times the three episodes we got thus far.

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wow

wow one of the best original IP IV heard In a long time
like a mix of mass effect firefly and the expanse

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Exciting

Really like the story and performance, they could have skipped the giving credits inbetween each part tho. and done it once in the end or beginning.

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Good Story, Lots of action

Loved the plot.
Good characters.
Awesome Sound Effects.

I especially liked, the factions that quickly formed and the discovery of a new species.
this story needs to be told! i really Hope that more episodes are om the way.

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Not that bad but not worth a credit.

Full cast drama with lots of characters but they all sound similar. Made it quite difficult to tell who's who. I was recommended this as a Dune and Wolf 359 ish thing but it is a bit lacking.

Story is straight out of Firefly with space pirates in the aftermath of civil war and interpersonal conflict from that. Then travelling far for food/resources.

I won't spoil it too much but it wasn't particularly gripping or interesting. Might have been ok but I've got enough books to read that I won't be finding this drama's Patreon for regular updates.

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Lots of potential

Absolutely brilliant! I listened to this drama knowing a little from spacedock videos, but after listening to it I can't wait for volume 2. I hope one day this could be made into an animated version.

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great

Good story
The use of coil guns is nice there not often seen and I like Captin Farren

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great syfy story

it's ok great sound effects voice cast do a great job. but very short story finish in half a day. Also no narrator to give details of the sirounding, ships or people.

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  • 19-03-21

A few flaws, but worth it at a low price.

This book is a bit spare, I think the length really lets it down. The low price I paid is a redeeming factor but to get the full background information you'll have to watch a few videos on the YouTube page. The story itself seems like something decent and worthwhile. There are some baffling story choices, while I understand there needs to be room for the main cast to breathe, some things just confuse me. There will be some story points ahead. The long and short of it is that it a fair purchase and a good story.

The main platform which houses the director only seems to have one weak and wimpy Lieutenant as a military liaison. I don`t understand how the most important command section doesn`t have reserve command personnel, or any major military presence at all really. I could hand wave this away except for who commands the station, I will come back to this later.
I enjoyed the "production" values, the audio parts were crisp and I never felt confused by any of the sounds. The actors spoke well, but some dialog was weak. As for the characters there are only a few, not that there is any room for more. The length of the book hobbled any interest building character development, for me. I will buy the upcoming books to see the improvements in the story.

The pilot, who I will call the Mustard King, is my favorite. I suspect Mustard King is going to be a lot more than some maverick pilot, I think he has killed people in battle, but hides this to be cool. People don`t just git gud at flying military attack corvettes in peace time.

The worst character by far is Elizabeth, I despise these types of characters. For some one so allegedly important she has only been assigned a wimpy Lieutenant and no jack-booted hard men, The lowest minster in my country has a convoy of police for protection, not the nice type of police either. This is in a country that only has mild hatred for government officials. Not on a multi-national fleet that was at war not too long ago. When the fleet jumped to a hostile place so far from home return was impossible, she was whinging that the bar was not open. Instead of establishing a picket for security she was whining that couldn`t smoke on a spacecraft. She is not any sort of leader I would ever count on.
Your team leader is quite often a funny man, your direct Supervisor may tell a joke here and there, you would never hear anything but the most HR approved jokes from your CEO at the start of a meeting the one time a year you see him. I have never worked for a company that ever deviated from this.

There only only four other persons of note;
Wimpy Lieutenant, he needs to go back to the pencils he was pushing and order a pair of big ones. I hope he gets stronger as a man. his wiki page says he is a relationship with "Alex" (Alex's gender is (likely deliberately) left ambiguous.) If he is gay why would he be sent on what would amount to a military colony fleet? If the fleet got stuck(as it does) the would what people willing "to do their part for the species" and no genetic dead ends.

Black Female Space Captain, she was such a minor part of the story, She died honorably as I would expect a military officer to do. She was a minor plot device more than a character.

Angry Medic, the medical officer hates Black Female Space Captain because she was part of the starving yokel terrorist forces, While Angry Medic ran away to join the corrupt city dwelling fat core people. She sees the nobility Black Female Space Captain`s death and learns an important life lesson.

Anxious Captain, the captain is still sad that she wasted terrorist scum while in a war. She fought on the side of corrupt city dwelling fat core people. After she left the army, despite having confirmed psychological problems over the killing she did in wartime. She decided to go down the road of peace by becoming the captain of a mercenary warship are continuing the killing, but for pay. Elizabeth decides that unhealed PTSD makes her the best candidate for overall military command of the most important expedition in human history, into a hostile area of space where resupply and reinforcement is impractical.

I haven`t spoken about the Xenos yet as they are intermission characters and will need more story time next book.
But I will tell you now. The filth of the alien must be exterminated to preserve the purity of the Human race, lest we degenerate into abomination. He who allows the alien to live shares in the crime of its existence! There is no place for the weakwilled or hesitant. Only by firm action and resolute faith will mankind survive. No sacrifice is too great. No treachery too small. THE EMPEROR PROTECTS!

There are mainly women in the cast, I hope they add a few male characters to balance things out. Mustard King won`t be able to carry the manly aspect of the story until Wimpy Lieutenant gets the big ones delivered.

The book is worth a buy despite my gripes.

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  • Sam Hoemann
  • 26-12-20

Spacedock

the best thing I've listened to in 2020. asides from the authors YouTube channel Spacedock.

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  • Mitchard Apides
  • 24-12-20

Highly recommended! Beyond beautiful!!

One of the best audiobook that tackles sci fi. It was well thought out and executed. I will await the next one with bated breath!

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  • 18-12-20

Excellent Sci-fi

Well written and well developed sci-fi series. Manages to subvert expectations without throwing out the baby with the bath water

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  • ryan roylance
  • 17-12-20

just good sci fi

not much to elaborate on if you like sci fi like star trek or star wars you'll love this

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  • Jamie
  • 16-12-20

A Great, Original Science Fiction Story

Are you a fan of great science fictions series like The Expanse and Battlestar Galactica? Then give this series a listen and thank me later.

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  • 28-02-21

An exciting new sci-fi drama!

This is a bold, new sci-fi drama told in fashion of early radio dramas. The universe created by the Spacedock team is gritty and realistic. I cannot wait for more volumes.

Also: don’t buy this on Audible, go get this off of a different platform that actually supports artists. Audible’s treatment of the Spacedock team is nothing short of criminal.

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  • Lincoln
  • 21-01-21

awesome

great world building and story telling loved every minute can't wait for the next volume

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  • Aunrah
  • 27-12-20

oh my

Idk what I was expecting when I started this this series. But oh my goodness.

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  • Godric73
  • 02-09-22

One word Epic

WoW I just finished and I want more bring on the next volume thank you for making this