Monday, December 14, 2015

*Review* The Truth Beyond the Sky by Andrew M. Crusoe

Genre: Science Fiction
Audio edition narrated by: Jeff Hays
Published: December 12, 2012
Pages: 312
Ages: 14+


Twelve years after his mother's disappearance, Zahn makes his annual hike up to Zikhara Peak to sleep above the clouds -- only to be awoken by a monstrous roar.

He watches as an extraordinary object thunders down from the sky and impacts onto the silvery beach below, changing the course of his young life forever. 

What he recovers is more than a mere meteorite, and Zahn is swept up into an adventure to the galactic core, encountering a stunning pilot, 5th-density creatures of light, and an ancient chthonic evil, bent on consuming every star in the galaxy by tearing the fabric of spacetime itself. Only the Tulari, a stone that can heal these fissures, offers any hope. Unfortunately, it's been missing for aeons... 

THE TRUTH BEYOND THE SKY is the 1st book in the EPIC OF ARAVINDA -- a Transcendental, Sci-Fi, action-adventure series.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I would listen to any audiobook that Jeff Hays has narrated in the past or will narrate in the future. He either used technology to help with the various voices or he is absolutely amazing at voices, even the female voices sounded like actual people and not caricatures like so often happens with opposite gender voices. I seriously cannot say enough good things about the narration for this book. 

I believe this book is targeted to slightly younger than me science fiction fans, so it skips over detailed descriptions of exactly how the technology works, which I appreciate. Although some people will likely argue that the way that is done is a copout, I liked it and felt that it made perfect sense for the story, and it kept the story from feeling bogged down by descriptions that would likely have bored me to tears. 

I felt like the story moved along at a fairly fast pace, but it didn't feel unrealistically fast if that makes any sense. There was quite a bit of action, but a fair amount of "down" time too, so it didn't feel like the characters were just being bombarded with one thing after another. I guess I could say it was well balanced. 

Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and the narration 7 out of 5 stars because it was that good. I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi fans and if you have any interest in audiobooks at all, spring for the audio. You won't regret it. - Katie 

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About the Author

Author. Traveller. Net-diver.

As a citizen of Earth, Andrew is primarily interested in growth, not only for himself, but for all.

His debut novel, The Truth Beyond the Sky, is the first book in the Epic of Aravinda, an award-nominated transcendental science fiction series that draws inspiration from around the globe, including eastern mythology and channeling. Since its release, the novel has garnered a multitude of glowing reviews, received write-ups on pro reviewer websites, and qualified for an ACX stipend, attracting prime narrator talent for the edition of the book, available now.

And thanks to reader support, the series continues now with The Island on the Edge of Forever, inspired heavily from Andrew's experiences living within the jungles of Hawaiʻi.

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I used The Truth Beyond the Sky to fulfill 1/4 of my 4 books TBR pile spot for book bingo. 

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