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An Expeditionary Force Audio Drama Special
Written by: Craig Alanson
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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A full-cast performance of a thrilling new episode in the New York Times best-selling Expeditionary Force series.

After the latest mission of the starship Flying Dutchman, Earth is safe not just for a year but for hundreds of years. The ship’s weary crew wonders what they will do with their lives in peacetime, but the enemy has other plans, and there is danger on the Homefront.

Starring Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, and everyone's favorite AI, Skippy the Magnificent, alongside a full cast. Includes plenty of pew-pew-pew, original sound composition, and maybe some singing by R. C. Bray.

Produced by Odd Origin Media and Dagaz Media
Executive Producer Greg Lawrence
Story by Craig Alanson
Script by Craig Alanson and Jack Bowman
Talent Director William Dufris
Sound Director Fred Greenhalgh
Associate Producer Casey Turner
Dialogue edited by Jack Bowman
Sound design by Jamie Mahaffey/The Mix Room and O'Shea Creative Media
Music by Jeroen Grommen 

Check out exclusive bonus content at homefrontaudio.com.  

Full cast includes Zachary Quinto, R. C. Bray, Kate Mulgrew, Robert Picardo, Peter Berkrot, Kym Dakin, Bill Dufris, Corey Gagne, Nimo Gandhi, Emily Grotz, Dalton S. Kimball, Austin Ku, Daniel Logan, John Dalton Logan, PJ Ochlan, Lisa Renee Pitts, Christopher Price, Michael Rafkin, Lisa Stathoplos, Casey Turner, Jennywren Walker, Marjolaine Whittlesey, Ashanti Williams, Jonathan Woodward, and Collin Young.

©2019 Craig Alanson, Dagaz Media, LLC, and Odd Origin Media Inc. (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Sean3576
  • 18-06-19

Good story but too much everything else.

I liked the idea of the story, but it got lost in all the audio effects. Sometimes it was hard to hear the narration over the noise.

I love the series and never tire of listening to them, I can't wait for the next installment.

71 of 74 people found this review helpful

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  • Rialtus
  • 18-06-19

Great effort with potential, not the best executed

There are many who are confused by this, so I feel I have to break it down, Barney style. Let's first start with the fact that this isn't an audiobook. It's a drama special. If you go into this with the understanding that this is more like a radio drama and not a book being read to you, then you would be correct. Not sure why some monkeys are having a hard time understanding that this isn't a book, but there you go.

The Good: Well, it's another ExForce story, and R.C. Bray is involved. If you've made it all the way up to this point of the series, you already know generally what to expect. If you thought this would be a great jumping on point for this series, you'd be seriously mistaken. Also, Podium is trying out something new with this audio drama. We have to given them credit for that. I think generally their work show promise, and would consider listening to their future audio dramas if it lines up with my interests.

The Bad: To be fair, some of the audio choices weren't the best. Especially at the beginning, some of the background audio was distracting music where is should (in my opinion) have been more ambiance noise. That seemed to thankfully taper down as the drama moved forward, but then pops up jarringly a few times later. Also, the over-dramatic voice work to emphasize action was ... well, over-dramatic.

The Meh: I guess I have to say this... I don't think they used all the guest actors to their full potential. I think the work that Zachary Quinto did was good. Kate Mulgrew was a daring choice for Nagatha, but with little voice change, it didn't pay off for me. It sounded too much like Captain Janeway, not like an old British woman... er, AI. The voice actor playing Smythe didn't quite do it for me. And Adams, while I think cast well, doesn't giggle as much as portrayed I think.

When I go through the series again, I'll listen to it. It wasn't offensive, but it wasn't the best. Will I go out of my way to specifically listen to this? Not likely. This was decent enough, any my six hours weren't wasted.

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  • Joshua
  • 26-06-19

Great Story, Great Voice Acting, Over The Top Foley

Instead of the sound effects adding to the story they covered it and made it difficult to hear the fantastic story and voice work.

Don’t let that stop you, but be prepared for it when you start listening.

Without spoiling it, I will give you a hint. Listen to this like you would watch a Marvel movie.

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  • Quang Trung Nguyen Le
  • 26-06-19

Great Performance, Needs 200% more Lizard Opera

This audio drama have been a real treat. Kate Mulgrew is perfect as Nagatha and I will not hear any other voice when reading her parts.

As for the story, there was a lot of narrative wrangling to make the plot work after the events of "Renegades" and quite a lot of coincidences had to happen for the major conflict to happen.

That said, the lizard opera scene is hilarious and I would not mind having more

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  • Matthew S. Cyree
  • 19-06-19

great story to many sound fx

loved the story and performances. the background noises were a little too loud and at sometimes distracting from the story itself. still worth a listen if you can ignore the music and finger snapping haha.

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  • Gabriel Cortez
  • 25-06-19

Great idea iffy execution

The story and most of the performances were great! At some points it was hard to hear the dialog with all the sound effects. But I did notice it was was easier to listen to with headphones vs my work truck's Bluetooth radio. Overall though it was the another classic grade A story in the series!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-06-19

Sound mixing was quite poor.

I get that this is an audio drama and not an audiobook. I have spent many hours listening to old radio audio dramas and they can be wonderful.

But this? At several points, all I could hear was a cacophony. During those times I should have been hearing dialogue with backgound noise/music. What I got, upsettingly frequently, was noise with dialogue that I couldn't understand in the background somewhere. That should not happen.

I love Skippy. I genuinely enjoyed the story. Mulgrew as Nagatha really fit to me and I loved hearing her cut loose. RC Bray, as always, was fantastic. In fact, each of the actors performances was wonderful with a couple of notable exceptions.

But what can a performer do when their performance is drowned out after they gave it?

I, sadly, can only recommend this with warnings attached.

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  • sean
  • 03-07-19

excellent story, great performance, too much SFX

loved it however like many people reported the sound effects drowned out the voices at certain times. Still would like to see another full cast production after next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-19

Finding words for a title....weird yet wonderful

Ok. Never heard a audio book like this. A book that has background noise and effects.

No need to imagine how a mech suit sounds or radio chatter or ai's, everything will be provided more like a movie than a book.

Loved the book, it was a entire new way of experiencing the book.

But not sold on the story, because feels like a filler more than the next book in the series.

That being said.
Can't wait for the next book, hoping that we will get some questions answered ;)

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  • Denae
  • 19-06-19

Overproduced

I have loved all of the books in this series and RC Bray has been amazing, which allowed me to develop the characters in my head. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really impresses with the format of this selection. It seemed like a lot of the detail was lost for me with all of the production sound effects and extra voices. Hoping that they go back to just Bray for the next one.

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  • Simon
  • 18-06-19

Hit by the Awesomemess (Sic)!

Hard to know where to start with this. It has some good moments, as it started I really thought it might be something a bit special and so I settled down to enjoy it. I mean, Joe, Skippy and the Merry Band of Pirates boosted by a full quality cast could really have been something couldn't it?

Thing is, it comes across more that the team involved set out to have a good laugh rather than produce something of real quality. For such a good cast, and yes RC Bray is beyond reproach, it just comes across poorly. Some of the characters, especially Adams come across just plain wrong based on my listening to what's gone before. A lot of the acting and script really feels more caricature than character and it relies a little too much on recycling previously-used material such as embarrassing Joe about watching porn and spending time in the shower.

Unlike the high quality Audible large cast productions the sound design is very hit and miss. At times it really does add to what's going on but at others it just seems as though sounds and music are being played at random. I also would think that it needs listening to in quiet areas as sometimes the speech gets a bit muddied in all the sound effects.

So, in short, it has its moments but it's not up to the standards of other full-cast productions I've heard recently and it feels as much an opportunity missed as anything positive. For the first time with anything to do with this series, I feel I've been let down in trusting the awesomeness and this borders on an awesome mess instead.

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  • Roger
  • 19-06-19

Different.......

Its very different to the books. Struggled to get through the first hour due to there being a lot going on and the audio quality suffering as a result. Music, sound effects and dialogue at times clashing. Had it not been integral the Expeditionary Force series i may well have given up. It got better in parts but some passages had me pulling the headphones off due to extremely loud sound effects.
All in all the story is good. Smythe would not last 5 mins iin the SAS with that accent and im not sure he was well supported with his STAR team. Skippy was ........Skippy Joe was Joe. RC Bray was Mag MF'in nificent as always. Margaret Adams was not as I had immagined her to sound but Nagatha was almost spot on.
As an experiment it kind of works in the end. It was better than i expected it to be, but you have to concentrate and i was rewinding a lot to catch missed dialogue.
Looking forward to a return to normal in book 8 Armageddon and just one voice and having second thoughts about a TV series being a good idea.

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  • Jamie Mair
  • Birmingham, UK
  • 20-06-19

Great direction for the series

I was really excited when the audio drama was announced, and it did not disappoint. Overall, the production was of an extremely high quality, however there are a few little gripes with the series but nothing that makes this not worth buying.

My main issue is that sometimes during the action parts, the voices aren't boosted enough above the background to properly decipher what the characters are saying - this doesn't happen too much.

Secondly I am somewhat disappointed in the way the new STAR team is portrayed. Throughout the books the special forces have been described as extremely disciplined, however the new characters sounded more like rookies fresh into the military, I would have preferred writing these characters as a bit more series and more sure of themselves.

My last gripe is that some of the scenes with Nagatha are a little bit drawn out (especially her "battle") and in general the AI scenes were a bit too long to listen to. Also she seemed a bit too AI and unlike Skippy but this isn't really an issue.

Usually, RC Brays performance of Skippy is flawless and what I look forward to in the ExForce audiobooks, however, I believe he really shines playing Joe in this; I really liked the way he was shown. (Skippy was magnificent as always)

I also have to say that the casting for this was excellent. The use of RC Bray for both Skippy and Joe was an excellent idea, along with picking up Zachary too. Loved most people's performance (not so keen on the new STAR team though). Adam's voice actor was also really good.

As for the story, it was a good fit for the audio drama style and was paced much better than the audiobooks, and was exciting start to finish. Unfortunately it does not really progress the story beyond Renegades but that was sort of expected. I'd like to see less of the "new threat discovered, neutralise new threat" and more of the forward thinking, planning and exploring the elders and Skippy's origin in the new few bits of the series. Saving the world is getting a bit old now.

Would I recommend this? Yes definitely, especially if you have a free credit. Despite only being 6 hours, it is done at a much faster pace than the audiobooks so there isn't much less story. For the amount of money invested into this project it is definitely worth the price.

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  • Grzegorz
  • 19-06-19

Mixed feelings

I have to admit, story on its one is brilliant, as always humour makes this series so enjoyable. Full cast is something different, I've enjoyed it. Unfortunately background is something to improve. Often dialogue was overwhelmed by sound effects (explosion, etc) in my opinion background music could be used less often, only to amplify situation ore make it more emotional.

On the other hand, when only RC Bray was reading like book was written, makes me imagine more situation, Give Juice Box For Him :)

No matter what I'll buy next book

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  • mrkeithy
  • 19-06-19

RC Bray Rules but production is imperfect

RC Bray as skippy and joe is beyond reproach, Kate Mugrew as Nagatha warmed on me although it was not how she was described in the books (I read the books before listing to R C Bray, that way I enjoy them twice) Her acting was great as was Zachary Quinto but most of the other cast, especially the guy playing Smythe felt forced and well not natural, they just don’t flow. Although this is subjective. What is not, is the music, the choice and use of the music in this is poor. I hear a lot of audio dramas (forced to listen to bbc radio 4) and this series was begging for it, but the over use of music especially the tone and Disney like parts really don’t work and take you out of the drama. Should tusted your cast more, sometimes there silly comical music playing when it is not needed as the cast are doing a great job without it . It’s shame because I think exforce should span out into other things, but you will always need R C Bray as skippy and some how joe. Keeping them being played by Mr Bray in this, was wise. Craig I love you man and I love this series and whilst I am slightly dumping on this, I don’t think it’s your fault as the story and script are good, it’s let down by bad directing, production and in some parts acting. Don’t be put off though because every time you hear skippy it’s totally worth putting up with the rest. Please don’t stop experimenting with this series as it deserves it and whilst this is slightly negative if you a big time Tv producer, this totally could be the next Expanse.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • S. Smith
  • Gibraltar
  • 19-06-19

Trust the awesomeness!

This is an audio drama so expect music and sound effects. I recommend having a quiet place to listen to this. I split my time, some of it listening via a speaker and some time with headphones. I had no problems with either. But when outside with surrounding noise it was a little harder to concentrate. Not to hear, but there is a lot going on and it’s best to concentrate to enjoy it all.

I really enjoyed this audio drama. A lot of work went into it. I would buy another one if one became available again. I enjoyed the story. Can’t wait until the next audiobook or audio drama.

I love that Kate Mulgrew was Nagatha.

R. C. Bray is as awesome as ever.
Skippy might sing a little! So enjoy!

Oh be warned Brock Steal is a clicker/snapper when thinking.


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  • Dustyfox
  • 21-06-19

mmmmmmmmm... not to the same standards!

Craig Alanson writes a lot of great stuff...RC Bray is a God when it comes to making great writing come to life in a audio book. If you have listened to all the others in the series, then you will end up getting this one as well - cool cleared that up.

Feel a bit let down after listening to it.

The attitude of the special forces troops in previous books is representative of how they are in real life (focused and professional). However in this book in this book they come across as complete bunch of idiots and Rambo wannabes.

Joe is made out to be some kind of deviant (repeated joke from another book but not delivered correctly).

A lot of the characters don't really fit and very different from previous books...didnt warm to them and in most cases they just seemed wrong.

There is a lot to be said for the power of our own imagination and RC Bray is awesome at sparking that into life but in this book he was screwed from the start.

Sound effects was wrong, music playing non-stop when there shouldn't have been any...not much flowed. Just sounded cheap. It wasn't a drama, it wasn't a play, it wasn't a audiobook...i don't think it knew what it wanted to be?

Craig Alansons books are at a very high standard, this one has let the team down. Just wondering how much of his writing got changed to make it work into a drama/play?

This book was pants...returning it.

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  • JP
  • 19-06-19

Brilliant, but helps if you're an exforce fan :)

I'm really enjoying it.. half way through and will update once finished if anything changes.

I think the way this is written and delivered is brave. The tongue in cheek delivery and nods to the audience are perhaps more direct and challenging in this audio drama format, and for any exforce fans like me it takes a while to become comfortable that well loved characters don't all sound like different voices of the unbelievably brilliant RC Bray.

But it's exforce! With sound effects! And it fits in the continuity and treats fans with references and nods, and stays true to the tone that Craig Alanson gets so brilliantly right.

Trust the awesomeness.

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  • Dex Vinyl
  • Stoke, UK
  • 19-06-19

Different to the books, but great

This audio drama is fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it, although there is no paperback to accompany it, anyone who has been following the ExForce series really should listen to it.

Yes, There are a few issues, with background music being a little loud and the effects of voices can be a little difficult to follow but it doesn’t really make the story too hard to follow.

I found some some of the casting interesting, especially Nagatha, for those who may be worried, yes RC Bray does voice Skippy and Bishop!

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  • Torquay
  • 19-06-19

Not bad but different

The writing and story is good. Very much on par with the rest of the series. The voice acting is okay too, not what I expected or have grown used to but that's the nature of the format.

I liked most of the vocal choices. Kate Mulgrew is great as Nagatha, Zachary Quinto works well as Brock Steel, R.C. Bray is consistently great all round. I thought Smyth sounds too young and Adams sounds too old but that might be just me.

The sound effects however are chaotic and really take away from the performances. Even after rewinding and listening several times to some sections I have no idea what happened in some scenes. In some points I can't hear the words, in others it feels overwhelming and distracts from the listening experience.

I'm really not a fan of audio dramas and this hasn't changed my opinion. But I am a big ex-force fan and this definitely fits the bill.

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  • Jay
  • 18-06-19

It grew on me.

This was certainly different in flavour, if not essence to what we've been used to expect in the series. It took me a little while to follow the story without narration and then to grow used to the actors in the roles previously performed by Bray. But once I did, the story became enjoyable and engrossing. I'm on my 2nd listen-thru and I'm really happy with it now. A great entry to the series and I certainly hope we see more of it in the future. Great work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-19

Different but still alright

Very different and a little hard to follow at times because of background noise but the voice actors done a good job. Voices matched the characters well. Only moves the story up a little bit so hoping for more depth in the next book.

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  • Kieren
  • 25-06-19

Why did you do this?

LOVE the Series, but this 'audio drama special' misses the mark.

All the sound effects are way too distracting, the backing music the beeping sounds, explosions make following the story very hard to concentrate on that I can't follow what is actually happening.

When R.C.Bray performs on his own as in the previous audiobooks in the series, he does such a fantastic job of doing all the characters and the pace is perfect and easy to follow. But this book is a difficult listen.

Previously I have always scored this series quite high, but for me this version is a no go sorry.
Please don't do this again - if you have to do it again, then please keep it to the short interim stories, not the main audio books.

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  • Aaron
  • 25-06-19

Overdone performance

I've listened to a really enjoyed all the previous audiobooks from the series, this did not meet my expectations.

The drama theme of the book is way overdone even by Skippies standards.

I'll still look forward to the ongoing series but hope it is done in the same fashion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-06-19

It's an audio drama

It's a great audio drama. But it if a huge depature from the style of the main books.
I do like the new characterization from the addition of new voice actors.

As for the story it's on par with the rest of the books in series, but with a more upbeat paceing.

if your not a fan of background noise or music this one will not be for you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-19

The radio show format was fun as a once off

I enjoyed the story and the radio show format was entertaining. I hope this presentation style doesn't get overused though.

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  • Brett D.
  • 24-06-19

Music tunes + sound effects

Not sure why all the theatrical sounds were introduced. Made it feel like a theme park ride.. not a fan as when I’m listening to this in the car, it was very much a sensory overload and a rude shock to the system after being a fan of this series. It’s a shame as the storyline was great, as was the performers.. just not the sound effects.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-19

Wow

This book is fantastic. It’s like being in a theatre and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • luke
  • 16-07-19

Great fun!

A fun little audio drama from Skippy himself. Well worth a listen for any fan of the series!!!

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  • Paul
  • 15-07-19

Sounds like a C grade movie

I love this series so much and RC Bray is and absolute legend but this reading made me cringe! It just felt over produced and cheesy. I’m sure the cast did there best but the directions and production let them down. Even the story feels half arsed. So disappointed. 😢