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The Worldship Humility

Written by: R. R. Haywood
Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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Publisher's Summary

About the audiobook:

The Worldship Humility is the start of The Code trilogy, written exclusively for audio by sci-fi author R. R. Haywood. Narrator Colin Morgan brings the colourful characters and treacherous escapades of The Worldship Humility to life, a gripping space adventure which will appeal to fans of Ready Player One, Bladerunner and Haywood’s previous best-selling works, Extracted and The Undead

Summary:

It’s been 120 years since the 50 or so worldships containing the few million survivors set off after planet Earth was destroyed by a meteor. 

On the Worldship Humility, Sam, an Airlock Operative, is bored. Living in space should be full of adventure, except it isn’t, and he fills his time hacking 3-D movie posters. 

Petty thief Yasmine Dufont is also from the WS Humility, but she is not bored. Growing up in the Elfors, the lawless lower levels of the ship, has seen her surrounded by violence and squalor since birth, and now she wants out. She wants to escape to the luxury of the Ab-Spa on top of WS Abstinence, where they eat real food instead of rats and synth cubes. 

Meanwhile, the sleek-hulled, unmanned Gagarin has come back from punching out ahead of the fleet in the ever-continuing search for a new home. Nearly all hope is lost that a new planet will ever be found, until the Gagarin returns with a code of information that suggests a habitable planet has been found. This news should be shared with the whole fleet, but a few rogue captains want to keep the information to themselves and colonise the new planet. 

When Yasmine inadvertently steals the code, she and Sam become caught up in a dangerous game of murder, corruption, political wrangling and...porridge, with sex-addicted Detective Zhang Woo hot on their heels, his own life at risk if he fails to get the code back. 

About the author:

R. R. Haywood is the author of Amazon UK’s number one horror series The Undead, which propelled him into the top 20 best-selling Amazon authors in the UK. Haywood is a Washington Post best-selling author and both the Undead series and the Extracted trilogy are Audible best sellers. 

About the narrator:

Colin's television credits include Humans, The Living and the Dead, The Fall and Merlin. His film credits include Benjamin, The Happy Prince, Legend and Testament of Youth. Theatre credits include Translations (The National Theatre); Gloria (Hampstead Theatre); Mojo (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe); Our Private Life (Royal Court); A Prayer for My Daughter and All About My Mother (The Old Vic). 

©2019 R. R. Haywood (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • Simon
  • 01-02-19

Pop Muzik!

There's no doubt that everyone is going to be talking about this, this is the audiobook equivalent of 70s pop music at its zaniest! Haywood has, in my opinion, gone one better than even the excellent Extracted series! In his ragtag fleet of Homeships, he has managed to bolt Judge Dredd's Mega-City One on to the bottom of something like the environment of The Fifth Element. Inside that, he's put together a set of characters ranging from the most desperate and lowly to the upper echelons of a very twisted society.

Yasmine and Sam are unlikely heroes but their struggles with everything from sex-addicted policemen to personal shyness are a joy to behold. The whole thing is infused with Haywood's fast-becoming legendary humour and is brought to life with a bravura performance from Colin Morgan. Haywood presented him with a bizarre challenge with his zany and wildly varied cast and Morgan does a fair impression of one of those old one-man bands as he voices everything from Russian gangsters to English snobs, military women to Chinese detectives.

This is an absolute humdinger of a modern sci-fi heist with mischief, comedy and drama running through its veins in equal measure!

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  • Elmamaria
  • 08-05-19

Loved it

Loved the narration by Colin Morgan and the story and the characters, can’t wait to find out what happens!

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  • paul allison
  • 04-02-19

It’s Ben , safa and harry in space..... and it’s awesome

Let’s not beat around the bush, the lead characters aren’t just similar to the extracted series characters ... they are them... like exactly them.

Don’t be put off though , because this book really works! Great story, great humour throughout and great interaction between the (very familiar) characters!

Colin Morgan really brings the story to life, great narration!

More of the same please!

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  • G.B.
  • 09-05-19

Dumb Entertainment

Enthusiastically narrated, but unfortunately lacking quality writing.
The characters seem not to have any real depth, the plot is predictable and the drama contrived. The main protagonist's vulgar and childish rants don't inspire any enjoyment and simply detract from an already shallow storyline.

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  • Lakey
  • 24-04-19

Lots of good bits, but flawed.

I enjoyed Haywood's Extracted series (also very good but flawed) and wanted to read this. I bought the audio version as there isn't a Kindle version available. On the whole I would rather have read it myself because I could have skimmed the dull bits. However I really enjoyed Colin Morgan's narration, it was always clear which character was speaking, which is sometimes a bit of an issue in audio books. Plus he managed to shoehorn at least 20 different Northern Irish accents in there which was delicious to listen to.

I agree with a previous reviewer that the science part of the sci-fi was a bit suspect and added for plot convenience rather than because it's likely or even possible in the future. Women were oddly presented, apart from Jasmine they didn't seem to be self-aware at all, they were very shallow and whiney, whereas the men were more about introspection and trying to understand themselves and their future.

My biggest problem with the book is that it just stopped, there were so many story threads completely unresolved, I know there will be more books, but still it felt like the end of a chapter rather than the end of a book. Some of the characters had weird personality changes near the end that just felt wrong (particularly Chang and Janey).

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  • Ian
  • 23-04-19

Good- but again no ending

It seems to be a common thread.. I listen to a book by RR Haywood, am thoroughly engrossed, then all of a sudden, it's over with no real ending.

I did enjoy this book, but again was thoroughly frustrated by the lack of a full ending. RR can write good plots, but perhaps gets bored as he is writing the last two chapters. And it p*sses me off.

So for now, i'm going to park any new books by this author into my 'nothing else left' corner...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-19

Loved it!

Loved the performance of characters. Written well and allowed me to visualize the scenes easily. Great story and lots of humour too.

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  • Ms
  • 27-06-19

A totally engaging, twisting ride of a story

As usual from Mr Haywood an immersive world and story populated with colourful, wonderfully imagined characters and epic banter. Exciting, clever and wickedly funny. Brilliant.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-19

wonderful romp!

beautifully written, with laughter and action, and characters to love and hate!

brilliant again RR

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  • SteveDunne
  • 23-06-19

Very Good

Actually wasn't sure about this one but I have to say I'm very much looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Rachel
  • 11-04-19

Loved it!

This was a complete romp from start to finish. Some real spit-your-coffee-out funny scenes mixed with characters with whom you can empathise. I loved the tech stuff, too. Well written by RR Haywood (as always) and beautifully performed by Colin Morgan.
Looking forward to finding out what happens to our heroes in the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

Awesome

I loved this, great, funny story. Colin Morgan is an awesome narrator, please have him narrate the rest of the series or it won's be the same! I am so disappointed I have to wait for more in this series!

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  • Marieke
  • 16-05-19

Favorite book this year!

Please Colin Morgan, narrate some more books, you are just awesome! Great voices, best I have heard so far and I have listened to hundreds of books.
This is an entertaining story with likable characters. 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-19

Hooked all the way through.

Interesting book with interesting character. The performance was a little weird but I think it added to the slight quirkiness of the characters.

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  • Sinden
  • 17-02-19

The best, can’t wait for the next!

Engaging characters who have depth and character .. a setting that could be very believable and a perennial story line. A great job and a delight to read. Thanks!

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  • Shannon
  • 16-02-19

Boring boring boring story

Typical quiet clever guys meets reluctant criminal girl a d several peripheral characters have "snarky" as their only personality traits. Overall the characters felt very two dimensional and cliched.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-19

Love RR Haywood’s books

Interesting characters. Good storyline. Very entertaining. Colin Morgan is fantastic and really brings the characters to life. Waiting for the next book in the series

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  • Leonie
  • 06-02-19

Great dit!

Good book, liked the characters. The English narrator was a bit different at first as I'm used to John Lee and RC Bray but he was alright. Didn't like how some of the characters were narrated but on the whole it was good and didn't diminish the story. Can't wait for a second book.