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The Worldship Humility

Written by: R. R. Haywood
Narrated by: Colin Morgan
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-19

Stupendous narration

Colin Morgan narrating as brilliant as ever! He narrated so many different characters with accents and tones. He voiced one character Moses so brilliantly that I thought it was another actor Phil Davis but it's all Colin.
The story itself is amazing. R. R. Haywood has done a fantastic job with the words, the plot and the characters. Everything about the book is intriguing.

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 03-02-19

My 1st "6 Star" Rating in Two Years--fun, smart

Some books are great because they introduce a new sub-genre. This book is about world ships leaving the Earth on a long, long voyage after a cataclysm--so it is not new ground. Some books are great because they touch us with their connection to the plot and characters that stirs deep feelings and thoughts. This is a good, fun plot and has engaging characters, but it will not move your interior world. And then there are the books which hit just the right combination of humor, dialogue, story and performance -- they just feel great. This is a longer book (14 hours) which manages to feel great even though it treads somewhat familiar ground. First, if you enjoy classic science-fiction, the author's insights and voice feel like going home to a well-liked and well-enjoyed place. Second, you will enjoy the characters. Third, while it presents a mystery, an exploration and surprises, it is not too sweet or too dark.

I would also like to note that this book was done to be performed. It is an Audible-Only book. The narrator is perfectly matched to the book -- and pulls off a performance that is almost worth the listen. While being very different, the perfect match between performance and story reminds me of Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton, or some of Charles Stross' earlier books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

Good Story, Even Better Narration

Action from start to finish. The story is well-written, and the characters really grow on you. But it's really Colin Morgan who makes this story worth listening to. He has the perfect voice for narration, and the number of different voices and accents he can perform is staggering, enriching the story and bringing the characters to life.

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  • Alun
  • 22-02-19

Wow

Fun story but “beware” no holds barred when it comes to sex, language and expletives!

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  • Janet Haynes
  • 10-02-19

This was fantastic!

This is my second audio book . I almost cancelled my subscription because the first book's narrator kept putting me to sleep. You won't sleep with this one. Colin Morgan does a phenomenal job of making this book come alive. It was hard to believe that it was just one man doing all of the voices of the different characters. As you might guess, I highly recommend this audio book!! You won't be disappointed.

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  • Tech geek
  • 13-03-19

Not really sci-fi but a drama in outer space

If you're looking for cool science which is an integral part the storyline this is not your book. If you want a cozy drama set in outer space it's not bad. Great narrator!

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  • w.s.
  • 13-02-19

Can't wait for the next one!

That was an awesome story! Please write more and record more. I really loved it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-19

How many voices can you play..!!! How lovely😊

I'm very happy. It seems several Colins talk to me at once in various people's characters. He acts even female characters really well. I hope that I can listen to more his works in the close future.

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  • GovContractor
  • 30-03-19

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: Entertaining story which really isn't SciFi but rather just takes place in space. Very good voice work and character development. Especially liked the character development for the Red Head (already forgot her name) who was not just a typical social outcast due to 'Mean Girls', but also contributed by having self destructive behavior that strives to throw her back into isolation. Not your normal 2 dimensional stereotype.

The Bad: Colin Morgan does some outstanding voice work but I almost stopped listening 2 minutes in. I never wanted to punch a voice in the face as much as I did the 'reporter'. The substance of the story is a bit depressing too once you consider how humanity reacted and built upon after this Lifeboat situation. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. I get that he wants to stress a mindset but he does it too often. The author has a bad tendency of repeating himself. (see what I just did?) Lastly, there is a terrible event in the past that is referenced a few times which never is explained. I understand this will be a trilogy but there should have been something tipped by the end of the book.

Overall: If you are looking for substance this may not be for you, but for me I found it entertaining ( I listened twice) and will buy the next book once it comes out. It's like watching that 'bad' TV show that everyone complains about, but everyone watches each week. Consider it a guilty pleasure. Overall Rating: 3 Porrages with Jam.

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  • Rich
  • 15-03-19

I gave up

I'm seriously starting to question the validity of these reviews. I got this one based on the rave reviews I found for it. And almost asked for a refund immediately.

The book starts out with an info dump. Didn't even attempt to disguise it, just started with a podcast for a history class. Great job of weaving the background of your universe into the story. The phrase "show, don't tell" exists for a reason. This opening info dump is especially egregious since the author does this same dump, of the same information, THREE times in the first hour and forty-five minutes. I use that time point because that's when I gave up. It took that long to complete the introduction of the two main characters, and then we meet the captains from the viewpoint of a third character, where we are introduced to the intrigue I'm guessing is what will be driving the plot.

Yes, that's right, the first plot element isn't even introduced until nearly TWO HOURS into a fourteen hour audiobook. 14% of this book is dedicated to three repetitions of the same historical infodump, a backstory infodump of one of the main characters prefaced by the not-eye-rolling-at-all "and the memories came flooding in," what felt like an eternity of the other main character trying to cheer up a little kid with a hacked advertisement, but the kid (un-named) wasn't paying attention. This was, no kidding, 30 minutes of irrelevance.

Not worth the credit.

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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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  • Guro Brenna
  • 12-03-19

Neckbeard dream come true

I listened to this entire book wanting it to be great because the premise is wonderful but... Here are some things you can expect:
- All women are obsessed with their looks, except for that one really beautiful person
- Not a single attempt at trying to make any of the sci in sci-fi make sense
- Corrupt and useless politicians, which should be realistic, but somehow it isn't?
- Everyone except for our shy hacker hero is voiced like a whiny toddler
- Every woman needs to be described based on what kind of attractive they are
- Large numbers thrown about, worse than GRRM
- Haha so funny using sex to get what you want
- Quick, need a backstory for a woman? Sexual assault
- Bad guys with a variety of Eastern European, Latino and Arab names!
- Self-insert Mary Sue (Or rather, Gary Stu)
- Backstory schmackstory
- You got the guy from MERLIN to read this and somehow managed to make it a grind to listen to!? How?

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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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  • scott
  • 16-04-19

Hoped for so much more

Got this story after some strong reviews and an interesting seeming plot. The writing seems like it’s targeted at a teenage audience, characters are poorly thought out caricatures and unfortunately the assortment of different character voices of the narration are often like nails scraping on a blackboard.

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  • L.Mc
  • Durham, UK
  • 03-04-19

Never went anywhere

Ending was incredibly poor, rendering the rest of the story pointless. Most characters felt flat with only the reader creating any resemblance of depth. Story felt childish yet was dashed with adult themes. Never quite found its identity.

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  • B. Debski
  • Sheffield, UK
  • 19-03-19

predictable

Fairly easy to predict story. SF setting is just a setting. OK but nothing great. One guys performance is OK but a lot of people either have far east or English/Irish accent.

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  • Shane
  • 05-02-19

Very good premise

I was looking forward to listening to this book after preordering it, but couldn’t really get on with the narrator unfortunately.

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  • kev
  • 01-02-19

Wow

Loved it absolutely loved it can't wait for the next one absolutely brilliant wow just wow

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  • Annmarie Bellew
  • 01-02-19

Flipping brilliant

This book is brilliant from the start it draws you into the story. I’ve laugh and cry with the characters and dying to get the next instalment. Well done Mr. Haywood

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-03-19

Gave up.

9 chapters in and still waiting for a significant plot development. Apparently I have to say more, as Audible won't allow reviews of less than 15 words. Done!

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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
  • 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.