Out of the Dark

  • by David Weber
  • Narrated by Charles Keating
  • 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity's cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died.
Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed. His chances look bleak. The aliens have definitely underestimated human tenacity - but no amount of heroism can endlessly hold off overwhelming force.
Then, emerging from the mountains and forests of Eastern Europe, new allies present themselves to the ragtag human resistance. Predators, creatures of the night, human in form but inhumanly strong. Long Enemies of humanity...until now. Because now is the time to defend Earth.

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What the Critics Say

"Weber pulls off this conceit in audacious style with a focus on military-powered action that will thrill fans of his Honor Harrington series, and he keeps the pedal to the metal right up to the almost unbelievable conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Ruined by a ludicrous ending....

A reasonably enjoyable story, with excellent narration.
However the ending of the story is ludicrous and a complete let down. Its like the author gave up and decided to go for something silly for a bet.
Might have well have ended with Harry Potter and Ron turning up and casting a magic spell to make the baddies turn in to hat-stands.
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- J. Arnold "Jimbo"

Show me, don't tell me!

I've listened/read a few David Weber stories now and I've really liked some of them. The 'march upcountry' series, for example, I really enjoyed. That said, I have the same issues with many of his stories, and they were especially obvious in this book - the author goes into an awful lot of unnecessary detail! In some cases, this can be quite interesting; I learnt about making swords, what makes a seaworthy boat and how best to use pike-men in the 'march ...' series. However, in this book the author spends so much time discussing guns and tanks, using alot of jargon, that I tend to tune out as it becomes incomprehensible to me!

He also spends the majority of the book telling the listener what is going on through large amounts of exposition, and not showing us. The events which are told as they are happening are very engaging and enjoyable, but too much of the action is skipped in favour of the events being told through conversations after the event.

I didn't hate this novel (i did finish it, after all), but it was certainly hard work, self indulgent (naming the pets after two characters from another series? Not cool!) and could have been much better.
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- Emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio