Podcast Review #103: The Starter

Title: The Starter
Author: Scott Sigler
Genre: Science Fiction
Released: 28 March 2010 – 16 October 2011
Located: iTunes, Podiobooks, Author’s Site
Formats Available: dead tree, podcast, ebook

This book, The Starter, written by author Scott Sigler is the sequel to the Science Fiction/Football novel The Rookie. If you haven’t heard/read The Rookie, I strongly suggest you do so. The Starter continues the story begun there. You don’t necessarily need the previous story to understand this one, but since The Rookie has always been my favorite of Scott Sigler’s books, I recommend you don’t miss it.

So, on to the review.

Synopsis: Last season, 19-year-old rookie quarterback Quentin Barnes overcame his racism and unified his team. Now, he and the Ionath Krakens have to compete against the greatest football teams ever assembled and do far more than just survive each game. As he rebuilds the team in his own image, Quentin truly begins his life-long quest for a Tier One Championship. (stolen from podiobooks.com)

Production: The production of The Starter lives up to the remarkable standards that Mr. Sigler has become known for. I’ve always preferred a rather minimalistic approach to production unless you have the skills of someone like Dan Sawyer. Mr. Sigler (or his production team of A Kovaks and Arioch Morningstar) keeps the production simple but clean. Seriously, if you’re considering podcasting your novel, you could do much worse than trying to replicate Mr. Sigler’s sound.

Grade: A

Cast: Mr. Sigler, as always, performs The Starter as a self read. Mr. Sigler has always gone above and beyond when it comes to reading life into his characters. I especially love his personification of the Galaxy Sports show trio. If you haven’t enjoyed Mr. Sigler’s reading of his other stories, you probably not need waste your time here. If you, however, have enjoyed any of Mr. Sigler’s other works, and you especially enjoy an extra dose of wit and sarcasm, you’ll probably like the reading Mr. Sigler provides here.

Grade A

Story: As the synopsis states, this is the story of Quentin Barnes. What happens in his second season in the GFL? Will Quentin become a team player? Well, those answers are definitely answered here. Unfortunately, all those answers will do is leave you wanting more.

Grade A

Verdict: I can no longer say that The Rookie is my favorite story of Mr. Sigler’s. The series continues to ramp up with each story. One isn’t necessarily better than another, but the entire package is one you shouldn’t miss. With the completion of The Starter (on Mr. Sigler’s site at least) there is no reason not to dive in now.

Disclaimer: I do follow Mr. Sigler on Twitter (@scottsigler). I tweet at him occasionally, but more because I just enjoy reading his stream.

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There are 10 Comments to "Podcast Review #103: The Starter"

  • Trick Brown says:

    I’ve read the hardcover, but this is what I’ve been waiting for!

    Scott Sigler is popular for a reason. Not only does he write a good story, his audio versions are pure craftsmanship. I’ve been waiting six months for this to finish up as a podiobook.

  • Thomas says:

    i am one of those who waits to listen to sigler before i read it. i hear his voice as i read and it gives the characters more life than i could just reading w/o his inflection and voices. I will listen/read anything this man puts out. His horror sci/fi novels tend to get a bit more gory, but they are just as good as this series. his read gives you the proper tenor of each character and the story as a whole. The stater definately out stripped the rooker, waiting on the podcast of all-pro….

    • odin1eye says:

      Outstripped? Hmmm. Don’t know. I’m really enjoying the evolution of Quentin Barnes and enjoyed it even more in The All Pro, but I can’t really claim a favorite at this point.

  • Sigler’s stories about the Glactic Football League are pure genius. I absolutely love his characterizations of the various alien races–Sklorno rule! Production quality is superlative. Sigler’s narration sets the standard. I’ve listened to most of what he has posted at Podiobooks.com, and the GFL stories are my favorites–although everything else he has produced (which is available for free!) is still top-notch. Many a long, boring commute has been given life by Scott Sigler. Many thanks, Scott.

    • odin1eye says:

      I have to agree with every point you made. As much as I enjoyed Earthcore and Ancestor, the GFL stuff is, for my money, where the FDO shines.

      • Trick Brown says:

        I agree with you both as well.

        I felt Earthcore and Ancestor were solid, but they didn’t wow me. The one exception was Infected. I found that to be really intense. Contagious went back to just being solid. **SPOILER** Without Perry Dawson in Pandemic, I doubt I’ll be wowed by the story when it comes out. Of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t read and enjoy it. 😉

        The GFL stuff is so creative and crosses so many genres it’s tough not to love.

        • odin1eye says:

          I actually prefer earthcore, ancestor and nocturnal to the first 2 in the contagious series. I just REALLY liked the GFL books.

          • Thomas says:

            ARR, my hearties, there may be spoilers ahead….. (and some snarky goodness)

            I think this issue is that Siglers other book are one dimensional in focus, ie, alien race trying the invade earth and eat you, horrible nightmare creatures trying to take over san fran and eat you, trying to get out of hole in ground before leftovers from alien race eat you or get of island before man-made monsters eat you. where the GFL books have more going on. race to championship while not getting killed/eaten by alien creatures and rescuing people from clutches of mobsters while trying not to be eaten or killed by same. (Snark has been applied). My point being, there is more to the story than saving your ass or just winning that championship or whatever.

          • odin1eye says:

            You make some interesting points. And for that, you must be eaten.. by one of Scott’s creations.. they enjoy marinating, so beware of bathtubs.

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