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Galactic Football League
1 : The Rookie (2 of 2)

by Scott Sigler
Sep 7, 2016
5 Hours
Ages 13+
Set in a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future, THE ROOKIE is a story that combines the intense gridiron action of "Any Given Sunday" with the space opera style of "Star Wars" and the criminal underworld of "The Godfather."

Aliens and humans alike play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that literally want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assassinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he'll wind up just another stat in the column marked "killed on the field."

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Director & Cast

Director Michael John Casey
Starring Michael John Casey as Narrator and Quentin Barnes, Thomas Keegan as Donald Pine, Jonathon Churchas Virak and Terence Aselford as Hokor. With Michael Glenn, Eric Messner, Jonathan Feuer, Andy Brownstein, Nick DePinto, Tony Nam, KenYatta Rogers, Richard Rohan, Jonathan Watkins, James Konicek, Bradley Smith, Matthew Bassett, Jefferson A. Russell, Eric Singdahlsen, Ken Jackson, Chris Davenport, Nora Achrati, Scott McCormick, Tia Shearer, Colleen Delany, Partick Stratton, Kimberly Gilbert, Maggie Donnelly and Duane Beeman
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Eric Messner
Dialogue Editors Patrick Stratton
Sound Designers Patrick Stratton
Cover Illustrator Scott E. Pond
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Things heat up in the second half by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
It’s in this second half of The Rookie that things really become interesting. Also, Quentin Barnes is not a particularly likable character in the first half of the story, but in this second half you can start to see some of the changes in his attitudes that make him less…abrasive.

Below is what I wrote in my review for the first half of this title:

I’ve been a follower of Scott Sigler’s work since about 2006. In fact, I think it may have been on one of his podcasts that I first heard an ad for Graphic Audio. While the GFL books aren’t actually my favorites among his work, they are still well-written and entertaining. While the football aspect doesn’t catch my interest that much, the overall concept of the stories is interesting because of the science fiction and crime elements that are included. The extended universe elements that tie into some of Scott’s other work also add interest to the GFL titles.

Graphic Audio has done a very good job adapting this story from its source material. I originally listened to the story in audio when Scott podcast it in its original form more than ten years ago. While I have a definite soft spot for the days when Scott narrated all of his own audiobooks and I actually miss it now that he doesn’t, the audio drama format adds so much to a story like The Rookie. Personally, I think that the GA adaptation of the story is a better fit than either the audiobook or print version of the story. Eric Messner has done a great job adapting the story and Michael John CAsey an excellent job directing it. GA has also done well with the casting of this title, but that’s nothing new, as they always do a great job with every aspect of their productions.

There are some problems with this title though, at least for those of us who have followed the series since its original incarnation. There are no distinct vocalization effects used to differentiate between alien races. They all sound human and something is lost because of that I think. If I were to guess, I’d assume that this was done to increase the understandability of the story for more casual listeners. While the lack of distinct vocal effects being applied to different alien races bothers me as a long-time follower of Scott’s work, I appreciate that some sacrifices have to be made to make the story accessible to a wider range of people than just us long-time fans.

Some of the added dialogue in places is also a bit off for me, but likely won’t bother newcomers to the GFL series.

I acknowledge that, because I’ve been a fan of Scott’s work for a long time now, I’m a tougher critic of this production than many other listeners will be. Anybody who has not experienced Scott’s work should not be put off by the nitpickiness of some of us long-time fans. You will almost certainly be entertained by the GFL series even if, like me, you aren’t really a football fan, and the more people following Scott’s work the better.
Good one by Mohammad (Posted on 6/5/2018)
I really liked it.

Even though my knowledge is 0 in the US foot ball.
Loved it!!! by John (Posted on 4/30/2018)
Couldn’t get enough of this story. Ran through the first part of this story and jumped quickly in to this 2nd part. Love how the voice work was done. I’m so happy I got this set. Going to keep going with the GraphicAoudio Versions of these stories.

“Ham and you are a beautiful thing!” Donald Pine
The quintessential GFL experience. by Junkie Joe (Posted on 5/25/2017)
I'm a fan of Sigler's work, I listened to it originally on podcasts and I also bought the Hard Cover book. This format is how this book is MEANT to be listened to. In the podcast there were nice sound effects and Sigler is an adequate voice actor, but THIS is the full experience that fans should look for.

I cannot wait to keep listening. I'm going in order now, from The Rookie, to Title Fight to The Starter, etc, and I am savoring each episode.

The only qualm I have is the narrator. There is a bit of a lisp that is pretty distracting and pulls me out of the experience in a lot of cases, thankfully the acting from the other characters and the ambiance pulls me back in quickly.
Very Enjoyable blend of Sci-Fi and Sports by Tad (Posted on 4/14/2017)
I've really enjoyed the two-part GFL series kickoff, and will undoubtedly continue to listen to the entire series. One thing that helped me get into the first two episodes was to google the Scott Sigler wiki, and bone up on the 8 or 10 alien types that are featured in the books. It helps my visualization to see an artist's rendering of what these things look like.
This is great! by Armand (Posted on 11/25/2016)
Really gets cooking in this book. Excellent job! I imagine very young & cocky Harrison Ford playing the main role with Star Wars type characters in the mix! LOL! Very entertaining!
pretty good by rafael (Posted on 10/14/2016)
It was nice to see how people can grow when their hears and minds are open to it.
Review for Parts 1 and 2 by John (Posted on 10/7/2016)
I haven't listened to Science Fiction on Graphic Audio much. That's mostly due to the fact that I feel that their selection isn't as inviting as their horror or fantasy section. However, Galactic Football League changed that for me by giving us a Sports Movie mixed with a Space Opera. There were several things I liked about these two parts of the Rookie and I'll explain them.

First, as a casual football fan, I love how in this far future, everything revolves around Football. Politics, war, national pride, it's all about Football. All of it. Crime Lords do business with Football and build their empires on it. You are nothing unless you are a football star. You worship football, you breathe it in this future. And I love it.

Second, I liked the characters. It's not normal that we'd get a character who is such an out and out racist like Quentin Barnes and be able to understand him. We learn a lot about Quentin and that his racism isn't really true racism, but bred into him by an oppressive Xenophobic Government (That thankfully isn't the main Earth Government) through psychological abuse and gross misinformation. Unlike most racists in the world, once Quentin is out among the stars, he eventually shows an interest to learn about the other races and finds that most of what he was taught as a child was completely false. In addition, he overcomes his star diva personality of always trying to be the best and outshine everyone else when he learns that he is severely outclassed by most of his teammates. He learns he cannot continue to play Football the human way and must learn the GFL way. Thus, he grows with his teammates. The supporting cast were great too with many standing out to me, including John Tweedy, Donald Pines, and Mitchell Fayid.

The third thing I liked about this book is the Universe and the aliens that inhabit it. I like how the aliens are not humanoid, but share anatomy similarities with insects and reptiles. I like how each race that we see is taylor made for a specific football position and how their racial traits fits perfectly into that.

The Voice acting for this was well done and well casted, though Michael John Casey's Quentin sounds a bit too... old for a 19 year old.

Overall, I highly recommend these two parts of The Rookie. If you are not a Football fan, you may find the intro you sorely needed to get invested. If not, then enjoy one of the most original Sci-Fi Sports Stories of all time.
great by douglas (Posted on 10/6/2016)
this book was great. loved the main guy in the book. cant wait to read the next one.
Brilliant by Amy (Posted on 9/18/2016)
This is such a fantastic book.
Awesome job as usual. (review for part 1) by Larry (Posted on 8/28/2016)
I'm a Junkie (Sigler fan). I bought this and was very impressed. I can't wait for the further adventures of "Quentin Barnes! Quentin Barnes! Quentin Barnes" as the Sklorno like to say.
I recommend anything by Sigler and also the productions for McCammon.

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