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

by Scott Sigler
Oct 5, 2016
5 Hours
978-1-62851-289-2
Ages 13+
It’s high-stakes, win-or-die football action in the far future, as aliens and humans fill positions based on physiology and leave their blood, sweat and tears on gridirons across the galaxy.

Last season, 19-year-old rookie quarterback Quentin Barnes overcame his racism and unified his team. He led the Ionath Krakens to a lower-tier championship, a championship that earns them promotion into the meat grinder known as “Tier One.”

Now, he and the 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’s quest for a Tier One championship begins in THE STARTER.
 

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Director & Cast

Director Michael John Casey
Starring Michael John Casey as Narrator and Quentin Barnes, Michael Glenn as John Tweedy, Thomas Keegan as Donald Pine and Alejandro Ruiz as Frederico Gonzaga. With Jonathan Feuer, Terence Aselford, James Konicek, Scott McCormick, Matthew Bassett, Jefferson A. Russell, Jonathan Watkins, Eric Messner, Jacob Yeh, Maggie Donnelly, Nanette Savard, Jonathon Church, Dawn Ursula, Nick DePinto, Chris Genebach, Nora Achrati, Chris Davenport, Ken Jackson, Tony Nam, KenYatta Rogers, Scott Graham, Andy Brownstein, Bradley Smith, Tim Carlin, Eric Singdahlsen, Tia Shearer, Richard Rohan and Colleen Delany
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

Reviews

Second GFL Adaptation by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
In this second title in the GFL series, we get to see some further development of Quentin Barnes. That aspect of the GFL stories is one of the reasons I kept returning to the books even though they aren’t my favorite of Scott’s work. The satire of current pro sports made the books more interesting as well, and there is more of that in The Starter than in The Rookie. While I’m still not a football fan after reading the series, I have become interested in the business and league politics of professional football as a result of reading the series.

This first half of the story is a bit slow, and not as good as the second half, but you have to expect that when listening to adaptations that are broken up into two or more parts. It stands to reason that the action and intrigue will increase as the story goes on. Knowing that helps to temper expectations for the first half of an adaptation.

The things that bothered me about GA’s adaptation of The Rookie didn’t bother me as much with The Starter, most likely because I was used to the production style after listening to GA’s adaptation of The Rookie.

Overall, this is a very good adaptation and if you enjoyed The Rookie, you’ll definitely enjoy this second title in the GFL series.
John Tweedy is the man... by Tad (Posted on 4/14/2017)
Now the Krakens are in the big-time, and Sigler has plenty of not-so-thinly-veiled satire of the current-day NFL and the sports-media complex of companies like ESPN in store for us. My only slight criticism is that this "part 1 of 2" seems a little thin: six hours, and we only played 2 games of Quinton's inaugural Tier-One season.

I think in GA's earlier days, part 1 and 2 could have been combined into one 8-hr episode, but hey- it's still the best bargain going for $13/download.

John Tweedy, and the entire Tweedy family, get a little run in this episode; he's shaping up to be a major character.
Impressively complex and enjoyable by John (Posted on 2/2/2017)
The second story in Scott Sigler’s Galactic Football League series, adapted for audiodrama presentation and executed by the folks at GraphicAudio is another high-quality production of the source material.

I mentioned in my first review that I was initially disappointed with how different this production was from the original audiobook production. Eventually, I came to understand that this production is akin to an adaptation of a book to a movie, moreso than another audiobook presentation. This realization came after too much time had passed and I was needing to reverse my opinion. I feel I conveyed this realization in my review of the product, but also had to deal with disappointment, which I think poisoned my enjoyment of the overall production.

This time around, however, I knew what to expect going in, and as such I was able to enjoy it so much more. I still recognize the occasional oddity with pronunciation and the lack of vocal effects continues to fall short, in my opinion, of creating the interspecies tension and conflict. But the production itself is a joy. The voice acting is very good; the music and sound effects do a grand job of supplementing the mood of the story.

The cast is enormous, and will only get bigger as the series continues. I can’t wait to see how the production develops in later books.
bad ass book by douglas (Posted on 1/29/2017)
this book was so bad ass
Just gets better and better! by Armand (Posted on 11/25/2016)
Okay, definitely hooked! Think Harrison Ford with better than Joe Montana talent and a team with all the problems real teams have and you get some idea... Great listen!
Fantastic by Amy (Posted on 11/14/2016)
Another great installment of this series. I love seeing Quentin grow and adapt. John Tweety became an absolute favorite.
interesting by rafael (Posted on 11/1/2016)
this story had some interesting moments. I hope it gets better.

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