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

by Scott Sigler
Nov 2, 2016
5 Hours
978-1-62851-280-9
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, Scott Graham as Ju Tweedy and Terence Aselford as Hokor. With Tim Carlin, James Konicek, Thomas Keegan, Richard Rohan, Jonathon Church, Matthew Shleigh, KenYatta Rogers, Nick DePinto, Eric Singdahlsen, Kimberly Gilbert, Dawn Ursula, Jefferson A. Russell, Bradley Smith, Tony Nam, Tia Shearer, Eric Messner, Jacob Yeh, Matthew Bassett, Alejandro Ruiz, Nora Achrati, Laura C. Harris, Maggie Donnelly, Jonathan Feuer, Andy Brownstein, Colleen Delany and Nanette Savard
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Eric Messner
Dialogue Editors Patrick Stratton
Sound Designers Patrick Stratton, Tommy Sarioglou and Justin Wortz
Cover Illustrator Scott E. Pond
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette

Reviews

More action in the second half by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
As you’d expect, the story picks up in this second half. At this point in the GFL series, not only Quentin Barnes but several of the other characters have become developed enough that you get invested in what happens to them. The series also becomes more interesting as more of how the universe functions is revealed. Overall, this is another good adaptation from GA.

From my review of the first half of The Starter:

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.
Tension and Storylines Building... by Tad (Posted on 10/31/2017)
This is a great continuation of the series, and the characters are now becoming well-known enough that you care what happens to them. The ups and downs of the story arcs are very similar to those experienced by a real football team during a season.
Quentin Barnes is a flawed hero, to be sure, but you can't help but root for the guy.
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 by douglas (Posted on 1/29/2017)
this book was so cool. cant wait to read the next ones.
Wow! I really like this for a change of pace! by Armand (Posted on 11/25/2016)
Story gets better and better with real interactions and good dialog from the characters. Your imagination will fill it out since the characters are so well developed now... Very good listen! Can't wait for the next book!
Great conclusion to a good book by Amy (Posted on 11/14/2016)
So. Good
pretty good by rafael (Posted on 11/6/2016)
I enjoyed this book. The story is great and well played. I can't wait for the next book.

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