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Galactic Football League
4 : The MVP (1 of 2)

by Scott Sigler
Feb 23, 2017
5 Hours
Ages 13+
Set in a lethal American professional football league seven centuries in the future, THE MVP puts huge humans on the field with four alien races, creating a game that is faster, stronger and deadlier than anything we know today. Star quarterback Quentin Barnes has spent three seasons putting together a hard-hitting, hard-fighting team that combines rookies, rejects, discarded free agents and seasoned veterans from all five species. He has fought against racism and bound his team together through shared sacrifice, blood, tragedy and victory.

But this season, Quentin faces the biggest challenge yet – the deadly threat of the mysterious Prawatt, who seized the ship carrying Quentin, and his teammates. As THE MVP begins, the Ionath Krakens face certain death at the hands of this unknown race.

The GFL series combines science fiction, crime and blistering sports action to create a non-stop, pulse-pounding adventure that you can’t put down until the last second ticks off the clock.

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Director & Cast

Director Michael John Casey
Starring Michael John Casey as Narrator/Quentin Barnes, Michael Glenn as John Tweedy, Evan Casey as Bumberpuff, Erika Rose as Becca Montagne and Jonathon Church as Virak the Mean. With Terence Aselford, Nick DePinto, Matthew Schleigh, Laura C. Harris, Scott Graham, Eric Messner, KenYatta Rogers, Jonathan Feuer, Audrey Bertaux, Nora Achrati, Alejandro Ruiz, Colleen Delany, James Konicek, Mary C. Davis, Tony Nam, Bradley Smith, Kimberly Gilbert, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Thomas Keegan, Chris Genebach, Tim Carlin, Andy Brownstein, Tia Shearer, Matthew Bassett, Scott McCormick, Nanette Savard, Chris Stinson, Danny Gavigan, Cameron McNary, Jacob Yeh, Richard Rohan, Chris Davenport, David Jourdan, Joe Mallon, Amanda Forstrom, Jonathan Watkins, Jeff Allin, and Maggie Donnelly
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Eric Messner
Dialogue Editors Patrick Stratton and Mackubin Owens
Sound Designers Patrick Stratton
Cover Illustrator Scott E. Pond
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


A change from the previous stories by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
The MVP continues on from the cliffhanger ending of The All-Pro. Like other two-part GA adaptations, the first part here is a bit of a slow burn, but it’s definitely worth it to get to the second half of this story. The science fiction and thriller elements in the series are on full display in this entry, and it may be my favorite of the five core novels in the series. The MVP is significantly different than the first three entries in the series and that is its greatest asset. My interest in the series might have flagged if not for this title.

While the things that bugged me in GA’s adaptation of The Rookie didn’t really bother me in The Starter or The All-Pro, there was something in The MVP that did. It was odd that GA chose to provide a distinguishing vocal effect for the Prawatt, as they are the one alien race that sounds pretty much just like humans. I suppose that falls into the area of nitpicky long-time fan criticisms, but it bothered me nonetheless. For people who are familiar with the GFL series only from the GA productions, it shouldn’t be a problem.

Other than that little subjective flaw, the production quality is top-notch as always.
The Best GFL Offering Yet by Catdaddy (Posted on 8/25/2018)
Picking up EXACTLY where GFL 3 left off, the story goes… exactly where you would expect it to: the Prawat game.
The introduction of that mysterious race propels this story to be the best GFL offering yet. Solid in its world-building from the first volume, now the storytelling has gotten increasingly confident, with great character depth. Here, too, the anti-racist, anti-sexist undertones come to the fore, amidst the conservative chaos of a bloodsport. The first two hours of this story, in particular, are among the most thrilling GFL has yet delivered.

Highly recommended!
Well done, but felt a little rushed towards the end by John (Posted on 7/22/2017)
I have mixed feelings about GraphicAudio’s adaptation of Scott Sigler's The MVP. On the one hand, its chock full of the same high-quality production values as the other books in their Galactic Football League series. I had high hopes for this one, especially because it's predecessor, The All-Pro was the best one they've done so far (of the core novels - their production of The Reporter is also right up there).

A few things stood out. I've been critical of their lack of vocal effects to differentiate the alien species in the story, but in The MVP, they finally add one. Unfortunately, the one species they chose to use the unique vocal effect on is the ONE species in the books that supposedly sounds just like humans! It's a baffling decision, but may be a nuance that is lost on new listeners. But it works so well, you wonder why they don't use effects anywhere else.

My other complaint is that the pace of the storytelling towards the end of the book (after the regular season) felt very rushed. Transitions from one game to the next were so abrupt it was difficult to recognize that the scene was changing. All in all, the last part, pretty much disc 5 of part 2, felt very rushed, as though they really had to work to keep the product at five CDs.

The rest of the book was the same quality as the other books; I'm just curious to see how the next book in the series, The Champion, will be handled, since it is the longest of all the books thus far.

All in all, a good product. Maybe I just had my expectations too high after The All-Pro and The Reporter.
More Interesting! by Armand (Posted on 4/9/2017)
Some life situations and really well done drama add to this already great series! Wonderful!
This series keeps getting better by Amy (Posted on 3/27/2017)
I know this is a football based series, but I love these characters so much. And we were introduced to new characters, a new race, and more twists and turns. Quentin keeps evolving, growing more and more from that butt head from book 1. And Becca is becoming a favorite, fast. Part 2 should bring even more intrigue and madcap football action!
slow build up by rafael (Posted on 3/3/2017)
well this story has a slow build up. It also has me interested in what's going to happen next.

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