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

by Scott Sigler
Mar 13, 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 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, Rick 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, Duane Beeman and Matt Webb
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Highest stakes yet by Zack (Posted on 2/27/2019)
This second half of The MVP is where all the character development from the first three books really starts to pay off. Quentin and his teammates are faced with the highest stakes yet and being invested in the characters at this point really ratchets up the tension. The characters and the quality of the writing in the GFL series have come a long way and this is where you really see that.

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.
Gallactic Football League by Steve (Posted on 2/18/2019)
I've thought this entire series has been very entertaining right from book one on. While the story of Quentin's rise to stardom is predictable throughout the series, it has a great back story involving his family and teamates(regardless of how objectionable the author's universe is to many. Not myself though. I have no problem with his characters because it's fiction and the author's vision. The characters are entertaining in loveably quirky way like the recievers are all in love( they're female)with the qb and form a Church of Quentin Barnes. But also this series deals with race relations from not humans but many forms of alien life and it's interesting to see how the author deals with that. Great book. Great series
Triumphant Conclusion to the Best GFL Book Yet by Catdaddy (Posted on 8/25/2018)
In part two of this book, the depths of our experience with the characters, combined with the intensity of the racial tensions driving the plot, handily make this book the best yet in the GFL series.

With side storylines related to other GraphicAudio offerings including “The Detective“ and “the Reporter“ mixed in to the narrative, the storytelling is rich and rewarding, After a bumpy start (a bit dry with its statistics-obsession and on-the-nose writing), GFL has matured into one of GraphicAudio’s finest overall offerings. The last game of this volume is also, by far, the best of the series, with sound design that puts you right in the middle of the field. It is, simply, the most riveting game this listener has ever heard in audio drama. And that was a darn fine pre-game inspirational speech in hour 3. Do not miss.

The sports-related violence is occasionally rather graphic, making this drama a moderately strong PG-13.
Good performance with a slightly rushed ending 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.
enjoyable by rafael (Posted on 7/7/2017)
this was a good story It was well done. the journey to the championship was enjoyable and seeing the gowth of Clinton was interesting.
Galactic football by Rick (Posted on 4/15/2017)
Loved all of them well written and acting hope to hear real soon about the next books in this great saga
Satisfying conclusion, hell of a cliffhanger by Amy (Posted on 3/27/2017)
WOW. This was one HELL of a book. This part pulled no punches, and I loved every minute. Everything was superb - the acting, the story, the characters, everything. And that was a HELL of a cliffhanger. I hope y'all make the 5th book soon, please.

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