My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at Hotlistens.com.
Pirate is the first book in a new series by Eve Langlais called Space Gypsy Chronicles. She is an author that I love. I’ve read, and listened to, a ton of her works and I’m still not caught up yet. Langlais is one of my go-to authors if I need a pick-me-up and some humor in my day. I know that Eve will always make me laugh out loud and this book was no exception.
The story starts off with Emma delivering packages to a trailer out in the middle of nowhere. Her and Rafe have a bit of a history as she’s been delivering packages there a lot and for a while. She never knew exactly what she was delivering and where he was keeping it because his trailer just wasn’t that big. Hell, he didn’t even know her name because the tag on her coveralls was Stan. “And she most definitely didn’t look like a Stan.” So he called her “wench”, since he refused to call her “Stan”. Well, after a little bit of banter between the two, bounty hunters attack. Rafe forces her onto his spaceship and whisks her off Earth for her own safety.
We then go on to learn much more about this vast world that Langlais has created, complete with other worlds and an array of different types of aliens. It takes a while for Emma to come to terms with, not only aliens and the that people live on other worlds, but also in how to interact with these aliens. Needless to say, these aliens might be better at technology, but they are really behind when it comes to feminism. Women are not equal and many are slaves.
This wouldn’t be an Eve Langlais book without her trademark humor. She brought that out in a unique way in this story. Rafe’s spaceship is called Annabelle. Annabelle has come complete with artificial intelligence that helps him run the entire ship without any other crew. However, Annabelle has a bit of a defect, she talks back and that shouldn’t be happening.
“Annabelle is the artificial intelligence running my computer who thinks she’s a smartass.”
The melodic female voice held not a hint of humor as it replied, “I don’t know what you are speaking of, Captain. While I am programmed for intelligence, I have no physical form, either in the buttock version or of the Earth donkey variety.”
“You’re doing this on purpose to vex me, Annabelle.”
“I am incapable of such an act, Captain.”
“You’re a pig.”
“No, wench, I am a randy pirate. You must be referring to the Piorcuma species. They are true swine.”
“I really think you should talk to your doctor about prescribing new meds. I don’t think the ones you’re taking are strong enough.”
Once again Chandra Skyye did a good job with the narration of this book. She has been narrating quite a few books for Eve Langlais and she has really grown on me as a narrator. I really enjoyed her portrayal of this story. She does a good job with male and female voices. She also does a good job with the snark that comes in an Eve Langlais book.
**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.