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Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms.

Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available. Together with his bold crew - a skull-collecting alien lunatic, an android pilot who is actually a fugitive sex toy and a hamster called Gerald - he must collect new-age herbalist Rhianna Mitchell from the New Francisco orbiter and bring her back to the Empire in safety. Straightforward enough – except the Ghasts want her too and, in addition to a whole fleet of Ghast warships, Smith has to confront void sharks, a universe-weary android assassin and John Gilead, psychopathic naval officer from the fanatically religious Republic of Eden before facing his greatest enemy: a ruthless alien warlord with a very large behind….

©2008 Toby Frost (P)2011 Iambik Audio Inc

"Frost's debut, a light-hearted interstellar adventure, focuses on a second-rate captain, Isambard Smith. Plucked from a desk job in the bureaucracy of the 25th century British Space Empire, Smith, whose attitudes are straight out of the original British Empire, is sent on a simple mission to escort Rhianna Mitchell from her home on the hippie planet New Francisco to the spaceport Midlight. Naturally the mission isn't as straightforward as Smith is led to believe and he finds himself making mortal enemies of the alien 462 and the evangelical Captain Gilead. Sudden scene changes leave the reader momentarily confused, and offhand references to pop science fiction culture are more clichéd than clever. An ironic sense of British rectitude nicely contrasts with the satire of 1940s space opera, but Frost never quite finds his voice or pacing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gives the sacred cows of sci-fi a good kicking before racing home in time for tea." (Dick Maggs, director of BBC Radio 4's The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
A highly enjoyable read of daring-do and regular wit and humor." (James Roberts, Gatehouse Gazette)

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  • Jason Rubino
  • 03 02 2013

Definitely up to Audible's Standards

Would you listen to Space Captain Smith again? Why?

Yes. Its a light, fun, entertaining book filled with and abundant of humorous pop culture references.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Space Captain Smith?

I found all of the characters to be instantly likable.

What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

I thought his understated delivery fit perfectly with the pace and style of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Several times in this book I found myself laughing out loud.

Any additional comments?

I hesitated about buying this book because of the bad reviews on Audible, but I finally downloaded because of recommendation I've found on other sites. I am so glad I did, all three books in the trilogy are a delight to listen to. It's a lighthearted adventure that sucks in within the first few minutes. If you are a fan of Terry Pratchett and fun sci-fi adventures, I highly recommend this book and the rest in the trilogy.

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  • Ijw
  • 21 06 2015

Space Opera with British Humor

My neighbors must wonder why I am snickering as I do yard work. This is the book that kept me smiling as I pulled weeds in 100+ weather.

This is the kind of space opera I like: quirky, sly, tongue-in-cheek, 'don't take yourself too seriously'. Our hero, Smith, is a little ego heavy; clueless, but well-meaning. He has an alien sidekick, and android female pilot. The potential girlfriend is a flower child! (Google the term if you are too young to know what that refers to ;) .) Characters lean toward stereotypes, some from old war movies, but everybody has a back story and the sly humor makes them likable, each in their own way. Even the villains are entertaining.

The characters and plot are loosely patterned after Saturday afternoon serials from the movie houses of yesteryear, with lots of references to 'pop culture' (i.e. movies; don't miss Casablanca). But don't worry if you don't catch them all, I'm sure I didn't. The story is written in the naive style of the '40's. However the book's voice is subtly self-aware. The humor comes from playing with underhanded, sneaky exaggeration of the stereotypes. Many sacred cows are slaughtered.

The narration is very good. I could only fault it slightly for being delivered in soto voice. But that is a quibble. The narrator does know how to deliver this kind of humor. (Some do not.)

To achieve humor and sustain it for a whole novel, I think, is an under-appreciated skill. The humor is subtle. That is, the reader has pay attention to detail. For instance our hero, Smith, while infatuated with the potential love interest, totally misses the signals that she tries to send indicating her interest. The author was able convey that nuance in a warm, human tone, without demeaning either of them.

I've read all three audiobooks, now, and can say the author didn't let me down. I would put it in the same category as "Starship Grifters" by Robert Kroese, "Willful Child" by Steven Erikson, and "Emperor Mollusk vs the Sinister Brain" by A Lee Martinez.

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  • F. Shifreen
  • 12 08 2011

Space Captain Smith not up to Audible Standards

I found Space Captain Smith the worst book on Audible that I ever bought. It was amateurish, poorly plotted and a story that I had to struggle through to finally give up in disgust half-way through. I cannot understand how this book got through the Audible vetting process. I have bought over 100 Audible books and being number 100 is not a good place. The characters wooden, the plot hackneyed, the action not believable, the dialog ... trying to think of an adjective that describes the depth of it. Do not waste your money.

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  • toast84
  • 12 06 2012

I regret buying this

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The reaction this book sparked in me was 100% Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Could not even finish. I wanted to like this book but it failed.

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  • Paul Snook
  • 11 12 2015

Pratchett-esque space shenanigans

Lots of enjoyable space adventure silliness with a lashings of British humour; dead-pan, underplayed and very funny. Set in an indefinable era that is a clash of cultures; psuedo-Victorian and 21st Century, it's almost a game of spot the film reference.

The reading by Clive Catterall was soft and gentle, which generally suited the style of the book. However, sometimes I felt the reading was a little too soft, as thought he was reading someone a bedtime story and hoping they would drop off shortly.

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  • Fatmaninthesun1
  • 27 08 2014

A great shame

Would you try another book written by Toby Frost or narrated by Clive Catterall?

I read the whole Toby Frost series a few years ago and love the old fashioned Boys Own comic style of writing, applied to a space opera. The written voice of Capt. Smith was that of a 19th century adventurer, typical of those who built the British Empire.
However, the performance in the audio is flat, dull and insufficiently different for clear identification of the characters. It has turned a witty yarn into a yawn.

Would you recommend Space Captain Smith to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Go read the books.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Catterall?

The late Rick Mayall would have been wonderfull.

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  • Victoria
  • 15 12 2013

Super-fun space adventure

I think I would describe this story as a bit like Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but with a lot more guns and a heap more British Empire! It has a Douglas Adams type feel to the humour which I enjoyed and parodies a lot of well known science fiction properties.

I don't think the narrator added a lot to the production - I initially had trouble getting in to the book because of it, but persisted because I'd been recommended it so highly. I'm glad I did, because once I got past my initial doubts I really enjoyed the story and will be looking to pick up the sequels when I can!

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  • Allan
  • 01 12 2013

Space Captain Smith worth listening too ;-)

What made the experience of listening to Space Captain Smith the most enjoyable?

In the first book Space Captain Smith is given his first ship and mission and with his odd ball crew have to go and collect a mysterious girl from a British Empire protectorate

What did you like best about this story?

The way Capt Smith drinks Tea to get moral fibre

What about Clive Catterall’s performance did you like?

It takes the first 15 minutes to get used to Clive Catterall's voice and the distinction between the characters

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The British Second British Empire protects the world

Any additional comments?

Toby Frost's Space Captain Smith is a great book to listen too,
Incorporating, the very best of the ideas of The Flashman book
And great humour with lots of contemporary references to major film block busters.
In the first book Space Captain Smith is given his first ship and mission and with his odd ball crew have to go and collect a mysterious girl from a British Empire protectorate

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  • Grace
  • 14 08 2013

Funny, but a bit empty

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Not very satisfying, fairly pat.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Catterall?

Almost anyone. I would choose Steven Pacey as I have yet to listen to an audiobook read him that wasn't excellently narrated.

Did Space Captain Smith inspire you to do anything?

No, it's not that sort of story.

Any additional comments?

This story is a very light tale of space derring-do. Although there are a few moments that made me giggle - some funny pastiches of well-known tropes and other novels or films - mostly, I found the humour a bit simple, and the characters were hard to engage with, as they are just there to set up jokes, really.If you like Douglas Adams and are looking for something in a similar vein (but less accomplished, natch), then give this a try; it was okay, but I won't read another of his.The narration was a big negative for this book: for the prose narration, the reader used the sort of intonation you would use when reading a child a bedtime story, while some of the voices were wildly off their descriptions. Perhaps with a better reader, this book would have appealed to me more, as you need someone skilful to get the comic timing right.

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  • Tyrone
  • 23 12 2012

A must if you like to laugh!

What a fun listen. If you like Hitch hikers you will love this, but beware, it will make you buy the other two books in the series! You have been warned. Space Captain Smith is a Tea drinking (it gives you moral fibre) hero who also happens to be a jibbering fool arround females. His space companions are a renegade sex robot flight engineer, Polly Carveth and alien second in command who collects skulls of his victims, Suruk the Slayer (he wears most of them as trophy's). The crew battle "Alien scum" known as Ghasts under the banner of the British Empire.Smith's neimisis is worthy evil genius adversary who lives on a diet of pulpt minions. At times I laughed so much it hurt. The one liners in this book are a match for blackadder at his best and Polly's sexual innuendos are treasures. You must, must listen to this book. A truly funny space adventure.

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  • Stephanie
  • 04 11 2011


I loved this recording so much I went out and bought the book, along with the rest of the series...Gloriously funny, fantastically implausible making it, and the characters, so very believable...!