Thursday, July 24, 2014

Straight Listening from the Library: Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing

We have a special treat at The Library today- a review of an audiobook! Ocean of Dust by Graeme Ing is available in print, ebook, and audiobook. Graeme will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Fourteen-year old Lissa is snatched from her home and finds herself a slave on a trading ship traveling on a waterless ocean of nothing but gray dust. A feisty, curious and intelligent girl, her desire to explore the ship earns her the hatred of the cruel first officer, Farq.

Fascinated by the ocean of dust, Lissa becomes embroiled in its mysteries, sensing things that the crew cannot, while cryptic whispers in her head are leading her toward a destiny linked to the dust itself. Only one man aboard can help her make sense of her new talent, but can she trust him? All is not as it seems, and she must unravel the clues before it’s too late.

When a sinister plot casts her adrift on the barren ocean, her best friend is left in the hands of the treacherous crew. Everything hinges upon her courage, quick wits, and her ability to master her new talent.



Here at The Library we love audio books. How much fun to turn the chore of driving into actually READING a book---with your ears. We had that opportunity with the audiobook of Ocean of Dust, written by Graeme Ing and read by Becky Doughty.

The story is a very exciting one about a 14-year-old Lissa who is kidnapped from her world and forced to serve on a ship under a brutal mate. She begins to realize that she can sense things the other people on the ship cannnot and she has a special talent that will stand her in good stead.

The characters are well-drawn and the world building is top notch. Things are different enough you know you "aren't in Kansas anymore", but similar enough that you don't feel lost. Lissa is a very smart, resourceful, loyal girl. This reader couldn't help rooting for her the entire book. Bless her heart, it was like she couldn't catch a break--the author threw one thing after another at her. I never knew where this story was going.

The ending was left with the sense that Lissa's adventures are not yet over-- I hope not. I'm looking forward to learning more about this land and what is in store for Lissa.

The narrator was a wonderful choice for Lissa, the POV character, and she also did a remarkable job with the other voices. I hope she is chosen to narrate the next book in the series.

4 stars.


Graeme is a writer of speculative fiction. He probably won't fall into existing pigeonholes, but hang around and you'll get to read tales of fantasy, science-fiction, paranormal, cyberpunk, steampunk and who knows what.

Born in England, Graeme now lives in San Diego, California. His career as a software engineer and development manager spans 30 years, including the development of a dozen computer games for consoles, home computers and online. Graeme is also an avid armchair mountaineer, astronomer, mapmaker, pilot and general geek. He and his wife, Tamara, share their house with six crazy cats.

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  1. I like it simply because oit gives away an AMAZON GC! :) Godbless you!

  2. Thank you for hosting me on your site, Judith, and for your great review. Thrilled that you enjoyed the book. Becky did a fantastic job with the narration. There will be a couple more books continuing Lissa's story, but after I've finished what I'm writing now. :)

  3. Great exerpt, sounds like a really good book. Entering under the name of Virginia