Double Share by Nathan Lowell



I have never had to hold in laughs so much, and only because my office is shared and cackling, guffaws, and Mary Poppins-style snorts, giggles, and small laughs are disapproved of on my commuter bus.

What's the cause of all this mirth? Mr. "Call me Ishmael" Wang of the A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series. I started Quarter Share months ago, left it, and recently came back. I'm so glad I did! Thank you @PodcastJunky for mentioning it in the first place.

In the last two or three weeks I have listened through Quarter Share, Half Share, Full Share, and finished this morning, Double Share. I can't wait to start Captain's Share. I hope that by the time I am done with Captain's Share and other Nathan Lowell narrations that Owner's Share will be started on Podiobooks.

A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper : Book 4

When he graduates from the Academy at Port Newmar, Ishmael Horatio Wang reports for duty in his first assignment as an officer. When he gets to his new ship, he finds things are not exactly the way he'd learned in school. The coffee tastes like used engine oil, the ship has no heart, and the nearest decent tailor is two quadrants away. What's a new Third Mate to do? Will he be able to trust Billy?

Listen to a promo here
This book is worth a listen. It's best if you start with Quarter Share (now available on Kindle and in paperback if you prefer to read), to become familiar with Ish's story, but Lowell gives small recaps throughout the story that do not leave you with the "I know this part already" feeling.

Lowell's narration style is engaging and entertaining adding to the wonderful, fully-fleshed and well developed characters that he's created. I don't usually like generalizations, but his characterizations of Dang and Jackson are hilarious and they are most definitely the characters that made me laugh the most, usually at Ishmael's small expense and enlightenment.

I must admit that I am attached to Ish and can't wait to find out what else Lowell has in store for him. I've refrained from reading the other listener comments for fear of spoilers.