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This is an audio story based on the 15th episode of the Marauder Shields comic, available here: [link]

This is the first version of the audiobook, you can also hear out the second one here: [link]

Story / Lead: Koobismo
Audio Producer: JeffDaniel
Editor: AdoreeLyssa
Codex Narrator: Matt "Calavera" O'Connor
Tali: Nokyo-Chan
Liara: Minty
Garrus: Matt "Calavera" O'Connor

Music used: "Edge of the World" by Position Music, "Normandy" by BioWare. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED, this recording is a tribute, both to the Mass Effect universe and Position Music's incredible soundtracks, not intented for any personal gain, in fair use.

[The Mass Effect universe, its design and characters are owned by BioWare/EA Productions. This is a work of parody and fan-fiction, created under the terms of fair use. Music track belongs to Position Music and BioWare, used under the terms of fair use.]

P.S. Be sure to follow me on twitter, to get all the latest scoop: [link]
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TheYoke Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Student General Artist
The voice acting is amazing
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cantbreath45 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tali sounded really like Tali! Liara had moments to where it sounded just like her, and Garrus wasn't as accurate as the others. But this whole thing is amazing!
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xX-Tabataba-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But...but...where's the other guy who voiced Garrus that you had? D: He...he sounded like HIM! Why you replace the orginal...? ....Why? I mean, there's no doubt this Matt O' Connor was good but...what happened to the other guy who actually sounded like Garrus? :c
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
You can find him in the "B" version of this audiobook. :)
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xX-Tabataba-Xx Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok
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MrHuragok Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Writer
GASP! Enough dead heroes is a halo reference! You're awesome!
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Akernis Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, my favourite page has been voiced :love:
The voice actors does an exceptionally fantastic work :)
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Dr-Murdock-Kawfi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I ADORE radio shows. I have the whole Hitchhiker's Guide radio show. C:
As a result, I love these audio books. It's like radio Mass Effect.

I love you.
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:iconrudimedia:
RudiMedia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
You should try something like this for turian voices: [link]
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StrawberryRainPop Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
GREAT WORK! Tali's speech is a bit too slow though. The voices are GREAT though.
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k3ttch Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I love all the shoutouts to other sci-fi universes. Garm bel Iblis as a Volus? Priceless.
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Mandulis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I think I prefer this version. Can't say why on my life though...
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CertifiableNut Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Bloody good! :D
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Arich287 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student Writer
My favorite of this one was Tali. A superb job done to all, though Garrus could do with a bit of work. Can't wait to hear the next one! :D
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thank you, Arich! :) Be sure to check out the alternative version here: [link] - and let us know which one did you like better. :D
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Vandomar Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Loved Tali and Liara. While I understand the VO for Garrus can't sound just like the actor, the dramatic choices he's making are just wrong. He's emphasizing certain sentences over others that original actor would pay attention to. He's also way too serious. Garrus is awesome because while he's a bad ass, he just acts like it's day in day out stuff. He's casual about the fact everything is going to shit. The VO at the moment sounds like way too up tight for the role.

For example, when Garrus says "I'm that good.", it sounds like he really means it. But the Garrus from the game would say it with a self deprecating machismo like he's shooting the shit. This certainly isn't the first last stand he's been a part of, that should come through.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Yeah, Brandon Keener is extremely hard to immitate, both in his voice and way of speaking (it's surprising how much of himself he actually puts into the character). Please, check out version B here: [link] and let me know which one did you prefer. Cal and Stephanos are both incredible actors, but with Brandon Keener's characteristics both approach him from a slightly different angle. Cheers! :D
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Good stuff, Tali voice was great. Garrus needs a little bit more work, but overall, rather well done. Liara needs to speak a little more clearly, slightly slower, otherwise, perfecto.
Matt O'Connor is still doing fantastic as the Codex guy.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks, Haupmann! :) Here's version B to check out: [link] - be sure to post there as well, let me (and us) know which version did you prefer. :)
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Haupmann Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Sure thing dude
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Sgt-T-Shock Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Personally, I like all three VAs.

I can hear where Garrus needs to improve though. It's the speed in which he speaks. Garrus has a certain rhythm that is hard to mimic, like he drawls a bit in his speech. Garrus sounds almost lazy. You can hear where he is almost spot on Garrus when he said "Liara".

Tali could get a bit more energy in her voice. She was a great Tali though, especially with the accent.

Liara was close to perfect, but she could get the enunciation of some of the words. Like a friend told me, Liara tends to speak a very clear English.

Anyway, I enjoyed the episode! Good job everyone.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thank you, Sergeant! ;) As I'm posting all around, be sure to check out our version B as well, and tell us which one is better: [link] - hopefully you'll enjoy that one as well! :)
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becatrujillo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Tali was fantastic, Liara was perfect... Garrus was pretty bad, the voice was completely off no matter how good you guys can direct it. I still loved it though. What a fantastic voice cast you guys are building up. Miranda blew me away, as did Hackett, Grunt and Wrex. Keep up the spectacular work, I hope to see more art soon!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks, Becatrujillo! Yeah, the cast is amazing, both as talented people knowing how to do voices (you'd be surprised how different they sound when out-of-character!), and as people overally, we're having fun and kicking butts. ;) Immitating Brandon Keener is almost impossible, let me tell you that - we've gone through dozens of submitted demos just to come up with the conclusion that "damn, this man doesn't sound like anyone else in the world!" Alas, be sure to check out our version B - see who's closer, you choose! :) Version B available here: [link]
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blitzwing94 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
opinions
Tali: very good but a little too calm. theres little to no urgency in her voice.
Garrus: the person acting is very good. but as a voice for Garrus.......its not that great
Liara: EXcellent
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Yeah, Cal is incredibly talented - it's just that trying to immitate Brandon Keener is almost impossible. Be sure to check out version B, here: [link] - maybe it'll be a bit closer?
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Porecomesis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Tali sounds a bit too passive.
Garrus... doesn't work. Period. Sounds nothing like Garrus.
Liara's better but there's something a bit off about the delivery in the context.
Also, common spelling error: "Woah" is actually "Whoa".

Hope that helps.
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stacey1981 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I agree with the comments above. I appreciate the voice actors efforts though! Tali's voice is a good representation but as stated above the delivery could improve. Liara is solid as well but again it feels a lot like the lines are read and not acted.
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Porecomesis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I have to agree. It feels like most of the VAs don't seem that into it... or 'in sync' with their characters. They just don't feel right. Miranda and Wrex are exceptions, though.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Oh, they are into it, believe me. I see the whole process from the backstage (even though I'm not the audio lead), I often check out multiple takes on a single line, I agree to some suggestions and shut down others... Each and every of our cast members is putting themselves out there, each and every is fully committed, spending long hours on delivering quality work with nothing in return. Not to mention that we actually have full professionals on our cast, with vast experience in podcasting, radio, tv and voiceover work... I don't want to sound defensive here, but "It feels like most of the VAs don't seem that into it" is really unfair for our talent.

The thing is... Our actors will never sound exactly like the original VAs, just because they're NOT THEM and will never be, they're different human beings with a different way of speaking, differently constructed throats, vocal cords, accents... Because of these differences achieving "something close" often means compromises, like allowing the VA to speak slower or quieter, just because when he or she shouts the voice becomes his or hers, not the characters (which is a pretty natural and common thing).

There's just no way of achieving a perfect resemblance - expecting such from a project with a budget of 50 cents and a half-eaten twinkie is really expecting a bit too much. And - truth be told - it's not our goal. We want to put out a great audio experience that follows the comics and enhances them - if you feel turned off by the little differences between our cast and the original VAs, you can always just stick to the comics, as audios are not crucial for getting the full story (you will have to wait a bit for codex updates added to older episodes, though).

To sum up: I love our cast. :) Nothing about the whole "Marauder Shields Comics" is perfect, but, hell, we still give out a quality piece of entertainment, don't we? ;)
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Porecomesis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Okay then, I'm sorry.

How's the other half of the twinkie?

Indeed you do; it is quality entertainment.

... Sorry for the brevity but I don't have much to say.
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trucydoll Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Awesome! Liara's voice in particular was fantastic. Sorry to say I'm not a big fan of the Garrus VA :( It's not just the voice, it's the rhythym and intonation that's off. I don't know how to describe it, sort of an underlying tone of sardonic nonchalance even when he's in a really terrible situation. Otherwise great work - keep it up!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
First of all, I owe you a piece of pie or a beer (you choose) for putting "sardonic nonchalance" in a comment, it's just brilliant. :D I agree that our Liara is fantastic. ;) As far as Garrus goes, Brandon Keener has a very unique voice, but he also has a unique way of speaking... If you listen to him in his other works (i.e. he was on "Castle" lately) you'll find those little pieces of Garrus plastered all over his lines... Be sure to check out version B of the audiobook, see if its better for you: [link]
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trucydoll Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Just gave it a listen - much better! Thank you for being so consistently awesome, Koobs. Pass a big thank you onto the team as well, it's really much appreciated.

And yeah, Mr Keener's voice is really distinctive. I'm not suprised it's been hard to cast a doppelganger for it!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Awesome to hear. :D And thank you ^^ I will pass a big thank you to the team, though they're all browsing these comments as soon as we release a new episode. :D

Yeah, Brandon Keener really is one of a kind when it comes to his voice, even more so than Nathan Fillion. :)
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Azilha Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Mmm Tali and Liara's voice is good but Garrus voice actor is meh, but anyway love it.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Be sure to check out the second version here, Azilha: [link] - tell us which version do you prefer, all feedback is always greatly appreciated. :)
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CaptineKickass Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
i liked it, but O'Connor dosn't do a good garrus, i suggest you find someone else
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Check out version B, here: [link] - let us know which sounds better to you! :)
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CaptineKickass Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
its a lot better, but its still not garrus, but hey, it must be frakking hard to do garrus
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I would say "impossible" is more like it. :D I've heard a few dozens of demos, and both Cal and Stephanos were the closest, and by a huge distance. :)
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CaptineKickass Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
i would suggest doing some mass campaign or something, like going to youtube and calling out people who can do impersonation, surly there's people out there who can do a good garrus, but then again, im sure your all set with most of the cast, but hay im just giving advice
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Rhylerh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Tail sounds amazing similar!!! Liara is alright but i didnt like Garrus's voice actor. i still love the series and your work, keep it up.
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks Rhylerh! Be sure to check out version B and comment there as well: [link] - let us know which cast member do you prefer in the role of Garrus! :)
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Rhylerh Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
thanks i will
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ShadowedSlayer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
fantastic work as always =) keep up the good work!!!!. Hope to see the Geth or the Rachni soon!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thanks! :) Oh, they will be soon soon enough, with a bit more action afterwards. ;)
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Bombeletta Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Love love love!
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koobismo Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
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