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When Ishmael Wang is orphaned by a flitter crash, he must make some hard decisions about how to survive in a Company-owned universe. With limited time and fewer options, he lands a job as the newest hand on the Solar Clipper Lois McKendrick and learns there's more to life than making coffee.

Join Ish, Pip, Big Bad Bev, and the rest of the Lois McKendrick's crew as they sail the galaxy in search of profitable trade.

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  • When Ishmael's mother is killed in a random accident, he must find a way to leave the company-owned planet of Neris. (Chapter 1)

  • Ishmael gets a job working in the galley of the Lois McKendrick and begins his adventure in the Deep Dark. (Chapter 2)

  • Cookie assigns Ishmael to make "coffee to cry for" and The Lois McKendrick gets underway. Next port-of-call: Darbat (Chapters 3 & 4)

  • Ishmael settles into shipboard routine and begins to look ahead. Meanwhile Pip comes clean on "the scrubber incident" and why exactly, he was forced to leave the Marcel Duchamps. (Chapters 5 & 6)

  • The Lois McKendrick has more surprises and Ishmael charts a course for promotion (Chapters 7 & 8)

  • Ishmael gets a tour of the Environmental Section and Pip goes ashore. (Chapters 9 & 10)

  • Pip gets mugged and Mr. Maxwell starts asking questions about the ship's stores. Pip gets assigned to fill the Empty Container. (Chapters 11, 12 & 13)

  • Ishmael and Pip take their rating exams. Pip gets a surprise. (Chapter 14)

  • Ishmael gets a lesson in shipboard accounting and finally gets liberty after ninety days aboard. (Chapters 15 & 16)

  • Pip looks for private cargo but Ishmael finds it. (Chapter 17)

  • Ishmael gets a souvenir and learns how to make sludge cakes. (Chapters 18 & 19)

  • Lois McKendrick rents a booth. Bev buys a belt buckle. (Chapter 20)

  • Ishmael and Pip have to visit the Captain, Ishmael discovers who Lois McKendrick is, and Pip makes good as a trader. (Chapters 21 & 22)

  • Ishmael and Diane visit a mushroom farm. (Chapter 23)

  • Ishmael goes shopping. Pip buys rocks. (Chapters 24 & 25)

  • Ishmael and Pip organize a co-op. Ishmael earns the full set of half-share ratings. (Chapters 26 & 27)

  • Ishmael learns that he likes his new life. (Chapter 28 and Preview of Chapter 1 of Half Share)

I just read the review from Klarzy and cannot agree more. I wish I had said it first, but know that I could not have said it any better. So please accept my simple "What Klarzy said!" Wow.... On to my own comments! At the risk of getting all gushy ...
If I were to say that your stories changed me, I would not be exaggerating in the slightest. Oh they did not turn me from a sinner to a saint, but I honestly believe that little mannerisms and traits from Ismail and his shipmates have rubbed off somewhere and have ...
Love the books, one of the few audio books (let alone series) I've enjoyed. Paid online for that (twice now), bought the hardcopy of each way back when, and am now buying the kindle versions as they come out, to have them at hand. Truly hated the way the series ...
Great work! I love all of Mr. Lowell's books so far, and his contributions narrating on various others. Always a treat. +++Re: Loading by mass I think this may help @Jesso. Bulk transport is often parcelled by mass instead of volume to facilitate even loading by creating uniform "blocks". So ...
You, sir, are a true testament to fantastic writing. I loved your books instantly and have re-listened to Trader Tales over four times. I plan on listening again and I wholeheartedly agree with everything the Ben Rovik just said. You are one of my inspirations.
The first episode is a case study in how to reel an audience in. I had no choice but to keep listening to find out what happened next to Ishmael... and then to listen to the next book... and then the next... Thanks for these great stories. Your work inspired ...
Loving the story! Learned about it through the Guild of the Cowry Catchers podcast interviews and couldn't be happier. Just want to note there's a repeated line in episode 4 of TT1, just after the 10:30 mark.
Just wanted to say that you have a great series. I just finished Owner's Share, Listening to the entire series, one of the best I have listened to since finding Podiobooks a few years ago. Thank you.
Mr lowell its been awhile now since I finished your books by now and I'm still searching for something that could captivate me as much as your beautiful stories do. Im happy to have read your work and seldom have something left me with a sense of wonder as your ...
Okay, I've listened to these books several times now, and I love them dearly, but there's just one thing that drives me a little bonkers: mass versus volume. I just listened to Pip talking about a mass of mushrooms versus a mass of gems, as if they would take up ...

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