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Erin

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Conley, Georgia, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "From A Strieber Noob...I really Liked this book"
    Overall

    I have to say that despite the previous reviews that panned this book, I really enjoyed listening to it. I retract that, I actually didn't like listening to it, because of the narrator. he almost ruined it for me. but it was an interesting read. It did have a mess-load of concepts all mushed into one story: aliens, the multiverse, ancient ruins, portals, political conspiracy, reincarnation, spirit possession, slavery, the end of days, you name it. So much so, that I almost got lost in the soup myself, but I replayed some of the passages and it pulled all together for me by the end. Having recently accepted my agnosticism (?), I came away believing in nothing and everything. Aliens, yeah I can believe it, dragons, ghosts, bigfoot, fairies, yeah them too (via the stargate/multiverse theory, of course ). It would be cool, if it were all true.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Aldrich Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact. They rescue those humans they can, keeping most survivors in suspended animation while the aliens begin the slow process of rehabilitating the planet. When Lilith Iyapo is "awakened", she finds that she has been chosen to revive her fellow humans in small groups by first preparing them to meet the utterly terrifying aliens, then training them to survive on the wilderness that the planet has become. But the aliens cannot help humanity without altering it forever.

    Christopher says: "Creepy alien sex is suprisingly interesting..."
    "I liked the story. But the readers voice..."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Dawn again? Why?

    maybe the ending, before I continue to the next book....


    Any additional comments?

    The writing and story is captivating, and I could identify with the main character's sense of conflict about the circumstances. The reader did a decent job giving each character their own voice. Not to be mean, but her voice just annoyed me in a very personal way, just me I guess. I might have preferred a multi-cast reading for so many players in the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5003)
    Performance
    (2940)
    Story
    (2983)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "It is a MUST read after Ender's Game!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Ender's Shadow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thought Ender's Game was awesome, but Ender's Shadow is equally as good.


    What other book might you compare Ender's Shadow to and why?

    Ender's Game, of course. Parts of Ender's Game are referenced in this story, when the timelines converge, like getting a alternate view of the same events, giving more insight.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    BEAN!


    Any additional comments?

    Once you hear EG you HAVE to go on to Ender's Shadow. Matter of fact, I had to go back to re-listen to Ender's Game, up to a point, while I was in the middle of Ender's Shadow. Card synced the stories so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Night of Blacker Darkness: Being the Memoir of Frederick Whithers As Edited by Cecil G. Bagsworth III

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE IN AUDIONo one else has Dan Wells’ hilarious new novella - it’s not available in print, in ebook, by mobile phone text or Victorian phonograph. Audible is bringing it to you exclusively, for a limited time.The basic premise is this: it's 1817, and a man named Frederick Whithers is wallowing in jail for a crime he didn't commit, desperate to get out so he can go and commit it for real.

    Bruce Allred says: "A tale of vampires, money, mishap and great minds"
    "My Goodness! This is one story I would love to SEE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Just thinking about it makes me grin. It was laugh out loud funny. Ridiculous fun!


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Barrett did a marvelous job of distinguishing all of the characters. The story may not have had the same hilarity without his excellent delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    Vampires, Frankenstein, and John Keats! Oh My! Hope it gets made into live action or CG movie, with Johnny Depp and Helene Bonham Carter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10533)
    Performance
    (10023)
    Story
    (10041)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Loved This Book! Well written, well read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    The reader did a great job of capturing the essence of the main character's wit and ingenuity, I would imagine that it was read just like the author intended.


    Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but now I want to hear more of his performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was....let's just say I was all worn out by the end. Those who choose to be astronauts are among the bravest of us. Respect!


    Any additional comments?

    The writing style puts you in the moment just like a good book should. Although much of the details of events were technical, I was impressed by the way all possible gaps were filled in. There was not one instance of having to suspend my belief of anything that happened in the story. I also learned alot, and I will NEVER be without Duck Tape, the real deal, not that bargain crap; get the one with the DUCK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Now Whitley Strieber, author of the #1 best seller Communion, which detailed his own close encounters, returns with The Grays, a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens. This audiobook will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    L. says: "EXCELLENT listen"
    "Loved This Book...I'm officially a Strieber Fan"
    Overall

    I really dug this book and I highly recommend it. When I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. There was no lull in the pacing. The imagery was very well written, and played out like cinema in my mind. But I SWEAR, if anyone tries to make a movie out of this one, I will "Stewie" slap their *$$!! I tried to watch the "Communion" movie online ('cuz I could find the audiobook/ebook) and I fell asleep on it, it was so dull. Despite classic Christopher Walken acting, it was poorly translated into a screenplay, even by Strieber, himself. I'd hate to see the same happen to this one. Anyway, "The Grays" was memorable, and left me wanting more of the story, but satisfied with the ending. Now I'm ready for "Hybrids." Altho Strieber's new book isn't noted as a sequel to this book, I hope it throws back to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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