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Diana

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  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21072)
    Performance
    (19452)
    Story
    (19462)

    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?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Unique, refreshing, fun, riveting survival story"
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    It's so fun to read a fiction book that is different. Lately it seems that there are too many "formula" scripts that authors fall into. They merely do some research, or create, a certain time (historical or future), create identities, and insert into usual plot line. Sometimes it feels like certain authors' works could be done by computers.

    This book, however, is so unique that it would be hard for a computer to write. Funny, sarcastic, and lots of wide-ranging technical what-if scenarios that were amazing.

    Impressive and ingenious story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Application of Impossible Things: A Near-Death Experience in Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Natalie Sudman
    • Narrated By Jena Petterson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    This is an amazing true story of a female civilian employee of the Army Corps of Engineers in Basrah and Nasiriyah, Iraq. She was riding in a truck with men when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle. Her body was so severely damaged that there was no possible way she could live. She vividly recounts her near-death experience when she went out of her body, to the spirit world.

    Diana says: "Articulate and analytical Consciousness experience"
    "Articulate and analytical Consciousness experience"
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    This Near Death Experience is different than most, maybe a little more "technical" in the observations. It would still be interesting for a new reader of this topic, but the people who have read more books about expanded Consciousness, including Out of Body Experiences, will pick up on more of the shared and in-common details related here. So, in a way, this might be on a more advanced level in terms of describing a NDE.

    This is actually great for people who are interested in the intersection of expanded consciousness along with interests in physics, dimensions, time, entities-beings-personalities, the Self experiencing this lifetime, and the part elsewhere . . .

    William Buhlman's book Adventures In the Afterlife, and Robert Monroe's trilogy are a fantastic way to get ready for Natalie Sudman's book if you haven't done much reading in this genre. Natalie's recollections are sophisticated, detailed, and perhaps baffling to someone new to the idea of expanded consciousness and reality. I've read a lot in this topic area, and there are parts I had trouble with and this is a book I will have to listen to at least once more to improve understanding.

    Along with Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy, Natalie Sudman's Application of Impossible Things would be in a category of "popping the hood and seeing how it works" books on expanded Consciousness and the human experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert Monroe
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In 1958, a successful businessman named Robert Monroe began to have experiences that drastically altered his life. Unpredictably, and without his willing it, Monroe found himself leaving his physical body to travel via a "second body" to locales far removed from the physical and spiritual realities of his life. He was inhabiting a place unbounded by life or death. Out of the Body and Far Journeys.

    Diana says: "Some wisdom, updates, reflections, looking forward"
    "Some wisdom, updates, reflections, looking forward"
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    First off, just want to mention that the Narrator, Kevin Pierce, is so good at his job that it is easy to not notice how professional he is. And, the editor too. I always notice when an audiobook has flaws, and when the production is so smooth, it is easy to take it for granted. Kevin Pierce pays attention to what he is reading, so his voice is a perfect presentation of the sentence written. And, whoever edited this audiobook was paying attention too. It's smooth listening, and there are no annoying errors to distract from the listening.

    I have the actual book Ultimate Journey. I thought I had read it, but was often surprised while listening to the audiobook because it was as if I was hearing something new.

    I love listening to wise old people who have had time to think about what they have learned. In this final book of Robert Monroe's trilogy, he has had time to explore further, and updates us on previous explorations - the people or entities and places he has revisited - and what he has learned since.

    His writing is still beautiful, matter-of-fact, and rich in good advice, observations, reflections, and wisdom.

    The trilogy is a treasure for someone interested in why we are here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Domain Expeditionary Force Rescue Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Kendra Hoffman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Army Air Force nurse Matilda MacElroy interviewed the pilot of the UFO that crashed at Roswell, NM, in 1947, who revealed that 3,000 members of "The Domain" were attacked and captured by forces of the Old Empire in 5965 BCE. They were given amnesia and sent to Earth to live as humans. The Domain Force deployed a mission to contact and recover these lost personnel from Earth. Amnesia/thought-control mechanisms are installed around Earth to ensure that it remains a secret prison planet under the control of the Brothers of The Serpent.

    Diana says: "Like North Korea from Outer Space . . ."
    "Like North Korea from Outer Space . . ."
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    The narrator is fantastic - a lovely voice. Unfortunately, the narrative has a lot of repetition from the previous book. The entire book's format is presented as a debriefing of an entity who managed to escape a long term trap, thus the story line is very heavy on information in the format of indoctrination. I ended up having to relisten to the back end of the book a couple of times since I either fell asleep or started to daydream about other things.

    What I couldn't decide was if this book was most heavy on bureaucracy, military, religion, or intelligence propaganda. The syrupy references to their far away ("benevolent") leader and their ("superior") organizational system reminded me of how people of North Korea speak of their leader and country, always heavy on the loving praise - as if their very existence depends on correct and expected devotion and praise.

    The disdain for the "undesirables" inhabiting human bodies and disregard for Earth is creepy. The message is that pretty much anyone on Earth wasn't wanted in the rest of the Universe and were dumped because they were either criminals or non-conformists and free-thinkers. The disparaging attitude toward inhabitants of this "Prison Planet" is similar to the attitude toward natives when North America was first explored, had missionaries and soldiers come in, then settlers take over.

    This could be an entertaining few hours if you imagine you are in a classroom with the narrator in some uniform with a long wooden pointer, telling you what the history of the situation is, what the current situation is, what is correct to believe, what is planned, and how wonderful their side is (even though they can't figure out how to fix things and plan on leaving their workers trapped, have no regard for current occupants of Earth - unless some want to join them - and no regard for Earth - except for possible use in their invasion of more distant sites.)

    The undercurrent threading throughout is set to appeal for people who want to think of themselves as "special" and want to identify themselves as one of the missing and trapped entities. Belonging and believing appeals to some, so it might work.

    There is poor or no editing on this audiobook - was it too much trouble to actually listen to the "finished" audiobook before releasing it? Repeating sentences overlap where the reader stopped and restarted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Interview: Reader's Edition

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lawrence Spencer
    • Narrated By Lyanne Greystoke
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Copies of two letters, Top Secret military transcripts, and notes from the late Matilda O'Donnell MacElroy, an Army Air Force nurse at the Roswell Army Air Field 509th Bomb Group in 1947. In her letters she asserts that the transcripts are an exact recording of a series of interviews she conducted with an extraterrestrial being as part of her official duty as a flight nurse in the U.S. Army Air Force. During July and August she interviewed a saucer pilot who crashed near Roswell, New Mexico on July 8, 1947.

    dorota says: "Captivating and eye opening."
    "I don't know, but I bought the next book . . ."
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    Recent book purchases have had a thread of out-of-body-experiences popping up in the story line, and it happened in this book. Near the beginning, the nurse who is in telepathic conversation with the alien being recovered from the well-known Roswell UFO incident is told that she is going to be out of her body, and suddenly she was, experiencing a view of the room from above.

    This was to give her an understanding that the body is a vessel containing an immortal being. Then, the alien being proceeded to explain how it's own body is just a doll-like tool, about Earth and galactic history, biology, science, control of beings, an invasion of Earth by "the Empire" and subsequent removal and takeover of Earth by "the Domain" the group the alien belongs to.

    It's a fascinating story, and I've bought the second book, looked up the author, read the website, and also, by doing an internet search, found a pdf file letter by Bill Ryan of Project Camelot / Project Avalon stating that this is a hoax, with ideas rooted in Scientology, pointing out some discrepancies based on words not used in earlier times, and stating that the author has painted himself in a corner by presenting this as true.

    While listening to this book, I recalled a youtube video done by Jim Humble, titled The Story of Earth, and it was about how he played a part in selecting Earth to be a Prison Planet. Also, related to Scientology, reincarnation, past lives, and ancient high technology, and also controversial to some people.

    Many works of fiction are based on partial truths, and if I only look at this as a brilliant work of fiction I can feel secure that I am not gullible. The writing is brilliant, creative, imaginative, and meaningful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Promise: Rejoining Our Cosmic Family

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sherry Wilde
    • Narrated By Jonna Kae Volz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    This is the story of one woman's life-long interaction with beings from another world, and her journey to go beyond the fear to find meaning and purpose. In this book she explores the abduction experience and shares with you the three important things they insisted she learn.

    Diana says: "Many interesting commonalities with other books"
    "Many interesting commonalities with other books"
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    The author's personal journey is intriguing. Scary enough that I was turning on lights where usually I don't mind walking through a room that's dark. Hope to get over that real soon.

    I love to come across interesting matching tidbits in various books by authors who probably never met each other. In one of Robert Monroe's books he mentions having traveled out-of-body to a place where there was a wand-like or rod-like tool there that he tried out. I think it was able to make a fire where pointed, and also a nearby man both lose and regain consciousness. In Graham Hancock's book Supernatural which I recently read, he discussed "wands" as being mentioned in both the older fairy-like myths and with aliens too. So, when Sherry Wilde mentioned in her book that the worker Greys had "wands" in their hands, it was an interesting commonality.

    Also in common with Graham Hancock's book Supernatural, there were hybrids, spaceships, and interestingly near the end of the book another dimension was described of beautiful landscape and greenery like the fairy (aka aliens) lands told of in early human interactions with other world beings where humans would be taken away to, and if lucky be able to return from. In common with John Keel's book, Flying Saucer to the Center of the Mind, Sherry Wilde's Men In Black and the various greys and their supervisors are mentioned. The insignia patch was very interesting too.

    In Michio Kaku's book Future of the Mind, he talks about travel across large regions of space where consciousness is transported to a waiting body as a vessel. (Also in the sci-fi book by Clifford Simak, The Waystation). And Sherry Wilde's main alien contact replied to her question as to whether he was a Zeta type of alien that no, he was an energy form that traveled far to do his work and his body is a convenient form to use for this work.

    And, as in Dolores Cannon's Convoluted Universe series of books, there were many other commonalities, but especially that of the New Earth idea, a split, and the choice of some people to stay and some to go. Very interesting, and pretty much along the line that there is a spiritual awakening in the works, that earth is an entity and a version of New Age thought.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

    Zuhal says: "another great story from Drew Hayes"
    "Entertaining, story of a mild-mannered vampire"
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    that wears sweaters and loafers.

    This is, apparently and confusingly, a set of stories in series, that adds characters with each episode and spends some time reviewing and reintroducing and reminding the reader (listener) about previous events. The author and editor would have done well to just smooth all that out - it would work fine for "story time" at a school, but is annoying for an adult reader.

    And, there is another bit of confusion here. The story could easily be made for children or young adults, except there is a bit of adult language in there, and at the end of the last story the author (as if afraid this was going to end up being a children's book) was heavy handed with foul language.

    The characters Drew Hayes created are wonderfully imaginative and very 3-D, described in detail and with interesting personalities, gifts, and histories. The plot is adequate in getting the characters out and about and into and out of situations and interacting with each other.

    It's almost as if these stories were published before they were given more time and effort and with a couple more drafts of work by the author with a good editor demanding *more!* this would have been a great book.

    It was still enjoyable, even though flawed. Entertaining, and unfortunately due to the language, not recommended for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tomy and the Planet of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Erich von Däniken
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Erich von Däniken claims to have never seen a UFO. But in the fall of 1987, on a desert ride, he experienced a close encounter of a very different kind. A being materialized before his eyes, and since the "thing" had no name, von Däniken called it "Tomy". This book is the story of Tomy. Some say that Tomy is a scientific impossibility. Yet Tomy was there, science or not. After all, Tomy had for a few weeks lived among us, and that was enough for plenty of interpersonal relationships.

    kathleen says: "captivating"
    "Has OBE, Teleportation, Mystery, and a Visitor"
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    This book was an "I hope it's worth it" purchase. And, it was.

    The story is fantastic, gripping, and if time and life allowed it this would have been an "all in one sitting" book.

    There is one part in the book that was emotionally moving for me (your mileage may vary) when Erich von Daniken tried to describe the experience that Tomy made possible for him when Erich von Daniken's Consciousness was able to leave his body and the author got to experience the Universe, from galaxies to microscopic atomic and smaller. What a fantastic journey.

    The travel, the archaeological ruins visited, the cities and hotels and various foreign intelligence operatives and the manipulations and threats and death read like a mystery book, but when the author and his companions got home, danger and death was not left behind.

    The narrator was a perfect fit. The only odd thing in the story is whenever the Iranian people are mentioned as speaking Arabic. In Iran, the language is referred to as Persian and I could only wonder if this was due to an editor rather than the author, who would know better.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elvenquest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anil Gupta, Richard Pinot
    • Narrated By Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Sophie Winkleman
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Stephen Mangan stars as fantasy novelist Sam, who is whisked off to a Tolkien-style parallel universe by a noble elf, a sexy warrior princess and a feisty dwarf called Dean. It seems that Sam's dog is 'The Chosen One' destined to save 'Lower Earth' from the evil Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan).

    Wendy says: "Elvenquest"
    "Okay, sometimes British humor doesn't translate ."
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    Sometimes humor doesn't work for everyone, and I am not certain why. This series had good reviews, but didn't make me laugh.

    BBC makes some really good shows, so most of the time quality writing, acting and production is going to be the result. Yet, there may be cultural differences, or maybe it's just that humor is not going to appeal to everyone everytime.

    It was okay . . . but not worth getting the next episode

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (493)

    Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot--and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

    Amazon Customer says: "Adventurers with Daddy Issues"
    "Entertaining sci-fi story with great narrator"
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    I bought this audiobook strictly because I appreciate Kevin Hearne's work in the Iron Druid series . . . which has interesting plots, characters, historic research, and best of all wit and humor. Of course, I've seen the Star Wars movies, but haven't bought any other Star Wars books. And, I've been a life long science fiction reader, noticing that recent science fiction has become better with scientific details that enrich the reading experience.

    This story was good, but maybe I've become spoiled with the attention to detail that authors like Ben Aaronovitch, Stephen W Bennett, Andy Weir, and Larry Correia put into their writing. As a reader (listener) I enjoy surprising details that spice up a story and build the different world. There were some here, but not enough - and I've become spoiled by other writing that raises my expectations for imaginative details.

    Kevin Hearne's strength in his writing is the interaction between characters, which was the biggest weakness in Stephen W. Bennett's Koban series. Kevin Hearne is fantastic with his observations of subtleties under a spoken conversation - the expressions, motivations, and underlying emotions between humans - and in this book, with non-humans too - his writing shines when there is such interaction between characters. Thus, the main characters Kevin Hearne introduces have depth and are interesting, if they are main characters. Some interesting mention of other types of environments and characters were left 2-D, unexpanded.

    The story plot moves forward nicely, not twisty, but adventurous. The narration is fantastic and the sound effects are fun and appropriate to the story.

    It's great family-friendly entertainment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Koban Universe 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (106)

    Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!

    Amazon Customer says: "Collection of stories mssing from the main books"
    "Adventurous revisit to the Koban Universe"
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    After reading the Koban Universe series to date, I hadn't bought this little audiobook, the description didn't attract me. But, now I did and it is a lot of fun to revisit the same characters and settings. I hope there are other longer books in the works, and this was to just give the readers a little something in the meantime.

    It was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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