We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
ORBS Audiobook

ORBS

Regular Price:$24.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

They have come for our most important resource...

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

©2013 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.8 (183 )
5 star
 (58)
4 star
 (63)
3 star
 (33)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
3.8 (164 )
5 star
 (58)
4 star
 (52)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (11)
Story
3.9 (165 )
5 star
 (58)
4 star
 (57)
3 star
 (36)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Reviewer R2D2 USA 08-04-14
    Reviewer R2D2 USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fast-moving Alien Sci-Fi!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone looking for a fast-paced alien invasion would enjoy this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Overton: he's the tough military commander who insures there will be more alien vs. machine gun action!


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

    She did Sophie really well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it while driving to college this past summer.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    gypsy1711 09-10-14
    gypsy1711 09-10-14 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Science Fiction!"
    If you could sum up ORBS in three words, what would they be?

    Original. Creative. Terrifying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development is a huge thing for me. Feeling connected to the characters can make or break a story and this definitely delivers. I am looking forward to more!


    What about Elizabeth Evans’s performance did you like?

    Elizabeth brought to life the words on the page. I loved her adaptation of the words from the pages.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-12-15
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8224
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    904
    871
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    556
    20
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "an environmental theme of guilt and waste"

    Aliens come to Earth and kill 99% of the humans. Sound familiar? Orbs is different in that it takes a generally original and unique approach to the time honored alien invasion. Instead of bombs, lasers or some other weapon of mass destruction, the aliens are sucking the water from every source available – lakes, ponds, animals, plants and humans. They leave all the structures intact. The physics of this idea are dicey, but the logic is sound. Water is likely to be the common denominator of compatible species. And when it becomes scarce enough, aliens might indeed attack other worlds for it. Smith asks the important question, will they be so different from us that moral concerns for other life simply won’t matter.

    Just under the surface of the action packed story is an environmental theme of guilt and waste; that the humans have taken something so precious for granted. The reader is not bashed over the head with it, but the theme is clear and helps us empathize with the characters. There is a strong feeling of connection to our dying earth, personal and deep. “What have we lost?”

    Most of the characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. Sometimes the reader is told too many times about the deep emotions of the characters rather than showing us through dialogue or action. There is also a tendency to report on past action rather than move forward at times. These writing quirks are sometimes distracting, but don’t harm the story.

    Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job with the narration. Her voice is clear and strong and enjoyable to listen to. Each character voice is clearly differentiated and male voices are strong. Her only weakness are her accents, they sound strange. This doesn’t hurt the story, and is only slightly distracting.

    Orbs is the first volume of a trilogy. It ends at an appropriate point, leaving the reader hungry for the next book, but not hanging on a cliff either. Good, hard science fiction for any lover of alien invasions or post-apocalyptic earth. You’ll want to move right on to book 2 and find out if humanity really is doomed.

    Audiobook provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at audiobookreviewer dot com

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 08-01-15
    Kimmy A Paradise Valley, AZ United States 08-01-15 Member Since 2014

    Insert witty remark here...

    HELPFUL VOTES
    32
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    172
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Meh."

    The story was just barely interesting enough to get through, but I had to do it on a speed of 1.25 to 1.5. I am a big fan of the author's extinction series, so I decided to try this one. I don't know if I will bother with the remaining books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dominic C. 04-15-15
    Dominic C. 04-15-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Full of major prblems wirh plausibility."

    You can travel across the stars but you cant make a basic compound like water?

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nick Wisniewski 08-22-16 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good"

    I enjoyed the story however I do not like the narration. Her voice is grating, her impersonation of a guy is the hardest thing to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ms. SGM 05-28-16
    Ms. SGM 05-28-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    121
    56
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Spellbinding!! Once you get past the 3 prequels."

    I almost changed my mind about reading this series because the prequel's are so confusing. Like most booknerds, I want to read a series in order. So I was a little put off 1) by the fact that there are three prequels. 2) the prequels are NOT NUMBERED the way the novels are. 3) I became confused when I inadvertently read them out of order. To help those that suffer with my same affliction, read Solar Storms 1st, White Sands 2nd then last but not least Red Sands. But even after this, you're not fully prepared for what starts to unfold in Orbs . This writer has an amazing ability to create scenes in your mind with enough detail to make it crystal clear but not bog you down. I felt as though I could see, hear, even taste everything that was going on around the main characters. Dr. Sophie Winston is an all American female heroine /scientist /hopeless romantic /fatal pragmatic . Not only is she mentally brilliant but when push comes to shove the girl can kick some serious Tail. With extinction looming dark and inevitable in the distance , humanity just might have a chance with Sophie in control .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tilikum 04-09-16
    Tilikum 04-09-16 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    57
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unique Alien Invasion Fun"

    I read this author's first book. This one is way different. From the beginning the reader is pulled into the story without really knowing what's going to happen. I love books with an alien invasion premise and although the water idea has been used before it was used in a unique way in this book. The action scenes held my attention and this book truly reads like a movie. Clearly this is where the authors strength is. I could see this hitting the big screen someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-03-16
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 04-03-16 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    102
    53
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not for me"

    It just didn't grab me. I have to be pulled in within the first chapter and I fell asleep twice.
    I have enjoyed his other series, I'm just not that into aliens I guess

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    chadjason 03-18-16
    chadjason 03-18-16
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    97
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Couldn't make it past 20 minutes"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone that is not accustomed to well written action fiction.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicholas Sansbury Smith again?

    Absolutely. He is a great writer, this must just be his first work, because it is hard to listen to.


    What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

    I don't know if she made it worse or if she was inconsequential. I think her inflection style was a bit annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself annoyed and bored by the main character. So i stopped listening before it put me to sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Stephen
    Urmston, United Kingdom
    7/18/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good idea, ruined by cliched characters"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I doubt many people will rave about this. Its a perfectly reasonable story and a good concept.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s story?

    The characters we terribly clichéd, from the scar-faced tough talking marine, and the insecure annoying IT geek, to the lead female who couldn't seem to decide of she was a tough professional women or a screaming wet lettuce incapable of making decisions. Don't get me started on the AI! All she seemed used for was a forced narration of events for people who seemed to have short term memory loss and couldn't remember the last few pages.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s voice?

    Appropriate, clear, solid


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from ORBS?

    The AI should have had a purpose, it didn't, either remove it or actually have it serving a purpose that supports the story. Ditch the entire love interest element as it didn't work, it fogged the readers understanding of her motives and background. The IT guy! Why was he in the story? What did he do? Delete him


    Any additional comments?

    The concept was good, the science was good, I liked the overall ideas and arc of the story, but as with all good stories you need to be able to suspend belief and get rolled along with the story. All too often I was brought crashing back out of the story by some jarring character cliché.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.