LISTENER

brenty

United States
  • 73
  • reviews
  • 321
  • helpful votes
  • 517
  • ratings
  • Alien: River of Pain

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

When Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, she learns that the planet LV-426 - now called Acheron - has been colonised. But LV-426 is where Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo found the original Xenomorph - the killing machine known as the Alien. Protected by the Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet. Two such residents are Anne and Russell Jorden, seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome!

  • By Scott M. Vana on 11-03-17

Enjoyable, but transitory

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This story doesn’t really have a beginning or end of its own, so it can be a bit unsatisfying in some ways. But it was interesting and I enjoyed it nonetheless. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably want the other books as well. Out of the Shadows is well worth it.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,538

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Great way to continue the nightmares with Ripley

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

The cast is a bit uneven, but Lefkow does a great Weaver impression and her Ripley and Hoop were really great to listen to. I enjoyed the novel more, but I think that’s just a personal presence for prose over dramatization.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

As a child Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating - and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Serviceable Aliens Story

  • By Flavius on 01-09-17

An interesting bridge between Alien and Aliens

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I really enjoyed this. It was enjoyable and suspenseful, and feels right at home in the series. The best part is seeing how they managed to integrate this into the timeline, and I found it very satisfying.

  • Japanese Phase 1, Unit 26-30

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Japanese Phase 1, Units 26-30 build on material taught in prior units. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reference Guide not really included

  • By peakrunner on 04-11-15

Great series, with only a few caveats.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I started with Pimsleur Japanese a few years ago before I even thought I would ever go to Japan. It's just a fascinating language. But after going there several times now, re-listening to the series to practice pronunciation and useful phrases leaves a few things that stand out:

- 飲むもの (nomumono "something to drink") and 飲み物 (nomimono "beverage"): I have never heard the first used. The second is much more common and incredibly useful at restaurants and in many other social situations; I wish they'd used it in the lessons.

- が話します (ga hanashimasu "[subject] talk") and を話します (wo hanashimasu "[object] talk"): I wish they had explained and illustrated the different usage. Particles are hard. I kind of get it now, but they did a much better job of this with other particle/verb combinations.

Still a great series. I don't know how I would have survived getting lost my first night in Tokyo without it. :)

  • Unwind

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It won me over completely

  • By SoCalBonnie on 02-17-10

Well worth a credit!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This book is a bit heavy-handed at times, but that is the only reason I feel that it isn't a perfect recommendation for just anyone. Otherwise, the style, characters, and plot are really infectious though, so if you find yourself intrigued by the premise — which I find fascinating — I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,559
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,817

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

Forced

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-26-15

The first book was great. The second book was good. The third book seems to focus on 'message' at the expense of character development and storytelling. Disappointing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Japan

  • A Cultural History
  • By: Mark J. Ravina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark J. Ravina
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents these 24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonian's historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and informative

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-04-16

Informative, entertaining, and well-presented!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-15

I really enjoyed this overview of Japanese culture. My only complaint is that it ended. :)

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Japanese Phase 1, Unit 01

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Japanese Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. The lesson contains full practice for all vocabulary introduced in this unit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ganbatte! ^o^/

  • By brenty on 06-20-15

Ganbatte! ^o^/

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-15

I studied Japanese briefly in college but have always had trouble with speaking and hearing it. Pimsleur has helped me understand and practice better, so I'm glad to be able to get it on Audible and take my lessons with me everywhere!

It can seem a little dry at times and is very repetitious, but don't let it deter you. After all, that's how we learn!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Called

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 1
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827

Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top notch Urban Fantasy heroine!

  • By Leiah@soireadthisbooktoday on 04-21-12

Great characters, mediocre story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-15

I suspect that this whole book is a setup for the series as a whole. It had a lot of character introduction and development, but the story was forgettable. I really don't remember anything that happened; I really wasn't engaged by it at all.

But man, I really loved the characters, and the narrator was fantastic. I'm not inspired to immediately get the next book, but I know I will in time!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 838

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to put down

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-24-10

Weak story, strong writing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-14

The prose here is often breathtaking, but the plot is relatively dull and meandering. Totally worth reading for the quality of writing, but the story itself feels a bit empty -- developing characters that often seem to go nowhere.

I'll give it a fourth star just for the inventive wordplay and solid narration, but the storytelling falls flat.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful