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  • Interlopers

  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Ben Browder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Cody Westcott, a young archeologist, returned from a dig at Apachetarimac with more than he bargained for. Seems the Chachapoyans that he had been studying had a lot to teach us all. Soon he steps through the looking glass but unlike Alice its no fairytale world that he finds. Instead it is our own world teeming with Interlopers-Those Who Abide. Unseen by the mass of humanity they are aware that Cody can now see them. They dont like it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling-3 cheers for Alan Dean Foster

  • By Barbara on 07-08-09

A decent B-Movie style story and not much else.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was never boring, despite the author using a lot of over-explaining and repetitions in the text, probably due to quick pacing and general narration where needed.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Browder’s performances?

I'm not sure. I like Ben Browder as an actor a lot, from his work on Farscape and Stargate SG-1, but here I felt he was cashing a paycheck. His narration was too rushed and forced. I had to slow down the reading speed in the app, and still it felt too quick with complete disregard for punctuation. He did great on the accents though. I think...

Was Interlopers worth the listening time?

It was ok, but I kept feeling that it would be much more successful if it was shorter. The ideas were interesting, though the main concept is ridiculous and the characters were quite stereotypic. As a much shorter story it would be much more entertaining.

  • Contact

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909

The future is here...in an adventure of cosmic dimension. In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future - and our own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, significant differences from the movie

  • By A. Ferguson on 01-25-13

Excellent ideas and nice characters.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

Not very subtle and quite naive for my modern taste, but I really enjoyed it. It does turns into a lecture from time to time, but still never bores you or goes over your head.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Countdown

  • A Newsflesh Novella
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Brian Bascle
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

The year is 2014, the year everything changed. We cured cancer. We cured the common cold. We died.

This is the story of how we rose.

When will you rise?

Countdown is a novella set in the world of Feed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Prequel

  • By Bob on 11-06-11

This short prequel is better than the main story!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

I felt it had more plot and drama than the main novel. The writing was much better and seemed more mature. Maybe it gets better after Feed, but I actually prefer this short story to the novel.