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  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,044

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Yup, It's the X-Files

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I often wondered why I did not watch this series on television. I had seen one or two episodes though.

This rendition reminded me why. Totally unbelievable, intended to create fright. fails miserably.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Man

  • By: Richard Morgan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

One hundred years from now, and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance, and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy.... Genetically engineered alpha males designed to fight the century's wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheap sex interupted by a poor story

  • By Pat on 03-25-18

Cheap sex interupted by a poor story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

What was most disappointing about Richard Morgan’s story?

This story would be better in a print version for a teenager looking for masturbation material.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,440

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

Welcome to the pulpit

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Perhaps a different narrator.

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

I am deeply disappointed with this book. It might be a better read in written format, but it felt as if I were in church getting a talking to from the pulpit.

  • Koban, Volume 1

  • By: Stephen W. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,854
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728

We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story, dreadful narration.

  • By Nate on 05-14-15

However

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Koban, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

The general story outline is interesting. Looking deeply, I can see many parallels to today's world.

Any additional comments?

The author of this book needs to re-evaluate his use of the word "however". This word is used many times in place of punctuation, or more appropriate words.

I wonder if it was not included just to increase the word count for the publisher. A good editor would not have allowed this to pass.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,425

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By Ethan M. on 05-11-12

Can't follow this story

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

What did you like best about Leviathan Wakes? What did you like least?

Mind numbing.

Would you be willing to try another book from James S.A. Corey? Why or why not?

I might listen to another book, but it would have to be with someone who can read well. This narrator should have the middle name of Monotony.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I am unable to follow the story, mainly because this narrator is just plain monotonous. Long minute have passed while listening to this book as I find that I have "zoned out".
I am halfway through the second section of this book and don't know what happened. I am not sure I will even try to finish it, or if I should start over.

I think that the written book might be better than this audio version

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thunder in the Morning Calm

  • Pacific Rim Series, Book 1
  • By: Don Brown
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Lieutenant Commander "Gunner" McCormick is assigned as an intelligence officer to Carrier Strike Force 10, being deployed to the Yellow Sea at the invitation of South Korea for joint exercises with the US Navy. During his pre-deployment briefing, he discovers a top-secret memo revealing rumors that the North Koreans may still be holding a handful of elderly Americans from the Korean War in secret prison camps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Foray into North Korea - 3.5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 03-26-18

For American Patriots

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

Reviewed: 06-10-13

What was most disappointing about Don Brown’s story?

The premise of the story is great. The presentation of the story is strictly "America is Best".

Any additional comments?

Sad to report that this novel could have been much better had the story line been less Pro American, and been more Pro Humanity.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,073

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

Monotony in the extreme

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-11

While I am sure that this is a very well written novel, I am having a great deal of difficulty with it in the audio version.
The voice changes between characters is somewhat confused, with imitation accents being the main difference. Sometimes though, the accents used are inappropriate for the particular character.
It is difficult to follow the reading here. Whether this is due to my hearing loss in specific frequencies, or just the continual drone of the reader, I am not sure.
Do listen to the audio clip before downloading this book. I think it might be better in written form.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dune: House Corrino

  • House Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 24 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the more illuminating later Dune books

  • By Jeff on 03-29-10

Getting tired

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-10

While the additional information of this space is greatly appreciated, Scott Brick is becoming tired with the series. His voice is wearing out, and he appears to have lost interest.

Perhaps it is time for a new reader for the Dune series?

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dust

  • By: Elizabeth Bear
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

Hugo Award winner Elizabeth Bear has been called one of the best science fiction authors of her generation. In Dust she skillfully spins a classic science fiction trope - the lost generation ship - into a complex and compelling tale of fallen angels, secretive family politics, and sexual taboo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A throughly well crafted story

  • By JanaMacEye on 01-21-09

Still chewing through this one.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-09

Sorry folks. I find this book extremely hard to listen to. The author takes a lot of time developing characters to the detriment of the story.

This could have been reduced in length to about 100 pages. Perhaps an abridged version would be better.

This is definitely a "chick flick" and a review of the sample audio should be in order before buying.

2 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Flags of Our Fathers

  • By: James Bradley, Ron Powers
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome

  • By Thomas on 11-29-06

Leave it here

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-06

I found this to be a boring monotonologue. I managed 3 hours before I had to turn to something that had some action to it.

This appears to be a number of biographies rolled into a "novel". Unfortunately, it reads more like a funeral announcement.

If you get your kicks fromthe Obits, then this one is for you.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful