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  • 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 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,677

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

This is not a book

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

It is well done, however it’s essentially a short movie without the visuals. There are creepy and intense sound effects and a whole pile of different voices, which again or well done, but it is not like the experience of having a book read and does not fulfill the same needs.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set, Books 4–6

  • Extinction Evolution, Extinction End, and Extinction Aftermath
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 32 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,688

Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons. Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this entire 6 book series is off the chain

  • By Nathan on 06-15-17

Lacking practical and emotional sensibilities

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I kept thinking this would get better, since the basic writing skills are OK.

Virtually every time someone was dying, lost a love one, or lost several of their limbs, the only thing anyone would say to them is “it’s OK“. This became intolerable after about 60 times without any emotional intelligence. Lying to people who are in distress is really unfortunate.

Also, when one of the main characters gets his legs cut off. They don’t use a tourniquet or do anything to stop the bleeding, and he lives. People get deep cut it with several tendons and make it physically impossible to lift a limb, yet they continue to use that arm later.

The action becomes extremely redundant, and the only way the author seems to be able to make things less Redundant is to make the monsters more terrible as he goes along. The book is very short on plot!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Sky

  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,729

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter, Nassun, and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This review is for the entire series

  • By Jesslyn H on 09-05-17

I couldn’t finish this

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The narrator is excellent, and I kept hanging in there waiting for something to happen, or for something to matter! There is some slow action but it really doesn’t seem to mean anything. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t really relate to any of the characters.

  • The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set

  • Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 25 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,662

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great twist on the zombie genre - Well worth it!

  • By Melissa and Josh on 04-11-17

Short on strategy, practicalities, and plot

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

The writing is fairly competent if you like conventional characters, centered on descriptions of the monsters and immediate action. This becomes redundant without a solid framework that includes things like how is it they have power to communicate through their coms when much of the world has been destroyed, and why they shoot almost all the time in situations in which a grenade would be more effective. The science part is okay, but but the book as a whole is not very intelligent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's a love/hate thing

  • By Zahai on 02-28-18

Good story. Annoying narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I think I would have liked the main character if the narrator had not made her sound like a bratty 11-year-old, and use such an insincere voice to portray her. This might not bother some people, but authenticity is important to me.
The cultural mythological and magical aspects of the book come together in pleasing in interesting ways. It has good internal continuity.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,262

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Beware of annoying music

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This would be an excellent bed book without the twangy music now and then.

The story is pleasing and creative, if suffering slightly some deficits in continuity. Excellent narration makes up for this to some extent.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,304

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Fairly competent writing but

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

I was not personally that engaged with the obsessive over excitement about fame and money, delivered often with almost frantic excitement about whether or not a horse is faster than another.

Yes, there were some interesting details about horses and racing. For me it was too much about wanting to be important in the eyes of others, based on something lacking inherent meaning beyond winning.

  • The Girl Who Was Taken

  • By: Charlie Donlea
  • Narrated by: Nina Alvamar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,670

Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are both high school seniors in the small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. When they disappear from a beach party one warm summer night, police launch a massive search. No clues are found, and hope is almost lost until Megan miraculously surfaces after escaping from a bunker deep in the woods. A year later the best-selling account of her ordeal has turned Megan from local hero to national celebrity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-07-17

Pretty good story – but…

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

The narrator made me dislike almost all of the characters. She made the women, even powerful women, whiny and querulous.

The story was engaging and moved along fairly well, and had some surprises, but it was somewhat redundant and there were a few places that stretched credibility.

  • Black House

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,917

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Sawyer delivers

  • By Brian on 12-28-12

Ranges between the disgusting and the sublime,

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

With extra emphasis on the disgusting, and on horror. Personally, I would prefer less of the disgusting and less whore, but the execution is for the most part so well that I enjoyed the book anyway. There are some places where the book is vague and kind of druggie. Character development is excellent and Stephen King Is certainly talented at describing experiences vividly and viscerally.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spirit Well

  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

The quest for the Skin Map, originally tattooed on The Man Who is Map is now in pieces and scattered across time and space in a universe of multiple realities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • intriguing concept. Love the story

  • By Paul on 10-08-12

Short on plot

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Decent character development, and kind of interesting, but also just a bit laggy because sometimes it’s just about traveling, without all of that much going on or much connection between characters.

The belief systems are fairly loose, and do not necessarily hold together very well.

I will probably listen to the next book anyway because they are somewhat refreshing and easy to listen to.