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  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

  • The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
  • By: Jason Schreier
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,387

Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes listeners on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the Scenes

  • By SAMA on 11-27-17

Bonus level!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Fantastic insight into an industry whos products I enjoy immensely.

A well rounded dose of geek, financial, emotions, delight and dread. if you like documentaries you'll love this book.

  • SpecOps

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 2
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,865
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,692

Colonel Joe Bishop made a promise, and he's going to keep it: taking the captured alien starship Flying Dutchman back out. He doesn't agree when the UN decides to send almost 70 elite Special Operations troops, hotshot pilots, and scientists with him; the mission is a fool's errand he doesn't expect to ever return from. At least this time, the Earth is safe, right? Not so much.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and watered-down

  • By Daniel on 04-26-17

First contact Sci-Fi (Book 2)

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

If you hate having to search for a great book to listen to everytime you gain a credit and, want a science fiction book, look no further. Start with book 1, "Columbus Day."

I listened to the audio book sample and was hooked right away! It starts at the beginning of chapter 1, so it's very much in context without spoilers.

Not a long novel start or overly long in character development. Action starts right away and you learn about the protagonist as the story develops and the action continues.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,025

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Great characters and premise.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

I loved the characters and the reading. The story kept me engaged and thinking. I would definitely recommend.

I want to add that I read a review here before I bought this audiobook which compared this book with Clines' previous book "14." As far as the tempo and storyline go, I have to agree with that reviewer, it's the same book with a different geographical location.

This revelation should not desuade you from purchasing though. It's still thoroughly enjoyable!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Ice

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,386

2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it. The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proof that a good story doesn't require a trilogy

  • By Jesse on 01-14-12

Great story but Pushing 20 Hours!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-12

The concept as a whole is an A+. One of Jupiter's moons decides it's time to take off! The nearest and most likely candidate to intercept the moon/spaceship is not the Space Marines or the Starship Enterprise, it's "Rock Hopper" a space mining ship. What's not to love!!

Thus begins a space opera unlike any other, the adventure is mind boggling and will leave you, in the end, with many more questions then when you started. This is not necessairly a bad thing but it does take 20 hours to get to that point.

I enjoyed this story and would consider it a worthwhile book credit for those who like "First Contact" type storylines.

I also enjoyed Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained and House of Suns.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,962

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Hard to please.... It's a 5 star!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-11

Great story, fabulous narration! I really like the way this story goes from Zombies to tactical team dynamics to put them all together for a fast paced action filled thriller. I really am hard to please and really rely on these reviews. So with that, trust me you wont regret this use of a credit.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,003

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Standing Ovation!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-10

Amazing!!! I have read every (ok almost) true adventure book out there. This one beats them all hands down!! I cannot believe what these men had to go through and thank God the journals were located to allow this book to be written. I can't tell you how many times I had to bundle up and keep the cold at bay as the story unfolds..... Download it, buy it, use a credit on it you will not be disappointed!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Descent

  • The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
  • By: James Tabor
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover—to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Courage!!

  • By RGH on 11-07-10

Amazing Courage!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-10

I'm an adventure/travel story buff. I loved Into Thin Air, Lost City of Z, Shadow Divers and Endurance. This one ranks right up there with those amazing true stories. I'm amazed at the courage it takes to explore the deepest caves in the world and the dibilitating panic attack they call, "The Rapture" that can hit anyone at anytime whilst inside the deep recesses of the Earth!! I highly recommend this adventure and the narrator does an excellent job. A credit well spent!!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Exile

  • Day by Day Armageddon, Book 2
  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716

The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For Zombie Lovers

  • By RGH on 08-10-10

For Zombie Lovers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-10

Make sure you start with Book 1 "Day by Day Armagedon" then sit back and enjoy Beyond Exile. I love J.L. Bourne's writing style and the Narrator Jay Snyder, has the perfect voice for this part. I enjoy a good Zombie story and or movie, some more then others, and this is rated right up there with my #1 picks. Please keep the stories coming Mr. Bourne !!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful