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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 17,235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,974
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,892

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

A Gift to X-Philes

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

While this audio play should appeal to a broad range of sci-fi/horror fans, it's principle target audience is fans of the TV series, and if you're among them, you won't be disappointed.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything You Could Want in an Autobiography

  • By Zoegirl777 on 10-30-15

Unexpectedly Poignant

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Spade’s book is entertaining, often laugh-out-loud funny, but also often unexpectedly poignant and human. I found the book and performance utterly enjoyable.

  • NOS4A2

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,076

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping performance by Kate Mulgrew....

  • By Leslie on 05-06-13

Fresh Take On an Old Genre

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

If the title made you think this is a vampire novel, you’re right...sort of. It’s a re-envisioning of the monster that is simultaneously quite familiar and completely different. With its compelling characters, freight train plot, and mesmerizing performance by the legendary Kate Mulgrew, NOS4A2 will keep you dangling from its delicate hook-like teeth from beginning to end.

  • Kill Switch

  • Joe Ledger, Book 8
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361

Terrorists have acquired a terrible new weapon that can crash the power grid and plunge America into a new dark age. A coordinated attack is planned to shut out all lights and emergency services to 10 major cities. Planes will fall, hospitals will go dark, no help will come. And in that terrible darkness, a dreadful plague will be released. If the lights go off, nothing can stop the bioweapon from killing millions. At the same time, the intelligence services are being torn apart from within by a plague of betrayal, murder, and suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When the lights go out

  • By Ryan Hooey on 04-26-16

One of the best in the series

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Maberry remains my favorite brand of brain candy, and if they ever get around to turning the Joe Ledger books into movies or a TV series, I’m going to be bummed when Joe doesn’t sound like Ray Porter.

  • Flesh & Bone

  • Rot & Ruin Series, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

Reeling from the devastation of Dust & Decay, Benny Imura and his friends plunge deep into the zombie-infested wastelands of the great Rot & Ruin. Benny, Nix, Lilah, and Chong journey through a fierce wilderness that was once America, searching for the jet they saw in the skies months ago. If that jet exists, then humanity itself must have survived somewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good 3rd in the series

  • By Lynn on 07-18-15

Decent, but doesn't stand alone.

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

In almost every series that's longer than a trilogy, one novel acts as a connector. Not as exciting as the others in the series, it serves to set things up for the dramatic conclusion. "Flesh and Bone" serves that purpose in the "Rot and Ruin" series. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy and appreciate it even more after reading book 4.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

*******************************SPOILER***************************************************************

The (re)introduction of Joe Ledger was the most interesting aspect of this novel.

Have you listened to any of Brian Hutchinson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

***************************************SPOILER*******************************************************

When Chong gets infected.

  • Fire & Ash

  • Rot & Ruin, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary - but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: a scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Sad to see it Go!

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 05-20-15

Best of the Bunch

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

Reviewed: 06-19-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

While all of the books in this series are entertaining, this one demonstrates the best storytelling. I highly recommend it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Benny, the protagonist, holds the spotlight in this novel, with his growth as a person and a warrior coming to logical fruition.

What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

As with the other books in this series, Hutchinson's performance was excellent.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Death comes for us all.

  • Code Zero

  • Joe Ledger, Book 6
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,363

For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ledger continues to roll..

  • By Matthew on 05-13-14

Still Great Brain Candy

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

Would you listen to Code Zero again? Why?

I have listened to it again. It's fast paced and entertaining; just the thing to make a long commute seem short.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Maberry? Why or why not?

Maberry has fast become my favorite brand of brain candy, and I've happily branched out into his other series.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Porter is Joe Ledger. His narration is excellent; seeing him listed as the narrator would cause me to give any book a second look, even if it wasn't a genre I'd typically have anything to do with.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Maberry does a good job of making his major characters multidimensional and human; even Church's master-of-the-universe veneer cracks under the strain. However, the moment that stands out *****SPOILER****** is when Riggs is killed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rot & Ruin

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when you thought it was safe.....

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Wonderful Brain Candy

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

Maberry, with his quick paced narrative style and good sense of character development, has written another action-packed page-turner and remains my favorite brand of brain candy.

  • The Price of Inequality

  • How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future
  • By: Joseph E. Stiglitz
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • An explosion of ideas with no depth

  • By P. Smith on 02-03-15

An Excellent and Insightful Analysis

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

Reviewed: 03-04-14

What did you love best about The Price of Inequality?

Accessible to both the academic and layperson, this book critiques American political economy, the devastating and anti-democratic effects of our vast inequality, and outlines corrective measures that could be taken.

What other book might you compare The Price of Inequality to and why?

If you liked Krugman's "Conscience of a Liberal" or "End this Depression Now," you will likely enjoy this book.

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

The reading is well-done and lively--no droning monotone here.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Assassin's Code

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 4
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,808

When Joe Ledger and Echo Team rescue a group of American college kids held hostage in Iran, the Iranian government then asks them to help find six nuclear bombs planted in the Mideast oil fields. These stolen WMDs will lead Joe and Echo Team into hidden vaults of forbidden knowledge, mass-murder, betrayal, and a brotherhood of genetically-engineered killers with a thirst for blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang On To Your Shorts!

  • By Mel on 05-05-12

The Candy My Brain Craves

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

Reviewed: 08-05-13

Would you listen to Assassin's Code again? Why?

I would listen to this again for the same reason I watch Chuck Norris movies--it's just great action.

Would you recommend Assassin's Code to your friends? Why or why not?

I definitely recommend this for those friends who enjoy a little horror and sci-fi mixed in with their action.

What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love Porter's narration; it's fluent, lively, and the subtle vocal differences he employs when reading the dialogue of different characters is flawlessly maintained throughout the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

While the novel lacks depth and gravitas, I find the protagonist oddly compelling.

Any additional comments?

While I'm sure there are women out there who enjoyed this, it's testosterone-packed action designed to satisfy those of us who grew up watching GI Joe after school, who watched and re-watched every Chuck Norris film, and who like to turn our brains off with a good action flick.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful