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  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

Fantastic listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would! The main character and her family are very likeable and I found myself rooting for her the entire way even though at times her actions were questionable.
My only quibble is a love interest that pops up halfway through that doesn't really go anywhere. It's introduced on a whim to move the plot along, but stays pretty superficial. It's hinted at the end it goes somewhere, but that's all it is, just a hint.
I only regret the story didn't last longer. The ending was very short and not really fleshed out as much as I'd have liked. I really hope there's a sequel someday!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,201

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please make more of these! These are excellent!

  • By Brian on 04-28-17

Much better than Out of the Shadows

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Definitely a step up from the first one. However, this one also plays victim to the timeline it's placed in. This one is placed on LV426 right after Alien and right before the marines arrived in Aliens. What does this mean? That's right - they're all gonna die besides Newt! I would reckon everyone or almost everyone listening to this has watched the movies and is aware of that. So it was beyond me why chapters 1-5 was literally just character development and interpersonal conflicts. Do we really need to know that the CO is Newt's mom ex boyfriend and her husband is jealous over it? There was so much needless drama in the beginning and the aliens really have no part in the story until the end of chapter 5 and start of 6. If this was placed in its own separate timeline, I could understand spending so much time on the characters and how much they dislike each other but since we are all aware every single one of them is going to die, it was so unnecessary.
Performance was top notch.
I wish they focused more on the alien side of things, but I still enjoyed listening and would probably recommend this.

  • Who Goes There?

  • The Novella That Formed the Basis of 'THE THING'
  • By: John W. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Steve Cooper
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

Who Goes There?, the novella that formed the basis of the film The Thing, is the John W. Campbell classic about an antarctic research camp that discovers and thaws the ancient body of a crash-landed alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astounding ... Incredible ...

  • By Old Hippy on 10-03-16

Scifi classic!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

A must listen to if you've enjoyed either of the movies. This is a true sci-fi gem.

  • Dreamcatcher

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,198

A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher

  • By Murray Zetterholm on 03-06-03

Bizarre!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

I don't know how this one slipped past me for so long, but I'm glad I finally listened to it! I read in an interview that King wrote this while high off painkillers and honestly it shows. This story is so off the wall bonkers, I burst out laughing. Ethyl alcohol banana farts and alien weasels that burst from your arse, what next?
The action starts right off the bat and I remember thinking "where is this going to go when all this has happened already?". Unfortunately into a really long chase scene that takes about half the book. It was entertaining at times and provided more insight into Jonesy, Mr. Gray, and Henry, but it was such a long stretch of them just chasing and talking without anything really significant happening.
Despite the overdrawn and long-winded chase, I would still recommend it.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,643

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Listen to "It" instead

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

While the story isn't awful, it's basically a very watered down replica of "It"...except the monster isn't as scary and the characters aren't as likable.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,803
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,989

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

The Misadventures of Loki

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I found the tales in here to be very entertaining; my brother and I laughed at the many antics of Loki and enjoyed the stories.
Author did a great job of narrating.
I would recommend this book.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,583

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

This is a masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

If you're here because you just finished the movie, but don't have the time to read a 1000+ page book, do yourself a favor and download this audiobook. There is so much detail that goes into each character, it is astounding. There were more times than I could count where I actually felt emotional for what was about to happen to each of them and that in itself is an accomplishment in storytelling.
There are times where it felt a little long winded, but it all goes to develop Derry and the monstrous town it had become because of It.
Other reviews state there is an editing issue but this is not the case. I own the hard copy of the book as well and that is how the book is written (the word of the last chapter starts off the new chapter and this is heard a lot in the second part of the book).
I did not notice any parts missing as earlier reviews claim, but this may have been fixed since then.
And yes, there is a child gangbang scene near the end of the book. However it (thankfully) isn't too graphic and lasts about 10 minutes.
The narrator, Steven Weber, does a fantastic job. Lots of emotion and does Bill's stutter so perfectly it had nearly driven me mad by the end.
"It" is undoubtedly one of Stephen King's greatest works and I will always recommend it.

  • 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 24,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,748

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

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I am a long time fan of the alien franchise. I was ecstatic to see an alien production pop up as one of the free originals!
Unfortunately this didn't really deliver for me. This book sets place right in between of Alien and Aliens. Ripley's lifeboat homes in on a distress call from another ship, which of course, is dealing with its own little alien problem. Ripley finds out Ash (synthetic from Alien) uploaded himself into the computer and is the cause she finds herself in this mess. It had a promising set up.
There were a few inconsistencies I noticed. For example, Ripley is explaining to the other crew how the aliens make their nest and about the queen even though with the timeline this book is placed in, Ripley would have no idea what an alien nest or an alien queen is. She doesn't see either one until the second movie. However, I could look past this since it didn't affect the story.
Where it starts to get ugly...
At no point in the book does it feel like the aliens are the big bad scary antagonists we know them to be. The aliens are just there to move the plot along. Literally a guy with a broken ankle outruns an entire horde of aliens. Like what?
Throughout the entire book, Ash is the villain. Ash is the reason they die, Ash is messing with everything, and worst of all, Ash has to make a progress report twice a chapter telling everything he has done thus far and what he plans to do. I wish I was joking. After every unfortunate event, Ash makes a progress report saying he caused it to happen. It was so redundant and annoying and unnecessary and destroyed any suspense. This killed the story for me.
The performance wasn't bad, but there were a lot of times it sounded like they were reading right from the script. Not much emotion where I would expect there to be. Crew member dies from alien - "wow...to think he would die like that". Lol?
Sound effects also sounded like they came from Alien Isolation. The cat's "meow" everytime the cat was mentioned was entertaining.
It had promise and I really wanted to enjoy it, but Ash's scenes really took the suspense away and made it very difficult to enjoy this book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Ending

  • A Journey from Combat to Comedy
  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Mary-Louise Parker
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,903

It’s always hard to make the crowd laugh - especially when joking about war, PTSD, and mental health. Strong Ending follows three military veterans as they attempt to turn their most painful stories into laughs by participating in a stand-up comedy boot camp. After joining the military, deploying to combat zones, and coming home fundamentally changed, Michael Garvey, Isaura Ramirez, and Patrick Harth challenge themselves to share their stories on stage and perform original stand up-comedy about their experiences for a packed house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite Member Selection so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-07-18

Feel Good Stories

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Was hoping to hear more of the actual comedy but was a nice look into PTSD and how veterans overcome it with comedy. There's not a whole lot of narration, rather split up into interviews with the veterans and doctors, and bits of the stand up comedy. I chuckled at a few of the jokes.
Overall, I enjoyed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,978
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,920

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Very Dark

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I'm glad I did not read any of the reviews beforehand (why would I? It was free!) because the sudden turn this play takes, while gruesome and dark, really packs a punch.
I'm also glad I did not give up on it 45 minutes in. While it was very humorous and made me chuckle at times, it sounded like ramblings of a young woman finding her place in the world, falling in love, starting a career, having kids, and then it not working out. Average life stuff. I almost stopped the play and chose something else but I figured it only had an hour left and might as well just finish it.
The last 45 minutes pulls the play together. She's not rambling; she's reminiscing. Her marriage isn't falling apart because of an affair, her husband is just jealous of her. And jealousy can cause people to do awful things.
As far as performance goes, Mulligan did a fantastic job. Really felt like I was listening to an autobiography, like this actually happened to her.
There is a behind the scenes with Dennis Kelly and I'm not quite sure how I felt about that. I think the story would have been better without it because it takes away the brutality and rawness of what happened. Instead of showing the audience that these horrific things can and do happen by loved ones because of a silly thing like being jealous, it turns the story into these things happen because men are inherently violent. Story would have been much better without the 20 minute political agenda thrown in at the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful