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  • Hunters of Dune

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

At the end of Frank Herbert's final novel, Chapterhouse: Dune, a ship carrying a crew of refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. Hunters of Dune is the exotic odyssey of the crew as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • If only I liked Dune a little less...

  • By James on 09-14-06

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I'm a huge fan of Dune, and have read every book (except this one, which I listened to). I really wanted to like this story. Overall, very disappointing. The story attempts to re/hash previous characterization, plots and storylines to onboard new readers who haven't consumed previous novels - and this is ultimately boring for the seasoned customer. At the same time, the authors make vast assumptions about listeners knowledge of the Dune universe. The net effect is that both new and old listeners are left unfulfilled.

Plot developments drags incessantly, and doesn't improve, even after reaching the 12 hour mark.

Narration is not compelling enough to carry the lack of plot or storyline. The voice characterization was...not impressive.

The Ghola theme as it is applied really doesn't produce any genuine interest that is sustainable.

I'll finish the listening but this feels like a novel with a 500 page prelude. Yawn

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,174

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Good story.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Good story and excellent character development. Very smooth progression and captivating.

Wrapping things up towards the end felt a little contrived and hurried. Somewhat disappointing, anti-climactic finish. Could have been 5 stars and a potential classic with a bit more focus on dispatching the villain. Epic showdown / finale was all that was required.

Ray Porter is The Man. A+

0 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

Good production, weak story.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Production quality with typical sound effects and track was high. Unfortunately, there wasn't really much to this story to get excited about. Weak plot. Narration and charters was adequate.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,932

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Unimpressed

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Decent message that gets lost in repetitive storytelling. The tone that the book is written comes across 'as whiney', and when transitioned to narrative it started to grate on my nerves. Ultimately I lost interest in continuing the book after only a few chapters

  • The Revenant

  • A Novel of Revenge
  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429

The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • solid entertainment

  • By jude butler on 07-11-15

Great story. Watch the movie first.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Overall a very enjoyable listen. A rather unremarkable ending, though.

One of the few occasions where the movie was a much better story than the original book. You'll see what I mean if you watch the movie first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Resurrection

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: A. C. Crispin
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Ellen Ripley awakens onboard the space station Auriga. Her last memory is of her own fiery death. And yet she is somehow alive. Ripley discovers that her "resurrection" is a result of an incredible experiment that has altered both her and the creature she has been carrying. To combat the incalculable alien menace, she teams up with a renegade band of space smugglers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best of the first four novelizations.

  • By Troy on 07-24-16

Decent, not exceptional.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

Great narrator and performance. Script parallels the movie, but drones on in too much detail towards the end.

  • 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 12,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,515

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
  • GAME OVER MAN! GAME OVER!

  • By Martin on 05-17-16

Great performance and production

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

Reviewed: 05-29-16

5 star production. Excellent performances. Story was good, but a little predictable. Hope they make more of these.

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,277

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Asking the important questions 50 years on

  • By Ian C Robertson on 05-09-12

Pass

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

Reviewed: 04-24-16

Had higher expectations re: entertainment value. Story had difficulty getting up to speed. By midway it had captured my attention, but only for a short time. Weak conclusion and ending. If you have not seen the movie, I doubt you would find it nearly as entertaining.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,202

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Amazing performance, incredible storytelling

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

Gaiman at his finest. Wonderfully articulated storytelling. Top performance and voice characterization. Will definitely listen to again.

  • Ex-Heroes

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,650

Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superheros, Villians & Zombies... mmm heaven

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 08-16-13

Time Consuming Character Study

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

Would you try another book from Peter Clines and/or Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ?

Not sure. This one was ok, but needed more story.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Clines before, how does this one compare?

N/A haven't listened to others.

Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

Hmm. I will say that the swap between female lead and male lead took a little getting used to. He had a better range of characters than she did. Most of the female parts all sounded the same.

Did Ex-Heroes inspire you to do anything?

Umm. Drive? No, not really.

Any additional comments?

Good concept. needs more story and less zombie action flick. Clearly written for tv or movies in mind.