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  • 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 4,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,053

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

Good Production and Voice Work

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

Any additional comments?

Good production on this audible drama, especially after the excellent (to me) 'Into The Shadows'. Love the voice work, and the actress playing Ripley really nailed it.

Some minor nitpicks, though. In the last audio drama, Ripley's daughter, Amanda, was mentioned many times and even looked up by Ash in his records (also connecting to Alien: Isolation). Even Hooper gave up his life so Ripley could leave and hopefully get back to Amanda.
But in this drama, she's mentioned only once, not even talked about by Burke to Ripley before the deposition (a scene in the extended Aliens cut and the main idea for Isolation). I think it would've had more continuity if she'd had more time to grieve for her daughter, who died of cancer.
The other issue is why did they have to make a connection to Prometheus? When the Jordens get to the Space Jockey, one of them comments how the Jockey's head is actually a helmet. Seriously, how could they really tell? To me, it'll always be a Space Jockey and always be another alien to me.

  • Rise of the Rocket Girls

  • The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
  • By: Nathalia Holt
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608

In the 1940s and '50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an insightful history of what women can accomplish

  • By Katherine on 10-25-16

New take on women's role in the Space Program!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Any additional comments?

Funny how in all the movies and tv shows, etc., we always see women primarily portraying the wives, girlfriends, what have you of the astronauts: they stayed home with the kids and guys went up in space. For my part, I had no clue that women had played such an integral role in the beginnings of the Space Program.

One curious note: while the book talked about how the Space Race with the Soviets was on everyone's mind, there was no mention at all about how they'd send a woman into space (Valentina Tereshkova) soon after the first man. I thought it would've a nice contrast, especially since I'd wondered if any of those woman 'computers' thought they'd see an american woman in space as well? Sad that it took the U.S. close to 2 decades before we'd caught up to the Soviets in *that* race.

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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 23,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,679

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

Very Well Made Audiodrama, Hope to Hear More!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Alien: Out of the Shadows to be better than the print version?

I'd read the book some time back and thought it was ok, but thought the audio version was so much better.

What other book might you compare Alien: Out of the Shadows to and why?

I'd compare this to the other Alien and Aliens books, also made into Audible books.

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

The voice actors (narrators) really did a great job making me care for the characters. Made them so believable and down to earth. Btw, the voice actress who did Ripley made me initially think that it was Sigourney Weaver.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I've listened it several times already.

Any additional comments?

I did appreciate the production using many of the sound effects as well as plot points from the game 'Alien: Isolation'. Also, I believe the voice actress who voiced Amanda Ripley plays one of the doctors. I hope to see more audio dramas from the Alien universe.

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,602

World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Great add-ons, but not 'unabridged'

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

Reviewed: 05-25-13

Where does World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks on my top 5 best audiobooks, the different actors/actresses really make this a great listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The realism.

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

Haven't heard any others, unfortunately.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so.

Any additional comments?

The description states this is an 'unabridged' reading, which I took to mean all the people who did the original reading, had come back to fill in the dialogue that got cut from the original. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. All that was done was new actors were brought in to read the chapters not included. Hopefully the site will change the wording.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Worldwar: In the Balance

  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 26 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By W on 03-29-10

Alternate 'V'...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-10

I was first exposed to this when I friend of mine gave me the first book back in college. At the time, I wasn't a very big fan of 'alternate history' and actually didn't read the book till much later. After turning the first page, I became hooked in the genre. Admittedly, it reminded me of the show 'V' with lizards coming to Earth to conquer us, if not to eat us. The book does have a large cast of characters, some historical and some fictional, but Turtledove does a good job of balancing not only the people but the places that are jumped from all over the world.

Having just finished this, I can' wait for the second book in the tetralogy to be made. Todd McLaren does a good job with delivery as well as different accents for the large cast in the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful