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  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good then, NOT

  • By Randall on 07-24-18

A masterful blend of horror and naval traditions

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The Terror is a suspenseful story where the environment and human nature threatens the crew as much as the monster that hunts them. A great deal of historical detail is in regards to naval traditions and the culture of the time. Overall it's a very long book but full of interesting characters and a brutally oppressive atmosphere. I'd highly recommend it.

The narrator does an excellent job voicing the vast collection of characters and at no point pulled me out of the story with his delivery.

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  • Lee

  • The Last Years
  • By: Charles Bracelen Flood
  • Narrated by: Michael Anthony
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Robert E. Lee, one of the most famous figures in American history, vanished after his dramatic surrender at Appomattox. In fact, he lived only another five years, during which time he did more than any other American to heal the wounds between North and South during the tempestuous postwar period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible leader

  • By David on 11-17-06

LOVE OF THE CONFEDERACY NOT REQUIRED

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

As a liberal who supported the north's stance in the Civil War I didn't expect to get much out of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised and would highly recommend it to anyone who cares about history.

This book covers very little of Robert E Lee's military career and focuses more on the large role he played after the war in mending a fractured country. Lee used his influence in the south to promote the ideas of a peaceful coexistence with the north and respect toward the federal government.

His notoriety in the north lead him to be frequently called to Washington to represent the south. Where he did much to stifle the Republican's demonization of southerners and promote unification over the then more popular idea of forcing the south to pay for war damages while being ruled over as territories rather than states.

My only complaint would be that a small portion toward the middle comes off as very trivial repetitions of already established themes in his life with more of a slice of life feel, rather than being needed for historical record.

Otherwise it was an amazing book that brings back to life one of the greatest Americans who sadly has been forgotten with time.

  • North Korea Undercover

  • Inside the World's Most Secret State
  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

North Korea is like no other tyranny on Earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation in the world, and Big Brother is always watching. It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Huge factories with no staff or electricity, hospitals with no patients, uniformed child soldiers, and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ - the Demilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins - are all framed by a relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line, and the gulag awaits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly listenable, humorous and enlightening

  • By Kevin Stokes on 09-09-15

Great overview of North Korea with solid narration

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

I found the book to be an engaging comprehensive overview of North Korean history, atrocities, leadership, and culture. The book was engaging from start to finish and I never found myself bored. The narrator does an excellent job. I'd recommend this book to anyone, more people should be able aware of North Korea and its unstable position in global politics.

  • Aliens

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Returned to Earth, Ellen Ripley learns that a colony has been established on LV-426, the planet where the crew of the Nostromo found the original Alien. But contact with the colonists has been lost, so she must accompany a unit of colonial marines to discover their fate. And to destroy any Aliens found on the planet known as Acheron. This is a groundbreaking sequel by science fiction legend Alan Dean Foster, with the wonderful characters and rapid-fire action that make Aliens one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "Get away from her, You." - Really?!

  • By Troy on 07-08-16

Not perfect but a very good audio novelization.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

The narrator did an amazing job on this book and the other Alien books he was hired for. Having listened to all the Aliens franchise novelization I have to say the ones narrated by William Hope are the most engaging. He does a great job at voicing the many characters and never comes off as boring or cringy. If you like the Aliens franchise I highly recommend this novelization, William Hopes other performance in Alien Resurrection (amazingly better than the movie), and the audio drama Alien: Out of the Shadows which has a filly voiced cast and sound effects.

My main complaint, which almost made me pass over this entry when voiced by other reviewers, is that the audio book has removed all profanity from the script. However I did not notice it much save a blatant case at the end where Ripley yells at the Alien Queen as it approaches Newt "Get away from her you!..." removing the word b**ch. in this case it was very noticable, almost like the recording just cut out and pulled me out of the scene. That aside I still would highly recommend the audio book.

The overall performance and writing was great and engaging, though this novelization seems to add very little extra and follows the movie very closely. If the movie is fresh in your mind I'd recommend Alien Resurrection over this entry for how much it changes, builds on, and improves the story one of the weakest films in the franchise.

  • 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 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

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

Amazingly better than the movie!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

I was very hesitant to buy this book after the movie left a very poor impression, though was pleasantly surprised. A major component that was missing in the movie that is present here is the thoughts of Ripley and the Aliens (portrayed through her cloned genetic link to them). It makes scenes that came off as nonsensical and just weird or out of character in the movie make a lot more sense in the book and offer a unique experience for the Aliens franchise where you get to see inside the minds of the alien warriors and Queen and have a glimpse at their social structure.

The audio book itself is helped by very talented narration. The narrator varries his voice for the different characters and never once had me cringing or bored which can easily happen when the best of books gets a bad or uninterested narrator.

If you like the Aliens franchise I strongly recommend giving this book a look and redeem your opinion of Alien Resurrection. The writer and narrator managed to make the weakest Aliens movie into an amazing entry into the series.

Lastly if you enjoy this book or the series I strongly suggest checking out Aliens: Out of the Shadows, the audible drama, which basically plays out like a movie without video and is a very engaging/unique Aliens audio book experience with a fully voiced cast.

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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 13,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,299

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 impressive

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Very impressive audiobook. Plays out more like a movie without video than a standard audiobook, with music, sound effects, and a fully voiced cast. Any Alien fan will be in for a fun experience.

  • The Portable Atheist

  • Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Ball
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, and more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged is not so

  • By Eugenio on 12-30-10

Likely a great book that audio doesnt do justice.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

This book is held back by its naration. It is at times very difficult to tell when the author has transitioned from his own input to the quotation of others making the book often hard to follow.

It serves as a good resourse for recommending many writings from past athiests and building upon them somewhat, though Id recommend looking for it in print.

  • They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else

  • A History of the Armenian Genocide
  • By: Ronald Grigor Suny
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Starting in early 1915, the Ottoman Turks began deporting and killing hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the first major genocide of the 20th century. By the end of the First World War, the number of Armenians in what would become Turkey had been reduced by 90 percent - more than 1,000,000 people. A century later, the Armenian genocide remains controversial but relatively unknown, overshadowed by later slaughters and the chasm separating Turkish and Armenian versions of events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched and balanced.

  • By Stephen Hoag on 12-20-15

A great neutral look into the Armenian genocide

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

I highly recommend the book to anyone wishing to know more on the subject. The author takes a fairly neutral look at the situation and goes to great lengths to explain the historical, cultural, and political atmosphere that lead to many of the different events covered.

My only complaint about the book would be the occassional censorship of events in a seeming attemp to remain objective and neutral in their explanation. At several points of the book, but not always, the author avoids going into much detail of the brutality used by both sides in their attacks against eachother in favor of statistics. It is quite possible many events had little to no trustworthy witnesses and both sides would exaggerate the others actions while justifying their own, but I cannot help but feel that in trying to not focus much on the details on some of the slaughters the victims aresomewhat dehumanized into a regurgitation of statistics.

This asside I left this book with a far more detailed historical understanding of the events and region and Id highly recommend it.

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