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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 16,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,185

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

Great Production with a strange story

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

This x files episode was a great production woth good voice acting that could weave into a longer series.

The story is somewhat convoluted that is very x files in nature, but for some reason, it didn't grab me and pull me into it.

As I think about why it didn't grab me, it feels like the x files world needs to evolve from its pre-internet days into some that fits into today's world. For example, finding messages in our DNA that reference an alien species or something akin to that would weave into the x files world and the modern age very well.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Island 731

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,067
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,067

Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting fun story

  • By Rise on 01-24-16

Well Narrated Monster Movie

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Island 731 is basically a 'B' Monster Movie with mad scientists creating genetic monsters with a few heroes that have to survive the ordeal.

Those familiar with the monster movie story arc will follow a predicable path. While made enjoyable by Mr. Bray's narration, the story lacks any meaningful depth.

The narration is well down with voices defined for each of the main characters in the story.

  • Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zahn is simply the best.

  • By Ezekiel on 10-03-13

Good Performances - Unintersting Story

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

The performance of the reading was good - similar in quality to the first Thrawn trilogy, but the story was not interesting. It was full of political infighting, but little to do with the 'Star Wars' spirit.

If one is going to have a story with Leia, Han, and Luke, they need to be using them.

For example, Luke could be experimenting with the Force and he triggers something that shakes the stability of the new Republic - like opening up a new area of the galaxy with new terrors that must be mitigated.

Instead, it is a story where the remaining people from the Empire utilize terrorist type techniques to try to over through the New Republic - which is something that doesn't utilize the character foundations of Luke, Han, or Leia to any degree.

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,089
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,944

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

Great Performance of an OK Story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-15

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

Only to a Star Wars fan. The story is just not that good. The real problem is that the new characters are not as compelling as the ones from the original trilogy of films.

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

I have not listed to any other of Mr. Thompson's performances. However, the additional sound effects added to the reading greatly enhance the quality of the audio book experience.

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

No

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized) audiobook cover art
  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

  • By: George Lucas
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008

Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Ellen Anthony on 12-10-12

Good, but not great

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

Almost as good as the first Star Wars radio drama, but Empire has many more visual scenes than episode IV, so some if it doesn't translate as well, but it's still great stuff.

  • Origins

  • Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708

Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance!

  • By Max on 06-21-15

A Bland Summary of the Science behind our Origins

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

This book attempts to provide a science based summary of our history of our universe and humanity. While nothing is wrong with the book, the subject matter is too broad too allow the material to be probed with any depth to make it interesting.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Goal

  • A Process of Ongoing Improvement - 30th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff Cox
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019

In this intriguing business novel, which illustrates state-of-the-art economic theory, Alex Rogo is a UniCo plant manager whose factory and marriage are failing. To revitalize the plant, he follows piecemeal advice from an elusive former college professor who teaches, for example, that reduction in the efficiency of some plant operations may make the entire operation more productive. Alex's attempts to find the path to profitability and to engage his employees in the struggle involve the listener; and thankfully the authors' economic models.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Goal - still relevant today

  • By Wooden Nichols on 05-03-15

The Goal - still relevant today

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I read this book 20 years ago, and while the story has a lot of remnants from the 1980s that don't translate well to todays modern world, the concepts demonstrated through fixing the broken factory are still true today as they were then. It should be required reading or listening to anyone who works in a leadership position in their careers regardless of the field they work.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful