zack Smitley

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  • Alien: Echo

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Kate Marcin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60


Olivia and her twin sister, Viola, have been dragged around the universe for as long as they can remember. Their parents, both xenobiologists, are always in high demand for their research into obscure alien biology. Just settled on a new colony world, they discover an alien threat unlike anything they’ve ever seen. And suddenly, the sisters’ world is ripped apart. On the run from terrifying aliens, Olivia’s knowledge of xenobiology and determination to protect her sister are her only weapons as the colony collapses into chaos. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Truly cringe worthy and not in the traditional alien manner

  • By zack Smitley on 05-16-19

Truly cringe worthy and not in the traditional alien manner

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Reviewed: 05-16-19

Where to begin unpacking the wreckage of this sloppy, unoriginal, agenda pushing mess of a book. To begin with it’s almost comical how every male character is either ignorant and evil or an incompetent loser. Second is the excruciatingly terrible recant of the teenage romance through out The length of the story that trumps all the family death and destruction around them. The story is told from the perspective of one of the teenagers although from the way all the children talk and behave you would assume they’re about 13 to 14 when in fact they’re actually 17-year-olds budding on adulthood. The main character is tough to like she’s a secret ninja scientist heartthrob lesbian seems a bit much to pack into a 17-year-old girl who is a sorry attempt at emulating the true heroine of the aliens stories Ellen Ripley. Character development is sloppy and slow, the attempts to sound well researched come off like a bad bio 101 class. On the whole if you enjoy any of the other alien books do your best to stay away from this in my opinion it should be buried and forgotten.

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  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,320

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

Not the treasure island I remembered

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Reviewed: 05-09-19

Been forever since I’ve read anything since I’m 30 now and honestly I can’t say I’ve read anymore of that excerpts from the book unfortunately the most I knew was what I saw on Muppets treasure Island VHS. This is entirely a different kind of story is extremely enjoyable well read story and performance