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James Lee Owings III

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  • The X-Files: Stolen Lives

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group - now shadows of their former selves - seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As much as the show

  • By S. Reese on 11-02-17

Kinda eh but not bad.

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

David still comes out flat rep raising his infamous role as mulder. Stories were decent but it felt more like I was watching the last couple of seasons of x files versus the older early ones that were more terrifying

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

  • By: George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond the film...

  • By Matthew on 10-13-11

Not Bad!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

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

I would, if they were curious. It has added information that made more sense than what the film lead on.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought the added background of Luke was interesting.

  • 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 14,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,784

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

Well Damn....

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

You know I'm not entirely sure cause I'm unfamiliar with the workings of Joe Harris but I expected more out of Carter.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll go back to some Star Wars I suppose.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I suppose the narration did as it had to help provide the same atmosphere of the tv series so you gotta have the dates and times in there somehow.

Do you think The X-Files: Cold Cases needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would think there would be as there are unexplained missing characters who briefly appeared.

Any additional comments?

Truthfully I was disappointed a bit. Duchovny really just phoned it in cold read style and I didn't think he was interested in doing this thing at all, just collect an easy pay check. Out of all the actors and original cast he bummed me out the most.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Alien: Covenant

  • A Novel
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien adventure. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. But it is actually a dark, dangerous world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as great as I hoped

  • By James Lee Owings III on 05-31-17

Not as great as I hoped

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

I've seen the movie and usually read the novels of movies I've seen to find out what changes were made or cut that could of made the story slightly different. In a way this novel plays out a lot like the movie and I'm not even completely done yet. There are lots of added dialogue and scenes that would of made the characters more enjoyable and not wasted like the film variant.
However the performance was rather dull almost flat. This would of helped with music or some sound effects to really feel like you're in a sci-fi horror genre but alas nothing.
Really disappointed since I can finish these in a day or two but this book has taken me now a week to listen and hard to finish.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310

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

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

Taking place just before aliens this sci-fi adventure answers what exactly happens to the colonists on lv426.
I did notice that there were a few areas of the story that happen to be mirrored off of an old dark horse comic telling a much similar story such as newts families demise.
The cast was excellently played even bringing back a couple of the original cast members from the Cameron film.
I hope audible does more just like this notnonly for this franchise but others that are popular in mainstream pop culture.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 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 13,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,473

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
  • Outstanding

  • By Ed on 09-04-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is what these audible books should really be like. This reminds me of those old radio drama tapes I listened to as a kid. We need more of these on popular sci-fi franchises. Just sucks you in better!

  • Into the Void

  • Star Wars Legends (Dawn of the Jedi)
  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219

On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy. Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant surprise, best SW novels of late

  • By AnthroGal on 05-30-13

Decent, but quick

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

What did you like best about Into the Void? What did you like least?

A story of the ancient order of the Jedi was always something that fascinated me as a kid and now as an adult I finally get to enjoy some of the stories of the times before the republic.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Honestly it felt underachieved. If anything overall the story felt less like a novel and more like a short story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the flashbacks were my favorite overall.

Was Into the Void worth the listening time?

I felt like the story could of been longer, but I was done listening to this a lot faster than I thought I would.

Any additional comments?

If you're any bit curious over what the Jedi were like long before the war with the Sith, or even the formation of the Republic, give it a listen. But the story is very short and after all the events it's very lack luster for an ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful