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  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up

  • By Nik on 08-06-18

Pretty Good but Not as Good as the First One

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The first novel was excellent and while this one was good, it was not quite up to par (compared to the first installment). Falconer is a great author and he does an exceptional job developing the characters (especially with the protagonist). This was good but it felt like it had a bit of filler compared to the first.
#interesting
#tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Forming the Company

  • Alpha World, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564

How does Alburet feel about Stacia suddenly becoming his Succubus? How will her family react to her sudden change? While trying to handle this sudden transition, Mindblown is also going to take the server down for maintenance. Alburet will have to deal with emotional turmoil, all while continuing to play the game he has been sentenced to play for life. What else is about to change in Alpha World? Mindblown announces the ability to form guilds. Alburet sees an opportunity to form a guild himself and takes it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If I hear "Kitten" one more time!!!!

  • By Brandon on 11-16-17

This is a nice second novel;

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

There is still a TON of potential for this series but the quality of the story was much slower moving in the second novel. The first was much more open whereas this is of a much more narrow focus. I am enjoying this series but I wish the action would quicken a bit.

  • The Weirdest Noob

  • By: Arthur Stone, Mikhail Yagupov - translator
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

Something quite odd is happening in Second World - the planet's foremost MMORPG. Something that's causing alliances to be broken, and friendships, forgotten. A worthless low-level mine becomes the stage of vicious battles, its burned ruins suddenly contested by the game's toughest clans. Every border is controlled, and every road in the province blocked off. The weak players and NPCs alike are subjected to non-stop violent raids courtesy of Eastern invaders. And the strong are scouring the virtual world for the culprit - the weirdest noob the game has ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turned out to be worth it

  • By Dom on 02-03-18

Loved it!!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This was a nice foray into LITRPG!!! It’s funny, interesting and has some great twists!!

  • Gamer for Life

  • Alpha World, Book 1
  • By: Daniel Schinhofen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048

Seamus is facing life in prison without parole. While doing his time, he's given an option by the Department of Justice and the biggest virtual game maker around, Mindblown Entertainment. If he will help them test long-term immersion, he will get the chance to play the latest game from Mindblown - Alpha World. All he has to do is sign away his legal rights and sign an NDA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • one foot in LitRPG the other in erotica

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-27-17

Great!! Could’ve been Epic!!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

This book is GREAT!!** The book would’ve been astoundingly awesome had it cut out the romance (err if you want to call it that). There were too many scenes that reminded me of what I heard of grocery store romance novels but the gist and base story is outstanding and thus the reason for my rating.

This writer has talent, I just think he needs to stay focused on the main story more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gift

  • By: Dave Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

When an elite team of specialists receives a long-awaited first contact from an alien race, it’s nothing like what they’d imagined. The "gifts," from a long-dead but seemingly benevolent alien race, have been sent to help humanity defend itself against an imminent threat. It’s clear that the gifts are intended to help, but at what price? Caught in the middle is Sam Steele, a high-level programmer and veteran with a tragic past, up against the arrogant, intransigent Colonel Eric Web, who considers Steele a loose cannon and is most concerned with giving the United States an edge in the upcoming battle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen

  • By Christine on 09-01-17

Was awesome...until

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This was a GREAT book until nearly the end. I feel like this would’ve been a perfect trilogy or something but the ending had a feel of just getting the book over with...if that makes any sense. The writer has great talent and the narrator was excellent but it felt like lazy writing at the end (compared to how awesome the first 3/4 of the book was).

I’ll keep an eye out for this author as I think there is a lot of promise.

  • Into the Drowning Deep

  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

Seven years ago the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a mockumentary bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a tragedy. Now a new crew has been assembled. But this time they're not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life's work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart, this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Excellent book by Mira Grant

  • By SharonNM on 04-13-18

So Much Potential!!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This book was GREAT at first...then it seemed to try to meld some romance and not so subtly bring environmental issues to the forefront when the book would’ve been so much better without either. The story was an awesome premise and it was one of the ONLY books to actually give me a little bit of a chill down my spine (I love horror and books don’t usually scare or creep me out) but this one sparkled in some spots and fell flat in others.

Disclaimer: I’m not a fan of romance and I usually try to avoid the genre. The romance in the story was more of a side story but I feel like it detracted from the plot and created diversions when more attention to the mysterious thriller portion would’ve brought this over the top.

I did like this book but felt with a few changes, I could’ve absolutely loved it. To me, it is clear the writer is talented and I’ll look for more books in the future from her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,587

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

The BEST True Crime I've Read/Heard

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Before listening to this book, true crime and non-fiction in general was something that I avoided...with a passion. I would literally disregard the category until I heard some buzz when this was just out. I listened to an excerpt and since I had a credit and not a lot of leads for other books, I took a chance on it and it was better than my wildest dreams. This book was written very well and with a passion and attention to detail that I am still trying to find in other true crime books (even though it had to be finished after her tragic passing). The book was unfinished when she died but I could not tell this to be the case had I not known or been reminded during the book.

Michelle brought some great theories and facts to the table with this book. It was more than obvious to me that she took an immense amount of time to discern facts from the case and to share the most pertinent (since there is a lot of information about the crimes from the sheer number of victims). Also, she posed a great idea concerning DNA and utilizing an ancestry site to find a link to the killer since he has some very, very unique markers. It is somewhat poetic justice that it appears he was, indeed, caught this way. I also have a very, very hard time believing that she had no impact concerning the solving of this case since 2 months after this book (and her theory) came out, the killer (still alleged until convicted) was apprehended.

I am not an outwardly emotional person often but I will, begrudgingly, admit that I did indeed shed a tear when I heard the last passage of the book. There was a powerful mix of emotions as she penned an outline of the killers crimes and when she surmised how he would be apprehended and that he would indeed "Come into the light". It still gives me chills to think about and I hope that in my heart of hearts the killer gets to hear that passage.

After this book, I set out to find similar ones but I have yet to find it. I wish the author was here to see the apprehension (and to be a wife/mother/author) but alas she is not. This book led me to listen to "In Cold Blood" among other classics. I still love this one the best and think I will re-listen to it (which would be a first for me as I do not relisten to books...not yet).

I highly recommend! This is coming from a lover of all things Sci-Fi, Horror and Mystery/Thriller.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,187

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first three

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

Skippy is Amazing!!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This is an amazing series (if you are reading this then you managed to make it through the first half of the first book until Skippy arrived). There feels like a lot more needs to occur in this series and I, for one, cannot wait. RC Bray is perfect for Skippy and does a great job with his performance.

As far as the story, I think it was very good but it felt like it did have some filler in it (not to a bad extent though) and I eagerly await the next part in the series.

Overall, if you love wit, excitement and intrigue (via sci-fi), check this out!

  • Lurk

  • By: Adam Vine
  • Narrated by: Kevin Meyer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 202

College student Drew Brady never wanted the power to spy on his friends. But late one night, he finds a box of old Polaroids buried under his house that can change to show him whatever he desires, and Drew finds himself with the power to watch the people around him without them ever knowing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great debut novel!

  • By J on 02-21-17

Love the premise and twists

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This is a book that hooked me from the get-go...I am a Stephen King fan and this felt like it had some vague nuances similar to that style but more so it was a very interesting story to me.

I never go into details about books in my reviews as I do not do spoilers...

This was entertaining, interesting and a bit creepy (hard to do for me with books so that impressed me). The first 60% of the book was awesome and the last 40% was good. There were some parts that felt as though it was filler but I thinking back, it was for a reason and necessary. You'll understand when you listen to it or read it.

Some things that the author seems to cover that feel realistic to me...bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and other similar themes. Don't get me wrong or misinterpret, this book isn't some completely dark one but it does feel like it gets into the mind of someone who has experienced some of those things before.

This was a very good book; almost an awesome one! I will absolutely look for this author's next effort and recommend checking t out of you like the horror genre!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dinosaur Four

  • By: Geoff Jones
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

A ticking sound fills the air as Tim MacGregor enters The Daily Edition Café, hoping to meet his new girlfriend for coffee. Moments later, the café is transported 67 million years into the past, along with everyone inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dinos, Baristas, and Coffee Addicts, Oh My!

  • By Lilyn G. on 02-23-18

Interesting, fun and suspenseful at times

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

This is good overall story by a writer that I'm new to but that has a style I like a lot. There was a good bit of comedic relief, plot twists and some interesting ways he tied together some elements of the story that I was very curious to hear.

This book felt a little like "14" by Peter Clines (a little) and that was awesome because I love that book. Just vaguely but it was nice and enjoyable. Totally different stories but the way events were managed to be tied together and such was good in both (in my humble opinion).

Overall, I really enjoyed this and recommend it for lovers of sci-fi. I like how some things were explained and even seemed to make sense to me. Love the author's sense of humor as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful