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  • Signal

  • By: Tony Peak
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Natasha Soudek, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 53

They were sent to investigate the first extraterrestrial signal. What they found was beyond anything they could have imagined - or feared. On a voyage to a mysterious moon in the Alpha Centauri system, the UEA Centaurus meets with disaster. Only the quick thinking of the flight engineer, Rachel Terman, saves some of the crew. Crash-landing on the moon, trillions of kilometers from Earth, they struggle to carry out their mission and try to survive. But nothing has prepared them for what they will face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the voices, especially the Norwegian

  • By Annie Armstrong on 11-20-18

A fun and intriguing listen

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Kudos to Audible, Tony Peak and Allison Johnson in particular for a really entertaining audible experience. I have been an audible fan since the beginning and I have never enjoyed a book so much frankly. Signals is a cleverly written sci-fi gothic tale with many surprises, sexy situations and interesting characters. Yes there is a "lesbian" component (which turns off some readers) but it is only one of many cool elements to this production, and frankly, though I am not gay, I found it refreshing, unique and fun. The whole novel and the creative multi-narrator production by audible is great. I totally disagree with reviewers finding fault with Allison Johnson: they are full of what Philip K. Dick might call "kipple." She does a brilliant job handling a vast array of international accents and well, to be frank, her voice for the Swedish linguist Larson is sexy as hell. There are number of intriguing motifs handled very well in such a short package, including Colonialism, feminism, prejudice of many types, survival on a long range space mission, and the ending is complex and rewarding. I look forward to reading more from Peak and his strong women protagonists; moreover, I hope that this novel will be published in written forum so that myself and other professors may be able to teach it in our classes--I guarantee that students will love this as it is very hip, well-written, action-packed, horrifying and intriguing on many levels. Thanks for a great trip across the galaxy!.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

  • By Alton J Henley on 08-12-16

Worst sci-fi I have ever read or listened to

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Someone else writing the story

Any additional comments?

Other then the excellent reader, this is trash. Ultra-conservative nonsense, poorly written, and where the hell are the decent fight scenes at least?
Do not read unless you just like to listen to ultra-conservative babbling non stop.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Fleet: Victorious

  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Jack Campbell, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,514

As war continues to rage between the Alliance and Syndicate Worlds, Captain "Black Jack" Geary is promoted to admiral - even though the ruling council fears he may stage a military coup. His new rank gives him the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who have suffered tremendous losses and may finally be willing to end the war. But an even greater alien threat lurks on the far side of the Syndic occupied space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorious

  • By Jean on 03-16-12

Great sci-fi series; outstanding reader

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

What made the experience of listening to The Lost Fleet: Victorious the most enjoyable?

First, as others have said, it's a well-written series of books with a lot of suspense and several intriguing characters. Reminds me of Star Trek Voyager in that the fleet is trapped deep in space, essentially. The reading is strong and brilliant.

What other book might you compare The Lost Fleet: Victorious to and why?

Most like another great series, Star Force.

Which character – as performed by Christian Rummel and Jack Campbell – was your favorite?

I like all three major characters, but Christian Rummel is truly amazing in capturing both the manly brave captain voice of Captain Jack, and the voice of the two strong female protagonists. Arguably the best male performance of two women I've heard--and he lends such strong sensuality and uniqueness to each woman. Amazing!

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

yes

Any additional comments?

The whole series rocks

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French - Level 1: Introduction to French, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

  • Introduction French #1
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

This Audiobook will take you through the basics of French with Basic Bootcamp, All About, and Pronunciation lessons. The five Basic Bootcamp lessons each center on a practical, real-life conversation. In the fifteen All About lessons, you’ll learn all about French and France. Our native teachers and language experts will explain everything you need to know to get started in French. The five Pronunciation lessons take you step-by-step through the most basic skill in any language: how to pronounce words and sentences like a native speaker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Introduction

  • By Stuart A. Richads on 03-04-13

Really fun and helpful instructors

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

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

Yes. It was very helpful for me to brush up on my French and they offer on online guide as well. But it is the two instructors that make this an awesome experience overall. They combine a sense of instruction, humor, friendship beautifully in their presentation. I like Eric Lynch's performance--he is funny, helpful, and encourages learning; but I find Virginies Maries totally captivating. Laugh if you will, but she has such a lovely sexy French accent and voice! Seriously: this is the type of French woman we men all fell in love with over the years, and it just makes the whole experience that much more fun, entertaining, and instructive. Check it out!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Learn French - Level 1: Introduction to French, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25?

The reparte between the instructors .

What does Virginie Maries and Eric Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As I said--they are superb, tres magnifique! I would love to meet Virginie in person and tell her how awesome she is.

Any additional comments?

It's worth it just to listen to these two instructors. haha!

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Live Free or Die

  • Troy Rising, Book One
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852

When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Awesome

  • By Colin on 05-27-11

Ayn Rand meets Alien Invasion Sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you listen to Live Free or Die again? Why?

Ringo's Ayn Rand-conservative take is pretty funny actually, and sort of interesting, though it does get annoying as well. Still, a good tale overall, especially the beginning with the colorful aliens, the syrup, and all of that. Great reading of this, btw. Should have had more military action--I think that's a big flaw. Ringo whips through the action way too fast, focusing more on way too much ranting and geological/physics/manufacturing detail. Everything you anted to know about harvesting asteroids. Thanks for the lecture on all that, John. LOL

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Fatherland

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-14-10

Excellent story and excellent reading

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

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

Gripping thriller set in post-WWI victorious Germany. Very clever re-visioning of history and yet also contains a real sense of "heart" at the core. It doesn't forget what was truly evil about that regime and two people's struggle to get the truth out.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful