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Scott M. Vana

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  • The Dead Drink First

  • By: Dale Maharidge
  • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,192

Dale Maharidge’s father, like many World War II veterans, never talked about “the good war”. There was just one clue to his dad’s experience as a US Marine - a portrait with a close friend that hung permanently in their home. In The Dead Drink First, Dale, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recounts his 18-year quest to find and repatriate the missing remains of his dad’s buddy, Herman Walter Mulligan, 73 years after he was killed in action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it even if it's not your usual genre

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-07-19

Intriguing .

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

an interesting look of the world war 2 events through the eyes of those that have been there and some of their stories.

  • Alien III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,292

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Dramatization of the Movie that never was

  • By Alan on 05-31-19

SOLID!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

This was such a treat to listen to and it leaves so much to the imagination. it would be amazing to see a big screen adaptation. it's worth the money to listen to!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Narrated by: Florence Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,671

Does nature really make us feel better? The 3-Day Effect takes a look at the science behind why being in the wild can make us happier, healthier, and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, hiking in Utah’s wilderness, or walking through Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, scientists are finding that the more exposure humans have to nature, the more we can benefit from reduced anxiety, enhanced creativity, and overall well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of opinions

  • By Peter A. Oneill on 05-08-19

Reassuring.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-19

The connection between us and nature backed up by scientific data shows promising results in the preliminary.

  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,803

Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • See Episodes I-III in a whole new light!!!

  • By kalei on 11-09-12

Such a great Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

I loved it! This books filled in the events of Palpatines life with Plagis and the beginnings of Darth Maul through episode 1 and 2.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,312

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploring strange new worlds

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

The wrong person.

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The voice of this story has fallen very flat. His tone is mono, his ability to put feeling into the story or convey urgency has taken a decent story and dragged it down. I could only make it half way through before getting fed up with a less than lack luster performance.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,432

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of not much

  • By K. J. Kendall on 08-12-16

Not bad, but not great by any means.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

The author was very repetitive with the language that was used and the voice actress was not convincingly strong at all.

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • By: Christopher Golden
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

When Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, she learns that the planet LV-426 - now called Acheron - has been colonised. But LV-426 is where Ripley and the crew of the Nostromo found the original Xenomorph - the killing machine known as the Alien. Protected by the Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet. Two such residents are Anne and Russell Jorden, seeking a fortune that eluded them on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome!

  • By Scott M. Vana on 11-03-17

awesome!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

This book filled in a lot of the gaps of what happened before the events of aliens and it was great!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ham on Rye

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Bukowski
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933

In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years, and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed this

  • By Parola138 on 12-09-13

wow

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

Reviewed: 10-25-17

This is such a great book. He really knows how to connect with us as people and give you a look back into the old day.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • By: Tim Lebbon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

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
  • A very good listen.

  • By Jason on 08-24-16

An interesting entry.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

This entry wasn't bad at all. The biggest struggle is the overuse of Ripley's nightmares. It takes away from the tone and mood the reader attempts to create. 3.5 stars.