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  • Shadow Puppets

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,605

Best selling SF author Orson Scott Card brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth.

Earth and its society have been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity forced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The usually exciting Enderverse gets tedious

  • By Kadi on 08-16-12

This book survives on name only

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

If it had not been for Ender's Game, this book would have failed miserably along with it's predecessor. Card's obsession with "babies" and procreation for no other purpose than to expand the human race is disturbing at best. With that said, it was mind numbingly boring to hear chapter after chapter discussing Petra's unexplainable desire to get pregnant. I don't mind that there was little action in this book, but I do mind the endless droning and restating of the same story over and over again. How many times must we be reminded of these people's backstory. I swear, if I hear "streets of Rotterdam" one more time, I'm going to lose my mind. This entire book is like someone's personal obsession with their childhood and reliving the same boring crap over and over. The ending was perhaps the most anti-climactic finale I have ever known. The entire book was unsatisfying from beginning to end, and I kept hoping for something to develop, but it never did. I have no plans to reward Card with additional revenue. As far as I'm concerned, this series is done.

  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,706

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

An Empath? Really?

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

For science fiction, Alien was always grounded in reality. Everything that was cited in these stories was always something that could be explained away by advances in technology or a suspension of disbelief as it pertains to things like faster than light travel, etc. But in this story they actively jumped the shark by making our protagonist an empath. Now maybe you think humans are imbued with hidden super powers, so this doesn't cause any real issues for you. But I'm not one of those people. This is utter bunk and a horrible way to further these stories. I was really happy that they were continuing to build the canon around the original films, but this just seems like a complete and total departure from everything we've grown to love.

  • 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 4,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198

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

Entertaining but some minor criticism of the VA

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

So these are some great productions, I find them very entertaining. But the voice acting, especially Tim, leaves a lot to be desired. He keeps slipping into a British accent and it's quite distracting. Also, minor little script issues like referring to Hospital instead of "the hospital" is very telling that this is a British production. I guess I'm just a little confused as to why they would go to all the trouble to produce this in the UK and fake American accents, instead of using an American team in the first place. This is, after-all, an Audible original, so what gives?

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,842
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,812

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Nick Offerman Free - That's all you need to know

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

It's free, why are people complaining? And it's Nick Offerman, the greatest humorist of our time and a man that can melt butter with the mere utterance of a whisper. I haven't the time nor the inclination to understand anyone that finds this FREE audio book to be anything less than a figurative feast for the ears. I must also mention that Andrew Beahrs was a pleasant surprise. He has a very pleasant NPR style narration and together they really made this a pleasant listen.

  • Tales of Anyar

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 5
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745

The Destiny’s Crucible series chronicles the incredible adventure of Joseph Colsco, a college student of no particular importance who is thrust into an unimaginable fate by an accident that couldn’t happen - but did. Cast naked on the planet Anyar, he forges a new life for himself and rises to prominence and responsibilities he would otherwise never have imagined. However, much is left undone and uncertain. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Managing Expectations

  • By Bryan on 08-21-18

A proper prelude for the next series of books

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

If you follow the author at all, you will understand that this was never meant to be a complete book. It's a series of unrelated stories both past and future. With that in mind, this book delivered on the promise, and pulled on some new threads too. And while the writing was a bit gratuitous in places, like the chapter with Mark the engineer, and the later chapters with Joseph yearning for an engineer, overall it was a very enjoyable listen. But speaking of Mark, I can't wait for him to enter the picture. I am hoping for some conflict between him and Joseph, because a harmonious relationship would just seem to easy. Perhaps mark will think that Joseph has misused his gifts and view him as an opportunist instead of the savior as we see him. Will Mark threaten to reveal his secrets? So many possibilities, I really hope Olan explores this in depth.

  • HALO: Bad Blood

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artificial intelligence Cortana. But even as they attempt to stay one step ahead, trouble seems to find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ for Alpha-9 fans!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-29-18

Monotone Narration, by Scott Brick

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

If you enjoy monotone narration, this is the audio book for you! Be amazed as you listen to multiple characters while trying to determine which one is speaking! If you like your females to sound like slightly effeminate men, oh man, this is your cup of tea right here! Yes ladies and gentlemen, Scott Brick is back, the same narrator that brought you Monotone Arbiter, Monotone Master Chief, Monotone Cortana, Monotone Keyes (both of them) and Monotone Sgt Johnson! And this time, he's back, better than ever! Listen as Scott Brick narrates one of the most iconic voices in the UNSC, Sgt Edward Buck. You thought Nathan Fillion was charismatic? Scott Brick brings Buck to life, practically leaping from the speakers with the enthusiasm of an auto-mechanic that just finished a double shift at the local Jiffy Lube. Fillion who? Exactly!

I should note, for those of you with trouble sleeping, Scott Brick makes for a fantastic sleep aid. After only a few minutes, you'll be falling gently into dream land as Scott's monotone delivery soothes you inner ear like the white noise from raindrops on your rooftop. Even during the most action packed moments, Scott's dull and humdrum performance will be sure to keep you sound asleep like a baby!

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mavericks

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 6
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,794
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,924

The remnants of the Expeditionary Force stranded on the alien-controlled planet "Paradise" get a chance to prove themselves, in a simple off-world training mission with a ship full of teenage alien cadets. When the mission goes horribly wrong and the survival of everyone on Paradise is at risk, the Merry Band of Pirates may have to come to the rescue. Unless they get killed first.... 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alanson teases, and then pulls a 3.5

  • By Andrew on 09-26-18

Alanson is asleep at the wheel

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Once again, R.C. Bray makes an otherwise dull book entertaining. I swear, this man is a damned gift to audio books. I don't know how he manages to do it, but the way he embodies these characters puts all other narrators to shame.

Now, on to the criticism...these books are becoming increasingly frustrating. Let me be clear, Joe Bishop is our protagonist, he is the hero, he is the individual that carries and narrates the story. And to ignore that for half a book and focus on benign, uninteresting characters is an authorship sin in my opinion. I do not care about Ex Force unless it's the Merry Band of Pirates. Everything that I love about this series is missing from that portion of the story. There is no comic relief from Skippy, no playful banter, nothing....just boring military sci-fi. I can find plenty of that in other books, I read these books because I love the characters. Now I have an entirely new set of characters that have been deceptively inserted into the story that was expected. And what a sloppy narrative tool, having Joe "read about their adventure" while waiting for the ship to power down.....ugh. I can already tell the author is setting up further adventures of these boring people, and I can only hope he spins them off into a completely different series, because I won't be buying any more stories if Joe and Skippy aren't front and center.

And while I'm ranting, let me say that I'm getting sick and tired of seeing Joe get absolutely no character development. Readers like to see their protagonist grow and succeed. Joe and Skippy have literally saved the human race multiple times, and what does he get for it...admonishment and disdain, and no official rank? Where is the logic here? Joe needs to flex his muscles a little bit. This self-deprecating routine is getting really old. He should be a little cocky now, he should have some swagger, he's the savior of humanity and he just plays the "woe is me" card ad nauseam.

And lastly, this book has employed an unreliable narrator in the sense that on a couple occasions, the narrator claims that Perkins and crew are the first to pilot a ship, or the first to make a jump...both of which are patently wrong and should not be coming from the narrator. One would think this would setup a meeting where Perkins discovers the existence of the Flying Dutchman and its crew, and finding out that, no, they were not the first to do these things. Instead, this narrative error is just left to sit there and fester.

I'm going to think long and hard before buying the next book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,156

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

A solid entry, but nothing terribly enthralling.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I don't feel like I wasted my credit, so that's always a plus. This really seemed like a great idea for a short story, but I feel as if it ended up taking far longer than necessary. I'm a little non-plussed with the ending, as our protagonist is still unresolved. For a stand along story, this didn't leave me feeling terribly fulfilled. Great narration by Ray Porter though. He always manages to make anything sound great, and it's a pleasure to listen to, even when content may not be top tier.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,239

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounty hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

First book was a pretty average sci-fi military story, decent character development but it didn't really go anywhere. For whatever reason, the author abandoned the characters from the first book and went off on a completely different tangent for the second. If you want to create a new story, write a different book, don't drop it into the middle of a series.

RC Bray rocks as always

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,211

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gus... Redefining the ‘Everyman!'

  • By Tracy P. on 10-24-18

Stopped reading at chapter 7

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Listen, I loved the Mountain Man series, LOVED them! But in chapter 7, Mr. Blackmore decided to phone it in by creating a sub-plot with no purpose other than to introduce the players. The woman, affectionately known as b!tch, demands the names of everyone present at the scene of the supposed crime. Considering the events leading up to this demand, I would expect perhaps a couple of people would give up their names, but everyone? This is illogical and breaks every rule of human behavior for no reason other than to serve as a lazy narrative device. I'm sorry, perhaps I should have given it another chance, but I was so angry by the authors decision to remove all sense of normal behavior from these characters, I just turned it off.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful