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  • 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 10,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,306

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 work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Wowed this long time "Alien" fan for sure!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

Alien is one of my all-time favorite movies. Really, it's well crafted, brilliantly shot, and has some incredibly gifted acting and vivid imagery. What's not to love? I would never have thought that an audio drama could hold a candle to the original, but this one sure did. Right from the beginning, I loved the tie-in of Ripley's final log entry before entering hyper-sleep, the referencing of her former crew mates, and the harrowing events on the Nostromo, etc... Those elements really worked well to believably integrate with the plot of this new story. What tickled me even more were the sounds effects, especially the computer access noises on the Narcissus, that really make this seem like an extension of the original story.

I will admit that I didn't review the cast before I began to listen, and I thought "Gee, Sigourney Weaver doesn't sound a day over 30!" So, you can imagine my surprise when I got to the end and discovered that Laurel Lefkow had voiced Ripley. I was stunned! What an amazing likeness! I will say that Rutger Hauer's portrayal of Ash was not quite as good as the original, but he certainly did a very admirable job.

I enjoyed the story immensely, even though it was fairly easy to guess how things were going to wrap up long before the end. I didn't mind. My only complain is regarding Ash's diary-like updates to the Weyland Corporation. They were too frequent and often repeated identical information from prior updates, almost as if the listener need reminding of what was going on in the story... I found this to be the one clunky stand out in an otherwise extremely enjoyable tale.

  • The Truth Is out There

  • The X-Files Series, Book 2
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back in a chilling collection of all-new tales of dark secrets, alien agendas, terrifying monsters, and murderous madmen. Edited by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, The Truth Is out There features original stories by best-selling authors Rachel Caine, David Wolverton, Hank Philippi Ryan, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia, Greg Cox, and many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as first one but still worth a listen

  • By mosnow on 09-23-16

ALMOST as good as Volume 1. A treat for fans...

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

After hungrily listening to every minute of Volume 1, Volume 2 had some high expectations to meet, and in general, I really, really enjoyed it. Most of the stories were true to the series and enjoyable. A few were a bit ridiculous, and one was so out of character that I forgot it was supposed to be an X Files story. The author of "We Should Listen to Some Shostakovich" must have never taken the time to watch any of the episodes with Scully's mother, because she was written as a haughty, snobbish socialite. Mulder and Scully married and expecting a child was enough of a stretch in this story, but the characterization of Margaret Scully was so OFF that listening to the story was almost unpleasant.

Once again, we had the mis-pronunciation of Lone Gunmen Melvin Frohike's last name as "fro-hike" instead of "fro-hickey," which again annoyed me to the point of wanting to contact Blackstone Audio's production team to set them straight.

Otherwise, Bronson Pinchot's Mulder is very entertaining, and Huber's narration is passable to sometimes enjoyable.

I would recommend this volume to fans, but with the few caveats mentioned above. I hope there will be a volume 3!

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  • Trust No One

  • X-Files, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor/author
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,449

We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mulder and Scully are at it again

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-23-15

Impressed! ~ An X-Files Fan From the Beginning

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I have watched and loved The X-Files from the very beginning, and I was not sure that this collection of stories was going to live up to the quality of the TV show, but I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, very good stories and pretty good narration, and I've already purchased Book 2. Fans of the series will likely enjoy this very much.

If I am going to nit-pick, there were a few small errors in narration that really irritated me, and I can't believe they slipped by the producers/editors. Huber pronounces the name of Lone Gunman character Melvin Frohike as "fro-hike," which stunned me for a moment (Who the heck is she talking about? I had to go back a bit and listen again to figure that out.) Additionally, there was another error in the pronunciation of a name that most long-time fans would notice, DOD employee Michael Kritschgau was pronounced as "krite-schow." This didn't jump out at me at first, but a few sentences later, I realized who the narrator was talking about. It realize these are relatively minor complaints, but I have a feeling that many fans are like myself, and feel slightly miffed that this narrator was not given a pronunciation key for the reoccurring characters or that these errors were not noticed during production and corrected. Let's hope Huber got it right in book 2...

Highly recommend for all fans of the series!

  • Doctor Who: Tales of Trenzalore

  • An 11th Doctor Novel
  • By: Justin Richards, Mark Morris, George Mann, and others
  • Narrated by: David Troughton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

David Troughton reads four original stories set in different periods of the Siege of Trenzalore, featuring the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith. "Let it Snow" by Justin Richards; "An Apple a Day" by George Mann; "Strangers in the Outland" by Paul Finch; "The Dreaming" by Mark Morris. As it had been foretold, the armies of the Universe gathered at Trenzalore. Only one thing stood between the planet and destruction: the Doctor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's all about battles

  • By Penny on 09-23-15

Entertaining Story, Fabulous Narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-15

As a fan of both old and new Doctor Who, Tales of Trenzalore appeals greatly to fans of both genres. An 11th Doctor story, with classic Who monsters (Ice Warriors, the Krynoid, etc...), narrated by David Troughton who makes the Doctor sound charmingly like his second incarnation in many places, these stories were a treat to listen to. Also, I think more backstory to Trenzalore was a great idea. You can only convey so much in a few TV episodes, and these stories added more dimension to the story of the Doctor's stay of hundreds of years on this planet.

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  • Doctor Who: Silhouette: A 12th Doctor Novel

  • By: Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra. Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran. The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers. How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good Doctor Who book for the new doctor!

  • By Jesse on 01-04-15

Entertaining Story, GREAT Narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Many of the Doctor Who novelizations are hit and miss (some authors just can't capture the feeling of DW on paper), but in Silhouette, Justin Richards crafts an engaging and entertaining story that could easily be 10 times better than any of last season's episodes with the 12th Doctor. All the characters are well-written and believable. Without going into the plot, the story reminds me very superficially of "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. It's fabulous to see the Paternoster Gang in action again! Dan Starkey (who is the actor who plays Strax, the Sontaran) is a delightful narrator who does all of the voices very well, but really floored me with a very believable Peter Capaldi. Strax is wonderfully drole in this story, and having Dan read his part made it just that much more fun! This is the 1st 12th Doctor novel I've listened to, and the best DW novelization I've read or listened to in quite awhile!

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  • BBC Radio Shakespeare

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Dramatized)
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Samantha Spiro, Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 210

BBC Radio has a unique heritage when it comes to Shakespeare. Since 1923, when the newly formed company broadcast its first full-length play, generations of actors and producers have honed and perfected the craft of making Shakespeare to be heard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come...bid me do anything for thee.

  • By Irene Adler ~Kindle Forum Pro~ on 08-01-14

Come...bid me do anything for thee.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

I am not overly fond of Shakespeare; I am not a connoisseur nor a fan of his works. However, David Tennant's performance of Benedick is exquisite. That being said, I could probably listen to David read the phone book and be overcome with emotion. Fangirl? Yeah, maybe....just a tiny bit. This version of "Much Ado About Nothing" is abridged, and the dialogue is altered somewhat. Still, it's immensely enjoyable, and the cast really does an amazing job of bringing it to life. Samantha Spiro is very enjoyable as Beatrice, and her style works well with David's. All in all, an enjoyable listen, especially for DT fans.

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,180

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Enjoyed it! MUCH Better than A Casual Vacancy....

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

Poor J. K. Rowling... After the Harry Potter phenomena, I know she is trying so hard to get people to take her seriously as a writer of adult fiction that she resorted to writing under a pen name, the effort of which was then undermined by the wife of one of her solicitors. (If you believe that story, I am personally a bit skeptical.) However, that did call attention to "The Cuckoo's Calling," and I would say the attention is for the best. I read the first chapter or so of the book and enjoyed it, but decided to get the audiobook, and I'm glad I did. Robert Glenister is a fabulous narrator. I will admit, I was not really aware of who he was, and I kept thinking that he sounded a bit like Gene Hunt's older brother (being a huge Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes fan), and how ironic that my thought turned out to be correct! LOL! Anyway, I won't rehash the plot, but I will tell you that the story was very enjoyable. It's a typical whodunit, told in a refreshingly interesting way, and was well-paced, and well-developed, with interesting characters. I was a bit hesitant to purchase it because I has listened to A Casual Vacancy as well, and while not a completely horrible story, that one was so depressing, with such un-likeable characters and so full of gratuitous foul language that I barely made it to the end. However, I really feel that Ms. Rowling has redeemed herself with this offering, and I would be very interested to see any further books in this story-line. Well done!

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