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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 23,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,682

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

Could have been awesome, but........

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Could have been awesome, but the sound editing was horrible. Some characters you could hear clearly while others sounded like mumbles. Plus music overpowered the dialog. However, for the free Audible original this month it was worth the listen. I hope the other books in the series improve upon the sound editing, because I would be interested.

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,083
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,053

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

Awesome Audible original that should be free.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is a great listen if you are interested in true crime. However, the price is high for one credit. I would pay $8.95 for this at the most and not waste a credit. Even better if it's free, since it is an Audible original in the format West Cork. As a listen, I enjoyed it; it filled in a lot of pieces to the the puzzle. However, it does bring up scary privacy issues with genealogy data.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist

  • A True Story of Injustice in the American South
  • By: Radley Balko, Tucker Carrington, John Grisham - foreword
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736

In The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist, Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington write a true story of Southern Gothic horror - of two innocent men wrongly convicted of vicious crimes and the legally condoned failures that allowed it to happen. Balko and Carrington will shine a light on the institutional and professional failures that allowed this tragic, astonishing story to happen, identify where it may have happened elsewhere, and show how to prevent it from happening again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - sheds light on horrific injustice

  • By A. Mackenzie on 03-16-18

Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Really going to make you mistrust our legal system. I hope I am never accused of anything if/when in Mississippi.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Dathan Auerbach
  • Narrated by: Lincoln Hoppe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, but that was all it took. His brother was gone. Vanished right into the sticky air of the Florida Panhandle. They say you've got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours to conduct searches, knock on doors, and talk to witnesses. Two days to tear the world apart if there's any chance of putting yours back together. That's your window. That window closed five years ago, leaving Ben's life in ruins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Given long enough, time makes you aware of itself.

  • By Tatiana on 08-08-18

Ok

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Book just didn't go where I thought it was leading me and disappointed by the ending. More questions unanswered. Written well and narrator was good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vietnam War

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Ken Burns, Brian Corrigan
  • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 471

More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtaking In Scope; Heartbreaking In Reality

  • By Gillian on 09-14-17

Good until late chapters

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18


I found the listen to be very detailed with information from both sides of the conflict. I was looking for a good book on the Vietnam war, neither pro or con, just the facts. However, around chapter ten author becomes very preachy and makes it known he was anti-war and the tone became very biased. First 27 hours were very informative, last few hours became a Sunday service.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,613

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

WoW!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Liked how it used previous books. True Stephen King! Don't listen at night , if you have nocturnal cat.

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Coyote America

  • A Natural and Supernatural History
  • By: Dan Flores
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Book, Subject Matter, and Reader

  • By John Townsend on 03-17-17

Good Travel book.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This was a "Deal of The Day" and it didn't disappoint as a travel book to Monument Valley.

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,220

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

Good, if you are liberal.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Actual facts and not made up liberal hate.

If you’ve listened to books by Ken Follett before, how does this one compare?

Worst book yet, author should have left his own feelings out of book.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

John Lee's the man!

Do you think Edge of Eternity needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

Any additional comments?

I hope Ken Follet sticks to older historical fiction it is obvious he is bias from 1950 on.

  • Into the Magic Shop

  • A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
  • By: James R. Doty MD
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,579

Extraordinary things happen when we harness the power of both the brain and the heart. Growing up in the high desert of California, Jim Doty was poor, living with an alcoholic father and a mother chronically depressed and paralyzed by a stroke. Today he is the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful story, profound impact!

  • By S. Potts on 06-22-16

Self-help disguised as nonfiction

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

What would have made Into the Magic Shop better?

To be more about science than self-help.

Has Into the Magic Shop turned you off from other books in this genre?

Found this on daily deals, will do more research from purchasing anymore in the future.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was good.

What character would you cut from Into the Magic Shop?

Not really applicable for this type of book

Any additional comments?

If you like self-help with a hint of science then you will probably enjoy this book. Just not what I expected and not for me.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,910
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,777

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

Finally!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-11


This is a great addition! Like a previous reviewer mentioned we need more Star Wars books that are unabridged and Marc Thompson as the narrator. This is the book that started it all for the expanded universe and is a must read for any Star Wars fan. I just hope they continue the series with the following books. Truly a great production with sounds and Thompson at the helm.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful