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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 25,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,573

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

Like a movie in your mind

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Where does Alien: Out of the Shadows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite audiobooks I've listened to thus far. It's formatted like a script, not a narration, complete with sound effects and different actors for the various characters. The woman who played Ripley was phenomenal-sounds just like Sigourney Weaver so I didn't feel as if it lost any continuity. This story fits in between the first two Alien movies (original trilogy) so I was wondering how they would handle the fact that the story line in this book would be absent from the movies, but they handled it in a way that was logical and made sense.

What other book might you compare Alien: Out of the Shadows to and why?

If you like podcasts that are done in the style of "We're Alive" where it is acted out and not told, I think you'd really like this.

  • Miracle on 5th Avenue

  • From Manhattan with Love, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

It will take a Christmas miracle for two very different souls to find each other in this perfectly festive fairy tale of New York! Hopeless romantic Eva Jordan loves everything about Christmas. She might be spending the holidays alone this year, but when she's given an opportunity to house-sit a spectacular penthouse on Fifth Avenue, she leaps at the chance. What better place to celebrate than in snow-kissed Manhattan? What she didn't expect was to find the penthouse still occupied by its gorgeous - and mysterious - owner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • kept me wanting more.

  • By RED49 on 07-28-18

Cute story

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

It's a cute little romance. I liked the narrator's characterization of Eva but didn't care for her depictions of the others-they all had the same deep monotone.

  • Ryan's Hand

  • By: Leila Meacham
  • Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Some friends are more like family...and that's exactly how Cara Martin feels about Ryan Langston. He stood by her side through the most difficult time of her life, and there's nothing she won't do for him even now, after his death. But inheriting Ryan's share of his family's ranch in West Texas and living there for a year? Cara doesn't understand what he was thinking. Still, she cannot, will not deny Ryan's last request...even if it means sharing a roof with his brooding, arrogant older brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Draws you in

  • By Beth Wise on 11-18-16

Draws you in

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

Reviewed: 11-18-16

While the majority of the book focuses on Cara's time at the ranch, the author does give a chapter or 2 to the relationship with Ryan, and this really helps set the tone and the background for the remainder of the book. As with her other books, the author really delves into the character development in a refreshing and unique manner. The narrator also does a good job, especially with Jeth's character-she gives him a slight Texan drawl that doesn't sound forced and doesn't sound like she's going unnaturally low when reading for him.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,005

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Sucks you right into the game

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

What an amazing and well-preformed story. I downloaded this to listen with my husband who is more into the video game and 80's phenomena than I but I loved this story just as much as he did. Even if you don't think you're into this genre, give Ready Player One a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

  • Orphan Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Christina Baker Kline
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,673

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving story of sharing and transformation.

  • By Kathi on 04-03-13

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

This story is one of joy, laughter, heartache, and perseverance. The parallel stories of Vivian and Molly gripped my heart. The narrators are fantastic, especially when she portrays the 91 year old Vivian. More than once I found myself wishing I could meet Vivian. I highly recommend this book.