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Carlsbad, ca, United States
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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 20,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,077

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

Good but, too predictable

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Good, listen. Very similar to the movie. Many will like it, I was looking for more. I am looking for a series with a great deal of action, little romance and most of all a cast of characters that make you want to more about them.

  • Liar, Liar

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719

In death, Didi Storm is finally getting the kind of publicity that eluded her in life. Twenty years ago, the ex-beauty queen worked the Vegas strip as a celebrity impersonator, too busy trying to make it big to spare much time for her daughter, Remmi. Shortly before she leaped from a San Francisco building, Didi's profile was rising again, thanks to a tell-all book. To Detective Dani Settler, it looks like a straightforward suicide, or perhaps a promotional stunt gone wrong. But Remmi knows the truth isn't so simple. Because though the broken body on the sidewalk is dressed in Didi's clothes and wig, it isn't Didi.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tons of Lead-Up; Crammed up ending

  • By celeste curley on 07-30-18

Would have been four, crammed ending

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This is a good series. I have been having a hard time finding anything to hold my attention with good characters you want to know more about. This is not great but it is a solid good.

  • Suffer the Children

  • By: Lisa Black
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Fifteen-year-old Rachael Donahue - abandoned by society, raised in foster homes, and violently unapproachable - has been discovered, dead, at the bottom of a stairwell at Firebird, the secure facility for juvenile offenders in Cleveland. For Maggie and Jack, her death comes with a disturbing twist - the girl may have been involved with a much older man. But Rachael's not the only resident at the center to come to a dead end. Firebird's 10-year-old wild child has overdosed in the infirmary - back-to-back tragedies that appear to be terrible accidents.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid 3 1/2 I enjoy the characters

  • By LaurelOlivia on 01-04-19

Solid 3 1/2 I enjoy the characters

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The highlight for this series is the two main characters. It is not boring, tedious or hard to follow, so it is easy to listen to while you are doing a chore. This is my third in the series and I plan to buy the next, so... I have not found any listens lately that were easy to coast through, so this is good for that.

  • Origin

  • A Technothriller
  • By: J. A. Konrath
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,443

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he's been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn't just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a trip

  • By Christopher on 03-16-12

Credit for a different premise

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Some people may like this book. It had several decent characters, but nothing that kept me that interested. I think maybe for YA it may be a page-turner. I have liked Luke Daniels in other books. I may try this again sometime.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,970

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Good characters, story, non-predictable ending

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

It has been 50 / 50 for me with Baldacci. This book was a good tale. There were some good threads. I would recommend it.

  • Where the Wild Things Bite

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield's job description. You know what isn't? Protecting her precious cargo from midflight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow...while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great adventure

  • By Troublemer on 07-29-16

Consistent

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Similar characters and a similar story, however, if you want a pleasant diversion while cleaning the kitchen, this works.

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,138

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Easy murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Nice diversion. Good characters. To get four or five stars it has to be a book I will listen to again and the characters have to be so good that you can't wait to know more about them and their next adventure.

  • The Lost City of Z

  • A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,189

A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers

  • By Jennifer on 03-01-09

I haven't finished it

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I am going to try again. I have tried twice, the narrator may be good for some books, not this one. I might try once more and then give up. I like the premise...

  • The Cutting Edge

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,800

 In the early hours of a quiet weekend morning in Manhattan's Diamond District, a brutal triple murder shocks the city. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs quickly take the case. Curiously, the killer has left behind a half-million dollars' worth of gems at the murder scene, a jewelry store on 47th street. As more crimes follow, it becomes clear that the killer's target is not gems but engaged couples themselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deaver continues writing First Rate novels!

  • By shelley on 04-10-18

Mixed

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I like the characters however, the narrator did not match the story. His voice was melodic. Him performing a meditation book works, however, it was not good for a mystery. Because of that, it was hard to stick with. It was a good way to pass time while doing chores...

  • Year One

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 1)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,759

It began on New Year's Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Apocalypse "Lite"

  • By Kitty on 12-07-17

Good Paranormal Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This was an enjoyable book. I skipped parts but will probably go back and listen to the missed parts. It will have a follow up but unlike so many books you are not left Unsatisfied at the end in hopes to urge you to buy the next book. I am not sure about getting the next book. The characters are good but I don't know if it is enough to make me want to know what's next. That would probably be too predictable.