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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 26,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,908
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,844

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

Does not justify its existance

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This story is set in between "Alien" and "Aliens" and features Ripley. So why doesn't she remember it happening in "Aliens?" It's just as dumb as you think.

But if this was a lightweight adventure that didn't contribute to continuity much that might be okay. But it's not. It's just the plot of "Aliens" done over again, with minor variations. That's all. Nothing new, nothing creative. Just more getting chased by aliens through corridors. "Alien" already did that and did it better.

There are so many things this story could have done besides remake "Aliens" in a different format. Here are just a few off the top of my head:

- Create some radically physically different aliens for the characters to fight, like the cool animal alien toys from the 90s. Have the aliens infest a ship carrying zoo animals or something. This is audio, the special effects budget is unlimited.

- Force the aliens to build their hive in some place other than underground tunnels. Show us how they adapt to different environments. Give us aliens in jungles, deserts, islands, and so on.

- Come up with some new specialized alien castes.

- Have the humans the aliens are fighting be something other than hard-as-nails frontierspeople. Have the aliens infest a planet with a bizarre social structure that Ripley has to learn to navigate in order to coordinate a defense.

I already saw "Aliens." I wasn't happy at getting tricked into listening to an audio-only remake that was twice as long. It's well-acted and well-directed, but the story is just dull and repetitive. The only good thing about it was that it was so derivative that I could clean my apartment while I listened and not worry about missing anything important.

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  • Reavers of the Blood Sea

  • Dragonlance: The Chaos War, Book 4
  • By: Richard A. Knaak
  • Narrated by: Clinton Wade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Chaos's evil shadow sweeps over KrynnDuring the hottest summer in memory, minotaurs fight against the Knights of Takhisis, into whose hands their god Sargonnas has delivered them. In the midst of the conflict, the armies of Chaos plunge into the heart of Ansalon. Now the minotaur warrior Aryx must unite his people and their enemy, the knights, against the monstrous servants of Chaos. If he succeeds, the two sides may forge a bond that will change Krynn for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody Good Time in Krynn

  • By Samantha Stoks on 05-04-19

One of the better books in the Chaos War series

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The Chaos War series each cover a different theater of the Chaos War, the main events of which are portrayed in "Dragons of Summer Flame." This book deals with the minotaurs, who have been commanded by their god to submit to the Knight of Takhisis and allow themselves to be led against the forces of Chaos. This book can be enjoyed without reading any of the other books in the series, although there are a few details that will have less significance if you do that.

Knaak is excellent at writing intense action sequences and political intrigue. He also distinguishes himself from the other authors with his creativity. Most of the other books in the series have the characters battling the three basic Chaos monsters introduced in "Dragons of Summer Flame." Knaak, however, creates new Chaos creatures not seen in that novel, which gives the book some much needed variety.

The book also functions as a bit of a sequel to Knaak's previous Dragonlance novels, "The Legend of Huma" and "Kaz the Minotaur." The hero of this novel is a direct descendant of Kaz, and the evil Sword of Tears that tempted Huma makes a return appearance. Knaak deals with the same themes of a heroic character who fails to acknowledge his own heroism because he perceives it as simply doing his duty.

Overall I would say that this is one of the top two Chaos War novels (the other being "The Doom Brigade"). It's well worth a read if you liked "Dragons of Summer Flame," or any of Knaak's other Dragonlance novels.

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  • World of Ptavvs

  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

A reflective statue is found at the bottom of one of Earth's oceans, having lain there for 1.5 billion years. Since humans have recently developed a time-slowing field and found that one such field cannot function within another, it is suspected that the "Sea Statue" is actually a space traveler within one of these time fields. Larry Greenberg, a telepath, agrees to participate in an experiment: a time-slowing field is generated around both Greenberg and the statue, shutting off the stasis field and revealing Kzanol.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow

  • By JerSully on 04-13-14

Great book, choppy narration.

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This is a fantastic book full of all sorts of cool ideas. Niven manages to assemble a coherent story that slowly builds and unfolds out of a lot of disparate sci-fi ideas, including time stasis fields, alien empires, telepathy, sentient dolphins, the structure of Pluto, and the origin of life on Earth.

Andy Caploe is a good narrator who breathes life into the story and characters. But he is let down by the editing. The gap in between scene transitions is way too small. This makes totally different scenes run into each other, which is very confusing. One minute you're with one character, the next you are with a totally different one with no pause in between to warn you of the transition. I got used to it eventually, but it was very annoying to occasionally get confused about who was who and where was where.

  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun combo of history with famous fiction

  • By Virginia on 01-10-12

Not different enough from the actual Victorian Era

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Dracula takes over Britain, but society barely changes. It wouldn't be hard to write a novel with the same basic plot, but with the vampirism taken out. Just replace Dracula with some abusive foreign prince who seduces Queen Victoria. The details about vampires are interesting, but they don't really tie into the story that much.

  • Doctor Who: Shadow in the Glass

  • A 6th Doctor Novel
  • By: Stephen Cole, Justin Richards
  • Narrated by: India Fisher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

An unabridged reading of this original BBC Books novel featuring the Sixth Doctor, as played on TV by Colin Baker. When an RAF squadron shoots down an unidentified aircraft over Turelhampton, the village is immediately evacuated. But why is the village still guarded by troops in 2001? When a television documentary crew break through the cordon looking for a story, they find they've recorded more than they'd bargained for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of History

  • By Morticroo on 11-13-17

The Joy of History

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

There are few other Doctor Who stories that communicate just how fun history is. After discovering a mysterious Nazi conspiracy with seemingly occult powers in the present day, the Sixth Doctor and the Brigadier must go back in time to the final days of World War Two to find out who is behind it. Also there are aliens.

The authors meticulously researched the events behind the death of Hitler and do an excellent job of fitting the events of this novel into them. The pairing of Six and the Brigadier is an inspired choice, since they never truly met in the TV series. The story also manages to make digging through archives exciting.

Great stuff.

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  • Matilda

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,022
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,019

"The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood Memories

  • By Dylan on 05-19-16

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Kate Winslet is a great narrator. She gives each character a unique and distinct voice.

  • Always October

  • By: Bruce Coville
  • Narrated by: Zac Fletcher, Nancy O'Connor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

One stormy night, sixth-grader Jacob Doolittle finds a baby in a basket on his front porch. To Jake's surprise, his mother decides to care for the baby, hoping its mother will return. However that surprise is nothing compared to what happens to "Little Dumpling" the first time there's a full moon….

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It was not a great book

  • By Anonymous User on 01-07-18

A good enough expansion of a classic story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-17

This novel was based on Coville's classic short story "My Little Brother Is a Monster," which he published in 1993. This novel takes the basic plot of that story, but expands it considerably, adding new characters, spending more time in the world of the monsters, and updating the setting from 1993 to the 2012.

Some of the changes work better than others. Many of the new characters are appealing, especially Lily, the other narrator. It was good to see more of the Land of Always October, and I enjoyed learning more about what motivates the villainous monsters.

What I liked less was Coville's expansion of the role of Jake's family. In the original story he was a normal kid with a divorced mom trying to make ends meet who is thrust into an extraordinary situation. In the novel his family has preexisting ties to Always October going back generations. I think this weakens the atmosphere a bit, one of the most appealing aspects of the original story was the idea of a gritty modern family thrust into a world of weird fantasy. Here they were already fantastic before Little Dumpling arrives on their doorstep.

  • The Man Who Sold the Moon

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Today the moon - tomorrow the stars. The Man Who Sold the Moon: A landmark volume in Heinlein’s magnificent Future History series. D. D. Harriman is a billionaire with a dream: the dream of Space for All Mankind. The method? Anything that works. Maybe, in fact, Harriman goes too far. But he will give us the stars....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but...

  • By Gabriel on 03-30-17

Superb performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

Buck Schirner perfectly captures the 1950s speech patterns of the characters. They sound just like I imagined they would when I first read this book.

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