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  • The First Bird, Episode 3

  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Matt Kearns and the remnants of the scientific team return to a ravaged America. Modern medicine has failed to halt the spread of the flesh-consuming parasite, and humans have been forced to hide, even from one another. The infected roam the cities and suburbs of a ruined nation. But the devastating effects on human physiology are only the beginning. Something has been let loose, something that the team were not prepared for - human nature itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing ending to a good story.

  • By Chap Walker on 02-14-14

Excellent but a bit of extortion

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

The First Bird was really, really good. I have definitely become a fan of this author, but I am very displeased that I essentially had to use three credits for one book. Each 5 hour episode cost $10.46 (US) but "episode" is the key word here, because it's just one book that has been divided up. I am definitely going to be leery of that in the future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gorgon

  • Alex Hunter, Book 5
  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

An ancient evil awakens ... Alex Hunter has been found – sullen, alone, leaving a path of destruction as he wanders across America. Only the foolish get in the way of the drifter wandering the streets late at night. Across the world, something has been released by a treasure hunter in a hidden chamber of the Basilica Cisterns in Istanbul. Something hidden there by Emperor Constantine himself, and deemed by him too horrifying and dangerous to ever be set free.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting monster, inadequate protagonists

  • By Andreas Henriksson on 03-01-15

Another Great Hit

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Gregg Beck is just knocking them out of the park one after another now. The Alex Hunter series continues to grow and develop.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath the Dark Ice

  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,530

When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action Packed Amazement!!!

  • By Tracy P. on 12-16-17

Good Book with Annoying Caveats

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Any additional comments?

I really, really liked this book. Excellent Narration, Great story line in an updated Lovecraft style, and choked full of interesting factoids - however, I do have a couple of petty grievances that just annoy me to no end.

First, you may not want to listen to the authors introduction until after you listen to the book. The intro prepares you for the main character, but it sort of gives away the fun of discovery.

Second grievance - Technically, this is the first book in a series (The Alex Hunter series), but would probably have been better off as a stand alone novel. The main character (Alex Hunter) is just sort of throw at you as a superhuman hero and expected to stick. He is introduced with a hastily sketched in history and crowbarred into the story like a widget - meaning you could easily remove him from the story like a vestigial organ and it would be back to work the next day. I can't say I hate the character, it just seems awkward... Well I did say "petty grievances" didn't I?

Do not get me wrong - it works, and it's good. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I went to see if there were more. There are! Enter petty grievance #3...

There are six books in this series (good so far) and that includes a prequel called "Arcadian Genesis" which hopefully explains Alex Hunter's origins - now we are cooking with gas! But then, uh oh, Audible doesn't carry the prequel, nor the second book in the series, "Dark Rising". "Not available in my country" it says... And yet, no let me make that AND YET...Audible does carry books three through five. Go look for yourself! They are just lying there in a quantum state of credit spending readiness, waiting to be purchased and lead the unwary listener down a tainted timeline.

Ok, I'm hooked. They are good.
Yes, I bought the ones available...
Yes I'm going to listen to them... Sigh, but now I will have to actually expend effort and think when I listen - what is the world coming too. So I adamantly refuse to be happy about it... mostly...as such.
So, there.

If you are interested, the following is the correct order by Story Timeline as far as I can tell.

Arcadian Genesis - prequel
Beneath the Dark Ice - Book 1
Dark Rising - Book 2
This Green Hell - Book 3
Black Mountain - Book 4
Gorgon - Book 5

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • This Green Hell

  • Alex Hunter, Book 3
  • By: Greig Beck
  • Narrated by: Sean Mangan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Deep in the steaming jungles of Paraguay, Aimee Weir is in trouble. The petrobiologist has found what she was looking for - a unique microorganism in a natural gas deposit - but it proves to be more destructive than anyone could have imagined. A contagion is striking down all in its wake. The camp is quarantined, but workers start to vanish in the night. Is it fear of contamination - or has something far more lethal come to the surface? Something that has been trapped beneath the miles of stone, waiting... for us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reilly, Rollins, Cussler .....

  • By Mel on 06-16-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

I really, really enjoyed this book. The story and performance just had me hanging on the edge of my seat and I found it devilishly difficult to stop listening.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,632

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

Love this Book

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

I just love this book. It's been in one of my collections or another since it first came out in hardback and this audiobook is a wonderful addition.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Machine World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,108

In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McGill's Way

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-16-15

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

I really like the "Undying Mercenaries" series and this was a great installment. It's a guilty pleasure as the main character is a pig of man, but you just can't help but root for the guy as he stumbles between women and usually into one pitfall after the other. Witty, action packed, and performed with excellence, it is absolutely another winner .

  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,087

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Not what I thought - Even Better!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

I won't lie - I have put off this series time and again, thinking it was probably cute, but not something I could really sink my teeth into... I was wrong. Didn't even wait to finish the first book before I ordered the rest.

  • I, Robot

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,164

They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor

  • By Herb on 02-19-05

Hard to Believe this was written in 1950

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

This is probably the 3rd time I have experienced this book. I read it as a boy, and again in my 20's and now at 48 I have it in my audio book collection.

I smile at the rather dated references, especially when they are pointed out by those younger than myself, because I must then try to be just as tolerant as those who were older than myself did when I once pointed them out.

I wonder if they too will be drawn back to the actual message in the manuscript over a lifetime and gape at how brilliant Asimov must have been to extrapolate from the 1950's to what we are only now beginning to touch upon.

This is (still) a wonderful book in my opinion, but nothing like the movie - thank goodness. I'm rather disappointed at having that picture on the cover, but such is life.

  • Starfire

  • By: B.V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,272

On June 30, 1908, an object fell from the sky, releasing more energy than a thousand Hiroshima bombs. A Siberian forest was flattened, but the strike left no significant crater. The anomaly came to be known as the Tunguska Event, and scientists have never agreed whether it was the largest meteor strike in recorded history - or something else. Alien artifacts have been uncovered since the 1908 event, and a new star drive is discovered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spy flick meets First contact. :)

  • By Antonio Stevens on 04-27-15

The Best BV Larson has Written to Date

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

I literally could not stop listening to this book. The story line, the performance, the pace and the quality, actually surpassed the Mech series in my opinion and the authors talent really shines through.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Warspite

  • Ark Royal, Book 4
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

The First Interstellar War is over, but the Royal Navy still has plenty of work to do. As Earth struggles to recover from the bombardment, Captain John Naiser is placed in command of HMS Warspite - an experimental heavy cruiser - and ordered to escort a squadron of colony ships to a star system of immense strategic importance. But as the crew struggle to survive hundreds of light years from Earth, they find themselves dealing with the legacy of the war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • absorbing

  • By Jean on 04-15-15

If Rudyard Kipling did SciFi

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

This continuation of the... I suppose it's still called the Ark Royal series...is very good and true to the story line.

I do not find any of the books exactly enthralling, and my attention tends to wander resulting in frequent rewinds because I miss vital pieces of information. Having said that, and while it is not what I call an easy listen, the series is still very good and I follow it with interest.

This author's reminds me so much of Rudyard Kipling and Jules Verne that I often wonder if Christopher Nuttall is channeling the dead or a Victorian muse is trying to make a comeback.

Whatever the talent or influences, Warspite is a worthy successor to Ark Royal and a good listen if you like the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful