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  • Alien III

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,593

Father of cyberpunk William Gibson’s original script for Alien III, written in 1987 as a sequel to Aliens, never made it to our screens, although it went on to achieve cult status among fans as the third instalment that might have been after being leaked online. This terrifying, cinematic multicast dramatisation - directed by the multi-award-winning Dirk Maggs - is the chance to experience William Gibson’s untold story and its terrifying, claustrophobic and dark encounters between humans and aliens, as a completely immersive audio experience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Space opera shoot-em-up disappointment.

  • By Michael Lowery on 07-01-19

Good, but not what I thought it was going to be

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

To start I'll say Great performance by the cast and I hope they do more. Always enjoy Lance Hendricks and Michael Bean.
This is a good story, just not what I was expecting. I thought this would be the story of Aliens making it to Earth. The story is actually closser to the Game Alien Isolation with some more world building and Hicks as the lead. That's not a bad thing. It's just not what I thought it would be based on all the rumors I heard about what Aliens 3 was supposed to be. I still highly recommend listing to this book/radio play. Just manage your expectations.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hollywood Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel

  • Sandman Slim Series, Book 10
  • By: Richard Kadrey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

James Stark is back from Hell, trailing more trouble in his wake. To return to LA, he had to make a deal with the evil power brokers, Wormwood - an arrangement that came with a catch. While he may be home, Stark isn’t quite himself...because he’s only partially alive. There’s a time limit on his reanimated body, and unless Stark can find the people targeting Wormwood, he will die again - and this time there will be no coming back. Stark knows he can’t find Wormwood’s enemies alone. To succeed, he’s got to enlist the help of new friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Sandman Slim!

  • By Eugenia on 01-07-19

The Sandman Is Back, BABY!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is exactly what wat I was hoping for. Though the Mad Max through hell story wasn't bad, I'm glad the series is getting back to what I loved about it. The supporting cast and their interactions with James is just as important as the Sandman himself.

  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,067

On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs - including the Death Star project - the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe my expectations were too high...

  • By Goggles on 08-29-18

The Parts with Thrawn are great.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This one might be better to read than listen to. I love all the parts with Thrawn in it, but the sections of the book with Padme and the hillbillies was painful to listen to.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,397

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Meddling Muggles Muddle it Up

  • By Dubi on 11-07-18

Lovecraft and magic collide with bureaucracy

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Another hilarious book by Yahtzee! Every time I thought I knew were the story was going, it went in a new direction. Yet, it all comes together nicely in the end. Well worth the credit.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best but not terrible

  • By Brennen Michael Talley on 09-06-17

This was the Phasma I expected in Force Awakens

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Good back story for Captain Phasma. Though it does make it harder to believe that Fin, Han, and Chewbacca could have captured her without a fight. Also gives some insight into what the First Order is all about and what they believe in.

Performance is good and the score gives it the Star Wars feel. If you were hoping Captain Phasma would have gotten to do more in the Force Awakens than you'll like this audio book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I was hoping for war stories that cast Imperials as the good guys. Instead we got a spy thriller were the lines between good and bad are blurred. It would make sense if the characters were spys or bounty hunters, but it doesn't feel right for a Star Wars Battlefront story. This is a little fustrating as fan of the video game.

The naration is excellent. I hope she gets more audio book work.

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

LMAO!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

If you like Monty Python that you will love this audio book. I've listened to this book many times and it still cracks me up. The author/narrator does a fantastic job of creating unique voices for each character. Makes it feel more like a radio play than an audio book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216,857
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202,111

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

Love It! I've listened to this book over 10 times.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

This is what happens when a five star shef cooks with Member Berries. Nostalgia that transcends its origins to become something new and exciting. The Rogger Rabbit of the 21st century.