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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 10,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,298

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

Dramatic Theatre at its best

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Great narration carried this Alien saga! It's really very much like all the original Alien stories with the continuing adventure of Ripley in Space. So although there was not much that was new in the story line. The narrators and sound effects involved in the production of this story kept me entertained throughout the listen.

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,303

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Lost in Forever

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

The story has a great start, but gets lost during the infinite space of time. R.C. Bray is as usual, superb in his delivery. In the last few hours of the listen, the story just came apart for me. I surmised the ending about about three hours from the finish, and those last three hours were not crafted well enough to keep my interest. Disappointed.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,866

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, keeps you engaged

  • By Steve on 07-30-15

I listened, and thought, I can't finish but I did!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

More often than not, I listen to my stories at night before getting to sleep. This book is dark, and the characters get into your head, so maybe the nighttime isn't the best time or the smartest read to doze off to. Did I say it was dark?

If your into Zombie carnage and survival of the fittest, this book may be just for you, but be warned, if a book can creep you out this one is the one that can do it. R.C. Bray's narration was masterful as always, and his characterization of Gus draws you into the story, so that you HAVE TO stay the course.

I finished it, and bought Book 4 of the Mountain Man Saga. I am sick, I am sick, I am sick!

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,067
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,968
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,997

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 ROLLS OF ASS CLEANING GOODNESS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-25-15

This Story Bites...no really it Bites BIG TIME!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Seriously everything in this story bites! A very dark Zombie apocalyptic short story, used as a prequel to The Mountain Man Series of books. You had better like really dark tales to stay all the way to the end.

I really questioned whether I wanted to continue on to the full series...I did! The narration was absolutely perfectly delivered by R.C. Bray one of my top two favorite narrators.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,828

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-21-17

Twilight zone on steroids

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This extremely creative author of quirky science fiction, and the brilliant narrations of Ray Porter continually move us away from reality as we know it.

Too many others have described the premise of this book, so I will be brief and say, I understand why it was considered the best sci-fi novel on audible for 2012. Should be a sci-fi classic through the ages.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,995
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,948

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Mysterious, quirky, intelligent science fiction

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

If you haven't read or listened to any Peter Clines science fiction, you are in for a real treat.

A creative writer takes intelligent science fiction and mixes it with quirky characters, funny dialogue, and in this book, takes us on a mystery ride through teleportation. Twists and turns abound as I thought to figure out where this story would take me, only to find I could not even begin to unravel the mystery until the very end. Great listen.

Ray Porter the narrator is as always at the top of his craft! Highly recommend this different science fiction read.

  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,351

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • running out of ideas...

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-17

Meanwhile on Paradise

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

First let me say that I really enjoy the Expeditionary Force series, and R.C. Bray is one of my top five narrators to look for and listen to.

It made sense to comeback to revisit life on Paradise, and how those stranded on the alien planet were coping with surviving basically as prisoners of war. Crafting the different factions of earth forces trapped there was brilliant with the Keepers remaining loyal to the Kristang, and the UNEF trying to survive by working with the Ruhar. This continuation of life on Paradise with help from the crew of the Flying Dutchman to secure their future made an interesting diversion in the tale.

My only disappointment is that there was such a large amount of rehash of what happened in books 1 and 2. In my opinion, if as an author you intend to write a series of books that create an adventure that carries from one to another, you do not need to bore the loyal readers of your series with backstory of what was covered in the first two books for a third or more of the next book in the series. Either write a stand alone book, or continue the saga. This book covered too much old news in its writing.

  • Hell Divers

  • The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,561

More than two centuries after World War III poisoned the planet, the final bastion of humanity lives on massive airships circling the globe in search of a habitable area to call home. Aging and outdated, most of the ships plummeted back to Earth long ago. The only thing keeping the two surviving lifeboats in the sky are Hell Divers - men and women who risk their lives by diving to the surface to scavenge for parts the ships desperately need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I usually don't read my SciFi however....!!

  • By Michalena on 10-06-17

Strangely captivating tale

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

In a post apocalyptic earth, the inhabitants are reduced to a group of specialized scavengers that function together by sky diving for supplies to survive above a contaminated storm ravaged earth. The story is too disjointed in that it does not seem to give enough details in developing most of the secondary characters, or explaining where the equipment comes from to replace all that is left on the planet after a jump, and where the strange mutant monsters that now inhabit a non human populous derived from. Did not have enough depth of concept for me.

R.C. Bray carries this book through his narration, and to be quite honest, I bought the book because I am a fan of Bray and enjoy stories he narrates. At this time, however I do not intend to continue to book two in the series.

  • Black Ops

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 4
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,056

The elite crew of the pirate ship UNS Flying Dutchman had a simple mission: determining whether the Thuranin are sending another starship to Earth. Along the way, they became sidetracked by securing a future for the UNEF troops on the planet Paradise. When asked whether Earth was now safe, their ancient alien AI responded "Not so much"...now they have to deal with the consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first three

  • By Anonymous User on 10-16-17

Less monkeying around and more ops needed

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

My title sums up my feel for the latest book in the Expeditionary Force series. I enjoyed the book, and especially the last half where the monkeys got busy saving the earth. The first half of the book had too much banter, and not enough action for my taste. I love the banter and sarcastic humor used by the author, but in this story it seemed that the first half of the book had more than needed to carry the tale along.

The story line is still first rate, and I cannot wait to get into the next book for this series when released. R.C. Bray is one of the best narrators in the business and does not disappoint us in this latest tale.

The overall story line is five stars, the narration is a solid five stars, this particular book as part of the series took to long to set up the operations covered in the last part, so only four stars to carry this part of the adventure.

  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,836

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

As relevant today as the day it was published

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Every now and then you run across a book that you have to stop and ask yourself, How did I miss this book for over 50 years?

Growing up in the Cold War era, this premise was an everyday concern in the world we lived in. Will Patton's narration of Pat Frank's novel was a perfect fit to weave the the feel of life in a post apocalyptic world. You would think after all these years, the cataclysmic event depicted here, would no longer be relevant, however I felt the aftermath depicted in 1959 would be much the same in 2017.

The book should be on everyone's bucket list.