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  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,099
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,034

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

Didn't convince me to become a fan

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I'm not an X-Files fan, I haven't even seen the show (please don't judge me :) ), so I write this from an unbiased angle.
The story didn't seem to go anywhere. I wasn't even sure if the whole book was one story or separate short stories. When one part finished, the next one took up somewhere else, disconnected.
I realised that I wasn't really interested in the story, anyway. Thirty years ago it could have been awesome, but these days a shapeshifter or a human-bug-monster isn't a big deal. Mildly interesting on a good day.
The audio performance was OK, though the script could have benefited from some polishing.
I gave up halfway through.

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  • Unbound

  • By: Shawn Speakman
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill, Tim Gerard Reynolds, Nick Podehl, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Not bound as a book. Free. Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to hear - without the constraints of a shackling theme. The result is magical. Twenty-three all-original stories are sure to captivate you - some will move you to tears while others will keep you listening long into the night. The power of Unbound lies in its variety of tales and the voices behind them. If you are a fan of discovering new writers or hearing the works of beloved authors, Unbound is for you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hit and miss

  • By Ursa on 06-18-18

There are some gems in this one

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

The thing with anthologies that the quality of the stories varies. It may not be the objective quality, but the type of the story and the author voice that you like or don't like, which translates to a kind of subjective quality of the story. Do I make sense here? The point is that I loved some stories, especially those that were written by my favorite authors, there were some which were OK, and I found a few that I just couldn't appreciate. I expected it, so no big surprise there. Giving three stars is a bit lame, because how can you make an average of good and bad stories? But I cannot rate the stories individually, so there is that. Nevertheless, Jim Butcher, Joe Abercrombie and Michael J. Sullivan didn't let me down (just to mention a few of my favorite authors), and I discovered authors that I haven't read so far (e.g. Brian McClellan).

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  • The Late Show

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,953

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor. But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Noooooooooooooooooo!

  • By H. Jamieson on 08-12-17

Nice start for a new series

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

The Late Show is a nice introduction to a new character in the Bosch universe. The story starts slow, and in the beginning I had my doubts that it was going to arrive at the same level as the Bosch stories. But in the second half it took up the pace. All the information planted in the first half started to come together into a picture, and also action scenes became as tense as they should be in a thriller.
I kind of missed the sensory emotional details, and sometimes it was hard to get into the feelings of the characters. Nevertheless, the characters were well drawn, and they felt like real life people.

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey is as good as it gets

  • By Lord Ragnar on 05-12-16

Excellent style but not really a story

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I love Abercrombie's writing voice, I could listen to his storytelling all day. His sarcastic humor just resonates with me. Steven Pacey is an excellent narrator, he makes the characters come to life, and together with Abercrombie's characterization the people jump out of the "page".
This earned three overall stars, and five stars for the performance. The two stars I've given to the story is because there isn't really one. The book is more like an account of a three-day battle with all the fight, mud, blood and ugliness. The endless intrigue of the characters who try to mislead, deceive and cheat each other to reach their own pathetic desires is amazing - and amusing -, but they don't add up to a whole story. In the middle of the book it was only the author's style that kept me listening.
At the end there is a twist, a good one, but still, it doesn't make up for a nice plot.
Oh, and I missed the magic. A lot. The magic wasn't the strongest point in the previous books, but at least it was used, and we could call them a real fantasy book. In The Heroes the most "magical" thing is testing the first cannon ever made (in this world).

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it a higher rating, I would

  • By Reena on 06-11-17

Thank you, now the third book please!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

I love the English accent, so I'm biased. When I listen to an audio book read by someone British I assign two stars already even before starting. Because it's lovely, isn't it. One more star when the author uses the phrases and idioms of the mother island.
I like sci-fi and I like military action, and when a book combines them that's promising. Add time travel to the mix, then stir it up with unique characters, and you get a kick-ass story.
Sometimes it was annoying to hear the characters over-praise the others repetitively, but then hey, it was Ben Rider. THE Ben Rider!
I want a time machine.

  • Undercover

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,934

For DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett, life as he knows it is over once a gunshot wound renders his arm useless. Barred forever from the undercover work he loves, he has nothing - no close friends, no family, no hometown or base, and no desire to settle for life behind a desk. He's called to action in the most unlikely of places when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl burying an old steel box in a Parisian park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice suspense novel with just a touch of romance

  • By AudioAddict on 03-20-16

Is this Danielle Steel?

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

I rarely give up on books, but I did on this one. There is now character building, unless cutting out one from a cardboard. I doubt that the writer heard about "show, don't tell", and I haven't even mentioned the lack of descriptions yet.

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,504

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

An old, outdated classic

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

All my respect goes to Frederik Pohl, he is an excellent writer. I can understand why this novel won several awards, but thirty years passed by, and now it's overrated. I listened to the blurbs, but at the end I felt like a guy who bought a chocolate because of the shiny advertisement, but opening it discovered that it was musty, not sweet enough, and didn't have the promised nuts in it.
Discovering the abandoned ships of an alien civilisation was a pretty exciting premise those days, but after the Stargate and Star Trek shows and tons of sci-fi action movies, it doesn't seem to be a big deal anymore. It still would make a hell of a story if it had an intriguing plot and interesting characters. I didn't find them in Gateway. The whole story was about the whiny "hero" and his psychological problems. It made me hate the guy. And can you love a book while hating the main character? I cannot.
I have to give credit to the author, he is a prolific writer. And I have to mention Oliver Wyman, who pumped life into the book with his narration, kudos to him.

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  • Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

  • By: Pappy Pariah
  • Narrated by: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,142
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,144

By turns tender and terrifying, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff captures America on the verge of political upheaval in 2016 and introduces us to a man who just might be able to save us from the oncoming horror. Yes, Bob Honey - carnival carny, sewage specialist, and government operative, among other occupations - has spent years in preparation, crisscrossing the world in the employ of a mysterious government program that pays in small bills.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just friggin weird man...

  • By agreenbuddha on 12-12-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

What would have made Free: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff better?

To have a good story. It felt like pieces of puzzle that didn't fit.

What was most disappointing about Pappy Pariah’s story?

The whole book didn't make sense for me.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narration was excellent, making the different characters alive.

  • Writing Fantasy

  • The Top 100 Best Strategies for Writing Fantasy Stories
  • By: Blaine Hart
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Writing fantasy stories is a fun and exciting way to really put your creative skills and imagination to the test and bring your readers into an exciting and enchanting world of your own making. Not only is writing fantasy fun, but millions of people love reading it! If your story is good enough, you might even find yourself published. Like writing any genre of fiction, fantasy writing is a craft and requires a great deal of practice and precision to get it right.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I'm either blind or just not the author's friend

  • By Heriberto Valle on 08-24-16

Not exactly about fantasy writing

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

I was really interested learning something about writing fantasy stories: what are the specialities, and what are the elements that differentiate fantasy form other genre. The length seemed to be right to cover this subject.
I have to say I'm dissatisfied. Maybe quarter of the book covers writing advice that directly related to fantasy, and half of that is common knowledge, or you just learn it while reading fantasy books.
The rest was general writing advice and common task management knowledge related to writing in general. I found myself repeatedly tapping the +30 second icon (I was listening to the audio version) or jumping to the next chapter.
The book is not total waste of time, it gives sound advice for wannabe writers who just start to learn about the craft (hence the three stars). But it should be clearly mentioned in the summary that this book is about writing in general with some aspects of fantasy writing added.
The narrator did a good job.

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  • Bird by Bird

  • Some Instructions on Writing and Life
  • By: Anne Lamott
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922

A New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction, Anne Lamott was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. As much a guide to writing as an exploration of the emotional challenges of being a writer, Bird by Bird offers a candid and often humorous look at how to tackle these varied obstacles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A funny listen, but no writing samples to speak of

  • By Alice on 04-12-15

Like a walk with a friend

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

In this book Anne Lamott takes you for a walk on the shore, where you sink your toes into the wet sand while talking about writing and childhood memories and fears and joy. It isn’t a strictly structured study of the profession of a writer, but more of a journey to reveal the struggle and also the satisfaction that writing brings into your life. It teaches you that when you walk the path of the writer it helps planting flowers of humor along the way to cover the dark patches of fear of rejection. Anne tells you that being a published author won’t solve all your problems and lift you up to the level of demi-gods, but you’re better off by searching for inner peace and joy in writing itself. If you want a book that sounds like a chatting with a friend, you should listen to this one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful