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  • Invasion

  • Alien Invasion, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,601

They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I was looking for!

  • By Michael on 08-28-15

Great Performance, Great Book

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

What made the experience of listening to this book enjoyable?
Ray Porter is a great narrator, the story is a solidly interesting concept. I love alien books and I think this is one of the better ones. The idea of running to safety and having to deal with the human threat is always a good premise.

Where does this book rank among all the books you’ve listened to?
One of the best alien books I've come across. In its genre, it is a top tier book.

How did the narrator factor in to your rating?
Ray Poter is amazing, 10/10 performance as per usual.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I would, reminds me a little of the War of the World movie to be honest.

Overall feelings of this book?
Solid. If you like X-Files, if you enjoy alien invasions, this is a solid book to consider.

  • Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers (Harry Potter 1)

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

Orphelin, Harry Potter est élevé par un oncle et une tante qui ne l'aiment pas. Le jour de ses 11 ans, son existence bascule : un géant l'emmène à Poudlard, l'école de sorcellerie ! Voilà son incroyable destin : être sorcier. Jeter des sorts, utiliser des pouvoirs, ensorceler les trolls... À la maison Gryffondor, il rencontre Ron et Hermione, s'initie au Quidditch, un sport pratiqué sur un balai. La vie est excitante, mais Voldemort, Celui-Dont-On-Ne-Doit-Pas-Prononcer-Le-Nom, refait surface.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very Difficult To Understand

  • By Scott Reads on 11-02-17

Very Difficult To Understand

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

So context, I am a fourth year university student (in Canada) taking French. I am fluent in French and fairly confident with my command of the language. That being said, I had a VERY difficult time understanding the narrator... Perhaps because I am not an native French speaker, but even with slowing down the narration I had such a difficult time understanding the voices. They seem mumbled, they seem too nasal and it causes me a lot of difficulty with this book.

I am hoping once I spend a little more time immersed in the French language I will be better equipped to understand that narration, but as someone who exclusively operates in the French language academically... I am not sure that that will happen any time soon.

Review:

As a native speaker, you will enjoy this book
As a language learner, you will probably have difficulty with this book

TIP: if you listen to this while reading a physical copy of the book, you will be able to better understand the narration.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,214

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Love This Book and I Love Ernie Cline

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

What made the experience of listening to this book enjoyable?
Ernie Cline's writing is amazing to me. I love how he is able to paint a picture, without shoving his every detail down my throat. He is able to give his world a figure through his use of pop-culture references, use of the English language, and love for all things Sci-Fi. Truthfully, a great book in my eyes

Where does this book rank among all the books you’ve listened to?
Top 5, ever.

How did the narrator factor in to your rating?
Highly, Wil is an amazing narrator. I wish he narrated more books, I have yet to come across one he didn't absolutely rock with his narration. 11/10 performance.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I would be the first in line.

Overall feelings of this book?
I love this book. I find a lot of Sci-Fi sticks to the sciencey-boring-overly-detailed-mumbo-jumbo, and this one lets my imagination fill in any blanks I might come across (which for me, wasn't many!) I am looking forward to every single one of Ernie's books!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 208,831
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194,565

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

Wow, incredible.

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

This is easily one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Performed brilliantly by Wil Wheaton; this is a nostalgic trip through a world all geeks, nerds, and general science fiction lovers, know too well. Highly recommend this, 10/10, brilliant.

  • The BFG

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: David Walliams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants - rather than the BFG - she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was amazing!

  • By Amy on 03-14-14

Keep the sound effects, please.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Excellent book, revisited this as an adult. Performance was stellar, though I hated the sound effects and musical accompaniment. Still, 5 stars, highly recommend this book. Great for kids too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rushed

  • Rushed, Book 2
  • By: Brian Harmon
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

When Eric catches sight of Creek Bend, Wisconsin's most famous missing person, his mundane morning of running errands rapidly erupts into a chaotic search for mysterious, hidden places scattered throughout his own hometown. Along the way, he'll have to deal with strange monsters, a murderous cowboy, and a curiously intimidating man in a pink shirt

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love It!

  • By Shirley on 08-22-14

Still Creepy, Still Good!

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

What made the experience of listening to this book enjoyable?
I like where the story went in this book, it was an interesting continuation of the series and I look forward to any future continuations of this series.

Where does this book rank among all the books you’ve listened to?
This book is also around the top of the creepy supernatural thriller / drama / ghosty-goodness genre.

How did the narrator factor in to your rating?
Eric is one of my favourite narrators, he is amazing and his voice is the butter to my auditory croissant

If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Yep!

Overall feelings of this book?
I really enjoyed it, if you liked the first, I think you will also enjoy this one.

  • Rushed

  • By: Brian Harmon
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104

Eric can't remember the recurring dream that keeps waking him in the middle of the night with an overwhelming urge to leave, yet he spends each day feeling as if he desperately needs to be somewhere. With no idea how to cure himself of this odd compulsion, he decides to let it take its course and go for a drive, hoping that once he proves to himself that there is nowhere to go, he can return to his normal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Shirley on 08-09-14

Interesting Even if a Bit Wierd

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

Reviewed: 08-19-14

What made the experience of listening to this book enjoyable?
The book was one of those creepy experiences, god I hope this doesn't happen to me kind of things. While it is far fetched, if you hold any stock in the supernatural being a little too natural sometimes, this book will give you chills.

Where does this book rank among all the books you’ve listened to?
I really quite enjoy this book, I have listened to it multiple times and it always gives me the creeps!

How did the narrator factor in to your rating?
Heavily. Eric is an amazing narrator, his voice is auditory chocolate.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I would.

Overall feelings of this book?
Solid book, I enjoyed it immensely.