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  • Kill Decision

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,571

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Daemon/Freedom, but still good Thriller

  • By T. Menefee on 07-21-12

Techno_Thriller.exe

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Disclaimer: Fans of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, or Robert Ludlum will thoroughly enjoy this book. Now, on to the review.

This was my first experience with both the author as well as the narrator. Both blew me out of the water, and I can't wait to read more of Daniel Suarez' work. As I stated in my disclaimer, the ability of Suarez to create a believable and thought-provoking thriller is something on par with the best techno-thrillers out there. The cast of characters were all unique but convincing in their roles, and the lead protagonists had a very interesting relationship throughout the novel. I'll definitely think twice about going outside without looking up at the sky from here on out, and that's a somewhat terrifying feeling to have after reading something that could in deed be on the horizon of reality.

Jeff Gurner really stood out to me as someone that I want to hear more from, and this was a great introduction to his method of narration in my opinion. The accents weren't always 100% accurate, but he gave the vast amount of characters a personality and life-like vocalization to the point that I could picture the characters in my mind's eye. Awesome sound effects were also added to the reading of each chapter title to further get the point of robotic adversaries across.

I was hoping that this pair of author and narrator would continue to uphold the standard I just set for them after finishing this book, and judging from the reviews, I'm looking forward to another round of top-notch action & espionage.

  • 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 20,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,354

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

Atmospheric & Thrilling

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I decided to pick this up as one of my two Originals this month. While not a Christmas story, there is definitely something of a gift to be held here!

The performances are outstanding, further amplified by the sound effects and musical cues. The actress that played Ripley fooled me into believing that Sigourney Weaver herself had come back to portray her infamous character. Everyone else did a great job as well, and I found myself audibly (see what I did there) gasping when someone got taken out or injured. Bravo to the sound team!

The story itself was also really good. Taking place directly after Alien but sometime before Aliens was a brilliant idea. The twist to keep the timeline on track was a little convenient, but when the overall package is this engaging and memorable, I'll let that one nit-pick slide.

If you're a member of Audible, then pick this one up for free before December is over. If you're not, then why are you not?!

This experience is a reason why I joined!

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,326

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Stands on its Own! Great Companion to the Show!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

I started my interest in the Magicians when I discovered the show that airs on SyFy. Before that, I'd never heard of the series or how good it seemed to be. Having said that, I decided to pick up the first novel to see what the differences were, and hopefully get more insight into this thrilling world that I've come to enjoy.

Let me say this. If you like the show, this book is an excellent companion piece. I would also like to point out that it stands on its own, and is in some ways better and worse than the show. The narrator was excellent at pronouncing things, and did a pretty good job on making the characters each have their own "voice".

One positive is that the characters are way more fleshed out and have more interesting motivations than in the show. Quentin seems more reluctant to be involved in the plot, where as in the show, all I kept thinking was how socially awkward that made him seem for someone his age.

The magic seemed more real to me in the book as well. I'm not sure if this was because it's described rather than shown, which gives it more believability, or if I just pictured it differently whilst listening. One final difference that I liked was the mystery of the Beast. You still find out who he is, but the books made him out to be more of a being rather than a crazy human figure.

Overall, I'm looking forward to purchasing the other novels once I complete my backlog of books. It was well worth the credit, and worth your time.

  • Predator: If It Bleeds

  • By: Bryan Thomas Schmidt - editor, Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

An anthology celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Predator franchise, If It Bleeds includes 17 brand new, never-before-seen or heard stories featuring the Predators throughout space and time. Based entirely on the original films, novels, and comics, Predator: If It Bleeds reveals the Predators stalking prey in 12th-century Japan, ninth-century Viking Norway, World War I, Vietnam, the Civil War, Hurricane Katrina, and the modern day, as well as across the far reaches of future space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some better than others

  • By Jermain Martinez on 04-03-18

Mixed Bag of Interesting Stories

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

As many reviewers have already stated, the book is a collection of short stories featuring the hunters from another world that we all know and love. If you're a Predator fan, you'll find something in this book that works for you. As for me, I found most of the stories were decent, but none of them really made me say "wow!". The narration definitely elevates the material on most stories, with the likes of Scott Brick, Bradford Hastings, Emily Sutton-Smith, and others lending their voice talents.

The lore of the Predator is somewhat expanded upon in some of the stories, and it was interesting to listen to 'what if' scenarios involving historical locations or figures. There's even a story featuring someone from the movie canon that was a fun romp.

Overall, I'd recommend this book if you've got some time to kill and want to listen to some fun expansions on the Predator universe.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,255
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,266

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Wish it was Longer!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I absolutely think that Scott Brick can be classified as a national treasure. That's my opinion anyways ha. Having said that, the story was satisfyingly creepy and suspenseful. Yes, it's a little bit clichéd and something you may have heard before. The difference is that the narration helps elevate the material into something much more immersive and visceral.

My only complaint is that it was just starting to get good, and then ends on a cliffhanger. I understand that this was the intention, but I would've loved to hear what happened next in a follow up story or an entire novel.

Great quick listen for Halloween, or just simply when you're in the mood for spookiness.

  • The Dark Paladin

  • The Age of Magic, Book 2
  • By: Rex Jameson
  • Narrated by: Adam Gold
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The paladins have a storied history, one tainted by a twisted sacrifice. To fight the demon lords intent on taking over their world, they had to make a deal with one. Under this pact, paladin Cedric Arrington is forged into a weapon. Wearing his black armor to signal to all of Nirendia his dark allegiance, he is a man beset by shadow on a quest to send all demons back to the Abyss. A demon lord named Orcus emerges from the underworld, and the foundations of the human kingdom of Surdel begin to fracture and weaken. Undead rise without the Necromancer. Demons pour out of Mount Godun at the heart of the tranquil realm....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Peculiar Shift in Storytelling

  • By Brandon M Reardon on 12-28-18

A Great Sequel in a Fantasic Series!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Rex Jameson & Adam Gold have done it again!!!

This book was again an amazingly immersive experience, and Rex Jameson continues to be one of my favorite authors.The story starts off with a quick backstory of a main character from the first book, and then picks up right where the first book left off. This backstory element was so vividly realized, thanks of course to Adam Gold's excellent narration, that I again felt like I was in the midst of the battles, and the addition of extra races furthered the world building to an impressive level.

Speaking of the additional world building, I have to say that I'm impressed by how much backstory is told with only a few lines of dialog. Very impressive indeed Mr. Jameson.

My only complaint is that I'm going to have to wait until the next book in the series is released. I'm also excited to learn about how many more books are left in this series, because I can't get enough.

Spend your credit now, you won't be disappointed!!!


  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

A Terrifyingly Well Read Classic. Scary as Hell!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I first saw the film when I was around 11 years old, and it terrified me. I'm listening to the book years later for the first time, and boy did it get to me on a different, more intimate level.

Back then, I guess I was too engrossed in the horror onscreen to notice how much of a detective story the overall plot really was. William Peter Blatty's career is fascinating to me, as I never knew he was a comedic writer before writing this book. I also never knew that he has narrated his own work, which is why I picked up this version of the book. Blatty as narrator is absolutely excellent! He manages to change between the different accents effortlessly, and the scenes with the demon really creeped me out...

The whole book, from start to finish, demands attention and focus to truly immerse yourself in the horror being narrated.

Listen if you dare, but make sure you don't scare easily.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Quirky Spin on Fairy Tale Tropes

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Well done, Mr. Hayes. Well done indeed. Thiis book was the fastest I've listen to since joining Audible, and it's also first I've immediately went back to and listened through again! I can't stress enough that fans of fairy tales, dark comedy, and the idea of turning well known stories on their heads will LOVE this book.

Without spoiling much, the ragtag band of misfits that make up are heroes are well known characters in the genre. Having said that, they never come right out and say who they are until the near end of the book. You're only left with clues and throwaway dialog which was great! Drew Hayes must be a fan of shows like Once Upon a Time because I got strong vibes of that show while listening. What I mean by that is there are so many characters or referencesto fairy tales stories we probably all know by heart, but he expertly changes the tales and subverts our expectations, which I loved.

The cast that brought the book to life should always be praised. I could almost see the characters as they made their way through the story, and the trio of voice actors did more than just the lead characters. Having never listened to a multi cast title until now, I may never go back because it was fantastic.

If my review hasn't stressed it enough already, use your credit and pick up this book. You won't be disappointed!!! #OnceUponATime#DarkComedy#Fantasy#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Helltroopers: A Paranormal Space Opera Adventure

  • By: Isaac Stone
  • Narrated by: Persephone Rose
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Ash Wednesday and his crew of corporate space marines take work as bounty hunters tasked with taking down the deadly fugitive named Simon Haddo, a mad scientist with an occult obsession and the most infamous terrorist in the system. As they track him through the depths of a gruesome space station, the mercs of Team Omega soon find themselves drawn into a galactic conspiracy bent on creating a literal hell on earth in this violent sci-fi remix of Dante's Divine Comedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi/Paranormal Fantasy Fun!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-02-18

An Interesting Take on a Classic Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

If you're a fan of Sci-Fi with a twist of the Paranormal, then this novel is for you. I should really say that it's a set of novels, since it's the entire three book trilogy in one package. I wasn't expecting the transitions at first, but the narrator does a great job of giving a quick pause before jumping back into the action.

With that out of the way, the way Persephone Rose reads the novel is very interesting. He gives the A.I. characters a robotic, yet humanizing voice which was a nice touch. He also does a good job of giving the other characters a sense of who they are through their voices and actions. You can almost hear their mannerisms as they complete tasks, which I highly enjoyed.

Having read Dante's Inferno in college, I was pleased to listen to this refreshing take on the tale, as well as it's companion pieces. You can tell that great care was taken to ensure the main points were brought across, while each "floor" was given a unique spin on what they contained. Isaac Stone's vision of the source material was very well realized in my opinion.#DarkFantasy#Cynical#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Hunter

  • By: Heath Stallcup
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Zener
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Born of Viking stock, careered into the Swedish Navy, Sven Ericsson finds himself in the fabled New World. Away from the restraints of society, the young Northman is dragged into long nights of debauchery, nights that lead him into the waiting arms of a dark beauty who will change his very nature forever. Fighting his new unnatural status, Sven steers clear of humanity, skulking along the fringe of society, and filling his inhuman need with the blood of the outcasts or the easily forgotten.  Centuries later, he is forced to emerge from the dark.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FUN VAMPIRE/MONSTER TALE

  • By Victoria Haugen on 10-09-18

If You Make It Past the Opening, A Decent Story

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I was taken aback by the somewhat sensual opening between the main character and his lover. I don't read book for a 50 shades' type of entertainment...

Having said that, I pushed onward and discovered a somewhat unique take on vampires and the vampire hunter trope.

The story and narrator was both mediocre to me, but I may give another of the author's works a try as the action scenes were well done.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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