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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 12,727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,741

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

Not a fan of multicast

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This being a play(s), rather than a book, having various actors makes sense, but I am not a fan. The sound levels tend to be uneven at times, creating the need to skip back and raise the volume, only to lower it again later. Some of the acting for the minor characters seems off or forced. Most of the work of the actors from the TV show is dead on, as if I was listening to the TV Show. Which might have been everyone's objective?
The stories... Interesting. I found myself involved and wanting to know what would happen next. Also put off by hack writing moments used to keep everything moving forward. In the end it wasn't a waste of time. Neither is it something to recommend except to a real fan, one that I having really enjoyed this work. If you want it then get it. If you really aren't sure, you aren't really missing anything :) Gillian Anderson was really enjoyable.

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 581

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This book is a piece of perfection. It might be perfect as a written work but it definitely was for me as narrated by Jim Meskimen. My preferences tend towards science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Works, like this, of the fiction category, along with non fiction, hold a secondary position in my preferences. I listen to these occasionally because they can be so powerful or perfect. Mundane fiction with its lack of action, adventure, or imagination, makes me sorrow for my lost time. Works that are this good are a great reward for venturing away from my typical fare.

I will try to be vague and spoiler free in this short description of the book. It is lyrical but not long winded. What action there is, is of the necessary amount and no more. Descriptions of place, person, or item, are of what was needed and no more. Sentences are beautiful without being over done. The two protagonists, for me, are two sides of a coin. They are both at uncommonly at ease around death and both have a hard time sleeping, probably because of their relation with death. Both are polite and believe in a right way to do things. One side of that coin being the evil man and the other being good. The story centers on their relationship and not some cat and mouse, cop and prey, type of story. A half length less dramatic Pat Conroy would be a fair comparison I think.

  • Genesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897

Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For 300,000 colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start...a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed bag

  • By Tyson S Sukeforth on 05-31-18

Fun SF

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Good fun. Has interesting things going on but is mot a heavy read/listen. For those that think the awesomeness of Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained is toooo much, the is an alternative. Ot won't satisfy those that strongly prefer hard science fiction. Plenty of combat. A generally strong protagonist with some flaws. I am interested in seeing where the series goes. They are short enough that I may pick up the series in paperback. The narration was good but some of the characters were a bit oddly voiced. Sound engineering and enunciation were good.

  • The Buried Book

  • By: D. M. Pulley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,653

It's 1952, and Jasper isn't allowed to ask questions or make a fuss. He's lucky to even have a home and must keep his mouth shut and his ears open to stay in his uncle's good graces. No one knows where his mother went or whether she's coming back. Desperate to see her again, he must take matters into his own hands. From the farm, he embarks on a treacherous search that will take him to the squalid hideaways of Detroit and back again, through tawdry taverns, peep shows, and gambling houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Cartec on 02-02-17

Not my thing

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Well written. Good narration. Not stupid. That is the upside for me. Too many hard truths within these pages for me. A young boy, about 9 years old, is our protagonist. He is impetuous and continually puts himself in harms way with little hope of reaching his goals. Not the heroic page turner type of fiction. This is the more harshly realistic type of work that you hope is fiction but you know is reflecting all too common tragedies.

  • Red Swan

  • By: P. T. Deutermann
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

A behind-the-scenes operator at the CIA, Wallace was integral to the agency's secret war against China's national intelligence service, which infiltrates government offices, major businesses, and systems crucial to our security. Wallace had severely damaged China's Washington spy ring with a devastating ruse, a so-called "black swan", in which a deep-undercover female agent targeted and destroyed a key Chinese official. Now, Wallace's mysterious death suggests that the CIA itself has been compromised and that China has someone inside the agency.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A flawed thriller

  • By John Riehl on 10-29-17

Fun romp

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This book really is a roller coaster ride of a story. Action packed and interesting. Iconic characters that are not carbon copies of those they are similar to. The story blessedly lacks overt stupidity. Well... it is a thriller, so I am sure there is plenty of implausible "that wouldn't happen that way" kind of things. Nothing bothered me in this book, so a strong thumbs up for such a wild ride to avoid the irritating stupidity pitfall. Dick Hill did another fine Dick Hill narration.

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio needs to be balanced

  • By Anonymous User on 01-21-18

Expanding story

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

This is more than book 4. The story that started in Red Rising continues to expand. There are new story threads added in this book. I am very happy that he continued the series if this is how he is doing it.

The narration was very good but the engineering is lacking. It required regular fiddling with the volume. At times the volume was set high enough to cause distortion as certain parts of words were pronounced.

  • The Lords of Discipline

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616

This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pat Conroy's characters

  • By Patricia on 06-19-11

Very good but rough

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

I wanted to give this book 3 stars because I like it but don't plan to recommend it to people I know. It is really good though, so 4 stars. Straight up dramatic fiction really isn't my thing but I think I will be listening to more Pat Conroy books. Prince of Tides was so good, so given the excellence of Lords of Discipline and not having read a bad Pat Conroy, I will wish list the rest...

This is a tough tale. Hazing gone overboard and bullying as an institutionalized method of "character building". Conroy weaves a lot more value into the story. Sharply drawn characters. Unexpected twists. Southern aristocracy. Entitlement. Charleston.

The narration is dead on.

  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,888

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less Awful than Predecessor

  • By Benjamin on 04-27-16

Best of the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I finished all three books. The character's reactionary incompetence continues through the second book. There are also a few logic errors made by the author. That being said, it really is a grand tale with touches of greatness. For me, I would not have stuck in for a five book series. I am glad I decided to finish the trilogy. If you like epic fantasy that also focuses on the personal, you should find plenty to like here. It is not as dark as Wizards First Rule nor is it free of pain. While gods and magic exist within these novels, they are not full of gimmicky magic. Because these books tweaked my own dislikes, which may be no issue for you, I don't know how strongly to recommend that they be read or avoided. I am easily annoyed but not overly demanding.

  • The Providence of Fire

  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,109

Having learned the identity of her father's assassin, Adare flees the Dawn Palace in search of allies to challenge the coup against her family. Few trust her, but when she is believed to be touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire, the people rally to help her retake the capital city. As armies prepare to clash, the threat of invasion from barbarian hordes compels the rival forces to unite against their common enemy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm trying really hard to like this series.

  • By Mike on 02-09-15

Good books

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I finished all three books. The character's reactionary incompetence continues through the second book. There are also a few logic errors made by the author. That being said, it really is a grand tale with touches of greatness. For me, I would not have stuck in for a five book series. I am glad I decided to finish the trilogy. If you like epic fantasy that also focuses on the personal, you should find plenty to like here. It is not as dark as Wizards First Rule nor is it free of pain. While gods and magic exist within these novels, they are not full of gimmicky magic. Because these books tweaked my own dislikes, which may be no issue for you, I don't know how strongly to recommend that they be read or avoided. I am easily annoyed but not overly demanding.

  • The Fifth Heart

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

In 1893 Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--a member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Differing Expectations

  • By Susan on 05-19-15

Good but odd

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This is a Sherlock Holmes novel I assume to be set after the Conan Doyle stories. I liked the book though I thought it a bit over long and unnecessary in a couple spots. The book is very interesting as it as much historical fiction as it is a Holmes story. I looked up at least a half dozen things concerning this book. Starting with the 5 of Hearts. There are a few spots in which the story flow is broken and we the reader are surprised by the "you don't do this in a novel" moments. I found the book to be odd and worth my time. I find myself wondering if Simmons decided to break as many rules of writing as he thought he could. Wondering also if I was being tested and found wanting because I like the book anyway, or if Simmons tried a grand literary experiment and it worked for me. There are a couple main mysteries. A number of surprises. Plenty of history. Plenty of historical characters who were used within the fiction, which I found distracting, and I trust that Simmons was careful in this use. 1 is a terrible book. 2 is a book that really bothered me but maybe your tastes would allow you to enjoy it. 3 is a good book that is mundane, or in this case a book above the common that is not for everyone. 4 is a book I really enjoyed that I believe to be above common goodness in quality. 5 is a truly fine or great work and I seldom give 5's.