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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 24,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,596

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

A wild quasi-religious experience of futility.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

If you've played "Alien Isolation", the 2015 first person survival horror game, then you will have a good idea what this book feels like. The voice acting is well done and all of the sound effects sound like they came straight out of the video game. Overall a solid fun way to *almost* feel like you're watching an unreleased movie that would fit happily into the Alien franchise.

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One issue I had with this book is that it felt almost quasi-religious due to the ever present watchful eye of a particular ominous character (and not an Alien). This made many points in the story feel hollow, when most of the characters were not really in control of their futures and were serving as merely pawns on a chessboard. Reading (hearing) this futility was painful, like watching rats run around in a maze under the smiling eye of a demonic scientist. I prefer to feel like the major characters in a novel can use their wits and their will to overcome obstacles, but at many points this was not the case. At any rate, the story was still enjoyable, and I powered through the audiobook fast enough that it felt like a fun ride without trying to dwell on the above mentioned frustration too much.

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  • Self-Made Man

  • One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again
  • By: Norah Vincent
  • Narrated by: Norah Vincent
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) and Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed), Norah Vincent absorbed a cultural experience and reported back on what she observed incognito. For more than a year and a half she ventured into the world as Ned, with an ever-present five o'clock shadow, a crew cut, wire-rim glasses, and her own size 11 1/2 shoes, a perfect disguise that enabled her to observe the world of men as an insider.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged

  • By Holly on 09-25-11

Deeply insightful from any gender's perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-26-13

Despite having an extensive library, I rarely ever write a book review. Even less frequently do I read a book that is not a science or technical book.

Yet I couldn't help but feel a strong compulsion to describe just how brilliant and eye-opening I found Norah Vincent's adventure. Vincent takes us on a journey to another world, as though she were a martian visiting earth and wearing the guise of a man in order to understand what their world is all about. Her fresh perspective on age old questions and observations gives the reader a chance to see things from an angle that simply cannot be reproduced by reading academic papers, novels, or experts on the matter. Everyone, whatever the gender, political position, or disposition, will learn a great deal about both halves of the human species by reading this masterpiece.

And to top it all off, she's an excellent writer as well.

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