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  • Phasma: Star Wars

  • Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • By: Delilah S. Dawson
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144

One of the most cunning and merciless officers of the First Order, Captain Phasma commands the favor of her superiors, the respect of her peers, and the terror of her enemies. But for all her renown, Phasma remains as virtually unknown as the impassive expression on her gleaming chrome helmet. Now, an adversary is bent on unearthing her mysterious origins - and exposing a secret she guards as zealously and ruthlessly as she serves her masters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Character Development For Phasma!

  • By Michael Hicks on 10-03-17

A story that enhances the character of Phasma

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Where does Phasma: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say in the upper 20 percent of all of the audiobooks I've listened to so far. I liked the mixture of characterization and action. I plan on multiple reads of this novel.

What did you like best about this story?

It really gave Phasma a good, unique characterization that fit in well with certain events in The Force Awakens, yet didn't remove all of the mystery from the character. Her story was told by other point of view characters, which I thought was a good approach and nicely handled. The subplot between Vi and Cardinal was also well done and I enjoyed both of those characters.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

I liked her distinct voices for all of the characters, in particularly, Phasma. She does a very good approximation of Gwendoline Christie's (actress who plays Phasma) voice, so I had no problem matching Phasma from the movie with the novel. She also excels at the characters of Siv, Vi, and Cardinal as well. Her narration of Siv's continuing evaluation of who the newcomers from the First Order were and what they stood for, and of Phasma, a person who she knew her whole life, but was seeing in a new light over the course of a journey, was extremely well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Most of Siv's insights and realizations throughout the journey in the book were well done, but a tragic scene near the point where she and Phasma part ways, I really felt bad for her. There was another notable scene where Phasma had been weeping which I thought was well done, and gave more depth to the character.

Any additional comments?

A part of the story (the journey through the planet) was a bit long for my taste, but ultimately, that was a minor quibble. I thought the story was very well done, enhanced by an excellent narration. Again, I thought this novel quite nicely developed the character of Captain Phasma.

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  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please make more of these! These are excellent!

  • By Brian on 04-28-17

Please make more of these! These are excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Would you listen to Alien: River of Pain again? Why?

Yes. The story was very compelling - I loved how it detailed the events that occurred offscreen in the beginning of Aliens and detailed exactly what had happened at LV-426. It played like a movie in my head (especially with all of the effects) and like a good movie, I usually like to rewatch (in this case, relisten). I really think the Aliens franchise lends itself very well to the audio drama format, due all the tension, terror, and suspense the stories bring. Like Out of the Shadows, I will probably listen to this several more times. I really am hoping for more Alien audio dramas as I am a huge fan of both the Alien franchise and of audio dramas in general.

What did you like best about this story?

That it detailed the events of LV-426 very consistently with the events in Aliens, yet still had a few surprises in store for me. The suspense, tension, and terror usually associated with an Aliens story were very much present and well done. The presence of both very likable and despicable characters made the story experience good as well.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Demian Brackett. I'm a fan of Colin Salmon's work and his character was the most likable in the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Enthusiastic yes! But I had to restrain myself. Instead of finishing off a nice, tasty dessert too quickly, I wanted to savor it. So over the last five drives to and from work, I listened to the story. I certainly looked forward to those drives more than usual the last few days!

Any additional comments?

Great production, great casting (In addition to Salmon, Alexander Siddig was excellent in his role.) Hoping for more!

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  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,121

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

A thriller along the lines of Gone Girl

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially the ones I know who love suspense thrillers and who had brought Gone Girl to my attention. I will be returning the favor to them by recommending this book. They love thrillers and twists and I feel they would like what this book brings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kind Worth Killing?

The twist near the middle of the story. It took everything I was thinking and turned it completely upside down. I had just pulled my car in at work one morning when I got to this part. I spent the next 5 minutes in my parked car, quite stunned, thinking "Wow! Just...Wow!" I LOVE stories that can get that type of reaction from me.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The humanity they brought to their respective perspective characters (Each chapter has a different viewpoint character - this is used to great effect to propel the suspense and the twists). They display the flaws of each character, yet also bring points of sympathy. The main protagonist (it would be a huge spoiler to say who) did a particularly good job of this. The main protagonist has become one of the most memorable characters I have read in recent memory.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Be careful of who you tick off. Be very careful.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,669
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,651

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Excellent story and narration

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

What made the experience of listening to Words of Radiance the most enjoyable?

The narration of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. They really enhanced an already excellent story with their lively narration and characterizations.

What did you like best about this story?

The intricate storylines, the rich world created, and the depth given to all the characters. The cast of characters, in short, is terrific. Even the secondary characters were multidimensional. Certain characters that I had looked at only one way in The Way of Kings were put in a different light in WoR. The surprises and revelations regarding those characters were nice and added a lot to the story. The Interludes were just as good as well, serving their purpose as adding more depth to this world that Brandon Sanderson has created. There were a lot of moments when I cringed when characters made very questionable choices. There were also a lot of fist pumping moments as well during triumphant moments - it had an exciting action movie vibe to it at times. Not a dull moment in the story.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first experience listening to them and they made an instant fan (I recently picked up Book 1 of The Wheel of Time series, influenced by their involvement). Their narration was compelling and I thoroughly enjoyed the different voices/characterizations they brought to the characters. They really helped make the story/characters really come alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An Epic storm is coming (okay, okay, I will never have a career in creating taglines)

Any additional comments?

I had never been much of a fantasy fan before and I had my doubts given the length of Stormlight Archive books that I would get through them. But the story really moved fast and has made me far more interested in trying other works in the fantasy genre

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