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  • Alien: Sea of Sorrows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: James A. Moore, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Stockard Channing, Walles Hamonde, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

Set 300 years after the events of Alien: Out of the Shadows and Alien: River of Pain, Alien: Sea of Sorrows deals with the rediscovery of dormant Xenomorphs (Aliens) in the abandoned mines of LV-178, the planetoid from Alien: Out of the Shadows, which has now been terraformed and renamed New Galveston. The Weyland-Yutani Corporation, reformed after the collapse of the United Systems Military, continue their unceasing efforts to weaponise the creatures.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances but story is weakest of the 3

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-18

Bad acting

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

The main character is an atrocious voice actor. Sounds like a bad impression of Patton Oswalt

  • The Battle for Lashmere

  • A Faded Star, Book 3
  • By: Michael Freeport
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Admiral Stokes' forces are scattered and beleaguered with no safe haven. The forces of the Woduur have decisively defeated the Lashmere Navy and invaded Lashmere itself. Humans are on the verge of defeat. Their only hope lies in the ancient ship held by an alien race that may want them all dead. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Latest book in a great series

  • By Bob H. on 11-12-18

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

It turns out that the only thing keeping the previous entries in this series interesting was learning about new species and technologies as they were introduced. Almost nothing new is introduced in book 3, and as a result the latest chapter is a boring slog.

The author's clumsy prose, passive voice, and poor storytelling combine with the narrator's lifeless performance to create an incredibly tedious audiobook. I couldn't get myself to care about anything that happened in this book, and had to force myself to pay attention through most chapters.

The titular battle at the end of the novel is so brief and dull that I can't understand why the author named the book after it.

Several antagonists from previous books are treated as protagonists in this entry. In particular, one character who was previously painted as racist, paranoid, petty, and completely unprofessional, suddenly gets vindicated and promoted to a major position in what can only be described as a childish fantasy.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,587

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

Excellent and gripping novel, fantastic performance by narrator. However, volume level is all over the place. Expect to be adjusting the volume every 2 - 3 minutes.

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  • Mr. Murder

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Jay O. Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 821

Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz!

  • By mercyjam317 on 08-25-17

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Chock full of Koontz' standard cliches and themes. The plot isn't particularly engaging - or maybe that's just the droning narrator. The protagonist is an imbecile and never approaches anything in a smart way.

One of the major plot elements in this book is that two characters look very similar and no one can tell them apart. They just happen to have the same hair cut? And no one can figure out how to tell them apart. Gee, what about with a password, or shave one of their heads?

  • The Singularity Trap

  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,719

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Amy Snider on 06-13-18

Mediocre

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

Definitely not another Bobiverse. This short novel is primarily a vehicle for the author to express his views on climate change, which I *agree with* but don't need to be constantly clubbed in the face with.

The narrative is pretty interesting for a while, but as it starts to expand and be told from more perspectives, the primary objective gets muddied. Once we stop learning new things from the main character's perspective, the novel loses all tension because it's not even clear what the threat is or how dangerous it is. Things are gradually made clear in a wholly anticlimactic way and the actual climax is both extremely cliche and underwhelming.

This novel feels rushed, and I assume the author was pressured to release early so as to ride on the success of the much better Bobiverse titles.

Ray Porter is great as usual, but the audio mixing is weird. In many scenes, the main character is mixed very low and is hard to hear compared to other characters? Why?!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good military/sci-fi series

  • By Rusty on 06-06-18

Star Wars ripoff

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

What could have been a perfectly respectable franchise is ruined by the authors' rampant and shameless mimicry of Star Wars. Ships and characters are lifted directly from Star Wars, only with different names. A key scene is taken almost verbatim from Return of the Jedi. The central plot involves an evil man with mystical Jedi-like powers attempting to overthrow the Republic and make himself Emperor. ALL of the sci-fi jargon is taken directly from Star Wars. Durasteel, deflectors, bucketheads, anything that isn't copyrighted. The bad guys fly Tri-fighters instead of TIE fighters. Seriously?!

The narrative is chaotic and sloppy. As with the previous novel, you have two different books in wildly different styles that have been duct-taped together in the middle. The two authors seem to have traded places this time, so the meandering stream of conciousness takes up the first half and the straight-cut military conflict takes up the second. Most of the second half of the first novel is entirely disregarded. The Han Solo knockoff and his Indelible Six crew are mentioned once at the start but never appear again.

Derivative trash. Don't give them your money.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Hour

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 5
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21,788
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,413

United Nations Special Operations Command sent an elite expeditionary force of soldiers and pilots out on a simple recon mission, and somehow along the way they sparked an alien civil war. Now the not-at-all-merry band of pirates is in desperate trouble, again. Their stolen alien starship is falling apart, thousands of light years from home. The ancient alien AI they nicknamed Skippy is apparently dead, and even if they can by some miracle revive him, he might never be the same.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Monkeys kick A**, but......

  • By Beachcombers on 02-14-18

Okay but no plot progression

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

Reviewed: 05-19-18

The story has not moved forward in several books. Things go wrong and the Merry Band of Pirates deals with them, but there's no real plot progression whatsoever. Author is clearly padding these titles with fluff to sell more books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,824

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Mediocre, then great

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Dull and uninspired until it introduces the character Skippy about two-thirds of the way through. Then it practically changes genres and really hits its stride. R.C. Bray does a fantastic job bringing Skippy and the other characters to life.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,180

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Far too cliche

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

A story that starts out fairly interesting and then collapses into the biggest cliches in time travel fiction. By the end I was banging my head against the desk.

All of the author's novels are self-published on Kindle, with hilariously bad covers. I'm guessing he self-published this audio book at well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower I

  • The Gunslinger
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,614

In the first book of this brilliant series, Stephen King introduces listeners to one of his most powerful creations: Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book.

  • By David Murphy on 06-11-17

Bad

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I don't understand why this title is popular. Eccentric, obtuse prose, incomprehensible characters with baffling motivations. King drags us through a seemingly drug-induced rambling vision of a wasteland where most things are meaningless, with little hints into a lore that is not particularly compelling. Spend your credits elsewhere; King has far better titles.