Not Alone: Second Contact

Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Series: Not Alone, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
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When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work.  

Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing.... 

Not Alone: Second Contact is the long-awaited sequel to Not Alone, an Audible "Best of 2016" finalist.

©2018 Craig A. Falconer (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great follow up

Good follow up and continuation of the story. But...... the book would be half its length if the author didn’t seemingly repeat everything and go on and on about the same stuff.

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Eh - decent but also trite and lacking.

I had mixed feeling about the first one. I liked it, appreciated its unique story and suprising twists and turns. Never been a fan of conversation centric writing though. I prefer more atmosphere, inner dialogue and less talk. Also, it continually felt like a teaser. At the end, it seemed like a teaser for a less than satisfying quicky.

This book was similar yet its worst aspects were magnified. The addition of romance gave the story this sappy cheap element I did not appreciate.

These books are a bit like Cheetos. Addictive yet leaves you feeling unsatisfied with nothing gained from having consumed them.

The narrator did a spectacular job with all the different voices and his work added a great deal to the experience of the book.

If the author continues in this genre, I'd like to have much much more about the aliens and much much less about politicians and media people. We are subjected to them enough in the real world without them invading our fictional lives as well.

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Another LONG Tale

It was good to hear from the characters we met in Not Alone: One.
(Dan, Clark, Emma, and all the politicians and journalists.)
Second Contact is more direct than the first. I recommend listening to the first book before trying this one, as so much in Second Contact will be familiar. You will already know so much about the characters, and this is the fun element of the book. You'll also understand the politics and deceptions.

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Epic sequel

With a little getting reminded for character reacquaintances and previous story line away the story went.
There were some long winded sections. Overall another international story, just closer to home this time.

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Epic. Now I want to see the movie!

The characters were so well developed. The writing is so great that I had no problem stepping into this world. I couldn’t stop listening and will be thinking about the D and C days for a long time.

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Just epic...

For reference... here's what we said about bk1 (both my husband and I enjoyed the book)...
I was really quite pleased with Craig's tale of international intrigue and aliens, and a not-quite average guy who precipitated the whole mess... I rather enjoyed the narration by J.P.Cronin as well. the only point on which I find fault, is that at around the 3/4 completed point, the story starts to drag a bit... Until the Very Cool revelation at the end! Get it, enjoy it, and thank me later! Lol...

I Loved this book!!! A year has passed, and once again Dan finds himself embroiled in an alien intervention... 
This story throws us back into a tale of intense national, and international  intrigue... keeping me on the edge of my seat!  Unlike the first book, there wasn't any part of Second Contact that dragged on...
James Patrick Cronin proved that he was the right choice for the task of narrating this epic novel!   

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Enjoyed both books very much.

Great story that continued to hold my attention and anticipation. I would definitely try another book by this author. There were several long winded passages I felt added nothing to the story and made it unnecessarily longer. The narrator did an o.k. job, but the intonation was odd, especially Emma and Tara's. parts. Overall it's an enjoyable and imaginative story that's worth the credits.

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Such an excellent follow-up to the original novel.

The second novel picks up nicely after the first with all kinds of new revelations that will repeatedly rock the entire world. Apparently the author would have us believe there has NEVER been any conclusive evidence of UFOs or anything truly extraterrestrial in the history of the planet. Other than that minor disagreement, I truly enjoyed the story.

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great story telling

once again we are treated to a wonderful story with unexpected twists and turns, we get to see the characters continue to grow and pull us deeper into their world. Ready for book 3

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Loved it

Just as good as the 1st . This book is a continuation of a first book and it just completes the story. If you like the 1st you like one too.

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  • EmojiMoon
  • 10-13-18

Repetition Hell

I really enjoyed book 1. Book 2 was direly boring. There is a good tale in there but it was completely and utterly smothered by constant repetition.

Honestly, I would have returned it had I not bought it on a BOGOF Audible deal. I got to the last hour before I simply couldn’t take it any more and hoppity skipped my skimming way to the end.

If you enjoyed the first book, keep that warm glowy nostalgia and don’t brave this one - your sanity is at stake.

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  • J The Tech Guy
  • 07-31-18

A refreshing take and a very enjoyable book.

Thoroughly enjoyed the second book as the first book. It doesn't follow the many cliched sci fi trajectories in terms of plot. It's not a us vs them book, it explores the nature of altruism and empathy. Innate traits that we all have inside, every single one of us. It's a refreshing take on a genre that is saturated with heavily cliched story lines that have been written time immemoral. It does touch on a key point that I believe is true, there are many elements that thrive with conflict as it's a billion dollar industry. Instead of conflict and the inward / isolationistic focus we should be focusing on space exploration. I won't say much beyond that as I do not wish to spoil a good book. There is something that is worth mentioning - the people who whinge and complain how a story should proceed or end - to these people I say go write your own book then you can do whatever you want with your story. Stop trying to appropriate characters created by an author and dictate how a story should go or end. Every. Single. Story. Should always be judged on it's own merits. On that note, if you can keep an open mind and not go batty over the smallest thing in a story then you will enjoy this audiobook as I did. If however you cannot keep an open mind then I suggest you stop listening to audiobooks and reading stories completely. Because the set trajectories will always be out of your control. There more important things to life than stressing over the trajectory of a plot or ending in a book. All emotion is energy, it matters how you channel it.

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  • WhaleFish
  • 04-22-19

A forced sequel

loved the first book but the sequel really didn't cut it for me. it constantly repeats itself a the story crawls along and the big reval moments are anything but.

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  • Tim
  • 06-07-19

Good book

My first audible book so took some getting used to. Story picks up well from the first book, but is a bit slow, but does pick up the pace.

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  • Tree Frog
  • 01-10-19

Stupendous

This was an absolutely brilliant sequel. Listen to it, soak it up, be transported somewhere else.

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  • The Trog Father
  • 12-04-18

A New Must Listen

I absolutely loved Mr Falconer's first book Not Alone. There were so many plot twists I was completely blindsided by, I couldn't stop listening to it. This is refreshing for me as few books grip me much anymore as there is very little new under the sun.

I had very high hopes for his second book Teradox. Unfortunately it didn't quite meet the quality and unpauseable nature of Not Alone. I enjoyed it, but it didn't blow me away. I am yet to listen to the Teradox sequel as some reviews and my own disappointment put me off.

I'm SO glad I gave this author another chance. This book is a return to form for Mr Falconer. I've been so tiered today as I stayed awake till 4am as I just could not pause the book, despite knowing I had to take my daughters to school in the morning.

Mr Falconer has now joined Simon Scarrow and Joel Shepard in my very short list of authors who's books will always be, for me, a Must Listen!

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  • Peter S
  • 11-21-18

Enjoyable

Although at times it got a little side tracked and repetitive, for all that it was an enjoyable story and read well.

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  • Rogeraee
  • 11-04-18

Great read loved it.

It was fine and the two book saga was just right any more ans it would become boring. Great read.

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  • Another Satisfied Customer
  • 04-08-19

Twaddle

Paper thin unoriginal plot, thin characters rescued by a good narration. The only reason completed the book was because I paid for it.

Zero stars for this one.

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  • Sean Dynan
  • 10-09-18

Lame trudge

This book should have finished 10 hours before it did. I can't remember listening to another book with so much unnecessary padding. What an absolute trudge. I only bought it because there were so many positive reviews; I naively assumed Falconer had pulled a rabbit out of the hat after book 1 (another unholy trudge). So many needless things happen; so many things are ultra-explained; so many characters have an extraordinary command of English. This book is verbal diarrhoeah and badly needs an editor. And, after all that, the story is lame. If you thought the first book was not worth the effort you'll definitely want to avoid this one.

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  • Kelvin
  • 09-10-18

good story twists, but repetitive

Good story twists, but repetitive. Deep and believable characters. An overall enjoyable audio book experience.

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  • Paul
  • 08-05-18

Drawn out and slow paced

Just like the previous book in the series, this novel is twice as long as it should be. it also goes on after the story ends by about 10 chapters. it is okay but great sections of it are labored.