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The Orbs Series Box Set

Books 1-3
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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A thrilling collection of the best-selling Orbs series from New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith. This set includes: Orbs, Orbs II: Stranded, Orbs III: Redemption, and the White Sands and Red Sands prequel short stories.

While training for a manned mission to Mars, Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of scientists find themselves cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped inside a biosphere deep within the confines of Cheyenne Mountain, Sophie and crew discover they are the survivors of a brutal alien invasion. But as they struggle to stay alive, they realize their safe haven is far from safe and that they must team with other survivors around the world to defeat the aliens before it's too late for humanity, and the Earth.

©2013, 2014, 2015 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Surpassed my expectations!!

Having loved two series that this author wrote, I was both eager and hesitant to dive into this series, eager because his writing is amazing and hesitant because this was one of the first series he wrote and I didn't want to be disappointed because his other series are phenomenal. I need not have worried though because I ended up loving this series.

Plot wise this was incredibly fast paced and exciting. The action starts right away and it's breakneck speed from there. I had to take several deep breaths when I finished this because it took my breath away with it's relentless pace. Absolutely non stop!!! It's not just the action that was non stop, it was also the emotions I had while reading this. I think I went through them all!! When the gang leave the biosphere, they come out to a world that's changed forever. I loved how the author portrayed the aliens and found myself quite frightened by them, especially with what they were doing! He has created a unique spin on the classic invading alien story and I raced through this to see how it'd end.

One thing I've seen with this author, is his amazing ability to write great and memorable characters. This one is no different!! Sophie is one strong, fierce main character and I was rooting for her the whole way through. She is smart, confident, headstrong, and relatable. Each of the characters are well written and developed and I pretty much liked them all!!

In all, this surpassed my expectations. I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but what I got was an exciting, edge of your seat read. It drew me in and I devoured it!! It's movie worthy good! If you're on the fence about reading this, don't be. Give it a go... you might be pleasantly surprised! It's fiction, it's there to be enjoyed :)

White Sands and Red Sands are short stories.... In White Sands, we see brothers Jeff and David, along with their stepmom, heading to see their dad, Michael. From there we see what happens them from the moment the Orbs appear. In Red Sands, we see more of the boys and also get a look at Dr. Hoffman and his escape ship.

Both of the short stories were very much needed, in order to answer some unanswered questions from the main books. I loved seeing the boys and getting to know what exactly happened them. I was also glad to read about Dr Hoffman, though I'm still not sure what to think of him!!

Well written and developed, these shorts, and indeed the whole series is a must read!!

Bronson Pinchot is one of my favourite narrators. He has a staggering array of tones and voices and always brings a story to life with his inflections. Loved his narration of these!

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amazing story!!!

Orbs 1
 I was going into this book with HI expectations. I have read several of Nicholas Sansdury Smith's books and they are great.  This one did not disappoint.
Orbs 2
 Great story!  I like the story alot before.  Now with the development of characters including the organics I couldn't stop listening. G
Orbs 3
 Great.  I was very taken aback by the ending.  It was not what I thought.  You will love this book especially if you like apocalypse type books.

I'm loving these books.  I highly recommend them to everyone!

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Great series!

I really enjoyed the Orbs series! Humans struggle against aliens in a unique situation. The characters were compelling and the story kept a great pace and roped me in very quickly. If you enjoy Sci-Fi, you'll love this series!

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Terrifying!

Excellent, multi-level plot. A truly terrifying look at what could happen if hostile aliens ever invaded Earth. Excellent voice acting.

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An amazing story!

I can’t believe how many emotions this story pulled out of me!! There wasn’t ever a moment I wasn’t sitting up and paying attention to what was going to happen next. I can’t believe this isn’t a movie yet. It needs to be with a substantial budget. This would be excellent 3 sequel motion pictures. The author is just stunningly gifted in story telling. I will revisit this story again from book one to three, it is that good!

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Great series for sci fi fans!

I have listened to other book series by this author. This was not my favorite series of his and that is only because I enjoyed his other books much more. From a sci fi alien perspective though , this book series was great! I do think fans of aliens sci fi will enjoy it. There was not a lot of military operations lingo in the books. I definitely recommend it to sci fi fans.

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A great series at a great price!

This series has man struggling to survive while they try to find answers to what is happening around them. The characters are strong and the tale is both scary and exciting. If you like sci-fi and apocalyptic fiction this is the series for you!

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Fantastic!

Orbs is a fantastic post-apocalyptic alien invasion story. This 3 books for 1 credit is a steal! Nicholas Sansbury Smith is one of my favorite authors and his books never disappoint! Bronson Pinchot does an excellent job with the narration! I blew through these three books so quick and didn't want it to end! Thankfully there is a fourth book and a prequel book.

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I've become a real fan!

I've long wanted to read this series since Hell Divers was so incredible. I wasn't disappointed. Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the real deal. Sometimes, authors have one good series and the rest just .... meh. But so far, Hell Divers, Trackers, and Orbs have been home runs. Hats off to the author... and reader, get these books!

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Killer alien thriller

Smith writes atmospheric sci-fi horror and Pinchot really brings it too life. You can hear the scraping and scratching of the aliens, the terror in the survivors' voices as they struggle to survive. Recommended for fans of post-apocalyptic thrillers or alien invasions.

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  • 09-17-19

Pudding thoroughly over egged!

Too many stereotypes, so many over worked cliffhangers that boredom sets in detracting from what could have been an interesting story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-19

Orb shit

Well that was a complete waste of time just a crap story line and the bloke reading it was bloody irritating

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

frustrating.

I really wanted to get into this series but I found the reactions of the characters inconsistent and unbelievable.
with weird inconsistencies in the science it spoiled what could have been a great story.
sorry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

that scratch scrape is so childesh

too many gaps in the narrative and broken logic.
very little science fiction
narrow imagination