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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling collection of the entire best-selling Orbs series from New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith.

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 up with other survivors around the world to defeat the aliens before it’s too late for humanity and the Earth.

©2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 Orbs I © 2013 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs II © 2014 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs III © 2015 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Orbs IV © 2018 by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J. Melchiorri (P)2021 by Blackstone Publishing

What listeners say about The Orbs Series Box Set: Books 1-4

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Love this apocalyptic sci-fi series!

Orbs is a great sci-fi apocalyptic series. It has aliens, AI, and a cast of compelling characters. The story pulled me in right away for the first 3 books. The author added a 4th book which answered a lot of questions! Highly recommended.

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Worth the credit, BUT...

This is the first time I've reviewed an audiobook with a rating other than 5 stars. Why? Because I only (until now) rate books I absolutely love. So why did I write a review for Orbs? Because overall the story and performance were very good (like the title states, "worth the credit"); however, there were a two glaringly painful aspects of this series which I felt compelled to address. Orbs is a conundrum to be sure.
First, and by far most egregious, is Bronson Pinchot's narration of the AI's. The A.I.'s in Orbs are supposed to be decades more advanced than anything we have today. Yet, even compared to Siri (Apple) and Alexa (Google), Pinchot's A.I. readings are needlessly exagerated and robotic, then minutes later, subdued, clunky and still robotic. His inflection and jerky cadence while reading the parts of Alexia, Eileen, and Sonia are downright offensive to the ears. It was as if Pinchot continually experimented with different ways to make the A.I.s as annoying as possible throughout all 4 books. Pinchot's tendency to drag out sporadic words and phrases as if they were cut and pasted from a phonetic word bank (like that meme of Obama singing "Call me maybe") will have you thinking he's got a mild case of Terets. I mean no offense to those who suffer from that particular syndrome. The comparison is apt nonetheless. Even worse is his Russian accent! I can't even explain how bad it is. In fact, you might want to drop the credit to hear just how atrocious it is! His rendition of the A.I.s and that God-awful accent is especially baffling when compared to his overall exemplary performance of the series (thankfully the vast majority of Pinchot's narration).
Second, while Smith and Melchiorri have created a compelling, mostly-original story with well developed characters, their characters' responses to extreme end-of-the-world stresses and situations are inconsistant AF. I don't mean each character reacts differently when experiencing the story's particular doomsday scenario, that's a given. I mean there are multiple occasions where a given character is cool as a cucumber one chapter, and the next, dramatic and histrionic as a bi-polar prom queen. The best, or worst, example of this is Imanual. One minute he's the logical level-headed scientist, the next he's Luke Skywalker when Darth Vader drops the "I'm your Father" bomb, "NOOOO! THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE!" Completely incredulous! Dude, pick a personality already.
So yes, the story and the performance need some work. BUT, many, if not most, aspects of this series make it well worth your time and money. The one character dynamic that makes all the cons I listed acceptable, or at least tolerable, is Jeff and David. I'll say this, if everyone had a big brother like Jeff, this world would be a much better place. Spend the credit. It's not everyday you listen to a series which leaves you thinking, "That was pretty bad, but I'll probably listen to it again in a year or two."🤣

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Pretty damn good

This was Smith's first series and you can tell in some ways, but the ideas are what makes this series so good. There really isn't anything else out there like Orbs when it comes to alien invasions or first contact stories. If you like horror, action, and suspense, this is a great box set. All for one credit!

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great book one of my favorites

I really enjoyed all 4 books. the end is worth the wait
it seems like it goes really fast.

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Omg what a ride!

What can I say? Other than OMG! Good thing I kept my heart pills close. Because I am telling you that it was a heart pounding journey. From page one to the last word of book 4!

Better than the E ticket ride!

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Similar to his other series

Orbs is very much like the Extinction series but that's OK because I liked that series as well. I don't really like blood and guts but this is fantasy. I doubt I'd read the or go to a movie based on the books but I did like listening to them.

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Great read

I really enjoyed the story. The jump between points of view was nicely done. The story did drag out a little in each book. The read was clear and did not make mistakes. The reader did chance voices used with the some of the characters between books so that some of the characters voices were different. I will read or listen to more from this writer.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed having books 1-4 in a boxed set. The action was fast paced and easy to follow. Bronson Pinchot was exceptional!

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Absolutely Fantastic story!!

I loved all four! A must Read!! wish a movie was made! Wonderfully Read!!! LOVE!

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well-written Indepndence Day style story-Good Deal

narration was excelent. pacing of scenes very good, story zoomed along,hard to put down. too much combat for my personal taste, not enough character development. this was a 4 book set. some people developed combat & leadership skills, there was minimal romance but there isn't much about "our world may be over, how do I feel about this'?" other authors do better job at this aspect. still, overall, try it, you'll like it.

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  • Chris Jenkins
  • 06-21-21

Prepare to have your eardrums damaged.

Probably the worst sound production/sound editing I've listened to. Impossible to listen to with earphones and almost impossible to listen to at a normal volume.

The narrator quickly changes from a normal volume when doing the descriptive narration to extremely loud shouting when voicing the male soldiers and scientists to a very quiet whisper when portraying the female characters and children.

In sections of the books where its full of action or with multiple characters talking in quick succession it makes it an extremely annoying and uncomfortable listen.

The story is great and is the only reason I have continued to listen as far as I have towards the end of book 3 but if another battle occurs and the narrator goes into a full on 'I'M SHOUTING THIS TO PORTRAY THE SENSE THAT ITS AN EXCITING PART' then I think I'll give up and return it.

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  • Alex P
  • 06-25-21

Enjoyable series

Entertaining and very well performed! Bronson Pinchot is so good I forgot it was all read by one person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-21

I tried

I really like the story and plotline in this series and would love to see the outcome but the delivery of the story is pretty sub par, the dialogue is borderline cringe, the narrator doesnt do it any favours, and I felt no emotions towards literally any of the characters to the point where im stopping an hour into book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-02-21

Started out with so much potential

and then everything became way too far fetched, too many holes in the storyline. performance was good, however, too much shouting for my liking.

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  • Craig
  • 07-29-21

Bad Narrator

The story is a little far fetched but that's the least of this series problems, the narration is a absolute mess, when he's talking normally it's fine but his depiction of the Ai's and his accents are just plain awful and really take away from the story.

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  • steve cushnahan
  • 07-24-21

Four books for one credit

If you are a SF end of the world with aliens you will love the story line and characters. Enjoyed the reader and his special effects to add interest.