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Earth's Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series Audiobook

Earth's Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series

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Publisher's Summary

Earth's Ultimate Conflict is the Science Fiction Award Winner in the following:
* National Indie Excellence Book Awards
* Best Book Awards
* International Book Awards

Rosa De Angelo and Ellen McCarthy are about to become two of the newest victims of SEAS - Severe Environmental Allergy Syndrome. Haunted by dreams of orbs in the night, they wake up to news reports of UFO swarms and alien abductions by the thousands.

Separated from their families, Rosa and Ellen are ushered into isolation tent cities established to prevent the public from having any further exposure to the growing number of SEAS victims.

Ellen, Rosa, and thousands of other victims of SEAS discover that they have been transformed to adjust to life on the alien Grays' planet. Worse yet, they realize they have been covertly used to create and give birth to the Grays' hybrid children.

Rosa and Ellen, along with all SEAS victims, are forced to make the gut-wrenching decision of whether to flee Earth with their love-starved hybrid children or fight for their freedom and escape, even if only to die with their human families.

With Earth headed on a catastrophic course, United States President Barbara Unger is searching for human salvation when she is contacted by two alien species, the Grays and the Guardians, both offering conflicting methods of action to save Earth.

The Grays offer to transport one million humans to their planet, Nuur, mostly women of childbearing age as a safety measure to save humanity. The Guardians insist the Grays plan to use humans to create a dangerous hybrid species that the diminished state of Earth is only temporary, and it will survive this crisis.

Knowing the Grays have manipulated us while the Guardians ulterior motives are unknown, President Barbara Unger will ultimately have to decide who is friend and who is foe. Will she place the fate of the human race into the hands of the Grays.

©2014 Kathy Porter (P)2017 Kathy Porter

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    Norma Miles 23/05/2017
    Norma Miles 23/05/2017
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    "" Humans make us laugh.""
    What did you like best about Earth's Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series? What did you like least?

    Undoubtedly, the best part of Earth's Ultimate Conflict was the production, the continuous sound track which accompanied the narration. Mostly providing a quiet background of appropriate soundscape or gentle music, it gave a greater depth to the overall picture being woven. This did occasionally become irritating but was mostly unobtrusive. The exception was when the aliens were 'speaking': a clever echo device certainly made them sound other worldly but at the expense of making it difficult to determine what was being said.This felt far more like a book produced for radio listening rather than a continuous story. As it progressed, it seemed to be divided into largish bite sized pieces, each of which had to contain a new twist or excitement and end with a hook to carry through to the next part - very reminiscent of old mid twentieth century radio serials like, Dick Barton, Special Agent, so, for this listener, there was a definite loss of continuity in the need to pack something special, new or thrilling into rack individual part. The gaps between the chapters, too, were sometimes disconcertingly long.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It came about one and a half hours too late. There is a point where lots of uplifting music is played and patriotic speeches are given which seemed to herald the ending of the book. And it felt right - still unresolved in part but nevertheless quite satisfying as well as leaving the potential for a continuation book should the reader want to know more. But, after a long pause, the story started up again but really added little to the book in terms of completion.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Jude Ricciardi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is the first narration by Peter Jude Ricciardi that I have heard and I will now be looking out for further books by him.. His reading voice is warm, mellow, well modulated, clear and his range of individual character voices is distinctive and wide ranging. He particularly impressed me with the naturalism of the conversations. His performance was strong enough to easily hold it's own against the background distractions. Excellent.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The story is unusual, not the standard alien invasion at all. As Earth's ecosystem seems to be slowly tearing itself apart with natural disasters increasing and a strange new plague, one of allergic reaction to the environment, sweeping across the world, swarms of alien craft are increasingly seen in the skies and contact is made with the U.S.President (Barbara) Unger. The listener is led into the growing awareness of the universal problem by following the interconnected lives of several couples. This is extremely well done, the characters given a reality which calls for great empathy and really draws us into the ongoing story.Nice to see the appearance of Men in Black, too. But, given the world wide nature of the problems, the reader could be forgiven in thinking that nowhere else exists outside of America.and, in the latter part, there is more Ra Ra for our wonderful culture talk than actioñ.I was gifted my copy of Earth's Ultimate Conflict by the rights holder via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. It was a very easy and enjoyable listen with some nicely innovative ideas, a superb narrator and overall production. But somewhere in the journey it lost it's way, failing to live up to the brilliant promise of the earlier chapters. Worth a listen, if only for the original soundtrack and Mr.Ricciardi's conversations. But do it in bite sized pieces, a chapter a day, not in one continuous sitting.

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    Peter Guildford, United Kingdom 06/05/2017
    Peter Guildford, United Kingdom 06/05/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "An interesting story of alien meddling on earth."

    The narration by Peter Jude Ricciardi is solid and Kathy Porter’s writing is well done. The story is well paced and the book kept me interested for the whole duration, being memorable enough to keep track of what is going on between listening sessions. The characters seem well done and have personal motivations that are very human (for the human characters anyway). At twelve hours long it is a good length able to keep you entertained for many a commute to work.

    The thing that makes this book stand out from the crowd is the sound effects and background ambience, they add to the experience by making it a more immersive experience. The effects on the alien voices, and internal thoughts etc help make it clear what is going on and add to how alien the aliens seem. All the sound effects are well used and never overwhelm things. More audiobooks should be enhanced with sound effects,

    There are only two little things that I think hold the book back a bit. The first is I feel you get to find out things that characters do not know a little too quickly, things could have been kept more of a mystery for longer but this is only a small thing despite that the book does throw in a few surprises I did not see coming. The second is I feel the characters take all the strange things going on a little too well but they are the main characters so this is more than forgivable

    I would be happy to listen to another book narrated by Peter Jude Ricciardi or written by Kathy Porter.

    All and all it is an interesting book which was an enjoyable experience to listen too. This is well worth a listen.



    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Layla 24/04/2017
    Layla 24/04/2017
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    "A really good SciFi book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know what to expect when I first started listening to this audio book. It started out slow and I thought I knew where this was heading, but the author surprised me. I was not expecting certain things in the story and she had me guessing until the end. The author had done her research since a lot of things were explained in why they happened which sounded realistic to me.

    I loved the narrator. He gave the story something more which made you want to sit and listen until the end. The narrator uses sound effects, such as, mobile ringing, slamming of a door, a baby crying, building falling down, group of people screaming, people chatting. He also uses music which gives the book suspense. I would be defiantly listen to this author again, he was that good!

    My problem with this book is that it was very Americanized. It felt like independence day where they are the heroes. This book felt the same. The heroes or strong characters in this book are women (which I have nothing against and there are men but I felt that they were not as strong in character as the women) but when it involves the world I expected to see people from different nationality, different gender and age group. I also don't understand why Rosia was special since others went through the same things as she did. I expected others to have similar abilities and it was a group effort in what they did towards the end. I thought she was the tool to get to where ever they needed to get to. Yet America made her into a hero and so did some other people. They called her strong (in character) when others are also strong and fought like she did. I found this hard to believe and for me it brought the book down. I would still recommend the book since I thought it was well written.
    There is violence in this book but it is not graphic.

    I was voluntarily provided this review copy audio book at no charge by the author, publisher, and/or narrator.

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  • Christine Newton
    02/05/17
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    "Good alien invasion story!"
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    A very entertaining read from an imaginative author. It's one that I'd certainly recommend to fans of this genre. I would have given it five stars, except for three things. First, since this is a series, I think that this first book would have maybe been more effective (for me) if it had ended somewhat earlier. Not a whole lot earlier, but a bit earlier where there was a bit more tension in the storyline. Second, I liked the narration and it was a nice change to hear some background sound effects! However, when the audio editor inserted the buzzing sound (don't want to say what the sound is, it would be a spoiler), it actually hurt my ears. Ironic, I'd say! But it did give me headaches when I heard that sound. Finally, I appreciated the intention but didn't appreciate the effect of the voice distortion during 'thought bubbles' or internal dialogue of any character. It was like the voice of Oz and I thought that a more subtle effect might have worked better. Other than these little observations, I have nothing else to complain about. I'm glad I listened to the story and enjoyed hearing the author's vision of an alien invasion story!

    I provided a review in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Bergquist
    22/04/17
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    "Review of Earth's Ultimate Conflict"

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
    I rate this a solid 4 stars because it was enjoyable and easy to listen to. The conflict was believe able the way Kathy Porter interwove the details of the characters lives Peter Jude Ricciardi performed this narrative with skill and with a flourish of audio technology that enhances the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darlene L. Quinn--author of award winning Web Series
    LONG BEACH, CA, United States
    29/03/17
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    "Not just for Science Fiction Lovers"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although I am not a science fiction reader, I found this an amazing story with characters and emotions we can all relate to--even the aliens. The production brought you into the action from the creaks of a floor board to the mist of a crowd.


    What other book might you compare Earth's Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series to and why?

    Since I read very little science fiction, I am unable to make a comparison. However, for those who are drawn to the conflicting emotions of motherhood, Kathy Porter's well developed scenes will draw you in.


    What does Peter Jude Ricciardi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peter has an excellent voice for narration. He also did a phenomenal job of creating voices for the various characters and the sound effects brought you into the story in a movie like way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The strong pull of Ellen between going with her hybrid children or staying with her husband and human child was compelling. The fate of aliens who had rediscovered their human-like emotions and were to become outcasts was heartbreaking.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters were believable, even when their situations were not. Porter was able to suspend, reader disbelieve and create an enjoyable story with many characters to root for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    barrington, NH, United States
    23/03/17
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    "Power Records for adults."

    This was an interesting story about alien abduction and plots. the thing that drove me through it was the fun performance and great production values. this is not just a great reading with characters preformed with their own voice and personality, but there are also sound effects, audio manipulation and music added that doesn't distract, but pulls you further into the story. at times the subtle soundefects give you a real sence your experiencing what the characters are experiencing. I'm hoping to "hear" more from Peter in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    15/05/17
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    "Worth your time and credit"
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    Never judge a book by it's cover. You never know what kind of story lies beneath. The story sounded interesting but the cover was nothing special just your typical alien were all used to seeing. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised. This was one of the most enjoyable books I have listened to in a while. If you enjoy this type of Sci-Fi story with Aliens interfering with life here on Earth this one is definitely worth your time.

    The synopsis gives you the basic's of the story.

    It took me a chapter or two to get completely pulled into the story in but once it pulls you in it never lets go for a second. While much of how the story was going to progress was predictable it was no less entertaining, engaging and enjoyable, there are also enough unpredictable events and several little twists that keep the story interesting. It's well written and flows smoothly. It also gives a very plausible realistic explanation for the events happening in the story.

    Peter Jude Ricciardi did a fantastic job with the narration. Nice voice. Easy to listen to for long periods of time. His character voices were good. Even the Aliens. Of coarse his male characters are great. I like that he didn't try to do a high pitched female voice instead there was just enough difference to distinguish between male and female. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace. He absolutely brought each character as well as the story to life. All the dedicated/hard work that went into this production is evident. This is one of the most entertaining narrations of a book that I have ever listened to. Very enjoyable.

    You feel like you are watching a movie with all the different sound effects. The ringing effect did become a bit annoying at times. It's hard on the ears after a while. Especially if you have the volume turned up because your doing other things, when the ringing starts it jolts you a bit. Still though it was a great production. Very entertaining.

    Some of the breaks in between chapters are too long. Long enough for me to check if my battery died on my iPod.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler U.
    03/05/17
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    "Couldn't deal with the sound effects at the start"

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    The story was good, the writing was too. The narrator's voice was really very good. I thought he did unique voices for each character and had a dynamic voice.

    The BIG problem I had was with the ear-ringing sound effects. That sound... actually hurt my ears and degraded the experience for me. I actually had to skip ahead in the audio book to get past it. The rest of the sound effects were great and added to the story. I think I could have dealt with it if it wasn't done so many times in the beginning of the story. I'm honestly undecided if I would look for more from them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bret
    SOUTH BERWICK, ME, United States
    16/04/17
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    "Looking forward to more"
    Would you listen to Earth's Ultimate Conflict: A Gray Guardians Series again? Why?

    Yes, it was a great story, and I will re-listen when the next one comes out to refresh my memory of where the story left off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It dealt with some of the culture of UFOs and the state of our world in a new and different way.


    What does Peter Jude Ricciardi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices. He did a great job with the aliens and the different characters. The production value in general really drew me in.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It had some good laughs, but mostly it made me care about the characters, and want to know what was going to happen to them next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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