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  • Witness to Roswell

  • Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up
  • By: Thomas J. Carey, Donald R. Schmitt
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

The best-selling UFO book of 2007/2008 is revised and updated with even more hard-hitting eyewitness testimony of one of the most important events of all time: the actual recovery of a UFO outside of Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. For more than 60 years, government authorities have led us to believe the wreckage was merely a very conventional weather balloon - but the witnesses who were there continue to tell a different story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Roswell - The Answer?

  • By Peter on 02-01-11

Comprehensive account of a mystery

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

What made the experience of listening to Witness to Roswell the most enjoyable?

Something significant happened at Roswell. There is no doubt about that. Recent accounts suggest it was a deliberate and perverse hoax in an effort by Stalin to cause panic in America in revenge for the US sheltering Nazi war criminals responsible for slaughtering and conducting inhuman experiments on Russian soldiers and civilians. The US military was well versed in cover ups for similar events on the west coast during WW2 (Japanese balloon bombs) However the scale of effort in keeping this event quiet and covering it up really does suggest something different. Witness to Roswell describes the scale of the cover up really well. You have to remember though it was 1947, the start of the UFO phenomena and at a time when captured Nazi weaponry and technology was being tested by the US military. This technology itself was 'alien' in the skies over the US but not necessarily from another planet.

What did you like best about this story?

The style was very good, not too sterile or self important. Can reach a broad audience.

What about Eric Michael Summerer’s performance did you like?

Good pace, well narrated.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Descriptions of 'Aliens', goosebumps...

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable and thought provoking. But please remember the Occams razor principle before reaching your own conclusion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Command Authority

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

Decades ago, when he was a young CIA analyst, President Jack Ryan, Sr. was sent on what was supposed to be a simple support mission to investigate the death of an operative looking into the suspicious banking activities at a Swiss bank. Ryan’s dogged tenacity uncovered not only financial deceit, but also the existence of a KGB assassin code-named Zenith.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Simon on 12-10-14

Nice story. Great start.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

If you could sum up Command Authority in three words, what would they be?

I'm not through this entirely yet but had to note down my thoughts. Lou Phillips should not be asked or attempt to imitate a British accent. In all fairness to Lou he gives it a good try but it just doesn't work out at all. If you're American you may not notice much though.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the start was great, I'm about halfway through now.

  • The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups

  • The Most Disturbing Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Uncover why the Titanic sank, ponder the sinister Vatican/Mafia network that plotted the assassination of liberal John Paul, find out why NASA 'lost' its files on Mars, read why no-one enters Area 51, and consider why medical supplies were already on site at Edgware Road before the 7/7 bombs detonated. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that they aren't out to conspire against you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of every conspiracy you can think of

  • By Daniel on 10-01-17

Nice compilation of stories.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

What did you like most about The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups?

A great compilation but very annoying alarm sound after each one.

Any additional comments?

Would be really good if that annoying alarm sound was removed.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • FREE: Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox

  • By: J. L. Bourne
  • Narrated by: James Snyder
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay.

  • By Just on 26-04-18

Another good story from J L Bourne

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Day by Day Armageddon: Grey Fox the most enjoyable?

As usual James Snyder reads well, a nice short story.

Any additional comments?

It would be nice to see J L Bourne get back to the original day by day style of story telling.

  • War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson (editor), Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, and others
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Nineteen gut-wrenching reports from the front lines of the War of the Worlds, as logged by Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, H.P. Lovecraft, Winston Churchill, Jules Verne, and many of the other most famous writers of the time. The most popular and acclaimed science fiction writers of today relive the Martian invasion through the eyes of their famous predecessors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice compilation

  • By Justin James on 10-01-14

Nice compilation

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - some great stories unique and well narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches?

Jack London - great piece of fiction!

Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No so can't answer.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Eat this Tom Cruise!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening to this audio book, an interesting way to breathe new life into a classic.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,191
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,162

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Top story with great narration

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

The narration and storyline

What other book might you compare The Martian to, and why?

Pass - 1st of its kind for me.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure - great story.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this a great deal. It will appeal to other nerds or geeks like me.

  • Warrior Within

  • Surviving the Dead, Volume 3
  • By: James N. Cook
  • Narrated by: Jordan Leigh
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

There are many who do not wish for peace. As the Free Legion declares war on the survivors of Hollow Rock, Gabriel and Eric find themselves drawn ever deeper into the growing conflict. Aided by a fledgling militia, and a small contingent of federal operatives, the two warriors must find a way to defeat an unyielding enemy that threatens to destroy all they have grown to love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • hard work

  • By Trevor on 28-05-14

Why change the narrator?

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

What did you like best about Warrior Within? What did you like least?

The story was OK - little mention of the zombies though.

What other book might you compare Warrior Within to, and why?

Day by Day

What three words best describe Jordan Leigh’s performance?

I don't know

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

Nah - it's the 3rd part!

Any additional comments?

Change of narration spoiled it for me. I was looking forward to it too. Jordan Leigh does a good job but he's just...different to the previous two.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gathering Dead

  • By: Stephen Knight
  • Narrated by: Joseph Morton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: Lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead. But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration but a real good story

  • By Justin James on 10-01-14

Poor narration but a real good story

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Where does The Gathering Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an action packed story of the zombie genre

What other book might you compare The Gathering Dead to, and why?

Day by Day

Would you be willing to try another one of Joseph Morton’s performances?

Nope

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, which was a shame as the story is great.

Any additional comments?

In order to listen to this, I had to reduce the speed of the narration. Jay Snyder would have been a much better choice to narrate this story.

  • World War Z

  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good old fashioned gory fun

  • By monkey-puzzle on 21-11-12

Top story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Great story and well worked out scenarios. Brooks describes a global horror of biblical proportions.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic brilliance.

  • By mollymoon1 on 08-03-11

Really enjoyed it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

So much better than the film, the main character has a hint of madness we can all suffer from under such circumstances we may find ourselves