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  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey. Hoop and his associates uncover a nest of Xenomorphs, and hell takes on a new meaning. Quickly they discover that their only hope lies with the unlikeliest of saviors.... Ellen Ripley, the last human survivor of the salvage ship Nostromo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super-charged Alien Creepiness!

  • By Simon on 14-12-18

Thrilling Dramatization!

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

This is a high level dramatization with excellent sound design. The hairs on the back of my neck were raised every time there was a *scuttling* in the ducts or a *crump* of the alien banging on the door. The dramatic musical score made this seem like a film. Top notch voice actor did an excellent impression of Ellen Ripley. Rutger Hauer in anything is amazing. The perfect balance of space horror and space action.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dynasty of Evil

  • A Novel of the Old Republic
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 583

Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality - and his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing series

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-04-13

Final Book with Epic Finale

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I loved following the adventures of Darth Bane and Darth Zannah throughout the first two books. This one kept me guessing till the end. The sound effects lead to excellent immersion and the narrator, Johnathan Davies, had read many Star Wars novels.

  • Flight of the Conchords

  • By: Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, Joel Morris
  • Narrated by: Bret McKenzie, Jemaine Clement, more
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Flight of the Conchords are Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi, bongo, acapella, rap, funk, and comedy folk duo. They won a Perrier Nomination in 2003 and this year sold out one of the biggest venues at Edinburgh for twenty six nights. By mixing their special parody of folksy music and unique brand of chit chat between the songs, the result is intoxicating and un-missable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Folk meets Funny.

  • By Bobby Davro on 01-03-11

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Well put together. I was already aware of Flight of the Conchords and their songs. Funny, well crafted, songs.

  • Path of Destruction

  • Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane)
  • By: Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 939

Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy - and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-06-18

Excellent Old Republic Story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

I always enjoy these productions which have sound effects and music leading to incredible immersion. The narrator puts on the different voices of the characters. The story is well constructed and a great start to The Rule of Two.

  • Forgotten

  • The Forgotten Series, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the Pilgrim, and he expects to die on the Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. That's the way things are on a generation starship centuries from home. He's never questioned it. Never thought about it. And why bother? Access points to the ship's controls are sealed, the systems that guide her automated and out of reach. It isn't perfect, but he has all he needs to be content. Until a malfunction forces his engineer wife to the edge of the habitable zone to inspect the damage. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great sci fi as well as a good thriller

  • By Mr. M. Mazourov on 16-09-18

Generation Ship - Interesting Concepts

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

What an interesting story concept with twists and turns. This doesn't get a 5 because some parts of the plot are a bit tenuous such as the protagonist's reasons for doing things. Perhaps all will become clear in the later parts. Saying that, the author isn't afraid to grapple with some wild concepts. The narrator is a hoot, talking softly during slower parts and sounding frantic during the action scenes. I soon got into his narrating style.

  • Rise: Scarlet City - Part II

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901

London, 1337. England is at war, and the King is in financial straits, meaning that Jonah's hard-earned business and fortune hang in the balance. A far cry from his humble beginnings as a draper's apprentice, Jonah is now one of the influential merchants in England, and he manages to secure the hand of the daughter of one of the most powerful and dangerous nobles in the country. As Jonah's wealth and prominence grow, so do his enemies and the threats they bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far From Simple Pleasures!

  • By Simon on 06-02-18

Step Back in Time

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

The second part of this trilogy is no less excellent than the first. The dramatization is excellent with the performers getting into their characters. The music and sound design adds to the immersion. London in mediaeval times come to life!

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Excellent narration. Worth a credit.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

This was my first time reading Dracula. The narration was excellent to deal with the way the story is written - entirely second hand, through diaries and letters. The only issue was that all narrators had different accents for the character of Van Helsing. Not a deal breaker but put me out of the immersion a little.

  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

  • By: Olaudah Equiano
  • Narrated by: Jeff Moon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Olaudah Equiano's autobiography challenged minds and hearts in the late 1700s. The first autobiography ever written by a former slave, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is one of the most well-recognized slave-narratives. It was first published in 1789 and gained notoriety as a mechanism for the abolitionist movement in England in 1807. In his work, Equiano illuminates the life of himself as a slave and then a freed man, ultimately becoming a respected politician and philosopher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • history lesson

  • By Anonymous User on 22-11-18

Essential Reading

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

Fascinating account of what life was like in the 1700's for an African slave.
My only complaint is the narrator should have been black. It spoilt the immersion and the reading was quite dry at points. It did not do this work justice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lagoon

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Three strangers, each isolated by his or her own problems: Adaora, the marine biologist. Anthony, the rapper famous throughout Africa. Agu, the troubled soldier. Wandering Bar Beach in Lagos, Nigeria's legendary mega-city, they're more alone than they've ever been before. But when something like a meteorite plunges into the ocean and a tidal wave overcomes them, these three people will find themselves bound together in ways they could never imagine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By Aleisha on 14-05-15

Excellent Afro-Futurist story

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

What a fantastic performance from the two narrators. It worked very well with the two of them. This Afro-Futurist story was well spun and drew me in. I also felt I learnt new things about Nigeria and the city of Lagos.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Mediaeval London comes to Life

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Fascinating and immersive, I felt like I was learning history as well as being carried along by the story. What an interesting story it was too. Not something I would normally listen to but I have already purchased the second part. Highly recommended for those who like history.